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      22.05.2013 14:31

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      I bought this recently to try as a cheap sandwich filler for lunches. While the content is exactly as described, being very small pieces the texture is a bit mushy. In terms of flavour, I found it had a far saltier taste than other smoked salmon. Mixed with salad in some good bread it makes for a fair snack but isn't great. The pack was priced at 98p. Fresh roast chicken breast is available on Sainbury's deli counter and £1.05 bought 4 medium slices that amply filled a couple of large rolls. Ok, so it's not a direct comparison but much better quality and flavour for a similar price.

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      09.05.2010 18:07
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      Full marks for this product.

      These smoked salmon trimmings are of various cuts, slices and shades of salmon, but it tastes just as good as the more expensive cuts of salmon. It can be frozen on the day of purchase and used within a month. There is a warning on the packet that although they have tried remove the bones there may still be some. I have never, though, found any bones in mine, but obviously they have to cover themselves. It comes in packs of 120g at costs 0.87p. This is exactly the same weight and price that you can buy in Tesco and Asda. I prefer to buy it from Sainsbury's, however, because it specifies that the salmon is Scottish. With the other two you can not tell where the fish has come from. Also it has the Freedom Food RSPA Monitored label, which the other two do not. The label is the only UK farm assurance scheme to focus solely on improving the welfare of animals reared for food. Being as it is the same price as at the other two places I think anyone who realises this would prefer to buy this product. A small amount added to some basics prawns can make a very tasty, posh starter for a meal at an extremely reasonable price.

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      29.03.2010 12:59
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      A great product, one star off just for the look of it.

      I love smoked salmon and recently was given this product from Asda, so decided to try the sainsburys version as that's where I shop. I was amazed at the cost of this, as usually smoked salmon is quite expensive. This packet costs just 87p for 120g. The packet itself is that horrible basics packaging, but I can get past that for the price. It is a plastic outside with a small hard foil tray inside, and on that tray is a layer of smoked salmon. You can probably cut this up into strips to make it look more attractive, but I was having it on a bagel with some cream cheese so just scraped some off the foil and broke it up with my fingers. This salmon is a bit of a strange texture. When you see other smoked salmons they are very thin slices, but this is more like the end bits of fillets that have all been stuck together and vacuum packed, so they are squished down. So it doesn't look as attractive as the expensive stuff but for the price I wasn't particularly bothered. The taste of this salmon was really nice, I'm no expert though. It tasted like all other smoked salmons I have sampled and was extremely soft and did melt in my mouth, there were a few grey bits, but I wasn't bothered by those. There is a warning on the packet that although they have tried to get all the bones out there may still be some in there, but I think that's more of a disclaimer, I didn't find any bones in mine. I think this is a great product for those who don't want to spend ridiculous amounts on salmon, but it's not very presentable. If you are using it in cooking it is fine, and if you don't mind chunks instead of elegant slices it's perfect. I would really recommend it.

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      23.03.2010 16:33
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      overall a cheap way to eat good food.

      Sainsbury's basics Smoked salmon is a steal priced at only 88 pence for 120grams. I found there's enough to serve two people in this one pack. I'm not a huge fan of salmon but as I have been trying out all the Sainsbury's basic range I didn't want to miss this one out. I was truly shocked at how fresh and nice this salmon tasted. Thinking that as it was such a cheap piece of fish to purchase I really didn't think it would be any good. But I was proved wrong yet again buy Mr. Basic's, Yet again a fantastic product. Half the pack of salmon contains a total of 132 calories. This is quite high so I would recommend sharing the packet or popping the other half in the freezer before cooking and saving it for another day. The salmon taste great with a side of vegetables and with Philadelphia. (Or if you're like me and like to switch and save try Sainsbury's basics soft cheese) Overall buy purchasing this basic salmon you can eat quality food on a budget. So why don't you try switching and saving and pop these in your trolley rather and the leading brands. You'll save yourself a fortune.

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        31.01.2010 23:13
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        I love smoked salmon, but it's really expensive! When I saw this is Sainsbury's I had to buy it, just to see if it was okay, I wasn't expecting anything amazing, but I was pleasantly surprised. Price: This smoke salmon is only 88p for 120g! This is such good value especially when you look at the Taste the Difference Range of Smoked Salmon at Sainsbury's which is £4.79 for 120g. Yes, it is smoked salmon trimmings, so most of it's in little bits, but they aren't too small and if you're using this is a recipe then it's perfect! Packaging: Like all the basics range at Sainsbury's the packaging is pretty plain as this keeps costs down and it's the run of the mill packaging. There is a window where you can see the smoked salmon and I have to say it doesn't look that nice! But for 88p it's worth a try right? Taste and Texture: The taste of this smoked salmon is really nice! I've read other reviews saying it was salty, now I don't like much salt at all, and I don't think this salmon was overly salty, just nice. The smokiness really enhances the fish and gives it a lovely flavour. It has the texture of any other smoked salmon, it isn't slimey like it looks in the pack but I think that's just because it's all smaller pieces. I like to put mine in pasta with cream cheese, as I'd cut the smoked salmon into smaller pieces anyway so you really can't notice the difference. I also really like this on crackers, or a toasted muffin with cream cheese aswell. Overall: This is a really good value product, it is almost unbelievably cheap, and it's freedom foods endorsed so you know it isn't dodgy. Obviously it doesn't have the depth of flavour that a really high quality, expensive smoked salmon has but for 88p you can't go wrong. It's perfect for recipes but is really nice on it's own too, it's also freezable so if you don't usually shop at Sainsbury's like us you can buy a few packs and pop them in the freezer.

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          19.01.2010 13:26
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          Cheap and tasty, don't be put off by the look of these smoked salmon trimmings.

          I am afraid I am a bit of a food snob. I shop with my eyes and would never usually be seen dead with this revolting looking packet of smoked salmon trimmings in my trolley. A packet such as this needs to be buried at the bottom of the trolley along with the sanitary products! Why do they put value brand food in such repellent packaging? However, after asking my son to pick up a few bits from the supermarket, on returning he presented me with this packet. My initial reaction was to give it to the cats and pop out and buy a proper packet, but time wasn't on my side so I had no choice but to use the salmon. My son was also very proud of the fact that this only cost 88p and was therefore over £3 cheaper than the other smoked salmon that were available. Inside this 120 g packet were small shredded pieces of salmon. It looks unpleasant because the salmon is peppered with darker pieces of fish. The salmon looked oilier than it would normally but the taste was fine. Obviously not a fine cut of salmon but it tasted quite good all the same. I was going to cut this up and cook it anyway so the darker pieces of fish didn't really present a problem. I have to admit that although I was against trying this fish, I was pleasantly surprised and as a result it is now a regular item in my trolley. I still haven't grown up enough to be able to show this off with pride but would definitely recommend that you try it out. Its fine cooked or hidden in a dish but I wouldn't be serving this as a canapé. The Nutrition values in this product as a follows: Nutrients per 100g Energy kCal 172 kCal Energy kJ 722 kJ Protein 23.3 g Carbohydrate Trace of which sugars Trace Fat 8.8 g of which saturates 3.2 g Fibre Trace Sodium 1.7 g Salt 4.3 g I am a real foodie and therefore I would like to share this very quick recipe for: Smoked Salmon Pasta. Boil up a pot of pasta, whilst this is cooking Fry a large onion in olive oil, let it sweat, covered on a low heat for 10 minutes then add a packet of salmon trimming and fry. When the salmon is cooked through sprinkle on some dried or fresh chopped dill, a glug of white wine and a pot of cream, as much as you like to taste, I usually use single but you may use whatever you like or even crème fraiche as a healthier option. I add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to it which is quite spicy but this is optional. Cook for 5 minutes then toss into the strained cooked pasta and serve. Because the salmon is quite salty I neverv add salt to this dish but black pepper finishes it off nicely. This is a very quick simple meal. I usually have a packet of smoked salmon in the freezer and a pot of long life cream in the cupboard so if I have unexpected guests I can rustle up this elegant meal in minutes.

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            28.10.2009 21:22
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            A great value buy

            I am a big fan of smoked salmon although it is usually a very expensive item, so I was keen to try the Sainsburys basics smoked salmon trimmings when I discovered them for just 88p a packet. For your 88p you get 120g of smoked salmon bits packaged in the usual basics range style white and orange packet. The salmon is described as various cuts, slices and shades. The packet lists the ingredients as 97% scottish salmon, salt and sugar. Whilst I am sure that no-one with a fish allergy would be considering this product, it helpfuly informs us under dietary information that it contains fish. As with all Sainsburys smoked salmon this is Scottish salmon and it meets RSPCA welfare standards for farmed salmon. When you open the packet you find lots of little pieces of salmon which are indeed different shades. I presume that these are the pieces left over when the thin slices are cut for the more expensive packets of smoked salmon. It doesn't look like the most attractive smoked salmon in the world, but to be honest, it tastes fine. I would not eat this salmon on its own, or use it as part of a salad or sandwich. Where this product is ideal however is for using as an ingredient in dishes where I would have otherwise cut up more expensive salmon. I often eat smoked salmon in pasta or risotto dishes, and here this is ideal. I would recommend this product to anyone using smoked salmon in cooked dishes, where it is a cheap. tasty alternative to an otherwise expensive product.

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              15.10.2009 09:48
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              Wicked Smoked Salmon That's Mega Cheap

              I love smoked salmon but am not so in love with the price so when my mum noticed that Sainsburys Basics sell smoked salmon for about 90p a packet she brought some and we tried it with our scrambled eggs this morning and it's delish. The only difference between this dead cheap smoked salmon and the more expensive ones is that this one looks a bit manky because the salmon is in bits instead of slices and the colour isn't very consistent through the packet. The colour of most of it is a good pink but some bits have got a bit of a fainter colour and there are some tiny bits of darker fish that I think is where Sainsbury's have taken the skin and fat off very carefully. It's got a wicked salty flavour and the salmon is nice and smokey. It's got a lovely texture and isn't slimy or too chewy like I was expecting it to be. I don't think you could use it at a party because it doesn't look nice enough but if it's just for us that doesn't matter because it's the taste that's important not the appearance too much. My mum's got another packet that she's going to put in a fish stew for dinner tomorrow and I reckon that will be a wicked treat because the salty flavour will go proper nice with the creamy sauce my mum makes with fish stew. When I was putting the smoked salmon in the bowl to mix in with the eggs this morning I tried a few bits on their own and it was yummy. I think it's a bit saltier than other smoked salmon I've tried but that doesn't bother me and when it was with the buttery scrambled eggs you couldn't notice the extra salt anyway. I tried a bit on a cracker this afternoon with some soft cheese and it was delish, there's smothing about smoked salmon that makes you feel posh even when you're just eating this cheapo stuff!

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                24.09.2009 11:02
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                I'm a huge smoked salmon fan, but I have to admit that it can be a bit of a stretch on a budget, so when I saw Sainsburys Basics Smoked Salmon Trimmings, I decided to give them a go - after all, they were only 88p, which is pretty inexpensive . The packet is a kind of flattish white rectangular pack, with orange writing and details, including full nutritional information, ingredients listings, use by dateetc and a clear window through which you can see the trimmings . The pack also informs us that it will contain various slices, shapes, and shade, which to be honest I think didn't really need stating - we all know what trimmings are! The back of the packet also give some additional information, telling us the salmon is responsibly sourced from Scotland, and fed an special diet to make it great nutritionally and taste-wise. The salmon are also reared according to RSPCA freedom food standards. This is really pretty good information to know, and I like knowing that these are raised to decent standards . One of the worries I often have with economy brands is about the welfare of the animals - I never buy economy eggs because they're always battery farmed! Opening up the packet, theres a real fishy smoky whiff that hits you right away. You can see at a glance that the salmon pieces are a real assortment of sizes and colours - basically, the bits left over after they've prettied up the more expensive salmon. So, appearance wise, it's probably not something you're going to lay out on a buffet table unless you want to look cheap . I had a little bit on its own - is was salty, smoky, sweet, and very juicy . It was perhaps a tiny bit greasy,but then salmon is a very oily fish, and the natural omega 3 in the oils is meant to be good for your brain . It wasn't quite as good as more expensive brands, but it was perfectly edible . I then lobbed the rest of it into a pan with some cream, asparagus, and onions, and made a wonderful pasta sauce out of it . Cooked, you really cant see the inconsistency of the colours anymore, and it's very hard, at least for me, to notice much difference anymore between this and my usual salmon . Overall, I like it, and it's very good value for the price - and I'll certainly buy it again for cooking. However, for me Salmon has always been a bit of a luxury, and I think for a real treat, on a bagel with some cream cheese,I would probably splash out on more expensive salmon to make it really feel like a treat .And due to it's slightly scruffy appearance, I wouldn't serve this up to guests . But for myself to use in cooking, its brilliant . 4 stars.

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                  01.08.2009 19:12
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                  Something different on a budget

                  Smoked Salmon has a reputation for being expensive. This is an alternative. Smoked Salmon for a cheaper price than a pack of ham. What you get for your 77p (77p - £1.20 generally the prices vary seasonally) is a squashed up shrink packed plastic slab of salmon "bits". Not slices, "bits". These are mainly chunk and cubes and some slightly grey bits. You would be looking to either just pick at this from the pack or eat it in some way which doesnt need thin slices of salmon (ie it wouldnt' make pretty canapes). These are the offcuts and its probably best not to start to think too much about that. For the price, its a great way for people who wouldn't even consider going near Smoked Salmon because of budget restrictions to be able to buy a bit of salmon for a bit of a change, but I wouldn't recommend this product if you can easily afford and often go and buy a load of freshly sliced premium Smoked Salmon from Marks and Spencer as these are the bits you would probably throw out. for the rest of us, its a nice change, but its glaringly obvious, as the packet states these are "trimmings" and not in the "Christmas dinner and "Trimmings"" sense. Just Trimmings.

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                    26.07.2009 08:30
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                    Smoked salmon at bargain prices.

                    Smoked salmon is one of those food items that, as a child, I always assumed was for rich people. The closest we got to salmon was John West red salmon in a tin which we used to get when we went to Grandma's for tea on a Sunday. When I was a teenager, I noticed that smoked salmon was used at buffets - not the ones that specialised in cheese and pineapple on sticks and bowls of salt and vinegar chipsticks, but the ones where caterers had been called in....I discovered a whole new world of food, but sadly it still remained something that was for special occasions only due to the cost. Over the years, partly I expect due to the methods in which salmon is farmed, this fish has become more accessible to us mere mortals on a regular shopping budget, and whether you want fresh salmon or smoked, you can now find it in a variety of products. No longer are we confined to the tinned stuff! Yet it is still quite expensive. I accept the cost - after all, I would prefer that we retain stocks of fish for future generations, so if limits are put on quantities that are farmed, which then have an impact on the price that we pay, then so be it. Fish in general is a bit of a treat for me, due to the higher cost. Anyway, there is now a way of having smoked salmon without the high price tag, and without compromising the fishing stocks......and that is to buy the packs of trimmings that the major supermarkets now sell. Whilst this review is specifically about Sainsbury basics smoked salmon trimmings, both Morrisons and Tescos do similar packs of a similar size, price and quality, so you can take it as read that this review would apply equally to all three products. We have been used, in recent years, to seeing things nicely presented - that means that when we buy a piece of meat or fish, we pick it up from the butcher, fishmonger or supermarket shelf, as a regular shape, ready for cooking and presenting, with no additional effort from ourselves. Plucking, gutting, descaling, and even cutting are all things that many people no longer want to do, relying instead on the "professional" to do the yukky bits for us. So, looking at this for the smoked salmon, you can imagine the lovely squares and rectangular slices that are offered to those for whom a shopping list does not consist of running a mental calculator while going around the shop......but what happens to the offcuts? Well, thankfully, they too are packaged up, and sold as "trimmings" at a greatly reduced price, allowing us all to benefit from delicious and healthy food.....at a price that suits. This also reduces food wastage, as presumably the trimmings would otherwise just be thrown away (or given to the cat as a bit of a treat!). The "basics" smoked salmon trimmings generally come in 90g-100g packs, and cost between 90p and £1.20. Not only does the price change from shop to shop, but also from month to month, but between these prices is still good value, in my opinion. OK, you are not getting the prime cuts of fish here - you are getting the odds and ends, but nevertheless it is still smoked salmon - and it is amazing what you can do with a pack of this and a little imagination. You have to be prepared for the odd grey bit, and the odd bone, but in my opinion, this represents excellent value for money. My favourite uses include adding it to cheap white fish for a fish pie. Smoked salmon trimmings and a handful of frozen prawns suddenly transform a bland fish pie into something rather special. The pinkness of the salmon adds much needed colour to an otherwise very bland dish. I also like to use it in pasta dishes - a quick, easy, and healthy meal is to cook some pasta, add some onions, pepper and mushrooms (in fact, any veg you have in the fridge), a small tub of crème fraiche, soured cream or natural yoghurt, and a packet of smoked salmon trimmings and you have a wonderful meal in just a few minutes. Ideal for those days when you are too tired to cook, but can't afford or justify ringing for a takeaway! These trimmings are excellent in salads too - no need to cut anything, as they are in bits anyway.....and if you have some cream cheese in the fridge, grab yourself a bagel and make a wonderful toasted bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon for an indulgent weekend breakfast. Talking of breakfast, I also like to have scrambled egg and smoked salmon for a late breakfast on a Sunday......very cheap, but rather yummy! If you do want something a little more special, how about using these for blinis? Really, when you consider the cost, you cannot go far wrong with these packs. You might not serve them to your most posh guests on a platter with a wedge of lemon, but there are loads of other things you can do. These packs are freezable too - just don't defrost them in the microwave, as they often have a cardboard layer which has a gold sheen to it, which the microwave might take offence at! Next time you are at the supermarket, pick up a pack or two of these - they are not always available, so I tend to stock up when I can - freeze them or use them, but enjoy them!

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                      07.05.2009 23:37
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                      Not keen but it's not foul either!

                      One of my favourite things to eat in the world is a warm toasted muffin with some soft cheese on and lashes of fresh salmon. I usually buy rather expensive salmon or none at all so when I saw this at 88p I thought I'd have a go with it! I've read reviews on it (on here) which are a mixed bag (read other people's reviews lol) so I was a bit intrigued by it really! The Packaging.... Oblong but quite wide white plastic packet with silver tray inside and on the right hand side of the packet there is a clear 'window' of which you can see some of the salmon through. To the top of the packet there is a orange band of colour and on that in white writing I'm told it's Sainsbury's 'Basics'. Under that in orange writing I'm told it is 'Scottish Responsibly Sourced Smoked Salmon Slices & Shades'. There is an at a glance nutritional pye chart on there, I'm told it is only available in Sainsbury's, that it is RSPCA monitored, high in Omega 3, is freezable and the use by date is clearly displayed. On the back of the now clear plastic backing I'm told a bit about the product and a bit of information about Omega 3 Fats, nutritional information is given, ingredients and allergy advice are listed, I'm told how to store it, size is stated (120g), contact details for Sainsbury's are given and finally there is a bar-code on there. Simple, straightforward packaging this is. A Bit About The Salmon According To The Back Of The Packet.... We take great care to ensure our salmon is the best it can be. Here are some of the reasons why: All Sainsbury's Scottish salmon is sourced from dedicated farms around the West Coast and Isles Of Scotland chosen for the ideal conditions. The farms use responsible management to protect and maintain the natural environment. The salmon is fed a exclusive diet designed to both protect our natural resources from over fishing and guarantee great taste and nutritional benefit for you. All our Scottish salmon are reared in accordance with the strict RSPCA Freedom Food standards for farmed salmon. The Salmon Itself..... I thought salmon was salmon and this would be as good as any of my usual stuff. It isn't awful but it is totally economy. Even if you except that the pieces of salmon are all different shapes and sizes and even different colours of orange, therefore looking cheap the taste just isn't all that great. I did like the salty and smoked taste going on in this fish but I found the texture of the salmon to be rather jellied and gloopy and to the touch and taste it tasted really fatty. Now to be fair the only ingredients in this is Salmon, salt and sugar but even to the touch of it....well....it feels greasy and slimy and sweaty as well lol. This isn't tasteless and would probably be fine say in a pasta dish adding no salt to it say (it is salty and slightly sugared) but I wouldn't use this in sandwiches or in muffins or anything like that not just for the reasons I said but also because it just doesn't look that great visually really being bits and pieces instead of nice equal slices type of thing. If you like salmon and like me, think of it as a treat then don't treat yourself to this because it's disappointing and low in quality but hey you get what you pay for in life mostly eh? lol. If you want to cook with it, omit salt and I'm sure it's passable but for me I won't be economising ever again on salmon! Nutritional Information.....Per Half A Pack.... Calories: 132 Fat: 8.4g Saturated Fat: 1.7g Salt: 2.30g Total Sugars: 0.2g Only available in Sainsbury's stores.

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                        02.05.2009 12:59
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                        At 88p for good quality smoked salmon you really cannot go wrong!

                        I bought a packet of the Sainsbury's Basics chilled smoked salmon after reading a couple of reviews about it on here, I adore smoked salmon and the thought of buying it for the bargain price of 88p appealed to me. You can find it in the chiller cabinet with the rest of the fish and it stands out for being cheaply packaged in the usual orange and white colour scheme of the Basics range. I have just had some for breakfast with scrambled eggs and a toasted bagel and can honestly say it's 88p very well spent, it might not be the prettiest smoked salmon available but it certainly is very tasty and an absolute bargain in my opinion. The salmon is packaged on top of a silver board to help keep its shape, such as it is, and this is then tightly wrapped in plastic which doesn't look terribly appealing before opening but we all know what smoked salmon looks like once it's untethered so don't worry about the packaging. The salmon is not cut into neat slices, this is the cheap end of the market so you're basically getting all the trimmings that didn't look appetising enough for Sainsbury's to put into their pricier salmon range. It's perfectly edible of course and is a healthy pink colour so I have no doubt that it's fresh, it's just not cut tidily enough for you to serve up as a pre-dinner canape! Taste wise I think this is absolutely excellent. It has a rich smoked flavour which compliments the fish rather than masking it, I would say there is very little difference between this cheap smoked salmon and its infinitely more expensive counterparts. This version is saltier, there is that. Smoked salmon is usually salty but this one is more so than usual, this isn't a problem for me as I enjoy salty fish but my daughter didn't like it and said it made her feel thirsty after picking a few pieces from the wrapper. If you'd like to try smoked salmon but are not sure whether you'll like it then I'd certainly recommend buying this one first as it's a decadent treat at an extremely low price. It can be eaten straight from the pack but if you're looking to do something a little different then try what I had this morning for a filling and very healthy breakfast. Scramble two eggs and when almost cooked stir through half a packet of the smoked salmon, season (you will NOT need very much salt) and serve on top of a toasted Cinnamon & Raisin bagel. A delicious way to start the day, and cheap too considering bagels are also on special offer at the moment!

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                          30.04.2009 18:33
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                          Sainsbury's have wowed me with this affordable luxury

                          *Massive possibilities, miniscule price* A great product for the miniscule (current) price of £0.88, these smoked salmon trimmings are ideal for use in a variety of cookery projects. Essentially you're looking at dishes which involve cooking, as if you wanted some good quality smoked salmon for a salad, other cold dish or canapé you would probably want to look at spending a little more. Although the foil tray with the selection of oddly coloured fragments isn't too pretty to look at, this Basics product has a lot of positive selling points. It has been sustainably fished, the fact that it's a budget product means that there's minimal packaging (reducing the amount that goes to landfill), it brings a luxury product into the realm of everyday culinary fun and oh - did I mention that it costs £0.88? *Tasty, smoky and decidedly meaty - the marks of perfectly good smoked salmon* As with other smoked salmon products the smell of fishy oils and wood smoke from the pack are noticeable from the moment you pop the item in your trolley. Be sure to wash your hands well after handling this if you're preparing any foodstuffs with more delicate flavours. I have no complaints about the flavour, which is everything that you'd expect. I would, however, agree with the first reviewer of this product in that it can be a little on the salty side at times. I suspect that this occurs because curing liquid, small salt deposits and the like probably build up when offcuts such as those used in these trimmings are placed in jumbo trays before packaging? My tip to sort out this small problem would be to leave out salt that you'd normally include in associated recipes when you're using the trimmings - preventing the end cookery from being too salty and saving you a fraction of a penny on salt costs! *I've no bones with it* Consistency is on the high side - I think that I've found one tiny fin piece in the months that I've been cooking with this product and no bones to date. It's to Sainsbury's credit that the quality is this high - I've honestly found more bones in their luxury range than this. Trimmings are scrappy by nature and anyone expecting a lush packet bursting at the seams with fat fish fillets should put this back on the shelf. I'm glad to see that the other reviews to date have acknowledged the fact that these are for cooking; as I had somewhat dreaded a host of reviews that tried to compare them to snooty luxury equivalents. *Try it with...* A couple of my favourite cooking methods that include this scrumptious ingredient are: French scrambled eggs with smoked salmon - Slowly scramble 4 medium eggs in a saucepan with a little grated unsalted butter and black pepper added. Put in a dash of milk as you beat the eggs, but less than usual. This is a traditionally French way of scrambling eggs and it's worth the longer than usual cooking time. As soon as the eggs start to scramble, turn off the heat and once most of the liquid has been absorbed fold in half a packet of smoked salmon trimmings, serving on a freshly toasted white muffin. Risotto with smoked salmon, mussels and green pepper - Make up a basic risotto, using fish stock and half a glass of a good white wine such as a Sancerre. There are some good recipes that can be adapted on the BBC food website (www.bbc.co.uk/food). Five minutes before the end of cooking throw in a whole packet of these trimmings, a couple of handfuls of cooked mussels and a whole green pepper, finely diced and sweated with a little butter beforehand.

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                            24.04.2009 22:11
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                            Cheap and cheerful but they can come in very useful.

                            If you have a favourite recipe that uses a small amount of smoked salmon, or maybe you would like to fill some vol au vents or treat yourself to a smoked salmon kedgeree then the quality of the Basics smoked salmon trimmings is sufficiently good enough. I fully appreciate that if you are going to eat smoked salmon for supper then you would have to go all out and buy salmon steaks, I wouldn't want to sit down to a plate of fishy trimmings either! The pack of Basics smoked salmon trimmings does look like the poor relation in the chiller cabinet, there is little that anyone can do to make the product look more aesthetically pleasing. Sainsbury's have just done their level best to offer these offcuts at an affordable and acceptable price. The smoked salmon pieces are packed in the orange and white Basic range colour. The information on the front of the pack lets us know that the smoked salmon is Scottish and that it can be frozen. The small `Freedom food RSPCA` logo is also on the packet, so we can be sure that the fish has been responsibly sourced . There is one small window in the packaging and this lets us see what the pack contains. Sainsbury don't make any promises that the salmon will be evenly coloured, the slices and trimmings are at the end of the day what has been trimmed off when the whole salmon has been prepared. What you see through that window in the pack is a mixture of texture, thickness and hue. The plastic packet opens easily and the smoked salmon trimmings have been laid on a piece of foil covered cardboard, because the pack is chilled the trimmings tend to stick together, as with any smoked food the smell is strong and I just love that smoky aroma. Although there are only 120g in the packet I still prefer to open it and sort the wheat from the chaff, I may use a half of the pack and freeze the other half. As you sort through the trimmings make sure that you keep your eye out for any odd bones, Sainsbury do say that there may be the odd one floating about. Some of the trimmings have a touch of skin on them but on the whole they are meaty enough and they appear fresh and clean. If any fish has spent a long time sitting about before it is packed it can be very off-putting. The pack contains 97% salmon, salt and sugar. A half of the pack provides you with 132 calories, 8.4g fat, 1.7g saturated fat, 2.30g salt and 0.2g of sugar. The salmon is suitable for coeliacs. If you open the pack and don't freeze some of the salmon then you must use the salmon within the next 24 hours. The Basic range smoked salmon trimmings are a means to an end and for anyon e who needs a small amount of fresh salmon for a recipe then for 88p they have to be a good buy.

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