Product Type: Fray Bentos Food
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Fray Bentos Just Chicken Pie
Member Name: myloh
Fray Bentos Just Chicken Pie
Advantages: Long cupboard life. Decent meal for one.
Disadvantages: Getting the tin open.The suet-y underlay of the pastry
I'm reviewing the 'Just Chicken' pie from FRAY BENTOS.
It comes in a 425g tin & the price varies. I've found it at £2 + (but didn't buy),and it is often to be found in Pound stores & bargain stores for £1.
First I'll tackle opening the tin....and I stress tackle. The tin(being 16cms in diameter), requires a lot of effort with a hand held opener and would be a nightmare for someone with limited hand mobility. I'm not sure if an electric can-opener could be used on it because I don't have one of those & I've only seen one used on ordinary sized tins of soup.
OK,now we've got the lid off and the pie looks like a dish of congealed grease/suet with some gravy seeping through in places. Not the nicest looking thing,but fair enough,it IS uncooked as yet. You need to put it on a tray before putting it in the oven & this is important because these pies often bubble over the sides in cooking & you DON'T want to be needing to scrape burned gravy from your oven shelves & oven floor. Personally I put a small sheet of tin-foil on the tray THEN put the pie on top of that. That way any spill can be scrunched up for disposing with the foil rather than needing to scrub furiously at the tray during washing up.
It cooks in a preheated oven at 230degrees C/450degrees F for 25-30 mins.
Once cooked there is a nice crispy but thin pastry top on it while underneath that is a layer of a suet (?)substance.Personally I remove that & set it aside for the dog later because I don't like it.Fortunately dog does.
Dishing it up can be a pain trying to get it all from the hot container.I tend to use wadded paper kitchen towel to grip one edge of the pie tin & tilt it as necessary that way.....because using a tea-towel or oven glove means getting the item stained badly with gravy. I also use a table spoon to retrieve as much gravy as possible from the edges of the container,so have one handy.
The content is just fine for 1 person,a limited amount of chicken and a tasty gravy. As I said,fine for one person & if you throw a few oven chips on the tray as well about 10-15 mins into cooking time, then you have a reasonable meal for one.
So I buy these from time to time as a 'stand-by' meal for those occasions when I haven't been able to shop & am stuck for something for tea. They do the job just fine,but I wouldn't say "yummy....I'm looking forward to this !" . I buy them at the £1 price so in that respect they are indeed a bargain & tend to have a long cupboard/shelf life without needing refrigerated,which is another plus.
On a current note..........thankfully I've not heard them mentioned in the recent scares re ready meals & pies,so I assume they ARE what they say on the tin.
Thank you for reading & I hope my review was helpful.
Summary: A good stand-by to have in the food cupboard and quite tasty.
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