“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Frozen Food „
today im reviewing "captin birds eye traditional beef roast dinner".......hmm using traditional loosely !
I needed something quick and handy the other day as it was too hot to cook and i really just fancied something proper (odd i know). i was in my local asda and i stumbled across this meal at a pricey £2.50, so my head told me the captin has never really let me down before and at this price it should be of reasonable quality........how could i be more wrong !!!!
On inpection of the box is a lush looking british beef roast dinner which looks very inticing, granted it just actually look small on the box but neither the less did look ediable.
On the back is the nutritional information along with the ingredients and im told its 100% silverside beef with peas carrots roast potatos and a yorkshire pud ., sounds all very nice dont you think lol ?.
per cooked meal it says provides 330 calories along side 1.5 grammes of salt which for a ready meal i didnt think was that bad. it was only once i opened it i realised why !
Well on opening the lovely looking box i was greeted by a strange looking frozen thing consisting of about 5 so called tiny roast potatoes erm two slices of frozen beef which i thought was well tight of mr birds eye to be honest a hand full of peas which a couple of carrots in a gravy oh and an aunt bessies lookalike yorkie.
i decided to do mine in the oven as for 2.50 i didnt want to ruining it anymore than it looked. it took 4 its5 mins 10 mins over the cooking time as my spuds were still solid and another couple of mins for the yorkie pud.
to be honest its not the worst ready meal i have ever had but i just think its so overpriced for what it is i think it should be more like a pound !, the beef is lovely to be fair the gravy well erm not like what i make at home its oily i dont know how else to sum the gravy up its gloopy and totally ruins the lovely beef. i think mr birds eye should have put more beef in as the slices are very very thin, the potatoes well lol dont bother they are rank. I actually think that icelands frozen packet of beef for a pound is far better value for money and can feed two, with a couple of spuds and veg i think it would be cheaper than this kak
Its not disgusting dont get me wrong its just a rip off for the price the only reason im giving it two stars is for the beef, would i buy it again ? in a word no lol.
Save for money and cook fresh if you have the time or get another ready meal there is plenty better in supermarkets priced at a quid not two fifty thats just taking the ,,,,,,,, cough lol
thankyou for reading :o)
I brought this Roast Beef Dinner from Cool Trader the other day, it was only £1.49 and I got it because I knew I wasn't going to have a lot of time for something to eat that day and I thought this would be a good idea because it can just go in the oven for about 40 mins without having to worry about it.
I knew it wasn't going to be the business but it was QUICK and that's the main thing sometimes..... I think everyone knows by now that these dinner meals aren't the best quality food in the world so I'm not going to spend the whole review slagging the meal off because if you want top quality you should be cooking from scratch!!!
The meal comes in a tray and you can do it in the oven or nuke it, none of these meals are very nice cooked in the microwave so I don't do that but if you're in a mega rush you can get away with it.
In the meal you get 3 or 4 slices of beef, 4 small roast potatoes, a yorkshire pudding and small pile of peas and carrots. There is also gravy but never enough so I ALWAYS make extra up when I'm having one of these meals.
The beef is nice, it's cut proper thin and has got a melt in your mouth texture. There's no fat or gristle on the beef and it's got a proper fresh taste to it, it doesn't look all that nice but it's deffo tastier than it looks! The roasters are a bit too crunchy for me but they're quite fluffy inside and have got a nice flavour that's a lot like how Aunt Bessies roasters taste. They're not the best roasters ever but are yummy anyway and even better if you cut them in half and let the potato soak some of the gravy up.
I wasn't mad keen on the yorkshire in this meal because it's gone mega hard while it's cooking. It's still soft enough to eat but even when it soaks the gravy up it still stays hard and chewy. The peas and carrots are good for a ready meal and I think Birds Eye have used their famous peas because they look the same and have got the same yummy fresh flavour.
This meal is decent, I don't know why anyone would buy something like this and expect it to be better than it is. All it is is a frozen ready meal so whhhhhhy are some people expecting gastro grub, I wouldn't pay what some of the shops charge for this meal but it's well worth the £1.49 I paid..... I've seen this exact meal for as much as £3.79 in some little corner shops and it's not worth anything like that.
Recommended..... for a quick and tasty meal!!!
So a Birds Eye product that is not Chicken or Potato? The wife bought this a few weeks ago for a quick ready meal for me that she deemed a bit healthier than a Micro Burger or Pizza. Looks pretty nice from the outside, but would it be as nice as the picture? Things always look good on the packaging, don't they?
Not sure of the exact price of these, but believe the wife paid around the £1.50 mark, but think this was on offer at the time.
You just cook this in it's tray in the Microwave. Each section is in it's own compartment, but I have to mix it together when it is cooked. You can cook this in the oven, but it would take so long, that you may as well have a "proper" meal while waiting on this to be cooked.
So what do you get in this box? There is a couple of slices of Beef with a Gravy over them, couple of Roast Potatoes, some Peas and Carrots and a Yorkshire Pudding.
After cooked I put this on a plate and tried to get some of the Gravy over the Potatoes. They weren't large Potatoes but most of the Gravy was cooked onto the Meat. The slices of Meat were nice enough, and tasted alright quality, but it wasn't that exciting. It was thin slices, and I would have loved a lot more of it. The Potatoes were quite small but tasted roasted. They would have crisped up nice in the oven probably. The Peas and Carrots were a good enough portion, and they were ok, and the Little Yorkshire Pudding was a nice enough touch as well. The Gravy seemed a bit watery and didn't have that much flavour in it.
I guess I would have this again sometime, as it made a nice change, but it was just a bit odd having this for a quick bite instead of something in a Bun.
I live in a strange household because, although I love to cook, there's really no one to cook for on a regular basis & I usually can't be bothered to cook for myself.
Hubby's self-employed in the food business so rarely eats at home whilst older daughter now lives & works the other side of the country & younger daughter (18) is always out & about.
I therefore decided, being Bank Holiday, that I'd treat myself to something that could be prepared with minimum effort yet look as if it was a little special.
I've eaten ready meals before so I guess I knew what to expect - if you've not tried them & are thinking you'll get a 'home-cooked' roast dinner you'll definitely be disappointed - if you have then you'll get just what you think.
The box looks attractive with it's green fields in the background with a plate of roast beef, Yorkshire puds, peas, carrots, gravy & roast potatoes in the foreground.
Inside there's a heat-sealed cellophane wrapper which holds a black compartmentalised tray which hold the above in frozen form.
Full directions for cooking in the oven or microwave are clearly given on the reverse of the box. I prefer them oven cooked & it took slightly under the recommended 35 minutes to cook.
All the ingredients plus nutritional values are also given - I won't list them all but the most important for me was the fact that there are some additives (not bad compared to similar meals) & each complete meal is only 310 calories & 6.8g of fat.
- a piping hot fairly nutritious meal for busy/ lazy people.
- looks quite appetising.
- tastes nice enough.
- you can recognise the individual foods (unlike in some ready meals!)
- if you're expecting a home-style meal you'll be disappointed.
- the (Irish) beef is short in supply & thin.
- the Yorkshire pud & potatoes were a bit soggy.
- the gravy was a bit runny for my liking.
But, I must say, I was just in the mood for this 'Great British Menu' & it reminded me of a cross between an airline meal but more filling & a bit more tasty.
- satisfied my need for a hot ready-made meal.
- minimum effort to prepare.
- no washing-up!
- tasty enough if you're not expecting a home-made roast dinner.
- relatively healthy compared to some ready meals.
- worth having in the freezer as a standby.
- expensive at £2.49 per meal but OK for a treat for one person.
I tried this one night when I couldn't be bothered to cook. It was ok but I didn't think it was worth the money.
It costs £2-£2.50 depending on where you buy it, however it didn't really fill me up and I am not a big eater. The beef and gravy was nice, but the yorkshire pudding turned out soggy and the potatoes were stuck together but were ok to eat.
The vegetables were hard. I did mine in the microwave so it may have turned out differently in the oven, but the whole point of getting the meal was for the quickness.
Next time, I will do a Birds Eye beef seperately and put it with some instant mash and peas as I think that this would be more filling and probably cheaper too.
Give it a whirl though if you want to as it wasn't totally bad and would make a good snack but not a full meal.
I'm trying to use up all the food in my freezer before the weekend as it's crying out to be defrosted, and this is why I found myself eating a Birds Eye Roast Beef Dinner for my tea last night. I don't often eat these types of meal, and I know I definitely didn't buy it, so how it ended up in my freezer I'm not quite sure although I have a sneaking suspicion that my granddaughter brought it with her one weekend.
It certainly looks very tasty on the packet, the picture shows a plate heaped up with beef, roast spuds, vegetables and a crisp looking Yorkshire pudding all sitting in what looks to be a rich and appetising gravy.
Rest assured it looks nothing like that in real life! When still frozen it looks appalling, I almost threw it in the bin before even cooking it but my recent economy drive means I couldn't possibly throw away a meal that costs almost £3 however bad it looks.
After piercing the plastic that covers the tray of food, I cooked it in the oven for 35 minutes as per the instructions on the box. Then I cooked it for a further 10 minutes because the middle of the meat slices were still icy cold to the touch, then another 5 minutes to make sure the roast potatoes were cooked properly as they looked and felt hard still. So, 50 minutes. I could have cooked a proper meal in that time!
After carefully spooning all the components of the meal onto my plate I realised it still looked awful, it smelled nice enough but looked bland and very unappetising.
On my plate I had 2 ½ very thin slices of beef, 3 roast potatoes, a small pile of pale peas and whole carrots and a tiny Yorkshire pudding. This was topped with roughly 3 large spoonfuls of greasy gravy.
The beef tasted lovely, it is the same meat Birds Eye use in their boil in the bag Beef in Gravy boxes. Very lean cuts of silverside beef which had been sliced thinly and tasted meaty and very flavoursome. The meal went downhill from here, however, and I soon realised that the beef was the only decent thing on my plate.
I cut into a potato and realised that it was more or less hollow. It was like a potato shaped balloon, as my sharp knife sliced through the outside of the roast spud it burst to reveal only a very small amount of potato flesh inside. The potatoes taste very strange too, totally unlike the frozen roasters that I sometimes serve on a Sunday with a horrible powdery aftertaste.
The veg was odd too, neither the peas nor carrots tasted anything like they should and didn't look at all fresh and vibrant on my plate. The vegetables had a hint of the flavour that they should have been, but had more of a plastic flavour than anything else.
I suppose the Yorkshire pudding was alright, although it was small and tasteless it did at least taste a bit like it should. It was dryer than homemade Yorkshires and because of the extra cooking time my meal had needed I found it had gone a little hard around the edges.
The gravy is as vile as it looks. I found it to be extremely salty and very greasy, it seemed to coat the inside of my mouth with every forkful and I did not like that feeling at all. It has quite a meaty taste but the consistency of it really put me off.
In all I think you can tell I think this Roast Dinner from Birds Eye was awful. Taste aside, the meal was so small that I was still hungry after I'd eaten it and the whole meal was so salty that I found myself needing a glass of water immediately after eating it because my mouth felt dry and plastic-like.
The 340g meal contains 310 calories and 6.8g of fat (of which, 3.1g are saturates) and on paper that doesn't look too bad compared to a lot of ready meals available, but once you have this food on your plate you'll see why it has so few calories. Because there is so little food there!
Don't bother, buy yourself a nice pork chop and some fresh potatoes and vegetables for a nicer and possibly cheaper meal.
I definately prefer to cook a dinner from scatch however this is not always possible so I like to make sure my freezer has 2 or 3 ready meals in it for my husbad and son.
If I'm ill everything goes to pot so at least they can feed themselves something!
I bought this meal on buy one get one free and over the weekend I was suffering from the migraine from hell, my son had one.
Made by birds eye these are currently selling for £2.25 each.
Comes in a box with a picture of the meal on the front and the words Roast Beef Dinner in white lettering with the birds eye logo underneath.
Potatoes (30%), Gravy (28%), Cooked Beef (15%), Peas (13%), Baby Carrots (10%), Yorkshire Pudding (4%), potatoes - Potatoes, Vegetable Oil, Dextrose, Gravy - Water, Beef Stock (Yeast Extract, Beef Stock, Water, Red Wine Extract, Sugar, Mushroom Extract, Sea Salt, Caramelised Sugar, Black Pepper, Aniseed, Natural Flavourings), Cooked Beef (Beef, Water, Salt, Sugar, Tapioca Starch), Cornflour, Salt, Cooked Beef - Beef (98%), Water, Salt, Sugar, Tapioca Starch, Yorkshire Pudding - Wheat Flour, Water, Egg White, Vegetable Oil, Egg, Skimmed Milk Powder, Salt,
Nutritional Value per meal
fat - 6.8g
saturate fat - 3.1g
fibre - 5.1g
as salt - 1.8g
of which sugars - 4.4g
I was concerned about the salt levels which are 30% of an adult daily intake
This is made with silverside beef, garden peas, baby carrots and potatoes
This meal only gives one of your 5 a day veg - not great considering it is supposed to be a meal replacement.
It states its a hearty dish cooked using the finest ingredients.
The advise is to cook this straight from the freezer.
Remove the meal from the box and put two slits in the plastic covering using a knife or scissors.
Depending on your microwave either cook on full power for 7 1/2 minutes (850W/E) , 8 minutes (750W/D) or 8 1/2 minutes (650W/B). Leave to stand for 2 minutes before removing the wrapper and serving.
My son had difficulty unwrapping this but at least there would be no washing up as it comes on its own plastic tray.
Taste - Not great - he pointed out that the potatoes were quite soggy, the vegetables tasteless and the meat too chewy - though he quite liked the "mouthful" of yorkshire you get. There really wasn't a large enough portion for an adult. My son said he could have easily eaten two and he had to compensate with quite a few slicves of bread on top.
Better than nothing but really you need 3 of this for two people at least so would be quite pricey.
I think the roast beef dinner is the best of the three that I have tried i.e. beef, pork and lamb.The last two have been inconsistent in the texture of the meats. I find the roast beef very tasty. Two points I would like to make though. Could the carrots be cooked a bit more and could you place the yorkshire pudding on the same side as the roast dinners as the puddings get very soggy in the gravy?
I used to eat a lot of these ready meals in my bachelor days before I got hitched. I'm a typical man and my culinary skills just about stretch to heating up the old frying pan. (Although I make a mean mince and tatties) So ready meals like this Roast Beef Dinner from frozen food manufacturers Bird's Eye were a real bonus.
You just pop them in the microwave or oven, and in no time at all your scoff is ready.
Even though I'm now married for over 20 years I still use these ready meals on the odd occasion, mostly to save my missus (or myself) the bother of preparing a fresh meal if I've been out working a strange shift in my taxi, and can't get home for a regular meal time.
Being an unrepentant carnivore (I like my meat and two veg) Bird's Eye Roast Beef Dinner was always a favourite choice of mine, although it has to be said it in no way compares with the real thing like my wife provides.
It contains all the makings of a decent meal; four slices of silverside beef, gravy, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and a couple of veg. (Peas and carrots)
The best part of the meal is the meat, which although it is obviously of the processed variety and comes in fairly thin slices, can't be faulted on flavour. Likewise, the meaty tasting gravy is perfectly adequate.
The same couldn't be said for the roast potatoes and vegetables however. I tend to pop this ready meal into the microwave (7 minutes) and the peas come out somewhat shrivelled and dehydrated, while the carrots (for some strange reason) are the opposite, and come out soggy and way too moist.
The potatoes are tasty enough, if a bit on the dry side, but the gravy helps.
As for the Yorkshire pudding. Well, enough said. Hard as a rock on the top, and soft and soggy on the bottom, it's not something you would rave about.
Maybe I'll try cooking the meal in the oven one of these days to see if it comes out any better, but as it takes 35 minutes this sort of belies the description of it being a quick and easy meal.
These ready meals aren't expensive at around the Euro2.99 mark, and certainly I think they are good value for money. But you get what you pay for, so don't be expecting a gourmet experience.
Handy if you want something to eat in a hurry and can't be bothered preparing and cooking something fresh.
© KenJ February 2008
Why I Bought This Product
I'm not generally a fan of ready meals, but I was home alone one night so picked this up at the shop as it seemed like an easy option for dinner.
What Is It
Birds Eye Roast Beef Dinner is a frozen ready meal. The packaging says that it has silverside of beef, delicious meaty gravy, yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and vegetables.
I bought it in a special price marked pack for £1.99. It generally retails around £2.29 and is widely available in the freezer section of supermarkets and convenience shops.
Simply take the meal out of the box and cook for 35 minutes in the oven at 170 degrees. Alternatively, cook in the microwave for 7 minutes. I chose to cook it in the oven.
The meal comes in a black plastic tray split into two sections. One section contained 4 smallish roast potaoes, the other contained the beef, yorkshire pudding, gravy, peas and carrots.
There were four smallish roast potatoes. They were a bit pale and floppy on the outside but were nice and fluffy inside. They tasted a bit dry to me, but were not too greasy which was good.
The yorkshire pudding was disappointing. It cooked in the gravy so was very soggy on the bottom and hard at the top.
The beef was really nice. There were four generous slices of thinly sliced beef. It was nice and moist and had a good meaty flavour.
The gravy was a bit bland, but there was a generous portion of it.
I'm fussy about my vegetables and I normally refuse to eat frozen at all. There was a huge portion of peas, some of them looked a bit dehydrated and dried out, but they tasted ok, if a bit sweet. There were four baby carrots which managed to be both waterlogged and undercooked at the same time.
Nutrition per cooked meal
The meal contains one of your daily portions of fruit and vegetables.
It's certainly not as good as homemade, but it's ok and reasonable value for money. I think it's one of the better ready meals out there. The 340g portion size was generous, and despite it being my first meal of the day at 6pm, I struggled to finish it. I'm not going to rush out and stock up on these, but may well pick one of these up again if I ever need a quick meal idea. It's certainly cheaper and healthier than a takeaway.