I came across a couple of tins of fray Bentos pies tucked away at the back of my kitchen cupboard the other day, which my fiancé must have bought at some point and forgotten about!
I don't usually like pies, but I was really hungry and the fridge was empty, so I decided to have the beef one. This costs around £2.20 for 475 gram pie. I followed the instructions on the back of the tin and used a can opener to get the top of the tin off.
This was a bit tricky but it didn't take too long, although it was a little messy and gravy (which smelt strongly and a bit like dog food!) started pouring down the lid while I was opening it.
Once the lid was removed I was really unimpressed. The pie was a pasty white unattractive looking colour and very doughy & cheap looking. I placed the pie with the lid removed but still in the tin into the oven. Once it had cooked it smelt really nice, the pastry and risen and it looked like a freshly baked pie.
Transferring it out of the tin and onto a plate was impossible so in the end I had to basically scoop the pie of the tin and onto my plate with a big spoon! The pastry was nice and crispy and not too crumbly, but it was quite stodgy and cheap tasting, it didn't taste seasoned or anything and I found it to be just a bit bland.
The filling was 99% gloopy gravy and I only had about 3 small chunks of stringy, chewy beef in the portion of pie that I had (i had half and my fiancé had half). My fiancé also didnt get much beef and he also thought it was stringy and not very tasty.
The beef didnt taste fresh or juicy or anything, it tasted old and flavourless - it was pretty gross if I'm honest and the gravy was too thick and it tasted salty and over processed. The base was moist and sloppy, so I left the base and ate just the top part of the pastry and some of the filling.
I was left feeling still hungry and slightly disgusted at what I'd just eaten, I think a tablespoon of dog food probably has more and better quality beef in it than one of these pies does haha. As for the calorie content, half a pie contains around 350 calories, which if it was filling would be ok, but it isn't.
All in all I certainly don't recommend these pies because they aren't very filling or tasty and just taste cheap.
I have read the reveiws on your sight praising fray bentos pies, I must say I am completly mistifyed and dumdfounded to say the least, I have bought about five of these so called steak pies in the last month, I haven't come across a pie that has any steak in it yet, apart from the odd bit here and there, it doesn't matter how long you cook these pies the pastry underneath the top layer will not cook, all you get for your money is a pile of sloppy pastry minus the steak, oh! I tell a lie a minimal amount of gravy, what a absolute rip off, I won't be wasting my money on these pies anymore, sounds to me there are enough mugs out there keeping the bosses of fray bentos in nice big houses and fancy cars and I don't intend to be one of them, they must be laughing at you lot and all the rest of the gullable people out there who buy them all the way to the bank, enjoy suckers!
Lovely pastry yes. Where is the meat? If you want light, crispy pastry and gravy - go with Fray Bentos. If you want a satisfying pie, really don't bother! There are plenty of much more worthy products out there than these.
I have first tasted Fray Bentos pie when I used to stay for tea with an elderley neighbour when I was a child. The pie I'm reviewing is for the Boozy Steak and ale however Dooyoo have given me he go ahead to write it so here it goes! Then a few years later in my touring caravan with my best mate Mel for a quick and easy meal.
Comes in a round steel tin with a picture of what the pie looks like when cooked on the front. The information tells me that it is made from real ale that is added to the steak then puff pastry is added to the top.
Preheat your oven to 450f or 230c Gas 8. Remember to remove the lid before placing in the oen as the tin will explode. Bake for 20 -30 minutes or until risen and the pastry is nice and golden.
Contains wheat and gluten barley and celery.
This pie is gorgeous the pastry melts in your mouth with its light and crisp the steak melts in your mouth and is very tender indeed and there is plenty of it too.. I can taste a little onion in there. The gravy is tasty with a a real taste of ale in the gravy. I had mine with mash and garden peas. However you can have it with what ever you desire.
I would say there is enough to feed two adults and a small child at a push.
This is a good idea if you are in a rush and want something good quality and good value for money.
Helpline number is : 0800 731 0989.
I bought this from asda on offer for £1.00 last week whilst doing my weekly shop.
after enjoying these pies for ages now i am fed up with wrestling trying to open the tins . it took me half an hour today and three tin openers and two knives to get the damn thing open . is there no way of making these tins with peel off lids or a lid that will open easily with a can opener. after 3 pills later and feeling slightly suicidal i can eventually sit down and enjoy my tea signed desperate and peed off from hampshire
oh dear..there i was.. Wifey on a nightshift, kids in bed, Fray Bentos waiting for the right moment..preheated the oven @ 180 for more than 25 mins... popped the pie in as per the instructions...25 mins later all risen & golden , i lifted it out of the oven and onto my plate. the next 10 mins was pure torture (it was too hot to cut into )!!!i slit my knife all around the edge of the tin & lifted off the golden puff pastry crust to reveal...loads of clumps of uncooked pasty.. i scooped it out carefully & was left with a small amount of gravy & 3 pieces of meat.whilst the gravy & meat were quite tasty, i was left with a large amount of raw pastry.. I feel ripped off :(
Fray Bentos Pies have been a one of things i've seen in my kitchen cupboards since I was small, just one of those things that my mam used to grab when she wasn't in the mood to make a meal from scratch, and I can safely say they never dissapoint. This review is for my favourite of the Fray Bentos Pies, Just Steak.
Cooking Time - 25-30 minutes (oven)
Packaging - The pies come in a blue circular tin and has been the same for aslong as I can remember. Don't be fooled by the size of the tin as the pies have puff pasty which obviously expands when cooked so you end up with a much bigger pie than predicted and can easily be shared between two people for a meal. As you would expect the back of the tin tells you the nutrition information, ingredients, best before date and the cooking instructions, which are very easy to follow may I add.
I can't fault this pie, it claims to be 'tender' and it certainly is. It is a good hearty pie with no 'frills' just steak with beefy gravy topped with puff pastry. I have tried other brands of pie's before and been shocked at how little steak they actually contain, just leaving you with a load of pastry, however Fray Bentos have plenty of good quality meat, there's nothing worse than finding grissle in meat and I can safely say this has never happened to me with this pie. Some people like the crunchy type of pastry, others (like me) like pastry when it goes kind of soft. This pie contains both, crunchy on top and soft underneath. Yummy!
You can get your hands on this pie at all major supermarkets. I buy mine at tesco for £1.86. Not bad for a quick hearty pie. Fray Bentos also have other fillings available including steak and veg, chicken and mushroom, steak and ale and steak and kidney pie. Something for everyones tastebuds!
I definately recommend giving this pie a go!
Generally speaking I like to make my own meals from scratch, but quite often time restrains me so I generally have "emergency" meals in the cupboard. On a recent trip to Asda I came across Fray Bentos pies on offer at two for £2. I thought that this was great value and so I threw two into my trolley. I have not had these pies since I was a little girl so I was interested to see if they tasted as good as I remember!
The pies come in a variety of nine flavours (mainly based around chicken and beef - none vegetarian) but I chose the "just steak" variety. The pies come in a shallow tin which is just over 15cm in diameter and you have to get a tin opener to get the lid off. The cooking instructions are clear on the underside of the tin - simply take the lid off completely and bake for 25-30 minutes in the oven at 230 degrees or gas mark 8. So far so good, these pies are turning out to be the easy meal that I had anticipated!
Whilst cooking the aroma of the pies made my mouth water, they smell just as good as any homemade pie I have ever cooked! 28 minutes later and the pies had risen dramatically and I considered them ready. Do not put these in a shallow space in the oven as they will quickly out grow the space and you won't be able to get them out without taking their top off! When done the lid is golden brown and looks extremely appetising.
It is during serving that I encounter a problem. These pies are extremely difficult to get out of the tin in one piece; in fact, it is not going to happen! No matter how much cutting and prising, these pies simply are not going to come out in one piece and you end up with a pile of pie on your plate rather than a well presented slice, and a lot of the pastry is still left in the tin - However, it is all going down the same way and as I'm unlikely to serve this at a dinner party anyway, does appearance really matter? No, not really!
Now the important bit - the taste test! The lid of the pie is as light as you would expect puff pastry to be and melts in your mouth nicely with a good amount of buttery flavour. The underneath pastry is sufficiently moist without being too stodgy, and also has a decent flavour. There is plenty of tender meat in the pie which comes in good sized chunks and I did not come across a single bit of gristle or anything of an unpleasant nature! The meat content is 28%, although it does feel like more than that. The gravy is well seasoned, thick, tasty and plentiful but you do not get the feeling that it overtakes the pie at all. I think that the meat/gravy balance is just right as you need a certain amount of moisture in my opinion to help the pastry down.
I made the mistake of trying to divide two pies between four people (two adults and two children) and even with a healthy helping of vegetables on the side, these pies simply are not big enough to fill you up - they might look as though they are when they come out of the oven, but most of their bulk is air so I would recommend one pie per adult for a decent meal to see you through these cold winter nights!
One serving is recommended as half of the pie which and this comes in at 352 calories, which isn't that bad, but as half of the pie barely touches the sides, over 700 calories for a meal is excessive at anyone's standards! Within the whole pie you would get 37.6g of fat which has made me feel very unhealthy and I wish that I had looked at this before eating it! It is such a shame that these pies are such a nutritional nightmare, as they really are quite tasty and very convenient. Maybe I will keep them in the cupboard for emergency lunches when you are not that hungry, so half will suffice and you have the rest of the day to burn them off!!
These pies are unfortunately going to lose one star because they don't come out of the tin easily, and another one for their nutritional content, which leaves them with three guilty stars for a tasty pie and me left wishing that they they didn't taste so good!
I have been a fan of fray bentos pies for many years they are delicious however I am disappointed in these pies now. It is almost impossible to open the can without injury to either yourself or the tin opener. I can only assume that they are using a different metal. My last attempt took two of us one turning the tin and one operating the manual tin opener. Our all singing all dancing one will not open these tins as they are too big.
Once you are in and the pies are cooked they are still as delicious as ever. Hopefully Fray Bentos can improve this before there is a total disaster somewhere or we stop buying them all together.I do not have a problem with the pie just the tin that it is in could this not be made easier so that it is not such a battle.
Having been a big fan of Frey Bentos pies since I was little (meaning slimmer than I am now), originally it was the Steak and Kidney pies I loved, infact I was drunkenly slept with one*. Then my mum started to get the Steak and 3 Veg versions when she realised my brother wasn't eating the kidney in the pies. And now she's started buying Just Steak pies. The pies them selves have all kept the same sort of ideas behind them and have themselves all been pretty much identical to look at and delicious to eat, but what exactly are they?
Well coming in a fully concealed tin they stand out at the supermarket as they don't really look like they belong in the pies or tinned food category, as most store bought pies are frozen these aren't. In fact to cook them you removed the lid (tin openers are handy here) and oven cook it for 25 minutes, at the end of this the pastry blossoms up into a wonderful golden colour of puff pastry that has become a symbol of the Frey Bentos name. Beneath the pastry is the filling, in this case little chunk of wonderfully cut steak, that's chewy but yet not fatty, soft and tender but yet solid and not crumbling on the fork. Succulent.
When cooked through the pie can either be served as part of a meal and portioned off (for example with chips, or potatoes) of eaten by it's self (like, lets be honest most pies are). Today I had mine straight from the tin (less messy) and by it's self. Cutting into releases the heat kept with in a thick and yet smooth gravy under the pastry, then the steak, of which perhaps their wasn't a great deal of got eaten, keeping the ¼ cuts of pasty until last, as they are by far the most enjoyable part of the pie. A thick, crispy and fresh tasting pastry that covers the whole pie, separating it from every other pie out there which seem to use a much thinner and rather plain and boring looking pastry, this however is puff pastry at it's best.
Overall a delightful pie that is easy to make, brilliant to taste at can regularly be found in decent offers, thought £1.50 for a single one can seem costly £2.50 for 3 is excellent value for money. They are perhaps a little shy on the steak, but it seems to me that the pastry is the key to Frey Bentos and not the filling, if you can accept that, then you will love these. Though perhaps not the best of the range (the 3 veg one is of course giving you a source of vegetables) the fact is steak pie is a steak pie (even if this is more a pie and some steak) and vegetables can be served with it if your doing it with something like new potatoes. Whilst perhaps not the steakiest of steak pies, it's the most complete with high quality steak, brilliant pastry and a lovely gravy.
*I fell to sleep whilst drunk with one on these in my arms, apparently I went to get one for a late meal but passed out on the way back to the oven. My then flat mate woke me up about 3 hours later realising she'd not had a drink poured for a while...
I have been a fan of Fray Bentos pies for many years and they have been an often consumed weekend treat along with a plateful of mash and assorted veg.
However Premier Foods have repackaged and changed the recipe of all their pies over the past six months - and the change is not for the good!
Whereas the previous range of Fray Bentos pies had quality steak and delicious Oxo gravy, these 'new' recipe pies are a real move downwards in the quality stakes (no pun intended).
Firstly the meat content. Reportedly it is the same as the old pies, but having stock of both, their seems much less in the new pies but worst of all the quality is appalling. Whereas the old pies had tender steak pieces, the new pies have loose lumps of indiscernable poor quality meat. Also for the first time ever with Fray Bentos pies, I have spotted fat and gristle in the pies.
Worst of all though is the gravy. The new recipe (replacing Oxo) is a congealed gelitanous lump and it is really horrible.
Fortunately the one saving grace is the pastry which is as good as ever.
I hope Fray Bentos realise their mistakes with the new recipes and change them before they lose all their customers.
Overall of the new varieties the Steak and Kidney and Just Steak are tolerable with the Steak and Ale, and Steak and Mushroom varieties now virtually inedible.
Until Premier Foods recognise their big mistake with the new varieties for the first time in nearly 20 years I will be trying other brands such as Princes and switching to Pukka Pies for my weekly treat!
I always associate Fray Bentos pies with old people for some reason, my grandma always had one in her cupboard and they dont seem like a very fashionable option.
I've read a few favourable reviews on Fray Bentos pies in the past few months and decided to revisit them at some point. They were special offer last week in Asda for just £1 each, normal selling price is £1.79.
The just steak pie is the newest pie in the Fray Bentos range. I used to love steak and kidney but it seems that offal has gone out of fashion and I bet most kids have never tasted it.
The first problem was opening the can. Just use a tin opener I hear you say but I tried that and it wasn't working. I have a standard manual tin opener which opens other cans without a problem but the lip on this can is so large that it barely pierced the rim. I ended up trying to open it sideways but that wasn't working either. In the end I ended up using a combination of brute force, the tin opener and a pair of pliers to rip the lid off, not recomended as all the shards of metal could be dangerous but I was not letting the tin beat me.
You bake the pie in a hot oven for around half an hour. After taking the pie out after the allotted time I wasn't too impressed by what I saw, the pastry did not seem to have risen much at all.
Breaking into the pie, there is a lot of small steak pieces in a thick gravy. The steak is utterly delicious, melt in the mouth and the gravy has a really full meaty flavour and there was lots of it. The pastry wasn't great, it was a bit thin, the top layer was nice and crispy but the lower layers were pretty soggy. It may be that I cooked it at too high a heat though, I have a fan oven so should have cooked it at a lower temperature than the instructions said.
The pie serves two as a main meal but I stretched it out to three of us. The kids both loved it and I am pleased that I now have something I can keep in the cupboard for the days my nephew stays for dinner, he is really fussy and hard to please and I usually end up giving him his favourite super noodles.
I'll certainly be buying another couple of these pies while they are on offer to keep in the cupboard. They are extremely unhealthy but the long shelf life means they are good for a standby meal but I'll also buy a better can opener too.