“ Brand: Asda / Type: Meat „
I always like to have some mince in the freezer as I like to make up chilli and spag bols and the likes. This free flow bag of mince seemed an ideal size and price (454g) and only £1.14 a bag for me to make myself many meals up!
The mince basically comes in a green and white plastic bag with a photograoh of some cooked mince on the front of it and we are told what is it and who it is by and that it is a blend of beef and pork and the size is stated on there too. Then on the back of the bag other information listed includes ingredients, a nutritional chart and contact details for Asda.
The Mince Itself:
Light pink and it looks like min e and it really is rather free flow straight from the freezer, which before cooking it was so far so good. I was impressed by its initial appearance and had high hopes that it would taste as nice as it looked.
However this is terrible, cheap mince. It frazzles up to barely nothing and goes slushy, it is full of fat and gives off loads and loads of oil. It is salty, slushy and melts down to barely nothing with an odd pork taste to it rather than that of any flavour beef at all.
I have nothing good to say about this fatty, gristly meat (if you can call it that). Too chewy, too porky and too salty for me and I hate the fatty taste even if I drain and rinse it after cooking it. Not a nice product and certainly not one I will ever buy again!
Nutritioanl Information Per 100g Serving:
of which sugars: trace
of which saturates: 7.8g
equivalent as salt: 0.12g
Only available in Asda stores or from Asda.com........ but seriously I would avoid this one like the plague if I was you lol.
Oh my goodness, what to say about this mince...!?
I WANT to be nice and find at least one positive point; ok its cheap, thats a plus - but it looks like grey worms when cooked and tastes like cardboard. Sorry ASDA.
I have recently started buying the chilled smart price mince and found that to be really good for the price, however before that I decided to buy some of this frozen mince as I was trying to economise,and I can safely say it was the worst decision I have ever made in my life (worse even, than giving my number to the "friendly, chatty bus driver" who turned out 3 years later to be the (said in a scary, echoey voice) ex from hell.
And thats saying something!)
It shrinks something rotten when youre cooking it, and so much water comes out I was surprised there was any actual meat left. Maybe there wasnt, who knows?
It tasted - well of nothing really! Like eating really cheap, stale all bran.
It wasnt greasy though...maybe a slight bonus?
Im going to end this review here, as bless it, the mince tried its best.
But failed, miserably.
My advice: leave it in the freezer with its little frozen friends, and buy the chilled mince instead :)
Asda smart price mince
I originally bought this mince after watching an advert about false economy and though that this would be a great thing to try. The idea is that you cook from frozen and only cook what you need so none is wasted, a great idea in theory.
Usually the quality of the smart price brand is pretty good, sometimes a little bland but never tasting bad and always not that different in quality between the asda regular brand. However this mince is an exception, it really is terrible.
I ended up cooking the whole packet at once anyway, so that was my false economy idea out of the window. The actual mince was almost powdery it was of such poor quality and when I cooked it so much water came out I couldn't believe it, which means the quantity shrunk right down. The taste was also very poor not having any flavour at all, it was just like eating meat for the sake of it, I was very dissapointed.
Compared to the regular mince you find in the freezer this is so bad, it is nowhere near as tasty or as good quality. If you are looking to save money, buy the regular fridge mince which was actually the same price (99p), and freeze it; then just defrost and whack in, it is a much better option.
I will never by this mince again, and has put me off trying other cook from frozen meats.
This must surely be the worst Smartprice product I've ever tried; if I'd be ASDA I would consider putting a bio-hazard warning on the front of the pack. The Tesco Value minced meat tasted OK so I thought this here should not be to different; but I was in for a bad surprise and all my flatmates agreed that the Smartprice mince belongs on the list "things we're never ever going to buy again"
The mince is mixed beef and pork and consists to a high percentage of fat and water.
The meat already looks bad in the pack, like little pink worms and not like "normal" mince at all. When defrosted the pink colour gets even more intense and looks incredibly artificial - definitely not like something that you would like to eat.
But well, I bought it so I thought I would give it a try and (tried to) cook some Bolognese sauce.
The first thing that became clear was that the meat had a very high fat percentage and was soon swimming in its own fat; even scooping it out with a spoon didn't do much good.
As soon as the meat was heated it lost any kind of structure and resembled porridge. Normally mince stays together in bigger chunks but this here looked almost like soup in its consistency.
However, it did look alright after adding the tomato sauce (ASDA Smartprice by the way, this time good quality) and I really hoped that it would at least taste ok.
But of course I was disappointed, the taste was very strange and artificial with a greasy and unpleasant aftertaste. The texture is for me the worst; it doesn't even feel like meat and there were many, many hard and disgusting pieces in the mince.
This is a Smartprice product I'm definitely not buying again; 80pence for the whole bag of 700 gram might be cheap but it's not even worth this amount of money. Buying mince in bulk or when it is on offer and freezing it at home is in the long run not much more expensive and at least you know hat you are eating.
If you are really tight on a budget that try mixing the Smartprice mince with fresh mince; that should be fine for a bolognese sauce and not too expensive.
As a student I don't have that much money on the moment but honestly, I'd rather not eat Bolognese sauce than using this mince again.
For me it's not even a single star out of 10.