“ Type: Other Fruits „
I have always loved tinned peaches as they always seemed like a treat and a really tasty way to eat fruit. And these Tesco Peach Slices in light syrup cater perfectly to my tinned peach cravings!
There is also a great advantage over fresh peach slices for this product; it has a much longer shelf life. So you could basically keep these in your kitchen cupboard for years and they would still be just as tasty for eating! I like to stock up on these peach slices when I am in a Tesco store as because of their long shelf life they won't really be going off for some time.
A 410g tin of these will cost you 65p which I think is a bargain for peach slices as some other brands will charge you way more for these, whereas the Tesco ones taste just as good. Obviously other supermarkets will offer these at around the same price, but since Tesco is convenient for me and their peach slices taste really good, I find myself turning to them rather than their competitors. Really, it may be a supermarket's own branded product but if you took it out of the tin it wouldn't really be apparent at all; these are as tasty as the more expensive tinned peaches out there, and much cheaper.
The packaging is quite simple, nothing extraordinary or displeasing either, and you can't really ask for too much in terms of design for a value product. The tins that they store these in are good at keeping the peaches in good quality so you can store them easily. The thing I dislike about tinned products (apart from their lack of freshness, obviously) is that you have to get a tin opener in order to get to what's inside. I shouldn't complain, really, as how else would you manage to keep the food in such good condition for so long, but I do find it a bit of a hassle to have to cut through the metal using a tin opener every time. But once they are open, all you have to do is tip the peaches into a bowl and consume, consume, consume! Not only is it great as a fruity dessert, but you can really eat them any time of the day you want.
There are a reasonable amount of peaches in the can in relation to the space inside, so it is not just a whole lot of syrup with a few peach slices floating around. These taste really fruity and juicy and especially sweet, though I suppose that it just because of the syrup they add. It makes me feel guilty to say this, but I actually think I prefer these to fresh peaches! They just taste nicer and have a nicer texture in my opinion. They are also kind of slimy, but actually in a nice pleasant sort of way, if you can imagine that.
In conclusion, these are really nice and delicious peach slices offered by Tesco for a good price, and they are very convenient. I would highly recommend them with 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
I am a major fan of tinned foods, and them being quick and easy alternatives to fresh foods. Aswell as that I adore peach slices, and a wide variety of fresh foods, and am very fussy when picking as I expect them to be soft and most of all, taste nice. So you can see my happiness when spotting a can of Tesco's own brand Peach slices as I whizzed through the aisles, and to my delight (and to my wallet's) they are on for a fairly low price of 36p. Now these are fairly new to the aisle as I haven't spotted these before so I was expecting mistakes to be made, But fortunately there weren't many!
The Packaging* * * *
I found the packaging of the tin to be of average quality, as it wasn't anything special in my eyes. I saw the product with a clear picture of what was inside and the maker at the top. Nothing fancy or mind blowing is on the packaging it is simply 2 peaches and 2 peach slices symbolising the peach slices.
The taste * * * *
Wow, the taste was outstanding for the quality I was expecting, a well balanced peach taste filled the mouth and the syrup/juice added the 'melba' taste to the fruit. It gave the texture a smooth outlook and it slipped and slided inside my mouth to give me a mouth full of pleasantness.
Great taste and well executed flavour.
The Value? * * * *
This deserves it's place as a top quality retailer, as it tastes a hell of a lot better than some top brand manufactures could do. The sweetness is spot on and for a (measly) sum of 30 odd pence you are definitely getting your money's worth. The contents may not include a heap of peach slices, but it will keep you ticking as a snack or as a treat.
Not only do you have to eat peach slices out of a tin, you can also mix and match them to suit a recipe to cook them. Recently I enjoyed making peach and lemon cheesecake and it tasted 'divine' and many of my guests agreed too!
So it's in a way unfaultable (apart from the packaging, which isn't major) and for these treats tasting the way they do, I think it would be an injustice if I didn't score them 5/5!
Thanks for reading
I have to say that there is actually very little between this product and the Tesco Value version of the same. Both are decent quality products that I like and have liked for a number of years, although there is a slight difference in quality in favour of this product.
Tesco's own brand peaches in light syrup seem to have had the same treatment in preparatio as the Value range, but the better pieces of peach seem to be in this product, with any slightly inferior slices or less appetising morsels going to the Value range. I like the concept of tinned peaches, although many would say that it seems to take away the fresh fruit aspect of the day by having this as one of your 5 a day fruit and veg allocation.
However, the nutritional content is still good for these peaches, although the syrup does increase the calorific content somewhat and give you extra sugar. This tin of peaches rolls in at around the 40p mark, whereas the Value tin is more than 10p cheaper. There is less difference between the two products than between other Value and own brand products, and as there is not much difference in the quality, I would be more inclined to go for this one. If there were a bigger difference as with other products, then the value would normally be my option, but the quality and price are so close you may as well go for the superior product, even if only slight.
I do recommend this product, and Tesco has a good range of tinned fruits in general which are good for eating on their own or using as part of a dessert.
"TESCO Sliced Peaches in Light Syrup" are a convenient way to include some fruit in your daily diet and they are to be found in the tinned fruit section of most Tesco stores.
Tinned fruits are something of a British tradition. I have happy childhood memories of Sunday tea time, a crisp tablecloth on the dining room table, the best china and cutlery, homemade cake, bowls of sliced peaches covered in a little evaporated milk, slices of buttered fresh bread, and a nice pot of tea.
~ Packaging ~
The peach slices come in a standard tin can with a label showing many ripe peaches and some juicy looking slices. A helpful graphic on the front of the label informs you that each half-can serving contains 120 calories, 28.7g of sugar, and just trace amounts of fat, saturates and salt. It also indicates how these amounts compute as percentages of your daily allowance. So, pretty healthy!
The label front also states that the product is in 'light' syrup. On the reverse there is the usual information on storage, ingredients, nutrition and allergy/dietary information. The best-before date is stamped on the tin lid, but unfortunately it is quite small and rather difficult to read. In my case, it revealed my can of peaches was good until end of August 2009, almost a year, so not bad.
The tin is not the ring-pull type so you need to use a tin opener.
The tin is made of steel and is recyclable.
~ Look, Smell and Taste ~
Once poured into a bowl, the peach slices have a sunny, glistening appearance. Somehow, one can never feel sad looking at a bowl of peaches. The fruit slices are nice-sized wedges, fairly even in size, approximately 1cm at the thickest point, and all have a rich golden orange colour. The fruit is peeled and stoned prior to slicing and this has been done very well as there are no bits of downy skin remaining and no sign of any gritty bits from the peach stones. The light syrup is clear and slightly shiny.
The aroma from the fruit is fairly subtle, but is unmistakably peachy.
The fruit tastes delicious and nicely ripe; the slices and have a pleasing consistency that is neither too soft nor too firm. The syrup is sweet, but perhaps for the sake of health has been made a little thin. The fruit and syrup combination is mouth-watering!
~ Things to do with tinned peaches ~
Tinned peaches are a great item to have in your pantry as they are so convenient and versatile and can be used to quickly prepare or enhance a starter, main course, or dessert. You can add a few slices to breakfast cereal. Try grilled peach halves/slices with gammon, or pork chops, or just stick them into the oven with your roast chicken for the final 10 to 15 minutes. Warmed peaches are a sweet and juicy addition to rescue anything you think may be a little bland or dry - rice or couscous dishes. Of course, peaches can be substituted in almost any recipe that calls for soft fruit, so you can have tinned peach in your Eve's pudding, fruit crumble, fruit pies, fruit trifles, fruit flans, etc. I have even heard you can make wine from tinned peaches. Finally, of course, you can have them on their own, or with cream, evaporated milk, or hot or cold custard.
If you have some fruit left over do not leave it in the tin, transfer it to a clean non-metallic bowl, or other suitable container, and store in the fridge - it should be good for a couple of days.
~ Price Guide ~
When I recently purchased a tin of 'Tesco Sliced Peaches in Light Syrup' (410g) it cost £0.42.
~ Verdict ~
Provided your family like peaches, an extremely useful product to have in your pantry. Like many tinned foods it has a very long shelf life. It is versatile and can be used to make a whole range of puddings or used as an accompaniment to other meals. The slices are a consistent size and colour so can be used for dishes where presentation matters. Very reasonably priced.
~ More to come ~
I plan to follow this article with a review of the basic range equivalent of this product, i.e. "Tesco Value Sliced Peaches in Light Syrup".
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