“ Manufacturer: Ginster's / Type: Pie „
Way too much potato makes this a very bland potato pastie with some gristly beef.
Luckily, you do not need to go all the way to Cornwall to enjoy a good old fashioned Cornish Pasty. Thankfully, Ginsters are right there in the refridgerator department in the supermarket to offer packaged, ready to eat pasties. Ginsters are actually Ginsters of Cornwall and I believe cornish pasties are like champagne, they cannot be called a cornish pasty unless they have actually been made in Cornwall. So, all the better for us as I have been to Cornwall and their pasties are some of the best I have ever tasted.
Basically a pasty is a type of pie or filled pastry case that is folded over to form a half circle. On the edge it is pressed together so you get a lovely thick pastry crust. Traditionally the pasty is filled with beef, potato, onion and swede although Ginsters do a number of different flavours. I however, do like their original cornish pasty the best and this is described as a pasty with fresh British Beef with fresh potato, onion and swede and wrapped in light puff pastry.
According to their packaging they say, "Here at Ginsters we love fresh, wholesome and satisfying food. We source as locally as possible to keep a close eye on the quality. With 100%fresh British beef, our pasties are packed full of flavour. With no added artificial ingredients. We wouldn't have it any other way."
They say that you can eat this pasty either cold or hot. I must admit that I do prefer it warm and it is very easy to warm up in the oven, you just pop it in for about 15 minutes and it is ready to eat. You can also heat it up in the microwave too but it is nice to know that you can pack one of these in your lunchbox for the day and eat it jsut as it comes straight out of the packet. The pastry of the pasty is lovely and golden once heated up and has a lovely flaky taste to it, I would have to say it's almost as good as a freshly made one so that's saying something for a packaged snack. These pasty's are always wonderfully filled full to the brim, you really do get a lot of filling in each bite which is great. There is nothing worse than a flimsy pie/pasty with nothing inside. The vegetables are lovely and fresh and all in all this is a great store bought pasty.
You can also freeze them on the day of purchase so I always get a couple and stick them in the freezer for when the craving arises!
I love these Ginsters Cornish pasties and in fact I love Cornish pasties in general.
I have recently been buying these quite frequently for me and my partner; we usually take it in turns!!
We have been quite fortunate and occasionally these have been on special offer at Asda in particular. Currently they are only a £1.00 for one in Tesco. We will usually have these at lunchtimes; just on their own; microwaved. It states on the packet that they can be microwaved in one minute 30 seconds. However, i always find that it needs 2 minutes, for it to come out piping hot. It is most likley the case that at least the pastry part of the pastie would come out better if it were cooked in the oven. When done in a microwave the outer pastry is soft, very slightly stodgy and almost sort of flat. However, this is how we always do them!! Maybe its because we are greedy and can't wait to eat the pastie!! I like the pastie done in the microwave though; it tastes great. I cannot say exactly how it would turn out if cooked in the oven. I would imagine some people may prefer it done this way, particularly if they want a possibly more crispy/browner pastry which may well taste better. By oven cooking this pastie it will take 20 minutes from chilled or 35 minutes from frozen according to the guidelines on the packet.
For lunch, i don't think you need have anything added to this pasty; i mean you don't need to have chips or any other sort of potato. The pastie is large and very filling; perfectly ample for lunch. Baked beans do go nice with this pastie though but I would probably only add the baked beans if i were having this as a main sort of evening meal.
Both me and my partner put loads of brown sauce on our pasties; i love the pastie with brown sauce!! Personally i would never have it with tomato ketchup; although some people may prefer to have this with it.
The inside filling really is very good to taste. There is plenty of small slices of potato, swede (which actually goes really well with the rest of the ingredients), onion, beef and also, it is quite peppery. I think the peppery taste makes it taste even better. The filling is very plentiful, so its not all just pastry and no filling like some other pasties i have tried in the past.
Potato (27%). Wheatflour, Vegetable oil, British beef (14%), Water, Onion (6%), Swede (5%), Beef fat, Salt, Egg, Cornflour, Pepper, Vegetable Boullion, Milk, Mustard seeds, Coriander
Vegetable Boullion contains; Dried onion, Leek, Salt, Sugar, Vegetable oil, Turmeric
Milk, Wheat, Gluten, Egg, Mustard
Each Ginsters pastie has 549 kcals in it
Ginsters state on the product packaging that their ingredients are sourced 'as locally as possible to keep a close eye on the quality' and that they use '100% fresh beef'.
There are no artificial ingredients in Ginsters Cornish pasties.
These are a super tasting pastie; well worth buying; i'm giving them the full five stars which i think is well deserved.
For no real reason, I just fancied a cornish pasty for lunch. Maybe it had something to do with passing a pasty shop whilst out and about. However my destination was Tescos and the nearest I could get to an orignial Cornish Pasty was a prepacked Ginsters pasty.
The packaging makes it quite clear that this is a Cornish company, so they must be OK! After returning from my food shop I put the oven on, and popped the pasty in for its alloted 20 mins. You can eat the pasty hot or cold but I think warm is best. Meanwhile my tummy was rumbling and the smells that were being emitted from the oven were making me salivate!!! Iwas really looking forward to my lunch.
Whats in the pasty?
This original Cornish Pasty contains 100% British Beef (jolly good!), fresh potatoes, onion and swede. The yummy ingredients are all wrapped in puff pastry.
The pasty is packed individually in a black plastic package with the Ginsters logo in red. There is a photo of the Cornish pasty with the strap line - 'real honest food' across the bottom. The main ingredients are listed on the front along with the sell by date.
The back of the packet contatains all the usual nutritional information along with heating instructions. There is also a reference to a charity CHICKS (Country Holidays for Inner City Kids). I can only assume without further research that this is a charity that Ginsters support - very commendable.
There is a logo on the back that states this is a GENUINE CORNISH PASTY. That is something I would like to know - What makes a GENUINE Cornish Pasty? I visited the site listed on the Ginster pacaking - www.cornishpastyassociation.co.uk , and found the answer to my question .....
"A genuine Cornish pasty has a distinctive 'D' shape and is crimped on one side, never on top. The texture of the filling for the pasty is chunky, made up of uncooked minced or roughly cut chunks of beef (not less than 12.5%), swede or turnip, potato and onion and a light peppery seasoning.".... "And, perhaps most importantly, it must also be made in Cornwall."
The pasty is suitable for home freezing.
The 20 minutes warming time seemed to last for ever, but at last the pasty came out of the oven looking, to be perfectly honest, exactly the same as it went in! A lovely semi circle of golden puff pastry sat before me. The smell was most definitely pastyish! I love puff pasty and this case did not disappoint. I cut throught he edge at had a bite of the light, crisp pasrty. It was lovely and buttery. The pasty had plenty of filling , lots of thinly sliced potato, swede and onion. The beef looked like mince rather than chunks of beef which I would have like to see. However the flavour was good. It was well seasoned and I enjoyed every last mouthful of the pasty.
The pasty cost £1 from Tescos which I don't think is bad value for a filling lunch.
I now feel inspired to have a go at making my own pasties. The only trouble is I don't live in Cornwall, so mine could never be genuine!
Im always abit weary of packaged food such as the Ginsters Cornish pasty as quality tends to be lacking and normally make you end up a little worse off at the end.
Well lets start with nutrition.
As is expected with convenience food such as these the fat content is rather high. As high as 24.3 gram per pasty. Now thats nearly 20% of the pasty. eww. So you are paying the price in terms of health for the convenience of the food.
So what does it taste like? Well I am not the patient type so therefore I oped to eat mine once it had been microwaved. I must say bigggg mistake. It was just aweful. The pastry was soggy and greasy and was knocking me sick with each bite. However the filling was fairly good and it wasn't just full of air, there was that old fashioned of fillings... filling. Now then you dont have to microwave them so good news. You can obviously oven cook them, which i imagine would make the product alot more palletable and also cold. I cant really describe to you what these are like because eating them microwaved has pritty much put me off for life.
Ginsters as a whole do, do a range of different pasties and other convenience foods. I have tried some of them cooked properly i.e. in an oven and the pastry is quite nice and done properly is enjoyable. I don't see why the pastry for this product would be any different.
Summary: I think I have sorta ruined my chance with this product but i would advise you to never microwave. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! But I dont believe they are a patch on Greggs
Potato (28%), Wheatflour, British Beef (14%), Vegetable Oil, Onion (6%), Swede (5%), Beef Fat, Glaze, Salt, Cornflour, Pepper, Flavouring, Vegetable Bouillon, Mustard Seeds, Coriander.
Glaze contains: Water, Vegetable Oil, Milk Proteins, Glucose.
Flavouring contains: Dried Yeast, Salt, Yeast Extract, Potato Starch.
Vegetable Bouillon contains: Dried Onion, Leek, Salt, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Turmeric, Black Pepper.
Contains: Milk, Wheat, Gluten, Mustard.
(Nutritional information taken from GINSTERS.CO.UK)
Ginsters Original Cornish Pasty.
Well being of Cornish descent and being a frequent visitor to the beautiful west country county, I am very partial to clotted creams and the traditional Cornish pasties. However living in the Midlands it is somewhat restricting when it comes to getting hold of these items. I have, however found a wonderful alternative in the form of Ginsters Pasties and although they are not exactly the real McCoy, even though they are from Cornwall, they are a very tasty alternative.
The black wrapping on a Ginsters Pasty is so distinctive that you really can't fail to miss it in the supermarket fridges. It has a very meaty looking pasty on the front and an oval shaped logo in red containing the words, Ginsters of Cornwall, with Fresh British beef, with fresh potato, onion and swede, wrapped in light puffed pastry written underneath.
On the reverse of the pack there is the usual nutritional information, the cooking instructions, the ingredients, and the contact details.
This is what Ginsters have to say about their pasties:-
"Here at Ginsters we love fresh, wholesome and satisfying food. We source as locally as possible to keep a close eye on the quality. So we know it's packed full of natural flavour. With no added artificial ingredients. We wouldn't have it any other way".
These pasties are just as delicious whether you have them hot or cold, and you can have them as a snack on their own as they are very large at 227g, or you can have them as part of a main meal. Hubby and I personally like ours with a few chips and some baked beans, or equally with some mash and a few vegetables and gravy.
The best way to cook a pasty is in the oven on a baking tray at gas mark 4 or 180 deg C, (350 F) for 20 minutes from chilled or 35 minutes from frozen. My girls just pop theirs in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds, but I don't like to do this as the pastry comes out all soggy and soft, although it does state that you can cook them like this.
For those who need to worry about allergies, these contain milk, wheat, gluten and mustard.
I would heartily recommend these pasties they are very tasty, meaty and slightly peppery, with lots of potato and onion. They are extremely filling and one for lunch at work will fill you totally for the afternoon. They are quick and easy to cook so now fiddly messing about when it comes to doing a quick meal at night. They are readily available at almost all supermarkets at a price of around £1.00 to £1.50 depending on where you shop and they can be eaten hot or cold whichever takes your fancy. I really enjoy them !!
Pick a few up when they are on offer as they are also suitable for freezing.
For more information visit : www.ginsters.co.uk
Thank you for reading !
Ginsters do not make particularly healthy food, but then Cornish pasties are NOT healthy, so you probably know what you're getting here.
However, Ginsters are probably the best makers of pastry products on the market, and they make quite a convincing argument for that with their Cornish pasty range. They aren't cheap, though, and I bought one today for £1.70, which, for a meal that's not really all that filling, is a total jip. It is, however, very, very tasty, and so this somewhat mitigates the extortionate costs (given that Asda pasties are about 28p).
I always eat these cold, but they are tasty at either temperature. Unlike some cheaper versions, it is jam-packed with food and isn't some cheap-o bare bones effort; there is a lot of meat and vegetables inside the pasty, making it fine for a quick bite, although I must say that they never manage to truly fill me up (perhaps I'm just a pig). If you're inclined to eat between meals, though, they do hit the spot quite well I find!
My only advice is not to eat one if you're wearing something smart, because it WILL flake all over you unless you're clever enough to use the wrapper or the cardboard supplied to prevent this. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to know that pasties are rammed with fat and calories, but these Ginsters ones generally do have a bit less than the cheaper supermarket's own brand versions, which perhaps is in part what you're paying the extra for.
You can catch these on a deal occasionally, but in general they are a bit too rich for my blood.
GINSTERS CORNISH PASTY.
Yes i love it, on special buy one get one free at Sainsbury's at the moment. 227 grams of whole packed out pasties.
The Package *****lovely cornish pasties by Ginsters.*****
Comes in a little package sealed at both ends, and has a picture of a pasty on the front, cut open in the middle so that you can see the insides showing through. It states real honest food, and it really is, i love them.
The Original Pasty Ginsters of Cornwall.
The Taste **********
Well i heated mine in the mircrowave for a few minutes, it does tell you to pop into the mircrowave for a minute and 30 seconds but i usually do mine for a few minutes to ensure that the middle is piping hot, and it tasted great, the meat tastes really good, and big generous slices of potato, they use british beef so thats why it tasted so good.
Not to spicy unlike others i have tried.
The Ingredients contains : British Beef, Potato, generous slices of, and Wheatflour, Vegtable Oil, Onion, generous pieces too, Salt, Cornflour, Pepper but not over done in my opinion, The Glaze contains Milk Proteins, Water, Vegtable Oil, and Glucose.
The Flavouring contains, Dried Yeast, Salt, Yeast Extract, and Potato Starch and it makes for a lovely tasty filling flavouring.
The Pastry was lovely, and came out brown, incidentally you can cook these pasties in the Oven if you want to cook on oven number Gas Mark 4, electric 180. from chilled 20 minutes.
From Frozen 35 minutes.
Also these contain mustard seeds, and coriander, Beef Fat and Vegtable Oil.
I love these and keep a few in the freezer in case i fancy a snack, i do find that these are really filling and they are just simply the best pasties i have tried, well worth the extra bit of money.
They are suitable for home freezing, and frreeze on day of purchase, then you can keep them in the freezer for a month, if you dont want to freeze these pasties, then please eat within 24 hours, but if you do defrost them do not refreeze them.
Milk, Wheat, Gluten, and Mustard.
I think that these are great and would definetely be buying these again.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews. x.
Ginsters have a bit of a rep at the moemtn (and for quite a few years now) for being sort of the cream of the crop when it comes to pastried foods. I really like the slices they do, sucha s the Ham & Cheese slice, and the Peppered Steak slice, alothough the price usually makes me restrict myself to whenever they have an offer on them somewhere. The same goes for their Cornish Pasty, and the other day I managed to pick it up on offer for £1, whereas usually it would be closer to the £2 mark, depending on where you get it from.
I was instantly impressed. I know that you can heat these up and they taste much nicer, but I tend to buy these sorts of products when I am in the car and want something a bit more substantial and easy to much on a journey. The pasty itself was easy to get out of the packaging, with the wrapping giving way easily to reveal the pasty on a thin carboard support board (for want of a better way of describing it).
The pastry around the outside was nice and fresh tasting, flaking a little, just like it should, and the inside of the pasty was surprisingly full. Other pasties I have come across always look as if they've got a lot fo filling, but if you actually bite into them, half of it is air. Not so with this one: most of the insides were full, leaving little room for air.
The filling itself is a nice mix of meat and veg, with some extra added spiciness. This may be a surprise for some with regards to the spiciness, and the flavour is very full, bringing the spice out a bit more than other pasties I have tried. Wasn't sure whether this was a plus point or not, as I hadn't expected it. I quite liked this, but I appreciate others might not.
The veg is quite chunky, in a way, with bits of carrot and swede having texture, as well as the meat. It tastes really nice, and I wolfed the whole thing down quite quickly. I imagine the taste would be even better if it was heated up first. It does look a little bland, but it certainly doesn't taste it.
Nutritionally, pastries generally aren't too good for you anyway, but this seems to retain a bit of balance on some of the finer points. However, just the 1 pasty will still hurl over 500 calories at you, depsite using a ligfht puff pastry, so be warned: don't eat too many of these in one go!! Naturally, if you're looking to control your calories, then it's probably best to ignore this altogether. In fact, why are you even bothering to read this review!!
Overal, a thumbs up from me. I expected the high calories, so that can't be too much of a negative, and prcie wise, Ginsters in general seem to have slashed their prices to suppliers, on the agreement this slash is relayed to the consumers. It's nice to see, espdecially when something is so filling and tastes great. Recommended.
"I'm off to the garage to get a ginsters" as Alan Partridge used to say, and who can blame him? Whilst I notice that he prefers a Scotch Egg, there is a lot to be said for the west country originated goodness of a cornish pasty.
The packaging is the first thing that draws you to a ginsters over its supermarket rivals, black, bold and pert with a real eye for design. The cardboard sleeve inside helps to keep the contents well pretected during transit.. which can only be a good thing as there's nothing worse than a smashed pasty!!
Inside the black plastic outer layer you're in for a treat of flakey, crumbly pastry containing a peppery mixture of minced meat, potato, carrot and turnip. It all sounds very rustic, and indeed the humble pasty is like taking a bite of yesteryear rural england, and that is half it's charm. It is a common myth that a cornish pasty has a meat filling at one end for the 'main course' and a sweet 'pudding' end stuffed with apple or other fruit. I can confirm after sampling many a ginsters pasty, that it is all savoury and every bite is as enjoyable as the last.
Ginsters Cornish Pasties are available currently for £1 in most good supermarkets and 'metro' type convenience stores. Usually they would be nearer the £1.75 mark, but I think Ginsters are re-focussing their costing during the recession.
From little acorns big Oak trees grow! During the 1960's Ginster's was a small egg packing business, as time went on the company expanded and diversified and today employ over 700 people to manufacture their famous pies, pasties and sandwiches.
I don't know about you but I enjoy a Cornish pasty hot or cold and the Ginster's pasties are a mighty undertaking, far more than a mere morsel!
Sainsbury's have the large pasties on offer at the moment, a 227g pasty for £1. usually they are about 30p dearer than that. If you were feeling so inclined then you could offer to share one between two but I'm afraid the inclination just isn't there.
Ginster's make their pasties to a traditional recipe and the tasty creation is neatly packed inside of a heat sealed wrapper that has a bold design. This may sound sexist but the packaging design has a masculine touch, a background of black and red and then a picture of the mighty pasty in all of it's glory. It has been described as `Good honest food`, that strong statement suits the pasty down to the ground.
If you take a good look through the list of ingredients they are comforting to say the least, British beef, potato, mustard, coriander, bouillon, onion, swede, yeast extract, turmeric, leek, sugar, salt and pepper, cornflour to thicken and I can't see an additive in sight.
The half circle pasty has been made using light puff pastry, though this type of pastry is often better eaten when it is hot it still manages to be exceptionally good when served cold.
Overall Ginster's have presented the pasty well, the edge of the pastry crust is fluted and the pasty has been cooked until a golden coloured crust has formed.
If you are going to enjoy a hot pasty then pre-heat your oven and pop the pasty in to heat through. About twenty minutes is sufficient and as the pasty has heated the fluffy puffy pastry takes on a glow all of it's own. You will need to serve the hot pasty on a dinner plate, that leaves you enough room to cut the delicacy without sending pastry crumbs flying everywhere.
One of the first things I always note is that as soon as you put the knife into the pasty a good spicy smell fills the air. Almost a `peppery` smell.
The pasty is packed with filling, a generous combination of meat and vegetables.
All of the vegetables have been finely sliced and given that tradition dictates that a pasty has no gravy the filling is fairly stolid.
Look at the pasty filling from another angle and you also notice the absence of colour in the filling, the meat, sliced potato, swede, onion and leek make for a pretty uninspiring colour scheme. But at the end of the day the taste of the pasty has to be proclaimed second to none, colour or no colour.
As I have already mentioned a little earlier in the review the huge pasty is filling, amazingly enough the light puff pastry is the easy part to wade through but the stodgy yet very tasty filling takes some tackling.
Ginster's like to point out that the pasties do contain mustard, wheat, milk and gluten.
A 227g pasty contains a mammoth 549 calories and they are very high in fat.
If you see the pasties on special offer then it is good to know that they can be frozen.
Ginster's also do a deep filled peppered steak slice, a deep filled chicken and mushroom slice and a deep filled spicy chicken slice.
The pasties are a meal in themselves and given the amount of calories that they contain maybe it is better to eat them minus chips!
But for a snack, a quick lunch or to take along to eat on a picnic the pasties are fabulous.
When is a Cornish pasty not a cornish pasty?
Nowadays it is not what goes into the pasty that makes it Cornish as it used to be but that to call it a Cornish pasty it has to come from Cornwall.
Ginsters is from Cornwall.
You can buy them in most supermarkets for around £1.
What is a cornish pasty
It is pastry with a filling. People usually think olf cornish pasties as being filled with meat, potato, onion and swede which of course Ginsters is but it used to be different.
The original pasty had meat one end and jam the other, was large, and this was for the workers, miners etc, to have a two course while away.
Did you know the Devil would never cross the River Tamar to cross into Cornwall because he was afraid that he would end up being the filling in a pasty.
Ginsters make their pasties full of natural flavour and there is no added artificial ingredients.
What I like about these pasties is that you can eat it hot or cold. If you are heating it in an over it takes about 20 minutes at 180. You can microwave it. They recommend about 1 minute but when I done it I found that it was a bit too soft pastry that long but about 20 seconds in the microwave makes it hot and well solid.
Besides eating it on its own, hot or cold, you can make it into a meal with mashed or chip potatoes and peas.
When you eat a ginsters pasty you do know you have ate as they are large 227g and very filling.
I would definately recommend this pasty as a meal or a snack.
Thank you for reading.
**** Introduction ****
One word of advice never go shopping while you are feeling peckish, I was wondering around Tesco on Thursday night and I came across these Ginsters Cornish pasties, these are something I would never usually buy but as I was starving at this point I loaded up my trolley with five of them.
**** The Ginsters Pasties ****
The Cornish pasty orginates from Cornwall as do these ginsters, they are made with a puff pasty casing and loaded with veg, potato and meat.
These are much larger than many of the Cornish pasties you can buy today, I think this is why I picked them up as they were so big and I was so hungry.
I have to say after devouring one in the car on the way home I was slightly disappointed as they lacked in taste, they seemed to be full of nothing but potato and had no seasoning what so ever. The pasty stuck to the roof of my mouth and I found it very difficult to swallow.
I think these would taste much better warmed up in the microwave, but if they are to be eaten cold i would not recommend this.
**** My Views ****
I bought these as they were on offer at a pound each, which is a lot cheaper than they are normally. I feel that even paying a pound that they are over priced as they do not taste to good.
I really cannot see why these get get so many good recommendations as they are vile, the other four sat in the fridge and got chucked alway this morning.
Ginsters make a wide range of 'snack' type foods for lunch on the go, and would typically retail for somwhere between £1-1.50, this pasty is usually around £1. This is quite good value for money, considering the amount that you actually get for one portion, over 200g is quite large and when I eat this with my normal lunch, I cannot eat all of it as its a bit bland, but also just too much!
I believe that this is an example though of quantity not quality. The pasty sounds very tempting and original, boasting ingredients of fresh British beef, fresh potato, onion & swede, wrapped in light puff pastry, this however is not quite the case.
Yes you do get everything that it states, just maybe not as you would expect it. You bite into the pasty and you see the small slices of potato and swede, and despite the fact that the beef is quite chunky, it is usually quite grissley. The overpowering taste is pepper, and you can see this in abundance in the pasty. Also I cant help but notice that it gives the roof of your mouth a strange coating which isnt very nice, I think this comes from the pastry but not quite sure.
You can heat it up in the oven which then changes it completely, however it defeats the point of it being a 'snack' as this takes time which you may not have. When it is warm the pastry is nice and crispy and the inside actually tastes more like you would expect a cornish party to taste, with a nice big dollop of sauce this does make a good meal, and is good value for money. I do think though that the majority of people would buy it to eat on the move, so wouldnt experience this which is a shame.
Overall im not that impressed with Ginsters cornish pasty, nor Ginsters in general. This does represent a cheap item which is a more than adequate snack, but personally I would prefer to pay slightly more and get a pasty that I am satisfied with.
Given the option this would be him one's choice for a lunchtime snack. I say snack advisedly, since weighing in at a hefty 227g,: that's half a pound in old money.
In 1969 Geoffrey Ginster began producing his own Cornish pasties from a site in Callington, Cornwall just two years after starting a van sales business buying and selling fresh pasties to local retailers in Cornwall. The business quickly began to grow and distribution channels were opened up throughout the south of England. By 1977 Samworth Brothers had acquired Ginsters and it remains within this group today.
This group is behind many of the cooked and chilled foods we are familiar with in supermarkets, high street retailers, convenience stores and garage forecourts.
Ginsters Original Cornish Pasty is claimed to be the nation's biggest selling product in the Chilled Savouries market and the Ginster brand offers food across sandwiches, wraps, quiches, hot pies, cold pies and ready to eat meals. Typically these seem to retail around £1 for a single pasty but cheaper multipacks are available.
So is it a pasty or is it a pastie??
The Cornish Pasty is thought to have started life as the working lunch for tin miners to take underground with them. The pasty was easy to carry, could be eaten with dirty fingers, was nourishing, and could even be savoury at one end and sweet at the other.
An underground miner would not return to the surface or be able to clean his hands when he paused for a lunch break. Arsenic was often found with tin, so could be on the hands. presenting a further danger. Legend has that he miner could hold the folded crust, eat the filling, then throw away the dirty pastry. Another tradition believes that it is bad luck for fishermen to take pasties to sea.
The Cornish pasty's dense, folded pastry stayed hot until lunchtime. Traditional bakers in former mining towns, until fairly recently, would bake pasties with fillings to order, marking the customer's initials with raised pastry. This was originally done because the miners used to eat one half of their pasty for breakfast and leave the remaining half for lunch, meaning that a way to identify their pasties, from the other miners', was needed.
My conclusion is that it's actually a pasty in the singular and pasties in the plural.
So how does the modern Ginster's variety stack up? Well it contains:
Fresh British beef, with fresh potato, onion & swede, wrapped in light puff pastry.
Potato (27%), Wheatflour, British Beef (14%), Vegetable Oil, Water, Onion (6%), Swede (5%), Beef Fat, Glaze, Salt, Cornflour, Pepper, Flavouring, Vegetable Bouillon, Mustard Seeds, Coriander.
(Glaze contains: Vegetable Oil, Milk Proteins, Glucose, Water)
(Vegetable Bouillon contains: Dried Onions, Leek, Salt, Sugar, Vegetable Oil)
Turmeric and Black Pepper
Each pasty typically contains:
Energy 549 kCal
(of which sugars) 3.2g
(of which saturates) 14.8g
The pastry is attractively crimped around the edges and relatively light in texture, but although the filling ingredients look and sound wholesome, they are not very attractive. Thin machined square slices of vegetables and morsels of meat do not give the impression of a hearty traditional pasty. However I have to admit it still tastes pretty good, tasty and slightly savoury, and yes they are a filling and satisfying lunch.
I have discovered that oven warming the pasty still on its cardboard packaging (naturally having removed it from the outer sleeve) actually absorbs some of the fat and makes the pastry even nicer. A plea though, never be tempted to microwave these pasties, its well worth the wait for the oven and the smell from the cooking gives you added anticipation and pleasure. ...........Enjoy
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The mighty Ginster's Cornish Pasty, food of the gods and Alan Partridge. How did it elude us so long?