Product Type: Ginsters Ready Meals
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Ginsters chicken & bacon pasty - More like potato pasty!
Ginsters Special Edition Chicken and Bacon Pasty
Member Name: geodougal
Ginsters Special Edition Chicken and Bacon Pasty
Disadvantages: quantity of bacon and chicken!
I find pasty's a real proper comfort food for those winter evenings when you need something piping hot and utterly tasty, that's usually when I turn to ginsters. MOST of their products are gorgeous and represent proper Cornish pasty's that we can't really get where I'm from. So when I was shuffling down the pie isle at my local Tesco supermarket I eye spied these ginsters chicken and bacon Cornish pasty's on offer and thought they would be a nice hearty dinner for one night in the week; that night was indeed tonight. I had never tried this flavour before, I usually go for the traditional pasty concoction of beef and potato, however I'm always open to a bit of a change!
~ About Ginsters ~
Ginsters make an extensive range of convenient, fresh foods. All of ginsters products are properly filled, using quality British ingredients and bursting with Cornish flavour. Ginsters ingredients are always fresh, sourced from local farmers and suppliers wherever possible. Ginsters make a variety of products including pasty's, hot pies, slices, sandwiches, wraps and savouries such as sausage rolls and pork pies.
~ Product and availability ~
As far as I know, ginsters chicken and bacon pastys are available all of time, even though dooyoo says their a special edition. They are available from most large supermarkets and many smaller shops sell the other more popular varieties. They are priced at around £1.69 for one pasty; other varieties are available in packs of four and two however I haven't seen this particular variety in either. I think £1.69 is a bit steep for a pasty although they are a decent size, I don't tend to buy these when they are full price as they can often be found on some sort of offer which makes them a bit more respectable price wise.
~ Packaging ~
Ginsters chicken and bacon pasty's come in a black, thick, good quality wrapper. On the front you will find a picture of the golden pasty broken in half to reveal a gorgeous looking deep-filled pie with plenty of meat. The ginsters logo in clear and printed on a red oval to make it stand out. Underneath this you will find the name of the product printed in a brown font. There is also a product description on the front; fresh British roast chicken and bacon with fresh potato and spring onions packed in light puff pastry. On the back of the packet you will find a full nutritional table, ingredients list, allergy information, heating instructions, freezing instructions and contact details. Inside the packaging the pasty is kept in a sleeve of cardboard to protect it from getting squashed.
~ Cooking ~
To cook you can simply place in the oven for 15 minutes at 180 degrees or microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds from chilled, from frozen you pop it in the oven for 25 minutes. Of course you can eat this cold as well if you prefer.
~ Apperance, smell, taste & Texture ~
Well, opening the packet I was greeted with the familiar sight of a very decent sized golden, flaky - looking, half-moon shaped pasty, which made me think this was going to be just as good as my traditional ginsters pasty...boy was I wrong! Whilst cooking I didn't get a waft of cooking meat pie, in fact I couldn't smell anything, but I thought to myself, not to worry its probably because chicken and bacon don't smell as strong as beef. Taking it out of the oven it looked as it should, nice and puffed up, slightly shiny and piping hot. Cutting it open was a different story. It cut nicely and the pastry flaked away but looking at the pasty, it was less than half full! Where was the lovely packed meaty filling of chicken and bacon? All I could see was chunks of potato and slices of onion. Now, if I had bought a potato and onion pie this would have been great, however I hadn't. Taking a closer look I could see a sparse number of chicken chunks which were nice and white and tender but there wasn't enough of them to get a proper taste! Then I played hunt down the bacon and I found TWO PIECES, (yes I did count them for review purposes only!). TWO PIECES!!! They weren't even nice pieces, they were extremely chewy and stringy. The potato was lovely and chunky and extremely plentiful, however it just overtook the whole objective of the pasty which was supposed to be chicken and bacon! I could see little pieces of seasoning but that was pretty mediocre really. Thankfully the pastry was bloomin' lovely and was the best bit of the pasty, if it wasn't for that I doubt I would have actually finished it. The pastry was lovely and flaky and crumbly on top which melts in the mouth and nice and tender and soft on the bottom, just how I like it. If you prefer a crispier bottom I would suggest cooking for a little longer.
~ Other information ~
Each pasty provides you with 458 calories, 2.5g of sugars, 29.0g of fat, 13.0g of saturates and 1.84g of salt. The calories are no surprise as most of ginsters products are naturally high in calories, afterall it is a pasty! But, the shocking amount of fat, sugar and salt is a bit scary. I would understand if it was packed full of luscious pieces of bacon but it's not, so where does all the salt come from?
Ginsters chicken and bacon pasty's contain milk, wheat, gluten and egg.
Each pasty weighs 180g.
The first few ingredients are as follows; potato (NEVER?!), wheat flour, vegetable oil, British roast chicken (12 %) WHAT?!, milk, spring onion, British sweet cure smoked flavoured bacon (2.5 %) sounds about right..., corn flour, egg salt and butter along with a huge long list of other things.
~ Over all opinion ~
I'm really disappointed with this product, it's from a brand that I would usually trust 100 % but this has made me think twice before perhaps purchasing a ginsters product I am not experienced with. I guess the good sides to it are that it's very convenient for a quick snack/lunch as it can be eaten cold or heated quickly in the microwave and the pastry is of a very good standard. But there are many things that need improving before I will be buying it again, it needs more bacon, more chicken and generally more filling full stop! Minus all the potato. They are also pretty bad for you so wouldn't recommend eating these on a regular basis, not that you would want to anyway unless you want a half empty pasty. I wouldn't recommend ginsters chicken and bacon pasty, its not worth the price or the amount of fat, calories and salt. Although I would strongly recommend giving the traditional pasty a go if you're looking for a convenient snack or warming dinner as I have had renowned success with the original beef.
I give ginsters chicken and bacon pasty 1/5 stars, the one star being awarded for the good quality pastry.
Summary: I will be sticking to my traditional pasty from now on!
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