“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Fish „
Today whilst on Facebook one of my friends was out eating and took a photograph of her son with a big plate of fish and chips. Till I saw that photograph I wasn't hungry, well at least I was and didn't realise I was and I was more than a bit jealous so off I went to my freezers (I have 2 cos I'm greedy lol) to see what I could whip myself up and out of one of them a box of these that I had forgotten about fell out at my feet and seeming as I had no fish in I decided on cooking a few of these up to have in a fish finger sarnie!
These come in an oblong box and on the front of it there is a picture shown of the fish fingers and we are clearly told that they are Birds Eye 10 Value Fish Fingers and that they 'Contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives' and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown along with the price displayed which is £1 then on the back of the box other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, the ingredients and allergy advice is given along with a full and comprehensive nutritional chart, heating instructions are clearly given, the weight is stated which is 250g and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. This is an economy looking box and inside the fish fingers are loose and not further sealed.
The Fish fingers:
To cook these two ways are given on the box and that's to grill or to pop them in the oven and either way takes between 12-15 minutes. I, usually with fish fingers shallow fry them but this time though I oven cooked them and in 15 minutes they came out looking slightly browned and cooked through and they were.
What you get with these is breaded fish fingers. The breadcrumbs are hard and orange and thickly cover a slab of grey coloured fish which is simply called white fish, so it could be any sort of white fish in these and it certainly doesn't taste like cod or haddock to me, I would guess at Pollock. They are quite small and look like traditional fish fingers in shape, oblong but rather thin. On the box we are told that there is batter on these, I can't see it or taste it though unless the breadcrumb is mixed with a light batter but I can't vouch for that.
I am not keen on these though. The breadcrumbs are far too hard and crunchy though they taste ok to be fair to them. The fish is just too fishy, I know that sounds a bit daft but they really are fishy and not in a pleasant way. They don't taste seasoned to me at all and the fish looks horrible being an odd light grey colour and being a bit slimy.
I am really not very keen on these at all as you can probably tell from reading my review and they are certainly not worth 150 calories for 3 of them (and 0.8g of saturated fat) even if that isn't a lot I won't be buying them again. I'll be sticking to cod fish fingers from now on and not being such a cheap skate!
Widely available from all good supermarkets etc and they always seem to be on offer for a pound a box.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I am very partial to a fish finger sandwich especially in the winter with fresh buttery bread and lots of vinegar. Fish fingers also make great simple meals when served with things like chips and beans. So with me recently being on a tighter budget in order to save a bit of money I have decided to try and buy more own brand or value products. So when I found these Birds Eye Value fish fingers in my local Iceland store I thought I would try them especially as they were still made by a well-known company.
The fish fingers I purchased were a packet of 10 rather than the 14 pack shown in the picture above. They were priced at just £1.00 which I though was pretty good value for a still branded product and still cheaper than Iceland's own brand fish fingers.
The fish fingers are the breadcrumb coated variety rather than battered so are slightly better for you. Each 3 fish finger serving contains the following:
Calories - 150
Fat - 6.2g
Salt - 0.5g
Protein - 9.7g
The fish fingers themselves are made up of a centre of minced white fish, with the more expensive fish fingers it is pieces of fish rather than minced fish but to me just for a fish finger sandwich this does not really matter. The minced fish is then coated in a layer of breadcrumbs which make them have a nice crunchy texture when cooked.
The fish fingers are quick and easy to cook from frozen and can either be grilled on a medium heat for around 12 minutes or in the oven on a baking tray for 15 minutes again on a medium heat.
For a slightly different meal with fish fingers I take one pitta bread and warm it up in the toaster, then cut open and add a layer of mayo inside. Then place 2 or 3 cooked fish fingers inside the pitta bread and fill with salad.
I really like fish fingers as they make a quick, cheap and easy meal or snack. I love nothing more on a cold winter's day to have a fish finger sandwich accompanied by a hot cup-a-soup. These fish fingers although being the value range did not disappoint, although they were not quite as full of fish as some of the more expensive fish fingers they were still tasty and fresh tasting. I have sampled own brands before where there is very little fish inside or something that barely resembles fish, so these were very nice in comparison. If you are on a budget I would certainly recommend these fish fingers for a cheap meal.
These fish fingers are exactly what they say on the box: value. They cost £1 to buy, so I think they are good quality considering how cheap they are. They are also very quick to cook; it says 12 minutes to grill but it actually takes about 15, but this isn't really the end of the world.
The first time I had them was with chips and beans, I didn't really like it. You can't really taste the fish inside the breadcrumbs, and if you have it with some of your chips or beans you can't taste the fish at all. As I live alone, I still had some left after this meal. I decided to try the rest in a fish finger sandwich. You can taste the fish more if you have the fish fingers in a sandwich, even using thick sliced bread. One problem I did find when having them in a sandwich, was that the breadcrumbs stuck to the bread and fell off the fish.
I think if you are upgrading from store brand value range fish fingers you will enjoy these, but if you are downgrading from Birds Eye or another brand, these will be too bland for you.
After having a busy day and in need of cooking a quick and easy tea I usually dig out the box of fish fingers as it means I can just pop them in the oven and not have to worry about keeping an eye on them. The fish fingers which I last purchased for a change were the Birds Eye Value ones which were a new line for me.
The fish fingers come in a white cardboard box which has the Birds Eye logo in the left hand corner and the product name across the middle in blue lettering, on the right hand side of the packet there is a picture of a fork with one of the fish fingers on it. The back of the box has all of the relevant information about the contents and also the cooking instructions and nutritional values.
~~COOKING AND RESULTS~~
The fish fingers are very easy to cook and this can be done in two ways. They can be grilled on a medium heat for 12 minutes, turning occasionally or placed in an oven on gas mark 8 or 230 deg. Celsius for 15 minutes. The fingers will turn a golden brown colour when cooked.
When opening the box nothing struck me as different about the fish fingers and they looked like any other ones, they were slightly more orange in colour than golden but I thought they would go darker when cooked. They were a good size and measured approximately 8cm by 2cm and just under 1 cm thick. There was a lot of excess breadcrumbs in the box so care when tipping the fingers out is needed.
I cooked mine on an oven tray for around 20 minutes as after the stated time they were still not hot all the way through. Once I took them out of the oven they had gone the nice golden colour as stated they would and they were quite crunchy. They tasted very nice and the breadcrumbs had a good crunch to them which was a nice contrast to the soft fish inside. There was no bad after taste when I had finished eating them and I really did enjoy them for a change. All of my boys and hubby said that they were nice and had a much better fish taste to the cheaper variety we sometimes buy.
The box says that there may be some bones in the fish but we did not find any.
The fish fingers come in a box size of 10 and I find this feeds the boys and hubby and if I have them I do have to open a second box. They are made from minced white fish filets but for me they tasted of the cod ones which we sometimes have.
The ingredients for the fish fingers for those wishing to know are:-
Minced White Fish (62%), Breadcrumbs, Batter, Vegetable oil.
Breadcrumb - Wheat, Flour, Water, Paprika, Salt, Yeast and Turmeric
Batter - Wheat flour, Water, Potato Starch, Salt
There are warnings for allergy sufferer that this product does contain wheat and fish.
The nutritional values for a serving of 3 fingers are:-
Energy - 150Kcal
Protein - 9.7g
Carbohydrate - 14.0g
Of which sugars - 0.2g
Fat - 6.2g
Of which saturates - 0.7g
Fibre - 0.7g
Sodium - 0.21g
Equivalent as salt - 0.5g
Looking at these values and the fish percentage I have to say these don't appear to be too bad, I have seen other brands of fingers which have less than 50% fish so the 65% is not bad but I suppose it could be better.
The fingers come frozen and are to be cooked from frozen, if they do get defrosted then they cannot be re-frozen and must be cooked or thrown away.
~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~
I found these when browsing in Iceland and paid just £1 for the box which I thought was excellent value. Supermarket own brands are around this price and are not half as tasty as these ones. Have noticed them on sale in Tesco but I cannot comment on the price as I have never looked at it there.
These fish fingers come with a high recommendation from all in my house, they are tasty and easy to cook and have a great price tag. There are better ones on the market with cod fish inside but the price tag for these is just too high. To feed you family on a budget then these are the way to go!