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REAL HONEST FOOD
Living in Cornwall and being a huge fan of Plymouth Argyle you can’t really get away from Ginsters. You also can’t really get away from the rumours and tales of how they produce their food. I am sure for those of you who have visited Cornwall and tried a Cornish Pasty you have been impressed by the taste and possibly even been addicted by the clever little inventions.
HISTORY OF PASTIES
You can’t really go into the History of Ginsters without giving a little insight into the creation of the ‘Cornish Pasty’. Traditional Cornish Pasties were created to serve as a main meal and a dessert. Wives of miners would make a pasty that was filled with the nutritious diet required for a days work. Half the pastry would be filled with diced meat (usually beef), potato, and vegetables such as carrots, cabbage and onion. The other half would be filled with a sweet filling such as apple. The pastry would then be folded half and crimped at the top. The pasty would be put in the oven to bake. The crimping would be held by miners, the filling and pastry would be eaten leaving the crimping to be thrown away. They did this as the chemicals and substances on their hands were highly poisonous. The pasty was the first product made at Ginsters.
I must say I have always been impressed by the community spirit of Ginster’s. In the past when planning and organising fundraising events they have been very eager to support a local cause. Whether it’s providing food for a charity conference, social or event they have done so happily and have been excellent with deliveries and range of products.
The Ginsters family used to farm in Callington, Cornwall one year they decided to start a bakery to make the famous Cornish pasty. The bakery although rather large is still situated in Callington (Head office) and still producing pasties, amongst other fine products.
The range of products is rather large, I only say that as our University managed to receive cheap products with a Ginsters sponsored microwave and fridge. Following a delivery it was quite easy to get lost amongst the boxes and packets of yummy supplies. Off the top of my head Ginsters produce Sandwiches of which my favourite was the King Prawn and Chilli sandwich. They produce a variety of pasties, savoury wraps, savoury bars, pastries and pies. We did have a limited edition apple pasty not long ago which was amazing. Anyway this review is about ‘The Cheese and Onion Slice’ which is nice but not my best Ginsters product.
THE GINSTERS SLICE RANGE
You can get many different fillings in the ‘slice range’ such as peppered steak, chicken and mushroom or ham and cheese. I am reviewing the ‘Cheese and Onion Deep Filled slice’. Whilst I like both Cheese and onion I prefer then separate or with different combinations such as ‘steak and onion’ that aside however I am found of a ‘Cheese and Onion’ slice with beans and chips/jacket potato.
The slice is nice with its puff pastry on the outside and filled with some of the best Cornish potatoes, cream, Cheddar and mozzarella. It is quite tasty when heated. I do not like eating cold cheese so this product is better when hot. The Mozzarella does make the product a lot better, especially when hot as it is quite stringy...yum.
2018K calories 1.56g salt 30.5g fat In comparison to some other Ginsters products i.e. the Buffet bar or wraps this product is quite high in fat and calories.
Warns that it contains Gluten, egg, milk and states that it ‘may contain traces of nuts’ so obviously if you have an allergy to any of these ingredients you best not eat this product.
The price of the Cheese and Onion Slice ranges between 99p and £1.99 depending on where you purchase the snack. Ginsters products on average range between 89p and £4.50, the savoury slices are fairly cheap in comparison to the pies and sandwiches.
I did mention earlier that Ginsters have been subject to many rumours and stories, whether these are true or not doesn’t really affect the lovely taste. I have however been guilty of a phase where I was completely ‘off’ Ginsters due to these rumours, however people how have worked their in the past have only had nice things to say about the products and bad things to say about management. Rumours about where the food comes from, how it is cooked or stored has been a local topic of conversation. I have however never heard of food poisoning or poor hygiene inspections. Another rumour centred on the employment of illegal immigrants, however nothing was picked up following an enquiry.
I would recommend any Ginsters product. The fine ingredients and excellent quality of ‘stuffing’ makes any Ginsters product a real treat. The creation of pasties from hundreds of years ago has inspired many products today and the useful pocket for the tasty filling makes the ‘Cheese and Onion Slice’ and excellent ‘grab and go’ snack.