“ Brand: Ginsters / Type: Snack „
I have a confession to make, i broke my no buying rule.To be fair though i was eyeing up the chippy and instead i was sort of good and just had a look in the reduction section of my local coop.At 25p each i decided it wasnt that bad buying two. Mine wasn't the multi pack but a 130g large sausage roll. **Directions ** This product is pre cooked so you can eat it straight away however i heated these up in the oven. It can also be done in the microwave but i like the texture of the pastry better out the oven. In the oven it only takes about 15-20 minutes. **Taste,smell etc** I was slightly disappointed with the way these looked when i took them out the oven as the pastry had flaked all over the oven tray. I don't know if this was because they were near the expiration date or not.These didn't really have a smell either. To look at these are massive,the sausage roll is split into 4 "segments" each slightly bigger than the size of a mini sausage roll.I think if i had been having it for my lunch and not dinner it would have filled me up nicely. These are made with British pork but i have to say that overall these were slightly bland and not what i expected. A few ginster products i have tried in the past have been slightly peppery so i thought they would have been more like that. Overall they were fine with plenty of tomato ketchup. One thing i did like about these is that "they didn't talk back to me"". What i mean by that is when you burp and all you can taste is what you have just eaten,very unpleasant when that happens. **Would i buy again?** At a reduced price and if i really fancied a sausage roll than yes. At the rrp off £1 probably not as you can get much nicer tasting sausage rolls from the bakery and cheaper.
In my Mums fridge we always have a supply of nibbles for the weekend, every weekend. Pleased I was when I spotted these Ginsters sausage rolls as I am rather partial indeed to a nice sausage roll! The Packaging: Our sausage rolls came in a blackish coloured plastic wrapper and within that 4 sausage rolls sat in a white cardboard tray. On the front of the pack there is a picture shown of the sausage rolls and we are clearly told what they are and who that are by and that the weight of all 4 sausage rolls is 240g and then on the back of the packaging the ingredients are given along with a full nutritional chart, heating instructions are given and contact details for Ginsters are clearly stated.. The Sausage rolls: You can eat these cold or heated up, the choice is yours as they are pre cooked anyway and you can freeze them if you want to. In appearance well they look like a sausage roll to be fair. They look a little anemic if eating them cold and they are not all that big. Oblong in shape with little slits in them they have no real fragrance to them and you may have guessed that by now from my tone I am not all that keen on these cold! You can heat them in the oven or in the microwave and I ate all four in our pack (much to my mums disgust!). I had one with chips and beans and cooked in the oven, one cold and two as late night snacks heated up in the microwave. Cold I found it bland and dry, in the oven it went flaky, a touch greasy but crunchy and tasty. I like them hot out of the microwave best as they do go a little soggy and greasy....yep that's how I like mine! Taste wise you get rather bland puff pastry and within that plenty of sausagemeat which is pork and seasoned with spices. I can't say these are my favourite sausage rolls as to me they taste a little bit on the bland side though they are not awful and of decent enough quality. All In All: These are ok, cold I hate them but warmed up they are pleasant and filling enough. They have 224 kcal and 6.6g of saturated fat though and I'm not sure they worth munching on often with that amount of fat in them! Widely available in supermarkets at about £1.50 for a pack of 4 though my mum always gets them on offer at a pound a time. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
On Friday it was my middle granddaughters 11th birthday, there were so many lovely things planned for her for over the weekend that it was decided that her annual party should be downscaled a little. As has become a tradition I held her smaller-than-usual party at my house, family members from near and far usually descend on Alices birthday as they use the day to also deliver the girls' Easter eggs so I knew decent party food was still a must despite the fact I had promised my daughter I would keep it to a minimum. While I was putting the food out on the table I had a niggling feeling that something was missing, it wasn't until I placed the final bowl of biscuits down that I realised what it was - the staple of any buffet, sausage rolls! I knew I hadn't any in the freezer so in a panic I handed my eldest granddaughter a £5 note and sent her to the shop to 'buy what you can' with that. She hit gold as it happens, coming back with five packs of these Ginsters Sausage Rolls which were on special offer at 99p a pack. There are four sausage rolls in each pack and they were, for me, the perfect size as I was able to slice each one in half to provide me with forty large cocktail sausage rolls. If you were eating these as a snack I would certainly say one would be enough, they are larger than the supermarket sausage rolls I would usually buy and you can visibly see there is a decent amount of appetising looking sausagemeat inside. These sausage rolls take around 12 minutes to heat through, you can eat them cold straight out of the packet but they look slightly too 'raw' for me to fancy them like that. They can be cooked in around two minutes in the microwave; I haven't done this but my granddaughter tells me they are fine like that, if a little sloppy tasting. I think these are one of the nicest sausage rolls I've eaten in a long time. The sausagemeat has a robust consistency which in turn makes it feel as though you are eating something which resembles real meat, this is as opposed to the watery, too-strong experiences I usually have with shop bought sausage rolls. After heating the sausage rolls look and smell very much like Gregg's sausage rolls. They have a glossy appearance which surprised me slightly as in my haste I had forgotten to glaze them myself, they ooze a little fat while cooking but this is to be expected and I personally would say these are slightly less fatty than, say, Sainsburys sausage rolls. I adore the flavour of the sausage rolls, they are extremely meaty tasting and have a delightful mixed herb flavour. They don't taste overly spicy but there is a definite tanginess within the sausagemeat, it's actually slightly reminiscent of the blend of spices used in a Cornish Pasty although that may well be my imagination running away with me knowing they are made by Ginsters. The pastry works beautifully with the sausagemeat, it's a delicious buttery pastry which has risen to create a wonderfully tasty and attractive sausage roll. It has been seasoned nicely, but left with a very subtle flavour and it is this that helps the rich flavours of the sausagemeat to be tasted so strongly. I don't believe I'd be over-egging the pudding to say that these sausage rolls are as close to perfect as you are likely to find in the supermarket. They are flavoursome, fresh tasting and have a wonderfully homemade appeal. You cannot taste pure fat in them as you so often can in sausage rolls, they are obviously not the kindest thing for your waistline with each sausage roll containing 226 calories and 16.9g of fat - but, by golly, they are delicious and I shall certainly buy them again. I have just checked online and this four pack of Ginsters Sausage Rolls has a regular price of just £1.50, this is an absolute bargain for such an excellent quality snack and I would have expected them to be more expensive.
We love these Ginsters Sausage Rolls in our house and it's even better at the minute because the shop by us is selling them for £1.49 for 4. They are the meatiest sausage rolls I've tried and there's loads of meat in them, it's got a bit of spice and the flavour of the sausagemeat is quite herby compared to the supermarket sausage rolls that my mum usually buys. The pastry is flakey when it's cooked and goes lovely and golden, the bottom doesn't go sloppy and greasy like happens with a lot of sausage rolls. They warm through good in the oven in about 15 mins and then are done perfect, the meat doesn't go boiling hot after this time but they're best when they are just warmed instead of actually being cooked. They are lovely and soft inside, the meat isn't gristly or fatty at all and the flavour goes proper nice with the pastry. The pastry is quite thick and I love the flavour of it because it has got a bit of a peppery flavour that goes especially lovely with ketchup. I love the smell of the sausage rolls as well, they don't smell greasy or anything and I think the sausagemeat has got a delish meaty texture and taste. Most Ginsters products are good and these are better than the pasties and pies because they're more snack sized and not as stodgy as other things in their range. They are very filling and one sausage roll is enough for me, I prefer them cooked but if I want something quick out of the fridge then I squirt some bbq sauce on the top and that will keep me going for a bit.
As I have mentioned before I like the odd Sausage Roll. Yes, it is more the Mini ones I like, but have been known to eat a larger, slightly thicker one now and again. They aren't particularly good for you, but they are kinda taste. I found this in the Chiller section of my local Tesco. It was on offer for £1, but I think the right price was something like £1.30. The Sausage Roll was 140g. Packaging is alright for this. The Roll is in one of those plastic sleeve bag things, which can be quite hard to pull apart at the ends, but a pair of scissors make light work of it. The pack was mostly a black colour, with the normal appetising picture of the Sausage Roll on the front. You can heat this up in the Oven for approx 12-15 minutes, or it is ready to eat cold. I don't mind room temperatue Sausage Rolls, but I don't like them straight from the fridge. I can sometimes chuck one in the Microwave for a couple of minutes, and this makes them hot, but a bit soggy and greasy. The Sausage Roll is quite thick and looks nicer than I was expecting. The Pastry is slightly flaky and nice and golden, and the Pork Meat inside looks good as well. The Pork seems to fill the Pastry up well enough, and I didn't get any empty pastry bits through the Sausage Roll. The Pork tasted well enough seasoned, and it didn't seem fatty or grizzly. It didn't taste like cheap meat either. The bad part is the calories and fat, as i'm sure you would imagine. These aren't exactly healtyh for you with 499 calories and 37.5g of Fat, but a once in a while treat should be ok. One of the better full sized Sausage Rolls on the market, even through you may think this is a little pricy, it is miles apart from some of them out there!
When we buy sausage rolls, these are usually the preferred choice unless we are trying out an offer. They are a bit pricier than the own brand options but we are happy to pay that bit extra as they do taste nice. ***The Appearance*** If you intend to eat them without cooking them, they usually have a light brown appearance which doesn't look very much like the appearance on the packaging. For that, you have to cook them so that you get the golden-brown pastry. The sausage meat inside tends to look more grey than the brown that you can see on the packaging so overall, the packaging is a bit misleading. ***The Taste*** I usually eat mine heated up as the pastry goes lovely and flaky. That said, it does go very crumbly when heated up so you have to be careful not to make a mess! The sausage meat is actually quite spicey, which may not appeal to everyone. If you are going to heat them up, I have been noticing that even if the pastry looks like it has been thoroughly heated through (even to the point of looking burned), the sausage meat instead may still be relatively cold. Because of this, you may want to leave them in for a couple of minutes extra just to make sure. ***The Price*** We get ours from Sainsburys, where they are usually £1.50 for 4.
I bought a 140g Ginster's sausage roll from Tesco this morning as it was on special offer at £1. It also came with 20 bonus clubcard points. The packaging is black with a picture of the product on the front. The wrapper tells us that this product is made with fresh british pork with a hint of sage and spices and is wrapped in a light puff pastry. These are also made with no artificial ingredients which is always a good thing. You bite through soft, flaky puff pasty and then slow down slightly as your teeth come into contact with a solid mass of spicy pork sausage meat. Each bite, even a smaller bite, is quite hearty. The pastry is lovely. It really is light and almost buttery. It's not too greasy and didn't immediately leave me grabbing for tissues to wipe my hands like a Greggs sausage roll tends to do. The sausage meat is also very nice. Unlike with many other sausage rolls you actually get something that resembles meat instead of a grey/pink mound of mush. The filling has a nice meaty texture and you instantly know that you are eating decent enough quality pork. The spices come through nicely without being overpowering. I prefer to eat these cold. They are still ok when heated up but tend to go quite greasy when hot, especially when you heat them in a microwave. The meat filling also tastes much better and meatier when cold. The only downside to Ginster's sausage rolls is that they aren't exactly the most healthy snack. Each 140g roll contains: - 499 calories - 13.1g protein - 37.5g fat - 1.79g salt - 2.9g fibre Overall I would recommend these as the best sausage rolls that you can get in your local supermarket. As long as they are on the special £1 deal with 20 bonus clubcard points at Tesco I will treat myself to one maybe once a week.