“ Brand: Asda / Type: Meat „
I love to cook and I really enjoy making up stews and casseroles and curries and things like that. Because of that (and the fact that I am a meat eater lol) I do get through alot of meat in such dishes and it can be an expensive meal if your not careful.
With meat however it is tough (quite literally at times lol) to find a good cut of meat, such as this at a reasonable price and so when I spotted this bag of pre diced lamb meat costing £2.70 for a 454g bag full, knowing how much lamb usually costs decided to grab a bag.
The bag is largely see through plastic with a burgundy theme is sections on it going on. I am told on the front of it that it is Asda Diced Casserole Lamb, the weight is stated, I am told to keep it frozen and the best before date is clearly stamped on and there is a picture of some vegetables on there. On the back of the bag other information listed includes ingredients being listed and nutritional and storage details are also given, cooking instructions are also listed and contact details for Asda are stated. The bag is easy to tear open though isn't resealable as such though it is informative enough and I appreciate the bag being see-through so I can judge the quality of the meat before purchasing it.
The cooking instructions on this bag of meat say to brown it first for about 10 minutes and then put it in a casserole dish with other casserole ingredients and cover it with a lid and leave it to cook for around abouts 2 and half hours. I have done this, also used it in a slow cooker and not only have I used it in casseroles/stews but like I mentioned earlier in curries too (again in the oven or in the slow cooker).
The meat is a nice browny colour and chunky and when frozen doesn't go watery or jellyish looking but quite fresh. Bits of it do have a little bit of fat on but not too much. Don't cook this enough it is tough as old boots though and I know this from one day browning it well and putting some sort of sauce over it for a few minutes and then serving it. The lamb tasted of lamb but crumbs....I almost broke teeth on it and it was so, so chewy and it hit the bin!
This is best browned and left to cook in the oven (slow cooker/pressure cooker) for as long as you can. It goes so, so tender and almost breaks up and the quality of this when cooking it that way is simply superb and really tasty!
I like the fact that this is thickly diced and so has substance to it. It isn't watery (though some water is added to it) and it really isn't salty either (though again some is added).
A great freezable bag of lamb this is and very versatile and from that first time I purchased a bag of it I buy a bag now weekly to make a meal with! A really good value and tasty bag of lamb this is!
Nutritional Information Per 100g:
of which sugars: Nil
of which saturates: 9.3g
equivalent as salt: 0.5g
Only available in Asda.
This FREEZING weather means we've been eating loads of comfort food so we've had shedloads of casseroles and stuff like that. We do loads of beef and chicken stews so when I was in Asda the other day I got a bag of this frozen diced lamb for a change.
I know a lot of people don't like frozen meat but this is perfect for stews and is proper good quality. A 454g bag costs £2.00 and that's a bargain because lamb is dear to buy at the minute.
It doesn't look that good when you take it out of the bag but when it's been in the stewpot for a few hours you'd never tell the difference between this and fresh lamb. It's quite lean, some of the cubes have got a layer of fat on but that's dead easy to take off once it's started to thaw out. You can use this lamb from frozen but because of the fat on some of the meat I defrosted it because it would have made the gravy go all oily.
Once it's defrosed you just treat it like normal stewing meat so you can brown it first if you like or just put it straight into the stew. It takes the same amount of time to cook as fresh lamb so a stew or casserole can take a few hours, I reckon this would make a wicked meal in the slow cooker but ours exploded (LITERALLY!!! LOL) a few weeks ago so I haven't tried that.
The stew I made was with all the normal stew vegetables like onions, leek, carrots, parsnip, sweetcorn, peas, potatoes plus I added a big spoon of mint sauce because that's the best thing to go with lamb. I didn't brown the meat first because I hadn't got time to be messing and the meat cooked proper nice in the gravy.
It went tender and soft, the cubes had a wicked stringy texture just like fresh lamb and tasted very meaty. The only difference between this and fresh stewed lamb was that this meat is a bit tougher to chew unless you cook it forever! That means that it's only any good for stews or casserole because it needs such a long cooking time and that's a shame because I reckon the sizes of the cubes would make it wicked in lamb and mint pie.
For the price this is a bargain, even frozen meat snobs should give it a try because it doesn't make sense to use the more expensive cuts of lamb for stew when cheap meat like this will do the same job.