“ Brand: Young's / Type: Other Ready Meals „
Wanting something quick and easy for supper this evening I delved into the freezer and picked out something that needed minimal preparation. I chose this Admiral's ocean crumble (low fat) from Young's which I had purchased from Iceland when seeing it on special offer for the bargain price of just 75p. The crumble comes in a blue box with a picture of the crumble on the front. There is blue panel with the words low fat written in it and a yellow panel with the words Special Pack written on it. There is no explanation as to what makes this a "special" pack on the box which is odd; however, when comparing the given description of this product with the one associated with the image above it seems that the broccoli has been replaced with peas for some reason. This actually suits me as a prefer peas to broccoli. The full description of the product is as follows " Chunky pieces of Alaska Pollock fillets in our Admiral's butter sauce with peas, mashed potato and cheddar cheese crumble. "
The crumble is very easy to prepare, it can either be cooked in the oven for 40 mins. at 220 degrees centigrade or just 8 minutes in the microwave at full power, with 1 minute to stand afterwards. In each case the cardboard tray should be removed from the box and the film lid removed from the top. Since I was hungry, I went for the microwave option! I found the cardboard box very effective for this since the edges did not get hot so it was easy to pick it up and remove it from the microwave afterwards. It was good for the meal itself as I could eat the product directly from the tray and then throw it away when finished without worrying about washing up! The crumble looked very appealing with attractive peaks of mashed potato on the top, sprinkled with the golden cheesy crumb topping. The cooked product had a pleasant potatoey aroma with a slight fishy touch, although not overpowering and no something that would linger unpleasantly in the kitchen.
My first mouthfuls of the product were very disappointing as it just tasted like bland under-salted potato. These forkfuls were taken from the edge of the container where the filling had obviously not reached. I added a little salt to the product at this point which helped a bit. As I got closer to the centre of the product, however, things got a lot better and in the very centre in was absolutely delicious. The sauce was lovely and creamy and the crumble mix, which was also concentrated in the centre, added the seasoning that was missing towards the edge and also tasted great and wonderfully cheesy. The fish and peas also had a good texture to them and neither were slimy which can be the case in cheap products, although there wasn't that much of either of these ingredients. The product was quite filling but there wasn't quite enough in the tray to completely satisfy me, so I wouldn't recommend it as a complete meal in itself. I chose to have a dessert afterwards in order to fill me up.
I will leave you to make your own mind up about the nutritional information since what is acceptable to one person may not be to another. The product is advertised as being low fat. Each pack contains:
5.1 g Sugar
1.6g Salt (although I had to add more)
Overall I would recommend this product and for the price you really cannot go wrong. It is a shame that the filling and topping wasn't more evenly distributed but otherwise it is good. The product also has a "fish for life" logo on it showing that the fish is reasonably sourced which is important these days.
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I had one of these Ocean Crumble for my tea last night.... I'm lying because I only ate 1/4 of it because it's a proper rank meal that tasted and smelled so horrible that it made me feel sick.
It's from Youngs and I usually love their stuff but it looks like even they can't take the fat out of a fish pie and still have it tasting nice.
The crumble is nearly all potato and because there's loads of thick sticky sauce in it as well it's hard to know what's potato and whats sauce because it all mixes up together. There's hardly any fish in it and it's in tiny pieces as well, in the quarter of the crumble I only had 1 little piece of fish about about 3 tiny flakey bits. It's weird though because the pie tastes big time of fish so it's got to be artificial flavour because there's not enough fish in it to give such a strong flavour.
The potato is sloppy except for the crumble bit at the top and that's got a nice texture, there's not much flavour in the crumble though and that was another thing that done my head in because I hate boring food! You could grate a bit of cheese on the top but I wouldn't bother because even if the cheese tastes good you'll probably still throw the rest of the crumble away.
The sauce is rank and it's that what stank the kitchen out while it was cooking. It has got a sticky thick texture and is too gloopy to be nice and I reckon they've made it like that to cover up there hardly being any fish in it. The smell.... *puke, puke*. NASTY! It's a fishy smell but proper stale and all I could think of while I could smell it cooking was fish guts! I've never smelt fish guts but I reckon they'd smell a bit like this crumble.
Even if I was on a diet I'd not want to eat this again, it might be low fat but I'll have a full fat Ocean Pie next time!
Not recommended.... NO STARS!!!
I love fish meals and saw this in our local Iceland for the princely sum of 75p the other day so thought I would give it a try. The packaging is slightly different to the photo shown on here, it has a much brighter blue colouring instead of the darker blue and it says light and easy across the front. The front also tells you that it is low in fat and only contains 264 calories. It says it is made from Alaska Pollaock and peas in a butter sauce which all sounds lovely.
On opening the packaging the pie was in a container which looked like it was made from cardboard and it was covered with a plastic see through sheet which you had to tear off before cooking. The sheet came off quite easily and did not rip or get stuck like on some products.
You can cook these pies in the oven from frozen on Gas Mark 7 / 220/425F for 45 minutes. You have to place the container onto a more substantial baking tray first.
If you dont want to wait for this or dont have a conventional oven you can cook it from frozen instead in a microwave oven. You will need to check what power your microwave is and adjust the time accordingly, they tell you for 650W - 9 mins, 750W - 8 mins and 850W - 7 mins. I used this method to cook my pie.
When the microwave pinged I got the pie out and it looked steaming hot. It was quite hard to get the pie out of the container as it was stuck to the bottom, not in a burnt way, just the way the pie is, it was very sticky. I used a large spoon like you have for cooking but it looked a bit of a mess by the time it was on the plate.
The top of the pie has some bread crumbs on it and they were crunchy to taste and looked golden brown. The box called them a Cheese Crumble but it didnt taste of cheese at all. The mash was a bit gooey though and there didnt seem to be any actual lumps of fish to be seen or tasted, it was just really a thick gooey sauce with mash potatoes. There wasnt a buttery taste to the sauce either, I was expecting it to taste like those fish in butter sauce things you get but it didnt.
All in all I was quite disappointed with my meal and it didnt really fill me up even though I had it with vegetables.
The blurb on the back says it contains 264 calories, 5.1g sugar, 6g fat, 2.3g saturates and 1.6g salt. It also says it might contain small bones although I didnt find any in mine, might be becuase there wasnt any fish in it I suppose?
Being a bonus card holder with Iceland I was pleased to receive a leaflet from them last week with details of their latest offers & was tempted by several of their 75p offers which included Youngs Ocean Crumble.
I was delighted that they had the Light & Easy on offer in store as well as the regular. I must say I prefer this lighter version because it's lower in calories (264) per tray & in my opinion tastes much nicer.
The box is quite colourful & the picture (although, as ever, exaggerated) of the crumble looks inviting. It states clearly that it's low in fat, microwavable in 10 minutes (though more precise guidelines are provided on the reverse) & is described as 'Alaska pollock & peas in a butter sauce with mashed potato & cheese crumble'.
If you like the 'boil in the bag' type of frozen ready meals then I think you'd probably like these as the flavour & texture is quite similar.
When you open the box you'll find a plastic tray which is sealed & all you need to do is remove the film & pop into the microwave (or it can be oven cooked). When cooked the smell is quite fishy but nothing like the smell you'd get if preparing this dish from scratch.
I really don't expect much from frozen ready meals but I like both varieties of these crumbles & they're ideal for me to have in stock for days when I don't feel like cooking - especially when there's only me that likes fish. If you want to add 'bulk' or make the crumble feed more than one then I'd suggest serving with vegetables or a salad but I have to say that I found the crumble to be quite satisyingly filling.
I was pleased with the amount of fish in the meal (not stuffed but there was more than I'd expected) & the sauce was a good texture with no lumps or 'bits'. There wasn't a huge amount of potato but enough for one & it tasted nicer than the usual instant mash. There wasn't much of a taste of cheese in the crumble topping but just a hint which, in my opinion was good because the taste of the pollock was more evident.
- if you're a 'real fish' sort of person then these probably won't be sophisticated enough for you.
- if you like fishy tastes & are, like me, watching your weight, then the 'light & easy' are worth trying.
- on offer at the moment at Iceland for 75p.
- tasty, quick, convenient & no pans to wash up.
We were working in the garden yesterday - I was sorting out wood to stock pile for the log burner and Dave was building a waterfall (and why not?) - so neither of us felt like cooking lunch.
I had tidied the freezer earlier and noticed that we had two packs of Young's Low Fat Ocean Crumble so I decided to pop them in the oven to cook whilst we continued working.
The meal itself is in a black container which appeared to be made from some sort of cardboard as it went soggy when I tried to wash it! This was covered with a plastic film and then encased in a cardboard box - obviously OK to recycle.
The front of the box shows an appetising plate of ocean crumble together with the Young's logo and a bit of information about the contents which are 'prime pieces of wild Alaska Pollock fillet with peas in our butter sauce topped with mashed potato and a delicious cheddar cheese crumble'.
When I took the meal out of the box I was pleasantly surprised. It looked very nice indeed with swirls of mashed potato topped with what looked like a nice rich cheese crumble. The meals weren't particularly large - 340g each - but that was OK for us as we were going to the cinema in the afternoon and would be indulging in popcorn!
I peeled off the film lids and cooked ours in the oven which took 50 minutes at 200 degrees but they can also be cooked in the microwave for 10 minutes if you are in a rush. Either way it is recommended that they are cooked from frozen.
Firstly I must say that, as they were cooking, the smell was very appetizing indeed!
I took the meals from the oven and checked that they were fully cooked and then just put the containers directly onto trays - thus saving on the washing up!
I have to say that I was impressed with the taste. There wasn't as much fish as I had expected but the whole thing was just right for me, although I suspect Dave could have eaten a bit more! LOL! The sauce was rich and buttery without being at all greasy, the fish was in decent sized pieces so that you could taste it, the mashed potato was smooth and creamy and the cheesy topping was nice and crunchy with a nice cheesy tang.
The nutritional bit
Each oven baked meal contains the following:
17.3g of protein
6.7g of sugar
7.7g of fat of which 3.5g is saturated
3.7g of fibre
2.5g of salt
HOW MUCH? Hell's teeth, that's 42% of my guideline daily salt intake! In my case this isn't too much of a problem as I rarely eat processed food these days and so don't eat nearly as much salt as I used to but even so that's a heck of a lot of salt in one meal.
The fish is also a natural source of Omega 3 so it is good brain food = maybe I should eat more? LOL!
I don't normally put the ingredients into my review but I was impressed to see that the ingredients in this meal were all fairly natural with no long list of E numbers.
Partially Reconstituted Dried Potato (39%), Water, Alaska Pollock (14%), Peas (5%), Milk Proteins, Breadcrumb (Wheat Flour, Yeast, Salt), Butter (1%), Onion, Cornflour, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Seasoning (contains Flavouring, Soya, Wheat, Yeast), Cheddar Cheese (0.3%) (contains Colour: Annatto), Fish Stock, Chives, Dextrose, Parsley, Salt, Potato Starch, Flavourings, Black Pepper, Colours: Paprika Extract, Curcumin, Mustard Powder
The meals cost just £1.29 each and are readily available in supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury's and I do find that Young's products are often on special offer.
I enjoyed my meal, despite the high salt content, and would certainly keep one in the freezer as a standby for me although Dave would need a bit more for a main meal. Maybe next time I could serve some vegetables with it?
Youngs Low Fat Ocean Crumble
I am one of the worlds laziest cooks, and am always on the look out for healthy-ish ready meals that can be bunged in the microwave, left for ten minutes and then eaten straight away, so when I saw this low-fat ocean crumble in Morrisons for the bargain price of £1, I decided it was definitely worth giving a go, and therefore into the trolley it went....
The box states that this product is "prime pieces of wild Alaskan Pollock" combined with broccoli and a rich butter sauce, topped with mash potato and a cheddar cheese crumble.
The box is purple, with the words "low fat" written in quite large letters on the front. I found it unusual that the fish pie variety that includes cheese (this one!) is low fat, but the normal ocean pie by youngs which is without cheese, is higher in fat. Very strange!
The Alaskan Pollock is stated to be caught in the pacific ocean, and is a renewable source of fish used as an alternative to cod. I'm very fussy about my fish, and dont like it to taste too 'fishy'. I find Alaskan Pollock to be just about perfect - I can't taste the difference between it and cod, it is a very mild but tasty fish, and also cheaper than cod which is an added bonus!
Each pack ovenbaked (or microwaved!) contains just 298 calories, which is very low for which is pretty much a full meal. I usually just add a portion of vegetables, making this it a good sized full meal at under 350 calories - pretty good going!
Each pack also contains 12g sugar, 9.2g fat (just 13% of your reccomended daily allowance, this is also good as ready meals that are low in calories often fool you by being high in fat!). 5.1g of saturates are included in this meal however, which is 25% of your RDA. Not bad going as long as you dont consume too many more throughout the day. 41.7% of your RDA of salt is included in this meal, at 2.5g, so bear this in mind when meal planning.
Microwaves are in my opinion the best invention in the world! Chuck it in a 750W microwave for 10 minutes (from frozen) and thats all you've got to do!
Cooking by oven leads to better results, and a better browing of the top of the product. This however will take 50 minutes (gas mark 7) and I am far too impatient for this. If you have the time to spare though, I do reccommend you using this method for better results.
On removing the product from the microwave, you are instantly hit with the smell of butter and mashed potato - there is no hint of a smell of fish, which for me is a good thing as I don't like to be too overpowered!
On first bite, I got a forkful of mashed potato, a bit of cheddar crumble, a tiny slice of broccoli... and no fish. The fish in this product is few and far between. When you do find a chunk, they are of good quality and taste, but unfortunately for what is supposed to be a fish pie there really isn't enough fish included! Saying that, the mash potato is good, and the crumble makes a nice touch, so I'm not complaining. I also think a few more broccoli florets would be a nice touch.
Most supermarkets sell this product for around the £1 mark, including Tesco and Morrisons. Iceland currently have it on sale for 75p, which is an absolute bargain, so if you are planning to try it head down to Iceland!
I quite enjoyed this product, although I was quite disappointed at the fish to potato ratio being so low. However, for a quick meal that is very low in fat and calories, this is pretty much as good as it gets. It makes a very filling meal and is perfect for when you cant be bothered to put too much effort into cooking.
I would reccommend this as something to have kept in the freezer for emergencies, but wouldn't suggest it as a product for someone looking for a tasty meal to treat themselves too. Asda's Good-for-you fish pie wins hands down over this product any day!
If you read my review for Admiral's pie, you will know that I bought this Young's Ocean Crumble accidentally. I thought I was picking up two pies. (So much for fish improving your brainpower!)
The box shows a plate of the Ocean Crumble sitting rather improbably on a beach.
It also shows the crumble sitting neatly and squarely on it's plate. I'd be fascinated to know how they got it onto the plate so neatly because when I tried to get it out it sloshed all over the plate and looked a mess. Fortunately that didn't affect the taste which was delicious.
Cooking instructions are easy to read and the crumble can be oven baked or microwaved. 50 minutes or 10. Oven baking makes the top crispier and browner so that is what I opted for.
The crumble contains
Pollock, (a member of the cod family,)
peas (a member of the legume family),
potato, (a member of the spud family)
cheese and butter. (members of the fat family) :)
Each portion contains:
So for a main course it is fairly low in fat and calories.
One portion was just about enough when I served it with vegetables.
It's appearance was pleasant with a nice golden topping.(Before I tried to put it on the plates) The crumble topping was not distributed evenly across the mashed potato and there was very little taste of cheese. The potato was creamy and with just the right amount of seasoning.
The sauce was very tasty and had a creamy consistency but, as in the Admiral's Pie, there was very little fish in evidence. The box stated that there was 15% diced pollock. I think someone else got my 15%. I didn't.
The cost of the Ocean crumble was only 75p from Iceland. (No, before you make the inevitable joke, Iceland the shop!) Because of this low price for a main course I shouldn't really have been expecting more fish but I was disappointed in it's scarcity.
The box and inner container are both recyclable.
Although tasty and convenient and extremely cheap, I don't think I would buy this again.
Alaskan Pollock layered with with broccoli in a butter sauce topped with creamy mashed potates and a cheddar cheese crumble.