Prime Beef, slow cooked to deliver a true roast flavour.
Beef(78%), Water, Salt, Modified Starch (1412), Stabilisers (451, 508, 450), Thickeners (407a, 415), Acidity Regulators (262, 331), Antioxidant (316), Caramel.
Made in New Zealand from imported and local ingredients.
When I buy a prepackaged meat product, I expect that some kind of rearrangement of the raw product will have taken place. I assume that the slices will be softer than the original product and will be both free of gristle and uniform in colour. It was fantastic to find that this product really is beef in its original just-roasted state. Fine sliced it may be, but it is authentic unadulterated beef. There are some additives (to keep it fresh and to preserve texture) but these are kept to a minimum; the meat content is 91% and at least some of the rest would be water.
I thought the price was reasonable considering that there was plenty to feed two hungry people. I would like to see it available in a 250 pack as well - that would feed a group of between four and six people, and would be less wasteful in terms of packaging. While the packs are attractive, easily stacked, and illustrated with all the information needed to let buyers know what they are getting, they are still made of plastic. A larger pack would not need much more packaging; this would be a bonus for the environment.
Having decided that this was the real thing, there was nothing for it but to make a "proper" roast dinner. I had some freshly dug potatoes which would roast beautifully, and some mashed kumara in the fridge from an earlier meal, so all I needed to do was to add gravy, a little red jam, some more vegetables, and (of course) the compulsory roast beef accompaniment - Yorkshire pudding! Because the meat was already cooked, I had the whole meal ready within half an hour. Just to complete the occasion, it was our coldest autumn evening of the season. There was plenty for two of us to enjoy a hearty meal: washed down, of course, with a generous helping of red wine.
Apart from the one piece I ate when I first opened the packet, I used the rest of the contents for my roast dinner, so I did not have the opportunity to try another couple of possibilities. However, I have always liked roast beef with stir fried chestnuts and rice noodles, so that is something I will experiment with when I get another packet. I would also like to try it on a roll with green salad and a side of hot chips; simple but very nice for an impromptu meal. There are so many possibilities.
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