Good & Gather Pork Soup Dumplings Review

Good & Gather Pork Soup Dumplings

If you’re a regular Target shopper, you might have noticed that the Archer Farms brand has recently disappeared. As it turns out, Target got rid of the Archer Farms brand entirely (as well as the Simply Balanced brand), to be replaced by the new Good & Gather brand. We reviewed a decent amount of Archer Farms foods before the brand ended up on the chopping block, so we’re interested in seeing how much has changed with this new shelf-space shuffle.

Today, we’re cracking open this new brand and reviewing the Good & Gather Pork Soup Dumplings (which are sold exclusively at Target). We actually tried some pork soup dumplings just a few days ago, so we’re curious to see how Target’s take compares with the Trader Joe’s version.

Like the Trader Joe’s version, this one contains six dumplings that come in a plastic tray.

Good & Gather Pork Soup Dumplings

The recommended cooking method for these requires a steam basket, and we unfortunately don’t have one of those in the Freezer Meal Frenzy office. Thankfully, there are also microwave instructions, so that’s what we’re going with today. (If you want to read the full cooking instructions, check out our package scans at the bottom of this review.)

The pork inside these dumplings is ground rather than pulled, so it has a gravelly texture (instead of the more stringy one of pulled pork) that we didn’t really like. It tastes fine, though, so we can’t complain too much about the texture here.

Good & Gather Pork Soup Dumplings

The real treat is the soup broth combo that’s inside these things. It’s a lovely-tasting combo, seasoned with ginger and garlic, which gives these a sweet-yet-savory flavor that’s hard to argue with. The Trader Joe’s version is much more gingery-tasting, whereas the Good & Gather version uses ginger as part of a broader flavor combo. It’s a good choice that really makes these things shine.

The shells are so-so. We think they would have turned out better in a steam basket, so we’re willing to admit that this is our fault rather than the fault of Good & Gather. We also can’t deny that these are really, really satisfying to bite into.

The package considers three dumplings to be a serving, but let’s be real here: You’re going to eat all six at once. They’re not filling. If you do eat the full box, you’re looking at 270 calories and 570 mg of sodium. All things considered, that’s really not bad.

The Good & Gather Pork Soup Dumplings have a couple very minor flaws, but they’re still delicious and craveable. We can only imagine how much better they’d turn out in a steam basket. Still, we actually prefer these to the Trader Joe’s version, and that’s really saying something.

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for these frozen pork dumplings, check out our package scans below.

Good & Gather Pork Soup Dumplings
Good & Gather Pork Soup Dumplings
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