“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Meat „
We've been buying these Value Chicken Drumsticks for ages because they're mega cheap compared to the next brand up which is Tesco's own. The only difference with these and the Tesco standard drumsticks is that they are sometimes different sizes in the pack, the taste isn't any different even though I suppose they've had more water put into them with the drumsticks being Value.
You get between 6 and 8 drumsticks for about £1.70, they go on weight so it depends on how big the drumsticks are in the pack you've picked up. I always try to get one that has got 6 drumsticks in because that means you're going to get quite big ones and they're always lovely and meaty but without a massive bone going through them.
I always cook mine slow in the oven because I think they cook through a lot better, it says on the packet that you can cook them in about 45 mins on a high heat but I don't think I'd ever want to trust chicken that has only been in the oven for a short time like that.
I love them because I can cook a pack up at tea time and then munch them through the evening, as soon as they're cold I put them in the fridge and they're fine even the next day! The skin pulls back a bit too much on them and some of the drumsticks looks like there's hardly and skin at all on them. They're wicked just roasted in the oven but you can marinade them for something a bit more exciting, I used a Sticky Barbeque marinade yesterday and it was delish because the chicken cooked just as good as plain and the sweet bbq sauce went under the skin and made them taste yummy!
I know a lot of people will only eat free range chicken but I reckon these are wicked for a mega cheap price. The bone in them is just normal size and isn't massive like in other cheapo drumsticks I've used, they cook wicked and the meat is delish and tender off them.
I love chicken. I would have it every day of the week. I think I had Tescos own chicken drum sticks three times in one week. You get a lot in one packet and you pay pence for them. They are just as good as the top brand chicken.
The boyfriend seems to hate them because he has to pick the skin off and the textured bits he doesn't like.
I cannot fault them. I just eat them on their own, three at a time and keep a sheet of kitchen roll handy. They take a while to cook mind and this is the only thing that annoys me about any meat really, it smells wonderful when it is being cooked and you are tempted to take it out of the oven a couple of minutes early!
These drumsticks in particular take 30-40 minutes to cook. They come out all lovely and brown, the skin is not too crispy but not too stretchy and slimy either. There is a lot of meat on these drumsticks, a lot of people think value food is just the naff bits of anything that is left over.
These would make great buffet food as well.
Sorry, but this is yet another review on food from my granddaughters birthday party on Sunday. After shopping for party food I realised there was a good selection of cold food as well as some home cooked food for the adults, but one thing was missing that should be on the buffet table of all good parties. Chicken drumsticks.
My daughter and me raced up to Tesco before they closed on Saturday evening and all that was left were bags of frozen drumsticks which felt tiny and bony through the packet or Tesco Value chilled packs. The frozen ones looked awful so I decided to buy the Value drumsticks even though I have never bought any fresh meat from the Value range before. Oh, there were other drumsticks from the Finest range but these cost £4.99 for just three and as I would need at least twelve this would have worked out too expensive.
The raw drumsticks come in a plastic container which is covered with film, because this is a fresh meat product the price is worked out by the weight. At the time of writing these drumsticks are priced at £1.79 per kg, one of my packs held five large drumsticks and this weighed in at 0.818g and cost £1.46 with the other packs I bought being roughly the same weight and price.
Raw these drumsticks look plump and fresh, not quite as bulky as those I usually buy from my local farmers market but for this price they certainly look appetising enough. The cooking instructions are printed on the label but I cooked mine as I always cook chicken drumsticks my own way and these came out fine. If you're interested, the way I cooked them was at Gas Mark 3 turning every 20 minutes for around an hour and a half. You don't really need to add any fat to these as they cooked perfectly in their own juices, although I did sprinkle some BBQ seasoning over them after the first 20 minutes.
Once cooked they look delicious. The drumsticks have not lost any of their plumpness and the skin has turned a crispy golden brown, I particularly liked the fact that the skin has not split and shrunk down the drumstick exposing a load of the meat like a lot of the cheaper drumsticks tend to do.
I ate these drumsticks both hot and cold and they were equally tasty. Hot the chicken tasted meaty and was plump and retained lots of moisture instead of drying out, the skin was crunchy and tasted absolutely delicious. The chicken meat fell away from the bone and was easy to chew, surprisingly there was very little gristle or fat in these drumsticks which I had been expecting because they were so cheap. The meat was extremely succulent I thought, and I know about the 'added water' trick with cheap chicken yet the flavour of these drumsticks was meaty and very fresh.
When I left them to go cold for the party they were just as good, perhaps a little dryer tasting but still perfectly enjoyable. The skin lost its crispiness, as happens when you let any drumstick go cold, but was just as tasty as when it was hot. The chicken wasn't quite so moist, although it was still delightfully tender and had retained its delicious meaty flavours. My daughter provided a bowl of mayonnaise for guests to dip their drumsticks in and this went down well because sometimes cold chicken needs a little something to perk it up.
On the whole I'd say these drumsticks are perfect when you're cooking for a large gathering, or even if you're watching the pennies and need to buy something for a cheap meal. They are certainly meaty enough to serve with mash and vegetables and I think they'd taste lovely on dinner. Or a single pack will provide you will enough meat to fill four tortillas and when eaten with a salad this could be an extremely good lunch for the whole family with a very good price tag.
From an ethical point of view, these chicken drumsticks will not be suitable for everyone. I usually buy free range chicken portions from my local farmers market because of the disgraceful way our country treats its live poultry. HOWEVER, the credit crunch is now dictating that we cannot always afford to pick and choose how we buy our chicken. The rather preachy Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall can afford of course to spend on free range, corn fed chicken (and to be honest this is what I'd rather do) but sometimes you need to set aside your principles and do what is best for your family's budget.
And these drumsticks are certainly a very good buy and they went down well with everyone who ate them.