“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Other Ready Meals „
Yes, I know I should really be making my own Yorkshire puds, but I'm a student, and therefore lazy. I also spend most of my money on alcohol, so have little left for luxuries such as food. But I've had Sunday Roast dinners every Sunday for the last 20 years, I'm not changing that just because I'm a student! I used to get the Aunt Bessie's ones, they were the default choice when my mum couldn't be bothered with making her own. But it's got to the stage where I really can't afford to have brand named stuff any more and therefore all my food is from the Sainsbury's basics range. Including the Yorkshire pudding, something that I cannot have a Sunday roast without. I was a bit wary going for the cheapest Yorkies they had, but I needn't have been. Yes, they are smaller than what you get from Aunt Bessie, but only by a few mm. They taste exactly the same; I have a feeling they probably are the Aunt Bessie ones that were deemed to be the wrong size to be sold as AB's. But they're so much cheaper, I'm going to have to say goodbye to Aunt Bessie for good I think. I'll probably be able to buy another bottle of vodka in a couple of weeks!
49p for 15 yorkshires? .....yes please and good quality fab tasting too even better. Priced around the same as other supermarket basic yorkshires yet others pack them in 12's and smaller at that too. Packed in the usual sainsburys basics packing. White with orange writing on, found in the freezer with the other yorkshire puddings. These yorkshires are soft yet crisp on the top as they should be. I believe if you gave me one of these and a leading brand yorkshire these would prob be the better one or at least as good as. Compared to other basic yorkshires they are miles better. Retaining their shape in freezer and oven they are not rubbery or chewy but simply delicious with a roast. Quick to warm through in the over for 3-5 minutes. Given there are 15 makes it a better size pack for us too. Kits love yorkshires all day long so at the price its not going to break the bank and we get quality and quantity without paying premium prices.
We eat Yorkshire Puddings a few times a week but didn't start buying these Basics ones to save money, it was because they're a bit smaller than Aunt Bessies and them sort of brands so have got less calories and fat in them. You can see they're smaller but you get 15 for 59p so still a major bargain. They take about 3 mins to cook in the oven and when they're done they go a nice golden brown all the way over them, the bottom stays pale but that's just the same as all Yorkshire Puddings. They feel a bit harder in your fingers when they're cooked but that doesn't matter because once you've put the gravy over them they go nice and soft. These cheapo Yorkshire Puddings have got a strong batter taste and nothing else, they're not eggy or fatty tasting or anything like that and for a basic dinner they're great. The thing is that they DO taste like cheap Yorkshire Puddings so if you was going to cook a special dinner than you'd probably be better off to buy Bisto or Aunt Bessies Yorkshire Puddings because they've got a more home made taste I reckon. Saying that they taste cheap isn't that fair because they do taste proper nice, I always fill my Yorkshire Puddings nearly to the top with gravy and that suits these ones because apart from the taste of batter they haven't got much of a flavour of their own. They're still yummy though and haven't got shedloads of fat in them when you cut or bite into one. I reckon these are wicked value. Each Yorkshire Pudding has got 44 calories and 1.6g fat in them and even though that fat content looks pretty high it's not that bad compared with other brands. These are also good for little kids because it means you're not putting too much fatty food on their plate and the small size makes them easier to pick up. Recommended... with a yummy thick gravy to soften them up and give them a richer meaty flavour!!!
One of my favourite dinners in the whole world is a roast dinner and although I love cooking one and eating it (of course!) there are times when I just don't want quite so much washing up and hassle so I have been known to cheat on occasion and just buy lots of packet things and cook them up for the family. There is a difference in the quality but at least we all still get a nice roast dinner on a Sunday. These basics Yorkshire puddings come provided in a plastic bag which is very basic to look at and adorned with the usual Sainsburys basics white & orange colouring. There is nothing special about the packaging but I wouldn't expect anything more for the 59p that I paid. These Yorkshire puddings are all ready cooked and made up and literally need just a couple of minutes in a hot oven to heat them through. The puddings are just like the ones I would make in appearance and they look nice and presentable. The Yorkshires crisp up nicely, whilst still staying nice and soft and fluffy on the inside. Gravy is the perfect accompaniment to these Yorkshires (as you would expect) and this helps to soften up the edges and make the whole thing soggy and delicious. These Yorkshires are fairly good quality and while they are never going to beat my homemade Yorkshire puddings the quality of them is quite pleasing for the small price paid. They heat up well in the oven and they are nice and convenient to just have lying around in the freezer. Because of the size of these Yorkshires they may defrost quite quickly if you don't get home with your shopping fast but these are always the last thing I place in my trolley anyway so it's alright! The Yorkshires are light and fluffy and go fairly nice in the oven, there really is nothing bad about these Yorkshires. Each Yorkshire contains 44 calories, 1.2g protein, 6.3g carbohydrates (5.9g of which starch), 1.6g fat (of which 0.1g saturates), 0.15g salt so overall these aren't too bad at all and probably much less fattening than the ones I make which are huge and puffy and wonderful. The packaging would be a little better if it was not so thin and this would stop the Yorkshires defrosting so fast but then that would put the price up I'm sure so that's something I can live without. I will continue to buy these as the price is fantastic and I love the convenience of being able to decide that I want a roast dinner and then just put everything in the oven. It's ideal as I can just cook up 1 or 2 if we are having them with something else during the week or a whole packet if I am cooking for the family.
My reason for buying these Sainsbury's Basics Yorkshire Pudding was not down to the fact that they cost just 54p for 15 puddings, but because they are smaller than the usual Aunt Bessies brand I buy and therefore contain fewer calories. I miss having a Yorkshire Pudding with my Sunday lunch but cannot justify the dent in my daily Weight Watcher points allowance by having one, however these small and tasty puds can easily be slotted in by simply reducing the scoops of mash I have! These aren't really THAT much smaller, they're nowhere near the size of those Tidgy Puds that Aunt Bessies used to make and really just don't stand quite so tall on my plate. The base of the Yorkshire Pudding isn't much smaller than average and after sticking them in the oven for four minutes they look gloriously brown and delicious. I like the fact that the oil hasn't puddled in the bottom of these puddings as happens with a lot of cheaper Yorkshires, and even some dearer ones! They are actually quite dry to look at although touching them does reveal that they have the grease you would normally associate with Yorkshire puddings. They taste very, very good indeed and I can't believe they are so cheaply priced. The upper edge of the Yorkshire is crisp and the base delightfully soft and soggy once the gravy has been soaked up a little. They taste like other frozen Yorkshire Puddings, admittedly they are not quite as fluffy as more expensive brands but to be frank once I've smothered it with gravy then this ceases to be an issue for me! I have mine with my roast dinner and have served them to visitors and my granddaughters', they always go down as well as Aunt Bessies and the only negative comment came from my ten year old granddaughter who said they were too small. This was easily solved by popping an extra one on her plate though and to be honest these are so cheap that it's still a cost effective way of buying Yorkshire Pudding even if you do have to serve an extra one or two with each meal. I cannot find a single fault with these Basics Yorkshire Puddings, they taste great and have generally less calories and fat than other brands which is admittedly down to them being smaller but this makes portion control so much easier. Each pudding contains less than 0.1g of the bad saturated fat and just 41 calories. For the Weight Watchers among us this equates to 1 Weight Watchers point, or by fluke of the system you can have two for only 1 1/2 points. So, a calorie saving AND a hefty cash saving - I urge you to give these Yorkshire Puddings a try. They might not be perfect enough for a special dinner, but for your everyday roast they are brilliant!