“ Brand: Trattoria Verdi / Type: Baking Aids „
My nine year old son fancies himself as a bit of a chef, and keeps asking me if he can cook things in the kitchen. I thought it would be a good idea to get him started on simple things like pizza and spag bol, and I must admit, he is getting pretty good. Hopefully before long he can do ALL the cooking and give be a rest!
He gave me a list of ingredients that he wanted on his pizza. I was out of Tomato Puree, so I popped into our local Tesco to get some. In my opinion there is no difference between the big brands and the discount brands with this type of product, so I went for a tube of Trattoria verdi Tomato Puree, for 33p for a 200g tube.
I was not disappointed in this product at all. It did exactly what we wanted it to. We first used it to spread over our pizza base. The puree spread evenly and smoothly over the base and my son was able to spread it with no problems or mess. The puree had a good colour, a nice deep red, and it was packed with tomato flavour. Unfortunately, the tube does not tell you how many tomatoes are contained within a tube, merely that the concentration is 28-30%, so you have to do the math yourself!
I would have expected making the pizza to have used up the majority of the tube, but the product spread so well that there was plenty of puree left for other projects. I screwed the lid back on, and put it in the fridge, where it can be kept for up to a month.
A few days ago, we got the tube out again to make a sauce for spag bol. I let my son judge how much of each ingredient he wanted to add to the sauce. He added a big squeeze of puree, which came out of the tube easily and hadn't made a mess on the nozzle of the tube. The sauce tasted fantastic, and there is still plently of puree in the tube. About half is still left.
Therefore I feel that this tomato puree represents fantastic value for money. A little goes a long way and it tastes as good as the bigger brands but for a lot less money. Also the tube is bigger than an average tomato puree tube.
The nutritional information is on the back of the tube and is as follows per 15ml tablespoon:
Of which sugars 2.7g
We well know the benefits of adding tomatoes to our diet, so this is a cheap and easy way to improve your diet. The product is suitable for vegetarians and the metal tube is recycleable where facilities exist. The product cannot be guaranteed nut free due to methods of manufacture.
This is an excellent product from one of Tesco's discount brands. I will be looking out for more products my the same brand in furure and will certainly be buying more of this when the current tube runs out. You can make several family meals from one tube, so this really is a bargain.
Trattoria Verdi Tomato Puree Tube
Description: Manufacturer: Trattoria Verdi
Just read a great review of this product and it reminded me how much I like it. I find that I get through quite a lot of tomato puree so have to regularly restock. I bought a 200g tube of this from Tesco which cost me £0.34.
This product comes in a moss green tube with the brand name on the front and a picture of a juicy tomato. The screw on cap is red and when you open it, you will need to pierce the top which is sealed for freshness. Unlike some brands, this doesn't come in a cardboard box which reduces excess packaging.
Along with using this product to add to bologneses and sauces, I like to use it to make my own pizzas. Just spread evenly across the base and then add the toppings of your choice.
Another favourite is bruscetta, slice french bread quite thinly, spread with mozarella and parma ham. Top with fresh basil and pop into a preheated over for around 7 minutes.
I also eat it a lot on nachos. I don't like salsa but love nachos so I spread the tortilla chips with the tomato puree, top with jalepenos and then sprinkle with grated cheese. Pop in the over for around 4 minutes (keep an eye on them, they cook quickly!) and then serve - delicious!
This puree is rich and has a lovely taste which adds a great tomato taste to anything you add it to. It is quite thick so you don't need to use loads and it gives dishes a fabulous deep red colour as well as a sweet and fresh tomato taste. The taste is very natural and not at all artificial.
You will probably notice that this product is one of the cheapest on the shelves but this certainly isn't evident from the taste. It is just as good as any other I have tried and a great ingredient to have in the kitchen.
Once you have opened this product, it recommends that you keep it in the refrigerator and use within a month. I tend to find that I use it sooner than that as I add it to foods quite often, so it never goes to waste.
Definitely recommend that you try this product, don't pay extra and don't compromise on quality - grab this brand next time you see it on shelves!
Trattoria Verdi Tomato Puree Tube is our new tomato puree of choice. We previously bought Tesco own version, but that shot up in price from 24p per tube all the way to 39p per tube. I know it's only pennies, but that's a pretty substantial increase. We use a lot of these in a week so the extra cost would have added up over the course of a year.
The Trattoria Verdi Tomato Puree Tube only costs 29p per tube, so obviously we didn't hesitate to give it a try when we first spotted it on the shelves in Tesco. It's not terribly attractive in it's dirty, olive green tube, but sometimes things are worth a try just purely based on price I think.
Each tube is easy to use. Unscrew the red cap, and turn it upside down so that the point in the lid can be used to puncture the seal on the bottom of the tube. This stuff doesn't make a mess or anything when you pierce the seal, and I've never even needed to clean the lid after piercing with it as I draw my hand away plenty fast enough.
This stuff makes a brilliant, rich, tomatoey pasta sauce. The Mrs adds it to a recipe using cornflour, oil, water, garlic, lemon juice and basil. It beats any of the stuff you could by ready made in a jar. I can't taste any difference at all between the sauce made with this, and the one we used to have made out of the now more expensive Tesco version. Also, this stuff goes well on a pizza base if you want to make your own. It squeezes out of the tube in a thick but spreadable consistency.
For the price you just can't go wrong with this stuff. It's got a rich flavour to it, a thick but spreadable consistency, easy to use packaging and it makes some tasty little dishes. Why pay more?