Product Type: Jus-Rol Snacks
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Not worth paying extra for!
Jus-Rol Ready Rolled Shortcrust Pastry
Member Name: alicet8
Jus-Rol Ready Rolled Shortcrust Pastry
Advantages: Gives good finished results
Disadvantages: Less value for money and not as convenient as it is supposed to be.
In my house I prefer to make everything from scratch that can be. The one noticeable exception to this is pastry. Making pastry is such a pain and it can so easily be over-worked or just generally give less than perfect results. I find that a really reliable alternative to homemade pastry is the pre-packaged stuff and I even once heard Delia recommend it, which instantly calmed all the guilty feelings I had about cutting corners.
I have always used Jus-Rol pastry in the past. It is a good trusted brand and has delivered on quality time and time again. I had never used the ready rolled stuff before but it was all that was left in the shop on one particular visit and so I thought it would do. Unfortunately I was left a little disappointed.
The pastry comes packaged in a long, thin cardboard box. The branding is the same as on all the other Jus-Rol products which are colour coded according to what type of pastry it is. So the packet I bought had a light blue background to show that it is shortcrust pastry whereas the puff pastry features a green background and I believe that the filo pastry comes in a packet that has a purple background. I find this to be a useful design feature, as I know how easy it is to just take a quick glance at something without properly checking the specifics and then end up coming away with the wrong thing.
Inside this cardboard box you find a single sheet of pastry that has been rolled up with a plastic sheet that stops the pastry from sticking to itself. Although I can't find anywhere how big this sheet of pastry is meant to be I did find that it was a little smaller than I had expected, probably no bigger than 35cm x 25cm, although that is a very crude estimate.
As soon as I took the pastry out of the packet I immediately noticed a difference to what I was used to. The pastry had an almost grey tinge to it and seemed to be very wet and sticky. I had to use a lot of flour to stop the pastry sticking to the surface of the table where I was working with it.
I also thought that the pastry was very thick. So thick in fact that i actually had to roll it out some more. Considering this is a product which has the selling point of being ready rolled this felt a little ridiculous. The whole point of people buying this product was to avoid the faff of having to roll the pastry out for themselves and so to end up having to do it anyway was a little disappointing and made the whole product seem a little pointless. It may seem like I am being a little dramatic but it just felt like one big inconvenience. The one upside to this was that it made the sheet of pastry a little bigger and so it stretched a bit further than I had previously thought it would.
Once cooked the pastry looked and tasted very similar to how Jus-Rol products had in the past, which was cause for great relief because I had been expecting disastrous results after everything I have written above. I know the finished product should be all that matters but all the extra hassle did make me feel slightly less excited about my baked goods than usual.
Finally, I think it is worth mentioning that this product has to be taken out of the fridge for at least half an hour before you use it. Although it does state this on the back of the packaging it wasn't something that I noticed until I came to use the pastry so it was a little annoying to have to find something else to do for a while and I think goes a long way to explain why I was so easily irritated by it later on. In all honesty, I am not entirely sure how essential it is to follow this instruction but seeing as this was my first time using the product I wanted to follow the directions exactly. I have heard of a few people being caught out by this so maybe this information needs to be made more prominent on the packaging.
Overall, I wasn't entirely impressed with this product. It is obviously designed to be a convenience product what with it being ready rolled and because of this you get a lot less actual pastry for your money. I don't mind paying a premium for convenience if the product is up to scratch but in this case it just isn't. To me it is madness to market a product as being ready rolled when in fact it is far too thick to be of any use and you still have to roll it out a bit yourself. I certainly won't be bothering to buy it again. Instead I will stick to the other products in the Jus-Rol range.
Still want to give it a try? This product is available in supermarkets but really varies in price depending on where you shop. You can pay from £1 up to about £2.40 for 320g. This product can be frozen as long as it is used within a month.
Summary: Good idea that doesn't quite meet expectations. Other products in the range are a lot better.