“ Baked Beans. „
Baked beans - not the most exciting of foods but one which I eat quite regularly. I don't have a great deal of money to spend on food and work to a tight budget most weeks and therefore baked beans are something of a staple in my diet. My nearest supermarket is a very large Asda and I buy their own brand of beans in tomato sauce rather than the Heinz variety.
To me personally there isn't a great deal of difference as far as taste is concerned but there do seem to be less beans per can compared to the Heinz variety and also the sauce is noticeable more on the watery side., The colour is also less of a red and more of a pale orange. I can live with that though as these beans cost me less than 30p for a standard sized can.
There is no ring pull on the can but then the packaging is also very basic - white tin with the words on the front and a list of ingredients on the back. Once heated though, they do taste very nice and not a great deal different to the branded kind. They still contain the same level of protein as you get from Heinz beans and they make a filling and cheap meal for those days when I don't have a lot to spend. Two slices of wholemeal toast and one full can of beans is usually all I need to fill me up for about four hours till my next meal.
The beans are plump and tender and well cooked and vey tasty. They can be eaten on a hob though to save tome I tens to use a microwave.
I like these beans and really for the price they are impressive and so I recommend them.
Baked beans are a big favourite in our house. They are very popular with my two year old daughter so I always make sure I have several tins in the cupboard. As mentioned in many of my other reviews we have been trying to reduce our shopping bill so this was one of the first things we stopped buying the brand name of. At 25p for a 410g tin Asda smart price beans are a great cheap alternative to the leading brand, as long as they taste nice!
The smart price range has changed packaging since the picture above was taken, products are now in green and white packaging. These beans contain no artificial flavours or colours, no hydrogenated fat and are suitable for vegetarians.
On opening these beans there is usually quite abit of the sauce floating on the top, so I tend to use a spoon to give it all a good mix. The tin is not short of beans however, and there is enough to feed two people generously. They taste good, a little sweeter than other brands but not in a bad way. I use these in a variety of meals and particularly like putting grated cheese on top of them, yummy! The consistency of the sauce is quite runny and I'd prefer it abit thicker but this hasn't stopped me buying these for a couple of years now.
Overall I think these are a good budget buy, the beans taste good so in my opinion there is no need to spend extra for the brand name. I give them 4 out of 5, I'd like the sauce to be a little thicker for it to get 5 stars from me.
ASDA Smart Price Baked Beans
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At home I always used to have Heinz baked beans and loved them but once I became a poor student I soon realised that I couldn't afford such luxuries. At 28p for a 410g tin the ASDA smartprice baked beans aren't going to break the bank and are less than half the price of a tin of Heinz.
I was utterly convinced that the beans would taste foul and reluctantly opened the tin, half expecting it to only contain about 5 actual beans (and for them to be horribly mutated) So I was pleasantly surprised to see that the tin was packed full of beans and they looked no different to a tin of Heinz.
The product contains no colours or preservatives and the whole can only contains 0.8g of fat and 288 calories. I heated up half of the tin of beans as instructed on the can (4 minutes on the hob or 3 minutes in the microwave) and poured them onto my plate next to my mash potato (my staple diet as student). The beans looked no different on my plate than the more expensive brands do, but I still wasn't convinced that they would be edible.
When I tasted the beans I was actually quite impressed. The texture of the beans was just right, smooth, nice and firm but not too hard. The sauce was tasty, not too salty, bland or sweet, just tomatoey! The thickness of the sauce was the same as more expensive brands, so it wasn't too watered down or too thick for that matter. They aren't exactly the same as heinz but I cannot really fault the taste of the beans or the sauce and I would even go as far as to say that they were nice and I enjoyed them.
The tin, which the beans come in, is quite thin compared to the more expensive brands but I assume this helps keep the product low cost (although it does mean that if you drop the tin it isn't going to do it much good). You will also need a tin opener to open the can as there is no fancy ring pull here.
The tin says that the beans are suitable for vegetarians and the tin should be stored in a cool, dry space. Once opened, any unused contents should be placed in a non-metallic bowl, refrigerated and eaten within two days.
Since my first encounter with these beans I have brought them several times since. When I have more money I do tend to go for Heinz especially if they are on offer but I think that is just because I am a secret snob. In reality, these are perfectly suitable for my bean related needs and mean a big saving. They are tasty, cheap and relatively good for you.
If you are still sceptical, give them a try, its not going to break the bank and if you like them which I'm sure you will, then it could end up saving you a fair bit of money.
Like most people now a days I'm trying to bring the cost of the weekly shop down as much as possible, so Asda's Smartprice Baked Beans have now made their way into my cupboard.
The labeling has changed from that shown, it is now green and white like all of Asda's Smartprice range, but for around 30p for a 410g tin, personally I'm not really bothered what the tin looks like so long as the contents taste good. And Asda's Smartprice baked beans do taste good. When you open some cans of beans the sauce can be rather watery, but with these it's not, it's not overly thick either, they seem to have found that middle ground in between, where it soaks into your bread, but still leaves the beans moist,with just a bit of sauce on them. (Yummy). The sauce isn't a bright orange either, it's slightly darker than some I've seen, but it's got a good tomato flavour, not too sweet, which sometime happens with the cheaper brands. You get a decent number of beans in the can as well, although they don't burst out of the can when you open it, there's still enough in there to feed two hungry adults, three if they're not so hungry.
I find them very versatile, not just for putting on toast or with bacon and eggs, I've used them with pasta, in cottages pies, although I did drain some of the sauce off when I used them in the this. I've made them into what I call cowboy beans, here's the recipe:-
1 can of Asda Smartprice baked beans.
50g of Asda Smartprice frozen sweetcorn
4 tablespoons of BBQ sauce
Put all the ingredients into a pan and heat till piping hot. Serve on toast or with burger and chips. If you want to add some cooked bacon to the mix as well it makes it taste even better, although not quite as healthy.
These are well worth putting in your shopping trolly.
As a single mother of a 4 year old who LOVES beans, I am usually on the look out for a slightly cheaper variety, mind you, aren't we all with the credit crunch?! I bought these beans a couple of weeks ago as they are only 33p in my Asda and none of the other brands had any offers on.
I was pleasantly suprised at the consistency of this porduct. Quite often, the much cheaper tins of beans tend to be watery, but not so with this tin.
The taste was nice enough to win over a very fussy (bean conisure) 4 year old and I was happy with both the taste and the price. Luckily, I bought more than one tin, because they are flying off my shelves!
I am always conscious of the calories content in food and I was pleasantly suprised to find that these were actually slightly less calorific than the brand I tend to get.
Overall, my son and I both really enjoyed these beans and I fully intend to keep them as a staple part of my shopping list in the future! Well done Asda!
I am not a huge fan of baked beans! If I ever do invest in a tin which is occasional to pop on some toast as a quick meal I will go for Heinz however noting the price of a tin the other day I decided to try save a few pennies and to try Asda Smart Price Baked Beans for a change costing only 31p for a 410g can.
The can comes labeled which is bright green and white with a photograph of a bean on there and we are told that they are Asda Smart price Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce and that they are free from artificial colours and flavours then on the back of the can ingredients and allergy advice is given, there is a full nutritional chart given as well as heating instructions and contact details for Asda are listed. This is a cheap looking, economy can and there is no ring pull to the top of it however it is easy enough to open with a can opener and it is informative enough!
What you get is a lot of rather transparent orangy sauce with haricot beans within it which are well formed, small and a creamy colour.
To cook these you can simply pop them in a saucepan for 4-5 minutes, alternatively you can pop them in a microwave for around 3 minutes. I did cook half a can on the hob and the other half in the microwave and they basically came out the same no matter how you cook them.
Taste wise well the sauce tastes lightly tomatoey and a bit too salty for me. I don't like the sweetness of the sauce either and in my opinion there is far too much of it in comparison with the beans. The beans though are a bit tough and a bit to chewy though to be fair to them they taste ok, they're just hard work and a bit bullet like for me.
These, to me lack a richness in flavour in the tomato sauce stakes and the beans are economy tasting and personally, well I wouldn't buy them again!
Nutritional Information Per 1/2 Can:
of which sugars: 10.0g
of which saturates: 0.1g
equivalent as salt: 1.6g
Only available in Asda stores or from Asda.com
Coming to University, a realization that the comfort of branded food, a stable job and weekly income was a luxury compared to the dreaded student loan. The buzz of gaining £1200+ every 4 months or so goes as soon as it comes when you get round to working out how long it has to last and how strict you must budget. So, each time that dreaded trip to the food shop, you realize your budget is thinning week by week and your quality of products must drop.
I've always been a man of simple pleasures compared to those around me and so this was not a problem (plus i was always a bit tight before going to uni!!). So shopping in the 'smart price' section was not a problem for me.
In this particular instance i plucked for asda smart price beans. For the back pocket price of 25p, the value for money cannot be questioned, especially compared to the 62p Heinz beans.
Now I admit that the Heinz beans will be extremely tasty. However, for nearly a third of the price, the smart price beans are of an extremely close quality, and once put on some toast of in a jacket potato, the same feeling and taste is experienced. There is the same amount and taste of sauce as would be found in the branded counterpart.
One criticism I would have is that the beans did feel a little bit powdery in my mouth than they do with other brands.
But the point I am trying to make in this review is that when you pluck for supermarket branded food, then you must be willing to lower your expectations and not expect royalty standard food.
I never really used to be a fan of baked beans as I was growing up, but since moving out of my mums house I've tried lots of different brands and beginning to quite like the taste of some. Asda's Smart Price baked beans aren't one of them brands though.
** Packaging **
As always, the tin is covered in the Smart Price basic white and green colours. Ingredients, nutritional information and cooking instructions can be found on the back. There isn't a ring pull on the top so a tin opener will be required to get inside!
** Baked beans **
Once the tin of baked beans is open the contents is revealed, and quite frankly it doesn't look appetising in the slightest. No beans are visible in the tin and the juice looks too watery. After the baked beans have been heated they don't look very tasty, and upon the taste test are proven to not be very tasty. The beans are too soft and just turn to mush after taking a bite, of course most beans are mushy to some extent, but this was just ridiculous. The bean juice is too watery and doesn't taste rich in flavour like some more expensive brands.
** Price **
Each 410g tin costs 28p, and can be found in Asda stores. They are suitable for vegetarians.
** Overall **
It really comes down to whether you want to sacrifice taste for the price. Quite frankly, I'd definitely want to pay more for a better quality tin of Baked beans. These beans are cheap and taste cheap, not one I continue to buy no matter how much I want to save money on the food shopping!
Not one to buy food thats only a decent brand, i though i would give these a go and see if they where just as good as brands like Heinz etc.
If im honest they taste ok, but once the tin is open you find the can is half beans and half bean juice! When cooked they still seem a bit too firm, to me a bean should be able to mush if squashed- but these really are a bit hard.
They cost about 29p at my local Asda these days, i remember when they where much cheaper a few years ago, however these days its probably cheaper to buy branded beans in a multipack on offer than Smartprice ones.
The packaging isnt too appealing, but to me that isnt an issue. I have learnt the hard way that many food products are produced exactly the same way, then sold as differant brands. So really you may be paying sometimes four times the amount than that of the exact same product by the budget brand. I have found this to be the case with pet food and many household supplies, aswell as food items like crisp, sauces, rice etc.
Overall i wouldnt particually reccomend this product, i would however like to say that Smartprice do offer some really decent food items- so dont let my one review put you off everything else!
Due to financial difficulties in recent months i have been forced to watch the pennies even more so than before, i have always liked a good bargain and in my opinion Asda smart priced as always proved this and always purchase this brand where ever possible as they offer the best value for money without compromising on the taste. I have tasted the other brands but find i prefer the smart price brand the best. I don't feel that they have comprised the taste and look of the item at all , and still get the excellent taste and look of baked beans at a quarter of the cost. I like to have beans with a nice jacket potatoe that has been cooked in the oven or a nice simple dish like beans on toast, As you can just pop them in the microwave for a few minutes and job done. My 9 year old daughter loves this meal.
The packaging is very plain and basic with just a white and green label with a picture of a plate of beans, but then again you don't purchase the item for the label.
i would recommend this to anyone who likes baked beans who are trying to eat on a budget.
Through the last year things have been quite tough for us and we have had to make savings and cuts in every area of lives.
One of the main parts was our shopping budget and I have had had to start buying Asda's own brand of different products. Beans are something that are eaten often in our home with three children and a hubby who likes jacket pots and beans.
====== The Product =====
My beans look different to the picture above and are in the classic smart price colours of green and white.
The information on the tin says that they now contain 10% less salt and have no artificial flavors, colours or preservatives and no hydrogenated fat and is suitable for vegans.
When I opened the tin I was imagining a pale tomato sauce and some small beans and I was amazed to find that the tomato sauce was a lovely rich tomato colour and it was thick and not watery as I had thought it would be.
The beans are the same size as any regular beans and there was certainly plenty of them.
===== The Taste Test =====
I thought that the beans were full of flavour and taste and even upon heating the sauce was lovely and thick. I made the mistake of telling my children that they were a different brands and they had decided that they were not going to taste nice and while they said they could tell a slight difference (although they could not say what it was) they really enjoyed and finished them all.
I have always been quite picky about certain non branded items and I was amazed that the beans tasted so good and my hubby did not even notice the difference.
===== The Wind Factor! =====
I am only writing this as my children asks if they would be more windy because the beans were different and I have to say no difference so no free jacuzzi baths for me.
====== My Conclusion ======
I have been buying these for ages now and I can not see why I would go back to buying branded ones as this taste great!.
Might be worth noting as I am sure I am not the only one.......but they taste just as good cold.
At 29p you can't go wrong!
Asda's smart price range is available to give you cheaper prices for supposedly lower priced goods. Having left school and gone to University, I'm used to these anyway as they certainly don't use Heinz in schools!
The product looks, smells, feels and sounds like Heinz baked beans but of course the important part is the taste! I feel that although inevitably there is a difference, it's not a terrible one. Beans are beans afterall! Beans certainly are a lifesaver as they can go with anything, are very nutritional and in smart price terms they are cheap.
The packaging is typical smart price with a white background and green decorations. Although it's not very aesthetically pleasing, don't let it deter you give them a try!
Currently, they are 29p per tin and I tend to find that one tin can give me two servings if I have it with toast or one without. Obviously that will change from person to person but that's really not a bad deal.
Overall, I'd say if your looking for high quality, fantastic tasting beans go for the more expensive heinz, but for those on a budget, smart price comes out on top!
Asda smart price baked beans are a great cheap way to eat good food.
After the birth of my son cooking really was not a strong point for me anymore and with a toddler I really do like to make quick and easy meals.
Beans on toast are a great way to go to give your child a nice warm tummy before heading to bed. A slice of bread in the toaster and beans on the hob and within 5 minutes you have a good tasty meal for your child.
Not only is this a good convenient way to feed your child or yourself, it's also a cheap option as well.
Priced at only 29p this tin is full to the brim with beans. They are very tasteful and are not far off the leading brands such as Heinz. The beans them self have a lovely texture but the sauce isn't as full of tomato flavour as I was expecting, but has a lovely smooth thick texture yet still they were lovely and filling.
Some own brand beans I have tryed seem to only be full half way with beans and then topped up with a very watery sauce. I found these were different and contained more beans than the lights of Sainsbury's basics beans.
Overall this really is a great way to get some good tasty food into your tummy without breaking the bank.
I have shopped in ASDA for years now and have slowly watched them add more and more items to their smartprice range.
The smartprice range is ASDA's range of basic products. they come in very simple packaging and are usually quite a lot cheaper then other brands selling the same products.
I think ASDA do the biggest value range out of all the supermarkets and often appear to have the lowest prices. The quality of all supermarkets value brands can differ from being very poor quality to as good as premium brands.
The smart price baked beans are the same size as other tins of beans and taste good. I actually prefer these to other brands, although they can sometimes be a bit watery. You can overcome this by just cooking on them on the hob for a little be longer and letting the sauce thicken.
Baked beans were very cheap a few years back, but recently the cost has sored up and up and now even when buying the value brands they have more than doubled their cost. The smartprice baked beans cost 29p (at time of review). This is only a few pennies less than the ASDA brand products, which are a step up from their value range. I do think ASDA should look into this a reduce the price a bit as the idea of value products is to save money. They are still good value as a premium brand of baked beans can cost as much as 64p at ASDA.
The beans are a good texture and the sauce has a good, tomato flavour, not too spicy or too bland. They are a great additional to most meals and are ready within minutes.
My rating for the product is based on all the points I have mentioned above, but my main basis for the rating is the taste and quality of the product.
A certain young man in our household (DS2) is very partial to baked beans. In fact, he can consume more baked beans than you would think rightly fit into a 3-year-old tummy! So anyway, we get through a lot. As always, I tend to look out for the most economical option that is still going to taste good, and this is where Asda smartprice baked beans come in.
The packaging is the usual green and white of the value range, with just a single solitary bean on the front (don't worry, there are more friends in the tin). It's not got a ring pull, so you just use your tin opener to get in. This is not a problem for us as apparently this is a quite entertaining little task if you are 3.
The tins are always pretty much full to bursting with beans, and not padded out with too much watery sauce as you can find with some cheaper baked beans. Cooking them is the same as any variety of baked beans, and it's very quick to just bung them in a pan and warm them through.
The beans are in a tasty tomato sauce that's not too sweet and not too thin. It doesn't have much of a tang to it, which some people like in beans, but you can always add a drop of vinegar if that's your thang. To be honest it's a very long time since I've tasted a more premium brand of beans like Heinz, so I can't do a fair comparison with them really, but certainly I don't feel cheated by these beans, and they are certainly better quality than the 29p price tag might lead you to believe.