Ginsters: Celebrate Cornish Pasty Week

Wednesday 28th Feb 2024 |

Brits know less about pasties than they think: As a nation, we eat a whopping 120 million* Cornish Pasties each year, yet new research from Cornish Pasty-maker Ginsters suggests over eight in ten (86%) Brits have been eating them completely wrong. Despite nearly one in five (19%) Brits claiming to eat Cornish Pasties several times a month, only 16 percent know how they are made, and just one in 20 (6%) Brits know exactly what vegetables go in them. So, in celebration of Cornish Pasty Week (26th February – 3rd March 2024), Ginsters is lifting the lid on how much the nation actually knows, debunking some of the common myths and misconceptions about the pastry favourite in an effort to bolster the nation’s pasty knowledge.

The ins and outs of the Cornish Pasty.

When it comes to what’s inside a Cornish Pasty, more than half (51%) stated they believed carrots went inside the iconic regional pastry, while nearly one in ten (9%) incorrectly claimed leeks were a key ingredient in the traditional recipe. Clearing up the common misconception, Ginsters’ resident Cornish Pasty expert, Graham Cornish, said “when it comes to veg, traditional Cornish Pasties contain just swede, onions and potatoes. Carrots weren’t traditionally grown in Cornwall so were definitely not part of the original recipe!” Graham continues; “The traditional recipe calls for beef, however originally, Cornish Pasties were likely made with rabbit, as it was common and affordable at the time.”

You’re eating them wrong, aren’t you?

How Cornish Pasties should be eaten also seems to be a cause for debate. Nearly half (47%) claim to eat them vertically from one crimped edge to the other, meanwhile 14 percent of the nation eat the crimped side first, saving the filled pastry last. However, another 14 percent did get it right, as Graham describes, “the traditional way to eat a pasty is with the pasty held in a horizontal position and holding the crimp, starting with the filled pastry and working your way outwards. Back in the day, miners would traditionally throw out the crimped bit of the pastry, and mythical faeries known as ‘Cornish Knockers’ would come and eat the crimp when the miners weren’t looking!”

To crimp, or not to crimp?

Crimping itself also appears to have Brits baffled. Ginsters’ survey found that nine percent of the nation believes pasties are crimped between five and ten times and nearly a quarter (24%) believe that it must be crimped by hand to be a Cornish Pasty. When asked about crimping, Graham, who has won several crimping competitions, states: “Traditionally, there are around 20 crimps in each pasty however there is no hard-and-fast rule. Cornish Pasty-makers usually recommend all pasties are hand crimped, but the Cornish Pasty Association says you can use a crimper depending on preference. For us, as we bake so many every day for the nation, it would be tricky to crimp them all by hand! The most important thing is that it is crimped at all: If it’s not crimped, it’s not Cornish”.

Sarah Babb at Ginsters says: “With over half a century’s experience in baking Cornish Pasties, every week is Cornish Pasty Week for us – so we’re pleased to celebrate with the nation and share our love of pasties! Over the years we’ve always put the effort in to producing great tasting Cornish Pasties that are true to tradition and use 100% British beef and locally sourced vegetables. We invite pasty lovers to taste the effort that goes into making our iconic pastry staple”.

Baking an astounding 800,000 pasties a week, Ginsters delivers traditional Cornish Pasties to Brits all over the UK, celebrating Cornish heritage with every bake. While the brand’s Original Cornish Pasty has held Protected Geographical Indication status for 13 years, staying true to the original recipe, its wider range includes both vegan and gluten free options, as well as a variety of flavours, ensuring there’s a pasty for everyone to enjoy.

The Original Cornish Pasty

Celebrate Cornish Pasty Week

This award-winning, beloved Cornish Pasty is the real deal and has Protected Geographical Indication to prove it. It contains 100% British beef, and locally sourced potato, swede, and onion with Ginsters’ distinctive seasoning, for that signature peppery kick which is loved across the country. Finished off with golden puff pastry.

Quorn® Pasty

Celebrate Cornish Pasty Week

The Quorn® Pasty is a game changer for Cornish Pasty-lovers who are cutting back on meat. A delicious mix of marinated Quorn® pieces, potato, onion and swede, are distinctly seasoned with pepper and encased in golden puff pastry.

Gluten Free Cornish Pasty

Celebrate Cornish Pasty Week

Nobody needs to miss out with the Ginsters Gluten Free Cornish Pasty. 100% British beef, potato, swede and onion is combined with Ginsters’ Cornish Pasty seasoning and wrapped in a golden butter shortcrust gluten free pastry.

Cheese and Onion Pasty

A twist on a British classic combination, 100% West Country Cheddar and veg sourced locally from Hay Farm in Cornwall, is combined to create the award-winning Cornish Extra Mature Cheddar and Caramelised Onion Pasty. A cheesy mixture made with West Country milk, encased in golden puff pastry. Finished off with a sharpened hint of apple purѐe and wholegrain mustard in every bite.

Chicken and Bacon Pasty

Celebrate Cornish Pasty Week

British roast chicken is accompanied by smoked bacon to create the perfect combination of complementing flavours. Mixed with potato, onion, spring onion and a hint of mustard, the flavourful mix is encased in golden puff pastry.

Bombay Potato & Spinach Pasty

An aromatic blend of bold and vibrant flavours, Bombay potato and spinach is immersed in a spicy chilli sauce with tomato, onion and garlic, all wrapped in golden puff pastry.

Moroccan Vegetable Pasty

Celebrate Cornish Pasty Week

Inspired by North African spices, the Moroccan Vegetable pasty evokes the wonderful aromas of a Moroccan souk. Golden puff pastry is filled with butternut squash, chickpeas, fruity apricots, dates and roasted red piquante peppers, smothered in a red Harissa and Moroccan Chermoula sauce. This is sure to tantalize taste buds with bursts of authentic flavour in every mouthful.

Ginsters’ range of pasties can be purchased at most major retailers from just £1.95 with options available for those following a gluten free or meat-free diet.