October 24, 2012 at 12:22PM via Instagram http://instagr.am/p/RKchfiiczZ/
Sausage Roll Wars – The Ginger Pig vs Greggs The Baker
Since I posted the review of The Ginger Pig’s Sausage rolls I received several comments comparing The Ginger Pig‘s rolls to the rolls by Greggs The Baker. (e.g. “that’s the ANTI GREGG’s roll”. So… in the interests of fairness here’s a Greggs vs Ginger Pig comparison. (Picture: LEFT:- Ginger Pig, RIGHT:- Greggs)
Taking a single bought-over-the-counter Ginger Pig Sausage roll and comparing it to the same from Greggs. I asked three simple questions.
- Q1. How much meat do you get in a roll?
What percentage of each roll is meat (by weight)?
- Q2. Is the sausage roll value for money?
What is the per kilo cost for the sausage roll?
- Q3. Is the meat in the sausage roll value for money?
What is the per kilo cost for ONLY the meat only in the sausage roll?
October 24, 2012 at 03:12PM via Instagram http://instagr.am/p/RKv-7qCc98/
SO WHAT DID I FIND?
Well, there’s a whopping 72% meat in a Ginger Pig Roll verses a paltry 41% in a Gregg’s Sausage Roll, no surprises for anywhere who can see the photos! (Ans. Q1)
However, the surprise is that, on a price per kilo basis, Ginger Pig is actually more expensive than Greggs by 20%. (Ans. Q2) So for those of you who don’t care about the meat to pastry ratio, Greggs is the better bet.
The problem is, without exception, the people I have spoken to are more interested in the meat than the pastry. In that case, Ginger Pig is a far better bet as Greggs is 33% more expensive when you just consider the weight of the meat . (Ans. Q3)
Well it’s clear that Ginger Pig has more meat and is better value for money in the meat stakes. However, for those looking for a cheaper alternative Greggs The Baker is better value, that is if you think all meat is the same. Rather alarmingly the Greggs sausage meat is a dull grey hue rather than more traditional pink colour. Also I have heard a lone voice saying that the Ginger Pig sausage rolls are “too meaty” so maybe it’s down to personal taste. However I definitely know which one I would rather have for lunch.
CONTESTANT 1: The Ginger Pig
CONTESTANT 2: Greggs The Baker
HERE’S THE MATH…
For those of you interested in the calculations.
Q1. Pastry to Meat Ratio (By Weight)
GREGGS 41% Meat (34g Meat Weight / 81g Total Weight)
GINGER PIG 72% Meat (189g Meat Weight / 262g Total Weight)
Q2. Price by Kg of Sausage Roll (meat & pastry)
GINGER PIG £13.35 per kg (£3.50 per roll / 0.262 Kg per roll)
GREGGS £11.11 per kg (£0.90 per roll / 0.034 Kg per roll)
So GINGER PIG rolls are more expensive per Kilo by 20%.
Q3. Price by Kg of Sausage Roll (Meat Only)
GINGER PIG £18.51 per kg (£3.50 per roll / 0.189 Kg of meat per roll)
GREGGS £24.67 per Kg (£0.90 per roll / 0.034 Kg of meat per roll)
So GREGGS rolls are more expensive per Kilo of meat by 33%.
Love the photos Wilkes and having discovered English sausage rolls on a trip to visit the UK when I was a kid – I fell in love with the sausage rolls served on the British Rail train we took from Liverpool to London – I can fully appreciate this posting. Here’s to all good sausage rolls. I am sure the one’s I had on that train ride 35 years ago were more of the Gregg’s variety but I remember them all these years later none the less. I will look forward to trying the Ginger Pig sausage rolls when we are in the UK for the holidays. Thanks for a trip down memory lane.
Thanks for the comment. I think the important point is that sausage rolls aren’t always the same!
See “RECOMMENDED: @GingerPigLtd for the most amazing (and largest) Sausage roll ever!” for my initial review and more details on the Ginger Pig rolls which are over 250g each!
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Not even comparable. . It’s like having a meal from the Dorchester v’s a can of dog food!! Leave the tight arse’s to their dirty one pound sausage rolls from greggs and their fake meat… don’t be giving away our ginger pig secret 😉