“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Meat „
I recently bought a packet of Sainsbury's Basics Cooked Ham for my kids sandwiches to take to school and I kind of thought that this ham would be okay for sandwich meat. It cost me £1.65 for a packet of the ham which contained 30 slices and so this equated to 5p per slice. Simply from an economical point of view this is obviously a really good price.
The ham comes in a very basic packet which does nothing to inspire! It's one of those packets where you have to peel pack the plastic film that covers the meat, but unfortunately there is nothing to reseal the packet once it's been opened and so the meat dries out really quickly. This can be somewhat salvaged by wrapping the ham in cling film, but really i do think that packages of this time should be resealable. The packaging has nutritional information on it and a list of ingredients - which is a lot more than just porky pig!!
The ham itself is sliced very very thin, which isn't so much of a problem because it just means that you can put extra slices in the sandwich to bulk it out - and for that cost it's okay to do that. But the ham just doesn't look very appetising because it's possible to see the visible fat through the meat and the meat is also a little slimy looking and "spam-like". I found the taste pretty underwhelming also because it's very bland and what taste there is a processed taste.
Overall, I won't be buying this again. Although it was cheap I just didn't feel it was very good value in terms of quality.
A place I don't normally shop is in Sainsbury's. Not for any sinister reason really but that I don't have one locally to where I live but I do have a local Tesco's and Asda.
However my best mate likes to shop in Sainsbury's and occasionally she buys bits and pieces for us to enjoy at my flat and the other night she bought us a carton of this and some bread and salad and made us up some sarnies with a cuppa.
This ham comes simply in a square see through plastic carton and has a white and orange coloured peel back top to the top of it and on that we are told that it is Sainsbury's 'Basics' Cooked Ham 'Simply Seasoned, Still Bigs Up A Bap' and ingredients and nutritional information is listed on there along with the weight stated which in this case is 125g, the best before date is listed and contact details for Sainsburys are given. The packaging is informative enough though rather garish and sticks out through its labeling that it is a cheap and economical product.
Made from British pork which is reformed ham, cured and cooked and according to the packaging has no more than 20% water added to it, this is basically thin squares of light pink coloured ham which is as promised lightly seasoned and that seasoning flavourwise is salt. It is really smooth in texture and has no bits of fat or gristle within it and it isn't soggy or wet at all.
You get 10 slices in a pack the size my mate bought and basically it is nice enough, providing you don't expect thick or textured and/or grainy ham. We found this fine if we popped a couple of slices in between bread to get more flavour from it as it really is so thin but all in all this is pleasant enough. I wouldn't cook with it by saying adding it to pasta dishes or anything as it in my opinion wouldn't be as flavoursome as I needed it to be but for a sarnie it is good enough!
Nutritional Information Per Slice:
Sat Fat: 0.1g
Total Sugars: Nil
Only available from Sainsburys or Sainsburys.com and for this size pack it costs 65p.
I have always been a little dubious with regard to the quality of the fresh Basic & Value products that are on offer but in another cost cutting exercise I thought I would try Basics Cooked Ham.
The ham is located with the other cooked meats, usually on the bottom shelf (as with the majority of the basics brand - it's cheaper so you have to reach further!). It is simply packaged in a square, clear plastic tray, with a strong film lid that must be peeled back to take out the ham. This is not resealable so I normally put the packet and its remnants in a freezer bag.
The ham is easily identifiable with the basics logo in it's trade mark orange and white.
Once inside the packet, the ham appears to look the same as the more expensive hams available. There are the odd flecks of white that you would expect with any other ham. The ham is not wafer thin although not incredibly thick. I would say that it is about as thick as two pieces of wafer thin ham.
As the ham is square - I find that two pieces fit nicely on your average sliced bread, with a slight overlap in the middle.
Each packet weighs 125g, I have typically found that this provides around 10 - 12 slices.
The product is reformed ham, cured and cooked, it is said to not contain any more than 20% added water and a minimum of 77% pork.
Each slice of the ham contains 12 kcal
saturated fat 0.1g
I wouldn't say that this is the tastiest ham in the world - but it's not bad for the price (a whopping 65p per packet!). It is no better or worse that the more expensive none basics ham that Sainsbury's or other supermarkets have on sale. It obviously does not taste like ham off the bone but this is to be expected and reflected in the price.
Because it is so much cheaper you can really pile in on to your sandwich if that is to your taste - I prefer the less is more option!
I have been buying this ham for quite some time now and believe that it is excellent value for money. I have however noticed that the price can fluctuate - last week it was 75p per packet, so I have seen a 10p reduction this week!
Sainsbury's Basics Cooked Ham
In our attempt to save a little money on the food bills, we have started trying out a few of the basics range from Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda. I feel that the bits we have got so far are a bit hit and miss. Some products such as basic bread is either too dry or literally fall apart and is no use for sandwiches. Others, such as the cheap hot chocolate granules are passable, and some such as certain toffee yogurts are absolutely amazing.
We usually get the Tesco basic ham now as I find it just as good as the more expensive ham, though as Sainsbury's is closer to us, we sometimes find it easier just to pick a couple of bits up from there. On the last pop-in, we picked up the basics cooked ham which we hoped to be as good as the tesco cheap ham.
Unfortunately, this was not the case.
The ham comes in the usual cheap wrapping which is fine by me, in a square 400g plastic tub. There are approximately 30 slices of ham piled squarely and smartly upon one another opposed to more expensive ham which is literally thrown in the tub. This is a much better way of packing it, as the ham does not break and comes out in one piece which is perfect for sandwiches. The ham costs about £1.50, and for anyone interested, below are some nutritional values;
Energy: 13 kcal
Sat Fat: 0.1g
The first thing I noticed about the ham was the white fatty parts on the outer ham. I had hoped that the rest of the pile of ham would be better, but no. All the slices had about a quarter of them covered in chewy white fat which was simply too horrible to swallow. From glancing at the other packs on the shelf, the outer ham was exactly the same and so I assume you would get that all the way through in all the packs. So first off, you are loosing quite a bit of the ham and so much for the slices being able to be put into a sandwich unbroken!
Once the fat is pulled off, the rest of the ham is an average taste. It does not have the same taste as the more expensive brands, nor does it have the lovely taste of the Tesco cheap brand, though it is passable. A bit bland and dry, though passable.
Each slice is a decent thickness, not too thin that it is hardly worth buying, and not too thick that you have to chew your way through it.
One other thing I found with this ham compared to other packs is that this ham tends to go off a lot quicker.
I do not think the average taste combine with the extreme fat patches on these slice of ham would convince me to go back and buy this cheap ham. I would rather take a longer trip to tesco and buy their cheap ham as it is so much better quality. Thumbs down for Sainsbury's cheap ham!
Sainsburys have put a lot of effort and advertising money into promoting the quality of their higher end own brand food range, for which Jamie Oliver is the painted lady on the flagship of the supermarket's promotional armada. However, rather surprisingly, Sainsburys have almost neglected any public promotion of their basics range. I frequently consume a lot of food from the basics range, and am keen to review the Sainsbury's basics cooked ham for the following reasons:
QUANTITY: each pack has around 30 slices in it, which can make either 10 or 15 sandwiches depending on whether or not you use 2 or 3 slices per sandwich. The ham isn't of the 'wafer thin' variety, but nor is it thick enough per slice to be tasted when covered top and bottom with two slices of bread. With that said, I prefer 3 slices on a sandwich for a bit of extra meatiness, but some people would find that 2 slices do the job.
TASTE: In my opinion, ham doesn't need to be coated in breadcrumbs which were made by organically minded nuns rolling a slice of Hovis between their thighs to be tasty, nor does the ham have to come from pigs hand reared on a diet of Tuscan truffle and saffron sprinkled wheat germ. This ham offers no surprises, it tastes exactly as it should, which is not a bad taste in my opinion. Also, the ham isn't overly salty as some cheaper range options can be so as to distract from the bland taste of poor ham - not so in this case.
QUALITY: The pack of Sainsburys basics ham I am currently using has been open in the fridge for 3 days. The pack states that the ham is to be used within 2 days of opening. All I can say is that I have not, so far, suffered from any exotic diseases ending in "eoah" or "inum" and that the ham is just as moist and tasty as it was when first opened. Also, of all the slices of this ham I have ever eaten, not once have I bitten into a misplaced speck of gristle, again, as some other lesser types of own make bargain brand ham slices can have.
USE: Sandwiches are a welcome recipient of a couple of slices of this ham, as are toasties, salads and it has been used by me to good effect as a pizza topping. RANDOM USE: The containers, when empty and washed out, make useful plant pots for starting off herbs on a kitchen windowsill.
OVERALL: For the price, taste, quantity and quality, there isn't any reason to buy more expensive brands of ham when this brand scores, for me, a very well earnt five stars. Thanks for reading.
Despite the no frills packaging, Sainsbury's Basics Cooked Ham is surprisingly tasty and great value. At only £1.38 for 400g, that's approximately 30 slices, it is very reasonably priced. The slices are quite thin but the packet is sold by weight rather than number of slices so there is no need to feel cheated by this.
I was a bit worried that Sainsbury's Basics Ham would be a let down in the taste department. However it has a really nice meaty taste that is great in sandwiches, omelettes, on top of pizza's and on top of beans on toasts. As it is reformed ham, it certainly lacks the high end finesse of off-the-bone ham, but at £1.38 for 400g I am certainly not complaining.
In terms of nutritional value, this ham seems to be pretty much par for the course. Each slice contains only 12 calories and 0.4g of fat, which is great. The salt content is quite high at 0.33g per slice, but that is the only blemish on the nutritional record of this product.
The packaging is certainly no-frills but it is functional and contains all the pertinent nutritional information you will require. It was easy enough to open as well.
All in all I would say this is a great value product that also tastes brilliant! If you are looking to economise on your weekly shop, I would certainly recommend this product.
For people who read my reviews regular will know I love my food and snack a lot and my wife was shopping in Sainsbury's recently and was looking for something cheap for snacking and she saw this Ham and thought she would buy it as it was very cheap.
It comes in a plastic container with a pull off plastic top, and with the orange and white basic colours of their lower ranged of products and for only £1.38 for 400g it is an amazing price and there are 30 square slices of ham.
Each slice is quite thin and they are a good size of approximately 6 inches x 6 inches, which is a good size for using for sandwiches.
The texture is smooth and soft and it can be easily chewed and it is good for making sandwiches and they are ideal for packed lunches for school or work.
The taste is very good for the low price and I thought they would taste bland but they are perfectly fine, although the higher brands of Ham taste much better but for anyone on a low budget and have a large family, I think these are ideal for saving money.
The amount is a very good amount for the price and one pack can easily be used for a week of packed lunches, depending on how many people are using them.
I have halved the pack and frozen one half as my wife tends to freeze everything and they have been perfectly fine when defrosted.
I have eaten these with mustard on the top in sandwiches to give it that little bit of extra flavour and they have tasted delicious, and mayonnaise is ideal too or any dressing that suits your taste buds.
Each slice contains 12 calories, 2.1g protein, 0.4g fat, 0.1g saturates and a trace of fibre.
I do recommend them for anyone to give them a go and for the very cheap price I think they are excellent value for money.
I rate this product 5 stars.
Basics cooked ham is available from Sainsburys for £1.64 for 30 slices and this is just such a reasonable price when compared to other products that are available on the supermarket shelf.
The packaging of this product is very basic as it is just in a plastic case with a peel back plastic lid. Once I've opened my cooked ham I usually just leave it in a sandwich bag to help keep it fresh. The packaging is very basic but then I would expect nothing more from a product that is designed to help me save some money.
This ham is used for sandwiches for my children and occasionally for a sandwich for myself and a 30 slice packet will last around a week in my household but I don't buy it every week as it's nice to have some variety and as it's quite full of salt I don't want to overload my children with it.
The ham slices are all square and look exactly the same. I can see pieces of fat and what not in the ham but nothing too bad. The whole thing has a very similar look from piece to piece and the slices are the perfect size for putting in a sandwich as I only use one per sandwich for the children and they never complain about this. The ham is very thin and has been reformed and had water added to it. This ham does have a little bit of a watery taste to it and it's definitely not as good quality as more expensive ham, it doesn't come close. The ham is chewy and is best if you have it with some salad or something like a strong cheese as this will really lift the flavour and stop your sandwich from being so plain and boring.
My main reason for buying this is because I can make lots of sandwiches and feed the family for a very reasonable price. This ham is not the best quality ham available but then I would not expect it to be. Each slice contains 12 calories 0.4g fat and 0.33g of salt so everything about this is green on the food wheel apart from the salt but I do think you can tell that this has a fair amount of salt added to it and that's why I limit the intake that my children consume.
If you are looking for something cheap that will enable you to make lots of sandwiches or use on a pizza or something that I would definitely recommend this ham as it is basic, cheap and does have a fairly nice taste to it. While the slices are thin this is perfect if you are feeding little ones who can be a little fussy as they don't the big thick lovely slices of ham that us adults like!
Yet another one of my budget buys from my experimental Sainsburys shop!
I love sandwiches, they're such a quick and handy snack, and my favourites are ham and cheese. So, when I went to Sainsburys, I decided I had to grab some ham for a sandwich, and me being the utterly impoverished cheapskate that I am, I opted for a pack of the 'Basics' brand ham .
The packaging is clear plastic with a white label on top with orange writing, and contains all the relevant ingredient and nutritional information . It's also a pain in the backside to open . In theory, it has this loose corner that you can pull up, which should pull the whole lid back. In practice, you end up pulling tiny shreds of the lid off, before eventually giving up on peeling the lid back, and stabbing into the top of the packet with a knife and then ripping it apart with your hands as your hunger turns you into a depraved cavewoman . The packaging is non-resealable - not that there was much of it left to reseal after I'd managed to get into it!
The smell of the product is strange - yes, it's a little hammy, but its also vaguely sweet, which I find quite baffling . The slices themselves were square with rounded edges, and stacked on top of each other . They were very thin, and a suspiciously bright pink in colour, with large white patches of what I can only assume to be fat or gristle of some kind . The slices themselves were rather wet and a little slimy- I imagine these have added water to make them weigh more .
I decided to try some in sandwich, with a little cheese . I couldn't actually taste the ham . I could taste something salty, and feel something slimy- but nothing actually hammy!
I decided to try a slice on it's own, and it tasted pretty bland, as well as being unpleasantly wet . If anything it was salty, and didn't really have a meaty texture at all .
This cost me 52p for 125g, and per slice there are 12 calories, 0.3g of fat, and 0.31 g of salt . There was also 0.0 g of actual meaty flavour, so I'm afraid this ham is a total disappointment that I wont be buying again . I would rather pay more and taste something meaty!
However, if you ever need any valuable securing, perhaps you could find out who makes the packaging for this - it's like trying to break into Fort Knox.
Ham, ham and more ham. Every time I go to a supermarket just to get some bloody ham, I am met with a plethora of choices. You almost need a website to compare the ham pros and cons and help you with your decisions.
Depending on your budget, and what you want the ham for, this could be a good one to go for. What you get is a stack of ham slices, around 30 of them, that are square, and will fit just nicely into a sandwich. Sure, it's completely processed ham and isn't going to give you an explosion of meaty taste, but there is something there, and it's handy to pop into a sandwich.
If you wanted to have ham for any other purpose, it's probably not the best choice. There are things such as little nibbles, where this is ideal for putting with a slice of cheese on a cracker or some cream cheese or something like that, and this tastes quite nice, but if you wanted some quality ham that's going to give you some really good flavour and a good texture, this isn't it.
Ultimately, it's cheap and cheerful and processed. I'm unaware of the process of making this, but I know it doesn't involve slicing ham as you would expect from a butcher. Slicing is involved, sure, but this is think and machine controlled stuff. At £1.50 for 30 slices or so, it's really cheap, and means you're only paying 5p for a slice. It's really thin, so you'll probably need to have two or three slices to give a substantial sandwich, but this is still cheap, at 15p for the ham in your sarnie.
The fact is, there is better quality ham out there. Nutritionally, there is 75% pork in each slice, which is obviously not ideal, but better than some ingredients lists I've seen. It's reformed ham, which is then cured and water added. Each slice has only 12 calories and less than half a gram of fat, so it's not bad in that way. It tastes okay, and smells okay, as long as you expect a processed meat smell. But it's the packaging that really lets it down. The film lid peels back alright, but then curls tightly, leaving it hard to cover unless you improvise and use some cling film of your own. Most other processed ham containers aren't too tricky to cover, but this is not practical, and if you don't have anything to hand, you end up having to eat it quicker than you intended so it doesn't go off.
So, it's processed, it's cheap, it's reformed, it's cut for you, but it's poorly packaged. Overall, it still gets a kind of thumbs up from me. Sure, it doesn't come anywhere close to beating 'real' ham, freshly sliced with a bit of texture and flavour, but for what it costs, it's a good buy.
SAINSBURY,S BRITISH COOKED HAM.
Sainsburys basics cooked ham, cheap but great for chopping up and adding to quiches, or for topping on pizzas or for that sandwich loaded with a few sheets and loads of mao and salad, i think it is a good value product.
The Package **********
Plastic container, with the front that you tear open, contains 125grams. But unfortunately this package is not as yet recycled material.
This Ham is reformed ham, cured and cooked with added water.
Actually for less than sixty pence contains approximately ten slices it is really not too bad.
This Ham is produced in a protective atmosphere produced in the uk for Sainsburys supermarkets. They do offer a freephone careline phone number in case of any problems.
Keep refridgerated once opened and eat within two days. Do not exceed the use by date.
TYPICAL VALUES PER 100GRAMS :-
Energy 396 KJ, 94 Kcal.
Carbohydrate.1.6g, of which sugars are 0.3g.
Salt.2.50g, of which sodium 100g.
Now back to the Ham, tastes ok and as i have already said, i buy this Ham to use as toppings on pizzas etc, and it tastes ok.
Produced from British Pork, and i do like products that are made in my Country.
Its ok, and rate it 4 out of five.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.
I like to try and save money wherever possible so decided to give this 'Basics' Cooked ham a try in the place of my normal Sainsbury's ham to save myself around £1.50.
There are 30 square cut slices of reformed ham that has been cooked and cured with added water. There is 75% pork in each slice which is obviously less than I'd like but not bad for such a cheap product. Each slice of ham has 12 calories and 0.4g of fat so is pretty good if you are watching your waistline, however, there is 0.33g of salt per ham making everything in the food circle green except the sale which is red.
The packet is fairly tough plastic and I found the only way to get inside the packet was just to slice a slit down the side, tear the packet open and use a sandwich bag to keep it fresh in the fridge. It's not the ideal packaging but it's not bad for a cheap product, at least it's strong enough not to be tampered with easily in the supermarket.
The ham slices themselves are a square, uniform size. In each slice I can see that there is fat and that this is not the best cut of pork. The ham has quite a watery taste to it but then put inside a sandwich, mixed with a salad or placed on top of a pizza it's quite tasty. It's definitely better than some cheap hams I've tried in the past. The ham is thin but it's fairly chewy and tasty but I can detect some of the salt in each slice.
A 400g packet, containing 30 slices, is currently selling for £1.64 in Sainsburys stores and compared to wafer thin ham I normally buy it's around half the price! It's only when doing this review that I've realised how much money I've saved. I think the price of this is fantastic and it's ideal for cutting the work lunch budget by a massive amount.
I would recommend using two slices in your sandwich or maybe 1 and a half for normal sized bread so that you can still taste the ham and not just feel it.
I would rate this ham 3/5 as the price is fantastic, the taste is not so great but I wouldn't expect anything more for half the price of my normal product. It's ideal in a sandwich or on a pizza as you barely taste it anyway (at least not with the fillings/toppings I use!). It's an ideal budget cutter and one I will be buying again.
I have been slowly trying to shift down a brand with my food shopping over the last few months and to be fair I have found that some supermarket's economy brand products are actually a good value for money trade - but this is not one of them.
I bought the Sainsbury's Basics British Cooked Ham for £1.64 for 400g which apparently equates to 30 slices although I did not count them.
The first thing I noticed which was quite annoying was the cheapness of the packaging, it has one of those awful plastic packets where you are supposed to pull one corner to peel back the lid. However, this is one of those where pulling on the corner will result in shredding the lid part as bits will peel back and bits will stay stuck across the package in threads.
On eventually getting into the packet I was overwhelmed by the smell of what can only be described as chemically designed 'ham'. It smelt like an exagerated strong hammy aroma but unfortunately this strength of smell did not equate to an equally strong taste. I had the ham on a sandwich and could not discern much flavour at all. I wondered if it was just me being picky and pulled a slice out of the packet to eat on its own - but to be honest the taste was synthetic and had a slight flavour of ham rather than actually tasting like ham.
The slices are flimsy and very uniform in colour which made them feel very cheap and processed, which, I suppose, is what they are.
I noticed when I was about to put the packet back in the fridge that the advice on the label says that the product should be consumed within two days of opening. Now I know that cooked meats will begin to lose freshness once opened, but im sure most meats will last longer than two days? For a pack with 30 slices in that means using a lot of ham in a fairly short space of time. I did wonder, seeing as the product contained the usual unidentifiable stabilizers and 'preservative' why it couldnt last longer than 2 days?
I have persevered with the ham and used it on sandwiches where I have put other fillings in like cheese or pickle, it is bearable but certainly does not taste much like ham to me. I think in future I will give this a wide berth and ham will remain something where I buy a decent, higher quality product for a higher price.
I am currently on a mission to see if Sainsburys basics are really value for money or just cheap rubbish. As a result you may find many reviews from me in this area.
Sainsburys cooked ham is one that I wasn't looking forward to, the reason being that it's reformed ham and is pumped full of water. Nevertheless I thought it was only fair to try it and see. Sadly my instincts were correct.
The most popular use of ham is in sandwiches and this is where this product falls down. You could put it between any type of bread and it would not take away the awful taste and texture.
Granted you get a lot of it (400g for £1.38) but I bet if you want to a local butcher and got 4 decent slices of cooked ham you wouldn't be paying much more.
I am a fan of a lot of the sainsburys basics but on this occasion I have to suggest you avoid it like the plague. It's unappealing to look at, east and smell. Shame really
The supermarkets own labels have always been popular and with the added financial pressure we are all under at the moment to find cheaper alternatives I am sure that they have become even more popular.
On the whole I am happy to buy almost anything `basic` to try out.
If I find that I don't like it then I don't buy it again, its as simple as that.
Cold meat is something that most of us buy at one time or another, for school packed lunches, snacks, salads or just a quick and easy meal. Most supermarkets sell this `reformed` ham, its inexpensive, ready sliced and therefore makes the ideal choice for a sandwich.
Sainsbury`s Basics are presented very simply, this Basic ham carton is made from laminate film which is a product that can be recycled.
The lid clearly states that the product belongs to the `Basics` range and all of the nutritional information is clearly printed on the lid.
The plastic lid lifts fairly easily and the thin sliced ham sits in the square laminate film packet.
The first thing that you notice is the smell, where the ham has been kept airtight inside of the film box the odour is strong, maybe even slightly `piggy`. When you first take a look into the carton you see pinky-grey square wet ham.
The overall appearance is `plastic` the texture looks unusual, you notice that there are flecks of pink meat, flecks of what appear to be gristle and the entire thing has a case of excessive perspiration.
As you lift a slice out to put onto your buttered bread take note of the overall thickness. Correct! there is no thickness, just a wafer thin translucent slice of something that vaguely resembles what we know and love as meat.
If you take the slice and `roll` it, it rolls well, good to put onto a plate for a salad.
The `piggy` smell soon fades and leaves you with a sweet and rather pleasant smell.
If you put a couple of slices onto some nice fresh bread and butter and tart it up with some coleslaw or tomato then it makes a decent sandwich. Overall there isn't a lot of taste to it but you can just use your imagination and conjure up the taste of freshly cut ham off of the bone!
So we have taken an in depth look at the Basics sliced ham, the smell, the look and the taste.
Now it is described as `reformed` meat, so we really need to know what that means...in a nutshell it is meat pieces that have been finely ground and then joined together again to form a sizable cut of meat.
Sainsbury`s Basics sliced ham is 75% pork which has been cooked and cured with added water. It contains preservatives.
Each slice contains 12 calories, 0.4g fat, 0.1g saturated fat, 0.33g salt.
30 slices cost £1.38p
My small niece loves this ham, she will go to the fridge and have a slice for a snack, if Mum hasn't got any in stock then there are tears! so it must appeal to children.
I rarely buy it myself, I think I would prefer to see what is on special offer at the Deli counter. I can see the ham does have its attractions, it offers good value and can make an exceptionally cheap meal.
So to finish off I will say that its not a product I would relish buying myself but it does come in handy for family meals and lunchboxes.
But I think I will stick to the Deli counter special offers.