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Browns Food Group - Chinese Style Spareribs

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Brand: Browns Food Group / Type: Meat

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      06.10.2009 14:57
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      Not for me!

      I love snacky type food and one night I decided to grab a few bits of pieces and have a cook up and have a hot buffet all to myself. When in Farmfoods I picked up a few offerings to try and these at £1.29 a box found their way into my basket. I love spare ribs and on the photograph on the box they looked well nice!

      The Packaging:

      The box is white and pink and as I have already mentioned there is a photograph of the cooked ribs dripping in sauce on the front of it. I am told they are Rib-King Chinese Style Spare Ribs 'Pork Spare Ribs In A Delicious Barbecue Sauce' and that the weight of them is 300g. On the back of the box other information includes being given a list of ingredients and allergy advice, there is a nutritional chart on there and storage instructions (you can freeze these), I'm told how to cook them (20-25 minutes from frozen in the oven or for about 8 minutes in the microwave) and contact details for Browns Food Group are given. I like the layout of information on the box and think it's very informative and then the ribs are sat in a black plastic container with a clear film over the top of them.

      The Ribs And Me:

      Well when I opened up the box and pulled out the container they looked ok. I spotted about 6 smallish lumps of meat which of course at this point were frozen with a dark red sauce. I was starving so I popped mine in the microwave popping the film first and cooked for the recommended time. The smell as they cooked was lovely and sort of tomatoey and slightly spicy and all was well! When I took them out and peeled off the lid they looked nice. Yep about 6 pieces of chunkish looking meat and a very generous amount of dark red sauce, I was impressed and they smelt and looked good enough to eat.

      However...

      Although they weren't awful the quality within this product was very limited indeed. First off the sauce was plentiful. Slightly bbq flavour I guess, I think of this more of a sweet tomato sauce really with a little smokiness to the it more than anything else. It was very runny indeed and there was far too much of it and don't get it near your fingers cos it stains them!

      The meat although it looked nice enough all had bones in which I expected. The meat on the bone tasted sort of processed with no grain to it and the big bits of bone I could deal with but there were a lot of sharp shards of bone not connected to the main bone in them and I actually chocked on one! Most of the meat is fatty, again that's ok I don't mind that but I did mind all the really hard gristle I had to spit out as I went.

      Verdict:

      In the main all you get with these is fat, gristle and bone. The meat was ok, ok a little tough but what there was, was ok and the sauce...well it was incredibly sweet and eating spare ribs with a knife and fork is just bizarre but I had to cos of the colour of the sauce and I had to try avoid the shards of glass like bones. If you buy these DO NOT give them to young children and that warning in my view should be stated on the box!

      Not for me these and I found them to be a total disappointment!

      Allergy Advice:

      Contains: Gluten (Wheat), Soya

      Nutritional Information Per 300g:

      Energy: 579g
      Protein: 35.8g
      Carbohydrate: 36.6g
      Fat: 32.2g
      Fibre: 0.5g

      I bought my box in Farmfoods but as far as I'm aware they are available in other supermarkets too for a similar price.

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