Slow cooked Pig Cheeks

I’m always on the lookout for cheaper cuts of meat and if it’s something new to me – all the better. So last week whilst looking around Waitrose – I spotted them selling pig cheeks. I’ve previously had ox cheek, but never before even heard of pig cheeks.

Slow Cooked Pig Cheeks in tomato ragu served on flat mushrooms with jacket potato and green beans
Slow Cooked Pig Cheeks in tomato ragu served on flat mushrooms with jacket potato and green beans

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Using the Slimming World Syns Calculator / Syns Estimator (Updated September 2018)

(Update September 2018 – the “Syns Calculator” has been replaced with the “Syns Estimator”. This is probably a more accurate description. They have also changed the layout slightly it appears. This does mean that the document below is not 100% accurate, however the functionality is still there as before. I will endeavour to try and get the document updated as quickly as possible).

Slimming World provide (for its members) a “Syns Calculator” for working out the syns on products that do not appear in the Syns Online database.  Whilst they do offer a help page – in my opinion at least – it’s not the best as there are no images on their help page. As such I have often come across people who get stuck using it.  So I created this “guide” as extra help (on top of Slimming World’s own help page as above) to guide people.

The Syns Calculator is not a perfect tool and if/when products get added to the Syns Online database – you may find that syn values are different to what the calculator says. I would strongly recommend that if the item is in the database – use that value, not the calculator value (even if that is lower) as the team responsible for updating the database have access to much more powerful tools (and therefore more complex) for working these things out then the Syns Calculator could ever give us.

The “small print”

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