“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Condiments „
I am currently following a healthy eating plan and so far so good, although my biggest downfall is ketchup!!! I have it with almost anything! So on my last shopping trip i decided to buy this instead of my usual favourite Heinz, at 18p (I think this is the introductory price for the new squeezy bottles) for 590g it wouldn't be such a waste if it ended up in the bin, it was even a squeezy bottle, Heinz charge extortionate amounts if it is in a squeezy bottle! So, anyway my plan was to by the cheapest of the cheap ketchup to wean myself off it thinking it would be so vile i just wouldn't want to eat it.....it's actually not that bad!!
It's not as nice as Heinz, not as sweet and slightly more vinegary...but it is surprisingly nice, in fact in my opinion it is very similar to Daddies ketchup. Oh and it's also as thick as ketchup should be, I've found a lot of cheap ketchup makes are very watery.
Each tablespoon serving contains 21cal, 4g sugar and 0.1g salt so as with most ketchups you should use sparingly.
All in all it is an OK bottle of ketchup, not my first choice but also wouldn't be my last choice.
===Why I Bought This===
I think most homes tend to have some form of ketchup. Having two sons we always needed a supply for burgers, hot dogs and cheese rolls and I also like a little if I am having homemade fish and chips. After trying other ketchups we find this one is tasty enough for us all and is also very economical.
Tesco own value range - this was called Tesco Value but earlier this year was relaunched and is now called Tesco Everyday Value, it also has different packaging.
===What is Ketchup===
Mostly known as Ketchup in the USA, in Britain we often also call this tomato or red sauce. The name apparently originated from the Chinese 'kê-chiap', a fish sauce form the 1690s. The name evolved into the Malay word 'kĕchap' by the 18th century and eventually became 'ketchup'.
At home we call it tomato sauce or ketchup, but as a child I also called it red sauce.
Upside down squeezy plastic bottle which has a large white flip top cap at base.
Underneath the white cap the ketchup has a foil seal.
Tesco Eveyday Value Tomato Ketchup - 'tasted and approved by customers'.
Label shows a plate of chips covered in ketchup.
The label also has the new branding of lots of small relevant images in red such as burgers, hot dogs, fries etc.
Produced in the UK for Tesco.
Vegetarian - no nuts but cannot guarantee nut free.
Store in fridge and use within 6 weeks.
1 tablespoon contains 21 calories and 3.5 grams of sugar (Heinz Ketchup has 4 grams of sugar).
20p for 590 mls.
Tesco Top Down 570 mls £1.
Heinz Top Down 570 mls £2.19.
Over the years I have bought many different brands of kechup. Personally I am not a mad fan of Heinz but would often buy the Tesco brands. To begin with I was a bit hesitant of buying the Everyday Value Ketchup as I assumed for that price it would be watery rubbish and would spoil our meals. However I believe in trying all the Everyday Value items - we can always throw it away if it is disgusting.
However no one complained about me downgrading to this Everyday Value Ketchup - and in fact I also enjoy it myself. My occasional treat is to have either fish or egg and chips and of course to go with the chips you need a good dollop of ketchup.
This ketchup is not as thick as some which are difficult to get out of their bottles but it is not too watery either. You do not buy ketchup for its tomato content really, more as a tasty accompaniment, and this ketchup tastes just fine - sweet and slightly spicy. In actual fact the tomato content is 116 grams per 100 as compared to 132 gms for Heinz, so although slightly less tomato not a drastic amount - when you compare the 20p price to £2.19. With the price difference you can afford to buy more fruit and vegetables!
This must past the taste test or sons would have complained long ago. Having the squeezy bottle is the trend these days and it does make putting a squirt on your food much easier than trying to get a dollop out of a tight necked bottle.
===Would I Recommend?===
Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid)
Prepared with 116g of tomatoes per 100g of finished product.
(Heinz is made with 132g of tomatoes per 100g Ketchup),
As a household we enjoy ketchup -- or red sauce to give it the name we all use. The problem is, it gets expensive buying named brands week after week. I mean, sure, paying in the £1-£2 range depending on bottle size isn't that expensive, but it adds up, especially if you use a lot of sauce.
I've always been a fan of trying the cheaper, value supermarket brands, so when I was in my local Tesco and saw they were selling their value ketchup for a bargain 22p I decided to give it a try. I mean, I had nothing to lose but 22p if nobody liked it.
Except, everyone did like it. It's obviously not one of the branded ketchups, the sauce isn't as thick and the taste different, but that's fine because the taste is still good, especially when you eat it with chips or on a quorn sausage sandwich.
This ketchup has a lovely tomato'ey taste, it pours easily and at that price I can stock up and always have ketchup available. I like that it also comes in a plastic squeezy bottle, no more batting the bottom of a glass bottle to get your sauce onto food. Now it's one squeeze and you're done.
If you're watching your calories each 100g contains 140kcals and it does state to use within 6 weeks of opening. Though I have to admit, in my house its lucky to last one week after opening never mind six.
If you're counting the pennies or trying to be savvy while shopping, I'd say give this a try.
I will try most things in the Tesco Value range and have found those that I have tried to be mostly good. I recently tried their Value Tomato Ketchup. I know a lot of people are total Heinz fans when it comes to sauce but to be honest I've never been keen on Heinz tomato sauce and have always used shops own brand, some of which have been very suspect in the flavour department. We don't eat very much Tomato Ketchup but some things just need it.
Tesco Value Tomato Sauce is just 22p for a 560g bottle. Very cheap compared to branded labels. The label shows the Tesco Value logo and some chips with sauce on them. The label gives the GDA's for a tablespoon of ketchup:-
The back of the bottle repeats these in more detail. It also gives an allergy warning stating that the ketchup cannot be guaranteed nut free as nuts are used in the factory where it is produced.
The label informs the customer that this product is suitable for vegetarians and the glass bottle can be recycled. The top of the bottle is a twist on/off metal top. Once opened the ketchup should be stored in the fridge and consumed within 6 weeks.
The tomato ketchup is a rich dark red colour and in the bottle doesn't look any different to the more expensive bottles of sauce. Its fairly thick too and doesn't flop from the bottle. It smells of tomato, obviously, and has a nice tangy smell as well. Now I don't know if this is just me but I never think tomato ketchup really tastes of tomatoes, and this one is no different. It has a sharp flavour, quite sweet and there are hints of vinegar in it too. I only ever have ketchup with a few meals and I always have a blob on the side of my plate for dipping. This ketchup is fine for that but if you are a person who likes the sauce all over the food I wouldn't really recommend it. Its quite strong and in my opinion could easily overpower the food rather than just add another flavour. I would say a little goes a long way.
As tomato ketchup goes its not too bad considering the price. I don't think it is as good as the regular Tesco ketchup but its certainly not the worst I've tried. If you are not overly fussy about your ketchup I would recommend giving it a try, if ketchup is a vital part of what you eat I would suggest giving this one a miss.
We've gone over to a lot of 'value' products in our shopping basket, most of them are good enough, if not as good as the branded versions. This ketchup is no exception. Costing only 22p for 560g it's a massive reduction on our usual Heinz the nearest weight comparison I can find is the 570g squeezy bottle at £1.99 their 342g glass bottle is 95p. The price will of course fluctuate and this has cost 38p in the past, so prices can reduce as well as rise.
I wasn't expecting much from this ketchup as I've tried other supermarket own brands and the results have been mixed some are awful and we don't buy again, others so so, not Heinz but they'll do. This falls into the latter bracket.
The ketchup looks a beautiful rich scarlet through the glass bottle and is very similar in appearance to the Heinz brand, it looks nicer than most budget brands I have tried, this colour is still apparent on the plate.
The aroma is ...well ketchupy, it doesn't smell overly vinegary which can be an issue with cheap ketchups. This has a sweet tomato smell which is quite appetising, but it does lack the rich more complex quality that Heinz manages to capture.
I have to remember to be very careful about tipping this up to use as the neck of the bottle is quite wide and as the ketchup is very smooth and thinner than the more expensive brands it runs out of the bottle quite quickly. No banging on the bottom to get this sauce out. It's runny but not watery the consistency is quite nice and coats any food that is dipped into it nicely. You won't get a loely shiny red quivering blob on your chip like you would with Heinz though, its more of coating sauce than a thick ketchup. The wider neck would be a benefit for thicker sauces as you can easily get a knife into the bottle to scrape out the last dregs of sauce, however as the sauce is relatively thin you don't get much waste clinging to the inside of the bottle anyway. Which is both good in that there is less waste with less mess (sauce all over the fingers and knife), and bad as the texture of the sauce isn't quite as dense as I usually like.
The calorie content of this is a reasonable 20 per tablepoon (15g) (for comparison Heinz comes in at 18 calories per 15g), I feel this is a nice generous portion for a reasonable calorific outlay. Ketchup would be my youngests dessert island food, I think she'd happily eat worms if they were covered in tomato sauce, and it's a real test of the ketchup that she happily eats this without complaint.
If I could afford it I would still prefer to use the Heinz, there is a distinct difference in flavour with Heinz for us definitely being the winner in those stakes, there is a greater depth of flavour and richness, and superior texture to the Heinz. However with the value brand being more than palatable and such a good price we are more than happy to use this permanently, though we do still slip a bottle of Heinz in on weeks when we are a little more flush.
When it comes to ketchup, most people will of course automatically reach for the brand leader - i've done this too for years and only recently tried a supermarket own brand due to a shopping delivery mistake!
As a simple ketchup used for dipping chips etc, it's quite likely that most people who are stuck on the brand leader won't be changing their mind anytime soon - this sauce is a little more tangy and tastes more of vinegar than the most popular ketchup brand. Don't get me wrong, it tastes good and i did enjoy it, but it's a very different flavour to that which you might expect.
I've since gone on to use this product in recipes and it works extremely well, possibly even better than the brand leader - if a recipe calls for the use of extensive amounts of ketchup, this would certainly be a good choice as it is far, far cheaper to purchase and you'll get a much bigger sized bottle for your money too.
The ingredients are very good for this product, especially as it's a value brand - i'm always on the lookout for products which use natural ingredients and don't contain msg etc so it's good to see that most of Tesco's own brand products don't contain these sorts of ingredients anymore.
We always only had the brand named Ketchup in the house. The wife was always into Ketchup more than me, and she said it was a better taste than the cheaper ones. Over the last year we have tried more cheaper brand. Not to sound big headed but it's not because we had to economise, we watched a tv programme which encouraged you to try cheaper brands, and we try some and if we like them great, if not that it may have been classed as a waste of money, but the price for the things are never that much anyway.
I think this large bottle only cost abour 32p. A lot different than the Heinz version that probably cost over 3 times as much. Fair enough you don't get this in a squeezy bottle, but as long as you keep an eye on this coming out, as it comes out quite quick then I don't think it matters how it comes out. The glass is clear with a white wrap around label, and although it looks a bit cheap it's ok. You can see that the sauce is pretty runny and a bright red colour.
The taste of this is nice enough. You can taste the tomatoes and a bit of a Vinegar scent. It isn't too tangy, but there is that zing to it. The neck of the bottle is quite wide, so again watch how much of this comes out.
This was the first time we tried this and I can see us buying this again. It was a nice Sauce and yes, perhaps not as tomatoy as the brand name, but the taste from this was pretty nice.
I went to my mates the other night and she did me a sausage sandwich, she's mad for trying all the cheapo supermarket stuff and I cringed when I saw her getting this Value Tomato Ketchup out to put on it.
I've checked the Tesco website and it's 38p for a 570g jar of ketchup and that's mega cheap compared to Heinz and the other big brands.
It's not bad either, the ketchup is a lot thinner but it's got a nice tomatoey flavour and even though it's got more of a vinegar taste than Heinz that's not a bad thing and it deffo brought the flavour of the sausage out.
The ketchup is quite salty but that goes nice with the over all flavour of it and the flavour is loads richer than I thought it would be. The thinness of it is the only thing that I didn't like and that's only because the hot sausage made it go warm quick, Heinz ketchup stays nice and cool on my butty but this one is so thin it was warm by the time I'd finished it and that's not good!
I thought this ketchup had got a bit of a weird sweet aftertaste, I know tomatoes are sweet but this is a fake sugary taste and deffo not from the tomato. It didn't spoil it for me but I reckon if you put it on some food the flavour might not be right for it.
For the price this is wicked ketchup, it's not something I'd buy myself but it's not disgusting like I thought it would be. THe taste is surprisingly nice actually so if I was on a majorly tight budget I'd deffo look into this ketchup. You know, I had Daddies ketchup a couple of weeks ago and prefer THIS to that one because it's got a proper weird flavour.
Recommended..... if you can't afford to get Heinz!!!
Anyone paying any attention to many of my recent reviews will see that my wife and I have been making very good use out of some of Tesco`s value products, not because we need s to save money but because we really see no point in spending more than we have to on things when Tesco do very good alternatives.
Sadly that cannot be said for all Tesco value products though and they do have some very poor products in their value range and their value range tomato ketchup is one such product, I guess at around the 40p mark for a 570g bottle I should have known but so many of their other products had been so good we decided to give it a go.
I do not eat a lot of tomato ketchup but I do like it on chips from time to time and our grandkids love it so we always have some in the house. I tried it on my chips a few days after purchasing it and my first reaction was to check the date on it as it tasted so bad.
It was very watery compared with brand named ketchups and very salty too, the main taste was in fact salt rather than tomato and even the smell was a bit off putting.
I did however think that the ketchup would still be used because our grandkids will eat pretty much anything but even they did not like the taste of this ketchup so the bottle went in the bin and it may be cheap but it is not good value for money if it ends in the bin so this is one to avoid from the Tesco value range.
I have been trying out a lot of the products from the Tesco value range recently to see if they are any good. Some of them are terrible but others are ok and a lot of the products are really helping to save me some money on my weekly shop.
One product that I tried recently was the Tesco value tomato ketchup. I usually buy Heinz tomato ketchup so I am used to a good quality ketchup on the side of my plate.
The Tesco Value ketchup is in packaging that is not very eye catching or attractive. This is the case with all of the products from the Tesco value range though as it is a basic no frills range and this is why they can sell these products at such a low price.
The Tesco Value ketchup is in glass bottle instead of the usual ketchup bottles which are usually plastic. It can still be recycled though which is good for me as I like to do my bit to help the environment. The bottle has a label to the front which is plain white and has a blue and red design with the Tesco Value logo on the front. It is not a very attractive looking product.
As I said the bottle is glass so I can clearly see the ketchup through the bottle and I can see that it is a rich dark red colour which looks similar to my normal brand of ketchup so this is a good start.
The bottle of ketchup is over 500g in size and this only costs around 40 pence. Sometimes the price goes up and down by a few pence but it is still a lot cheaper than my usual brand of ketchup which costs almost a pound more for the same size of bottle.
The bottle of Tesco value ketchup is made of glass and this is where the first problem comes from as it is very difficult to get the ketchup from the bottle to the plate without causing a mess or using a lot of effort. I guess I am just used to having plastic ketchup bottles which can be squeezed easily.
The ketchup is very pleasant tasting although it tastes completely different from my usual brand of tomato ketchup. The Tesco value ketchup is very tangy and quite acid tasting and I think there is a vinegar type taste from it too. It is not unpleasant at all and I do like the tangy taste but it is definitely not as sweet as my usual brand of ketchup.
I quite liked the Tesco value ketchup and because it is such a low price I will buy it again. I have had it with fish and chips and also with sausages and beans, sausage rolls and on hot dogs and all of these were nice with the Tesco value ketchup.
For less than forty pence it is definitely worth a try and I will buy it again.
As you would expect from tesco value products - the packaging is what could be considered minimalistic.
The glass bottle can be easily recycled but here crops up the age old problem of getting the ketchup out! We all remember the days off whacking the base of the ketchup bottle trying in vain to get some out and suddenly the whole thing gives way and you've just got a plate of ketchup. Most brands have tried to rectify this problem with plastic squeezy bottles, but with tesco value you still get the traditional glass. That isn't to say it's all bad - just be a little more careful!
The screw lid on the top makes a popping noise when opened for the first time so it's easy to tell if someone else opened it before you bought it.
For those of us who have a tendancy to use a large quantity of tomato ketchup - tesco value is somewhat of a saviour. It's nice and cheap at 38p for 570g (slightly odd weight but I'm not complaining). I usually end up getting through about 4 bottles a month which I certainly wouldn't be able to afford if I were to buy a brand name ketchup.
As far as taste is concerned, which lets be honest is the most important bit, I really can't tell the difference between tesco value and heinz - other reviewers beg to differ but honestly you'll have to try it yourselves!
The consistency is good - not too runny, thick or at all lumpy, just make sure you give it a quick shake first.
If you're looking to save money on your food shopping I would definately reccommend giving this a try.
LordAudley and I have strongly divergent views on the subject of ketchup. He is a Heinz man to the core, and cannot be turned from loyalty to that brand. However, I am a devotee of cheap ketchup. Perhaps this is because I have trouble relating the product in any way to anything organic. In my head, it doesn't come from tomatoes - it's a kind of awesome space food generated by cyborgs from rocks.
In many ways, this is my perfect ketchup. It's salty. Yet it's also sweet. It's vinegary. Yet it's also onioney. How do they get so many flavours into one product? My mind cannot cope. Also, there is the all-important fact that it costs about 35p for a massive 570g bottle, which means that I can have my chips swimming in a lake of it, so that my dinner resembles something out of a Korean revenge drama, without going into the red on my credit card.
Packaging wise, yes, it's as ugly as sin. There's no two ways about it: it looks horrible. But quite frankly, my dear, at this price I don't give a damn!
I recently decided to try this Tesco Value Tomato Ketchup for the first time recently after my Heinz Tomato Ketchup ran out. In the past, I have been a loyal customer to the Heinz corporation, using my ketchup on pretty much anything I cook, whether it be chips, mash potatoes, steak, chicken and even my vegetables (very unhealthy I know!) so it was a fairly big step for me to venture into the world of value ketchup. The result surprised me enormously, I was not expecting to like it as much as I did, the taste is very different to Heinz and to be fair I still prefer the branded products, but as a sauce to pour over bland food it is not bad at all.
As with all of the Tesco value range the best thing about them has to always be the price, and can save you a small fortune in the long run by downgrading a lot of your shopping list to the cheaper brands. The Tesco Value Tomato Ketchup currently costs 38p for a 570g jar, this compares to the Heinz variety of £2.00 for the same quantity bottle, however the Heinz bottle is a plastic squeeze bottle which means easier pouring. This is one of the main drawbacks with the Tesco Value bottle is that it is only available in a single size container and only available in a glass container.
There are other Tesco tomato ketchup ranges which cost quite a bit more money, with the equivalent size of 567g costing £1.43 for a glass jar or £1.88 for a 470g plastic squeeze bottle. To be perfectly honest with you all, I believe that the Value Ketchup is actually nicer than the more expensive Tesco version and would buy it even if they cost the same amount, but this is obviously down to personal preference.
The calorific value of this value ketchup is fairly low, being approximately 20 calories for a 15g serving (about a tea spoon) and contains only trace amounts of fat for those on a diet. It also states that the sauce was prepared with 115g of tomatoes per 100g of sauce.
Overall, this sauce is excellent value for money and tastes great. I would definitely recommend this ketchup to anyone to try at least once and will be buying it time and time again. I hope you like it as much as I do, so I give it 5 stars out of 5. Fantastic product, go buy!
I'm trying to save a bit of cash on my food shopping at the moment, so I thought I'd give this a go. I "downgraded" from Heinz Ketchup to Tesco's normal ketchup a while ago and found it to be pretty much the same quality, and a fair bit cheaper.
This Tesco Value stuff is incredibly cheap, around 40p a bottle, less than half the price of most standard "own brand" Ketchup and about a quarter of the price of the big name brands.
For 40p I wasn't expecting much. The first thing I learned when I first went to use this Tesco Value Ketchup is that it is quite a bit runnier than standard ketchup, so be careful when pouring or you'll get more than you wanted!
Taste wise it is fine, but noticeably less rich and tomatoey than standard ketchup - its a bit vinegary / sugary. But its ok - quite similar to the ketchup you find in a lot of greasy spoon cafes.
Because it is runnier you might find you use more of it - I found a bottle of this lasts maybe 60% as long as a bottle of the standard brand, so factor that in when choosing!
Tomato ketchup is something which you'll be able to find in most households today and is great with traditional meals such as chips but also, kids will have it with just about anything (hide the taste of vegetables I suppose).
I had complete confidence in buying this as I use many of the tesco value products. I wouldn't say that it is as good quality as Heinz but it's very good value for money costing only 40 pence for a 560g bottle. The Ketchup is runnier than Heinz and I would say it tastes sweeter, so don't think it will be to everyone's taste.
The value ketchup is only available in a glass bottle which is a disadvantage if you like squeezy ones or have young children but the sauce does come out easier because it's runnier. It also has a traditional screw top.
Maize Starch Salt
Acidity Regulator (citric acid)
115g of tomatoes per 100g goes into the finish product. It's does say that there are no nuts in the recipe but it cannot be guaranteed. The sauce is suitable for vegetarians.
Would I recommend the value ketchup? well if you're not on a tight budget then no,, stick with Heinz but if you want to watch those pennies then it's good value for money and tastes ok.