“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Fish „
One of the things I occasionally treat myself to is salmon. However if I buy salmon I always manage to dry it out and its never as good as other peoples I've tasted! So the other week when I spotted this Simply Salmon fish dish from Birds Eye costing £3.00 for two portions of it bagged up and ready to cook I was unable to resist it and I got it in for me and my mate with a nice freshly done salad as a simple and quick meal. The Packaging: Well the salmon comes in a box and on the front of that box we are told that it is Birds Eye 'Bake To Perfection', 2 Wild Salmon Fillets and there is a picture of the salmon on there then on the back of the box we are told the ingredients and allergy advice, there is a full nutritional chart stated, the weight is given (which is 280g in this case), cooking instructions are also given and contact details for Birds Eye are listed. Nice, classy packaging this is and its of course informative enough too. The Fish: Well like I have mentioned you get two pouches so individual portions of a light pink slice of salmon fillet in each which is a good size and is nice and thick. I placed mine in the oven in the sealed up pouches for the recommended 25 minutes cooking time and when I got them out of the oven the bags had inflated and the salmon had a poached appearance to it with some buttery sauce to it which was rather thin and not too greasy looking. I popped the bag first with an oven glove on and then cut it open and popped it on a plate each and served it with the pre prepared salad. This was quite simply really moist, delicately flavoured fish. It wasn't mushy, there was no skin and all of it was edible and tasty. The sauce within this was slightly fishy as the sauce had helped to cook the fish and it had a nice and not too rich buttery taste to it with a very slight tangy and not too strong flavour of lemon to it and it was plentiful. For a piece of salmon to cook from frozen in 25 minutes flat and look good and certainly taste it I thought £1.50 per serving was excellent value for money and we thoroughly enjoyed it! It only contains 225 calories per portion and 7.1g of saturated fat which I think is great for such a decent sized portion of fish with such a nice buttery sauce and I will certainly purchase this again in the future I'm sure as this won me over! Available in all good supermarkets etc.
Whilst shopping in a local branch of the Co-Operative supermarket, I noticed a box of salmon fillets in the freezer cabinet. I recognised the famous 'Birds Eye' brand, and having tried out many of their frozen foodstuffs in the past, and I knew it was a brand I could trust due to their fairly high quality. Having said that, I had not tried anything from the 'Birds Eye Baked to Perfection' brand and it seemed to me that all of the food in this particular brand was packaged in its own individual bags or pouches for cooking to 'Perfection'. Intrigued, I decided to buy the 'Birds Eye Baked to Perfection Wild Pink Salmon Fillets'. These particular salmon fillets come in a cardboard box with an attractive-looking picture of the cooked pink salmon on front. It is not difficult to notice the sauce surrounding the fillets which I am told on the packaging is a 'Lemon and herb butter sauce'. All in all, I thought the fish looked quite delicious and I was keen to try it out. I paid around £3.80 for the 280g box containing two individual salmon fillets which I thought was reasonable value. Cooking these salmon fillets was extremely easy and very simple. All I had to do was place each of the two sealed foil pouches, or "Bake Perfect Bags" on a baking tray and pop them into a hot oven for around 25 minutes. How easy is that? Absolutely no fuss or effort required at all, which is absolutely ideal for yours truly as I have a variety of health issues which affect my mobility at times, so many mealtimes are a real struggle to overcome as I cannot stand and prepare a home-cooked meal for the majority of the time. Anyway, back to the fish. Whilst it was cooking, I was aware of a lovely lemon-type aroma escaping from the oven that I thought was very appetising. I could also smell the fish cooking, which is to be expected of course, but it was not an off-putting overly 'fishy' type smell. Salmon actually has quite a delicate flavour in comparison to other types of fish and the delicate aroma filling my kitchen as the Birds Eye salmon cooked in my oven certainly confirmed this. When the cooking time was up, I removed the baking tray and was able to peer through the see-through front of each of the foil cooking pouches to see what can only be described as some delicious-looking salmon fillets. Each of the fillets looked beautifully soft and cooked, with a pastel-pink colour to it that looked to me exactly as it should. The sauce surrounding the salmon looked to be quite delicious, and there was a generous amount of it surrounding the fish which surprised me. When I have bought this kind of meal in the past, I have always felt a bit let-down at the mere 'smidge' of sauce or butter that is usually provided as an accompaniment. The taste test passed with flying colours also. I found that the salmon was cooked through thoroughly and no part of the salmon had remained uncooked or raw which is highly off-putting and something that I have come across many times when ordering the fish in restaurants. An unforgivable cooking mistake in my opinion, but I needn't have worried with the Birds Eye fishes... each of them was cooked entirely and I was surprised that the texture of the fish was as it should be - not overly dry or at all chewy, but quite juicy and tender. The sauce that surrounded the fish was a fairly delicious accompaniment... I always think that lemon and herbs is a good flavour to add to fish anyway, and in this case it complimented the pink salmon perfectly. The lemon flavouring was not overly bitter or 'tart' but it added a nice balance to the flavour of the fish overall and I thought the meal was very much a winner. There was only one thing that I found was a bit disappointing about the Birds Eye salmon, and that is the texture of the fish. Whilst it was as tender and as juicy as it should have been, there was something lacking in terms of the 'bite' to the fish. To me, salmon is a fairly 'meaty' fish and it should have tender, succulent chunks that flake off easily. The Birds Eye salmon, whilst not at all dry, was definitely lacking in its tenderness, and I found that the fish didn't 'flake' as it does when I buy fresh salmon and cook it myself. I think I have hit the nail on the head here as it is usually fresh salmon that I buy, rather than frozen and I think this is where the difference lies. Perhaps I am being unfair to compare fresh to frozen, but it is the first time I have ever tried frozen salmon. I could be accused of nit-picking here, but I have to say that I enjoyed the fish overall and there is nothing about it that would prevent me from buying it again in the future. The nutritional information on the reverse of the packaging informs me that each of the salmon fillets will provide 225kcal and 13.0g fat. The fish is not suitable for cooking in the microwave, and it is best to cook it from frozen. Overall, I was pleased with the Birds Eye Pink Salmon Fillets and would buy them again. The texture was not as I expected it to be, but this wouldn't deter me from buying it again and I liked the convenience involved in cooking the fish. The Birds Eye Bake To Perfection Pink Salmon fillets can be bought at good supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda, and the normal price for the 280g box is around £3.80 - £4. I believe that the fish is currently on offer in Asda at the reduced price of £3 (as at September 2011).
We're always told about the benefits of eating oily fish such as salmon and mackerel as they are a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acid is believed to be beneficial for the heart and in particular protecting it from heart disease. As heart disease is pretty prevalent on my Dad's side of the family we have made a conscious effort to increase our intake of oily fish. Normally I buy salmon fillets from the refrigerator aisle in Tesco and freeze these when I get home. Before cooking I defrost these, add some herbs and spices and place in the oven to bake. It is also possible to cook directly from frozen, but I find that the herbs and spices sit on the surface and do not flavour the flesh deep down. There have been several occasions where I've decided I want some salmon for my tea but have forgotten to take it out to defrost. Quite annoying! So when I spotted the new range of 'Bake to perfection salmon fillets' I was tempted to give them a go. The box contains 2 wild pink salmon fillets that are individually wrapped in a foil bag, along with a lemon and herb butter sauce (consisting of dill and black pepper). This is handy as often only one of us fancies fish and so it's difficult when buying fillets from the fridge as they often come as a pair and you can't easily defrost one! The foil only covers the bottom of the fillet, whilst the top has a see through window to allow you to see the cooked fish. According to the back of the box the bag (known as the 'bake perfect bag') contains real foil to lock in flavour and micro-perforations to create the perfect cooking environment. The pack is heat sealed to prevent leaking. Taking the fillet out of the box I could see a nice, decent sized salmon fillet with some lemon and herb butter piped along the top. The cooking instructions are on the back of the box but they are also printed in picture form on the clear window. This is good as if you want to save space in your freezer you could store the fillets without the box yet still know how to cook. To bake I pre-heated the oven to gas mark 5 and then placed the bag on a baking tray in the middle of the oven. There is no need to pierce the bag (micro-perforations remember!). This can be cooked straight from frozen and in fact the instructions state that it is tastiest when done so. As it was cooking I could smell the lemon and herb butter wafting out of the oven and it smelt delicious! Once the 25 minutes had passed I removed from the oven and shook the bag gently. I then used a pair of scissors to cut open one end of the bag and placed the fillet along with the sauce on a plate. I served this with some vegetables that I had steamed as this was cooking. Now for the taste test. The salmon was beautifully soft and moist, almost melting in my mouth. The lemon and herb flavour had infused right through the fillet and was very tasty - tangy but creamy and not too salty. They have been generous with the butter as it not only coated my fish but there was enough to coat my vegetables too! The fillet had no bones, although it does say that there is a chance some may remain so proceed with caution! The fillets contain no artificial colourings, flavours or preservatives. Each fillet has 225 calorie, of which 13g is from fat (7.1g saturates), so all in all a fairly healthy meal. Priced at £3.00 for two fillets, this is comparable to buying fish over the counter or in pre-packaged fillets but with the added flavours! Overall I am very impressed with this new range and shall be buying again.
Birds Eye "Simply Bake to Perfection" is a new range of fish products from Birds Eye that make cooking fish really easy. The fillets come in a bag that you pop straight into the oven from frozen, wait 25 minutes and voila! Dinner. I had seen this product advertised on TV and was intrigued. I really like salmon, so I bought the Wild Pink Salmon variety, that came with a lemon and herb butter sauce. The product cost £3 from Asda. The product is sold in the freezer section of the supermarket. It comes in a card box, which shows a picture of the cooked product in the sealed bag, so you can see how it works. Inside the box there are two bags, each containing a fish fillet covered in sauce. The bags themselves are quite innovative. The bottom of the bag is foil lined to reflect heat and aid cooking. There are micro, perforations in the bag to create an ideal cooking environment and a transparent window on top to allow you to see whether the fish has cooked. The bags are sealed so no sauce escapes and you get no mess using them. Another thing I really like is the fact that the ingredients used to make this product are all natural ingredients, things you would find in your kitchen cupboard, rather than relying on additives to improve the flavour. There are no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. As I have said, cooking is really easy. You put the bags on a tray in the oven at Gas Mark 5, 190 C. After 25 minutes you take the bags out of the oven and cut them open with scissors and then serve the fish with whatever accompaniment you like. The fish itself is really tasty. After following the instructions I found it was cooked exactly how I liked it, and because it had been cooked in the bag, it was not dry, but wonderfully succulent. The lemon and herb sauce was really tasty too. You get quite a generous portion with each fillet, and the sauce had a strong, but not overpowering flavour, that complimented the fish really well. This product would be ideal for busy people who don't want to spend lots of time preparing food. It is definitely convenience food, but a lot healthier than the usual stuff on offer. Also, many people are not that confident about going to the fishmonger or fresh fish counter at the supermarket and knowing what to order, so this is nice and simple. My only problem with it is that salmon itself is not that hard to prepare, and surely it would just be cheaper to get a big bag of frozen salmon fillets for a couple of quid and cook them yourself for a fraction of the price that Birds Eye are charging? That said, this is certainly a product I will buy again. The convenience factor is a big selling point, as well as the fact that the fish is really gorgeous and healthy too! Birds Eye also do other products in this range, including King Prawns in Chilli Sauce. The nutritional information is as follows per portion: Cal 225 Protein 27g Carbs 0.6g Fat 13g Sodium 0.35g. I would like to see Birds Eye extend this range, perhaps coming up with more unusual varieties of fish and sauce combinations. An excellent product that gets 5 stars from me!
Birds Eye have recently been heavily promoting their bake to perfection range of fish dishes. The idea behind this range is that you take the marinated fish out of the freezer and bake it in the oven and in 25 minutes have a tasty and high quality fish dish for dinner. They are saying these are better quality than the standard ready meal with a bigger price tag to match, in this case the chucky wild pink salmon fillets cost £3.99 for a pack containing two servings but they are also frequently on offer for £3. The box contains two little bags which are metallic on the bottom and clear at the top which are oven safe. When you take the bag out of the box you can see the pink salmon with the sauce piped onto the top in a nice little pattern. The dish is easy to cook, simply bake for 20 minutes and at the same time boil some potatoes and veg or whatever else you want to go with your meal. To serve you simply cut the end off the bag and slide the fish and sauce out onto the plate. The dish looks far from appetising once it is on the plate. The salmon looks nice and pink but the sauce has left a nasty scummy looking white foam on top of the fish. The sauce itself is so runny and watery that I would not call it a sauce at all and it swims all over the plate in a yellow greasy looking slick leaving loads of big pieces of dill spread around. Moving on to taste, the salmon itself was a good sized portion and was nice and moist and flaky with a good strong taste. This was spoiled by the lemon and herb butter though which was swimming around the plate and had a very greasy and weak lemon taste but the dill was nice. The dish didn't seem to blend together the different taste elements very well, maybe if the sauce had actually been thick enough to stick to the salmon it would have been nicer. I think the baked to perfection salmon fillets are a really poor buy, yes you get good quality salmon but you can buy salmon fillets yourself cheaper the thing that makes the dish different is the sauce which was really poor. A real pity this dish never lived up to my expectations of it as Birds Eye normally produce high quality foods.
Some nights when I get in from the work and the gym I really can't be bothered to cook a meal from scratch but I still want to eat something that is healthy and tasty. I saw Birds Eye Simply Fish Baked to Perfection range advertised on TV and thought that this might be something I would like, so the next time I was in the supermarket I picked up a pack of the Wild Pink Salmon Fillets. What I liked was that they were to be stored in the freezer but could be oven baked straight from the freezer in 25 mins. Perfect for those nights you can't bothered or when you haven't taken anything out for dinner. What is also ideal is that there is two packs in each box so you can take one out at a time as they come sealed in a foil bag. The box says that there are 2 chunky wild pink salmon fillets with a lemon and herb butter sauce in it, each one comes in its own foil bag which is to be placed on a baking tray, under no circumstance must you pierce the bag and the tray should be placed in the middle of the oven. Now you sit back relax and let the day wash over you as you decide what to have with your fish. The fish should be cooked for 25 minutes at 190 C or 170 C for fan assisted ovens or gas mark 5. When your 25 minutes are up take out the baking tray, shake the bag gently then cut open the end of the bag with scissors , taking care to avoid the steam from the bag so as not to burn yourself. When I first tried the salmon fillets i had made a small drop of rice to have with it, which was really nice as it also soaked up the juices from the lemon and herb butter sauce. I thought the fish tasted delicious with a nice tangy lemon and herb butter taste. The salmon melted in the mouth and the fell apart on my plate which was fab and made for a real tasty meal and filling. Each fillet has the nutritional value of: Calories: 200 Sugars: Trace Fat: 12g Saturates: 6.5g Salt: 0.8g I really enjoyed the salmon and have purchased it again to have it in the freezer for those occasions. The normal price is £3.99 per pack which is a wee bit expensive but if you shop around you normally find it on offer for around the £3 mark which is much better. They are available from most major supermarkets in the freezer section. There are also other varieties in the baked to perfection range which include Haddock Fillets with a lemon and chive sauce or King Prawns with a sweet chilli sauce (this one i have tried and loved) to name a few. I recommend the salmon fillets as they make a tasty meal without having to try to hard.