Thursday, 21 November 2013

Pie eating is in my Heritage

Heritage Minced Beef and Onion Pie Review

We're really entering bargain pie territory now. I picked up two of these Heritage beef and onion pies from a local Nisa store for £1.80 for the pair. I understand that Heritage is essentially the Nisa own-brand. Does the 90p per pie really translate in a bargain, though?

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I must note that I ate this pie cold, straight out the packet. I'm not sure if you're meant to be able to do that, but either way I'm declaring it now that I didn't follow any of the cooking instructions on the packet. If you're not meant to eat it cold at all then I apologise for this, but I'm not convinced it would have affected the final score anyway.

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Condition-wise, as you can see, there is quite a concavity to the lid of this pie. The lid has sunk quite deeply into the middle of the pie, not giving me huge hopes for the structural integrity of the remainder of the pie. The pastry is dry, flimsy and feels of rather poor quality. The colour of the pie is quite pale - perhaps this would darken on cooking though. The filling is very basic - a slightly chewy mush of beef and onion. It tastes fine but nothing special. I'm trying to imagine really enjoying this pie in any shape or form. It would certainly be out of place on a plate covered in gravy with chips. 

Overall, this is a rather bland affair in my opinion. I'd say it was a "basic" pie, but I'd hope no-one considers this to be the basic standard of a pie. The basic standard of a pie should be higher than this very cheap and uninspiring example.

Heritage (Nisa) Minced Beef and Onion Pie
Score: 2.29/7
TJP

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