“ Fast and easy frozen puff pastry, which saves you hours of baking, especially if you're in a hurry or don't have patience. Only costs ?1.50 at Tesco. Good idea for a quick yet delicious meal. „
The Jus-Rol frozen puff pastry sheets I purchased from Tesco for about £1.50.
I never purposefully went out to buy these, I just happened to spot them in the frozen section and thought they looked like a good idea for a quick meal.
**PACKAGE AND LABELLING**
The pastry comes in a simple long, thin cardboard box, mainly green with some pastry and ingredients on the front.
On the back is a great simple recipe that you can follow if you are a little unsure of what to do with your new found purchase, which is clearly written out in concise but easy to read format. What I like about the recipe also is that the recipe is for a tomato , cheese and ham tart, but you could easily opt to leave the meat out and go vegetarian.
Around on of the sides is useful guide on how to prepare you puff pastry for the oven. Basically you leave out to defrost - I choose the option to leave in the fridge overnight, then stand at room temp for 25 minutes before cooking. Alternatively you can defrost at room temperature for 1 and ½ hours or use the defrost setting on your microwave. Once defrosted though you are advised to use the pastry within 24 hours.
**INGREDIANTS AND NUTRTION**
Ingredients - wheat flour, water, vegetable oil, salt, emulsifier which is mono and diglycerides of fatty acids. There are no added colours, preservatives or flavourings according to the box.
Nutrition - per 50g serving of pastry sheet equates to about one quarter of your pastry sheet giving you 234kcal, protein of 3.5g, carbohydrates 17.9g of which 1.1g are sugar, 16g of fat of which 7.5g are saturated, 2.1g of fibre, 0.18g of sodium and 0.5g of salt equivalent.
**SO WHATS IT LIKE**
The pastry is rolled with a piece of blue papery plastic between so it does not all stick together when it defrosts, this is also very useful when you come to roll out your pastry sheet onto the oven tray - saves accidentally pulling bits off.
The pastry I decided to cook with a tomato and garlic puree spread over first, avoiding the edges as suggested on the box. On top of this I added my extra ingredients such as raisins, onions, peppers, tomatoes, sweet corn and topped with grated cheese - a sort of veggie pizza affair. This took me all of a whopping 5 minutes to prepare, minus of course the defrost time.
Straight into the oven at a preheated 200 degrees Celsius and leaving to cook for around 20 minutes.
On retrieving my pastry from the oven first impressions were excellent. A lovely looking crispy puff pastry that had risen very well around the edges and tinged with golden brown. My ingredients looked cooked as the cheese had melted over this was of course perhaps only truly tested by eating - so I did.
The ingredients were cooked to perfection as was the pastry. No undercooked parts still melted to the tray, the base was a little difficult to scrap from the oven tray in places, however I think this would be rectified if I had prepared the tray with a little oil first., of some baking parchment.
The puffed up sides were indeed very crispy, this is quite a messy affair to eat as the pastry does break off and flake everywhere if you are not careful - not that my dogs seemed to mind at all eagerly hovering it up of the floor.
Would I recommend it? - defiantly. Especially for those in a hurry and haven't the time or patience perhaps to make pastry from scratch.. Ideal for students as it can be kept in the freezer and pull out and quickly made up and cooked for friends.
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Now having to cook for myself at university I have been looking out for simple recipes that I can make. I hate having to keep buying ready meals and the other day whilst watching the tv I noticed a Jus-Rol Pastry advert. It showed a very quick recipe to make what looked like a large rectangular pizza tart. So when I was in Tesco's the other day I bought some Jus-Rol Pastry. I could only find it in the frozen section.
PRICE AND PACKAGING
The box had 425g in which consisted of small 2 puff pastry sheets, but one sheet was large enough to make the tart as shown on the advert. I bought this box for £1.51 which I thought was quite cheap. Also in the range is Jus-Rol Filo Pastry sheets, Jus-Rol Rolled Short Pastry sheets and Jus-Rol Shortcrust Pastry sheets. However the pastry does not have to be bought in sheets but I found it much easier. It can be bought in a 500g block for £1.10 which is better value for money but more work in the kitchen.
The packaging of the Jus-Rol Puff Pastry box is bright green in colour and definitely stood out in the freezer section next to other frozen pastry sheets, such as Tesco's own branded pastry sheets.
So the packaging stated to remove the pastry sheets an hour and a half prior to cooking, so I left it on a plate to defrost so water did not go over the kitchen work surface. It can also be defrosted in the microwave which takes a minute and a half. But microwaving them is quite tricky to get right if it is left in the microwave even ten seconds too long then it might already be soggy. After defrosting you just unroll the sheet from its blue sheet lining onto a flat surface preferably with some flour on it to prevent it from sticking. Then make whatever recipe you choose. The Jus-Rol website: http://www.jusrol.co.uk/ has 100s of recipes on. They have categorised the website to include different difficulties of recipes and different courses so it is very easy to find something to make.
A key to remember with the pastry is that you need a whisked egg to brush onto the exposed pastry where no ingredients have been put on so it goes a lovely golden colour.
INGREDIENTS AND PRODUCT DETAILS
Ingredients of the Jus-Rol Puff Pastry sheets: Wheat Flour,Water ,Vegetable Oil ,Salt ,Emulsifier: Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids ,Preservative: Potassium Sorbate.
The sheets are suitable for vegetarians. One serving contains: 234 calories, 1g sugar, 16g fat, 8g saturated fat and 0.6g salt.
With the puff pastry sheets I have made sausage rolls which were incredibly delicious when you take them out hot from the oven. I have also made the pizza tart shown on the tv advert.
PIZZA TART RECIPE FOR TWO PEOPLE
I will quickly explain the recipe for the pizza tart to show just how easy it is to use these Puff Pastry sheets to make a delicious home-made meal.
Firstly I defrosted a puff pastry sheet for 1.5hours. I then preheated the oven to 200°C. I then rolled it out onto a flour flat surface (on a chopping board). I then moved it onto a rectangular oven tray (since it is too flimsy to move the pastry after you have put the ingredients on). I then spread tomato puree along the base leaving a border around the edge (this allows the border crust to rise during cooking - you do not need to make a crust like you would with pizza dough). Then I added sliced courgettes, asparagus and tomato. Then topped it with grated cheddar cheese (only a small amount of cheese though since I am not a fan of cheese). I then brushed the border of pastry with a small amount of a whisked egg. I then popped it into the oven for 25 minutes and it was perfect! It does not look quite a perfect as the advert but I did not care it tasted amazing and extremely healthy.
Next week I am going to try and make a dessert, perhaps apple pie with short crust pastry. I would certainly recommend the Jus-Rol Pastry sheets compared to other frozen pastry sheets. One of the girls in my house bought Tesco's own frozen puff pastry sheets and we compared them and the Jus-Rol ones were far nicer. The pastry sheets allow you to make quick and easy courses or more complex ones and for people like me who are just starting out cooking for themselves then it is the perfect way to start making a main course. The end result also always looks very impressive even if it was easy to make. Plus like sausage rolls you can make great party foods for if friends come around. If they have just been taken out of the oven your friends will be complimenting them all night! Yummy! Like I said check out the numerous recipes on the website. I love Jus-Rol Puff Pastry sheets because it saves you so much time not having to make your own pastry and it solves the problem of pastry going wrong too.
It's Christmas Eve and for a treat my wife has just made trays of sausage rolls. When I came in the house reeked of a cheesy smell and on tasting the first roll it was apparent where the stink was coming from. They look great, the pastry has risen and is flaky on the outside. The inside is rather stodgy though and the taste is unbelievably disgusting. This is the worst pastry I have been confronted with in my 59+ years and the whole lot is headed for the brown bin. Where did the cheese come from and why isn't it mentioned on the wrapper? Thanks Jus Roll you've got our Christmas off to a rotten start and I'm rating one star as that is as low as you can goOh yes, I will be filling the contact form in with all the details off the wrapper.
I love Jus Rol Frozen Puff Pastry. Now, I promise you that I mostly cook things from scratch and I do make my own shortcrust pastry which is really not difficult at all. I did once look up a recipe on how to make puff pastry in a fancy French cookbook and was amazed by what I saw. Not only do you have to spend ages and ages kneading in the butter and then letting it rest only to repeat the process, you also have to use obscene quantities of butter which I just can't bring myself to do. No matter that Jus Rol is very high in calories and fat itself, at least it can be out of sight out of mind if I didn't add any butter myself!
After all this talk about butter, there's one thing I'd like to clear up quickly in case there's any misunderstanding. Jus Rol Frozen Puff Pastry is actually vegan! That's right, it doesn't contain any butter whatsover. I know several vegans who love Jus Rol so if you're having one over for dinner you could cook something with this and I think they'd be very pleased.
Jus Rol Frozen Puff Pastry comes in two types - the ready rolled and the blocks. I vastly prefer the ready-rolled as the blocks I find quite difficult to roll out. When I try rolling them out they tend to sort of creep back into their original thick shape again so I find it impossible to get them nice and thin the way I like them. With the ready rolled, I tend to actually roll them out a bit more as well as I like them thin, and they retain whatever shape you put them in so these work much better for me.
It does contain loads of vegetable oil, though, and weighs in at 401 calories per 100 grams. As each packet contains 425 grams, if you eat less than a quarter of a packet you are already getting 400 calories before you add in any toppings you've put on the pastry. That's a massive amount of calories, and in my case it's even worse because I always eat half of any tart I make with this and my boyfriend polishes off the other half!
I like to use this pastry when I'm in a hurry and need to whip up something nice and tasty very fast. I tend to roll them out on a baking tray, prick the surface a few times with a fork, then blind bake them for a few minutes so they start to go a little brown - this prevents them from getting soggy when you put the toppings on. Then I spread a sauce on top - often either sun-dried tomato pesto or tapenade made without anchovies (I'm vegetarian). Then I add some nice veggies such as mushrooms, tomatoes, and spinach, plus a drizzle of olive oil and then some feta. In the last few minutes of cooking I'll sprinkle on some pine nuts, then serve.
Another of my favourite dishes to make with this is flammenkuche which is a tart from Alsace. First, I caramelize some onions by frying them on low heat in a frying pan for 15-20 minutes, and in the meantime I blind bake the Jus Rol. Then I take the Jus Rol out and spread it with a mixture of creme fresh and pouring cream that I've added a few cloves of finely chopped garlic to. Then I put the onions on top and bake for around 10 minutes. This comes out absolutely delicious! If you're not vegetarian, the traditional recipe calls for bits of chopped bacon to be added at the same time as the onion.
Jus Rol sells for £1.52 at Tesco which is an absolute bargain in my opinion.
I like to think of myself as a decent coo- I can whip up a decent pasta sauce or a healthy casserole easily, but one thing I really can't get the hang of is pastry. To make a decent pastry you need to be fast and have nice cold hands - sad to say, I'm pretty slow and have rather hot hands, which means that the butter in pastry melts too fast , making it a rather hit and miss affair .
So, I'm not ashamed to say that I cheat a little, and that I tend to buy ready made pastry rather than make my own . And Jus-Rol is the only pre made brand I am aware of - with shortcrust pastry in blue packaging and puff pastry in red .
Jus-Rol started in the 1930s when a baker started selling pre-rolled pastry to customers . He asked them what they did with the pastry , and the reply was 'We just roll it out'. It's pretty easy to see how the name was born .
I buy the pre-made pastry fairly often, at around 1.90 a pack ( a kilo pack with two 500g blocks), with each pack containing 2 blocks of pastry, making it easy to just use just the amount you want, and save the other block in the freezer for later if you need to . The inconvenience with this is that as the pastry is frozen, it takes a couple of hours to defrost before you can use it , and you cannot re-freeze defrosted pastry.
All the ingredients, nutritional values, cooking directions, preparation plus hints & tips are listed on the pack & are easy to read.
You can use it in any way you please - from sausage rolls to pie toppings. or for the decorative bits on mince pies and jam tarts . And brushing it with a little beaten egg yolk makes it turn a lovely golden colour upon baking . It's vegetarian, with no artificial flavourings or preservatives.
It's very easy to roll out - it does not split or tear very often, which makes it very easy to use - and I'm talking as a girl who owns no rolling pin and uses a bottle of pop to roll . It also stays together well when you are handling it - with home made pastry, I find it can fall apart when I pick it up, but this stays in shape very well .
The packaging is a simple plastic sleeve, no excessive use of cardboard or prettying up here - another good plus point .
Now, it's clearly pretty convenient, and will save you a lot of time , but ---its pastry , so it's not very good for you , containing 28g of fat per 100g. So, don't go coating everything in it! I definitely recommend this to anyone who either doesn't have time, or just can't be bothered with making their own .
I would consider myself a reasonable cook. I like to try new things and experiment, but, the thought of making my own puff pastry always sends me skipping to the next in the cook book.
I decided I really wanted to make a chicken and mushroom pie, but really didn't want to risk making the pastry myself and ruining the whole dish. My friend suggested I try JusRol Puff pastry, which you can buy frozen from most super markets.
I purchased mine from Tesco and left it in the fridge to defrost until I needed it the following evening. The pastry cost about £1.50. I initally thought that this was quite expensive but when you work out how much time it saves you then I think it's worth it.
I made my pie filling and then had to cook the base blind. I unwrapped the pastry, which comes in circular sheets x2 in the pack that I had purchased, and found that it was a bit crumbly! I continued and 'patched up' the gaps that appeared and backed the pastry blind. It went a lovely golden colour and was certainly not soggy! I filled the base with my filling and topped up with the second circle of pastry from the pack. I think because I had left this out in the warm kitchen for half an hour, it was much easier to use and didn't crack at all. If you do use this pastry, I would highly recommend bringing it to room temperature before you need to use it.
I brushed the pie crust with milk and returned it to the oven. I was really pleased when the timer went off 35 mins later and I opened the door. Inside was a lovely, golden brown pie, that any farmers wife would be proud to produce.
I think that most of us would agree that it is fairly easy to whip up a bit of shortcrust pastry but there is no way that you can improvise and turn out a half decent puff pastry without having time to spare. Of course rough puff pastry is a short cut but even that takes time.
My pastry can be a bit hit and miss, some days it melts in your mouth and other days you could sole boots with it!
On the whole the Other Half tends to gracefully accept what is put in front of him and make the most of it, but he does prefer puff pastry to shortcrust.
We house-people ( please note no sexism!) have to be crafty and if that means telling a little porky now and again that is something that I can live with. So, when the meat goes into the casserole dish and that home made Jus-Rol puff pastry covers the top if the Other half dishes out any compliments re the puffy pastry I accept them gracefully!
Of course we are ruined nowadays, we have the world at our feet, every convenience food that you can think of is available in the supermarkets. But back in the 1930's life was a very different story, convenience foods were few and far between. A Northumbrian chap called Tom Forsyth was busy running his own bakery, the business survived the depression and the war and then heading into the 1950's Tom decided to start selling his uncooked pastry in his bakery. The idea took off like a rocket and when he asked the customers what they did with his pastry they replied- " We just roll it out"- hence the name Just Roll was born, but later on the name was shortened to Jus-Rol to make life easier. Jus-Rol have always used the same colour coding for their pastry, red for puff pastry and blue for shortcrust pastry.
I more often than not buy the Jus-Rol puff pastry sheets. There are two good sized sheets of frozen puff pastry in each box and it costs £1.68p a box.
You can remove one sheet from the box and then keep the other sheet frozen
for the next time. The sheet of frozen puff pastry has a plastic film around it which needs to be removed and then the pastry needs to be thawed at room temperature for about an hour and a half.
You can defrost it in the microwave but I have a habit of overdoing it!
Once the ready rolled sheet has thawed it can be used as you want, maybe to top a pie, to make sausage rolls, Eccles cakes, puff pastry mince pies are scrummy and it makes a good strudel for dessert.
If you are using it to top a savoury base then you can brush the puff pastry with beaten egg before cooking and the crust turns golden in the oven.
Jus-Rol pastry is approved by the vegetarian society, it has no artificial colours, flavours or preservative but it does contain wheat. Once you defrost a sheet of pastry then you must use it all, there is no sticking the left overs back into the freezer!
A 210g sheet contains a very hefty 800 calories and unsurprisingly it is stinkingly high in fats.
You can buy the Jus-Rol pastry in a block and they do a delicious Filo pastry and a rich butter shortcrust pastry too.
If you work out how labour intensive puff pastry making is then it does make sense to buy the ready made.
Although the puff pastry is rich in fats which is a bit of a drawback it certainly cooks up a treat, when the pastry goes into the hot oven and starts to cook it forms lots of rich crispy flaky layers.
It is equally as tasty as any puff pastry that I have ever made myself and is far more convenient.
There may be some who would rather not indulge in this rich pastry because of the high fat levels but as long as we are sensible and have it in moderation then I am sure it is fine.
Just say 'puff pastry' to me & it brings back horrible memories of having to make it in my 'A' level Home Economics classes at school. Don't get me wrong, I DO love to cook, but making puff pastry is such a long process with all the chilling, folding & rolling etc.
Thank goodness Jus-Rol do it ready-made as it saves so much time! I have found this quite hard to find sometimes but luckily our local Iceland now sell it so I can make sure I always have some in the freezer.
The packaging is just plastic which is sufficient to hold the 2 blocks, they cost just £2 & the blocks weigh 500g each.
I like the way there are 2 separate blocks as you can use 1 & save 1 & for some reason they don't stick together - this way it's economical to use & there's no waste.
All the ingredients, nutritional values, cooking directions, preparation plus hints & tips are listed on the pack & are easy to read.
The pastry has to defrost first & then you can use it for loads of different things both sweet & savoury. I've used Jus-Rol for pies, sausage rolls, vol-au-vents, tarts & the odd strudel.
It's really easy to roll so you can use whatever thickness the dish requires - eg some people like a thick pastry on their sausage rolls whilst others prefer the sausage part to be their main taste. Obviously all pastry is high in calories but puff pastry even more so as there is more fat content - so thinner pastry saves a few calories?!
When rolled it's also easy to handle & doesn't come apart when you lift it.
My younger daughter (17) is still quite a fussy eater but loves my cheese & onion pies - her friends are also quite impressed that I make 'home-made' pies.
I just use 1 slab, let it defost, roll out thinly on a floured board, cut out circles using a pastry cutter (or cup) & add the filling which is just grated cheese, chopped onion plus a beaten egg or use a little milk. I seal round the edges with milk/egg, add the cheese & onion, put another circle on top, crimp the edges & brush with milk. I slab will make around 12 cheese & onion pies - very cheap compared to buying them!
I've also done the same only using cooked chicken & fresh mushrooms which have been heated up with a little condensed mushroom soup - these are nice as pies or you can use the same mixture for vol-au-vents.
I really like this product & would recommend it to anyone who enjoys puff pastry but doesn't have time to make it from scratch.
- no waste packaging which contains 2 generous slabs of frozen pastry.
- only £2 so can be very economical.
- good 'solid' pastry which tastes like home-made.
- very versatile to use.
- saves so much time!
Jus Rol is one of those wonderful helpful things in life. Puff pastry is pretty difficult and time consuming to make well. Here in a neat little package Jus Rol have solved the problem. Jus Rol's puff pastry is also suitable for vegetarians - some pastries including Jus Rol's shortcrust pastry is made with lard.
Puff pastry is a great standby to have in the freezer. You can knock up all sorts of delicious meals and puddings. I love homemade sausage rolls, cheese straws and apple turnovers. All of these are delicious homemade and impress friends when they come round. The pastry is pretty much fool proof and everytime is light and flaky.
Jus Rol sell this pastry in all major supermarkets for around a £1. It seems to be particularly popular at Christmas time. It can be found either in the freezer section or fresh. Both are the same, just the frozen one has to be left to defrost before you use it, which takes about four hours.
I haven't tried any other brands of puff pastry, I haven't needed to. This one ticks all the boxes. Each and every time it produces professional and tasty looking pies. The pastry always rises beautifully.
This is certainly a good standby to have in any freezer.
I normally make my own short crust pastry, but I hadn't made puff pastry before, and when looking at a recipe on the internet, I thought the instructions sounded a little bit long-winded. I had bought Jus-Rol shortcrust pastry once before (although like I said I normally make my own so I can't remember why), and thought I'd give their puff pastry a go, rather than risking it going wrong doing it on my own!
The pastry is frozen and comes in two blocks. They make different sized packs - mine had two blocks each weighing 340g each, but I've since seen Iceland selling packs where you get two blocks weighing 500g each. The blocks are individually wrapped, so no chance of them sticking together when frozen.
Taking the pastry out of the pack, it just looked like any other block of pastry really. Obviously you need to leave it to defrost first and the pack advises you can either leave it overnight in the fridge or leave at room temperature for two hours. I left mine at room temperature, and found that two hours was sufficient for it to be fully defrosted.
Once you've defrosted it, all you really need to do is roll it out into the size required for whatever you're making. I found the pastry much easier to work with than home made. Because it is all in a neat block, you can cut bits off as you need them and the pastry seemed quite moist and didn't dry out, even when I had to re-roll it.
You bake the pastry in the oven for as long as your recipe requires, and I must say it looks really good once done - much better than anything I could make myself, I'm sure! It puffs up nicely and goes a lovely golden brown colour.
Obviously there are endless uses for this, I made cheese and bacon wraps, pasties and a couple of sausage and bean melts (glorified pasties!) from my blocks, but if you're stuck for ideas, try the website - www.jusrol.co.uk
The taste is great, just as you would expect it to be. It's light and slightly flaky on the outside, and the inside tends to stay slightly moist and delicious.
I paid £1.66 from ASDA for 2 340g blocks, and ASDA sell 2 500g blocks for £2.50.
If I ever need puff pastry for a recipe in the future and haven't got time to make my own, I will definitely buy this again. And don't tell anyone, but I'll probably pass it off as homemade!