Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hormel Canned Beef Corned Review

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I'm hoping that Hormel's Canned Beef Corned -- what an awkward name -- will be much better than Hormel's Lean Smoked Ham, which I reviewed earlier. Hormel is a huge corporation with many products, and it is virtually impossible to walk through a grocery store and not see one of their products. Hopefully Hormel's Canned Beef Corned will redeem Hormel.

 Upon opening I smell a scent that is similar to canned dog food, not good so far! the canned beef comes out in one large, slimy can-shaped hunk which is obviously chopped bits of beef formed into a loaf. The meat keeps its form well and is easy to slice into thin slices. I suppose this can be fairly presentable if cut into slices.

Meat Obelisks
The mouth feel is somewhat mushy after it yields to the initial bite. The taste of sodium phosphates and sodium nitrites is very powerful and allows the product to imitate traditional corned beef to some extent. However, the fact that this is a formed patty made out of processed beef and pumped with preservatives means that the taste and texture are only a poor imitation of real corned beef. Furthermore, all the phosphates and nitrites in this product aren't too good for your health.

I sliced this up and fried it along with a riced potato to make some corned beef hash that wasn't bad. The taste of Hormel's Canned Beef Corned is much better after browning on a skillet. I give this two and one half obelisks of meat out of five. Not good nor bad, but rather just an average canned meat product.

At least the cat loved it.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Chicken of the Sea Pink Salmon Traditional Style Review

 Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 1/4 Cup (63g). Servings Per Container: 7.
Calories 90, Fat Calories 45
Total Fat 5g 8% Daily Value (Sat. Fat 1g 6% Daily Value, Trans Fat 0g)
Cholesterol 40mg 13% Daily Value
Sodium 270mg 11% Daily Value
Total Carb. 0g
Protein 12g

Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 10%, Iron 2%

Ingredients: Pink salmon, salt.

I thoroughly enjoyed Chicken of the Sea's Canned Baby Clams so it is reasonable that I was looking forward to cracking open this can to see what waited inside. Inside was salmon fillets that were kept in an aseptic environment, just waiting for me to pull them out. Was I disappointed or overjoyed upon feasting on the contents inside this can? Did my cat enjoy it? Dear reader, read on.

After opening the can there was a nice, deep earthy smell. The smell was not fishy, but reminiscent of a good quality can of tuna packed in water. Firm fillets of salmon were packed generously inside of the can, so much so that the meat retained the curves of the can when removed. The fact that they were packed in water makes the meat a bit firmer and more crumbly than fresh salmon.

 The taste and smell are excellent.The bones will be noticeable in a fish this large, but removing the spinal cord can remedy this at the cost of some calcium. The salmon kept its pinkish hue through the canning process so the presentation is very good. My cat absolutely loved eating this, he couldn't get enough!

This is a very good product that I will definitely buy again if on sale. Chicken of the Sea's Pink Salmon Traditional style has earned five cylinders of canned salmon out of five.