“ Brand: Ginsters / Type: Snacks „
I like all of the Ginsters range I have tried, and this is up there as 1 of my favourite. This doesn't seem to be as well sold at the Steak or Chicken ones, which is annoying, but when I come across these slices then I get a couple. They do for a nice hot lunch at work, or quick snack in the house.
I believe these cost around £1.40 per slice. They are quite large, wide and sort of thick as well, so it's an ok price in my view.
You can eat these hot or cold, but hot is certainly so much better. After all in this one the Cheese wouldn't melt if it wasn't hot. You can cook these in the oven which is probably best as the pastry goes all flaky, but that all takes time, so it's normally a Microwave job for me. Just 90 seconds makes this piping hot, with the inside cooked well. YEs, the pastry is soft, and perhaps that bit greasy, but it's ok once in a while. Just a bit like a Greggs Sausage Roll pastry.
There is a good amount of filling in here. Then again I would probably expect that since it says Deep Filled. The cubes of Ham are perhaps the odd bit fatty, but you don't tend to taste that with the generous amount of Cheese melted over the top. It is like a lighter Cheddar and the 2 flavours go together well.
Don't have 1 here with me just now, but the calories and fat aren't that good, but i'm sure you would expect that with the type of product this is.
A nice tasty snack on the go.
I love Ginsters cornish pasties but for my dinner today I had one of their ham and cheese slices and even though it was nice it wasn't worth the £1.89 I paid for it because it made me feel sick after I'd eaten it and I was starving half an hour later!
I had mine hot and it took 20 minutes in the oven, I could have nuked it but I don't like pastry products done in the microwave because they go too stodgy. You can have it cold as well but I don't fancy a chilled cheese and ham slice because the whole appeal of them is that the cheese goes hot and soft.
There's quite a lot of filling in this slice and I was happy about that because a lot of these slices are proper flat once they've been cooked. The pastry rises good and it looks nice and golden, when I cut through the pastry I saw straight away that it was nice and crispy because I got shedloads of flakes on my plate.
The cheese is creamy but the taste isn't very cheesy, it's very mild like a cheese sauce and not like proper cheese. I know it's a sauce anyway but I would have liked it to be a bit stronger in cheese flavour. There's quite a bit of ham in it and it's cut into thick slices that taste nice and meaty, I wouldn't say the whole slice tasted of ham because it was only when you happened to get a couple of pieces in your mouth with not too much pastry that you could taste it really.
It was nice but I probably won't bother again because the pastry is quite thick and it bloated me out, like I said though I did feel hungry again after a bit and ended up having beans on toast after trying to control my greed! lol
I dont tend to eat many of these type of ready prepared snacks, however today I was in a rush to make lunch for work and didnt have time to make my usual sandwiches so just grabbed what i could that was quick and easy out of the fridge, and this is what came to hand.
I do however think that this is the only good thing about this ham and cheese slice, the fact that it is quick and easy.
Firstly the price, although i have never bought one in the past I have regularly seen them at about £1.50, which for what it is I think is quite expensive, sometimes supermarkets will offer two for £1 which is obviosly a lot better, it just means that you have to work your way through two and not one!
Next, gthe product can be eaten hot or cold, as I didnt have an oven, I ate it cold, i do think though that you tend to buy this as a convienience food, and having to cook it in a way defeats the point of this. When i opened the package the top was all crumbly and made it very difficult to eat. Once i managed to get a decent amount in my mouth i may as well have not bothered. If you didnt know that it was a 'Ham and cheese' slice, you would struggle to guess what was in it. It tastes quite artificial and the ham is quite hard and tasteless and the cheese is quite strong but not too nice. Overall this mixture is a very stodgy mush!
I didnt expect too much from it, but i did expect it to taste half decent considering the price. My reccomendation would be to buy some sandwiches if your looking for a convenience food whilst out, at least you know what you are getting!
I'm not a huge fan of Ginsters stuff. I tend to feel bloated and a bit sicky after I have eaten them. But at least I know what I'm getting and they are widely available in convenience stores. Sometimes when I need to grab something, these are a tasty alternative to proper nutritious food!
You can have this hot or cold. They taste far better hot but I only ever eat them when I am in a rush so tend to have them cold. They aren't too bad cold, but the cheese goes runnier when you heat it. As a cold snack, the filling tends to be a bit thick.
The taste of the cheese and ham is both quite strong and quite artificial. It isn't great by any means. It is edible though and fills a hole. The pastry is nice. It's quite soft and thin, which I much prefer to thick or hard pastry.
The ginsters pasties tend to cost up to £2. This ham and cheese slice is slightly cheaper at about £1.70 or £1.80. Not too bad. Certainly cheaper than a sandwich and much more filling.
Not a bad snack to grab and go but don't expect miracles.
I have always regarded Ginsters as a rather expensive range of products and as such don't really buy their range of savoury snacks. However, the other day I was getting some petrol late at night and had a sudden craving for something like this. I saw this on the shelf and thought 'Why not?' It cost quite a bit, at £1.79 it's definitely not something I would normally go for. I understand thought that petrol stations are always more expensive than other places, so I imagine you can get this for under £1.50 elsewhere. Still expensive, but more bearably so.
I normally eat things like this cold, which is a benefit they have - you can eat them straight away or pop them in the oven for 20 minutes or so and eat them as a hot meal with some veg and potato in some form. I was too hungry to wait, adn as a I had bought it for its ease to eat straight away, I unwrapped it and hungrily started to devour it.
My experience of such dishes is limited to own brand slices where you normally get two slices for £1.50 or something. This was naturally more expensive and I only got one slice, so I was expecting something a bit better. And that is exactly what I got. The pastry covering the filling was soft and flavoursome, and contributed to the overall enjoyment of the product, but it was the filling that I enjoyed most.
The filling is more like a cheese sauce than cheese itself, with bits of ham mixed in. There is a decent portion of the sauce, and there is enough ham, whereas other products would only give you a couple of pieces of ham. The whole ensemble is quite filling, and where I would normally eat both of the slices with an own brand pack, I ate the whole of this one and felt just as full.
The only drawback with something like this is the nutritional content, I guess. There are over 500 calories in this one slice, and over 30g of fat as well. However, you should expect something like this to be high in calorific content and also fatty - it's part of having it.
Overall, I would give this product a thumbs up. It tastes good, and is very filling. I was impressed with the fact that it did have a lot of filling and wasn't mainly air as these things often can be. My advice is to buy this one slice as opposed to own brand packets which cost the same but have two slices - with Ginsters you get just as full and you get a better quality snack/meal.
I was waiting for my daughter to pick me up for a shopping trip when I suddenly came over starving so looked in the fridge for something quick as she was due in less than half an hour. I was about to settle for a cheese and onion sandwich when I noticed the Ginsters Ham And Cheese Slice that I'd bought for my granddaughter. I remembered her saying that they only take a few minutes to cook so decided to have this with a nice dollop of BBQ sauce.
20 minutes in the oven at Gas Mark 5 is all this slice takes and the smell coming out of the oven is mildly cheesy but not as noticeable as some of the other Ginsters products I've eaten recently, the best one smell wise obviously being their lovely Cornish Pasty which fills my kitchen with a spiciness that has me licking my lips in anticipation.
The slice itself is quite large and the pastry on the top puffs up well during cooking so that I needed a big plate, not the side plate I'd got ready because it definitely looks bulkier after I had cooked it. I was dismayed to see all the oil that had come out of this slice onto the baking tray but after I had blotted the slice with a piece of kitchen roll it didn't seem too greasy to the touch.
It's a very tasty snack though. The pastry is fairly light and it has cooked to a lovely looking golden brown. I can taste the greasiness in the pastry, but it's the same greasy kind of taste as you'd expect from a pork pie or similar and to be fair Ginsters aren't exactly known for their health foods are they so why would you expect to be eating a low fat product?
The filling is rich and generous. Like a thick cheese sauce rather than actual cheese, it has lots of large chunks of ham mixed in and together the two flavours are delicious. There is a tang to the filling which I believe comes from the use of a little mustard, but you cannot actually taste the mustard it's just a sort of awareness of it.
The ham is very fresh tasting and has a meatiness that I was not particularly expecting from a snack like this, it has a nice texture too and is much easier to chew than the ham in a cheaper Cheese And Ham Slice I sampled recently. The cheese used for the filling has quite a mild taste which I love, perhaps it could have been a little bit stronger but in this product I think it would be a fine line between 'just right' and 'too strong' and too cheesey would have definitely spoilt it so Ginsters obviously know what they're doing.
A word of warning, the filling in this slice gets extremely hot, as verified by the clouds of steam erupting from the holes on the top of my slice. If you are too greedy you will burn your mouth, it is as simple as that. I allowed mine to cool for five minutes before tucking in and it was still extremely hot but I had to risk a burned mouth as I was in a rush by then!
This is very filling indeed, I could only manage about ¾ of my slice and I was full up. I think this is because it's quite a stodgy food and this is probably because of how fatty and greasy it is. It's very nice though and I think if you had it with a jacket potato and a salad you could quite easily cut one slice in half and have it serve two people. It only cost £1.39 so not terribly expensive for something so tasty and filling.
The nutritional panel on the wrapper is rather terrifying if like me you are dieting and have succumbed to this slice. It's 180g and contains a staggering 512 calories and, wait for it, over 33g of fat! Yes, as I've said before it's quite greasy but I was still shocked at the high numbers! I haven't even bothered to work out the weight watchers points as the snack is well digested by now so why record it on my diet tracker to stress about every time I look at it until weigh day?