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      31.12.2011 12:58
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      Inexpensive delicious peaches - give them a try!

      ---Why I Buy---

      Like many other people who are now watching their money more closely I have started testing out various Tesco Value items.
      I tend to store some tinned fruit as we live in the country and only get deliveries from Tesco Grocery every 12-14 days - so fresh fruit does not keep so well.


      ---Tesco Value Range---

      'Our Value range offers you our lowest price on the widest range of products, without ever compromising on quality. So you can feed your family within your budget and still trust that they're getting the good food they need.'


      ---Tesco Value Peaches---

      410 gms in light syrup for 29p.
      Produced in Greece.
      These are said to be in 'light syrup' and the can states that half a can contains 28.7g of sugar, which is 32% of your daily recommended amount. But not sure how much is added or how much comes form the actual fruit.
      The tine states that although care has been taken to remove peach stones, some may reain (howevr I have never found any in mine yet).


      ---My Opinion---

      I have been very impressed with the Value Peaches, not only is the tin packed full of fruit - but the fruit always seems nice and soft and with no discoloured ones - unlike some expensive brands where I have had very unripe hard peaches which could be inedible - I have not had this problem with the Value Peaches - not yet anyway!


      ---Servings---

      I find the tin will do two servings for me and I keep the spare overnight in the fridge - in another dish - not in the tin.
      This is great value and a good standby for when you run out of fresh fruit.


      ---Pro---

      Inexpensive, lots of fruit in tin, good quality peaches


      ---Cons---

      Only a slight one really - that it is in light syrup instead of fruit juice - but I can put up with that.


      ---Star Rating---

      5 stars as I cannot fault the product.


      ---Tesco Website---

      http://www.tescorealfood.com/our-food/tesco-value-range.html

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      24.05.2010 20:44
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      A LOVELY DESSERT TREAT

      Tesco is a major supermarket and can found nationwide. They have a basic range of foods and other products known as their Value range.

      *Product*

      Here we have Value Sliced Peaches which come preserved in a light syrup.

      Peaches can be used as part of various desserts and cakes.

      *Packaging*

      The peach slices come in a tin can which you will need a tin opener to get into. The packaging has improved somewhat since the dooyoo picture was added. There is a paper label around the tin which promotes the traditional Value colours of red, white and blue.

      The Value logo, product name and some nutritional information is on one side of tin. There is also a coloured image of the contained product.

      Further around the tin, you will find some panels with the ingredients, nutrition, storage guidelines and details of how to contact Tesco.

      The tin can be recycled.

      *The Peaches*

      The peach slices are a good size and reasonable thick. They are an orange shade. The syrup is runny and transparent with an orange tinge.

      *Ingredients*

      Peach, water, sugar and acidity regulator.

      *Nutrition*

      1/2 a can contains :

      120 calories
      28.7g sugar
      trace saturated fat
      trace salt

      This is before the syrup has been drained.

      *Storage*

      Once you open the tin, if you have any left over it is recommended that you transfer the contents into a non metalic container, cover and refrigerate. They should be eater within 2days.

      *Availability and Price*

      These can be found alongside the tinned fruit aisle in Tesco stores and online. The tins are 410g in weight and are priced at only 24p. Tesco normal range tins are 59p so this is a good saving for the sake of the packaging.

      *My Opinion*

      I bought these on the recommendation of a dooyoo member who I am sure won't mind me mentioning him...Stebiz! Thank you my friend!

      I like fruit but tend to not buy fresh fruit often as it goes off quick and I get my shopping delivered meaning I cannot pick the best from the shelves. So the alternative to this issue is to buy some tinned fruit.

      I enjoy peaches from a tin but don't really like the fresh ones. Normally I would buy Princes tinned fruit but after reading the Tesco Value Sliced Peaches review, I decided to save myself some pennies and buy this instead.

      At 24p it is very cheap. I even bought 2 tins as I was fairly confident I would like it.

      The image on the tin of coloured peaches means the tin doesn't look quite as cheap as the dooyoo image which is a bonus but it will get recycled anyway so I just want to know what's inside!

      So a few nights ago, I got out my crappy Smart Price tin opener (note to self..buy a new one) and opened the tin. I usually drain the syrup but tasted it for the review of course. It was light and smooth with a sweet but in no way overpowering sugar taste.

      The peaches looked impressive though nothing out of the ordinary. I mean..how many different types of peaches are there? They looked thick and juicy and had a nice orange colour about them.

      We had ours with some rice pudding (Value I may add..I thought we would go the whole hog and be real cheapos - expect another review to follow). I split the rice pudding between two bowls, one for me and one for hubby. There was a good sized portion of peaches and certainly enough for 3 desserts.

      The peaches have a nice firm texture which is a sort of skin but you would expect this from real peaches! They stay together perfectly but they once bitten into, they go deliciously soft. They give off a pleasant peachy taste which is fruity and just right. They do not taste sickly or overly sweet and it seems the syrup taste has kept them this way.

      The peaches went down nicely and I felt satisfied, so satisfyed that I shall be buying them over other more expensive brands in the future. You can add these to various cakes, ice cream, normal cream, rice, custard or simply on their own. You could also throw together a nice fruit salad which would be perfect for the current weather we are having.

      The peaches taste perfectly fresh and not aritificial.

      The calories are not bad but the sugar is high so really to be eaten every so often for a pleasant dessert.

      Thanks for reading and thank you Stebiz..I would never have tried them hadn't it been for you :)

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        23.03.2010 15:08
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        good priced peaches

        Oh I do wish that Tesco would change their packaging on the value range. I know the basic colour scheme is meant to signify the cheapness of the product, but it also makes me wander past the products on the shelves and delve into a more expensive brand with a fancier logo. If you can get over the painfully boring white label, then what you will have here is a very good value set of fruit in a tin.

        Tinned fruit, doesn't really sound that inviting does it? I prefer my fruit fresh and ripe and visible most of the time. But what about for those times when you are doing a fruit salad or a jelly and you want to chuck in a host of fruit, going for the tinned variety is better here. Plus, tinned fruit keeps for months, so you can store up tins in the cupboard and save them for rainy days.

        The peach slices are of good quality, not sloppy, but tight and with a good bit of bite to them. They are in a pleasing shape aesthetically and the colour is bright and vibrant too, suggesting they have been preserved well. The taste is good, refreshing, fruity and with just a slight tang as it travels down the throat. The syrup is also good, not all thick and yucky as I expected, but light, apologetic in appearance and rather like drinking a cordial made of peach.

        I have used this to have a light breakfast snack. They seem to sit well first thing in the morning and a tin of these also provides you with protein and helps towards your five a day. For 24 pence a tin, they undercut rival brands by nearly half so I think I will dip into these peachy things again.

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        17.03.2010 13:36
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        good value

        I have been buying these peaches for over a year, they are from the Value range and they come in the usual red and blue logo, they are in a 410g tin, but not a pull ring top.

        I decided to try these when my grandson was beginning to eat solids and I thought they would be good for him to try as a fruit in a dish as they are very soft and he eats a lot of fresh fruit. They are in a light syrup and I just drain the liquid from the tin and place in his little bowl so he can eat them as and when he wants them.

        They are a very cheap price at only 24p for the can, they are around 10 pieces of half mooned shapes, they are excellent for using in trifles and with the jelly over them they set quite nicely. I use them for puddings sometimes and put a little icecream with them and also I use condensed milk which is very tasty with them.

        They are very soft for a small child to eat and also they are good for putting in a little plastic tub to take out with you for when your child is hungry as that is what I do when I take my grandchild out for the day, I just let him have them when he begins to get hungry inbetween meals. It is good for chopping into little pieces and making a mixed fruit salad with any left over fruit you may want to put into the dish.

        The content of half a can is:

        128 calories
        28.7g sugar but I think that is with the syrup as when drained it contains 250g.

        They are a good tasting peach and if you prefer the syrup it is nice and tasty too, although I do not like syrup very much myself but I have tried it and it is fine.

        I recommend anyone on a budget to try this product and for the price it is very good value and good tasting too.

        I give it a 5 star

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        15.03.2010 14:32
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        A good item from the Tesco Value Range & Wll Worth A Try

        Tesco sell a wide variety of tinned fruit which generally works out cheaper than buying fresh & also makes the meal you are preparing a lot easier preparation wise. They sell a few different tins of peaches including another own brand product for 54p which is the same size as this but is peaches in juice instead of syrup.

        The value tin of peaches is priced at 24p per tin for 410 grams. Very good value for money. Inside the tin, is peeled & sliced peach. I don't know why it's so cheap. The peach inside the tin is a nice as any other tin of peaches that I've ever had. The fruit is soft but not squishy. It has a sublte flavour but is far from bland. The contents (including the syrup) are not too sweet either.

        On the downside, occasionally with this value product, you get a slice of peach which still has a little of the stone attached or is a little harder on the stone side. This is never the whole tin though & only the odd slice. Bearing in mind the price you paid too, it's not too much of a hassle.

        I am more than happy to recommend the product. The fruit is tasty, for the price you pay very good value & if you drain the syrup, reasonable healthy. I think that you should give it a try & if you don't like it, review it on here & get your money back.

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        06.03.2010 09:50
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        good price

        These are good value for money.
        I put them in a dish and put evaporated milk on them, they are delicious and tasty, there are around 10 or so in the tin, they come in the value blue and red coloured paper that is wrapped around the tin.

        410g tin.
        Half of the tin contains:
        120 calories
        Sugar 28.7g
        Fat trace
        Saturates trace
        Salt trace.
        Protein 1.0g
        Fibre 1.9g
        Sodium trace

        They come in light syrup and the peaches are very soft and juicy, they are of good size and for the price they are exellent.

        Store in a cool place but once opened they are best kept in a plastic non metal dish in the fridge and they will keep fresh for up to 2 days.

        They are exellent to use in pudding dishes and for children to snack on, my grandson loves these as a snack as he can eat them as and when he wants and not have to keep peeling fresh fruit and wasting most of it.


        These are very healthy and good value for money at a price of 27p.
        They are sliced peaches and so are very nice to just eat while out on a picnic or party.

        They are very good value for money and anyone on a budget will not be disppointed with these.

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        02.03.2010 16:54
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        For 25p you can't go wrong

        ** Tesco Value Sliced Peaches in Light Syrup **

        What with the price of everything at the moment supermarket cheap brands are very much on my families shopping list. Tesco's cheap own brand is called 'Vale' and you can spot the range by it's bland white and red labels throughout the store.

        Being a greedy bunch we like to have a nice sweet after tea so ice cream and peaches are often on the menu. Enter the Tesco Value Sliced Peaches in Light Syrup.

        The wonderfully cheap (25 pence) Tesco Value Sliced Peaches in Light Syrup is come in a standard tin and weigh in at a handsome 420 grams. Opening the tin with a standard tin opener because there is no ring pull on top reveals a tin full to the brim with syrup and a generous helping of peach slices too.

        The peaches look very orange and succulent. It's hard to evaluate their taste in isolation because they are soaked in the sweet tasting syrup so it is hard to tell where the peach flavour starts and the syrup ends. Even so the over all taste is very nice though not outstanding. Mixed with ice cream the effect is enhanced and you'd never know this was a cheap product I don't think.


        ** My conclusion **

        I continue to be impressed by the quality of Tesco Value Sliced Peaches in Light Syrup and will definitely be purchasing more tins.

        Thanks for reading this review.

        Mike xx

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        23.02.2010 12:20
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        Tesco Value Food which is worth the money

        Tesco Value Sliced Peaches
        In Light Syrup


        To save a bit of money, I have been trying some of the value options recently. I was never sure about this before as I purposely stayed away from them, thinking that they would all be terrible compared to more expensive products, though as I have found out - this is certainly not the case in a lot of products - this one included.


        INGREDIENTS

        Peach
        Water
        Sugar
        Acidity Regulator (citric acid)

        Due to where this was produced, they can not guarantee it to be nut free though nuts themselves are not in the ingredients. Some peach stones may remain (though I have never found any).


        SERVING

        The sliced peaches come in the typical white can which is obviously value range. The tin is a 410g weight (250g drained weight).

        All the peaches are already sliced in half as the title of the product suggests and all slices are very big though for people with smaller appetites, there is plenty enough to go around two people. I quite enjoy mine with some ice cream though sampling the peaches on their own I find them tasting absolutely fine either way. Obviously if you serve them with something else, you are able to make them stretch further.


        TASTE AND TEXTURE

        I never find tinned fruit to be exactly the same tasting as fresh fruit though I do quite like fruit mixed with syrup rather than water as it seems to give them that little extra flavouring. I was expecting them to be perhaps soggy, though they were nice and tender without being too soft. The texture was nearly of that of a fresh peach' inside. To chew and swallow was no effort at all. The syrup is quite thin compared to other products within syrup and actually quite nice to drink afterwards!


        SMELL

        The peaches do not really have an odour. A slight sweet smell when first opening the can, though other than that nothing.


        APPEARENCE

        The appearance is as you would expect from peaches. They are all cut in halves and glisten with the syrup surround. The slices are rather chucky and very juicy looking, certainly not as I expected. I did expect thinner looking peaches though I was happily mistaken.


        COST

        This can costs a little 24p and it is actually nicer than many other more expensive tinned peaches I have tasted so well worth the money.


        CONCLUSION

        With this tin of peaches, it has shown me that the cheaper value versions of food are not always cheaper in taste. These peaches are full flavoured with a juicy appearance and at such a little cost, they are well worth the money. Recommended!

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          19.02.2010 12:14
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          Peaches in a tin.

          'Tesco Value Sliced Peaches in light syrup'
          As with all products within the Tesco value range, and all value ranges, you never know how good something is going to be until you force yourself to take the plunge and give a product a go.
          Thankfully, I decided that these peaches looked like something that I might be a fan of.

          These come in a standard 410g tin, a tin that you need a can opener to open. The packaging in typical for Tesco value and is mostly red and white, but it does a nice picture of some peaches laid on a plate, submerged in their juicy syrup.
          I couldn't tell you how many peach slices you get in a tin but what I can say is that there is plenty enough to cater for at least two people, three if you have a small helping.

          They are very tender and each one tastes as nice as you would expect if you bought a fresh peach and sliced it yourself. I sometimes find with certain other brands that the fruit can often be very soggy and very unappetising; these however have never let me down.

          The syrup they are in is also very nice and tasty, although not amazingly healthy because of being syrup. I do have a tendency to go for tinned fruit that are in their own juices only, but as these come in a light syrup, it doesn't feel like your being that naughty. The syrup is not thick and can often be mistaken for just juice that is a lot sweeter than normal, I personally really like it.

          At 24p these are a real bargain and must not be missed, I always have many tins in my cupboard as my whole family enjoy them. They are also great for giving to the kids as a treat every now and then because they believe they are getting something naughty because of the syrup, but at the same time they are getting some fruit (don't do it all the time though as there is a lot of sugar in this).

          Nutritionally a whole tin of these will give you:
          240 calories
          57.4g of sugars (oops)

          The ingredients for these are peaches, water, sugar and citric acid.

          These also have an unbelievable sell by date to them too, a typical tin can sit in your cupboard for up to 2 years and still be in date.

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            21.10.2009 22:33
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            Quality peach slices for 27p, so why pay more?

            I recently made a visit to Tesco and was looking for something healthier than usual to snack on (anything other than chocolate!). I approached the tinned fruit aisle and came across some tins of Tesco Value sliced peaches in light syrup for 27p each. I don't usually 'do' supermarket brands as I'm sceptical of the quality but I decided to pick up a couple of tins as I figured you can't really go wrong with peach slices, especially at that price.

            Other brands of same sized peach slices in Tesco range from 45p to 64p, so I made a nice little saving.

            The peach slices come in a rather boring and unattractive 410g tin (250g drained weight) - white, with red writing and a blue picture of a peach, along with the 'Tesco Value' stamp. There isn't an easy to open ringpull on the lid, so you need to use a tin opener to get it open.

            The peach slices come in light syrup, sadly there isn't an option of peach slices in fruit juice which is slightly better for the waistline than light syrup.

            I found that all of the peach slices were of good quality and didn't contain any stones or skin. They came in different shapes and sizes - some long, some short, some fat, some thin - but they were all substantial and all tasted good so I didn't mind. The peach slices appeared orange, smooth, glossy and the majority of them looked plump and juicy.

            I was suprised at how much light syrup was in the tin and had to drain some out before serving. The peach slices were all very soft (but not sloppy) and didn't require very much chewing. They were quite sweet and very juicy. In my opinion they were just as good as higher priced brands and even better than fresh peaches (and a lot less effort and mess than fresh peaches too!).

            The only real downsides of this product are:
            - The unattractive tin and no ringpull.
            - The peach slices are all different shapes and sizes, which isn't a problem to me but might be a problem for somebody that wants to use the peach slices in cooking (eg. for peach tarts).
            - The peach slices don't come in fruit juice.

            The peaches should be stored in a cool, dry place and once opened should be kept in the fridge and consumed within 2 days. It is also recommended that each serving size should be half a tin, though I could quite happily munch my way through the whole tin.

            Full list of ingredients:
            Peach, Water, Sugar, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid).

            Nutritional information per serving (half tin):
            Calories - 120
            Protein - 1.0g
            Carbohydrates - 28.7g
            Sugars - 28.7g
            Fibre - 1.8g
            Fat - trace.

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              11.10.2009 11:45
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              As above

              As a family we are always on the look out for food that offers good value. For this reason we often try different products in the Tesco Value Range.

              One item we bought recently was a tin of Tesco Value Sliced Peaches in light syrup. The net weight is 410g and the drained weight is 250g. It comes in a tin with some sliced peaches on the front, and with the Tesco Value logo in the corner.

              The Experience

              We usually have our tinned fruit with ice cream or cream, so it involves removing most of the light syrup. The tin is usually not enough for our family and we usually add another tin of something else. However on this occasion the children were at their grandparents, so the tin was shared between myself and my wife.

              The tin itself needs to be opened with a tin opener, as there is no pull tab on the tan. Upon opening you are met with very delicious looking slices of peach (I think appearance is quite important). I poured the tin equally into two bowls and we added a small amount of ice cream. The peaches were very very soft and literally melted in your mouth. The taste also was fantastic. At times I actually wondered if these were from the Tesco Value range. I mean for 27p a tin, these were absolutely fantastic value. But I can assure you that they were.

              Ingredients

              Peach
              Water
              Sugar
              Glucose-Fructose Syrup
              Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid)

              Suitable for Vegetarians

              Allergy Advice

              Recipe: No Nuts
              Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free
              Factory: No nuts

              Nutrition (Half a can)

              Energy 120kcal
              Protein 1.0g
              Carbohydrate 28.7g
              of which sugars 28.7g
              Fat trace
              of which saturates trace
              Fibre 1.9g
              Sodium trace

              Caution: Although every care has been taken to remove peach stones, some may remain.

              Summary

              A great tin of peaches for a great price. Highly recommended.

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                16.07.2009 17:52
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                A great buy at a great price

                Review of Tesco Value Sliced Peaches in Light Syrup

                The Tesco Value range of budget priced products is well known, some items are excellent, others are not so good. The Value range Sliced Peaches in light syrup falls into the former category.

                The value range consists of everyday items at low prices. The products are packaged simply and marketed as basic essentials. The range is instantly recognisable with it's mainly white packaging with the Tesco logo and product description in blue and red.
                The Product
                Value Peaches come in a recyclable steel can, the can does not have a ring pull opener, so a standard tin opener will be required!. The can contains 410g of sliced peaches in syrup. The weight of the actual fruit, when the syrup is drained is 250g. The peach slices are sometimes a little oddly shaped and of differing sizes, although as the quality is usually very good, this doesn't worry me.
                Eating- the all important bit

                These peaches are very good, the fruit is generally fairly firm without being hard and I have yet to find any particles of peach skin or stone, something I simply cannot stand! On opening the can the peaches appear to be well packed in the syrup and the delicate aroma of peaches hits you. The fruit is succulent, tasty and as long as you don't wish to use the peaches for anything where shape is vital, the occasional oddly shaped slices do not matter. The syrup is not overly sweet and there is no after taste or artificial flavour or colour in the product.
                We use these peaches quite regularly, mainly just as they are for a dessert. I do strain them as I don't care for fruit swimming in syrup. The peaches lend themselves well to mixing with other fruits to make a fruit salad, just the job on a summer's day. They would be delicious added to ice cream or served in a fruit crumble, a very versatile item to keep in your store cupboard!
                Ingredients, nutritional values and cost

                Ingredients
                Not a long list for this product, peach slices, water, sugar, glucose fructose syrup and citric acid.
                Nutritional values per 100g
                67calories
                0.4g protein
                16g carbohydrate
                0.1g fat
                0.8g fibre

                Cost
                I remember buying these peaches a few years ago for a tiny 9p per can, however in line with many other products the price has risen of late and they now cost in the region of 28p per can, still a bargain in comparison to branded tinned fruit.
                Tesco information
                Tesco state on their product packaging that they will refund any product purchased that proves to be faulty or unsatisfactory and they can be contacted by post, phone or online.
                Tesco Stores Ltd.
                Cheshunt
                EN8 9SL
                UK
                Freephone: 0800 50 55 55 (Mon-Sat 9am-6pm)
                www.tesco.com
                My thoughts and conclusion

                A budget product that does what is promises to do, this good quality fruit in a light syrup wins the thumbs up from me and my purse! Not too sweet or high in calories, an ideal dessert for the penny concious! I heartily recommended this product to others.
                Thank you for reading

                © brittle1906
                July 2009
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                  27.03.2009 13:30
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                  A very good way to spend 28p.

                  I feel that Tesco are doing well if they can offer us a 410g can of sliced peaches for the princely sum of 28p. If we look around the shelves and compare prices the brand named tinned peaches are far more expensive. Del Monte have a 410g can of sunripe peaches in juice on offer at a staggering £1.07p. For that price I would want an airline ticket thrown in and I would go and harvest my own sunripe peaches!
                  There is the old argument that you get what you pay for and that is a very valid point, if you are serving the peaches to Royal relatives or feel the need to impress friends or neighbours then Del Monte is the only way forward!

                  In essence I suppose the Tesco Value Peaches are classed as substandard, this is my theory. The peaches are either too small or too large, part of the peach hasnt been facing the sun, or they have nobbles where they shouldnt have nobbles and wouldnt win any beauty contest, in short they dont meet the EU marketing standards
                  If the peaches are going to be used in a trifle, a crumble or maybe you are going to push the boat out and make an Upside Down cake then do these issues really matter?
                  Tesco value packaging is basic but again the tin is destined for the recycling bin anyway.

                  So lets take a look at the contents of the can, in order to do this you need to make a date with your can opener, no such luxuries as a ring pull!
                  Maybe the more expensive peaches have that richer `peachy` colour and the slices are rather more precisely cut. Tesco Value peach slices are that bit paler on the whole but it doesnt seem to impair the flavour in any way shape or form.
                  The syrup is thick and sweet, I know that fruit in natural juice is far better for our health but lets face it we cant have our cake and eat it can we?
                  If I am going to be ultra picky then there are only a couple of minor criticisms, firstly some of the peach slices may not be as ripe as they should be and secondly some of the slices are more of a sliver than a slice.

                  Having fed many a hungry flock I am the first to admit that price does matter.
                  If I can throw a couple of cans of Tesco Value peaches into a trifle and serve it to my eager fledglings for Sunday tea I am sure they arent going to poise the spoon halfway between bowl and lips to remark on the inadequacy of the peaches.

                  Value means value and Tesco are doing their level best to give us a reasonable product at a very affordable price and I applaud them for it.

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                    26.11.2008 02:59
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                    Another good Tesco Value product

                    Tinned fruit is often criticised for the lack of freshness that comes with it. Having fruit treated and soaked in various liquids and then stored in an airtight tin is hardly conducive to fulfilling your 5 a day fruit quota with the freshest of ingredients, I know, but there is still a lot to be said for this product.

                    To start with, we are at a time in the country when pennies need to be saved, and a lot of people are looking to get cheaper products where they can. Tesco Value Peach Slices have long been a favourite of mine anyway, and there really isn't much difference between this product and Tesco branded tinned peaches. The main difference only seems to be that the peaches in the latter are slightly better in quality and appearance.

                    Also, the price is rather less, coming in at 29p a can when the Tesco own brand is over the 40p mark. So, you don't save as much as you do with other products when comparing the Value product to the own brand on, but it is still a saving and you don't shirk much on the quality. The peaches taste nice, and are kept in a syrup which also taste nice.

                    The argument between fresh peaches and those in syrup and in a tin will no doubt continue to rage on, but both have their pros and cons. If you did want to get tinned peaches, then Tesco's Value range do a commendable product. I shall continue buying them, and I recommend you do the same.

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                    02.11.2008 01:48
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                    A convenient and economic way to serve some fruit

                    "TESCO Value Sliced Peaches in Light Syrup" are a convenient and economic way to add variety to your '5 a day' portions of fruit and vegetables, and they are to be found next to the standard quality peaches in the tinned fruit section of most Tesco stores.

                    The purpose of my review is to compare this 'value' product with its equivalent from the standard range, i.e. "TESCO Sliced Peaches in Light Syrup", which I evaluated previously.


                    ~ Packaging ~

                    The 'value' sliced peaches come in a standard tin can. The label is very basic and is predominately white with text and images in royal blue and pillar-box red; this is the usual livery for Tesco Value products. On the front of the label there is a simply drawn image of some peaches printed in blue, and below is a graphic to inform 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. The figures are identical to those on the standard range can.

                    Like the standard range, the label front states that the product is in 'light' syrup. On the reverse there is the usual information on storage, ingredients, nutrition and allergy/dietary information, and the wording is literally the same as for the standard range. The best-before date is stamped on the tin lid, and is small and rather tricky to read.

                    As with the standard range, the tin is not the ring-pull type so you need to use a tin opener. Again, the tin is made of steel and is recyclable.

                    So far the only difference between the 'value' and standard ranges is the design of the label.


                    ~ Look, Smell and Taste ~

                    Once poured into a bowl, the reason for these being the 'value' peaches is very apparent. The fruit slices are perhaps better described as fruit pieces. Perhaps that is a little harsh. There are a lot of decent-sized wedges; the rest is a mix of chunks and slivers. The pieces do have a nice golden colour. However, occasionally there are tiny gritty bits from where the peach fresh clings to the peach stone.

                    The light syrup is clear and slightly shiny, and appears to be exactly the same as that used in the standard range, and again the aroma is unassuming, but unmistakably peachy.

                    As with the standard range, the fruit tastes juicy and nicely ripe, and is neither too soft nor too firm. The syrup is light yet sweet, and tastes just like that used for the standard range. The fruit and syrup combination is delicious!


                    ~ Quality of 'value' range vs. standard range ~

                    This may not be how the 'value' and standard ranges are produced in reality, but it appears as if they might be manufactured side by side, the only difference being the standard range gets the most perfect and even peach slices, and the other fruit pieces go into the 'value' tins.

                    This means you could use the standard range where appearance and evenness of size is important, for example, if you are placing the fruit in a decorative arrangement on a dessert, or if you are serving to guests. However, for any dish where the fruit is incorporated or hidden, or just for serving to your family, the 'value' range is very acceptable.

                    Remember, if there is some fruit left over in a tin you should transfer it to a clean non-metallic bowl, or other suitable container, and store in the fridge; it should keep for a couple of days.


                    ~ Price of 'value' range vs. standard range ~

                    When I recently purchased a tin of 'TESCO Value Sliced Peaches in Light Syrup' (410g) it cost £0.29, which compares favourably with £0.42 for the same size can from the standard range.


                    ~ Verdict ~

                    As the slices are variable in shape and size, this product is not suitable for dishes where presentation matters. However, it is a useful item to have in your kitchen cupboard, and, being a tinned food, it has a very long shelf life. It can be used to make a whole range of puddings or meal accompaniments. It is excellent value for money.

                    © lml888v 2008

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