Fray Bentos changes its pie recipe to include more meat


FRAY Bentos has used a Masterchef finalist to revamp it’s tinned pies – which now include a third more meat.

Once cupboard staples in British homes and a favourite of the Queen, the famous pies have seen sales slip.  

Fray Bentos has added 33% more meat three years after it cut the amount to save costs

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Fray Bentos has added 33% more meat three years after it cut the amount to save costs

Darren Sivewright, a Masterchef The Professionals semi-finalist and now a Fray Bentos, says it took him six months to get it right. 

He said: “We started this process with one goal – to make a great British classic even greater.

“By adding a third more meat to our recipes we’re now able to satisfy the heartiest of appetites while providing the same, unbeatable Fray Bentos flavour.”

The revamp comes three years after the firm admitted it had CUT meat to save costs. 

Darren Sivewright, a Masterchef The Professionals semi-finalist, now works for Fray Bentos

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Darren Sivewright, a Masterchef The Professionals semi-finalist, now works for Fray Bentos

Darren and his team produced hundreds of pies in a bid to get the new recipe right for the three meat flavours, Steak & Gravy, Just Chicken, and Steak & Kidney

Alongside its iconic meat varieties, Fray has also improved its classic vegetarian option – adding 33 per cent more cheese to its Cheese & Onion recipe to make it even cheesier.

The new meat pies are available at all major retailers now for £2, wth the veggie one coming in November.

The Queen is a big fan of the pies. She shunned dishes made by the best chefs in the world and preferred to tuck into Fray Bentos pies during long flights, her former pilot said in 2019. 

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Other Royal Family members would also consume the Fray Bentos pies during the 90s.

Appearing on a Channel 5 documentary in September last year, Graham Laurie said: “Do you know, they used to love it.

“I think it’s such a lovely change from all that fancy food which comes first class.”

The British brand was founded in 1873 in the Uruguayan city of Fray Bentos, and produced tinned corned beef that was sold globally.

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It was a staple for Allied troops in both world wars.

It later became famous for a wide range of British-recipe pies, including steak and kidney and chicken and mushroom, that first went on sale in 1961 and were made in London and then Norfolk.

In 2011, the firm was bought by Baxters who moved production to their HQ in Fochabers in Scotland.

The pies were a hit in the 60s, 70s and 80s when supermarkets sold a smaller, less fancy range of goods and ready-made frozen food was still new.

In the 1990s their popularity waned and they became a cult hit with students and were more of an emergency rather than a treat.

They come in a pie-shaped tin – the same used baked beans, but much wider and shorter – which weights 475g (17oz).

The tin is lined with uncooked puff pastry, which is covered in filling, which in turn is covered with more uncooked pastry.

The top is sealed – leaving the pastry dough with the shape of a tin when first opened.

Fray Bentos pies come in a pie-shaped tin – the same used baked beans, but much wider and shorter – which weights 475g (17oz).

The tin is lined with uncooked puff pastry, which is covered in filling, which in turn is covered with more uncooked pastry.

The top is sealed – leaving the pastry dough with the shape of a tin when first opened.

Noel Radford shows off the whopping pie he has to make his 22 kids for dinner – and it’d feed most families for a week





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