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Food & Drink Mince pies

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  1. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    It begins.
     
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  2. wolfticket

    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    A very brief blast in the microwave will do very little to affect the pastry (negatively or positively), but will warm the filing. Oven is preferable, but I don't want a mince pie in 20 minutes...
     
  3. Mr_Mistoffelees

    Mr_Mistoffelees The Bit-Tech Cat. New Improved Version.

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    I like mince pies cold, with clotted cream.
     
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  4. BeauchN

    BeauchN Multimodder

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    Now that is a mince pie megatest!
     
  5. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Be careful, hospitals are a bit busy at the moment :worried:
     
  6. Cookie Monster

    Cookie Monster Multimodder

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    This needs to be done as the final review on the main site.
     
  7. wolfticket

    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    A least the meds are on standby.
     
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  8. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Ha, so they are :happy:
     
  9. SuperHans123

    SuperHans123 Multimodder

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    Unpopular opinion.
    I think mince pies taste like ass.
     
  10. souper82

    souper82 Retired 'n' Lovin It !

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    That's a strange comparison........Do you eat a lot of ass..?!

    The only mince pies i dislike are from Morrisons...
     
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    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Not sure how to take that, I mean I'm not sure of your opinion on eating ass.

    :happy:

    Edit: Ass ninja
     
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  12. Flibblebot

    Flibblebot Smile with me

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    Custom PC's is available online - tl;dr version is that it's a tie between Mr Kipling & Waitrose. Morrison's gets the wooden spoon, scoring only 1/10.
     
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  13. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Update folks, 8 sets of pies sampled and rated, 5 or 6 to go depending on how I get on at M&S and Co-op this evening. :)

    Safe to say I feel distinctly unwell :D
     
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    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Your sacrifice is not in vain.
     
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  15. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    So to begin a few words on the testing, the pies selected and what the metrics are, and then we'll dive right in.

    As far as contender selection goes, they were the 6-pack full size ones where available, or at a pinch the miniature versions, on the shelves of the supermarkets when visited - no second chances, no online orders. If they're not on the shelf they're not tested. No modified pies either - iced, crumble-topped, odd flavours, just the absolute traditional pie.

    All the pies eaten were taken from the centre row of a box of 6, middleish rows from the minis. Sliced for examination then at least a quarter of a pie scoffed in one to get an overall flavour impression. Followed by individual inspection of the components. Between pies a good swig of a cup of tea to clear the palate.

    The contenders, unless noted the "standard" items:
    • Tesco standard and "Finest"
    • Morrisons standard and "The Best"
    • Asda standard and "Extra Special"
    • Sainsburys standard and "Taste the Difference" Mini - no unodified full-size "premium" pies available
    • Aldi standard and "Specially Selected"
    • Co-Op Irresistible deep-filled
    • Marks & Spencer
    • Waitrose
    • Lidl "Deluxe" Mini - no unmodified full-size pies available

    And the metrics:
    • Pastry geometry - thickness of the top, side and bottom, structural capability etc.
    • Pastry shortness - hopefully self-explanatory, but a rating for crumbly. My preference is for the shortest possible pastry.
    • Pastry flavour
    • Filling flavour
    • Filling fruit content - marks for the density of good whole fruit and other ingredients, also for consistency
    Finally, an overall score based entirely subjectively on my opinion, the overall score isn't an aggregate or weighting of the individual ratings.I've made no consideration for aesthetics here because a) my brain is terrible at anything like that and b) you're going to eat it, who cares?
     
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    Thorough and right to the point - Looking forward to your results (hope your pancreas can take it)....
     
  17. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    First up, Tesco's offerings.

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    Asda:
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    M&S:

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    Waitrose:
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  18. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    I've compiled everything into a spreadsheet, so the thoughts and scores with some supplementary notes:

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    And some graphs too, split into the "standard", i.e. budget pies vs premium offerings.

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    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    And finally, the overall scores.

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    As you can see, the M&S pies take it by a nose. Truly exceptional for a store-bought item.

    Honourable mention for the Aldi Specially Selected for being the boozer's choice, and if you have a cream carpet and lots of guests, you'd do well to invest in the Co-Op Irresistible Deep-Filled pie for their immense structural strength.

    As it's probably clear from the scores the "standard" cheaper pies aren't great, but most aren't that bad either. As a sweet treat to stuff down you could do much worse. It wouldn't surprise me to learn they're all made in the same factory to fractionally different specs. In my case the Asda pies looked like they were probably the last few from a batch once all the fruit has been dished out, as they were mostly just a fruit paste. The pastry itself was also very similar between them.
     
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  20. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    So there we have it! Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to have a ham sandwich and a lie down :grin:

    p.s. Apologies that some of these photos are a little blurry, for some reason my Pixel 6 seems a bit flaky.
     
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