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      24.05.2010 08:05
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      Cheap egg for cheap price

      I always like snacks and love most foods and since I am on a lower budget, I am trying lots of different lower brands of foods to save money and I am finding most of them are quite tasty and I saw this Scotch Egg for only 31p recently from the Tesco Value range and thought I would give it a go. It comes in a transparent plastic wrapper, it is very basic and inside is the round hard boiled egg, covered with sausage meat and coated in breadcrumbs and the colour is nice and golden. The texture of the breadcrumb coating is quite firm and when the egg is eaten with the sausage meat it tastes absolutely delicious. I prefer to eat it straight from the fridge as it is nice and firm, as when eaten without it being in the fridge it tends to be a little more softer for my liking. I think it would be a nice food for picnics as it is a change from just the usual sandwiches and although it will not be as firm it would still be nice and tasty. I think it would be nice for parties and can easily be cut into 2 halves and also cut the same way to share with someone as a snack, although I would prefer one to myself lol. The egg is a good size and can easily fit into a lunch box for packed lunches and if you are on a lower budget as I am, I think it is a cheap addition to a packed lunch and it is very filling and satisfying. Each egg contains 285 calories, 0.3g sugar, 18.1g fat, 4.9g saturates, and 1.4g of salt. It has approximately a weeks best by date, which is very good in my opinion and it can be kept in the fridge to keep it nice and fresh and ready for when you want to eat it. I think for a very cheap scotch egg and for the very low price I think it was not as bad a taste as I first thought it would be, but I do prefer the higher branded ones, but it did satisfy my hunger but I probably would not buy it again. I rate it 4 stars.

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        03.03.2010 17:46
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        A false economy

        Strange things, Scotch eggs. Who was it, I wonder, who first said, "Hang on lads, I've got an idea! Why don't we hard boil this egg and then wrap spiced sausagemeat around it, and coat the lot with breadcrumbs?" We'll probably never know, but whoever it was I pay tribute to them now. I absolutely love Scotch eggs, but in general I stick to rather more upmarket varieties than this. The enormous ones my local butcher produces are hard to beat, but I kept an open mind as I bought this version. As you would expect from a Tesco Value product, this Scotch egg is cheap: a mere 31p makes it one of the lowest-priced snacks you can buy. After a rather longer wait than I'd been expecting at the checkout (the self-service tills had all gone funny, so I had to queue) I got outside and took a look at the wrapper. Such as it was: it's really no more than a bit of clear plastic with a few text panels on it. Still, for this price I'm not complaining. About that. Nutrition information is much as you'd expect: we are solemnly informed that this product contains egg; I have my suspicions as to whether Tesco are doing that to inform allergy sufferers or whether in fact their greater fear is that we might not be able to tell just from eating it. It also contains wheat and gluten, and naturally is unsuitable for vegetarians and anyone who can't or doesn't eat pork. One egg provides 285 kcal - a little more than the average chocolate bar - and a frightening amount of fat and salt: in both cases, around a quarter of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount! Rather oddly, the cooking instructions insist that you make sure the product is piping hot before serving; since Scotch eggs are already cooked and can be eaten cold, why does this matter? The egg doesn't look all that appetising, being a little too orange for my liking - I suppose that's caused by the paprika colouring - and when you hold it, it feels rather dry. It doesn't really smell of anything either, and the five spices listed in the ingredients (pepper, nutmeg, ginger, mace and pimento) are not noticeably in evidence. On the plus side, it's a reasonable size and when you shake it (I always do this with Scotch eggs!) the egg inside does feel as though it's sitting loose inside its casing as it should be. Into my mouth it goes, then. Oh dear. You remember my comment about the lack of spicey smell? Well, that's the case with the taste as well. In spades. I have never, ever, had a Scotch egg that was so utterly devoid of interest in its flavour. The texture isn't so bad, but that's hardly fair compensation. It doesn't taste of meat, it doesn't taste of spice - heck, it doesn't even taste of artificial additives as any self-respecting bottom-of-the-barrel savoury snack should do. That's because it doesn't contain any. It could have done with some, quite frankly. As for the egg... well, again, it's just there. A boring, dry bulky mass with little obvious change in taste between the white and the yolk. It doesn't look too bad, but again it just isn't up to the job of satisfying you. Suffice it to say that this Scotch egg is not worth the price it is sold for - and considering how low that price is, that takes quite a bit of doing. I've eaten plenty of Tesco Value foods over the years that have been entirely acceptable, but this product is not one of them. You can get a pack of two standard (ie non-Value) eggs from the same supermarket for 85p, and they beat this thing out of sight without even breathing hard. Avoid, even if you're broke.

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          17.02.2010 14:16
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          Yum!

          This product set me back only 31p, and as a result, I feel it truly lives up to its 'value' billing. The packaging lacks sex appeal, but gives it to you straight. Inside you can see the cheeky fella just waiting to be consumed, his orange exterior providing a 'come get me' plea to potential customers who may otherwise choose a pasty or sausage roll. Once out of the wrapper, the aroma of the scotch egg is second to none and it is advisable to spend 6-7 minutes just smelling the product before popping it in your mouth. One way of eating the scotch egg is to bite off the side, allowing you an exclusive insight into what the scotch egg is comprised of. In the central compartment, a hard-boiled chicken egg is housed, which gives the explanation behind the 'egg' part of its name. The egg is somewhat small and withered, but it is for this reason that reminds me of the scene on 'Return of the Jedi' when Luke finally removes Darth Vader's helmet to reveal his dying father inside. Whilst the Tesco Value Scotch egg does not quite capture the emotion and poignancy of this scene, it is a mightily hearty treat, suitable for all but the most exclusive of gala events. I suggest you get yourself down to Tescos or one of its 'Extra' offshoots, and land yourself one of these delicious snacks!

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            16.01.2010 13:45
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            A Waste Of Money Even Though It Was Cheap!

            We brought some of these scotch eggs over Xmas but I never got round to trying one because there were too many other nicer things to eat! It costs 31p and comes in a naff crinkly plastic bag with the Tesco Value label on it, it doesn't look very appetising to me and even when you unwrap it I don't think it looks that nice. A scotch egg is a whole egg that has been wrapped in sausagemeat and then covered in breadcrumbs. I know it sounds manky but if you get a good one then it's delish, the trouble is this isn't a good one and is so mega dry that it nearly choked me! Even though the scotch egg is quite big the egg inside is tiny so that you can hear it rattle when you shake it! lol I think it would be better if they'd actually made the sausagemeat fit the egg because it just looks and feels cheap and nasty like this. There's hardly any taste to the sausagemeat and it's mega dry, the breadcrumbs don't help with that either and they're so dry they made me cough and get a drink. The egg is a bit rubbery but when I bit into the bit that had the yolk it was quite nice even though the yolk is majorly small. This scotch egg was too dry for me, I reckon you could easy choke in it because of how dry it is. I ended up dipping mine in mayo just to give it a bit of flavour and also to moisten it enough that I could swallow it without panicking that I was going to choke! I only ate half of it plus the whole egg in the finish because the lack of flavour put me right off and I thought it was too boring to eat all of it. The breadcrumbs are the worst thing about it because they drop off all over the place and haven't got any flavour anyway. We got some scotch eggs from M & S recently and they was loads nicer, they were still dry but stuff like this always is. The difference is that the sausagemeat tasted like proper sausage and wasn't that dry that I was scared to eat it. They cost quite a bit more but was worth it for the better flavour and texture in my opinion. Not recommended!!!

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              14.04.2009 17:59
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              Ok to fill your belly if your skint!

              When it comes to Scotch eggs I love em as a general rule! I love snacky foods and very rarely eat proper meals so when I saw these and I was starving but on the move last week I decided to buy a couple and pig out. I'd never seen the 'Value' one's at 31p each before and was impressed with the size...like I say I felt starving! lol. The Packaging.... Mainly see through (with blue and white sections of colour on there and white and navy writing) that fits the egg so kind of wraps around it neatly. On it I'm told it is Tesco 'Value' Scotch Egg, nutritional information, ingredients and allergy advice is given, along with weight being stated (113g) a best to display date and best before date is clearly stamped on, cooking instructions (if you want to eat it warm/hot) are given, contact details for Tesco are given and finally there is a bar-code on there. It's cheap, economy looking packaging but contains all the information you could possibly need on it and it serves it's purpose. Heating Instructions.... Can be eaten hot or cold. Not suitable for microwaving. Not suitable for home freezing. Place on a baking tray in a preheated oven (in the centre) 190C/ 375F, (Gas Mark 5) For 25 minutes. The Egg.... Well up until taking a closer look at the packaging for the purpose to give you some information on this product not only did I not know you could eat them warm/hot but I've never sen or heard of it before, so mine was for eating between wandering between shops so was cold which I'm sure is my preferred way lol! It's it's appearance as I said earlier it's large in size. It's round and quite heavy really for something to eat and is bright orange in colour. The reason it is bright orange is because the outside is thickly and moistly (though not soaking or anything lol) evenly coated all over the with breadcrumbs over the sausage-meat with the egg encased inside. Looking through the list of ingredients the breadcrumb mixture does contain colouring which is derived from Paprika but the whole product is advertised with using only natural ingredients and no added colours or preservatives. It all has no real smell and isn't messy to eat as the bread crumbs cling on very well and the whole thing is not greasy or anything. When you bite though the outer layer you are of course met by sausage meat. As is the breadcrumbs you've already got a mouthful of.... the sausage meat is pretty tasteless and bland. I'm told again on the list of ingredients that there are spices in here but I can't detect them one bit. Between the breadcrumbs and the sausage-meat although at first glance the thing appears moist it is as dry as a bone (and mine was well within date by the way lol). I defy you to eat a whole one of these without gagging for a drink! I was so thirsty eating this! The egg is not secure within it once you have bit through and the hole it is sat in is much bigger than needed which gives it a rather hollow feeling so even before eating it if you shake it you can feel it rattling around in there lol. So you do have to watch if eating and walking you don't lose your egg. The egg is hard boiled but is an egg completely in appearance and in taste. Very dry once again but this time least I get an eggy taste from it. Overall.... Lack of flavour completely. Really made me thirsty and just not at all seasoned but it's a real economy buy. If your starving it fills you up but it won't thrill your taste-buds. Worth the pennies? Sure it isn't awful and if you eat to live then fine but if you love quality food then really I wouldn't waste your time on this. My Mum says about some foods that they're not worth putting weight on for and this is an accurate description of this one in my opinion lol. Allergy Advice.... Contains Egg & Wheat. Recipe: Nut Free. Ingredients: Cannot guarantee Nut Free. Ingredients.... Egg (36%), Pork (21%), Rusk, Water, Breadcrumbs, Pork Fat, Onion, Potato Starch, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Stabiliser (Sodium Polyphosphate), Spices (Pepper, Nutmeg, Ginger, Mace, Pimento), Yeast Extract, Flavouring, Egg White, Wheat Gluten. Rusk contains: Wheat Flour, Water, Ammonium Carbonate. Breadcrumbs contains: Wheat Flour, Yeast Extract, Natural Colour (Paprika Extract). Nutritional information.... Per Egg Calories 285 Sugar 0.3g Fat 18.1g Saturates 4.9g Salt 1.4g Priced 31p per Scotch egg only in Tesco stores and can be found in the refrigerator's!

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