“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Frozen Food „
I absoloutely love battered fish (especially cod) so when I spotted these Birds Eye offerings in breadcrumbs priced at only 99p for a box of two of them (on offer in Asda and should cost closer to £2.00 a box in most supermarkets) I really fancied them for me and my bestmates/flatmates tea one night with some mushy peas, chips and a whole bottle of tomato etchup between us. I like Birds Eye as a brand so felt very pleased I was getting a bit of a bargain and felt sure I'd got quality food!
The two fillets come in a wo tone blue box with a photograph of the fish on the front of it and we are told that they are Birds Eye 'Fish Fillets 'In Crunchy Breadcrumbs' and they contain no artififical colours, flavours or preservatives and that they are 100% fish fillet and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. On the back of the box other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, there is a full nutritional chart shown as well as cooking instructions given and contact details for the manufacturer are listed too. Nice enough quality box, and recyclable (which makes a nice change for me!) and of course it is informative enough too.
Open up the box and you are met with 2 rather small fish fillets covered evenly in brown breadcrumbs. Now this is 100% fish fillet however which fish? Depending on the season and catch area the fish could be Alaska pollock, Saithe, Hoki, Hake, Cod, Haddock or Basa. What is good though is if you read the small print on the back of the box giving this information to us you will notice each of those fish we are told about has a code and that is displayed by the best before date so you do know what your getting at a glance.
To cook these they take about 25 minutes in the oven and that is it. You don't add oil or need to flip them over...... just time them! Simple!
I found the fish in mine to be a bit iffy really. I didn't mind the flavour really and I didn't find one single bone and it was juicy enough and didn't dry out one bit through cooking however there was grey bits of fish that appeared sludgy looking and the breadcrumbs went crunchy but in the main I found these to be quite flavourless though not greasy but too hard for my teeth and my poor teeth ached after eating them big time. They look nice even though, although small they don't fall apart but all in all I found these not to be all that great really. I would have appreciated pure white fish and less hard breadcrumbs and a little seasoning to help enhance the flavour!
Not awful but not great either!