“ Brand: Bernard Matthews / Type: Meat „
Recently Morrisons had the Bernard Matthews range on special offer, including this oven ready Turkey Breast Joint which is basted in butter and has been sprinkled with herbs.
I love turkey and find myself eating it often now I'm dieting, the turkey breast serves 2 - 3 so I knew it wouldn't be wasted as any leftovers can be popped in the fridge for tomorrow's lunch and dinner.
I froze mine on the day I bought it and was pleased to find it could be cooked from frozen so I didn't have the hassle of defrosting the turkey. Cooking time is just 90 minutes and this left me with perfectly cooked meat which sliced cleanly and was a lovely white colour inside, the outside doesn't go particularly golden or crispy as this joint is minus the skin but it looks very nice indeed.
Incidentally, the joint comes in a thick foil container so you don't need to dirty your own oven tin - this container is excellent actually, it's so durable that I've washed mine out and now use it to store screws in the shed!
Although the joint looks rather dry before cooking, as it heats up the juices mingle with the butter basting and it's really worth opening the oven door and spooning the juices over the meat as the end result is a moist and tender piece of turkey.
I ate the whole joint over two days and it was delicious, I live alone and it actually done me for four meals so considering I only paid £1.99 for it I think that is pretty good value for money! As soon as it was cooked I had it as part of a dinner with roast potatoes and vegetables, when freshly cooked the meat was delicious and flavoursome. The turkey has a subtle buttery flavour but this hasn't overwhelmed the delicate flavour of the meat at all, neither have the herbs and I do wish the herbiness was a little bit stronger as I could barely taste them once I had poured gravy over my dinner.
The unused turkey I had in a stir fry, soup and the final serving was just plain cold with a sprinkling of salt and a salad. Each variation was delicious, the turkey broke up wonderfully in the soup and crisped up well in sesame oil when I cooked the stir fry. I cannot fault the versatility of this turkey at all and was pleased that none was wasted despite the fact that I had bought this whole joint just for myself.
Now, as I said this Turkey Breast Joint was half price at £1.99 which means its usual price is around £4. For £1.99 this is an excellent product, and personally I'd pay the full price as I ate every single mouthful of the joint and it kept me fed for several meals. BUT if you're feeding a family then this is a rather expensive way of doing it. I have a rather modest appetite (although you might not believe this from my reviews!) but my daughter and son in law have half the joint each with their dinner so it doesn't work out the most cost effective way of feeding their family considering there are five of them!