Category Archives: Blount Fine Foods

#2964: Blount Beef Pho Vietnamese Style Beef & Noodle Bowl – United States

#3021: Blount Beef Pho Vietnamese Style Beef & Noodle Bowl - United States

It’s been awhile! I did a Meet The Manufacturer series with Blount a while back. Well, they’ve got something new – pho! You can find it in the fresh (not frozen) section – more info at www.blountbowls.com. Very curious as to how it will be. Let’s find out!

Blount Beef Pho Vietnamese Style Beef & Noodle Bowl – United States

#3021: Blount Beef Pho Vietnamese Style Beef & Noodle Bowl - United States

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, remove film from the bowl and add noodles from the pouch. Stir. Microwave for 2 minutes. Stir and microwave an additional minute or until hot. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3021: Blount Beef Pho Vietnamese Style Beef & Noodle Bowl - United States

The fresh noodle pouch.

#3021: Blount Beef Pho Vietnamese Style Beef & Noodle Bowl - United States

The bowl – full of broth.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and jalapeno. Noodles are wheat and have a nice chew honestly – they work well with the soup. The soup has a nice beef and tang to it – maybe from the ginger? Slightly acidic – works very well. The included vegetables are nice and the beef is excellent. As far as being what I would compare to a pho I would get at a local restaurant? Worlds apart. But it’s quite good – happy about this one. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 077658313049.

#3021: Blount Beef Pho Vietnamese Style Beef & Noodle Bowl - United States

From Sea to Soup: The Evolution of Blount Fine Foods 1946-2011

Watch me cook this one up!

New Beef Pho From Blount – Unboxing Time

New Beef Pho From Blount - Unboxing Time

Got an email from Blount Fine Foods the other day about a new product they’ve got – Beef Pho! It was packed on ice and sent overnight – so I had to open it as quickly as possible. Let’s check it out!

New Beef Pho From Blount – United states

Thank you going to Blount for sending this along! Reviews forthcoming!

Unboxing Time: Blount Bowls – Rice & Noodle Bowls From Blount Fine Foods

Unboxing Time: Blount Bowls - Rice & Noodle Bowls From Blount Fine Foods

As you might remember, I recently did a Meety The Manufacturer series of the Blount Bowls – at the time they had a chicken and a coconut chicken variety. Well, they now have rice bowls and asked if I would show them. So here we go!

Unboxing Time: Blount Bowls – Rice & Noodle Bowls From Blount Fine Foods – United States

Let’s have Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater!

For more information, please visit www.BlountBowls.com to find out where you can find their products.

Meet The Manufacturer #2586: Blount Chicken Ramen Bowl

Blount Fine Foods Meet The Manufacturer #2597: Blount Chicken Ramen Bowl - United States - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the second and final product of this Meet The Manufacturer review series of Blount Fine Foods products. So this is one you’ll find in the refrigerated section at the supermarket and looks very fancy. Indeed as I said in the last review, I really like the little cut out on the front as seen above with the steam coming off the bowl.

These products are made with high-quality chicken raised without antibiotics and other great ingredients. Definitely, one poised to compete in the premium fresh sector of the market as well as the health conscious sector as well. Anyways, the proof is in the pudding – actually, I’m glad there’s no pudding in here which wouldn’t work so well (okay, there was a short lived fad in Taiwan where people mixed cup custards with instant noodle cups but I digress). Let’s have a look at this product from the inside out.

Blount Chicken Ramen Bowl – United States

Blount Fine Foods Meet The Manufacturer #2597: Blount Chicken Ramen Bowl - United States - The Ramen Rater

The informational section from the bottom of the cardboard outer packaging (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, remove lid and film from the bowl and add noodles from the pouch. Stir. Microwave for 2 minutes. Stir and microwave and additional minute or until hot. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Blount Fine Foods Meet The Manufacturer #2597: Blount Chicken Ramen Bowl - United States - The Ramen Rater

The fresh noodles pouch.

Blount Fine Foods Meet The Manufacturer #2597: Blount Chicken Ramen Bowl - United States - The Ramen Rater

The broth bowl with the lid on.

Blount Fine Foods Meet The Manufacturer #2597: Blount Chicken Ramen Bowl - United States - The Ramen Rater

The broth bowl with the lid off and the film in place.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, and shichimi togarashi. I will admit I was a little worried about how the noodles would be – after 2 minutes in the microwave, they still seemed rather rigid on the stir. But after the final minute, they came out great – excellent gauge and chew. The broth is very thick here but not oily. It has large pieces of vegetable and chicken – and it all has a fresh taste to it – kind of like it’s been simmering on the stove all day. Definitely gave me a warm and cozy ‘I’m going to eat this whole bowl right now’ feeling. Delicious and worthy! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 077958313032.

Blount Fine Foods Meet The Manufacturer #2597: Blount Chicken Ramen Bowl - United States - The Ramen Rater

From Sea to Soup: The Evolution of Blount Fine Foods 1946-2011

A great example of a company giving back to the community through charity.

Meet The Manufacturer #2585: Blount Thai Inspired Coconut Chicken & Noodle Bowl

Blount Fine Foods Meet The Manufacturer #2596: Blount Thai Inspired Coconut Chicken & Noodle Bowl - United States - The Ramen Rater

I’ve reviewed many fresh varieties in the past and this is a new variety from a brand I’ve never reviewed any products from before! What’s more, it’s a company in the United States. I must say that the packaging is rather striking; it’s thick cardboard and the little cut out of the bowl and steam coming out above it is really neat.

As I said, I’ve review lots of fresh varieties, however, this one is definitely different. First, you don’t add water and there’s a broth. Also, it’s microwavable. Finally, it’s got meat! This looks really great and I’ve really curious about it.

I first heard about these from a press release I saw in my new feeds. Before that, I’d not heard of Blount Fine Foods. Well, let’s give it a try and learn about what’s in this interesting package!

Blount Thai Inspired Coconut Chicken & Noodle Bowl – United States

Blount Fine Foods Meet The Manufacturer #2596: Blount Thai Inspired Coconut Chicken & Noodle Bowl - United States - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the informational panel from the bottom of the outer cardboard packaging (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, remove lid and film from the bowl. Add in contents of noodle pouch. Stir and microwave for 2 minutes. Stir and microwave an additional minute or until hot. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Blount Fine Foods Meet The Manufacturer #2596: Blount Thai Inspired Coconut Chicken & Noodle Bowl - United States - The Ramen Rater

The fresh noodle pouch.

Blount Fine Foods Meet The Manufacturer #2596: Blount Thai Inspired Coconut Chicken & Noodle Bowl - United States - The Ramen Rater

The broth bowl with the lid on.

Blount Fine Foods Meet The Manufacturer #2596: Blount Thai Inspired Coconut Chicken & Noodle Bowl - United States - The Ramen Rater

The broth bowl with the lid off and film in place.

Finished (click to enlarge ). Added micro-cilantro. The noodles came out very well – seemed like they might not at the 2-minute stir, but at the third minute, they were ready for action. Not limp wristed of weak, they have a great chew and a good gauge to them. The broth is very thick and has a nice flavor to it. Not too salty, not too much ginger or lemongrass – a really steady balance and a nice flavor. It has a plethora of vegetables (which many of whom are crunchy) and decently large chunks of chicken throughout. This is really amazingly good – far better than expected. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 077958313018.

Blount Fine Foods Meet The Manufacturer #2596: Blount Thai Inspired Coconut Chicken & Noodle Bowl - United States - The Ramen Rater

From Sea to Soup: The Evolution of Blount Fine Foods 1946-2011

An employee awards celebration as well as a Carpool Karaoke video – which is funny because it’s Don’t Stop Believing by Journey, and that’s my 2 year old’s favorite song. If he’s unhappy, simply put that song on and he’s in his happy place.

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Blount Fine Foods (2 of 2)

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Blount Fine Foods (2 of 2)

I really wasn’t happy with the photos I took of the coconut bowl when I took them, so I asked if they’d be able to send another. They were really nice and did! Thanks!

Product Samples From Blount Fine Foods (2 of 2) – United States

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Blount Fine Foods (2 of 2)

As before, the box has a cooler inside.

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Blount Fine Foods (2 of 2)

They sent two (click to enlarge)! Thank you – I think the new pics should be great!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Blount Fine Foods (1 of 2)

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Blount Fine Foods - United States - The Ramen Rater

A big box – a big box that’s cold! Let’s see what’s inside.

Product Samples From Blount Fine Foods – United States

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Blount Fine Foods - United States - The Ramen Rater

A foam cooler.

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Blount Fine Foods - United States - The Ramen Rater

Some Kraft paper.

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Blount Fine Foods - United States - The Ramen Rater

Refrigerated packs. These contain a gel that stays frozen for long periods of time.

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Blount Fine Foods - United States - The Ramen Rater

Here are the refrigerated bowls (click to enlarge)! Two of each of the two noodle bowl varieties. Look great to me – thanks – can’t wait to try these!

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Blount Fine Foods

Interview With Blount Fine Foods * Product Samples From Blount Fine Foods (1 of 2) * Product Samples From Blount Fine Foods (2 of 2) * Blount Thai Inspired Coconut Chicken Noodle Bowl * Blount Chicken Ramen Bowl

I usually check my noodle news feeds every day on my phone. I use a news aggregator and have keywords like ‘ramen noodles’, ‘instant noodles’, ‘instant ramen’, etcetera. Well, I saw an article about an American company releasing a fresh noodle bowl soon and it sounded interesting to me. Well, I reached out and Blount Fine Foods agreed to participate in Meet The Manufacturer! Today we have an interview with Bob Sewall – EVP/Sales & Marketing to let us know more about the company.

Interview With Blount Fine Foods – United States

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for agreeing to this interview! To start, can you tell my readers about the history of Blount Fine Foods?

BLOUNT FINE FOODS> Blount Fine Foods is a family-owned and operated company that has been processing food since 1946. Our roots are in seafood, and especially clams. But for the last 20 years or so, Blount Fine Foods has become best-known as a leading manufacturer of premium, handcrafted soups, entrées, sauces and side dishes for retail and foodservice, and the market leader in fresh retail soups.

TRR> What was the first product you made?

BLOUNT FINE FOODS> Seventy years ago, we had one customer, which was Campbell’s. We sold them the clams they used to make clam chowder. But as the diverse maker of premium soups we are today, our first product was New England Clam Chowder. It is still one of our most popular products, which I would argue is because we make the best clam chowder in the world.

TRR> Can you tell us about the varieties of noodles you make?

BLOUNT FINE FOODS> Blount does not make the noodles, they are provided by a food partner.

TRR> Where does the name ‘Blount’ come from?

BLOUNT FINE FOODS> It is a family name. Todd Blount is our president and CEO. Todd’s grandfather, Nelson Blount founded the company in 1946. His son Ted took over in the late-60s. Ted handed the reins to Todd in 2000.

TRR> I first read about your new ramen bowls online. The article mentioned some innovations – can you expand on this?

BLOUNT FINE FOODS> The magic of a good ramen bowl is the ability of the ingredients to be fresh, which includes maintaining their “texture profile,” so the noodles and vegetables aren’t soft or soggy. These bowls are unique in that they are kept fresh in the refrigerated section. There are some packaging innovations our R & D team developed that allow us to keep fresh noodles separate until they are ready to be added to the broth. We are also able to include a microwavable bowl as part of the packaging that helps make it truly heat-and-eat. The ramen bowls are part of our Asian-inspired line of Blount Bowls which also include rice bowls. The ramen noodle bowls will be in-store in October followed by the rice bowls in November.
We’re very excited to be introducing these bowls, each one is a complexity of flavors and spices which gives our Asian-inspired noodle and ramen bowls their authentic and delicious taste. Our flavors are:

* Chicken Ramen Noodle – a comforting bowl of ramen noodles, chicken raised without antibiotics, shiitake mushrooms and scallions in a flavorful chicken broth with soy sauce and rice koji.

* Coconut Chicken & Noodle – a zesty bowl of ramen noodles, chicken raised without antibiotics and bamboo shoots in a coconut curry broth with lemongrass and cilantro.

* Hibachi Chicken & Rice – sweet and roasted flavors of garlic, ginger, red onion, and red peppers, simmered with tomatoes, chicken raised without antibiotics and long grain brown rice. GLUTEN FREE

* Vegetable & Rice – a creamy coconut broth with lemongrass and cilantro, blended with long grain brown rice and packed with Asian vegetables including cabbage and bamboo shoots. GLUTEN FREE, VEGETARIAN/VEGAN

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

BLOUNT FINE FOODS> Blount products are only available here in the United States.

TRR> Are noodles the only products you make?

BLOUNT FINE FOODS> Bowls are not the only product; Blount makes delicious dips, sauces, soups, sides.

TRR> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake. How would you recommend people enjoy your product as part of a healthy meal?

BLOUNT FINE FOODS> To start with, as part of our commitment to offering premium products that are also wholesome, we work very hard to keep our sodium levels as low as possible in all our products. There are ways, like using spicy ingredients for example, to prepare foods that don’t taste like they require additional salt. We do this whenever possible. Another aspect of dietary balance is moderation, which is important for every consumer to practice.

TRR> Are you involved in in your local community or participate in charities?

BLOUNT FINE FOODS> Absolutely. As a company, Blount supports many causes in our community and across our industry. Personally, with the support of colleagues and friends, I was lucky enough to start an organization called Bob’s Big Give about 15 years ago as a way to inspire co-workers to give to those less fortunate around the holidays. Back then, if a colleague made a donation, I would match it personally and then work with churches and other community groups to make sure it found its way to those who needed it most. It’s grown so much over the years that we took the formal step to become a recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit a few years ago. Our mission has also expanded to be there for the community throughout the year. We give away hundreds of holiday meal kits beginning with Thanksgiving and carry it through the holidays. We also award heating fuel grants to needy families, especially those who have endured a tragedy of some kind. This month, to help get kids excited about going back to school, we filled 250 backpacks with school supplies to inner-city kids in our area can return to school with the supplies they need to be successful, and so that their families have one less thing to worry about at this time of year. It is a labor of love for me personally, and I have many colleagues at work who volunteer their time to help me keep everything running smoothly.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

BLOUNT FINE FOODS> We are always introducing new products and flavors, but we keep them quiet until it’s time to launch them. You’ll have to stay tuned.

TRR> When you make noodles for yourself, what do you like to add to them to make them extra special?

BLOUNT FINE FOODS> A variety of options – green onions, cashews, red pepper flakes, that’s the best part – our bowls can be customized to everyone’s unique palate.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for this opportunity for me and my readers to learn more about Blount Fine Foods!