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      08.10.2013 09:02
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      Cheap to buy.

      On a visit to Asda some time ago we were looking to buying some Ham, my hubby spotted this Ham from the Smart Price range and insisted he wanted to try it and save some money. I wasn't too keen because I like Ham usually chosen from the deli counter or a pre packed higher priced one but we decided to buy this one too because it was pre packed and also bought some from the deli.

      The Ham comes inside a plastic carton with just the name clearly on the front label. The label is very basic and no fancy design and the usual colours from the Smart Price range. All the details are on this label about the Ham.

      The Ham is circular shape and each slice measures approximately 6 inches in diameter and so a good size for a slice of Ham. It is a pale pink colour and looks almost the same the colour as any other Ham but just a little paler. The slices are quite thinly sliced and there are 10 slices in the packet and so quite a lot of slices for the cheap price. The Ham can easily be cut in half if needed using a knife because it is a soft texture but a little flimsy but manageable to place onto bread etc.

      The slices are easy to take from the packet and separate really well. When I arrived home and it was lunch time I decided to try this ham to make some sandwiches. The taste of this Ham is very bland in my opinion and I didn't like it. I did eat all of my sandwich because it wasn't a disgusting taste but not very much taste of a Ham flavour in my opinion. My hubby thought it tasted fairly ok and he enjoyed his sandwich. Later that day, my grandchildren came to visit and needed a snack in the afternoon and so I made them both some sandwiches using this Ham to see if they liked it. My little granddaughter ate it with no problems at all but my grandson didn't like it at all. He told me he didn't like it and he would only take a few bites of the sandwich. Both my grandchildren are not fussy eaters at all but one of them didn't like it at all.

      I decided to try eating it with some salad included in another sandwich the next day and it did taste a little better with the added salad but I still couldn't taste the Ham flavour. It still tasted bland and not a nice taste.

      It is cooked Ham reformed from cuts of cured pork leg with added water. It contains no artificial flavours or colours. It does have a good use by date and the date lasts for around 12 days or so with a unopened packet. It can be taken from the packet and wrapped in cling film if you have opened the packet and eaten some of the slices and want to eat it a few days later and must be eaten within 2 days of opening the packet.

      I don't think the quality of this Ham is very good and I don't think it is good value for money. It cost me £1.65 and I think for this price I wasn't expecting it to taste too tasty but I did expect it to taste a little better than it did because I have bought cheaper Ham in the past.

      I think if you are on a very low budget, this one may be suitable to just save some money but if you are wanting to drop a brand I don't think it is a wise choice and I would suggest buying the middle brand to try. I haven't wasted a lot of money buying this one and for the price I think it is fine because my hubby ate the rest of the Ham from the packet.

      Per half the packet, it contains only 33 calories and so you can easily eat a lot of slices of the ham and it only contains a few calories and you can eat 5 slices. It contains 1.5g of fat and 0.3g of sugar.

      I wouldn't buy this one again in the future because it lacks the taste of Ham and it doesn't suit my taste buds. I wouldn't recommend it if you like a strong tasting Ham or a fussy eater because this one doesn't deliver this taste at all in my opinion.

      The plastic carton base is recyclable but not the plastic strip which covers the carton.

      Also on Ciao under my username pinky50.

      I give this one 2 stars.

      Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.

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        25.08.2013 20:36

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        Firstly i used to be a butcher for a short time after leaving school.i open the packet of sliced pork not the really cheap one ,from asda well in date opened the packet what a stink couldnt eat threw after trying some .opened turkey same stink .how do asda bosses expect you to eat such fake stinky meat.vile going back to morrisons next week thank god .

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        08.04.2011 19:26
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        You'd get more nutrition from chewing on a welly.

        I've always been a fan of Asda Smart Price products, and other supermarkets own brand products as most of the time they taste just as good as the name brand goods. However, the same couldn't be said about this ham.

        - - - What's in it - - -

        Pork (78%), Water, Salt, Dextrose, Stabilisers (Tri and Polyphosphates), Antioxidant (Sodium Ascorbate), Preservative (Sodium Nitrate).

        - - - My Experience - - -

        I'm a big fan of making my own pizza's and was looking for some ham to go on top of them, I thought I might as well opt for the cheap stuff as it was just going to be cut up and shoved on the pizza amongst the millions of other toppings. Whilst out shopping in Asda I saw the pack and thought to myself that £1.50 for a hell of a lot of slices was a bargain!

        That night I reached for the ham in the fridge and opened it up, the smell was a bit like salt water, but I shrugged it off and thought nothing of it, and cracked on with chopping up a few slices. As I was slicing up the ham I noticed a lot of clear "bubbles" in the meat that resembled plastic, I asked my fella what it was and he said it was fat. I got rid of the fatty bits for my little pizza, but left them on my fellas as he didn't seem fussed by it at all. You couldn't really taste the ham properly on the pizza amongst the other flavours but I could tell the texture was a little rubbery. I thought nothing of it until the next day when I was making a sandwich for myself and my boyfriend.

        Now I'm quite a fussy eater, compared to my boyfriend anyway who will eat anything put in front of him. But even he was shocked with how bad the ham tasted. It was salty, wet and rubbery, I probably would have gotten more nutrition from chewing on a welly. I took a couple of bites out of my sandwich but discarded the rest as it was too grim. I don't have salted butter or anything so I know that the saltyness definately came from the meat, and the rubbery texture was 10x worse than the night before when it had been cooked on the pizza.

        As you can see from the ingredients it is 78% pork, which really isn't enough. I know people are going to say "well that's what you get for cheap brands" but I buy a lot of food from the smart price range and only a few of the products disappointed me.

        - - - Overall - - -

        I bought this ham once, and I don't think I'll ever buy it again, even if I was desperate. I'd much rather fork out the extra couple of pound for some proper meat. You can't really complain about the price as you really are getting quite a lot of "meat" for your money, but the quality just isn't there. The only good thing about the ham apart from the price, is that there are no artificial colours or flavours. To be honest, I would have been thankful for some artificial flavours as they probably would have tasted nicer than the ham itself.

        I'd only recommend the ham to anyone who isn't fussy about their meat, or who has no taste buds. Kids probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference with this ham to be honest. So it would probably work out quite cheaply getting a pack to make sarnies for school dinner.

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          14.02.2010 00:21
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          Fake Meat At A Very Low Price!

          My mum brought this Smart Price ham in Asda because someone told her what brill value it is, a 400g pack costs £1.64 and in terms of slices that's loads of ham so it is mega cheap to buy.

          The trouble is it tastes mega cheap too, I don't think it's very good quality and all and to me it doesn't even taste much like ham. It comes in round slices and has got such a weird colour that it looks like chopped ham and pork, you can tell from the look of it that it's not going to have much taste and it looks proper washed out.

          I had some on a butty just to try it because I didn't want to be put off just by the look of the ham, it doesn't taste of much except for salt and the flavour of it is totally processed. There's nothing fresh or natural tasting about this meat and it's got the texture of meat that has gone through the grinder a few times and then smoothed out with water.

          This ham doesn't even taste as MEATY as that wafer thin turkey ham that you can buy, there's hardly any taste at all in the ham and my sandwich was majorly boring even though I'd put salad and a bit of mayo on it. Even the lettuce covered up the taste of the ham it's that weak! lol

          It might be weak but it's got a weirdly strong after taste and I could taste fake ham for agggggggges after I'd finished my sandwich. I didn't want to try a piece on it's own but I knew I'd have to to get this review right and it's just as bad then, it's got a nasty texture when you have a slice on its own and all the water in it makes the ham feel proper slimey.

          The salty taste put me off big time as well because it doesn't suit the texture and takes away from the tiny bit of meaty flavour that's in it.

          Not recommended..... even if you're on a majorly tight budget!!!

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            22.01.2010 17:14
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            A good product overall.

            I first picked up this ham when I was trying to cut back on my shopping budget.

            It comes packaged in a clear square plastic shape with the corners rounded off, the lid peels back although I have found it is much easier to just take a knife to slit 3 sides and store it in a food bag to keep fresh.

            On the peelable lid there is various information including the display and use by date. It has the weight (400g), nutritional information and ingredients in separated boxes.

            It does not state how many slices are included in the pack but I imagine there would be around 30-40.

            On first opening of the ham there is no real pungent smell to it. Te slices are not wafer thin as they are not transparent, although they aren't very thick either. It seems to be a perfect balance between thick and thin.

            The ham itself is perfectly rounded and a pink colour. There are a few different shades but I have never come across any ham or gristle in it yet and I have been buyng it for about a year now.

            It doesn't taste particularly strong but there is flavour there.

            I have used this product for many things from sandwiches and tortilla wraps to cutting/ripping it up to add to pasta and rice dishes.

            I find that my son prefers it to more stronger hams. If it saves a few pennies on the pocket then all is well, at just £1.64 for the pack; which lasts me a week it is good value.

            The only disadvantage I have found to this ham is that occasionally there is a bit of a pool of water at the bottom, I suppose it is to be expected as it is a cheap brand.

            The ham itself is 70% pork which isn't bad for the price. It is quite low in calories aswell which is always a good thing in my mind.

            I say give it a try you've nothing to loose and added to other ingredients such as salad sandwiches or cheese and ham pasta it makes no difference.

            A great ham for a great price!

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            14.12.2009 01:30
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            a cheap and tasty dinner time pleaser.

            My little boy doesn't like school dinners very much. He loves his food at home and is quite open to trying new flavours. However when it comes to school meals he will just sit at the table with the other children and not eat.

            His teacher called me into class one day last year. She basically told me i was wasting my money. as he just didnt like the way the food was cooked. I must admit this did make me smile to myself a little, hes only 5 and hes commenting on the school caterers cooking abilites. maybe ive got a little Jamie Oliver on my hands!!

            The teacher suggested I made him a packed lunch everyday and although I am not really happy that he is not having a hot meal at lunch time, I had no real option but to provide him with a lunch made up at home.

            Trying to provide a balanced and healthy packed lunch is something I always strive to achieve. However it is often quite difficult choosing certain fillings to go in his sandwiches. Whilst out shopping in Asda a few months ago I came across asda smart price cooked ham and decided to give it a try. My little boy loves it and it is one of his favourite sandwich fillings at the moment.

            Asda smart price cooked ham comes in a plastic square container with a plastic film lid. Printed apon the lid is the standard green and white design that is statutory for smart price items. With the black smart price logo clearly placed on the very top of the lid.

            The lid also has clearly guidance for consumers regarding the products ingredients, nutritional value and storage suggestions. The sell by date and use by date are also clearly displayed.

            I am not quite sure exactly how many slices are included in the container as it is not stated on the packaging. However it does state that the product is 400g in weight. It also clearly indicates that there is enough ham to provide six servings. I find this quite confusing though, as it does not give any indication as to what their concept of a serving is. However, I would estimate that there are approx 35 thin slices of ham in each container.

            When I say that the ham is thin, I would have to add that it is not wafer thin and you cannot see through it. I always put two slices in a sandwich and feel that this makes a more than substantial filling.

            I have tasted the ham myself and I think that for the price which is £1.64 for 400g I personally think it is very good value for money. It is great as a sandwich filler. There is nothing to really dislike about the ham. It is indeed quite tasty. It is also moist and fresh due to the way it is packaged. Occasionally you may come across a slice that has a little bit of fat in the centre. But mostly the ham slices are free from fat and there is never any gristle.

            Not only do I use this ham for my sons packed lunch I have also used it as a sandwich filler when providing a buffet for my children's birthday parties. I find these sandwiches always go down well with both the adults and the children. And to be honest no one is aware that is smart price ham. As in my opinion it does not taste any different to other branded, multi sliced pre packed ham in the supermarket.

            I would most certainly recommend this ham for packed lunches or providing rolls or sandwiches if you are catering for a party. As it is exceptionally good value for money.
            I have also often torn up slices of this ham to add to pasta dishes and omelettes and again this ham always provides good flavour within these dishes.

            So all in all a good value pre packed meat. With good flavour. A good choice for a packed lunch filler. The meat itself has no artificial colours or flavourings and is made up of 78% pork with added water.

            Nutrition per 100g
            energy 93 kcal
            protein 16.6g
            carbohydrates 0.8g
            fat 2.6g
            sodium 0.70g

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              17.11.2009 11:23
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              A Nice Bargain.

              I like to try and save money wherever possible so decided to give this 'Smartprice' Cooked ham a try in the place of my normal more expensive ham to save myself around £1.50.

              There are 30 or so slices of reformed ham that has been cooked and cured with added water. There is 78% pork in each slice which is obviously less than I'd like but not bad for such a cheap product. Per 100g there are 93 calories and 2.6g of fat so is pretty good if you are watching your waistline, however, there is 1.8g of salt so this should still be enjoyed in moderation.

              The packet is fairly tough plastic and I found the only way to get inside the packet was just to slice a slit down the side, tear the packet open and use a sandwich bag to keep it fresh in the fridge. It's not the ideal packaging but it's not bad for a cheap product, at least it's strong enough not to be tampered with easily in the supermarket.

              The ham slices themselves are a uniform size. In each slice I can see that there is fat and that this is not the best cut of pork. The ham has quite a watery taste to it but then put inside a sandwich, mixed with a salad or placed on top of a pizza it's quite tasty. It's definitely better than some cheap hams I've tried in the past. The ham is thin but it's fairly chewy and tasty but I can detect some of the salt in each slice.

              A 400g packet, containing around 30 slices, is currently selling for £1.64 in Asda stores and compared to wafer thin ham I normally buy it's around half the price! It's only when doing this review that I've realised how much money I've saved. I think the price of this is fantastic and it's ideal for cutting the work lunch budget by a massive amount.

              I would recommend using two slices in your sandwich or maybe 1 and a half for normal sized bread so that you can still taste the ham and not just feel it.

              I would rate this ham 3/5 as the price is fantastic, the taste is not so great but I wouldn't expect anything more for half the price of my normal product. It's ideal in a sandwich or on a pizza as you barely taste it anyway (at least not with the fillings/toppings I use!). It's an ideal budget cutter and one I will be buying again.

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              16.10.2009 15:50
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              A cheap cooked ham that looks and tastes pretty poor.

              I think there is some sort of mini revolt going on in my house at present. All my valiant attempts to save a few quid on the weekly shopping are being rejected one by one. Last week was the budget Fromage Frais from Tesco. This week is the turn of Asda Smart Price cooked ham.

              Now I have nothing against Asda, in fact I think it is a perfectly good supermarket. In fact, their fruit and veg is probably the best of all the mid range supermarkets in my opinion. I shop there occasionally; not being my local, it tends to be when I am passing that way.

              So a few weeks ago while passing that way, I popped in and picked up some Asda Smart Price cooked ham. I noted the price was similar to what I am currently paying for my Sainsbury 2 for 1 offer at around the 50 pence for 10 slices. I was in a bit of a hurry and so did not really study much about the product apart from the standard 78% pork content.

              My wife is vegetarian, and so that meant I didn't need to convince her to try this one. So that just left me and the kids. Obviously I am a bloke and paying most of the bills, so that's me won over without any further reasoning. So now just the tricky ones left; the little people. You won't be surprised to hear that it didn't go well.

              Well once again I have to admit the clues were there, if I am honest. I opened the pack to find that the ham had what can only be described as a patchwork pattern of light and dark bits of processed meat. Now being a connoisseur of cheap ham, I have come to expect some slight imperfections in my ham. I know that ham of this type has been processed to produce the desired effect. But this ham just looks awful, and the dark bits make me wonder what I am actually about to eat. Scrub that, I don't want to know. So how about the taste?

              Well, no surprises, that wasn't much of an improvement over the looks. It actually didn't taste much of ham at all. Well maybe essence of ham would be a better description. My eldest came running into the kitchen and promptly asked me if she could have some ham. She has this delightful habit of eating cooked ham on its own straight from the packet. She can devour a full packet without pausing for breath; I blame my mother-in-law completely for this. Anyway, she took a couple of slices from me and started chewing. After only a few seconds she did that delightful thing that kids do when they don't like their food, and so that little autopsy ended up in the bin.

              So I was left to finish the packet myself (did I explain the bloke and paying the bills part?). My sandwiches had a dark cloud hanging over them for a couple of days after that; thankfully it lifted when my old brand was welcomed back like a long lost cousin. So only two stars for Asda Smart Price cooked ham from me and a wide birth in future I'm afraid.

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                22.09.2009 22:50
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                Cheap and cheerful but not the greatest of quality

                In my home we are a big fan of dinners like ham, egg and chips and for that my Mum gets premium ham slices from the butchers and I'm not allowed to touch that stuff! I'm banned from using it for sandwiches as I love nothing more than a ham and tomato sauce sarnie! My Mum always buys me a pack of a ham in our weekly shopping just for me to eat as I wish and last week this one came. I was less than impressed, it being an economy brand I can tell you and I had a few words to say about it to which my Mother simply replied like it or lump it...I turned out to quite like it actually lol.

                The Packaging:

                Square see through plastic container with a peel back white and green plastic sort of lid. On that I'm told it is Asda 'Smart Price' Cooked Ham and all the information you need is also on the front such as ingredients being listed, nutritional information is given, I'm told how to store it (Keep in the fridge and to consume it within 2 days of opening it), the best before and use by date are clearly stamped on and contact details for Asda are given.

                The Ham:

                Well this is a 125g pack and I'd say there are about ten slices of square ham in it at a rough estimate. Smooth and slimy to the touch it is really wafer thin. Taste wise it's ok. It's rather moist and pink and tastes like ham really with a hint of seasoning. It isn't the best meat in the world, it is processed and really isn't grainy but it's ok on a sarnie but saying that because it's so thin you do really need to use rather a few slices of this to get any flavour of it.

                It is cheap ham but like I say it's ok for a sarnie, great to chop up and put in pasta dishes and things like that and tastes pleasant enough. It's not too salty, it isn't rubbery and for the price of it I have no complaints and will happily eat it time and time again!

                Nutritional Information Per 100g (and this packet is advised to provide two servings):

                Energy: 105Kcal
                Protein: 16.3g
                Carbohydrate: 0.9g
                of which sugars: 0.9g
                Fat: 4.0g
                of which saturates: 1.3g
                Fibre: Trace
                Sodium: 0.7g
                equivalent as salt: 1.7g

                Only available in Asda stores costing about 54p for this size and it's also available in a 400g pack which costs £1.64 a pack.

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