My husband and I have been making a really big effort to cut back on our food shopping bill. One thing that I didn't think I would be able to cut back on was meat. I am very fussy when it comes to food and in particular I try not to eat much processed meat or cheap meat.
I was eating premium ham in my sandwiches at work each day and occasionally chicken. This cost around £4 a week and I must say that I ddid occasionally get a fatty or hard bit in my ham which is gross.
One week my husband did our weekly shop alone and came back with this Tesco value ham. As soon as I looked at it I though 'err gross, I can't eat that', it just looks so cheap and nasty. I know my husbands heart was in the right place as it always is so I didn't say anything and decided to give it ago.
I was really pleasantly surprised by Tesco value ham. It really is nowhere as bad as I thought! The ham tastes good and it's not really fatty and gross like I thought..
Since my husband first came home with this Tesco value ham I have really embraced it, I now buy this ham each week. I really pay attention. when deciding which packet to buy as admittedly some packs look like they do have fatty bits in but I have not yet had a bit of ham that I didn't find good to eat.
This ham costs just £0.75 per packet bad you get 12 slices in a packet. This is amazing value!
I have recently been cutting down on my carbs and have started having this ham in the fridge for when I need a snack.
It is now called "Tesco Everyday Value Ham" and costs 98p for 364g which is approximately 32 slices.
The packaging is basic as all of the everyday range is but it ultimately ends up in the bin. It holds the nutritional information, a picture of the ham and a clear area of the pack so you- can see the ham.
I am fairly impressed with this ham as it's much much cheaper than the others on the shelf and is tasty and low calorie. But all that said it is only 78% pork so I do not feed this to my little boy for that reason!!
If I use it to make sandwiches I use 2/3 slices which is more than adequate. But mainly I use the ham as a protein snack.
Recently I did have a pack which had a line of fat in it but if I didn't have Tesco home delivery I would of noticed this in the shop through the packaging and avoided purchasing.
Once opened you need to consume within 3 days. But you can buy 2 different pack sizes (12 slices or 32 slices)
Each slice is Calories (15), Protein (1.8) & Fat (0.8)
Recommended by me for me but if you have children, guests or are a food snob avoid.
I rarely buy cooked meat anymore because it's so expensive these days and the cheap stuff is so obviously processed and fake that it puts me off quite considerably, but my children are off school at the moment and I am in need of something purse friendly to fill their sandwiches, so when I was in Tesco's this week I spotted this cheap and cheerful looking packet of cooked ham which is part of Tesco's everyday value range. I have to admit I was a bit sceptical about it but looking at the other prices of cooked ham I couldn't really afford to be a food snob. Now, I love ham but usually if I'm going to bother with it I go for the thick cut stuff but with its ever increasing price I joined my children at lunchtime today and had an everyday value cooked ham and cucumber sandwich. To my surprise it wasn't as bad as I expected it to be.
~ Product and availability ~
Tesco everyday value cooked ham is only available from Tesco supermarkets, hence the 'TESCO' everyday value in the name. It is priced at a very reasonable 61p for 125g (10 slices) or £1.65 for 400g (36 slices), so if you're looking to save money then it's a good buy as Tesco's wafer thin ham (not from the everyday value range) is £3.00 for 420g so its considerably more expensive...I guess it depends whether you are bothered about the quality or the price as I imagine the quality of the latter is better.
~ Packaging ~
Tesco everyday value cooked ham comes in plastic packaging with a clear plastic peel lid (do you call it a lid when it's ham?). The packaging's design is quite different from the image Dooyoo is showing because Tesco have recently updated and supposedly improved their value range by changing the ingredients and look of their own brand products. Instead of the old in my opinion cheap and ugly looking red and blue typical Tesco design it has been replaced with a much more attractive less tacky looking white and pale blue design. The front of the packaging is printed with the words 'Tesco's everyday value cooked ham' in bold pale blue font. Below it tells me that this pack contains 10 slices and that this ham was prepared using meat that complies with their strict welfare and quality standards. Underneath this you will find some little blue pictures associated with meat such as bread, knives & forks, ketchup bottles and animals. There is a photo on the front of 4 slices of the ham on a plate with some salad as a serving suggestion. The nutritional information can easily be found clearly on the front along with the best before date. The back of the packet describes the ham as being sliced, cured and cooked reformed ham with added water. You can also find more detailed nutritional information, ingredients, contact details and storage instructions on the back.
~ Appearance, smell, texture & taste ~
Tesco's everyday value ham looks pretty cheap. You can tell it's reformed meat because of all the different speckles of colour, there isn't really that much pink meat involved it's mostly white which is slightly off putting. Opening the packet it smells funny but I find all ham smells strange when you first open it? Almost like rotten eggs? Not to put you off by any means! Peeling a slice from the pack I noticed that this is very thin ham and is cut into perfect squares which also suggests it has been seriously tampered with. As I stated earlier I had my ham with cucumber in a sandwich, my children prefer to have cheese as well. The ham doesn't take much chewing and doesn't have that much of a strong meaty taste but what I did find was it did taste rather Smokey even though it wasn't supposed to be smoked ham so it gave it something extra. I think to get a proper taste you need a few slices of this ham, especially if your used to having thick slices. Considering this is reformed ham it could have been a lot worse and I have to admit I was expecting it to be so I guess I was as pleasantly surprised as to be expected for what it is.
~ Other information ~
Each slice contains only 13 calories!! So you can afford to have a couple. Each slice also contains 0.1g of sugar, 0.5g fat, 0.2g saturates and 0.2g salt...so not bad at all really.
Tesco's everyday value cooked ham is made from 78 % pork along with water, salt, dextrose, stabiliser, antioxidants and PRESERVATIVES. EEEEkkkk. I wish I hadn't read the ingredients list now. It's surprising to read that it contains preservatives as not many things do anymore.
Storage: Keep refrigerated, once opened consume within two days. (I have had this open for a while now and eaten it and I'm still alive).
~ Overall opinion ~
This product by no means matches up to some nice thick ham from the butchers counter but it is ok. It has more flavour than I expected it to but it has put me off slightly that it contains preservatives. I would recommend this ham to anybody who isn't put off by preservatives or the fact that it isn't the best quality; however I do consider it good value so it's great for anybody on a tight budget. I don't think this would be very good to be used in things other than sandwiches as I don't imagine it would add much flavour to the dish, but it does the job a quick, cheap sandwich filler and it pleased my children which must count for something. I doubt Tesco's could have made this product look and sound any faker than it does though. I would probably but this again but not regularly as I think I would prefer to buy more expensive ham sparingly and have this in between.
I'm awarding this product 3/5 stars. The preservatives and appearance let this product down big time for me.
I've been trying to cut back on my grocery shopping recently in order to save for a car, and although I do like high quality ham, I decided it was worth trying tesco's value ham, as it is so much cheaper than the usual brand I buy. This is priced at just 61 pence for a generously sized 125 gram pack. I suppose the warning signs should of been kicking in when I saw how cheap it was however after inspecting it through the transparent pack it looked okay so I popped it into my basket.
The ham comes in a transparent plastic tray which you open by simply peeling off the thin plastic lid. The packaging isn't very appealing with a simple blue and white colour scheme, but who really cares? It's the food that counts and I wasn't expecting a colourful, expensive looking packet seeing as I paid 61p! You get 10 thin slices of ham, which are pretty average looking. One thing I did notice is this ham isn't really a nice shade of pink, it's quite pale and has various patches of darker colours which did put me off a bit as I have a feeling that this is reformed ham.
I decided to use this ham as a pizza topping, as me and my boyfriend were having a lazy night in and we'd decided to make our own pizzas. I opted for ham and pineapple, and cut the slices of ham up into chunks and spread it over my pizza. I also had a slice on its own as a snack while I was waiting for the pizza to cook and it wasn't too bad - not as bad as I had expected anyway, considering the price! I do think it has quite a plasticy texture though and it doesn't taste much like more expensive ham but it has a distinctive pork taste and isn't too bland or salty or anything like that so I can't really complain!
Once my pizza was cooked I tucked in and was very dissapointed - the ham tasted very bland once it was cooked and had considerably shrunken in size, it tasted of nothing and even my boyfriend agreed that it was pretty gross so I ended up picking the ham off of my pizza and giving it to my dogs, who loved it but for me it just wasn't tasty enough once it had been cooked. Straight out of the pack it is okay - it just tastes like bland pork, not too salty or anything like that and it'd be nice in a sandwich with some cheese or something like that to give your sandwich a bit more flavour.
Overall, I think this is good value but unfortunetly you can tell that the ham is cheap. I would reccomend it as a sandwich filling or as a quick snack when you're eating because you're starving and aren't bothered about flavour, but I would not reccomend it if you want tasty, succulent, good quality ham. For the price I paid though I can't complain - 61p for 10 slices is so much cheaper than my usual ham, however i'd rather pay that bit extra and actually enjoy it.
The other day whilst in my local Tesco store I decided to get some ham for a sandwich. To be honest it isn't really something I ever purchase for myself and I was a bit taken a back at the prices of it just for a couple of slices of decent quality ham! This costing only 46p for 10 slices seemed ideal and after all I only wanted it for a sandwich anyway and didn't want it to cost me an arm and a leg!
The slices of ham come in a see through plastic pack with a peel back white, blue, red and clear plastic lid and on the front of it we are told that it is Tesco 'Value' Cooked Ham 'Perfect in sandwiches & salads', 10 slices and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown and there is a scribbled picture of a sandwich on it to. On the back of the pack other information listed includes ingredients, allergy advice, a full nutritional chart is stated, the weight is given which is 125g and contact details for Tesco are given. Its a cheap looking pack this one though to be fair to it, it is informative enough!
The Ham Itself:
Well the ham is a light pink colour, really thin and in rather small square slices. It is made from 76% pork and water as long as a few other things of course and really is thin and slimy in texture. Taste wise well there is no flavouring or 'bite' in this at all and its moist. It may contain meat but to get any flavouring from this at all you need at least 5 slices between two slices of bread and even then it just isn't very tasty at all. I wouldn't bother using this in a salad or anything else cos of its lack of flavour....in fact the best advice I can give to you is don't buy it full stop!
For me this completely lacks any flavour, lacks a decent texture and is so cheap. Not for me this one!
Nutritional Information Per Slice:
Only available in Tesco stores.
Although I try to keep my weekly shopping budget under control all of the time, I tend to try a little harder in the week leading up to pay day. To be honest this is more of a necessity than a quirk, although I do like to imagine that I'm an eccentric millionaire as I saunter around the shop, rather than a penny pinching pauper.
One thing is for sure and that is the value range of items at Asda, Sainsburys and in this case Tesco, are and have been a godsend.
In fairness, on most occasions, I have been impressed with what I get for the money and have often wished that I'd dipped my toe into this veritable sea of bargains a few years back.
So, one of the items that I added to my trolley this time around was a pack of Tesco Value Ham.
Was it a hit or a miss?
Well, I was expecting cheap & cheerful, but I'm afraid that although it was definitely cheap, it was far from happy ham.
Very thin and watery slices that didn't look at all appetising but hey, looks can be deceiving, right?
Not in this case.
It's not that it tasted horrible, it's just that it didn't taste of anything.
So, you might as well save your money and tuck into a fresh air sandwich, it will not prove to be any less satisfying than this.
So as it goes, the rest of the pack remained uneaten, thus proving to be a false economy.
Nutritional information for those of you that crave such data is as follows:
Calories - 14 kcal
Protein - 2.0g
Carbohydrates - 0.4g
Sugars - 0.4g
Fat - 0.5g
Salt - 0.3g
Pork (76%), Water, Dextrose, Salt, Stabiliser (Sodium Triphosphate), Antioxidant (Sodium Ascorbate), Preservative (Sodium Nitrite).
I for one will revert back to spending a little more on my ham as I feel the quality is truly reflected in the price. At 42p for the 125g pack, it looks like a bargain but in my opinion, you should steer clear. I guess I should just consider myself lucky that I didn't opt for the 400g pack!
Thanks for reading.
On the whole I buy tesco Value Cooked Ham quite regularly. The reason I first bought it was because of the price (currently approx 40p for 125g - 10 slices).
The packaging is ugly, it has a clear plastic base and sealed with plastic which has the Tesco Value label and the information about the food.
I did have a pleasant surprise when I tasted the ham, it does taste like any other packet ham! The pack contains 10 slices of ham, each slice is thicker than wafer thin ham. I tend to find putting two slices is a sandwich enough, which means that the 40p does go quite far. Actually, the ham is ideal for a sandwich filling or eating on toast because the slices are square in shape. If you want a bulky sandwich I do suggest that you add salad or something else.
I do eat this ham (on it's own) with salad, so it must be ok. I roll up a few slices and eat it with tomatoes and cucumber. The taste teally is fine and my cat loves it!! I don't mind sharing with the cat at 40p a pack!! I wouldn't go as far as serving it to guests though! If you wanted ham and chips for supper, I would suggest that you bought thicker ham or otherwise you would need a whole pack.
Always handy to have in the fridge and it lasts for about a month (from purchaes)unopened (do see use by dates), once opened it needs to be consumed within two days.
I find it handy to nibble on when i'm cutting back on the calories. Each slice contains 13 calories and 0.5g of fat.
If you enjoy packed ham i'd give it a go, but don't let the packaging put you off!
Tesco Value Cooked Ham - 10 slices for 42p
My nearest supermarket is Tesco and as part of my money saving quest I have tried lots of products from the Tesco Value Range. Some of the products are really good and I continue buying them and some are truly awful and I never buy them again.
Tesco Value Cooked Ham comes in a clear plastic tray, the front of the tray has the Tesco Value logo in red along with the products nutritional information. Because the packaging is clear you can see exactly what you are buying - Tesco Value Cooked Ham.
Once the pack is opened it can not be resealed. I usually just cover it in cling film and place it in the fridge to keep it fresh.
Each pack contains exactly 10 slices of ham. The slices of ham are all completely square and fit perfectly between 2 slices of bread - very convenient. The ham is sliced very thinly and is slightly pink in colour.
The cooked ham is formed from cured and cooked reformed ham with added water.
The cooked ham contains 76% pork, salt and dextrose.
100g of the cooked ham contains:
The meat used for the cooked ham is sourced from farms that meet Tesco Welfare Standards.
All in all I like this ham - the calorie count is quite low and it is handy just to open a pack and put it in bread to make sandwiches for a packed lunch. I have also used it in a salad and it worked well and tasted fine.
What you have to remember when buying this ham is that it is very cheap, 42p for 10 slices! It is fine for a sandwich and for a salad but I really can't think of anything else you could use it for - as I said before it's very thin, almost see through. It is also made from reformed ham so for this reason it is slightly hard around the edges.
In summary a good cheap buy for packed lunches, it's perfectly edible, it has a low calorie count and it keeps well in the fridge. Unreformed ham is expensive and if you are on a budget and just want ham for sandwiches then buy this.
One of my cats - Petal - really likes this cooked ham - she waits every night till I am making the packed lunches for the next day and she pesters me until I give her a slice cut up into small pieces.
I buy 2 packs a week - one for packed lunches and one for Petal. Saying that Petal's sister Poppy hates it!!!!!!!!!!!
Not for Vegetarians!
Now value ham may not seem like a very interesting thing to be writing about, but bearing in mind how much a lot of us are having to economise at the moment, I think it's fair to say that many people find it useful to know what's what when it comes to these value products, so here we have 'square ham'.
Packaging is plain - but being a value product we kind of accept and allow for that don't we. The familiar red, white and blue of the value packaging is nice and patriotic, but doesn't stand out much really. A clear preformed plastic base part for the ham to sit in, with a cellophane cover that has a tab at one corner so you can open it easily (do these ever work properly for anyone?).
In our house, this particular product gets very mixed views. My husband who is NOT what you'd call a ham fan thinks it's perfectly acceptable. I on the other hand, who really enjoy a good piece of proper ham - you know one that actually has meat texture and flavour to it - thought this stuff was barely passable.
The problem with this ham is that it's very much a processed product. It comes in very thin square slices that are pink, sort of vaguely meaty and have a slightly salty water floating in the bottom of the pack that (if you're lucky) doesn't spray all over you when you attempt to open the packet. I personally think that this stuff has a funny smell about it, but maybe that's just me, no one else I know thinks it smells odd, and some don't seem to think it smells of much at all - I guess I could be smelling the plastic of course!
Ok this stuff is cheap, (around 45p for 10 slices - or they do a larger pack of 30 slices for about £1.25), and, if all you want is cheap just about meat like ham then you'll probably be satisfied, but if you're looking for flavour, texture and all the other things that should come with ham you will be sorely disappointed. This ham is reformed, it's smooth and textureless as I say. Hubby likes it's squareness... he feels somehow that with square bread and square cheese, square ham fits right in. He does however use several slices per sandwich which means that a pack of 10 slices doesn't really last very long, especially if he makes two sandwiches for his lunch!
Overall - it's thin, it's watery, it's very smooth and untextured, and it's pretty washed out for flavour, but, it is cheap, square (I still don't see this as an advantage, but hubby keeps insisting it is), and will do at a pinch.
Tesco Value Cooked Ham
We are on a real economy drive lately, with Christmas coming up and a couple of short breaks already booked for next year; we need to pull in the pounds by saving pennies.
My other half has sandwiches most days and it depends whether he is working local (so 'living' at home) or working away (so 'living' in digs) as to who makes his sandwiches. I draw the short straw when I have the pleasure of his company, which is 75% of the time (groan). I do give him variety in his lunchbox because it can get boring, but he does enjoy a good old ham sandwich.
Tesco Value Cooked Ham is only available at Tesco. A 125g pack of cooked ham cost me 42p and a 400 pack is available for £162.
In the pack are 10 very thin slices of reformed ham, in a square shape, suitable for smaller slices of bread without the need for trimming! We tend to use all different loaves of bread these days, there is not one we stick too, just whatever is on offer. These slices fit well with the smaller slices of bread from a 400g loaf.
Mr LJ always has two 'rounds' of sandwiches, a round being 2 slices of bread, so we use four slices of bread and it is necessary to use 3 slices in each sandwich just to get a decent bite between the bread as the ham is so thin.
The ham is very watery and practically not existent as a lonely slice and not much better with a few. It does not have a strong ham flavour and neither of us enjoyed this ham. Its kind of false economy to have to use so many slices when one slice of a better quality ham would suffice.
This ham is low in calories at 13 calories per slice and 0.5g of fat so from this aspect is good.
Overall we were not keen on this ham.
The only thing it would be suitable for is mass catering ... for people you do not like!