Lean NZ Prime Beef, seasoned with natural spices then genuinely wood smoked for flavour and aroma that's just right.
Beef (92%), Water, Mineral Salts (451, 450), Acidity Regulators (331, 262), Antioxidants (316, 301), Preservative (250), Vegetable Gum (415), Natural Wood Smoked.
Made in New Zealand from local and imported ingredients.
When we opened the pack, we were impressed by the strong smoky aroma that greeted us. Of all the products we have tried in this range, the wood smoke element in this one was the most impressive. Because of this, I thought I might try it out with my own fusion Surf'n'Turf recipe - something which needs a meat product that can hold its own against the other equally full-bodied ingredients. To make sure it would make the grade, I first removed two slices from the packet so we could sample them on their own. The taste matched the smell; spicy, smoky, and very meaty.
The dish starts off a dozen cooked prawns - these are poached in a mixture of garlic and lime juice, and then wrapped individually in thin slices of strongly flavoured precooked meat. The rolls are secured with toothpicks. The meat and prawn rolls are then added to a bed of hot laksa noodles and decorated with sliced peppers (I used a combination of green and yellow). When we took our first taste, we were both delighted to find that the various elements of the dish had all retained their individual taste; the prawns had not affected the smoky taste of the beef at all.
I had three slices of beef left, so I put them into a sandwich and added a little coleslaw. We had half each and once again agreed that the beef more than held its own with the acidity of the slaw. I can see that there could be lots more ways of using the product, something I will be investigating when I get another packet. My friend suggested that we might try it with olives and cherry tomatoes as an entree, and that is certainly worth considering.
Given that one 100-gram packet (two servings) contains 517 KJ and just 1.8 grams of saturated fat, the product is reasonably healthy for those on a restricted diet. It is also lower in salt than most processed meats. It is useful to know that this is a product that can be safely eaten by those who are watching their food intake. "Convenience" foods are not always so user-friendly. I also noticed that the first two slices we had tried (on their own) were not at all greasy; they were quite dry and very tasty - something that could easily be eaten as is without any additions at all. Although the chilled shelf life is generous, I cannot see it lasting in my fridge once it is opened. I suspect that might be the case for others who try it as well!
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