Product Type: Morrisons Ready Meals
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A deeply unpleasant experience.
Morrisons Minced Beef & Onion Pie
Member Name: Boffyboffy
Morrisons Minced Beef & Onion Pie
Date: 26/07/10, updated on 26/07/10 (111 review reads)
Advantages: Boosts sales of Milk of Magnesia
Disadvantages: The ghastly memory is still with me
My workmates and I sometimes go to Morrisons to buy lunchtime food (like bakery products, stuff from the salad bar etc) and share it out back at work, buffet style.
Our most recent trips have included Morrisons 'in-store bakery' mince and onion pies.
PLEASE NOTE. Morrisons do a wide range of pastries with meat fillings. This review relates ONLY to the 'in-store bakery' mince and onion pies that are commonly found behind the service counter, and sometimes found as 'special deals' of a multi-buy pack, store-wrapped in a brown paper lunch bag.
EASY ON THE EYE
At first sight, these pies look fantastic. In my opinion, Morrisons do fine bread, pastries and confectionery, so the pastry did not disappoint. It is fine, golden short-crust pastry and tastes as good as it looks.
LOOKS CAN DECEIVE
Taking the pastry out of its tin foil shell, there is a decided slump of the base pastry. Aha! - the large pastry shell deceives the eye, for it is not as full of meat filling as it at first appears. The filling is minimal -either that, or the pies have a bad case of 'wind'.
Bite through the golden pastry -its all that it promises. No more, no less.
Taste the (meagre) filling. Sadly bland, but nothing offensive in the taste.
Chew a little more. Ouch, whats that walnut-sized hard thing? Rummage around in the mouth with finger and retrieve a lump of what seems to be bone. Give a second chew, and a third, and a fourth. What is that that resists the power of my mighty molars. Fingers in mouth for second time in 8 seconds and retrieve...what is this? Seems to be translucent bicycle innertube? I decide that its some kind of animal sinew and I start to feel a bit queasy. I look around the table and my work colleagues are starting to cough, bending forwards, probing their mouths with their fingers and starting to look green.
I take a second bite at my pie and discover another 'alien' item. I don't know what it is, but its not lean minced beef or onion. Could it be a lump of fat? Who knows?
We all decided to bin all of the remaining pies and pie remnants vowing never to purchase such pies again.
I do not deny that everything in the pie is 'beef' as defined, but exactly which part of the animal it comes from is open to wild guesses.
This is a bit irrelevant really, unless you can actually finish one - and I dare you)
Sinew, gristle, bone etc (strangely unspecified!)
Winning suggestion from my colleagues was for the pie to be re-branded as 'Morrisons prize (and customer loyalty) losing, Sinew and Gristle Pie'. We recommend that these could be marketed as an item to serve if you want to get rid of unwelcome guests at mealtimes. Alternatively, they could be marketed on the 'pet-food' shelves.
Its a shame really. Most Morrisons baked products are really good - but I have had such BAD experiences with their 'meat' filled bakery products.
Summary: Built down to a price, not up to an (edible) standard
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