"Hard to believe but this really did come out of a tin"
If you have read any of my “Camping cuisine” blog you will be aware that I am currently in the process of trying several canned dishes and reviewing/writing my thoughts about them. Tinned foods are a staple part of all camping vacations, so checking out different tinned foods makes sense doesn’t it? Well, it does to me……… Anyway back to it, and next on my list of tinned foods is Hunters tinned steak, which I bought from my local budget supermarket, Aldi.
Tinned steak is versatile and there are loads of different dinners and meals you can make with it. Tinned steak works great with canned vegetables such peas, carrots, potatoes, sweetcorn, mixed vegetables…… or a combination, and tinned steak goes great with rice or pasta. My favorite tinned steak dish is a steak cottage pie, which is little more than tinned steak topped with mash potato (I use instant powdered mash potato when I go camping because it is quick, easy to prepare and delicious too). Without further ado here’s my Hunters’ tinned steak review…………………….
Opening the can the first thing that hit me was the smell, which whilst it wasn’t unpleasant it wasn’t appetizing either. The contents definitely had the aroma of a ready-made food but it was a smell I couldn’t put my finger on. Not to be deterred by the smell I pulled the rest of the lid back to see what the tinned steak looked like.
At first glance I was disappointed because it didn’t look that great. Inside the tin was a kind of sludgy brown looking substance with what looked like a few lumps in it. Maybe it was the light (it was heading toward dusk and I didn’t have any lights on) I don’t know, but I wasn’t impressed by the look of the meat.
Emptying the can of steak in to the saucepan was a bit of a faff and the can required a fair amount of vigorous shaking, followed by digging out with a spoon. The contents of the can was thick and there were loads of big meaty chunks inside, which surprised me a bit since at first glance (when the contents were still in the can) it looked more sauce/gravy with a few chunks - it was now confirmed the meat was at the bottom of the can and the small amount of gravy was sat on top of it. I have bought tinned steak before (courtesy of Mr Sainsbury, Mr Waitrose and a couple of premium brands) but this Hunter’s version had the highest meat content of them all, and perhaps a little too much meat for the amount of gravy.
I was tempted to add a little water to the steak to make it go a little further, but because I intended on making a “cottage pie” alternative with the meat I stopped myself. There is nothing worse than having the meat too wet and sloppy that the mash potato sinks in and doesn’t sit on top of it, so I left everything well alone and simply warmed it through on the hob.
Whilst the meat was cooking the gravy thinned out to the perfect consistency. Once the tinned steak had heated through I was glad I stopped myself adding water as if I had it would have been too runny and the mash potato would have sunk in to the meat, which is not good. With the meat at the perfect consistency it was time to smear over the instant mash potato to finish off the dish.
Camping food has to be not only quick and easy to prepare but also delicious too, and the tinned steak delivers on both accounts. Right then, this tinned steak doesn’t taste like “mum’s own recipe stewing steak” but then it never would, would it. Stewing steak, the way your mum used to cook it, is a long, slow and laborious task – which isn’t possible on camping trips.
The only thing I can liken the taste to this tinned steak to is the taste of steak pies fresh from the deli counter of a supermarket. I typically shop at Sainsburys (although this is an Aldi special) and the steak in this tin smells, and tastes just like the fresh steak pies from the deli counter. Yep, the Hunters tinned steak really is that tasty.
If you like stewing steak Hunters tinned steak is a tin you should take with you on your camping vacations and outdoor pursuits. Since discovering the delights of the Hunters tinned steak I make sure I have at least one can in my Elddis Accordo 120 at all times – yep, it really is that good. Give it a go and you won’t be disappointed, trust me.
"Doesn't look too bad" "Meat in saucepan" "Finished cottage pie almost gone"