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      17.04.2010 19:22
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      Good product

      The other day I saw an advert for Birdseye fish fingers, I hadn't had fish fingers in years so I thought I would get some next time I was in Asda. When I saw that Birdseye were charging around £1.50 for ten, I decided to pick up a Smart Price pack of ten for just 47p.

      These can be found in the freezer section of the store. They come in a white box with a green stripe along the bottom. There is a picture of one fish finger on the front of the box which looks very appertising, On the back of the box is the cooking instructions, ingredients, and nutritional information.

      When you open the box there are ten fish fingers all lined up, they are not stored in a plastic bag which seems a little strange but doesn't matter too much. They did appear smaller than I remember fish fingers to be, but it has been a while so don't really have anything to compare it to.

      There are a few ways in which you can cook these, Oven cook for 12minutes, grill for 8-10minutes, shallow fry for six minutes or deep fry for four minutes. As I didn't fancy frying them, and don't have a clue how to set our grill up, I decided to oven cook them. I actually left them in for around 15minutes until the breadcrumbs were nice and golden brown.

      When the fish fingers come out of the oven, the breadcrumbs were all crispy and brown in colour, there was no fat or juice on the oven tray which suggests the quality of fish must be fairly good. When it come to taste, they were very good, the fish was tasty enough and they had just the right of breadcrumbs. For the price tag I was expecting these to be lacking the amount of fish I expected, but they were plenty full enough. The fish did have the occasional off white pieces in it but nothing bad enough to put you off eating it. More importantly, they had no bones in, which would really put me off.

      I had five of these with a jacket potato and salad, it went down a treat. When you consider my meal was around 25p for the five fingers, 25p for the jacket potato and around 10p for the salad, it is an extremely cheap but healthy meal.

      These fish fingers should be kept frozen and cooked from frozen, my girlfriend actually eats these cold with ketchup on a sandwich, which personally I find very strange.

      If I could find one fault, it would be that on the ingredients, you are not told what fish these actually contain, it just says minced white fish, which to me means they throw anything that is white in the mix.

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        03.04.2010 07:51

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        Was a bit sceptical about these. I didn't expect much from these, and didn't think they would contain much Fish, and I had the image that the Fish inside wouldn't be that good quality. They were alright, but I think the brand is best again for these.

        These cost a bargain 47p for the 10 Finger pack. The Birds Eye ones can be on offer for £1, but usually cost around the £1.40 mark.

        The pack didn't look that exciting and was just a white rectangular shaped box with the green Asda smart price writing on it. The ingredients on the back showed that these contained only 52% Fish in it, and I think it was Pollock. May not be right with that part, but it wasn't Haddock or Cod.

        The Fingers were long enough. Just the normal rectangular shape and covered with a good covering of Breadcrumbs. They were thick enough but just not quite as thick as the brand name.

        These came frozen and cook in the oven in about 20 minutes. This gets the outside crisp enough and the inside still soft enough.

        Yes, these tasted alright. I felt they had a good amount of Breadcrumbs but could have had more Fish inside, but I suppose that is how the price is that bit cheaper.

        Alright I guess, and worth a try on if you are on a budget, but there is better out there.

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        14.03.2010 16:37
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        Great fingers!

        For as long back as I can remember I have been a fan of fish fingers. For me though I'm a fan of cheaper fish fingers and I don't like posh one's! These costing 47p a box fitted my ideal perfectly when I saw them and I couldn't wait to stick a few between two slices of buttered bread that night!

        The Packaging:

        White and green box which is the same both sides of it and there is a photograph of a fish finger on there. I'm told that they are Asda 'Smart-Price' 10 Fish Fingers 'Minced white fish coated in breadcrumbs', that they contain no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat, the weight is stated which is 250g, there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown and the best before date is clearly stated. Other information including on the box includes ingredients and allergy advice, a full nutritional rundown is stated as well as storage details being given (these are freezable), cooking instructions are fully listed and contact details for Asda are given too. Cheap and cheerful packaging this is but it gives you all the information you need to make an informed choice and of course the box is easy to open.

        The Fish Fingers:

        Small, oblong and not very thick, these come in evenly coated light golden breadcrumbs. These are easy to cook and to do so you can grill, oven cook, shallow or deep fry them. Personally I always grill them!

        Taste wise, well I really like these. The breadcrumbs are soft and moist (even through grilling them when you'd expect them to dry out slightly!) and they are well seasoned. The off white fish sits in a chunk within that and it is a selection of white minced fish which is succulent and juicy.

        They hold together well through cooking and taste great and for economy offerings they taste excellent quality.

        Nutritional Information Per Fish Fingers:

        Calories: 45
        Sugar: 0.5g
        Fat: 1.9g
        Saturated Fat:@ 1.0g
        Salt: 0.2g

        Only available in Asda stores costing about 47p for a box of 10.

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          03.03.2010 15:19
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          as good as the expensive ones

          I am one to do a quick meal from time to time. This is mainly because of how hectic my life is, with 2 school runs, the cleaning, appointments and after school clubs that start at 6 dinner has to be prepared early or cooked quick.

          I like to try and eat healthy and think that fish is a good source of healthy food to ensure a balanced diet for my children. Due to the recession finances have been hard and I have had to make a lot of cut backs in some areas and some of my food has had to change to supermarkets own brands. My local shopping centre is Asda and I have started to shop on line due to my partner now working long hours and I have two young children and don't drive it just makes my life a little bit easier.

          I have found that the smart price fish fingers are as good as the leading brands, they have just as much fish in the middle but have less bred crumbs on them. This is ok because it is mainly my children that eat these and they are not overly keen on the breadcrumbs anyway.

          There are 10 fingers in a box which is a weeks worth to feed my children because they eat 2 at each meal and have also been feeding them to his friend that I have twice a week. They are low in calories at 45 calories per finger, they are low in sugar, they are not high in fat or salt either so my children are getting the goodness that they need.

          They are made from minced white fish, but it doesn't state what fish is used which I think they should do. They contain gluten, wheat and fish in case of allergies the packet should always be read. They remove the bones from the fish but do warn that some bones may remain so to be careful. I however have never had any bones in these so I am not too worried about this.

          You are able to grill these, oven cook them, deep or shallow fry them. The instructions to cook are on the side of the packet and are easy to understand and they are very easy too cook. I tend to grill them for a crispy batter which I like or I oven cook them which makes them a little soggy which my children like and they taste nice on a sandwich cooked in the oven.

          I always put some chips on the side that I oven cook and a vegetable of some kind just to make a meal a little more filling and ensure that my children are getting some of their 5 a day at home. Sweet corn makes a good addition to this meal.

          These are cheap to buy which I like and purchase 2 packs a week in case I need to use more one day. All of the family like these and prefer them to Birdseye brand. I think these are very tasty and filling and are easy to cook and cheap. I would advise people to try these if you are having to live on a budget they are healthy and worth the money.

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          02.03.2010 22:11
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          Forget It, Either Buy Branded Fish Fingers Or Go To Another Supermarket For The Cheapo Ones

          We buy quite a lot of fish fingers and have tried most of the cheap supermarket ones. Most of them are ok, a couple are brill for the price but these Smart Price ones from Asda are naff! lol

          They're majorly thin and when they're cooked if you peel the breadcrumbs off you'll see that the fish is stupidly skinny inside, it's also a rank looking off-white with bits of grey mixed in and doesn't look very nice.

          The breadcrumbs haven't got much flavour and the ends go a bit hard in the oven even though they only take about 15 mins to cook, you can't adjust this either because if you turn the oven down to stop the ends going hard the fish doesn't cook properly.

          The MINCED WHITE FISH isn't nice, it's dead bland and tastes like it's been sitting in a freezer for years! I'd love to know exactly what fish it is but I've looked everywhere and I can't find out. It goes too firm while it's cooking and doesn't flake at all when you cut into it. There's also a bit of a weird flavour to these fish fingers that comes through about halfway through eating them, I can't think what the taste is but over all I think it's just the taste of "stale".

          These fish fingers are 47p for 10 but they're not even worth 7p. Even if I was on a madly low budget I deffo wouldn't buy these again because the rest of the supermarkets also do a cheapo brand of fish fingers for a similar price and even the rubbish ones are better than these!!!

          I've eaten them twice out of different boxes because I thought I might have picked up a dodgy box but they was both as bad as each other. The first lot I had with chips and beans and I couldn't even eat the 3 fish fingers I'd put on my plate because I didn't like them, then I had a fish finger butty and the bread made them taste a bit better but I couldn't get out of my head how cheap tasting and crap they were.

          Not recommended... EVER!!!

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            26.11.2009 16:45
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            Firstly, the packaging. The fish fingers come in the standard ASDA Smart Price design, with a white background and green writing and trim on the box. Each box has a total of 10 fish fingers in, with no packaging inside apart from the box itself - this must save on the cost of the fish fingers (I got mine from ASDA for 62p), and is also beneficial in terms of producing less waste per packet.

            Now onto the fish fingers themselves. They are fairly small in comparison to others on the market, but you have to keep in mind how cheap they are and the fact that they are from the Smart Price range. The taste is really good however, and when oven cooked have a really crisp battered outside, with a soft and flaky fish filling.

            Overall, a really good buy considering the cheap price of the fish fingers. The only complaint I would have is that they are quite fragile, and when cooked on a grilling machine, have a tendancy to fall apart.

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              08.11.2009 16:22
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              As a child I regularly refused to eat fish for dinner; the only way my parents ever got me to eat some was by buying Fish Fingers - minced fish in delicious, crispy golden batter.

              And still today Fish Fingers with salad is one of my favourite dishes and a cheap way to eat fish. As a student I live on a quite tight budget and definitely cannot afford the Birds Eye version anymore - byebye childhood dreams, welcome reality an Smartprice products!

              Thank god that the ASDA Smartprice Fish Fingers are cheap, tasty and healthy - and all of this for only 47p for a 250 gram pack (which gives you 10 fish sticks). They are quite healthy with 44 calories for one Finger but unfortunately are quite high in fat (2 gram for one) and contain an incredibly high amount of salt. ASDA informs us on the pack that no preservatives and flavourings were added which is definitely a big plus point. Furthermore the Allergies Information informs us that the product contains gluten, wheat, wheat flour & fish - that fish thing should be quite obvious :-)

              Preparation is very easy and quick; just put the still frozen Fingers in the oven and back for roughly 15min (that depends of course on your oven, please see packing for more info on heating/frying times). The batter turns a lovely golden brown and gets really crispy. Some Fish Fingers don't go crispy in the oven which means that you have to fry them, therefore adding more oil. Not so here, no additional oil is needed to get them really crispy.

              They taste absolutely delicious, a very natural taste of fish with a not too thick batter that doesn't go soggy when you add lemon juice. There is a slightly greasy feeling and aftertaste but nothing that you wouldn't also get with other brands. We actually did the "blind tasting" test in my flatshare with my friends Birds Eye and my Smartprice Fish Fingers. None of us could taste any difference and he's now convinced to give the cheaper Smartprice version a try.
              The only visible difference is that the ASDA Fingers are slightly smaller and not so thick than other brands.

              Right, that sounds like a great product that I could recommend to you - well, unfortunately it is not, or at least not without some major minus points. Birds Eye used cod for its Fish Fingers, ASDA on the other hand used "White Fish" without naming the exact fish species used to produce the Fingers. Although the Smartprice Fish Fingers, which are Marine Stewardship Council approved, were awarded prestigious Green Product of the Year 2007 by National Consumer Council, I would still prefer to know what exactly I'm eating. That's a bit like selling minced meat without writing on the pack if it is beef or pork.

              A big plus for using sustainable fish species, a big minus for not telling us which exactly they are and where they are coming from.

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