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Sainsbury's Basics Instant Custard (tinned)

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      27.08.2011 10:10
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      I have to admit I usually make my own custard from the Birds Custard powder as I feel it tastes lovely, you can make it as thick or thin as you want and with a microwave it takes literally a few minutes. BUT the other day my husband (doing the sunday lunch shop at Sainsburys) thought we could try a tinned custard.

      *PACKAGING*
      The 396g tin has orange, white and yellow standard "basics" packaging. It comes with nutritional information on the front of the tin (143kcal per half can, 1.2g fat per half tin etc) with wording.... "Custard, a little less rich still tops a crumble" (a little too true as you will see throughout the review!!!). There is also information that this custard can be eaten hot or cold, instructions on how to heat, ingredients, serving suggestions, recycling information and how to store.

      *COST AND AVAILABILITY*
      A tin of this custard costs 25p for 396g which is meant to serve two adults or I would say 3 children. It is available from Sainsburys stores nationwide, some Sainsburys Local or online at www.sainsburys.co.uk if you like to have your shopping delivered.

      *OPENING THE TIN*
      As there is no modern click and lift lid this tin requires the old fashioned tin opener. Ok, well you dont mind, its a cheap tin of custard. On opening the tin the custard is pale yellow, rather thinnish with a sickly sweet smell.

      *HOT OR COLD*
      As I wasnt particularly impressed on opening the tin I decided to try a teaspoon of this custard cold before I poured it into a microwaveable container to warm. I like cold custard (although I know its not everyones cup of tea) but I DO NOT LIKE this cold custard. The texture was far too runny, the sugar overpowered any custard flavouring at all. Basically it was like eating thick milk with too much sugar!

      However, I did heat the rest of the can and poured it over the apple crumble. Hoping that on being warmed it might magically gain some flavour! It did, a little and once mixed with the desert became bearable!

      *CONCLUSION*
      Unless you are stuck for time and cash I wouldnt even bother with this one, its certainly not a good value product!

      Too much sugar, small flavour!

      Thanks for reading x

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      16.06.2011 06:18
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      Okay if you're not picky!

      I bought a tin of this last weekend as i fancied something sweet but was strapped for cash until payday and didn't want to waste money on non essential food. I picked this particular 390g tin of custard, Sainsbury's Basic, due to the price; just 25p - a whole 50p cheaper than Ambrosia, my usual favourite brand of custard.

      If i was purposely looking to buy the most attractive tin of custard on the shelf, this would be my last choice; it's very basic. It's in the usual sainsbury's basic product style and consists of a silver metal/allumenium tin (no ring pull, requires a tin opener), with a band of plastic paper wrapped around it, with the sainsburys basic orange band around the top and orange writing saying what it is, with a picture of what looks like a pouring jug.

      On the back of the tin it states that the custard is gluten free and lists the ingredients, allergy warnings and contact details incase of complains/feedback. The packaging overall is basic and isn't very pretty but what can you expect for 25p?

      Once i got home and had opened the tin via the can opener, i got a whiff of it. It smelt like usual custard really! A bit milky and sweet. Not unpleasent but definetly not mouth-watering. I poured the suprisingly smooth, thick, bright yellow contents into a small pan and placed on the hob at a medium heat. I was quite suprised as looked almost identical to my usual custard and was quite a bit cheaper.

      As soon as a bit of heat was added the custard literally melted and transformed from a thick consistency to the consistency of water, and within a few minutes of been on the hob on a gentle heat it was patchy in colour and bubbling, even after lots of stirring. Big let down! I love thick, creamy custard as it has a nicer texture.

      As the pan was becoming burnt and the liquid was bubbling (ater just 2mins!) i assumed it was done and served it in a bowl, which it filled to the bring and still left a bit left over in the pan. Most of the custard was still cold and the rest boiling. The colour was now a much paler yellow and had swirls of weird dark yellow in it which i'm pretty sure wasn't supposed to happen - it was really odd and put me off a bit!

      Never the less i tried some. Really didn't like it! It was tasteless apart from a distant vanilla taste and the fake tasting sugar overpowered any other flavours - and it wasn't even that sugary! It wasn't creamy and was a bit like eating water flavoured gel with splenda mixed in. It's not got a milky taste to it at all and overall tasted cheap and fake, it did half satisfy my 'sweet' craving, but left a slightly unpleasent after taste. I won't be buying it again; i'd much rather spend an extra 50p and be sure that the product is good quality.

      Maybe if it was served with a pudding or thickened with a bit of flour it'd taste a bit nicer!

      For half a can it's 151 calories which isn't too bad and is around the same as most other custard brands.

      For less picky eaters who are on a tight budget or just don't fancy spending 70/80p on a tin of custard, i'd reccomend it. For 25p you get a decent sized tin which is the ideal size for sharing between 2 people.

      Although it's not very rich, it's not lumpy or unpleasent and is ideal for anyone with a sweet tooth, just beware of the aftertaste and splenda-like flavour of the whole thing.

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        14.04.2010 23:46
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        Overal i much perfer the instant just as water custard.

        I usually purchase the Sainsbury's basic instant custard sachets which are quick and easy to make, but unfortunately they had run out of the instant custard. So I picked up a tin of this Sainsbury's basics custard.

        Priced at only 25p for the tin, I thought this seemed slightly expensive compared to the sachet instant custard at only 9p per pack and makes up the same amount of custard. (Around ¾ of a pint of custard.)

        The tin was easy to open and the custard came out extremely easy, I just tipped it upside down side above the saucepan and out slid a tinned shape clump of thick custard. At this point it didn't look very appetising. After putting on a slow heat for around 5 minutes the custard thinned slightly and wasn't all clumped together. It started to become nice and runny but not to runny.

        It poured over my Sainsbury's basics chocolate fudge cake like a dream and really did look appetising.

        The custard had a slight watery taste to it lacked that lovely smooth creamy taste. I was slightly disappointed since I had hovered over the oven for the last 5 minutes stirring it to get a lovely even heat. The custard tasted slightly plain and really did lack that traditional custard taste alothugh it did have a slight taste of vanilla but not enough to really satisfy you. We added half a spoon of sugar into the custard to give it a bit of a kick but still it tasted like something was missing.

        Between the two I much prefer the rich sweet taste of the 9p sachet of custard to the 25p tin custard.

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        26.02.2010 20:34
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        Cheap in price, not cheap in quality.

        This can of Sainsbury's Custard, from its bargain basement "Basics" range, is supplied in a conventional tin can, containing 390g ( 14 ounces for the people like me who still deal in real money ), of product. The can is yours on handing over the princely sum of 25 pence to Messrs Sainsbury's ltd.


        So what do you get for your 25 pennies then?

        You get a typical Basics range, orange and white "Logoed"; can. The label contains large amounts of information, the type of which I generally ignore but which others find interesting and relevant. This includes Nutritional info - detailed below, Ingredients, and usage / heating instruction along with some other statutory rubbish. There is also mention of it being Gluten free, and associated Allergy advice - also detailed below. The can has to be opened by using a Tin opener which some people find a pain, but not me. Remember, ring pull cans cost more to produce than conventional tins - have a ring pull, pay a bit more.

        So what's the Custard like then?

        Well, it's like a cheap Custard - I'm not really surprised at that.

        It looks OK but it doesn't have that rich Yellow colour associated with quality Custard. It doesn't have a particularly strong or flavoursome Vanilla taste which I like, but that is not necessarily a fault, it is just my taste. When heated, it does smell quite nice, but it lacks that "mmmm" factor. The biggest downside for me is that it is quite thin and runny, which, to me is a big negative. Others however, will feel different on this point as they may prefer thin custard - each to their own. Finally I would have liked it to be a bit more Creamy, but.... hang on a minute, this is basic cheap custard, not top of the range stuff, what do you expect for 25p....


        "Alleged" Important information - lifted directly from the label on the can...

        Allergy Advice:-

        Contains Milk - Never!!!!, I am shocked, I stagger back in amazement - I never knew that Custard contained Milk did you? -- has the world gone mad??? Is it me??? Stop the bus, I want to get off....

        Nutritional Information:-
        Per Half Can - supposedly one serving - really?

        Calories 151
        Fat: 1.4g
        Saturated Fat: 0.8g
        Salt: 0.2g
        Total Sugars: 21.6

        To be very fair to this Custard, I must implore you not to expect this product to compare favourably with some of the "Top of the range" custard products available out there, as it would be an extremely unfair comparison. If it cost £1.50 a can then it should be better, but remember it is only 25p a can - it shouldn't be that brilliant, which it isn't, but it's not that bad either.

        Certainly if you are on a tight budget then I reckon this Custard is well worth your 25 pennies. If money is not tight or you really want a more traditional, Vanilla flavoured, high quality and Creamy product then maybe it isn't for you.

        But for 25p a can it's pretty good. Don't knock it until you have tried it.

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          27.12.2009 10:53
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          Cheap and cheerful

          As there are only the two of us (at the moment) it has always been easier for us to get our custard from a can rather than make it ourselves. When family come around I will make our own custard from Scratch however most of the time we will buy ready made.

          Sainsburys do a 'basic' custard in a tin for just 25p. The tin is one that needs to be opened by a can opener as it has no ring pull but for 25p you can't really complain. The packaging it the standard Basics packaging, white and orange.

          The custard itself is nice. It has a good thick consistency on the first day of opening. We have however noticed that if you don't finish the tin the first day, the next day it has started to separate slightly. We have gotten over this by heating the custard on the stove whilst stirring and it thickens up again fast and tastes absolutley fine. However if, like my other half you like cold custard or plan to use this for a trifle then it would probably be better to buy a different product or make your own.

          The custard is a good strong yellow colour. Not too yellow that it looks artifical and if you didn't know it was from a tin you probably wouldn't be able to tell.

          The taste of the custard is also very nice. Some of the cheaper 'sweet' items I have found have tended to taste a little 'sherbert-y' however this is just sweet enough, and not too over powering.

          I would recommend this custard to have on your apple and blackberry crumble on a sunday. If you plan on having it cold in a trifle though I would not recommend that you get this product.

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          26.12.2009 14:02
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          Not For Me But A Mega Bargain If You Like This Custard!

          My aunt brought a tin of this custard down on Christmas Eve because she only likes Xmas pudding when it's got custard on it and she knew we probably wouldn't have any because none of us really eat it.

          The label on the tin looks soooooo crap that I instantly disliked the custard and when I opened it with the tin opener (no ring pull here!!!) it looked gloopy and proper sticky inside the tin.

          I poured it into a saucepan and heated it up for my aunt because no way was I eating any, then I thought about it and added a couple of spoons on the side of my dish to try because I thought I might at least get a Dooyoo review out of it! lol

          It's not as bad as I thought it would be, there's no creaminess to this custard and that put me off big time and I also thought the milky taste was a bit fake tasting. The texture of it thins down a bit when you've warmed it up so it's deffo not as gloopy and horrible as it looks when it's cold.

          If I ever eat tinned custard it's Ambrosia and this is nowhere near as nice as that. There's hardly any vanilla taste and the aftertaste is a bit like chemicals, it doesn't taste so nasty that I'd spit it out but I'd deffo but the extra money and buy a decent tin if I fancied custard on anything.

          It's one of them things that you're either going to like or dislike, if you like this custard then I reckon you'd save a bomb over the year and that's got to be good. For me though it just tastes mega cheap and it's not like we buy enough custard to benefit much from saving per tin.

          I've just had a look on the Sainsburys website and this custard is 25p a tin compared to Ambrosia which is 75p a tin.

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            10.09.2009 18:17
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            Although I just gave a glowing review about Ambrosia Custard recently, I don't mind the cheaper stuff either. Yes, it is normally watery, and doesn't have quite as much taste, but if you are on a budget and want a bit of treat or dessert then why not.

            This is part of the Sainsbury's Basic range which is the cheapest range in the store. This can cost me 26p for a 390g tin. The design of the tin isn't that exciting and it doesn't even have a ring pull top, which is easy enough to get off. There is a white wrap around label and the only writing on the tin is a quite bright orange colour. The only pretty picture is an outline of a jug. Probably to indicate the pouring of the Custard.

            When you open the tin you will see the Custard is a light yellow colour. It is quite thin, but a little thicker than I expected. It thins down more if it is heat up, but it is alright. You can have this on it's own, or perhaps with a sponge pudding or Apple Pie - yummy.

            All in all this is a good enough budget buy. The brand name version is easily 3 times the price of this, and although this doesn't taste quite as rich, creamy or sweet, it is still a good enough dessert to have.

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              27.08.2009 22:39
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              Yum yum yum!

              I absolutely love custard and after enjoying the 7p Sainsbury's 'Basics' sachet of custard I tried a while back I decided to try the tin (already made up custard) for 25p a tin. I'd bought some sponge puddings and of course wanted this to drench all over them as I adore the stuff I was a bit worried as the sponge wernt cheap and I was concerned that this could ruin it...however I was really very wrong!

              The Packaging....

              39g can with a white and orange label to the front of it and on the front of that I'm told it is Sainsbury's 'Basics' Custard (small orange scribble of a jug pouring custard is on there), and I'm told it's 'No fuss custard' that it's suitable for Vegetarians and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. On the back of the cans label I'm told the can serves 2 people and that it's gluten free, nutritional information and ingredients are listed, I'm told how to store it and the best before date is displayed, allergy advice is given, size is again stated, heating instructions are stated, contact details for Sainsbury's are given and finally there is bar-code on there. This looks an economy can but it is informative enough to be fair to it.

              Heating Instructions:

              Tip the contacts of the can into a saucepan and heat it through for 2-3 or in a microwave for 3- 3 1/2 minutes.

              Me eating It:

              Well me being me, and the lazy article that I am I tipped mine in a microwavable dish and stirred it through once in the 3 minutes it took to cook it. It was quite a stodgy but glossy looking bright yellow thick custard when I put it in the microwave but by the time I got it out my kitchen smell lovely and of sweet custard and the colour had gone a bit less vibrant yellow and the consistency had gone a little thinner, though not much so it just didn't look so thick as it had at first.

              Taste wise I loved this! 2 servings? I think not I devoured the lot in one sitting! It was smooth, thick, creamy and sweet but not overly so. I could detect a hint of vanilla flavouring to it (which is listed in the ingredients) and I could really taste the full fat milk giving as I just said a creamy taste to it all. Although this is highly flavoursome, put it with desserts etc it doesn't overpower the flavour wise. It is filling, warming and easy to heat through and my only single complaint is that there is no ring pull to the can. Other than that it's a star buy!

              Allergy Advice:

              Contains Milk.

              Nutritional Information....Per Half Can:

              Calories 151
              Fat: 1.4g
              Saturated Fat: 0.8g
              Salt: 0.2g
              Total Sugars: 21.6

              Only available in Sainsbury's.

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