“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Frozen Food „
I've been eating too much frozen food lately and it's stopping from tomorrow as I get onto my pre Xmas diet to lose a few pounds for the party season. Tonight though it's frozen food all the way because I can't be bothered to do any more than switch the oven on! lol I ended up having a Sainsburys Minced Beef Filled Yorkshire Pudding for my tea and I won't leave you in suspense about it, it's crap. Funnily enough it literally looks like crap because the mince is so sloppy and horrible that it looks like something I'd usually find in my little sister's nappy after she's had a particularly vegetabley day! You boil the bag of mince filling in a pan of water and cook the giant Yorkshire Pudding in the oven. Hopefully it will all be done at the same time, but if not it doesn't matter that much because even piping hot it's manky and I can't see it would be much worse cold! The mince is gristly and too soft, it doesn't taste meaty at all and is too chewy for me to enjoy like I would a home made mince and gravy dish. There's not a lot of mince in it and for once I was glad about that because the mince is one of the worst I've EVER tasted. The gravy isn't nice either and has got a proper funny taste to it, it's got a weird texture that stuck to the roof of my mouth a bit and the funny taste was unfortunately transferred to the Yorkshire Pudding and spoiled that as well. There are a few bits of carrots and peas in there but they weren't very good, the carrots were hard and neither of them tasted fresh or even like proper vegetables. They might as well not have been there for the little bit of dull colour they added to the meal. Yorkshire Pudding is one of my fave foods but even this was disappointing because even though it goes crispy in the oven it's a very thin Yorkshire Pudding and not fluffy at all. I think the meal was £1.50 and it was naff, I wouldn't pay 50p for it again!
I usually treat myself to a ready meal on a Sunday evening as I generally have lunch at my daughter's house and by the time I get home I cannot be bothered to cook. Yesterday I had nipped into Sainsbury's for a few bits and pieces when I spotted a frozen meal that looked perfect to be, their own brand Minced Beef Filled Yorkshire Puddings. Frozen ready meals can be notoriously hit and miss, supermarket own brands in particular I find, so I wasn't really sure what to expect although I adore Yorkshire Pudding so even if the filling was lacking I'd be sure to enjoy this component to my meal. The mince filling comes in a tight plastic bag which simply needs piercing and microwaving for a few minutes, I was pleased to find that the bag edges remain cool in the microwave as many a time I have inadvertently burned my hand grabbing something which turned out to be hot after just a minute or two. You need to be a little organised to heat this meal through as the Yorkshire Pudding needs to go into a pre-heated oven for a few minutes while the mince is cooking and really you want them to both me done at the same time to avoid one or the other becoming overcooked or left to stand for too long. I was very impressed with the minced beef. I had been expecting it to be gristly with a synthetic gravy but it's actually very tasty indeed. The mince is obviously not the very best quality there is, but this meal costs just £1 so would you really expect it to be premium quality? Regardless, in my opinion it's a very nice meal which has a small amount of peas and carrots mixed through the mince and thick gravy. Don't be fooled that you are getting anywhere near your five a day with this meal as there isn't very much veg in there at all, although what is there is cooked nicely and is surprisingly flavoursome. The mince is softer to chew than fresh mince is and the gravy clings beautifully to each little piece of meat, it tastes meatier than I had been expecting originally and I thought the gravy seeped into the Yorkshire Pudding wonderfully leaving me with crispy sides and a soggy, meaty bottom. The Yorkshire incidentally was the best part about the meal for me, it has a crisp and delicious taste without being overly greasy or bland. Overall I really enjoyed this meal from Sainsbury's, it's not what most people would class as a treat (and to be honest it's not the kind of meal I would usually buy frozen) but it really was a hearty, filling and very tasty meal. The gravy is very rich and thick which I believe makes a meal - I even mopped the last drops up with the edges of my Yorkshire Pudding as I couldn't let myself waste any! I'll buy this again for myself and will probably take advantage of Sainsbury's '4 for £3' deal which is available on this product as this way I can treat my granddaughters' to one next weekend - I just know they are going to love it as they adore my home made stew spooned into a giant Yorkie. Each meal contains 386 calories and 11g of fat, which I know isn't ideal but in fairness I had been expecting the calorie content at least to be rather higher than this.