Product Type: Tesco Meat / Fish
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Tesco Finest Wafer Thin Wiltshire Cured Ham
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Tesco Finest Wafer Thin Wiltshire Cured Ham
Advantages: Tastes delicious, very high quality, keeps well in the fridge
I must admit I'm not a big fan of Tesco's range of Finest cooked meats as they have a premium price tag but often the meat inside is no better than that which you can buy on their deli counter. However, I do love a good quality wafer thin ham so when I spotted a few packets of Tesco Finest Wiltshire Cured Wafer Thin Ham reduced to just £1 I decided to buy a couple to eat over the following few days with salads and sandwiches.
When I got home the first thing I noticed was that, as usual, this is a large packet containing not very much ham at all. Due to the fact that it's wafer thin, the ham is twisted and folded in on itself giving the impression that you're getting a lot for your money but really you're paying for the air between the slices - I'd say there is sufficient ham in this packet to make four sandwiches (as long as you don't like too much meaty filling!) or perhaps a couple of plated salads. This isn't really an issue for me as I live alone but this certainly would be an expensive way of buying your ham if you have a large family to feed.
Upon opening the heat sealed packet I was met by a lovely porky/meaty aroma, not the smell you get when you open that horrid Bernard Matthews wafer thin ham (ie. the smell of sweaty and watery meat) but the proper smell of ham which has simply been sliced thinner than usual. It looks great too, the ham slices are not just thrown into the packet and it's obvious that some care has been taken to arrange the pink meat neatly and attractively.
The taste of this ham is absolutely excellent. Forget all thoughts of watery and sticky wafer thin ham, this is proper cured ham which has been sliced very thinly and this is exactly how it tastes. The ham has a rounded meaty flavour and the texture is true to real meat, again I am thinking of the Bernard Matthews wafer thin ham which feels (or tastes) nothing like real meat - my granddaughter would never eat BM ham when she was younger as she always said it tasted "too shiny" and this is actually a very accurate way of describing it.
There were no complaints about this Finest ham though when I did all three of my granddaughters' a ham and pickle sandwich on Sunday, there's a richness to the flavour which indicates that there has been very little water added to the meat and this has got to be good news. There is also very little visible fat on the ham, the occasional slice has a little white fat on the edge but again to me this accentuates the fact that this is proper meat and to use Bernard Matthews as an example again, his ham is so free of fat that it simply cannot be real unadulterated meat as you can't remove every trace of fat (especially from ham, have you ever seen a fat-free pig?) without far too much of a mechanical process.
The ham keeps well in the fridge, I stored what was left for two days in an air tight container and when I came to use the rest to top some soup I was surprised to find it was still as fresh as the day I'd bought it. It was still within it's 'use by' date yet I find ham in general doesn't really keep terribly well once opened, I know some people can eat ham when it's past it's best but I cannot bear it once it begins to get that awful greasy sheen to it - the amount of perfectly edible ham my neighbour's greedy Labrador has had off me just because it looks a bit icky is beyond belief!
Another fantastic thing about this ham is that it's a British product, it's important during the recession to support our own farmers and businesses so this product gets a thumbs up from me for this. It's usual price is around £2.39 a packet, which I think is reasonable considering the high quality of the meat inside and the fact that it has a longer fridge life than most other wafer thin hams.
Summary: An excellent ham from the Tesco Finest range.
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