“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Snack „
Review of Tesco Value Cheesy Pasty.
In a household with two meat eaters and one vegetarian (me!) it is sometimes difficult to find meals that we can all eat. The meat eaters are happy to have a few vegetarian meals each week but on their meat eating nights, I sometimes feel that I am running a cafe, having to cook separate dishes! I'm not fond of processed foods, but when I saw these Tesco Value Cheesy pasties at only 29p, I couldn't resist trying them, thinking that they would make a quick meal for me when the others eat meat.
The 150g pasty is presented in a clear plastic packet. The Tesco log appears on the front of the wrapper in red and white writing. There is a basic nutritional chart at the bottom, close to the best before date. The reverse of the packaging carries the cooking instructions, oven cook for 18-20 minutes from chilled or 35-30 minutes from frozen, ingredients, allergy advice, a full nutritional values and contact details for Tesco. With all Tesco Value products, the packaging is very plain and basic.
**The Appearance, Taste & Texture**
A traditional half moon shaped pasty, made with a flaky pastry. The pasty looks very tempting, with it's golden pastry and the smell is savoury and cheesy.
The pasty appeared full and held it's shape well when heated as per the instructions, the cheesy aroma developed as it heated through and I was really looking forward to my supper as I took it out of the oven.
As I cut into my lovely, hot pasty, I was amazed to find a sliver of yellowy looking substance laying forlornly on a layer of puffed up pastry. It was the filling, if it could be classed as a filling! What a disappointment. The actual taste was OK, no more than that as there was so little filling that I was hard pushed to taste anything at all other than pastry.
The texture of the pastry was quite good, fairly light and the taste was as I would expect from flaky pastry. There really wasn't enough filling for me to be able to comment on the texture as my meal was basically hot pastry!
Product contains Milk, wheat, gluten, mustard, sulphites, so shoppers sensitive to these ingredients should exercise caution..
Recipe contains no nuts , however Tesco do not guarantee this product is nut free.
Suitable for vegetarians.
I won't bore readers with a list of ingredients and nutritional values, these can be read on the packet if consumers wish to know them.
**Availability and Price**
Available from Tesco stores at 29p per 150g pasty.
Also from www.tesco.com
Tesco contact details.
Tesco Stores Ltd.
Freephone: 0800 50 55 55 (Mon-Sat 9am-6pm)
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
Cheap and not very cheerful, but you get what you pay for. The filling was virtually non existent and what there was of it was very artificial in appearance. Not a product that I will buy again and as a result of my experience, I do not feel that I can recommend this to others.
Thank you for reading.
©Brittle1906 September 2009
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I don't mind the odd Pastry product, but i'm quite partial to the odd Pies and Pasty, so when I saw this one priced at a bargain 29p in Tesco, I thought it was worth a try. I found this at the Chiller cabinet in Tesco next to the Pies and other savoury good. This is part of the Tesco Value range, which is the budget range in Tesco. I've come across some good finds in this range.
The packaging isn't that exciting. The Pasty is in a cellophane wrapper which is see through, and the only writing is a brief description, nutritional information and the Tesco Value branding. The only colours are red and white on this. It had a decent enough use by date on it of 4 days ahead, and it could be frozen and eated within a month of freezing.
You cook this in a 200oc oven for 20 minutes, or 35 if frozen. You can leave this out to defrost, but it should not be refrozen, that's like anything really though.
Once cooked I thought this looked pretty appetising. It looks quite thick, chunky and puffy and there was plenty of Pastry that ended up quite flaky and noy too greasy. When I bit into this I was surprised at the amount of Cheese in here, and again I had an image of this tasting cheap and yukky, but it was surprising. The Cheese tasted quite Cheddary, and a bit stronger than I was expecting.
It didn't taste very well seasoned, and a good sprinkling of Salt and pepper would have went a long way. Also the addition of Onion would have livened this up, even if they had to put the price up say 5p, then I think that would have made all the difference.
After this cooled down a bit I thought it tasted a bit greasy, but if you eat this quick enough, then that shouldn't be a problem.
Worth a try for a snack, or with some Chips and Veggies for a quick, cheap Tea.
I love foods with pastry on them and quite often indulge myself with them. When I was in my local Tesco store I was looking for a vegetable pasty cos I fancied one and I couldn't find a reasonably priced one I opted for this cheese one instead and I couldn't believe the price of it so I bought myself a couple of them!
Clear plastic packet. On the front of it in red and white writing I'm told it is Tesco 'Value' Cheesy Pasty, there is an at a glance nutritional chart to the bottom of it, the best before date is clearly stamped on and there is a bar-code on there. On the back of the packet there are heating instructions (in the oven for 18-20 minutes from chilled or 35-30 minutes from frozen), ingredients are listed as is allergy advice, a full nutritional chart is shown, the weight is stated (150g) and finally contact details for Tesco are given. It is a cheap looking wrapper but it does the job and it is informative enough.
The Pasty And Me:
Well it's half moon in shape, pale golden in colour with lines running through the top. It's quite thick and sort of puffed up.
The first one I ate was cold and eaten that way it is flaky and a bit messy though that is odd about it because it's quite a moist pastry. Saying that though it isn't very flavoursome at all. Plenty of bright yellow filling is in it though and it's smooth and does taste of mature cheese. However I didn't like it cold at all. The pastry although moist stuck to my teeth and the roof of my mouth and simply didn't hold alot of flavour at all.
With the second one I cooked it from frozen which was simple to do. Warmed up it held better but still the pastry didn't taste of anything much and became even flakier! The cheese filling went to mush and there didn't seem so much of it when cooked and for some reason it didn't even taste as flavoursome as what it did cold!
The cheese in this cold was actually quite nice enough but sadly the pastry was a big, fat flop. It had no flavour, didn'' taste at all seasoned or that it contained butter or anything and was too dense for me. It landed in my stomach like a brick cold but then if you heat it up the pastry becomes too messy and the cheese loses it's intensity. this really did a salt pot shaking vigorously at it!
Cheap offering in every way and one to avoid unless absolutely starving I think!
Contains: Milk, wheat, gluten, mustard, sulphites.
Recipe: No nuts
Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free.
Factory: No nuts.
Only available in Tesco stores priced at 29p.