“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Juice „
One of the good things about being a grown-up is that you get to choose what you eat or don't eat, what you drink or don't drink. You don't have to put up with Mums telling you to eat it because it's good for you. If you don't like something you don't have to have it. So why did I buy this tomato juice when I have never liked tomato juice? I really can't justify it other then by saying that at 39p for a litre and with a current offer of 3 for 2 at Tesco and knowing that my wife will drink it if I don't, I just decided that I wouldn't buy my normal fruity juice; I would buy this stuff instead. After all, it's good for me, isn't it? I couldn't actually remember what it was that I didn't like about it! It had been a while since I last tried it. Well, in short, I wish I hadn't bought it. I have tried a few times to like it this week. I have had it cold from the fridge - at room temperature - with and without a dash of Worcestershire sauce. I just don't appreciate the taste. I like a juicy tomato, but I don't like tomato juice. It just doesn't taste natural, although maybe trying a value product contributes to that taste issue. I like oranges - I like orange juice I like pineapples - I like pineapple juice I like mangoes - I like mango juice I like tomatoes - but NOT tomato juice. I just don't accept the idea that it is a drink. I think that's the problem. Juice is just a constituent part of a tomato in my eyes (and in my mouth) It's a psychological blockage, I think. There are only 16 calories in a 100ml portion. OK, it's a bit high on salt and sugar content. Other than tomato juice from concentrate and salt, the only other ingredient is citric acid. Maybe that's what is interfering with the taste. I'm just going to have to find another healthy drink to get into. Maybe carrot juice or something. As far as this tomato juice goes, my wife says it seems a bit waterier than premium brands, but as for me, I just don't like it and couldn't recommend it at all.
For a while already we do most of our grocery shopping in Tesco so I often end up buying some of their value range products to try. Usually I am not disappointed, so this time I'll review Tesco Value Tomato juice. PACKAGING Tesco Value Tomato juice comes in a usual 1 litre recyclable carton. The design is similar to all Tesco value products: basically white with some blue and red stripes, Tesco Value logo and image of a cut tomato. The carton doesn't look very attractive but as I am trying to save money where I can - looks do not matter! I don't like that these cartons don't have an easy open pour spout with a lid so I have to use scissors or a knife to open a carton and usually dribble some juice on a table. Also juices don't stay that fresh after a few days in the fridge... But as Tesco try to keep the packaging simple and minimal to offer good price for Value products, I have no intention to complain. But some people may simply not buy juices for this reason. Though actually they probably wouldn't consider buying shop's own brand products at all... APPEARANCE AND TASTE So, after dribbling some Tesco Value Tomato juices on a table, I finally pour them into a glass. The liquid is dark red colour and the consistency is thick but not too thick, smells good. So, everything looks promising and what about the taste? I absolutely loved them! Some tomato juices are very bland but Tesco Value Tomato juices were full of flavour, a bit sour. Really perfect for me! I like to drink tomato juices but it is difficult to find a good tasting and nice texture product. I am so glad I finally tried this Tesco Value product because it tastes great. Well some people may not like it is from concentrate... Usually I also buy juices not from concentrate but this time I don't care! I love the texture and taste of Tesco Value Tomato juice's. So have no intention to look for better tomato juices. Especially as You understand that Tesco Value products are cheap. Usually we don't keep juices in the fridge as we finish the carton same day so we always drink fresh juices. But if You intend to keep them in the fridge You may have a problem with freshness as the carton stays opened, unless You pour them into a bottle with a lid. Tesco Value Tomato juice is not very refreshing if You are thirsty but they give me that energy boost that I sometimes need. Of course, not everyone likes tomato juice and they will not understand what I see in them but even now when I am writing the review I feel the taste of them in my mouth... Aw, they are good!!! INGREDIENTS The list is very very short and You know exactly what You are drinking. So, ingredients are Tomato Juice from concentrate, Salt, Citric Acid. NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION This Carton contains 4 servings, so one serving of 250ml contains: Energy - 168kJ (40kcal), Protein - 2.0g, Carbohydrate - 7.8g of which Sugars - 7.8g, Fat - trace of which Saturates - 0g, Fibre - 1.5g, Sodium - 0.8g, Salt Equivalent - 1.9g. Of course I understand that there's too much salt in Tesco Value Tomato juice. But without salt I wouldn't drink them... And anyway, I don't drink them everyday and use very little of salt while cooking so sometimes I can treat myself! But I would be careful giving them to children. Well my little girl is too small so I don't have to worry now but I'll consider it in the future. PRICE AND AVAILABILITY Tesco Value Tomato juice is Tesco's own brand product so You may buy these only from Tesco stores. The best thing about Tesco juice - the price as You pay only £0.34 for 1 litre!!! It is cheaper than cheap I may say. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Preparation guidelines: Shake well before opening and pouring. - Store in a cool, dry place. - Once opened, keep refrigerated and consume within 3 days. - Best before: see top of carton. Mine until February of 2011. Suitable for vegetarians. OVERALL Tomato juices are not my favourite but sometimes I like to treat me and Tesco Value Tomato juices are perfect for that! So I give them 5 stars out of 5 recommend everyone who likes tomato juices to try them! The texture and flavour is so good so why to look to for something better and more expensive??? Simply enjoy a great and extremely cheap product - good for You and good for Your purse! Thanks for taking time to read my review! Hope You'll find it useful! Also posted on other websites under the same user name.