Monday, 29 November 2021

Traditional Pork Scratchings by Black Country Snacks

 Review by Lynda from Lincolnshire


Price:

£1.10 for 45 grams, which works out as £2.44 per 100 grams


Flavour: 

Not evenly flavoured, some quite bland, and others had me reaching for a drink. Score 3.5


Texture: 

Nice crunch without fearing for my teeth. Score 4.0


Soft bits/hard bits ratio: 

There were a lot of soft parts to balance the crunch. Score 3.0



More-ish-ness: 

Sort of, but had a mega-salty bit last so would have stopped there anyway. Score 4.0


Urgh bits: 

None here. Will mention there was a lot of crumb.


Worth the money? 

Pricey and lots of bits so maybe not. Score 0


Scores On The Doors:

18.0 – Mr Porky – Original Scratchings

15.5 - G. Simmons & Sons - Pork Crunch

14.5 – Black Country Snacks - Traditional Pork Scratchings

8.0 - Midlands Snacks - Traditional Pork Scratchings

6.0 – Picks Butchers, Dorrington – Pork Scratchings




Monday, 4 October 2021

Mr Porky - Original Scratchings

  Review by Lynda from Lincolnshire

Original scratchings from Mr Porky, Corby, Northants


Cost :

£0.89 for 65 grams


Flavour: 

Delicious with loads of seasoning. Score 4.


Texture: 

Crunchy and plenty of soft savoury parts, mostly bite size pieces. Score 4.


Soft bits/hard bits ratio: 

Nearly perfect as you would expect from “the Nation’s favourite” (quote from their packaging). Score 4.


More-ish-ness: 

Absolutely more-ish, hard to stop eating once you’ve had one. Score 4.


Urgh bits: 

No yucky bits here so no points deducted.


Worth the money: 

Yes, and there was just the right amount in the bag. Score 2.


Total points = 18.0


Scores On The Doors:

18.0 – Mr Porky – Original Scratchings

15.5 - G. Simmons & Sons - Pork Crunch

8.0 - Midlands Snacks - Traditional Pork Scratchings

6.0 – Picks Butchers, Dorrington – Pork Scratchings




Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Pick's of Dorrington - Pork Scratchings

 Review by Lynda from Lincolnshire


Pork scratchings from Picks butcher, Dorrington, Lincs.

Cost
 £1 for 100grams.

Flavour: 
Good and savoury but not enough seasoning for my taste. Score 2.

Texture: 
Most of the pieces were extremely crispy with not much of the soft, salty parts. Score 2.

Soft bits/hard bits ratio: 
Nearly all hard bits. Score 1.

More-ish-ness: 
I picked out the ones I could get in without biting as they were so crispy I feared for my teeth! The one I did bite actually shattered it was baked so well. Score: 1



Urgh bits: 
No yucky bits here so no points deducted.

Worth the money: 
No, sorry. Not for me.


Total score = 6


Scores On The Doors

15.5 - G. Simmons & Sons - Pork Crunch

8.0 - Midlands Snacks - Traditional Pork Scratchings

6.0 – Picks Butchers, Dorrington – Pork Scratchings




Saturday, 14 August 2021

Musk's - Pork with Colman's Mustard - Part 1

 Reviewed by our Hertfordshire correspondent Anthony Gascoigne (@AGascoigne77)



Colman’s mustard! What better condiment to put into a banger and being a total yellow mustard lover, I couldn’t wait to break open the bright yellow packaging and get some cooked up for dinner.


On first inspection the sausage had a faint pale-yellow tinge and mild mustard aromas which gave suggestion to the fire which lay within.




So which cookery method for these perfectly formed bangers I asked myself. Summer, BBQ vibes entered my head and swiftly left after the first heavy rain shower. So back into the kitchen and out with the frying pan, my own preferred cookery method for the humble sausage.


With an allotment full of potatoes and spring onions I thought sausage, champ potatoes and some rich onion gravy, after all my go to condiment to support this dish is always the mighty Colman’s mustard. No pressure then Musk’s I thought.



Setting the pan on low the sausages browned nice and evenly with no visible shrinkage at all suggesting some high-quality pork content. It’s always nice when the skins don’t split or burst, and these Musk’s sausages did not disappoint.


So, to the tasting and I should mention at this point that this was a tasting of two very different halves. On one side myself, a total mustard freak, stronger the better and only satisfied when tears are rolling from my eyes. On the other, my wife Adel, the total opposite with a very much finer palate and sensitive to the very suggestion of heat and spice. Together we picked up knife and fork, chinked wine glasses and dug in.



First thing to register was how soft the sausage was, no less meaty than I like but certainly a well-blended filling and the skins are a perfect balance of being robust enough to not split, yet soft enough to not need a second person to do the chewing for you. And then came the flavour, what’s that I sensed, yes, the delicate underlying flavour of that yellow, golden wonder stuff known more commonly as Colman’s mustard, Liquid gold some may even say. And it was at this point our thoughts differed. Whilst Adel reached for the glass with a slight sweat on her brow, I was waiting for that nasal punch of mustard I so love. But this was something more refined and restrained. Certainly, with the unmistakable flavour but something perhaps the masses, even those strange non mustard lovers out there, will enjoy. Clever blending Musk’s you obviously know your sausages. And besides commented Adel ‘you could always have some more Colman’s on the side to fire it right up”. So, I did.


Many thanks Musk’s and Colman’s for creating a mustard sausage with a satisfying hum of heat for the masses. Delicious!













Wednesday, 4 August 2021

G Simmons & Sons - Pork Crunch

 Review by RMS Twitter mate @LittleVillan71


Name of product

G. Simmons & Sons Pork Crunch


Price

£0.55 for 30 grams, which works out as £1.83 per 100 grams – bought from Asda.


Flavour

3.5 Mild saltiness with a hint of artificial flavouring which leaves a slight after taste. Good taste of porky crackling.


Texture

4.0 I like softer scratchings, but not too soft that end up eating dust in your mouth and coughing like you have Covid. These are soft but retain a good satisfying level of crunch. 



Soft bits/hard bits ratio

2.0 All soft and no nasty hard bits.


More-ish-ness

4.0 I found them very easy to eat and would eat more of them with or without a beer.


Worth the money?

2.0 Low cost but a great scratching for the price if you like softer scratchings. Because they are lighter scratchings (Puff) you also see plenty in a bag for the volume of weight compared to that of the harder and denser scratchings, giving the appearance of great value for money.



Scores On The Doors

15.5 - G. Simmons & Sons - Pork Crunch

      8.0 - Midlands Snacks - Traditional Pork Scratchings