“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Raisins „
I eat as healthily as possible, which is funner than it sounds as there are so many recipes out there that are really tasty as well as healthy and nutritious. Raisins are something i've recently started to purchase regulary as they're healthy as well as tasty and are really versatile; they're lovely on salads, in smoothies, on their own, mixed with nuts or with yoghurt - the possiblities are endless and for those of you who enjoy baking i'm sure they'd come in handy for that too.
I am not brand loyal with raisins and usually purchase any that are cheap or on offer and the Tesco's own brand of raisins have been a regular in my shopping basket for the past couple of weeks as they are sensibly priced at just £1.54 for a generously sized 500 gram bag - great value in my opinion especially as a bag lasts for so long! The raisins come in a sealed plastic bag which has a green colourscheme. It has a clear little window on the front so the raisins can be seen through the pack and the branding etc is basic yet not too bland or ugly. The nutritional information is listed at the very bottom along with additional basic information on the back of the packet.
To open the packet I did need to cut it open meaning it can be a little bit of a pain because obviously raisins can go quite hard and dry when not kept sealed and fresh, but I solve this by just transferring them into a plastic re-sealable food storage box. The raisins are usually quite stuck together in the pack and have quite a dry yet slightly greasy feel to them. I think the greasiness is because there's vegetable oil in the ingredients, but it's not off-puttingly greasy and I can not taste the oil. Physically they're small, black and round, they vary in size but none are very big. They are seedless so there's no worry that i'll hurt my teeth etc although even though they're seedless they do still have a mild gritty taste, which I found a little strange.
Raisins for anyone who doesn't know are dried grapes which contain antioxidants. They are low in sodium and haven't got any cholesterol in them. These raisins are really nice and juicy and very sweet, they're lovely and soft and easy to chew. They're very moreish which is a downside as they're quite high in sugar, although to be fair it is naturally occuring sugar rather than refined/unnatural sugar. Calorie wise, 100 grams contain 295 calories. I have a small handful per serving and have one serving a day. My serving is usually 30 grams (ish) which gives me a lovely satisfying amount of sweetness while not going overboard. I usually have a handful with some natural yoghurt and it's really filling, and there are lots of other meals/recipes that raisins go nicely with. Alternatively I just have them on their own as a healthy snack - if you graze on food then these are ideal!
Overall I reccomend this brand of raisins as it's good value for money and the raisins are tasty and good quality. The only down side is that there's vegetable oil added which I thought was a little weird/not needed, but apart from that I can not really fault the Tesco californian seedless raisins.
It's that time of year when we all start to think about Christmas. I always make my own christmas pudding, partly because my daughter has a nut allergy and it is hard to find bought puddings that are nut-free, but the main reason I choose to make my own is that it tastes so much better! I usually make my pudding about 3 months before Christmas so that the flavours can develop and it always tastes great!
Naturally, Christmas puddings are stuffed full of lovely dried fruits, one being raisins, and the raisins I always buy are Tesco's Californian Raisins. For one thing, they are really plump and juicy, never dry like others I have bought and they have a fantastic flavour. These ones are also seedless, so that makes eating them quite pleasant. I hate getting seeds stuck in my teeth, but have never had that problem with these particular raisins.
According to the information on the packet, the raisins are of the Thompson Seedless variety and are naturally dried in the Californian sun. I guess that is what gives them such a lovely sweet flavour. I find them great to cook with and have made loads of cakes, puddings and chutneys using these raisins. When they are cooked they really plump up and become very juicy. They are also great to add to breakfast cereals and are a good way to get kids, who may not like fresh fruit, to eat some dried fruit instead.
Back to Christmas... My pudding and mincemeat are all made for this year now and I am starting to think about the cake. The raisins that I have left have a fairly long shelf-life once opened, so should keep until I need to use them again. I usually store them in an air-tight jar and they keep for months like that and still stay juicy.
Tesco sell these raisins in either 500g or 1kg packs. I can get a large Christmas pudding, at least 3 jars of mincemeat and have enough raisins left for a Christmas cake out of a 1kg pack! They cost 99p for the 500g pack and £2.49 for the 1kg pack, so I think that is quite a reasonable amount to pay when you consider the quality of the fruit.
I can't wait for Christmas now!