“ Brand: Ginsters / Type: Snack „
Yesterday we had some family stop by on the way up to Scotland from London, as there would be 8 of us my mum decided to put on some buffet type food instead of cooking a meal which inevitably wouldn't be to everyone's taste. We picked up various bits and bobs from Sainsbury's including these Ginster's Mini Pork Pies. These are £1.50 at the moment, reduced from £2 so my mum picked up a couple of packets, each pack has 6 Mini Pork Pies weighing in at 50g each. This is really good value when you consider that Sainsbury's own pack of 6 Mini Pork Pies is £1.88 and a two pack of Ginster's Mini Pork Pies in £1. Although the pork pies are indeed 'mini' they're bigger than some I've had and are ideal cut in half for a buffet. The pork pies are package in plastic wrapping and are on a plastic tray inside with each pork pie sitting in a little well. On cutting open the pork pie I noticed the small amount of jelly inside, I sometimes find this a little off putting, especially in cheaper pork pies where they seem to bulk it out with the jelly and it's overpowering. The pie appears to have a good piece of pork in the middle, really pack full and the pastry was thick without looking like it would be too stodgy. On eating the meat it appeared very well seasoned and flavoursome, it was obviously good quality and there was plenty of it making the pie quite filling. It was very meaty meat, and I didn't find any gristle. The pastry too was full of flavour, it was nice and crusty almost without being dry and it crumbled just a little when you bite into the pie. The pastry contrasts with the moist meat which means that the combination works really well together. The only downside is that although there wasn't much jelly the jelly that was there tasted vile and had to be scraped out, not everyone minded the taste but I couldn't stand it. Nutrition per mini pork pie: Calories: 177 Fat: 12.2g Sat Fat: 4.6g Salt: 0.64g Overall, apart from the jelly, this pork pie was really tasty and better quality than many mini pork pies I have tried. Obviously they aren't that great for you but they aren't something you should be eating every day anyway. The price is really quite good for the quality and the size of the pies and I'd definitely buy them again, but I'd make sure to get rid of the jelly first!
I have a fairly large family and there are times when we get together and rather than slaving over a hot stove all day and night I just do lots of party food that I can pop in the oven or just serve cold. Pork Pies are always a favourite with my lot so when I saw these Ginster's Mini Pork Pies (6) reduced from £1.99 to £1.49 I decided to pick a couple of packets up to keep the troops happy. These pork pies come provided in a little tray which is covered in a wrapper which shows all the usual information, nutritional information, ingredients, company information etc and there is nothing particularly special about this. These pork pies are mini pork pies indeed and they are small enough to comfortably fit in the palm of your hand. They are ideal to be chopped in half, or even quarters as a little mini nibble on the table. Each pork pie contains 177 calories, 10.6g carbohydrate (of which 1g sugars), 12.2g fat (of which 4.6g saturates), 0.8g fibre, 0.64g salt so although these are always going to be bad for you providing you enjoy them in moderation there really is no reason why you can't enjoy them. A pork pie is a portion of pork, pork fat and various other things covered with some pork gelatine and then covered in a layer of wheatflour (amongst other things) and while this may sound a little bit disgusting, it's a wonderful combination and they are just delicious. The pork meat seems to be good quality and these are well packed with lots of meat and not too much of the jelly. I personally find that the jelly can be a little off putting at times and I usually scrape it out of mine as I just don't enjoy it that much. The meat is lovely and chewy and flavoursome and you can tell that this has been well seasoned. The crust of the pork pie is delicious crisp & crunchy and full of taste. The whole combination works very well together and the quality of this product really does shine through. This is far more preferable to some of the cheaper ones that I have tried as they are really packed full of meat and have a lovely seasoned taste to them. Everything about this product is good quality and these went down very well with the family. I was very pleased with the purchase that I had made as these cut up well and were packed full of good tasting ingredients. The pork pie looks good without lots of fat inside and lots of jelly and I did not have any gristle in any of the pieces that I tried and no-one else in the family complained (believe me they would!). I will definitely be purchasing these again and while they are more expensive compared to other pork pies I could have purchased I do believe that with some things you get what you pay for and these are proof of that as the quality is far more noticeable as sometimes I may buy a cheap pork pie and it's horrible and full of gristle!
I don't eat many pork pies because the jelly in them makes me sick, my mum and dad both love the jelly so they're happy with the cheapo pork pies because there's always tonnes of it in those. I never touch it if I can see that the jelly is thick but the last couple of weeks we've been buying some of the more expensive pork pies because my mum is sampling food for Xmas day so we've got all the best that day! lol She got a pack of Ginsters Mini Pork Pies from the Co-Op and they were quite dear but they're the best pork pies I've ever tasted. The meat is all the way to the pastry and there is only a very thin layer of jelly, on one of the pies there was no jelly at all and I was mega happy about that! The pastry is lovely and crisp but soft on the bottom, it's got a yummy savoury flavour and is a gorgeous brown colour. The pork pies look lovely because they're not exactly the same as each other and that makes them look a lot nicer. The pork isn't too fatty inside the pie, it's got a bit of a greasy flavour but that's the same as any other pork pie on the planet. The filling tastes meaty and has got a wicked soft but chewy texture. The meat is a bit salty and that's fine with me but if you don't like a lot of salt then I reckon you might find them a bit too salty. I think these are brill pork pies, they're not majorly mini and there's enough meat in them so that one pie is quite a filling snack. I sometimes have a bit of bbq sauce on the side to dip the crust into, it's just for extra flavour though because the pastry and the whole pork pie is nice and moist. I can't remember the exact price but in the Co-Op they were quite dear and cost about £2.50, you'll probably get them cheaper in the supermarket so have a look around.
These mini pork pies make me proud to be British and stop me from feeling too guilty because they are mini ones! Ginsters make really fantastic prok pies with delicious pastry and pork and very little jelly - just the way I like You can buy them accross many supermarkets in the country, I got mine from sainsburys for £1 and it makes a nice alternative to eating sandwiches everyday! You are better of buying in the supermarkets to get the best value as garages really to shoot the prices up. They are perfect for picnics, snacks, with a meal or road trips. As they are bite sized there is no need to cut them up and then wrap up the rest etc meaning they are convinient and child friendly in size too. I really enjoy these pork pies as there is very little jelly obviously this is a matter of opinion but I prefer pork pies with out the jelly in and a bit more meaty. The pastry is lovely and buttery and satisfying to eat a definite comfort food. I have had these serveral times now and on the odd occasion the pork can be a bit dry. I also feel that they are not the cheapest pies but they are probably the best pies I have tasted compared with supermarket and own brands Each 50g pie has 177 calories and 12.2gs of fat so its not overwhelmingly healthy but you are eating honest good food rather than rubbish like takeawys. There are no added colours or additives, it contains wheat, gluten and egg. I enjoy eating food that is produced in Britain made with British pork so I would recommend these pies to anyone if you enjoy eating good British food too! Buy them if you want to treat yourself or children, buy them for picnics and road trips but personally I wouldn't by them every week for the simple fact that they are £1 for 100g.
***The Taste*** These are my favourite pork pies as there is just enough jelly between the meat and the pie. I really don't like it when there is too much jelly, especially if it is the slimey type (yuck!) but fortunately this isn't the case here. The main emphasis is on the meat and the pastry, which is exactly how a pork pie should be in my opinion. The pie part is relatively solid but also a little crumbly at times when you bite into it The pork inside is quite chewy, which I'm not overly keen on and sometimes there are some hard bits that take some chewing. Because of that, the taste factor only get three stars for me as I have tasted better pork pies elsewhere (mainly from the organic farm that we often buy meat from). ***The Price*** I haven't bought any of these pork pies for a while but the price of my last purchase was in the region of £1 for 2 or around £3 for the pack of 6 that you can see in the above product image, which is why we tend not to buy these too often and they are usually more of a treat than anything. Personally, I don't feel that they are particularly good value despite being quite nice tasting but I guess you get what you pay for. ***Overall Verdict*** As far as supermarket pork pies go, these are probably the best that I've tried but that doesn't automatically mean that they are wonderful. For me, the pastry is scrummy but the pork inside can be let down by the fact that it has tended to be quite dry and takes some chewing.
This is a fabulous new range by the very popular Ginsters. Always a favourite for me when i'm on a road trip but even better now they're more mini-bite-size so good for snacking! Often when you think pasty, you think Ginsters (after the Cornish, no particular but very special range) and this certainly meets the bill. Think pork pie - you'll soon be thinking Ginsters too! This pie is the tastiest - well seasoned British pork in a crunchy case. There are a range of sizes to attract all people to the market! The snack-sized packs are ideal for your lunchbox. Personally, i was glad to see (or taste) that this pork pie had very little 'jelly' as this typically puts me off. It was crunch and meat :) in a snack, this is perfect as an alternative to crisps/ chocolate. You can buy 4 snack pork pies for just £2.30 (300g). Great value - i'd recommend the supermarkets for the better price though as the service/petrol stations can readily cash in.