“ Brand: Asda / Type: Fish „
When it comes to sea food I love the stuff and the other night I was bit peed off at the world and my flatmate brought these back for us to share to cheer me up. I simply love mussels so I was pleased to see their arrival in the kitchen I can tell you!
The mussels come in a clear plastic sealed up vacuum flat pack idea within a box. On the front of that box there is a photograph of the mussels in a bowl and I am told that they are Asda Scottish Mussels In Garlic Butter Sauce 'Made with rope grown Scottish Mussels' and that they contain no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat, that they weigh 450g, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there and the best before date is clearly stated and there is a small see through window there too so you can see some of the mussels through the box. Other information on the back of the box includes being told how to heat them up, ingredients and allergy advice is listed, there is a full nutritional chart shown and contact details for Asda are given. Informative packaging this is and it appears nice enough too.
What you get is about 30ish mussels in dark shells in a white sauce infused with greeny looking herbs (which I think is parsley by looking at the ingredient list). You can simply can boil them in the bag in a bout 5 minutes, heat in a saucepan in about 5 minutes or pop them in the microwave for 4-5 minutes. I simply heated mine in a saucepan which was simple enough to do.
They cooked well in the time stated on the box and I served them up. There was a wonderful aroma of garlic wafting through the kitchen and the mussels came saturated in the thin white coloured sauce and it was plentiful. However I found these awful! The shells were broken when I put them in the pan already and I ended up with the shell mixed with the sauce and the mussels and that wasn't at all pleasant to try to eat.
The yellowy coloured mussels were small and soggy although I only cooked them for the time specified on the box and the sauce was far to thin and like water however to be fair to it the sauce was the best thing about it all! It wasn't a creamy or buttery sauce as it says on the box and I couldn't identify the herbs within it but could taste garlic highly!
All in all I found these hugely disappointing. Soggy mussels with broken shells failed to float my boat I'm afraid and I won't be eating these ever again even if someone else buys them as I just feel they lack quality and flavour.
Nutritional Information Per 1 Pack:
Saturated Fat; 4.3g
Only available in Asda stores costing about £2.38 a box.