“ Brand: Bernard Matthews / Type: Meat „
If Tesco or Sainsbury's were to do a version of them in their own brands that would be fantastic to try out and very affordable too. Luckily these are on offer at the moment and can get 2 for £2.00 which is pretty fantastic given that they are so easy to cook and complimentary with most other foods. Last night I had them with rice and vegetables and just made my meal exquisite!
Waitrose for instance stock these but are by far more expensive and why I prefer to shop with either Tesco or Sainsbury's who always endeavor to cut their prices on brands that are otherwise expensive. I haven't yet tried any other Bernard Mathews products, but their Golden drummers are really filling and full of flavour as well as makes the dinner plate look like it has just come out of top restaurant.
When I dig into to these with my fork; they break easily so no knife is necessary to use in terms of cutting and slicing. Very few people know what to serve with these versatile Drummers because they good on their own merits but need to be served with something other than chips. My personal preferences are potato waffles; rice; roast potatoes and onion rings all served with plenty of vegetables.
The most outstanding feature (other than the packaging) of these Turkey Drummers is that they are prepared in such a way that takes less time to cook them (not entirely sure if they are semi-cooked beforehand) but they take me no more than 20 minutes under the grill or in the oven. They are not fattening because Turkey meat is the least calorific of all meats and are ideal for those who struggle to eat conventional meats that are tough to chew particularly if you have dental issues; are elderly or haven't time to mull through tougher foods, so they are great for convenience too.
The Bernard Mathews Turkey range is growing according to Marketing director Andy Watts who says that: "We've had a decade of significant growth since we launched our varied and incredibly versatile" Turkey product range, so this does indicate that if the sales on their other Turkey products have shot up since 2000, then so has the Turkey Drummers that always seem to be out of stock whenever I try and buy any at my nearest supermarket that is one of the largest in Surrey!
The other reason I like this brand, is that they take health issues in cooked meat very seriously as a top 10 UK grocery brand and the company has over "50% of the pre-packed poultry cooked meats portfolio worth 180m [pounds sterling] at retail" according to the official Bernard Mathews website for which any profits made should go directly towards the provisions of humane Turkey farming, though not sure if they do. It is reported by the BBC News website that "intense farming premises, such as the Bernard Matthews site at Holton, use gas to stun them first". Whether or not I consider this humane is another debate altogether, though it does not prevent me from purchasing and eating the food source I have grown very fond of.
Another report from the BBC website did say that "The birds are fed cereals, vitamins and amino acids" - which in my opinion is a very healthy diet and possibly explains why the Drummers have a slightly 'nutty' taste (often found in well-prepared and culled meat) and the spicy flavoring is to do with the bread-crumb covering. My overall opinion therefore on this product is that it is excellent value whilst the offers last, but would not pay the full retail price unless I was confident that Bernard Mathews invested wisely in their profits to ensure that they maintain healthy farming procedures.
God bless old Bernard Matthews! Is he even still alive? Does he survive off a diet of turkey alone? Frequently on offer in Tesco (I don't question why) are his turkey drummers. You get six in a pack, which is dead annoying because it's clearly not going to stretch for two meals, meaning you have to buy two packs. Clever Bernard!
You can buy a six pack for about £1.75, which is not bad value actually. You get six drummers, the size of half a pencil in length and about the width of two fat thumbs. You place on a baking tray then heat for thirty to thirty five minutes in the oven at 200 degrees. Take out, then voila! Dinner is served.
The breadcrumb coating is moreish, you take one bite then think mmm this is actually alright. You get into the turkey middle bit, chew and then something weird happens. Thoughts rush through the head as you wonder if you are munching on breast, leg or groin. I sometimes come across what can only be described as lumps. These growths can be cut out with a knife and placed at the side of the plate, or you can shut your eyes and go for it.
The turkey tastes alright, not like roast dinner turkey, but nourishing enough and if you coat it in enough ketchup then you won't really notice the taste. The drummers are quite filling, surprisingly good for you. Turkey helps healthy skin and promotes good blood cells apparently. On the downside, they lack seasoning and spices and the texture can be dead weird at times which is very offputting. I buy them as a cheap and cheerful meal option and will continue to do so, even though I know they're a bit shoddy inside. On a plus side, the packaging looks very organic and the photo is super!
I don't know why these are so popular, they're proper cheap tasting and have got a horrible texture. I got this pack from Cool Trader and they was £1.00 but they're a lot dearer in the supermarkets, I know I've had them before and hated them and now I ate one yesterday I can say they're disgusting and I remembered right... that's why I've not had a Golden Drummer for years! lol
It's made of chopped and shaped turkey so you shouldn't class it as proper meat because this tastes like it's been messed around with it BIG TIME! I know a lot of processed chicken is this chopped up stuff but most of them hide it a lot better than these do! lol
The breadcrumbs taste proper greasy and I don't like the taste of them, they don't go all that crunchy and it feels like they ooze with grease as you chew them. The turkey is quite salty tasting and it always feels a bit too wet, you can't cook them to dry the meat out because if you leave the drummers in too long the ends will just dry up and go hard.
These taste majorly cheap and unhealthy, I don't think they even taste nice! I think the turkey is a bit bland and even though it HAS got a taste of its own it's not as strong as other things I've had like this. I think a lot of it is the taste of grease on the breadcrumbs because it spoils the taste of the turkey because of how greasy the whole thing tastes.
Kids love these, I never did when I was a kid though and still don't! lol Both my sisters love it when I cook them these for dinner and I can't see why!!! I put a bit of ketchup on mine and got through 1 but deffo couldn't face another one, they're not my kind of thing and taste like mega poor quality food.
I saw these for 89p for a pack of six in the freezer section of Morrisons recently and Mr Norton said he used to eat them when he was younger and only had fond memories of them, so we bought a pack to try. I was under the impression these were one of those awful foods that Jamie Oliver has gone out of his way to have removed from menu's (in schools if I remember correctly like Turkey Twizzlers...)- so I was a bit sceptical about trying them but bought them nontheless to give them a try and make my own mind up.
The pack is a shrink wrapped plastic number, with a flat top and a sticker in the bottom with the nutritional information and ingredients on. To get into the pack you have to cut around the top and the pack is not resealable, so once it is open I would recommend putting it into a freezer bag or something before you put it all back into the freezer (note the cooking times if you do get rid of the pack and the best before date etc).
Inside the pack there are six caramel-coloured vaguely turkey drumstick shaped breadcrumb-covered items.
Cooking times are:
Oven: 200c or gas mark 6 for 25 minutes- turn halfway through cooking.
Grill: Moderately hot grill, 15-16 minutes.
We oven cooked ours on our very old temperamental cooker and they took 35 minutes (but that is possibly due to our oven being old and not in the best shape). We also turned these once whilst cooking. When these are cooked they do go a darker colour - a bt more of a golden colour- hence the name.
All good so far- these smelled quite nice (well, they smelled like a breadcrumbed foodstuff that had just come out of the oven which is a nice smell when you have just got home from work and are hungry) and the breadcrumb coating does harden up when cooked (like it does on chicken nuggets). Mr Norton had three for his tea with beans and waffles, we ambitiously cooked the whole pack but I only had one of these, on its own, cut into small pieces. Mr Norton went back later for the remaining two...
340g per pack = 6 drummers. The nutritional information is given per 100g "as sold" AND per 100g "baked" which is very confusing!
Per 100g "as sold": 258 calories and 18.0g fat (3.7g saturated fat)
Per 100g "baked": 295 calories and 21.1g fat (5.6g saturated fat).
I cannot understand how these figures go UP when you cook the product as you do not add oil or anything to them when cooking. I do not know about food science, maybe they get heavier when they cook? It would appear they go up in fat and calories quite significantly when cooked. It would be more helpful if the nutritional information on the pack was more user friendly and "per drummer"/ "per pack" rather than the cryptic "sold" "baked" as you don't eat them raw and the pack is not in multiples of 100g so it is hard to work out the nutrition per drummer.
So, if one pack of six is 340g that means two drummers is around 110g so each drummer is ROUGHLY when "baked" 160 calories and 11g fat (approx 3g saturated fat) (if my maths is correct without getting the calculator out!). As most people would eat two or three of these for a main meal, that is quite bad (especially the saturated fat part).
As mentioned, I cut the one drummer I had into pieces and just nibbled on it as I wasn't sure if I would like them or not. When I cut it into bits, the inside is a pale pink colour (not as in uncooked, just the inside is pale pink). The taste is not unpleasant, but I found them very heavy and could not eat more than one. They tasted very meaty and a bit buttery but I could not really place the taste. I have asked Mr Norton what his impressions of them are as he ate three without even blinking and he has replied "very meaty and like some poultry- it could be chicken, it could be turkey it is just a highly seasoned poultry taste".
I made the mistake of reading the nutritional information and the ingredients whilst I was eating these and it did put me off them quite a bit. Mr Norton is not really bothered about what goes into his food and has put Golden Drummers on the shopping list for next month.... I think I have eaten my last drummer:
Turkey (62%), breadcrumbs, batter (water, wheatflour, maize flour, salt, raising agents E450, E500), marinade (water, palm oil, "natural" flavouring [???!], salt, stabiliser E450, milk protein, rosemary extract, dextrose, caramel) , vegetable oil.
I have no idea what "natural flavouring" is. And the pack also states some bones may remain in this product- as it is a mash of turkey that has been marinated in water, oil and milk protein that is then battered and breadcrumbed and you then cook it- it is not exactly a real "piece" of turkey. It is not like a KFC (I know this is turkey and that is chicken- but these taste very mashed up like it is mashed up turkey reformed into drum stick shapes as opposed to being actual bits of turkey (like a drumstick).
I note they are not called "Turkey Drummers" any more it is "Golden Drummers". As Mr Norton noted, they taste of some poultry but it is not recogniseable what exactly the meat is. Therefore, I will not be eating these again, I was very indifferent to the taste. It is not unpleasant, it is just not pleasant and for the amount of fat in them, it just not worth it. I dislike the marinading, battering, breadcrumbing and cooking- I think it is just too much playing with my food.