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Just wanted to write a review that didn't sound like marketing people wrote it..Not the best pork pie in the world, but they are nice. I like eating them because I like pork pies and I prefer more meat and less goo. I have never had any funny bits in these pies.They were cheap and good which is satisfying these days. I liked the taste and will buy them again :)
The pork pie...is there a better man-snack?
Now, by 'better', I mean more tasty, sustaining, satisfying, good looking, convenient, and unhealthy enough to be tempting but not so unhealthy that it invokes guilt!
And by 'man-snack', I mean a snack that exudes masculinity. The pork pie does this in it's stature alone - see how it stands, so surely, in defiance. And it's protected from all sides, like a military unit, which just makes it all the more tempting to the salivating gland-filled mouth of a hungry man, who's maybe just awoken, or has returned from a hard day's work.
The Pork Farms pork pie embodies and fulfills all these criteria and attributes! I've eaten many pork pies from other brands, including supermarkets' own, and in each there has been a noticeable difference in the taste and construction of the pie, for the worse.
Too many other brands crumble when you pick them up, or as soon as you bite into them they disintegrate into a flurry of crumbs that spill and wreak social havoc. Their pie roofs have collapsed in transit, and their side insulation is packed with weird jelly stuff.
But not these pork pies. Their roofs are firm and level, their side insulation clear of jellies, and they have a solid, strong dark brown colour to their rich, crispy pastry, which complements the meat inside perfectly. The meaty centre isn't of top quality, I won't lie, but then pork pie meats never are. That's why they're a pie, not a steak, and that's why we love them.
They're priced reasonably too, and seem to be one of those products that you'll find on offer frequently. Remember that part of the reason why shops offer products especially cheaply is so that you'll fall in love with them, and so keep buying them when the price goes up again. This shows that shop bosses know that Pork Farms pork pies are great!
Pork pies should, as a general rule, satisfy your nutritional craving. However, the tragedy of the current market is that there are too many cheap and rip-off or copying brands that produce lackluster pie products, that are a disappointment even to the hungriest of folk. Let me assure you that Pork Farms do not produce such a pie.
I will warn you, however, that the PICKLE-FILLED pork pies, also by Pork Farms, are put in similar packaging, and if you're not paying attention as you shop (which on one fateful day I was guilty of) you may pick them up instead of the original ones. If you like pickle then fine, enjoy your poisonous hell-spawn, but if you're an Original fan like yours truly, then be sure to pay close attention to the packaging, and stick with Pork Farms.
Although this is a general category for Pork Farms pork pies, it's the snack pies I am specifically reviewing.
---Intro, and eating the first pork pie---
With such lovely weather for once I decided that a picnic was in order, so off hubby and I went to pick up some bits and bobs at Tesco. I tend to forget that we have a beach only a mile up the road - Workington is hardly renowned for being a seaside town after all, but very glad I did remember as it was certainly a lovely spot for a picnic.
Of course no picnic would be complete without pork pies. I had looked to see what fresh stuff was on offer in the chiller compartment at Tesco, but nothing looked particularly appetizing. So, hubby picked up a pack of 2 snack pork pies made by Pork Farms at the price of just £1, reduced from £1.45!
I thoroughly enjoyed my pork pie, but hubby didn't eat his as we'd had loads of other stuff. When going into the fridge this morning to get out my salad I realised that the Use By date on the remaining pork pie was today's date (they do not have a long shelf life, and can't be frozen), so although it's not great for the diet I had no choice but to take it to work with me, and it also means that you have to be subjected to my review!
---What's in it - the Scary Part---
I don't want to look, but for the purpose of this review I will have to.
Each pie contains 333 calories, which is pretty bad when you consider what else you'll be eating when you have a picnic! To keep it brief, it contains 7.4g Protein, 22.6g Carbohydrates, 24.3g Fat (9.2g saturates), and about a sixth of your recommended salt intake.
In terms of ingredients, the main ones are Wheat Flour, Pork (22%), Water, Pork Lard, Pork Fat (Yummy!).
For those with allergies it contains Egg, Gluten and Wheat, and obviously isn't suitable for vegetarians!
The two pork pies came in a plastic wrapper which is predominantly green. You should find it in the pork pie section in the Chiller at a supermarket without too much trouble!
I love the way the text on the packaging is fairly amusing - it tells you that the Fridge is good, Airing cupboard is bad! Talking of serving suggestion, it tells you to remove pie from fridge and then wait for 15 agonising minutes....and yes the wait is agonising, my stomach is rumbling!
There's also a brief blurb about the company - they've been making pork pies for 75 years.
Each pork pie is an ideal snack size, about 2 inches in diameter. The pastry is a light-mid brown golden colour, not overcooked like some.
---The Texture and Taste---
Biting into it, the pastry is lovely and moist, but not soggy. Some pork pies are too crumbly, this is not. The pastry is the right thickness too - so often with pork pies it's too thick, and so often it's cooked to the extent of almost being burnt. This pastry is perfect!
Biting into the pork, and what a deliciously sweet and tasty bit of meat. On closer inspection you can see the fat, but it's not disgusting by any means. This is what a pork pie should be!
Some pork pies have too much jelly between the meat and the pastry. This has only a thin layer which is fantastic. So often I have to scrape a bit of the jelly off. You can taste the salt in the pie, but it's not overpowering, it is just right!
Some pork pies are a struggle to get through. This however is not, and it's gone all too soon. However, I am left feeling pleasantly full after my mid morning snack - however, I wouldn't want to eat one every day!
I really enjoyed my pork pies, and will certainly get pies made by Pork Farms again!
More about Pork Farms (the company which makes these delicious pies) can be found here - http://www.pork-farms.co.uk/ - they do a wide range of pork pies and pork products (sausage rolls, ham and cheese slices etc), and I look forward to trying out more!
When I was a child one of our Christmas traditions was to have pork pie for Christmas breakfast. Through the years I have met a lot of people who think this was a very strange breakfast but I have also met other people from different parts of the country who also followed, and still follow, this tradition. Sadly , its no longer a Christmas breakfast food for my husband and I, but it is an occasional treat, and if you're going to eat Pork Pie, whatever time of the day, or whatever time of year, it should be the best pork pie, and that is Pork Farms. Pork Farms have been making award winning pork pies for 75 years and they are now one of the leading pie Manufacturers producing around 3 million hot and cold eating pies each week.
When you open the distinctive green wrapper, just take a moment, to feast your eyes on the beautiful colour of the rich brown pastry. The smell is so delicious, it begins to get your mouth watering. When you cut through the crust, it crumbles perfectly, not hard like biscuit, and not soggy, just a perfect crisp yet soft pastry. When you have opened the pie and see the meat inside, you recognise that it is pork coloured, not bright pink as some pork pies, that contain artificial colouring. It looks like pork, and I was told by someone who worked for the company that they only use pork shoulder, as that has the right ratio of meat and fat, to give the perfect consistency for the filling of a pork pie.
Some people don't care for the jelly in a Pork Pie, but if you've ever cut into one that hasn't had the jelly added by mistake, you begin to realise why it is there, it adds just the right amount of moisture to the pie, without it, both the filling, and the pastry are as dry as dust in your mouth.
When you bite into the pie, it feels just perfect in the mouth, not too dry, not too moist, and the flavour is divine. The meat has just a hint of pepper, and that gives it a touch of spiciness.
Personally, I think it the crust that makes the pie such a winner, it is rich and flavourful, cooked to perfection, and a dark rich colour that leaves most other pork pies looking insipid.
Of course as with any food that tastes so good, there is a down side, and that is the fat content. Any pastry products are very high in fat, and Pork Pie is especially so. Moderation is the key, don't go mad, don't eat it every day, but just enjoy it for an occasional treat, for special occasions, (what wedding buffet would be complete without a pork pie?) and at Christmas.
They make different size pies, from small snack size to large. At the moment the medium pork pie is on offer from Tesco, 73p off so at the moment, they are just £1.