“ Brand: Waitrose / Type: Pizza „
WAITROSE ESSENTIALS FROZEN PIZZA
I needed something quick for the children to have for their tea, while out visiting a friend, so I popped into the local branch of Waitrose.
In my opinion, Waitrose overall is way, way overpriced, yet at the same time everything I have had up until now has been excellent quality, so I was fully confident when I decided to pick up their frozen pizza, from their Essentials range.
The Waitrose Essentials range is fairly new, having been introduced into their stores last year in response to the credit crunch situation: This is their answer to Tesco's Value range, Sainsbury's Economy range and Asda's Smart Price range.
It is white, with minimal red and orange lettering printed on the box, with a shrink-wrapped plastic inner wrapper.
The box is around nine inches square (I'm guessing, I did not actually get my tape measure out in the shop!).
Cooking instructions were printed on the back, which were pretty average - 200 celsius for around 15 minutes.
We chose the Cheese and Tomato version, aka 'plain'.
The offer was to buy two for £3.50, so we did indeed buy two, knowing they would get eaten.
Opening up the pack, it was immediately obvious that these pizzas were quite smallish, and thin. No deep pan crust here.
I cooked them for the allotted time, and then served them up: Result? Hmm, only half of the pizzas got eaten, and a lot of crust was left. Apparently it was 'too hard' and I have to agree - getting the middle cooked means that the outer edge is overdone. The crust needs to be made thicker, something I am sure can be done - even in an economy range.
The tomato sauce was basic, tasted good enough but nothing special, with a few herbs detectable in there. The cheese topping seemed to be mostly cheddar with just maybe a smidge of mozzarella, and was reasonably generous, although not spread far enough to the edges for my liking.
Verdict: It does what it says on the packet, no more, no less. I will buy again if necessary, but I have had nicer frozen pizzas than this one, sorry Waitrose!.