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      22.03.2012 14:26

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      I bought this because I seen it was half price on offer, I thought it would be messy to eat but it actually wasn't. I have read through the other reviews and I have to disagree with the people who say it's dry, it's delicious the perfect snack, the spicy meatballs combined with the sauce make for a really tasty snack. Definitely the nicest out of all the rustlers menu.

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      20.07.2011 14:43
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      Wont be buying again

      Being a massive fan of both Subway and Rustlers (and also being extremely hungry) I decided to buy this seemingly delicious snack.

      At first i was impressed by the idea of microving the product in the cardboard sleeve that it comes with, apparantly giving the Meatball Sub a more authentic taste (how?). The subs take slightly longer to microwave than the burgers, but only by about 20 seconds or so depending on you microwaves power. Like all rustlers products your dinner comes with a sachet of sauce, this particular sub comes with a tangy salsa.

      Once cooked in the microwave, i left the door open to let the plate and product to cool down, also releasing the subs aroma, which i must admit wasnt particulary appetising. Not to be put off i added my sachet of salsa, which is a little more difficult to perfect compared to the burgers (partly because the meatballs are quite large) and began to feast.

      Well many words describe the taste of this. A select few are Dry, chewy and boring. It wasnt very nice at all in fact.
      Some people may like the taste of it but it just lacked any flavour other then the occasional bite from the spices and the salsa. I found it quite hard to swallow and quite a messy process to eat too.

      So i dont think i will be buying this again, overall it was disapointing, and only really worth considering if your starving and its half price.

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      14.06.2011 00:48
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      Microwaveable sub sandwich

      I consume far too much microwaveable food for my own good and continuing my poor diet at lunchtime recently purchased a Rustlers Hot Sub with Tangy Meatballs. These are normally between £1.50 and £2.00 I think but this was price marked at a pound which I thought was a bargain. It comes in a plastic tray with a peel to open plastic seal to keep it fresh. Once you peel back the cover you find a bread roll with four or five meatballs inside a cardboard tube which is designed to hold the product while heating and in addition to that a sachet of tomato and herb sauce.

      The heating time is dependent on the rating of your microwave but at worst case you have to heat this for a minute and thirty seconds and turn it over roughly half way through. Whilst eating I noticed that the bread roll is reasonably soft and actually quite chewy which seems to be the case with a few microwaveable items like this I have tried. The meatballs are tangy and seem fairly spicy but not overpowering and I enjoy them. I am not a lover of overly hot food as regards spiciness and so I imagine most people would find the taste of the meat and the sauce acceptable. Obviously if you wish you don't have to add the sauce provided at all, you could use your own favourite or leave it without any at all although in my opinion it would be quite dry without any kind of dressing or condiment.

      According to the packaging the brand uses only the finest quality meat to manufacture this product which in all honesty was a bit of a surprise to me as although the sub tastes perfectly fine I thought they used whatever kind of meat they could lay their hands on to manufacture items such as these.

      This product is not suitable for anybody who suffers with the kind of allergies associated with diets and food and as far as nutritional content goes this is a readymade microwaveable item and so it is not the healthiest. The packaging states that this is 155g all in and that 100g contains 264 calories and 10.5g of fat so it is probably best consumed in moderation every now and again if at all.

      The price of a pound is very good and affordable but I can't help thinking that too much of items like this will be a negative for your health and potentially your waistline. These kinds of foods are best enjoyed in moderation like also a lot of fast food is and if you are to eat the occasional sub sandwich it is probably better to spend a bit more money and buy a tastier sub made with fresher ingredients in front of your own eyes in a place like Subway.

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        09.04.2010 18:59
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        No-nonsense quick snack

        I hate to say it but I really love quick, convenience junk food. OK that is not strictly true. What I should say is I really love quick, convenience junk food when I am too busy to be able to cook, but I am starving to the point where I will eat a farmer's ar*e through a hedge, or as five million other Brits might say, starving to the point where they could "eat a scabby-heidit wean"

        Your Rustlers Hot Subs Tangy Meatballs sub comes in a special plastic wrapper, and the roll is further contained in a special microwave sleeve. It must be cooked in the microwave oven. You remove the plastic packaging, but keep the roll in the sleeve which is like a piece of corrugated card, rolled into a tube, with the roll sitting inside this tube. Inside is lined with a metallic-foil looking substance, though I doubt it is metal - microwaves don't get on with metal.

        Leave the roll in the tube and pop it in the 'mike' for approximately 60 seconds. Take it out and turn it over and pop it back for about another 60 seconds (this will depend on your mike's power). Leave to stand for another 30 seconds.

        Now test it to see if the meat is cooked through. Mine wasn't hot enough. I stuck it in for another 20 seconds (in the sleeve), then procedeed to roast the skin off my mouth.

        Right now the important bit! What is it like. Well, it is easy to like something when you are starving, and I like these. You get something about the size and shape of a hot-dog roll, nothing that I would call sub size.

        There are four meatballs, which I am assuming is pork and maybe a little beef, and who knows what else - I was hungry and didn't bother reading the pack for the ingredients. I didn't mention you get a sachet of tangy herb and tomato sauce.

        I haven't tasted the meatballs without the sauce, but with the sauce on they don't taste bad. The sauce is a little too tangy for my taste, but not awful - I would have preferred something a little sweeter, perhaps a little more oniony.

        They 'only' cost a GBP£1.00, which is not bad for this sort of snack, considering the overall cost of food these days and the convenience this gives. This is a trial price - I probably wouldn't have bought this otherwise. I think thier burger range is in the order of about GBP£2.00. If I am eating at home, I would rather spend that £2.00 on something that is just as easy to make such as a loaf and six eggs - this will give you a good couple of servings of eggy fried bread and staves away the hunger just as easily.

        If I am totally honest, this didn't touch the sides as it went down. I can though, be a fussy eater, so even though I was starving, if this was awful, I would have known and reported such.

        While these are a quid, I will be keeping a few in the fridge. They have a reasonably long keep date.

        If Mr Rustler is reading this, I won't be buying these when the trial price is over.

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        28.03.2010 21:43
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        Rustlers Hot Subs - Tangy Meatball.......


        Usually I tend to steer well clear of all these Rustlers burgers and things but seeing this "Tangy meatball" one for the first time today, and not feeling in the mood to cook a Sunday roast, I couldn't resist.

        I do love the meatball subs that are sold in subway and assumed that these would taste similar to those. For a cheap price of £1 this Rustlers version is around 50% cheaper than actually going to Subway and buying one. There is no mention of Subway itself on the packaging of this item but the way that the design has been coloured in green (subway colour) makes you feel that perhaps Subway and Rustlers have gotten together to create this item.

        So I have just eaten this155 gram sub which looks around the same size as a Subways 6 inch baguette. It was so simple to cook as it took a couple of minutes in the microwave. The packaging of the Tangy Meatball Sub is good as it contains a microwave sheet that the sub is wrapped in therefore giving a good overall cooking result. You need to put the sub on for 60 seconds and then turn it over and give it another 60 seconds (this for a low 700 watt micro).

        The sachet of sauce that comes with the sandwich is separate and needs to be added once the meatballs and bread have been pinged in the micro. But having seen Himself do this I decided to put my sauce on the sub halfway through cooking to ensure that the sauce was warm and I do think this made for a better sandwich.

        The overall taste of the Tangy Meatball Sub was not that great. It cannot really be compared with the proper meatballs from Subway. The sauce was too tangy for my liking and had a very gloopy and preservative taste to it. The bread, having been microwaved was warm and chewy and not easy to eat. The meatballs themselves although spiced nicely were a little dry and false tasting for my liking.

        There are four meatballs in the sandwich and this is about an average for a baguette of this size and because they don't really taste too good I didn't mind the mediocre amount. I don't think I will be buying these Rustlers Tangy Meatball Subs again or indeed any other product from the Rustlers range. Eating this has really confirmed what I always thought about these sort of things - that they are not at all nice!

        They are also not too good for you as per 100grams there is 264 calories and 4 grams of saturated fat and seeing as you get one and a half times this, that is considerably high for the amount you are in fact eating.

        My advice would be to steer well clear especially since it has not even been an hour since eating it and I am already feeling peckish! It is high in calories and fat and although cheap in price is not even worth the £1 I paid for it. It is edible but not enjoyable.

        A poor score of 1 star out of 5. Not nice!

        Many thanks for taking the time to read.

        I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.

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          21.12.2009 12:43
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          Worth a pound! :)

          Sometimes I come home for lunch from college and like something hot to eat, I think it's a throwback from being back at school and having hot meals at dinnertime, lol!

          These Rustler's Hot Subs are on offer at only £1 at Morrisons at the moment so I thought I would try one as they are so easy to warm up in the microwave...

          Sold in a solid plastic packet with a plastic sealed lid there is a life size picture of the sandwich on the front which looks really appetising and yummy!

          The sandwich is packed in a microwave sleeve for a freshly baked taste and is called 'tangy meatballs with tomato and herb sauce' - the sauce comes separate in a little plastic sachet.

          The sub keeps in the fridge until it is needed and is made up of 55% sub roll and 34% meatballs and 11% sauce so it is very moist and tasty, yum!

          It weighs 155g and the meatballs are made of beef and pork and contains preservative too.

          For people with allergies there is gluten, egg, mustard, and it may contain traces of sesame seed, soya and milk.

          The sandwich is quite big and very filling and meaty and full of flavour, the bread was soft like sub rolls are.

          You simply microwave it for about 2 minutes turning it half way through and them leave it for another 30 seconds and be careful as I nearly burnt my mouth on a very hot meatball :(

          The cold sauce cools the meatballs down a bit which are very firm and chewy, but the sauce itself is very tangy and has quite a spicy kick.

          I thought this was very good value for the money as it is enough for lunch on its own and there are 264 calories per 100g but the fat is high at 10.5g so not for people on a diet...

          This is pretty good food I think and I would eat one again if it was on offer as it is cheaper than a spicy sandwich at college in the canteen. Four stars from me for Rustlers :)

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          30.10.2009 08:40
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          There are much better quick snack alternatives out there - avoid this at all costs

          Further to my experience with the BBQ rib sub, which was actually quite enjoyable, I thought I would try another one of the huge Rustlers finger food microwave range. Being a great fan of meatballs, and particularly the subway variety I thought the meatball sub would be the ideal one to try. Being a cheap and cheerful version, I knew there was no way this would be as good as the subway version but I didn't think the Rustlers version would turn out the way it did.

          ****Cooking****

          Like the whole Rustlers range cooking times vary depending upon the power of your microwave. It can take as little as 70 seconds for a 1000W model and 90 seconds for a 750W model. Regardless of what you have it isn't a long time to wait. I would always cook any Rustlers product for 90 seconds minimum, even with my 1000W microwave, as I want to ensure that the product is piping hot all the way through. One thing I can say is that this product comes out of the microwave steaming hot after 90 seconds and there are no concerns about it being cold in the middle. Like the other subs in the Rustlers range, this one comes with a silver sleeve, which is a heat conductor, to aid the cooking process. This sleeve, according to Rustlers, is meant to make the roll taste "freshly baked". Unfortunately, it fails in this task, but at least it ensures the sub is cooked properly.

          ****Texture****

          I find the sleeve makes the roll sweat and consequently, it comes out of the microwave soggy and wet. It does dry out a bit if you leave it to stand after the cooking process but it won't dry out fully prior to eating, unless you let the sub go cold which is not a nice thought.

          ****Smell****

          During the cooking process the meatballs give off a very pungent smell, which is very overpowering. This is not a nice smell. Think of a smelly fart, you know the ones that not only affect your nose but also the back of your throat, and that is what these meatballs are like. I apologise for being crude, but I really can't think of anything else to liken it to. I should point out that the smell doesn't confine itself to the microwave either and it soon fills up the room once the microwave is started. And, if you think the smell is bad whilst cooking just wait until you open the door of the microwave. It is here that the smell just hits you, like a force 10 gale, and it is not nice. The smell almost put me off eating the sub, I say almost because there was no way I was going to get this far and not at least have a mouthful.

          ****Taste****

          Rustlers claim this sub contains "hot, tasty and tangy meatballs in a tomato and herb sauce". The tangy and tasty part is way off the mark and the hot comment is only applicable because the sub comes out of the microwave steaming after the allotted cooking time. These meatballs have a strange taste and it is not pleasant, once again I can only liken it to a fart. Luckily, the tomato and herb sauce is quite pleasant so it takes the edge off the meatballs and makes them almost, but not quite, bearable. If the sauce sachet wasn't so small and Rustlers decided to give a proper sized portion then I think it would get rid of the fart like smell/taste and be quite nice as the meatballs would provide a texture and be there as a bulking agent, and the sauce would provide the taste.

          ****Nutritional information****

          100g of this product (the whole sub is 155g so remember to apportion accordingly) provides 264Kcal, 14.4g of protein, 26.5g of carbohydrate (this is a big no no for those following the Atkins or any other low carb diet), 10.5g of fat (although high it is not the highest of the Rustlers range, which surprised me somewhat), 2.7g of fibre and 0.44g of sodium (approximates to 1g of salt).

          The above would make any dietician wince, and I must say that I was quite shocked when I saw just how bad this sub is. I obviously knew it wasn't going to be nutritious but I didn't think it would be so bad.

          I did have a quick glance at the ingredients but there were so many unnatural things (such as flavour enhancers, stabilisers and extracts) and so many ingredients I have never heard of (like 'sodiums', 'phosphates' and 'omates') that I soon stopped looking.

          ****Price and availability****

          The price of the Rustlers range can vary greatly from retail outlet to retail outlet. Many of the larger supermarkets often have deals where the Rustlers range can be as little as £0.99 so I would suggest these shops are looked in first if you are after a Rustlers. I have seen the Rustlers range as much as £2.39 per product in a garage service station, although there was a microwave that you could use if you bought the product there, so I would use these as a last resort.

          ****Conclusion****

          The Rustlers range is junk food that, in my opinion, should be enjoyed once in a blue moon. These products are very bad for you although there are times when bad things actually do you good, and it is on these rare occasions I would recommend a Rustlers. Whilst I would recommend Rustlers, I would not recommend the meatball sub. It smells awful, looks awful and the meatballs taste awful. The sauce is the saving grace but there isn't enough of it so it is a case of spread it thinly throughout the whole sub (and not get rid of the taste of the meatballs) or have some of the sub caked in the sauce (hence getting rid of the meatball taste and creating a tasty mouthful) and leave the rest of the sub dry and tasting of the meatball. It is a bit of a quandary.

          Basically, if you are going to consume something with so much fat, so many carbs, so high in calories and so high in salt then I would suggest going for something a bit tastier than this and opt for another product in the Rustlers range.

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            21.10.2009 20:43
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            I picked a couple of these up from my local shop the other day . I try not to eat too much junky food, but I'm going away in a couple of days so I'm trying to let my fridge run down so nothing spoils. At the trial price of £1 each, these looked just right for a filling lunch.

            The sub comes packed in a see through plastic container with a printed lid, which tells us this is Rustlers Hot Subs Tangy Meatballs With Tomato & Herb Sauce, and has a colourful photo of the sandwich on the pack .
            The bottom of the pack has a label with cooking instructions ( in my microwave, this was simple, heat inside it's cardboard sleeve for 55 seconds, turn over, and heat for anoteher 55 seconds, before leaving to stand for a minute, and then eating .

            Now, there was also a little packet of sauce in the pack, which didn;t say whether it should be added to the sub before or after heating . My boyfriend decided to add his to the sub before heating, whilst I sensibly opted to add mine afterwards . The sauce on my boyfriends sub heated up to (his words) 'Roughly the core temperature of the sun' and burnt his mouth.

            Luckily, I managed to eat my sub without injuring myself - and it was quite decent . The sub roll was soft and white , with a few green flecks of herbs. I did find that it went a little chewy after heating, and I couldn't really pick up which herbs were included in the bread. The meatballs (a combination of beef and pork) had a nice, slightly course texture and a good meaty flavour with just a hint of pepper . I think on their own they might have been dry, but the sachet of sauce helped prevent this, and added a sweet herby tomato element to the sub .

            I really did quite enjoy it , although I do feel it was lacking something - I think perhaps a little heat in the sauce might have perked it up just that little bit for me, I do like an element of spicyness in my food .

            Per 100g, there are 264 calories and 10.5 g of fat . Bear in mind that each sub is 155g though . I really wish they would put the nutritional value of the whole sub on the packet, it would really make it much easier for dieters, but it doesn't take a genius to realise that a microwave sandwich is probably not going to be the most nutritious meal ever .

            At the current trial price of £1, I think these are pretty decent value, and may well buy them again if I'm in a pinch for something to eat . Rustlers products at full price are generally between £1.60 - £2 , and I feel that once they hit full price, I probably won't buy them too often, unless I'm really short of food and time - I just find the price at that level a little high for what it is .

            Still, it's a tasty sandwich, and I'm giving it 4 stars!

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              14.10.2009 01:12
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              Won't buy this again!

              When it comes to snacking I'm the worlds worst for it to be honest. I usually am so busy that I like food I can simply bung in a microwave and eat. I simply can't be bothered in cooking for just little old me!

              The other day I come out of the gym starving! It was late at night and I needed to eat, shower and go to bed so I wanted nothing too complicated to cook myself and nothing too heavy on my tummy and that's when I saw this in my local Nisa store.

              The Packaging:

              The sub comes in a see through plastic oblong container and the lid peels off with ease. On that I'm told it's Rustlers Hot Subs Tangy Meatballs With Tomato & Herb Sauce and there is a photograph of the sub on there and the weight is stated which is 155g and I'm told it's to be heated in the microwave only. On the bottom of the container other information includes heating instructions (Leave in it's sleeve and heat for about 110 seconds), nutritional information is listed as along with ingredients and allergy advice, I'm told how to store it (it is not recommended you freeze this) and contact details are given for Rustlers.

              Inside the carton the sub is in a securely wrapped cardboard sleeve and there is a see through plastic pouch of sauce in there too. Not a bad looking carton and it's distinct in letting you know what it is.

              The Sub:

              Well I found this incredibly easy to heat up and it did take me 110 seconds to heat it up and all I had to do was turn it halfway through cooking. When I unwrapped it I was left with a piping hot and well......boring looking sub!

              The roll is white with some herbs sprinkled throughout it. It's cut to the side and in there you have four, round and dark brown slightly crusty looking meatballs and then the sauce you dollop on and over the meatballs if you want to.

              I found the bread to be tasty enough however the meatballs were dry, rubbery and two feel out of the roll as I was trying to eat it. They were rather bland, unseasoned and didn't really even taste of beef all that much. The sauce was tomato and herb as promised and a rich red colour and there wasn't very much of it at all. It basically tasted like a thin tomato sauce but that was it's only saving grace, without this it would have been lacking even more in flavour.

              The whole thing was a big disappointment really. Yes it filled a gap, yes it was easy to heat u but difficult to handle and boring tasting this was. It's good enough quality as in I didn't think it was greasy or anything like that but it lacked flavour in my opinion and the meatballs were like eating rubber. not for me this I'm afraid!

              Allergy Advice:

              Contains: Gluten, egg, mustard and may contain traces of sesame seeds, soya and milk.

              Nutritional Information Per 100g (the whole thing is 155g):

              Energy: 264 Kcal
              Protein: 14.4g
              Carbohydrate: 26.5g
              of which sugars: 3.8g
              fat: 10.5g
              of which saturates: 4.0g
              Fibre: 2.7g
              Sodium: 0.44g

              I purchased my sub in my local Nisa store and there were a few varieties available. These seem to be on offer everywhere I see them at the moment and I paid a pound for mine but I think their usual price will be around the £1.80 mark but save your pennies!

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