It's a are event for the family to sit down & have a meal together - hubby works long hours in his business & both my daughters have moved out to start work & uni - so I planned a 'proper' meal for last Saturday. It's a long story but the meal was actually cooked on Sunday & eaten in a hurry as my lovely offspring decided they needed some retail therapy so I was really pleased that I'd got Tesco Value Yorkshire puds in the freezer to save me time.
I love home-made puds but sometimes buy pre-made ones such as Aunt Bessies (fab) but when I saw these on sale at Tesco for just 38p for 12 I thought I'd give them a try. The picture shows a pack of 15 but these were definitely 12 - otherwise they look exactly as shown & are easily recognisable as Value because of the distinctive wrapping.
The plastic/cellophane bag is easy to open but is a wee bit flimsy & because they are loose in the pack you have to be a bit careful when unpacking your shop & placing in the freezer. Apart from this I found them to be really good value & will be buying more in the future as a standby.
The bag is 185g & each pudding is of a good size - not as large as some but they're not mini either. IThjey have a nice pale golden colour to them & are uniform in size. The cooking time is only 3-4 minutes (some brands take longer) so they're ideal for popping in the oven just before serving a roast dinner etc.
They go a lovely deeper colour when cooked & rise pretty well without going soggy in the middle & they have a nice crisp top. I wouldn't say they exactly melt in the mouth but they're not chewy or doughy like some other puddings I've tasted.
All the nutritional values are clearly listed on both the front & back of the pack along with ingredients, storage instructions, cooking directions plus there's a website address 'for further information'.
I was pleased to find that they weren't as unhealthy as I'd thought - only 36 calories each - so I can eat more than I thought! However, they may not be suitable for everyone as they contain milk, wheat, gluten & eggs.
- I was pleasantly surprised by these as they only cost 39p.
- nice colour & texture.
- fairly light & have a good flavour.
- would recommend giving them a go because they're so convenient.
I really do love Yorkshire puddings but if you regularly read any of my reviews you will now be aware I'm not a good cook! Lucky for me my Mother is and she makes the most divine Yorkies in the world but me, well no matter how hard I try to make a batter mixture up it just isn't right and something always goes wrong with it no matter how hard I try lol. My attitude to cooking though really is why bother if you don't have to! I can buy what I want to when I want to made up and it doesn't always cost the earth to do so which this product backs up at only 43p for 12 puddings. Why bother buying ingredients I need and waste my precious time and creating washing up and work for myself when I don't have to eh so I grabbed these to put with a meat for a quick dinner for myself!
Large square plastic bag that is blue and white in colour with a photograph of the puddings on the front. In red and blue writing I'm told they are Tesco 'Value' 12 Yorkshire Puddings 'Ready baked light and crispy Yorkshire puddings' and that they contain no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours, that they cook in the oven for 4 minutes (from frozen), that they are Vegetarian, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there, the size is stated (185g), I'm told to keep them frozen and the display and best before date are clearly displayed. On the back of the bag I'm told how to store them, how to cook them, ingredients and allergy advice is given and nutritional advice is fully given and contact details for Tesco are shown are stated. The packaging has now been changed to this since the photograph on the top of this review was listed and it's actually a bit better and not so in your face and cheap looking now and it's informative enough!
Well when you first open the bag you are greeted by 12 puddings of course. They are all hard to the touch because they are frozen and containing a sort of sweet smell to them really. They are not very big, golden in colour (as they are pre-cooked) and have a 'well' in the middle of each one.
All you do to cook these is place them in a preheated oven on Gas Mark 6/ 200C/400F for 3-4 minutes. I didn't think my frozen puds would cook in that time but they really did. When cooked they went slightly darker in their golden colour and looked a little crisped up and held together well.
I found these really quick and simple to heat up and I shoved a couple on my dinner and covered them in gravy. Now these didn't delight me but they didn't disgust me either. They were ok in texture and rather light and held together well instead of turning too soggy too quickly or melting or anything like that but they simply didn't really taste of anything and didn't taste one bit seasoned. They weren't as sweet as they first smelt and I guess I could detect a little bit of an eggy, floury taste if I try hard to think about the flavour but really they were a bit like eating air it's as simple as that.
They are not awful but not great however they are acceptable and if your a fan of ready made Yorkie Puds then I'd give them a go but realise they are not as good as homemade! These are just quick and easy to heat through, not bad in calories and/or fat and sort of finish a dinner off!
Nutritional Advice Per Pudding:
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I regularly buy Yorkshire puddings to be kept in the freezer until such times as myself and my partner make a roast dinner for tea, as I find they are the perfect accompaniment.
I normally buy supermarket-own branded Yorkshire puddings, and I tend to find that they are very convenient, as they can be stored until required, and then they only take a few minutes in a hot oven to be cooked to perfection!
I am no Nigella Lawson, and having tried and failed at making my own yorkies in the past, I have given up long ago, and opt instead for this much more convenient option!
It was whilst I was in my local Tesco supermarket recently that I opted to buy the "Tesco Value" pre-packed frozen Yorkshire puddings. I had not tried them before, and was instantly impressed by the low cost. The packaging informed me that these particular yorkies were ready baked, and contained no artificial preservative, flavours or colours.
I was impressed that the packet of puddings would cost me under 50 pence (I think they were actually 44 pence, but don't quote me on that pleeeease). I figured that they were worth a try at least and with that, my decision was made!
The packaging is similar to all products in the Tesco Value range in that it is rather plain. There is a picture of some lovely-looking Yorkshire puddings on the wrapper, and there are twelve in the packet (not 15, like the package shown in the picture on the Dooyoo page). There is also no 'window' on the packaging, so I cannot see the Yorkshire puddings through the bag, although this does not bother me personally.
I think that this product has just recently had a bit of a 'face-lift' by Tesco, in terms of the size of the puddings themselves and of course the packaging.
I have used these Yorkshire puddings a few times now, and in fact I finished off the packet last night. The general opinion from both me and my partner is that these offer great value and they do the job! We were both of the opinion that they were on a par with other brands of Yorkshire puddings that we buy on a regular basis, in terms of quality and convenience.
The Yorkshire puddings do not have a huge amount of taste to them, but then again I find this to be the case with most frozen yorkies! The texture of them is just about right once they have been cooked - they are not soggy or too soft, as has been the case in the past with my own home-made version.
Furthermore, the outsides of the Tesco value yorkies has always been lovely and crisp and just as it should be, in my humble opinion. They have always been a lovely accompaniment to our Sunday roast, in particular when they are served with stuffing and gravy, but that is probably just my personal choice!
The information on the packaging informs me that these puddings are suitable for vegetarians. It also has relevant allergy information quite clearly listed so that any allergy suffers can make an informed choice about whether this product is suitable for them.
The nutritional information states that each pudding - which is 15.4g - will contain 36 calories and 1.1g of fat, which is not nearly as high as I thought it would be. This makes me wonder whether these puddings would be suitable to include in a calorie-count type of diet or eating plan.
All in all, I would recommend these Yorkshire puddings, and I for one will definitely buy them again. Five stars from me! :-D