“ Brand: Jus-Rol / Type: Pastry „
I do a lot of home baking and I do like to make things from scratch whenever possible, but I also live in the real world and sometimes it just makes a lot of sense to take advantage of some of the convenient products that cut down on the amount of time it takes to prepare a dish but also doesn't compromise on taste. This is the case with the Just Rol brand of ready made pastry which is simply pastry that is pre-made and so all I need to do is to roll it out to the thickness I want, cut it to the shape I want and stick it in the oven......simple, easy and no mess!
The Just Rol Puff Pastry comes in a rectangular block and is foiled wrapped for freshness. The packet details all of the instructions in order to use the pastry pastry, but it really isn't rocket science and they probably aren't really necessary! The block contains 500g of the pastry which is plenty to make a family pie, for example, and the block costs just £1.10 from Tesco which I think is a very reasonable price. The pastry needs to be stored in the fridge before use, but it needs to be taken out of the fridge about 20 minutes before you use it so that it has time to soften prior to rolling.
Using the pastry is simple! You take it out of the packet.....and roll. You then use it just as you would use pastry you'd made yourself. It rolls easily, as long as it's taken out the fridge just prior to use, and it creates a lovely light and golden puff pastry which tastes every bit as good as homemade pastry.....I'm yet to find someone who can tell the difference.
I think this is a great product which is so useful for convenience in our busy lives.
I do enjoy cooking, although I am absolutely useless at making pastry. Does not matter what ever i try my pastry always falls apart when rolling it, or simply breaks up when it is cooked.
Jus Rol pastry is perfect for me i buy mine from Sainsburys supermarket, it comes in a single pack for less than 60pence or in a double pack for £1.20. I kep a few packets of this in my freezer it freezes well and thaws out beutifully so I always have some pastry ready to hand, you simply thaw it out and then roll it out on a lightly flowered board.
This is puffed pastry so it puffs up in a 200 degree oven you simply cook until golden brown. I make meat pies and this makes for the perfect topping, it is great for sasage rolls, apple pies etc etc.
I always find that if someone is coming over unexpectedily then I just get one of these packets out of the freezer, thaw and then make a delicious pie, add a few vegtables and I have an instant meal on hand.
The quality of this pastry is second to none, I have often used it and passed it off as home made, i know cheeting but still i do have to roll it out and do appreciate the look that it has when cooked, and unlike mine it doesnt break up at all, well only when it melts in your mouth.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.
Anyone who reads my reviews will have probably gathered I enjoy cooking and making my own food from scratch, however I am far from perfect and when it comes to baking or making my own pastry I am very lazy. I just can't stand the mess in the kitchen preparing a bit of pastry creates and then I can never seem to get it right and it starts ripping on rolling and the end result makes one of my pies look like a patchwork miniature blanket.
Mr. Benn is partial to a steak and kidney pie now and again with puff pastry. My homemade puff pastry was a very poor offering indeed until I discovered Jus-Roll Puff Pastry Block and since then I have perfect puff pastry on all my pies.
Jus-Roll Puff Pastry Block is a chilled, uncooked puff pastry block that is stored in the refrigerator and when ready to use simply remove from the packaging and roll to the required shape and thickness to give a perfect light flaky puff pastry which can be used for pies, strudels and sausage rolls, in fact anything that you need puff pastry for.
For best results take from the refrigerator around 15 to 20 minutes before rolling, but make sure it is still cold and roll on a lightly floured surface and allow to stand for a few minutes before using. Cook in a pre heated oven on around 200 degrees centigrade, or gas mark 6 until gold brown. I usually have already cooked my filling beforehand so I usually leave it in the oven for about 20 minutes, keeping an eye on it so it doesn't burn.
Jus-Roll Puff Pastry block must be stored in the refrigerator but can be frozen on the day of purchase, and defrosted thoroughly before using.
Jus-Roll puff pastry contains 427 calories, 26.8g fat of which 13.8g of saturates per 100g.
Just-roll puff pastry block can be found in most supermarkets and is around 85p for 500g block
I really enjoy baking and creating meals from scratch. I regularly make my own sauces, but find the thought of making pastry a bit daunting. There are also only so many hours in a day, so to make life easier, I simply cheat!
Jus-Rol Puff Pastry Block is so handy and does the job brilliantly. It can be bought frozen or chilled and if you choose the chilled, it can be popped in the freezer if you don't need it straight away. I prefer to thaw it overnight in the fridge, but it can also be thawed in two hours at room temperature.
Once completely thawed, it is very easy to roll. You are advised to sprinkle out some flour first, to stop it sticking to the surface you are rolling it on and from personal experience, I'd say this was a good idea. It's then up to you to roll it to the shape and thickness you need.
I mainly use this pastry as a topping for a Quorn and vegetable pie or for my new favourite, pastry squares.
For the pastry squares, I start by rolling it into a long rectangle, which I cut into 10cm squares. I then cook up my filling of Quorn pieces, onions, peppers and sauce. I like to use a thick soup, like cream of mushroom or asparagus as my sauce, as it's cheap and tastes great. I place my filling in the centre of the square and pop it onto a baking tray. I then cook this at Gas Mark 6 / 220C / 400F until risen and golden in colour.
The pastry which has risen round the sides is light, flaky and melts in the mouth. The pastry on the base is softer, thicker and you can really see the individual layers. The whole thing tastes absolutely wonderful!
Each 50g of uncooked pastry contains 214 calories. It contains wheat and is suitable for vegetarians.
A 500g block is available in Tesco for 81p, which I think is great value. It saves me the frustration of trying to make a puff pastry, which is one of the most difficult pastries to make and it saves me valuable time too.
When it comes to pastry I find the whole thing a little scary. I can just about whip a fairly average shortcrust pastry but that is about as far as I go. It's something I would like to think I will eventually master but for the time being I have discovered Jus Rol.
It was over Christmas that I first bought the stuff, I had made a couple of batches of mince pis from scratch but they just get disappearing at a rather rapid rate. My eldest girl loved making them with my so I decided to by some pre prepared pastry just to speed the process up. The results were great and it opened my eyes to all the dishes I could make with this fantastic stuff.
Now I do know that Puff Pastry is particularly difficult to make and I am ashamed to say that I have never even attempted to make it even though I absolutely love the stuff. I decided to pick up a packet of the Jus-Rol Puff Pastry and give it a whirl. A 500g block of this Puff Pastry will cost you a very reasonable 81p from most of the leading supermarkets and I have found this is enough to make a flan for my little family of four.
It really couldn't be easier to use this stuff, you simply roll the firm retangular block out as required and them pop it in the oven and cook as per the instructions on the packet. The first time I used this pastry I wasn't quite sure how thin to roll it out and I could have probably made it go a little further that I need. The first time I used it, I made a really scrummy flan - simply topping the pastry with tomato puree, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, basil, proscuitto and garlic olive oil. It literally took minutes to throw together and when it came out the oven about 25 minutes later it looked absolutely superb.
I served it up with some salad and there was plently to go round, my husban had a huge portion. Anyway, it's tricky pleasing all members of the family, my little one is really fussy and finding something that everyone enjoys can be a real challenge. In this instance however I had hit the jackpot. The meal went down brilliantly and I received the best feedback - clean plates all round. The pastry tasted remarkably good, it was light, flakey and had a fab crispy savoury flavour which really complemented all the other elements of the meal.
I will definately buy this stuff again, it was just so easy and with harldy any effort at all I managed to produce something that was really scrummy and also looked rather impressive. There are so many ways you could use this pastry - from now on I'm definately going to add it to my weekly shop.
Jus Rol claims on the packet to be approved by the Vegetarian Society, but, according to my little 'Animal Free Shopper' book, it is also vegan. This makes it a very convienient item to slip into my trolley at a supermarket.
Jus Rol puff pastry is very versatile being suitable for sweet and savoury foods. With this pastry, I can whip up a batch of sos rolls for a party, using a veggie 'sosage' mix in no time at all but I can also use it for sweet desserts like a puffed apple tart. This is because it has not been made sweet with the addition of too much sugar in the manufacture.
I also use the Jus Rol puff pastry sheets if I am in a hurry, but the smaller packet of the pastry block is a better fit in my freezer - because, yes, it can be frozen. The pastry block is also much cheaper than buying the pastry roll. The 2 puff pastry sheets (475g) cost £1.53 at Tesco whereas the puff pastry block (500g) costs 90p.
Using the pastry is very easy. It's a case of open the packet, roll the pastry and off you go. Like all pastry products, it is easier to roll if it is quite chilled so, if it has been standing at room temp for too long, it may not be so easy to use. Another tip with puff pastry is that it is not much use scrunching up all the leftover puff pastry to roll and use again. The puff may have gone out of it if you do this because the pastry is made in layers and scrunching it up destroys the layers.
The manufacturers instructions to using this pastry are as follows,
'For best results: Remove from the refrigerator about 20 minutes before using. Roll out pastry while still cold, to required thickness, on a lightly floured surface. After rolling out, allow to stand for a few minutes before using.'
I must admit, I do not allow this pastry to stand after rolling; I usually use it straight away with no adverse effects.
The pastry block can be chopped to provide the size of pastry you want. I usually chop a bit off and leave the rest in the fridge.
Wheat Flour, Vegtable Oil, Water, Salt, Lemon Juice, Emulsifier: Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate
The ingredients list does not make it look like the most healthy product on the planet but then pastry is not generally. I think we just have to be pleased that it is not made of lard!
There is loads of fat in the pastry - per 100g there is 28.6g. However, my school cookery book states that puff pastry is 3/4 fat to flour - so at 1/3 fat to flour, Jus Rol is not too bad.
Eating the pastry
When cooked for the required amount of time (and the packet gives oven settings), the pastry comes out pale brown and crisp. It is well risen and light and flaky with the flakes crumbling as you bite into your cooking. It does not taste salty or hides the flavour of the food that is cooked with it. In fact, I have no negative things to say about this product, apart from the fact that eating too much of it gives me heartburn!
I'm sure I'm not alone in being able to cook pastry but rarely wanting to- it seems such a faff and at the end of it you get something that is fairly dull and uninteresting.
This is where Jus Rol comes in.
This is sold in a big 500g block, which seems to me to be pretty much the perfect size for a pie. You will need to roll it out which is the one downside, but at least you can have it as thick or as thin as you want it.
It is suitable for vegetarians, (vegetarian society approved no less!) but at 427 calories and 26.8g fat/100g it is not very good for dieters, unsurpisingly!
It freezes excellently, and is a perfect standby/staple.
The taste is surprisingly good for a ready made product, and it goes very flakey and delicious on the top, but unlike some frozen pies I have had it also makes a good base and doesn't go all gooey, but rather more like standard shortcrust.
I bought it from ASDA and it was 90p for the block.
Ingredients: Wheat Flour , Vegtable Oil , Water , Salt , Lemon Juice , Emulsifier: Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids , Preservative: Potassium Sorbate .