“ Brand: McCain / Type: Other Ready Meals „
Continuing on the Microwave food this is a alright Pizza, but obviously it doesn't match up to a takeaway or oven cooked one. You get the McCain Pizzas in a few different kinds. There seems to be the Pepperoni one and this Cheese and Tomato, but there was a nice limited edition Spicy Chicken one which was really nice. This is in the frozen section and last time I bought it, which I think was last month it cost me £1.29. Quite expensive for a little slab of Pizza, but Microwave snacks sometimes aren't that cheap. You just cook this in the box for about 3 minutes. You can just remove the sides of the box as well and eat it this way. This is a rectangular shape and wide enough, quite long in a way but not that thick. The Topping is as it says - Cheese and Tomato. There isn't a huge amount of Cheese on this, and sometimes there seems to be a Cheesy blob in the 1 part, and then not too much in other parts. It's alright through. The Tomato in this seems a bit light, and although you can see the light orange colouring on this, it doesn't have that much of a tangy taste to it. It is tasty enough, and the base crisps up nice, but you can't beat a "proper" Pizza.
Pizza's are always good (maybe not healthy) but definitely a good thing. When the chance of having a good thing made better I kind of jumped at the chance. Pizza, that you can microwave. Waiting all but 20 minutes for ones to cook in the oven is so last year. Mccain micro pizzas can be micro waved in roughly 3 minutes. Great if you're in a hurry!! If you're not in hurry do not fall into the trap of microwaveable food. This pizza is small, being around 6" long by 3" wide. They used to come in a few varieties, but recently I have only noticed the cheese ones. Peel off the lid, easy due to pre-cut lines. Then pop it in the microwave, a special shiny microwave tray sits under the pizza to help it cook. Taste, well it is micro waved, but even so it tastes ok. I must admit I have gone off them. The base is quite fluffy but very very cardboard tasting, mmm yummy, and the toppings are not too bad but there not great either. But you can just tell when eating it that its not your normal or even below average pizza. You can buy these from pretty much anywhere fro local spa's to superstores, and they cost 0.99p. The boxes are usually pre priced too. The actual packaging is black and green with the product on the top showing you how tasty this could be. I would prefer to wait 20 minutes for conventional oven cooked pizzas than buy one of these. For the price yes its actually great value, but for the price in comparison to what you get it's not the best. Pay more and get a real pizza, you will be glad you did. For convenience or for a quick snack this pizza can deliver, but if you can rustle up a few more minutes buy a normal pizza!
Micro Pizza as its known is one of the quickest meals you can make. It only takes 4 minutes to make this and put in the microwave and get it cooked. On the packaging it states the pizza can be ready in three minutes but that is not always the case with this. I have started buying these as at times nothing is made when coming late and I have to end up eating this micro pizza. When putting these pizzas in normally for it to be cooked well it takes around 4 and a half minutes. The pizza does taste well when actually done and has a decent taste to it. Its actually hard to believe the pizza has been made in the microwave at times because the taste of it is very good. However there are problems when you leave the pizza after being made for over 5 minutes expect a different taste. After leaving the pizza there is no chance the taste will be the same.The problem is the pizza turns very hard from the bottom and end to break the pizza with a fork becomes a problem. It is always best to eat the pizza when you have just made it fresh. I would recommend keeping this as its quite nice to eat when done. It does not make me full to be honest but I do enjoy the taste of it. The price of these pizzas has gone up recently in Asda you can get two for 1.70 but that is the best price I have seen for them yet so far.
I had seen this product in the shops quite a few times. I dont know what made me buy it the first time, but it isnt usually the sort of product I would buy. I try to stay away from microwave food as I always envisage it to be dry and tough and burnt in places and not in others. This pizza is really not like this. Every time I pop into my local spa I pick one of these up. The pakcages have been price marked at 99p for some time now, so for a lunchtime or afternoon snack the price is ok. If I remember rightly they contain between 300 and 400 calories. The pack is a cardboard box (which gets extra brownie points with me as it is recyclable). You peel the lid off (nice and easy to do as it is pre cut) and underneath is a shiney microwaveable tray. It only takes a couple of minutes in the microwave and then a couple of minutes to cool down. Its smells delicious when cooking and if you watch through the door you can see it go from frozen to golden brown. The pizza itself tastes great. It has a light fluffy base with ahome made air to it. The ratio of topping is nice. I honestly cannot describe how surprised I was when I tasted how nice this pizza is. As a microwave product this is one of the best, it is never going to compare to a home made pizza, but for what it is, I give it top marks!
McCain's are an amazing brand who do some amazing food products. One of their fantastic items is the McCain's cheese and tomato pizza. These can be found in all supermarkets including Asda, Tesco, Ocado and so on. They can often be found also in smaller shops, newsagents, and petrol stations, but not very often. As they are frozen chips, they are obviously found in the freezer section of the supermarkets and this is where they should be stored once you take them home, even once they have been half opened. They come in one size only and this is a box containing two of the pizzas. Each pizza weighs 128g which is quite a low weight for a pizza I feel. The pack costs £1.68 and this then works out at 84p per pizza. I think this is about right considering it is a well known brand! At the moment there is no special offers on nor do you get money off at all however it is worth looking out for them as there often are. The box Is made out of cardboard. I find the box appeals more to adults than to kids but this is probably what they are aiming for! Mind due I'm sure they want to target as many people as possible. The main colours of the box are bright green, black and red. It isn't actually overly bright but it is quite attractive. The design gives the idea of speed and quickness which suggests they are quick and easy to make. On the back of the packet was all nutritional information and the stuff you expect to find like ingredients. However on the front was the brand name, a brief product description and then my favourite bit; a picture of a delicious looking, cheese and tomato pizza. Gorgeous. The box bag was easy enough to open and you simply had to rip the end of it. Once I had finished with what I wanted, I shut the box and popped back in to the freezer ready for the next time. The two frozen pizzas were each in their own little plastic bag. These were easy enough to open though. The pizzas weren't overly attractive looking but this is only cause they were frozen. The pizzas take around 3 or 4 minutes in the microwave and I tend to give mine around 4 as I find they are nicer and slightly crispier by this time. The pizza are really hot once cooked so be careful when serving them up and biting in to them at first. They are nice in size and perfect for little kids however for adults I think they are quite small. I always serve them up with something else such as chips and beans, or some bread and butter and salad as they are not a meal on their own. The crust is usually quite soft even with the extra time in the microwave. It has quite a doughy taste to it but this isn't actually unappealing and I quite enjoy it. There is usually a lot of cheese on the pizza and it can be quite stringy. Its not a strong cheese taste but there is definitely a subtle hint. The tomato is quite tangy but again cant really be tasted. Overall the taste isn't very strong but it is nice and is pleasant enough to munch through. Each pizza contains 392 calories and 16.5g of fat. For the size of the pizza this is atrocious as half of a typical pizza contains around 400 or 500 calories and is a much bigger portion.
I am fod on Pizza, but wouldn't class this as a normal Pizza I would tend to eat, but i'm sure we all have times where we are looking for a speedy snack. Something that is better than a cold sandwich or a packet of Crisps. Since this is a quick blast in the Microwave, then I tend to have a few in the freezer for when I need 1. You find these in the Freezer section of a shop and they tend to be nearby to the Chips, and also there is often a Microwave Snack section which has things like Burgers, Kebabs, Toasties and so on. Last I knew 1 individual 1 of these cost about £1, and there was twin packs, which were a bit cheaper at £1.80. So not the cheapest thing considering these aren't exactly filling on their own, but most speedy snacks are around the same. The packaging is alright. It is a cardboard box and it is mostly in black with the McCain Micro Pizza branding on it. There is a little picture of a Pizza and I think it looks very nice and tasty on the front. The colourings are yellows, greens and reds and it stands out well. You rip the lid up to cook the item, so it cooks in the packaging. Depending on your Microwave wattage this takes 2-3 minutes to cook. The Pizza is a rectangular slice and a good enough size for a little snack. Once cooked the Cheese is nice and melted, and the covering of Tomato is just right. The dough seems fluffy enough, and the base ends up quite firm and a little crisp. The Cheese isn't too Cheesy, and the Tomato is just tnagy enough as well. You get these Pizzas in Pepperoni and Spiccy Chicken as well, and I would normally choose one of those before the Cheese and Tomato one, as I find them more exciting, but this is a nice Cheesy snack which fills a little hole.
I love pizza but I don't tend to go for the shop bought variety and generally avoid them if they come from a fridge or freezer (tend to find the freshly made ones from Asda aren't too bad). However, had a bit of a rushed morning today and my husband was heading out to the shop so I asked him to pick us up something quick for lunch. He came back with a McCain Cheese and Tomato Micro Pizza... The packaging is reasonably attractive - black box with a predominantly red, green and yellow design and a picture of the pizza which looks fairly appetising. When you open the box the pizza is inside and wrapped in cellophane. It looked alright really - a good amount of cheese and quite a good size. To cook the pizza you simply remove the cellophane then put the pizza back in the box on top of a slightly silver looking piece of card. It then goes into the microwave for around 2 minutes (depending on your microwave wattage). Once the microwave finishes you should allow the pizza to stand for 1 minute so you can have your pizza from box to plate in less than 4 minutes! The verdict? It was alright really. Cheese was quite tasty, as was the tomato sauce. The base was ok too although it seemed harder and a bit over cooked in the centre whereas the outside was softer and more doughy (and more pleasant therefore!). I'm not sure that I'd definitely buy one again but I wouldn't avoid them either. A tasty enough snack/small meal if you're in a hurry and want something hot but quickly! The cost of the pizzas is around £1.68 for a box of two which I don't think is too bad although certainly not cheap!
I usually find that McCain products are good and very reliable. I'd swear by their chips and other potato products but their Micro Pizza really lets them down. At least it does in my opinion. I have only tried the cheese and tomatoe variety as I haven't yet plucked up the courage to test out the pepperoni one. The 'pizza' comes in a box. You simply life the lid and microwave for two minutes, or adjust the time for your microwave. The box is spcially made so that it crisps the base of the pizza. I bought mine from Tesco at 99p on special offer. |McCains market this tomatoe paste covered piece of cardboard as classic Italian style pizza with tangey tomatoes and melted mozzerella on a light pizza base. My description of exactly the same product would be: Certainly not Italian style corrugated pastry, with tomatoe paste and a thin coating of rubbery mozzerella cheese on a thin cardboard base. Hmmm! It doesn't sound quite as tasty put that way, does it? However, it must have some good points and someone out there must like it, or it wouldn't be on the market. (Are there really that many people out there without taste buds?) I have been told that children enjoy these. The ingredients of this product include : pizza base, fructose, soya, tomatoe sauce, cheese (32% mozzarella), reduced (14%) fat white cheese , chedar, milk, wheat and soyabeans (watch out for those allergens.) Each pack contains: 11.2 grms of fat, 3grms sugar and 0.8 grms salt. That puts me off these even more. 11.2 grms is a lot of fat for one snack that doesn't fill you up. Especially when you consider that a McDonald's burger served plain has just 7.5 grms of fat. In roll it has just 9grms. We all know that too many McDonald's meals can make us fat but McCain's Micro Pizzas will do it a lot quicker and I for one wouldn't even enjoy eating them. In my opinion there is too much fat in this product and it wasn't very tasty to eat. I didn't like it and wouldn't buy it again.
My teenage daughter often has some of her friends over for a 'sleep over. I'm sure all parents who are reading this will know what I'm talking about. Three or four young ones running absolute riot until the early hours of the morning, watching movies, playing computer games, yapping at incredibly high volume, playing music at an even more incredibly high volume, and emptying the fridge, freezer, and larder of anything that looks even vaguely edible. Finger food is the order of the day at a sleep over, and having been caught out a number of times in the past (they once scoffed three WHOLE packets of my favourite McVities Plain Chocolate Digestive and two six-packs of my Walker's Ready Salted Crisps) I was determined that we would be well prepared for the locust horde on this occasion. Pizza always seems to go down well with kids. (And me too, for that matter) But it seems to take forever to bake in the oven, especially with a bunch of impatient and ravenous youngsters. So when I spotted these McCain Micro Pizzas in the supermarket they seemed like an ideal solution. Just pop them in the microwave for a few minutes, and voila, you have an instant delicious wee snack sized pizza. WRONG!! You have an instant wee snack sized pizza all right, that much is true, but to use the word delicious in the same breath as McCain Micro Pizzas would be a grievous sin! For something to be delicious it must first of all be edible, and I'm not too sure that I wouldn't have a claim against McCain for a serious breach of the Trade Descriptions Act. The pizza that I bought (and I use the term pizza loosely) was the cheese and tomato variety. They have other flavours, like ham and mushroom, chicken, and pepperoni, but I thought I couldn't go too far wrong with good old cheese and tomato, and that all the kids would be sure to like it. So come sleep over night, and the kids are firmly ensconced in the study, watching some girly video or other, and giggling away good style to themselves. My better half is watching the Late, Late Show (chat show) on the telly in the sitting room, so I'm on kitchen duty. (Bah!!) It's time to feed the hungry mob before they descend on the kitchen and leave me with nothing to eat but some year old pasta! So into the microwave goes the McCain pizza. A couple of minutes are all it takes, and I have the plates ready. But what's this?? I take out the supposedly scrumptious concoction, and the first thing I notice is that it's hard. *VERY* hard! A little experiment with an ordinary knife bears no results, as it's making no impression on the hardened lava like surface of the pizza. Stronger measures are obviously called for, so I resort to a steak knife with a sharply serrated edge, which would have no problem cutting an elephant's throat. OK. I've (just about) managed to cut a bit off the pizza, after breaking so much sweat that I feel badly in need of a refreshing shower. I decide I better try it out. It has to taste better than it looks, doesn't it? Hmmm. There doesn't appear to be too much cheese here, and the tomato stuff on the top looks as though someone has simply poured on a dab of ketchup and spread it around a little. Arghhh!! It tastes as revolting as it looks! Discretion stops me from writing what I actually thought of it, as this is a family website, and I don't want to get thrown off for using foul language. But rest assured it's not an experience that I will be repeating in the near future. (Or even the distant future!) This revolting excuse for a pizza costs Euro1.35 for a 135g portion in my local supermarket, so it's fairly cheap. Mind you, it would want to be, because no matter what the price, I couldn't imagine in my widest dreams that they would have any loyal customers, who'd be daft enough to try them out twice. I did actually let the girls try them out, on the very faint premise that maybe it was just me that didn't like them, and they would think they were scrumptious. I said nothing, produced the goods, and disappeared quickly back to the kitchen. It didn't take too long! "Dad. We don't like these pizzas, they're too hard, and they taste horrible. Have you got any chocolate biscuits in the press?" Arghh!!! There go my favourite McVities again. You can't win, can you? Most definitely not recommended. In fact, I'd give them 'minus' points in the dooyoo ratings if it was possible, but as it is I'll have to be content in giving them one star, the lowest rating possible. Only buy this muck if you're a total masochist! ********** Copyright KenJ **********