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Sainsbury's Basics Fruit Salad

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      18.12.2009 11:59
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      Not as tasty as fresh fruits, but still tasty regarding the price

      I am a fruit lover, but I live by myself so it's not easy to buy a bunch of different fruits and finish them all before it goes bad. I am so bored with eating apples & oranges everyday. I spotted this fruit salad while I was hunting for ice cream. I thought it was pretty cheap and had different kinds of fruits so I bought to try it out.

      Just 1 pounds for 480 grams, I think it's a good price because it is mix of apple, melon, grapes, mandarin segments and pineapple pieces.

      As it belongs to the Basics range, the packaging is very simple. Just a plain white polythene bag with some information and a picture of a bowl of fruit salad on it. Nothing special, really.

      What is good about frozen things is that we can keep it for years, and whenever we need, we just need to defrost a little bit, enough for us to enjoy. Once defrosted, it's pretty obvious that most of the fruit pieces are apple and melon but there are quite decent quantities of whole red grapes, mandarin segments and pineapple too.

      The taste:
      The apple is pretty decent, doesn't have much difference from fresh apples though. The grapes are the tastiest, in my opinion, and the pineapples are pretty much the same as fresh ones as well. However, the melon is more like ice to me, there is no real taste, just like a cube of ice with melon flavour. And I don't like the mandarins either.

      Of course you can't expect it to be as good as fresh fruits, I think the taste is ok, and for that price, I can't complain much.

      It's easy to prepare. You just need to place the fruits on a serving plate and leave to defrost at room temperature for 2 1/2 hours or in a refrigerator overnight.

      A quick way to enjoy fruits. It's filling and only contains 30kcal per 80g serving, a good source of Vitamin C.

      It's good to eat alone or would be nicer if with some ice cream. Oh, yummy!
      And it would be great for smoothies as well.

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      26.08.2009 03:02
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      Obviously they are not as good as fresh fruit, but they are just so good for you.

      Sainsbury,s Basic Fruit Salad.


      Comes in a white plastic bag, with a picture of a bowl of fruit on the front of the packet. And a picture of these pieces of fruit. You will have to cut the edge of the bag off, with a pair of scissors, to open it. I take out just what i need for myself, or if anyone is over enough for two, then pop the rest back into the freezer for another day, i twist the bag, then add a clothes peg to secure the opening to stop the fruit pieces falling out all over the freezer.

      I brought mine and just fancied a change from the usual tinned fruit salad.They cost me £1.08p from Sainsbury,s.

      I was well impressed with these pieces of fruit, not only did they look like those on the packet they were nice healthy portions too, the apple and melon were in large sized pieces, the mandarins were good too, and the grapes were not only green but red too (whole ones too at that).

      I think that these are a great idea and tasted must better than the usual tinned fruit salad, i usually buy and they look very appertising too.

      On the packet they do inform you that do provide a good source of vitamin c, which will help to keep our hair, nails and our skin healthy.

      They would also be great to blend and use in a smoothie, or for topping on your cereal .

      Bearing in mind their price, and i shall now be converted to buying these, partly as i dont have the time to peel fruit, chop and arrange for a fruit salad, this is a great way for myself to not only help provide to my five a day but also to help save me time and money.

      I like to defrost mine slowly, the makers recommend that you thaw these for approximately two and a half hours room temp, and they seem to have a lovely fresh smell.

      I like to eat mine as they are, but you could add some cream to make them a special desert after a family meal.

      Thanks for reading and rating my reviews. x

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      10.04.2009 19:06
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      Worth considering if looking for an economical option

      I have often wondered who came up with the wretched dictate that we should all eat five a day. The answer would seem to be the government and okay it is supposed to reduce the risk of some cancers, heart disease and other chronic conditions but I am sick of the message being hammered home so hard. Sometimes it just makes me want to rebel and go and stuff myself with calories, saturated fats, salt and sugar galore; oh the allure of cheese, butter, red meat, chocolate, cream and deep fried chips by the bucketful. But however hard I try to dismiss the nasty slogan, it continues to haunt me in quiet moments. The nutrition police are like traffic wardens! You never know where they are hiding or when they are going to launch an assault. On the TV, in a magazine or newspaper, on the internet, in your local supermarket, they are an ever present threat to my peace of mind. Despite all the other ways in which I carelessly put my life at risk, I get anxieties that compel me to, at least, try to adhere to their decrees!

      Strangely enough I don't find vegetables too much of a problem - a handful of broccoli here, a spoonful of peas there, a smattering of wilted spinach where ever, it's easy and there are so many good frozen ones around . But I don't find it easy to consume the right amount of fruit. I like apples and oranges but I seldom want to consume whole ones at one sitting so halves sit around going brown or becoming hard pith bound; my daughter doesn't seem to touch them. I like melon but it invariably goes off before we eat it all. Grapes are lovely but only for few days before they go brown and shrivel up. With mandarins clementines and similar, I always manage to find the difficult to peel or very tart varieties. Plums are fine and just the right size but when I buy a punnet they are often rock hard, then all ripen at once and go off within nanoseconds! The list goes on. I am ashamed to say that I often found myself throwing out more fruit than the two of us consume. Therefore I have been known to resort to buying portions of fresh fruit salad and other prepared fruit because we enjoy the variety. However this is quite an expensive habit and these too have limited shelf life so I try to limit my purchases.

      Happily my problem has been solved in part by Sainsbury's Basics Fruit Salad which is a frozen option. This Basics range consists of around 550 products which are described as everyday essentials. It makes me wonder if I am lacking something because I certainly don't have such a vast number of essential needs but it looks good for those on economy drives. I have not been impressed with quite a number of these and indeed my reviews have slated a few but this one is worth some consideration.

      It comes in a standard white polythene bag (shame on you Sainsbury's, it's not recyclable!) with the usual orange and green labels, logos and literature which invariably festoon the Basics range. There is an enticing, but rather flattering, photo of the fruit salad placed as if it's in a naively drawn bowl. The statement above proclaims "not fancy, still fruity" and this is quite an accurate summation!

      Open the bag and all you can see are frozen lumps of quite a good size but I can tell from the packet that here we have apple, melon, grapes, mandarins and pineapple. Once defrosted, it's evident that apple and melon predominate but there are quite decent quantities of whole red grapes, mandarin segments and pineapple too. To be honest it isn't as good as fresh; the apples are not so crisp, the melon less firm and the mandarins not so succulent but the grapes compare quite well with fresh and the pineapple lumps, although small, are large enough to give a decent dose of flavour and, at well under half the price of fresh erquivalents, it is still an attractive option especially for those who are counting the pennies.

      In fact, at just £1 for 480g, I consider it a real bargain. Sainsbury's fresh equivalent which contains the same fruits with the exception of the mandarins is £1.39 for just 200g. Asda do better with their equivalent costing £1 whilst Tesco's comes in at £1.50 but does include more exotic fruits such as kiwi and mango. Neither Tesco nor Asda seem to do an equivalent frozen offering. Here I may well be challenged on the fresh versus frozen debate but years ago, when I was expecting my first child, my midwife told me that frozen products are often better from a nutritional point of view than the fresh products we find in our supermarkets. This is because they are processed at their peak of ripeness when, as a general rule, they are most nutrient filled. I have found many references since that back up her theory.

      The real beauty of this is that you can defrost as much or as little as you require although occasionally I have found it requires some gentle prising apart. This takes about 2.5 hours at room temperature. I am more likely to put a bowlful in the fridge over night. I would add a word of warning here however. Do take care not to spill any once it's defrosted or mop up any spills very thoroughly and immediately because, if left to dry for any time, the juice leaves an awful sticky mess which it takes a good measure of elbow grease to clean. Once defrosted the instructions state it can be kept in the fridge for 24 hours. However I have found it's best eaten quite soon after defrosting as, if left, the rather scented flavour of the melon can permeate the whole which, for me, makes it less appetising. As to shelf life when frozen, my most recent packet purchased a week or so ago has a best before date of March 2011, a couple of years hence!

      If we must talk about vital statistics, four of the five sectors of the wheel of health glow green. Based on an 80g serving, there are 30 kcals, just a trace of fat and salt and NO saturated fats. The only orange one is sugars at 7g. It's a "good source of Vitamin C" and just one three tablespoon serving constitutes one of that Holy Grail, your five a day! Rejoice!

      It may not be as good as fresh fruit but it is far better than tinned and I find it a useful and convenient addition to my freezer. Of course it goes without saying (but I will anyway), it is quite versatile. It can be eaten alone, with a little dollop of ice-cream or cream if you are feeling a little indulgent, in a fruit trifle or, as we do, added to cereals. I think one day I may well cheat and use it as a basis for a fresher fruit salad just adding a few more varieties of fruit to spice it up a little. It certainly helps eke out the family budget and waste less fruit. Best of all it is a useful weapon in the war to keep the five a day thought police at bay. I can recommend it for that alone!

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