Product Type: Ginsters Snacks
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Ginsters Ploughman's Roll
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Ginsters Ploughman's Roll
Advantages: Huge and tastes ok
Disadvantages: No different to a normal sausage roll!
Walking round a shop when your hungry is such a sin! I'm trying to cut out products that are bad for me. Not because I'm trying to lose weight. I'm not, but because I want to eat healthier. However I saw these Ginsters rolls on offer in my local Nisa shop and I couldn't resist trying one I was starving when I eyed it up!
Long black foil packaging. Really nice and classy actually! On the front I'm told it's a Ginsters of Cornwall product. Then I'm told it's a Large Ploughman's Roll and the size of my product is stated (140g). I'm then told it's fresh British pork sausagemeat with mature cheddar cheese, spring onions and pickle, wrapped in a light puff pastry. Then there is a photograph of the roll and the best before date is stamped in black on that and in white writing I'm told it's 'real honest food'.
On the back of the packet I'm told a bit about Ginsters, ingredients are listed, allergy advice is given and there is a bar code. Then I'm given a full nutritional rundown, told it can be eaten hot or cold and given heating instructions and told it is suitable for home freezing and contact details are given for Ginsters.
'Here at Ginsters we love fresh, wholesome and satisfying food. We source as locally as possible to keep a close eye on the quality. So we know it's packed full of natural flavour. With no added artificial ingredients. We wouldn't have it any other way'.
Well so excited was I that I chose to eat mine cold cos I have no patience.
If you wish to heat it up stick it on a baking tray in a preheated oven on 180c (350f), Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutes from chilled or 25 minutes from frozen or alternatively zap in in the microwave for about 1 minute. Now it says it can be cooked from frozen and the packaging advised me of this and you can also freeze for a month (recommended).
So yes I ate mine cold. First impressions do count! Well it was huge. Well in my mind it was anyway. To me this is a more than an adequate snack and would be great with other things for a lunch. I pulled it out my packet and was greeted by lattice pastry (pastry with holes in it). I couldn't see the meat mixture but the pastry was lighter around the holes. It was a golden brown cooked colour and looked packed full. The sealed ends of roll had a little dried on inner mixture peeping out giving the impression of something crammed full. Yes it looked tempting!
As I bit into it the first thing I thought was the pastry wasn't that light. In my mind light means at least a little bit flaky. This wasn't at all. I wouldn't call it stodgy but it was quite thick but still remaining moist enough. Well at least I didn't get in a mess was one added benefit.
Now with my experience of Ginsters products (quite vast, I'm a pig by own admittal) when you cook their products they do crisp up a bit but if you microwave them the pastry does go soggy so do remember mine is cold out of a shop refrigerator and this is how I found mine.
Immediately biting the end I was impressed I wasn't just met by a mouthful of pastry. I then nibbled to the filling.
I wasn't that impressed with the pastry as it didn't contain very much taste but it was easy to chew up and swallow but it wasn't flavoursome. It just gave me the impression it happened to be there to transport the filling to my belly! So I was excited about the filling. Now on the wrapper it says pork sausagemeat with mature cheddar, spring onions and pickle. Sounds good? Well it's ok.
The sausagemeat texture is well blended and smooth. On the photograph on the packet it came in it shows me a picture of my roll. It's cut so it reveals the mixture in the piccie. Well it looked nothing like the one I held in my hand. On the photograph the mixture looks very textured and you can see a couple of cubes of carrot and the mixture looks more minced and fresh.
Well no. Mine was a greyish colour with slight flecks of what looked like pepper in it but it was smooth and dense so not the same at all. Ok so that's the look of it, not quite what I had expected but it still has time to redeem itself so never mind it's the all important taste test that counts the most.
So loads of filling to be fair this is for a hungry tum but the flavour of the filing was a complete let down. I got the taste of an ordinary sausage roll. I don't mind them but this isn't meant to be one! I got a good meaty pork flavouring and I got a good seasoned taste but as for tasting cheese or spring onions, carrots, courgette or onions er no. It was a sausage roll! I never got any creaminess from the cheese and the only thing I felt in my mouth was one or two pieces of what I think was pickle.
When you read cheese and pickle on this and the fact it is a 'ploughman's roll' you do expect a sort of Branston pickle type thing to be happening. You wouldn't order a ploughman's in a pub or something and expect dried or pickled pickles would you? Well this is what I got some kind of tiny chunk of green pickle and like I say only one or two of them at the most. I didn't get a vegetable taste of swede or carrot or any of the ingredients listed and basically although it tasted quite nice it's disappointing if your expecting something a bit different. Like I say it's ok but it is run of the mill and if your trying to eat healthy this isn't a product worth breaking your regime for!
Would I buy it again? Well yes cos it's a high quality product and it tastes ok. I would definitely cook it next time however to see if that helps it taste a bit nicer and a bit more interesting. It does taste fresh and can substitute a meal but I wouldn't go mad for them!
Contains Milk, Wheat, Barley, Gluten, Egg.
Nutritional Information... Per Roll (140g)
of which is sugars 1.7g
of which is saturates 15.4g
salt equivalent 1.71g
Mine cost me £1.89 and they can be found in refrigerators all over the place!
Summary: It's not bad but really nothing special!