Product Type: Sainsbury's Meat / Fish
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Sainsbury's Basics Cooked Ham
Member Name: Stewwydablue
Sainsbury's Basics Cooked Ham
Advantages: Price, quality, quantity, taste - all excellent.
Disadvantages: None that are obvious.
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.
Summary: Top of the range in the basics range.
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