O! Pack of wafer thin turkey ham,
I love your processed pink,
Reconditioned, compressed meat.
Tightly vacuum packed in plastic sleeve.
Sweating unashamedly on discount shelf.
Battered box; yellow stickered underbelly,
62 pence down from 2.29
Leap into my basket -
Let me take you home.
Scan and bag. You are mine.
O! Pack of wafer thin turkey ham,
Perhaps I'll serve you up between
The crusts of value buttered bread.
With cut-price Branston and morally bereft (but markedly reduced) battery eggs.
A meal fit for a shelf trawler's dream.
Expectant I fling wide the cupboard door-
Not even a putrid, orange bean.
O! Pack of wafer thin turkey ham,
Do not despair
You are fine just as you are.
For tonight a feast
Solely of your fowl slithers
Snuck slice by slice from fridge.
Yes, tonight it shall be I who gobbles,
(for you no longer squawk)
Pretending as you are
to be a piece of pork.
Now you may laugh when I tell you that I have only recently realised that turkey ham is in fact...wait for it...made of turkey!!! There is a clue that Bernard Matthews is the biggest turkey meat seller in the UK and of course the small matter of the products name (ahem,blush). I won't get into why I thought it was called "Turkey" ham as I feel silly enough as it is 8^P
For those who are unfamiliar with the product turkey ham is a TURKEY based sandwich meant, it is thinly sliced and unlike regular ham it isn't neatly layed in a pile but rather rusticly thrown together in a big clump. It has an unmistakable taste but not one I would immediately equate with Turkey, as I've mentioned earlier I was quite happy to taste it as porky for so long.
It has a lovely salty flavour and a real savouryness to it, each slice is thin meaning a good 5 or 6 layers must be employed to make the perfect sandwich (all depending on personal taste of course).
You do get the occasional clear fatty bit or small gristly area but this isn't anything to fuss over too much, it gives the meat character (theres a sentence I never thought I'd say).
Now you should probably know a little something about me, I have a fetish for a good ham roll (no that's not a euphamism). I luuuuurve a good few slices of ham lovingly slapped into a crusty bread roll, in my opinion that's the absolute best way to enjoy turkey ham although it also goes well in omelettes, in a salad or even just on it's own.
Reccomended to anyone who likes ham but not necessarily anyone who likes turkey as this product doesn't taste at all like the festive feathered bird (at least not to me anyway).
I have been buying Bernard Matthews wafer thin turkey ham for as long as I can remember. There are always cheaper kinds of ham in store when shopping and I must admit I have tried a few to save a bit money but I must be honest and say that I always end up back with this one. Bernard Matthews's ham is more expensive than other brands if you shop at a supermarket and can be over £2.00 per smaller pack but I get mine from farm foods where I get the large pack for £2.00.
I had heard of Bernard Matthews before from there turkey drummer range and I really enjoy them so that is what made me originally want to try the ham. The packaging is rather simple and on the front is a picture of grass and a sandwich and the underside is clear.
The first thing you notice about this ham upon opening is the smell. I think personally that it smells a bit smoked however it isn't. The ham is wafer thin and not placed carefully in a pack as usual it is more of less chucked in and goes where it wants. The ham is very moist and stays that way even when the pack has been opened a while.
Each 30g serving of turkey ham contains:
This ham really is delicious and due to it being very moist and tasty it makes it the nicest ham I have ever tasted. I hate how some ham tastes very bland and processed yet this one doesnt at all. The taste is meaty and different with the turkey flavour.
I use this ham in lots of different meals and some suggestions could be:
Overall the quality of this ham speaks for itself and it is always on my shopping list. As I mentioned earlier it can be rather expensive in stores but it is definitely worth a look around or visit a farm foods if you can. I would definitely recommend this and I'm sure you will love it.
My wife is a big lover of this meat and I always thought it smelt pretty nice, but never bothered about eating it. It always looked a bit slimy and fatty, and the pinkness of the Meat didn't look that natural. Then again a product called Turkey Ham suren't isn't all that natural.
This is made by Bernard Matthews. He of the famous Turkey Twizzlers and other dubious products.
You can get this in 170g packs, or 340g packs. It isn't that expensive and I think the wife paid £1.19 for the 170g pack the other week. You get a good amount of slices in the pack as well as the slives are quite small, round in shape and all folded up together.
It states that you should use this within 3 days of opening. I don't bother much about things like this, but my wife was put off this meat about 6 months ago when she bought the big pack, it was open for about a week, and she had it all covered up.She had been using it, but didn't look at it for a couple of days, then when she went back to use it, it was covered with white and green spots - yuk. She has now put that incident behind her but will only buy the smaller packs. The best before date on it is pretty good at a few weeks ahead.
THis is pretty tasty meat, as I succumbed to eating this the other week. You can taste the Turkey through this, and it is a smokey, taste. Can't taste the Ham bit, don't know where that comes in.
I had this in a Pitta Bread filled with this, salad and a bit cheese and it made for a a nice tasty snack.
Not the best quality Meat and I didn't bother to look at the ingredients, as i'm sure they would be a bit offputting, but I will eat this again quite happily.
I really like This cold meat, as I think it is tasty and has a nice smokey flavour to it. It is also quite cheap as well.
You can buy this in 2 different sized packs. The 170g, which costs about £1.50 and the 340g pack, which is around £2.80. A couple of weeks ago Tesco was selling the 340g pack for half price, so £1.40 for a big pack of cold meat. I think I ate it every day on my sandwiches and probably sickened myself in the process.
You get loads of slices in the pack. The meat is really thin, and I tend to put about 6 slices on my sandwich to build up the flavour. the slices are circular and when you open the pack you get this lovely smell of the meat coming out.
The pack is just either a square shape for the 170g, or a rectangular one for the 340g. The pack is quite deep as well. The plastic is see through, and it has a peel back lid. The lid is a blue colour with the writing in red and a nice picture of a sandwich stuffed with Turkey Ham.
Each slice is 8 calories, so can be eaten an a calorie controlled diet.
The only thin I don't like is that some of the slices are quite wet, and since the slices are normally wrapped all together and you have to pull them apart, then you've got to feel the slimey slices. Not sure why some are like this and others aren't. I know there is water added to this meat, but surely not that much! It's only a minor gripe, and the pro's certainly outweigh the cons.
A great cold meat to have in the house.
I have just had a sandwich and bowl of soup for my dinner and was happy to see my mum had brought some of my favourite wafer thin ham made by Bernard Matthews.
It is very thin ham and they were right to call it wafer thin and it is perfect I think because I don't like thick ham on sandwiches.
It's turkey instead of pork but tastes like normal ham but it hasn't got quite a strong flavour as other ham we buy. It is smoked and that gives it a delicious taste just like bacon.
I had mine on a sandwich with salad today but my mum mixes it with soft cheese sometimes for a flling when we are having baked potato. I like the way it looks all scrunched up in the packet and you have to untangle it a bit before you can put it on your sandwich.
Its very low in fat and calories so it is good for people on a diet.
A packet costs about £1 and that is good value cos its a really tasty ham that everyone in this house likes.
This has to be my least favourite sandwich filling - whilst on one of my health kicks a few years ago I picked this up in an effort to strip a fe calouries off my lunchtime sandwich.
However I have decided the cost of the calories is well worth it after eating this. The description wafer thin is perfect - I don't think that you could make it much thinnner if you tried. The slices all stick together in the packet so it makes it really difficult to leaf and layer an few slices you just seem to end up with a blob of meat!.
The amount of water that seemed to be in the bottom of the packet was excessive I feel, but I suppose better in the bottom of the packet than in the meat - but at the end of the day I am paying for the weight of that water.
The taste isn't great either. I really wouldn't say it tasted like turkey and the smell is a bit strong and overpowering. The texture is quite synthetic aswell.
All round not very pleasant and I won't be buying it again.
I first tasted this when I was on one of my mad dieting phases, i joined weight watchers, so trying to maximise my points i opted to try this, so I could eat more for my 20 point allowance. Surprisingly i liked it.
It is not a diet food, and not advertised as one, but becasue it is so low in fat, alot of dieters use it.
The best thing about this product is that it does not compromise on taste, so much so that i use it in my kids packed lunches, and often find them stealing out of the fridge to eat as a snack when they are looking for something to devour.
It is also a great price too, the larger 340 grams is between £1.94 and £2.00 depending where you shop, which is great value, because it is thinly sliced, it goes along way too
This is great in salads, on a sandwhich, and i have used it in omlets, and scambled eggs, so is adaptable for cooking with.
Now I do really like this turkey ham. It comes in a plastic square carton with Bernard Matthews famous logo on the top of the label. I first bought it when I was on a diet, the slices are really thin and low in fat, it says on the packet it is 95% fat free, so I thought I would give it a go.
You can buy it in two different pack sizes 170g and 340g and I find that it lasts a long time before it goes out of date, that is if it isn't eaten first. I tend to buy the 170g pack which costs about £1.
I usually have it in a sandwich with lettuce and cucumber and I must say it is the nicest prepacked ham I have ever tasted and I find it very moreish - although that isn't too good if you are watching your weight!
The most important values per 100 grams are
103 calories - which is really good considering that is more than half the packet.
4.1g fat - which is okay
1.2g sat fat - which is a reasonable low amount
1.0g sugar - I would never have even thought that there was sugar in it!
2.5g salt - which is really high actually so do be careful of your intake
The only thing which I think this could do with is a resealable lid as it will go dry if it is left open so make sure you wrap it in cling film when you are storing it in the fridge.
We're in the middle of a British summer, the glorious weather... well you might get 5 minutes sun in-between the rain so take advantage of them and go on a picnic! That's what my husband and I have been doing a lot lately and the perfect food to take on a picnic is sandwiches.
We are always looking for something new to put in them so when I came across Bernard Matthews Wafer Thin Turkey Ham about a week ago I decided I'd have to try it. It only costs £1.66 for 340g in Tesco's, that's quite cheap for such a large amount of ham. Bernard Matthews are the best producer of cooked turkey for sandwiches in the U.K they're a brand you can trust to be really good quality. This meat is made from animals in Norfolk, Suffolk and Linconshire.
The ham comes in a thin plastic tray with a plastic layer over the top to keep it airtight. The plastic on the top of the box has a picture of two sandwiches filled with the turkey ham and lettuce, it looks very nice, this is on a plain blue background with a picture of a field at the top. It also has the words: BIG VALUE PACK on the bottom of the packet. On the back are the ingredients and all the other need to know information.
Turkey (60%), Water, Potato & Rice Starch, Salt, Dextrose, Milk Protein, Lactose, Stabilisers (Sodium Diphosphates), Whey Protein, Rosemary Extract, Antioxidant (Sodium Ascorbate), Flavouring, Garlic Flavouring, Smoke Flavouring, Preservative (Sodium Nitrite)
Per 37.5g serving there is:
54 Calories and 2.6g of fat
Those who are allergic to milk should avoid this product as for some strange reason they have decided to put milk into it.
It needs to be stored in the fridge but doesn't need cooking; it's ready to eat as it is. It doesn't really smell of anything when you open the packet. The ham is a pale yellowy colour and is cut into a circular shape. It does indeed taste of turkey which is good. It isn't too dry either.
Overall I think that this is a good product with an 8 out of ten.
Did you notice I didn't include the word Gobble in my title? For today I thought I'd dispense with the crude world of double entendres and pay homage to the simplicity that is Bernard Matthews.
OK, so I ended up with this wafer thin cooked turkey by accident. A rather STUPID accident (Mark!) but an accident none the less. I sent Mark to Tesco for some turkey for a stir fry, thinking he'd pick a couple of turkey breasts up. Unfortunately, Mark wasn't blessed with the common sense gene and arrived home carrying a suspiciously light carrier bag containing..... yep, you guessed it, Bernard Matthews wafer thin turkey ham... Obviously we won't be having stir fry tonight so I thought we'd just have a sandwich and crisps for tea.
Looking at the ingredients, I see this meat is made up of 60% turkey and although there are many other things in this list (including E numbers 407, 451, 450 and 452) there isn't really anything to add bulk to it so I'm quite confident that what I'm eating is more or less meat. There are 54 calories in a 37g portion and 2.6g fat, which isnt too bad compared to a certain pack of butter roast turkey strips which I bought in Iceland last week!
Peeling the lid back (or rather peeling it halfway back and then having to cut because it got stuck), a smell comes out of the packet. It's not a very pleasant aroma and is quite a musty smell. This goes in literally seconds and you're left with... well, no smell at all unless you're in the habit of sticking pieces of turkey up your nose - then there's a vague smell of meat. The first thing to do when you buy a packet of this meat is to separate each slice of turkey from it's neighbour and stick it in a plastic box so you can pop it in the fridge when you've taken out what you need.
The slices of turkey are cut into pale slices and I'm pleasantly surprised when I nibble on one whilst doing the sandwiches. I don't really eat a lot of turkey as I find it too dry and lacking in flavour but this turkey was lovely. It was more moist than the strips of damp cardboard a lot of the supermarkets seem to be selling under the vague description of 'Cooked Meats' and I'd go as far to say it wasn't as dry as 'proper' turkey when you have what's left after Christmas dinner on a sandwich. I can eat a slice of this on it's own, but give me a slice of normal roast turkey on it's own and you'll have me reaching for a glass of water to help it on it's journey from my mouth to my stomach! The turkey has quite a rich taste considering how thin each slice is and the taste lingers for a minute or two after you've finished eating. And you really can taste the turkey in these slices, which compared to Kwik Save's own branded turkey slices is a feat in itself! There's also another flavour in there but I can't think (or see in the ingredients) what it might be so am assuming its part of the 'flavouring' that is mentioned but not expanded upon.
This 150g pack cost 99p from Tesco and is available at all of the supermarkets. Its uses aren't limited to sandwiches either, oh no. Stick a pile of it on a plate with a salad for a delicious healthy lunch, wrap it around chunks of cheese and secure with cocktail sticks, rip a couple of slices up and sprinkle them on top of a pizza before cooking it or simply nibble on a piece while you're cooking dinner. It's so versatile I'm sure you'll think of something! A pack contains enough for 4 sandwiches if you're pigs like me and Mark and have thick sarnies but if you're one of those strange people who like more bread than filling then this pack will easily do you for 7 or 8 sandwiches. Don't forget though that even though it has to be kept in the fridge you must eat the lot within 3 days. There's always a quick recipe on the back of the lid to the turkey and I thought I'd share the one on my pack.
*~*~*~* Turkey Hash *~*~*~*
150g wafer thin cooked turkey, cut into strips
500g cooked new potatoes, sliced
1 onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
2 tbsp parsley, roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
4 beaten eggs
1/4 pint single cream
2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp hot curry powder
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Salt & pepper
Heat oil in a large frying pan and gently cook the onion, garlic and red pepper. Add the potatoes, parsley and turkey. Combine the cream, egg, curry powder, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning. Add to the pan and cook until firm to the touch over a gentle heat for approximately 10 minutes. Brown the top under the grill and serve. Easy peasy.