“ Type: Meat „
I am a big lover of Ham, as is the rest of the family thick cut ham being our favourite. On my trip to our local tesco i discovered they did not have our usual ham so in a rush i grabbed the first packet of ham i could see as it was near closing time on a sunday afternoon.
I am big on packaging and believe that good packaging sells a product. The Tesco Cooked Ham was in a flat square packet with a purple/ pink film lid. The front of the packaging contains nutritional information, the sell before date and the best before date.
After getting home I put the ham away, as you do and forgot all about it until the next day when my daughter wanted a ham sandwich for her dinner. Upon opening the packaging i was slightly disappointed by the overall look and presentation of the ham, it seemed to have been thrown in the pack with some pieces folded over in half. The ham was square however most of the pieces i removed from the pack were mishaped. The ham was really quite thin however i did come accross ac ouple of pieces that were quite thick. The ham felt quite watery on removal from the pack but the smell of the ham was quite pleasent.
In all honesty my daughter ate her sandwich and asked for more which was a result. I sat there staring at mine whilst plucking up the courage to try my sandwich. However i was quite suprised and overall the ham actually tasted really good. The only thing was, it was quite watery and i discovered the odd bit of gristle within the ham but other than that i was really pleased with the softness of the ham and the subtle flavours. It was by no means salty and tasted almost like the regular ham i buy.
The last time i bought this ham the price was 99p for 10 slices and £1.99 for 20 slices which i thought was very reasonable.
I have since stuck to the reular ham I buy because it is a big family favourite however, the Tesco Cooked Ham is good when used on pizzas etc. Should my normal product run out I would definatley buy it again as it was a hit with my family and cheaper than the product i usually buy.
I like to try and save money wherever possible so decided to give this 'Value' Cooked ham a try in the place of my normal Tesco's ham to save myself around £1.50.
There are 30 square cut slices of reformed ham that have been cooked and cured with added water. There is 76% 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 11 calories and 0.4g of fat so is pretty good if you are watching your waistline, however, there is 0.2g of salt per slice of ham making everything in the food circle green except the salt 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 Tesco 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 love ham on a sandwich rather alot and once a week in our weekly shop Mum always gets me a packet of pre-packed ham all for me! A lot of night's I'm out till late and get in absolutely starving and what's nicer than a ham and tomato sauce sandwich I ask you? lol.
Square clear plastic square almost flat pack and on the top of that there is bright and light pink and a white peel back label and on that all the information is given on that rather than on the bottom of the packet. So I'm told that it is indeed Tesco Cooked Ham and that this packet I have contains 10 slices, the best before date and the weight of the product (125g) are listed along with ingredients and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there as well as a more in depth nutritional chart list and of course contact details for Tesco are given as always on Tesco's own products. It's a nice and informative looking product however you can't reseal it so if you want to keep it stored for a couple of days you need to find something else to store it in really.
The slices of ham are light and dark pink in colour and wafer thin and square is shape. Easy enough to handle and not tear though the slices are not huge but just a bit smaller than a standard slice of bread really. Of course it is made up pork and in this case that's 86% of it and course it seasoned and contains water as well as a few other things. When you handle the ham you can see it's a little slimy due to it's high water content but it's not soaking and this is a processed product so the meat doesn't have a 'grain' as such it's smooth.
It's not highly flavoursome if your just using say one slice of the ham in a sandwich and I find to get flavour from this product I need a fair bit of it, however it tastes like you imagine ham should, contains a slight smoky flavour, has a natural sweetness to and it is really nicely seasoned with a distinct salt flavouring that does bring out the porky taste.
It's not bad but don't get me wrong it is an economy ham at 10 slices costing about £1.39 a packet only in Tesco stores.
Nutritional Information Per Slice (12.5g):