Product Type: Tesco in Homeware
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Tesco Value Napkins
Member Name: catsholiday
Tesco Value Napkins
Advantages: Cheap and useful for lots of things
Disadvantages: They are thin and often you need more than one
Tesco Value white paper napkins
I bought this pack of everyday napkins to keep on hand in the kitchen instead of using paper towels for everything. They are cheap; you get 100 for about 50p so really you can't expect much from that price. They are not only cheap to buy but are also cheap and thin and pretty basic looking. These are not napkins that you would use for dinner parties or even when you have guests as they really are cheap and pretty basic in their feel.
The pack of napkins come sealed in clear, crisp plastic and looks basic but just in case you are in any doubt they have the Tesco value label on and not a lot more. The actual napkins are white and are pretty thin, only 1 ply so they don't really absorb much and they are also quite small compared to better quality napkins coming in at 30 cm square in size. My smarter more expensive Christmas napkins were almost half as big again and were four ply and much softer in quality but I did pay considerable more for them.
Okay if these are so rubbish why do I buy them? I buy these because they are great for everyday use. Meals where you get messy eating such as fajitas and spaghetti bolognaise always need much mouth wiping and these are fine for family use in these circumstances.
I also use them when draining food that still has fat on it such as bacon and samosas, poppadoms and the like. I put a couple of these on a plate then another between each item and this gets rid of any excess fat that I don't want to eat needlessly adding unwanted calories. I find these are better than kitchen towels for this as they don't go so soggy and bits of towel don't get attached to the food.
I also use them for face wiping of grandchildren; you can wet them a little and wipe face or sticky hands then throw them away. I keep a few in the car for just that purpose, wiping minor spills and faces and hands.
They also make very good blankets for dolls and teddies and have even been used as bandages for Ted when playing doctors. They make good parachutes when you take each corner and tie them together add a weight and string then drop this down the stair well.
They can be used to mop up small spills on tables or furniture as they have no colour which will stain fabric and they don't fall apart and leave tissue like some paper towels do.
When out and about they make great beer mats soaking up the drips from glasses. We so often go to our local quiz pub and they don't have beer mats which means that the table gets really wet and our quiz sheet becomes soggy. I always take a small pile of these to our weekly quiz night to use as beer mats to save our quiz sheet getting wet and drips from the glasses going all over us.
They are fine for acting as a 'plate ' when serving mince pies or cakes at our coffee mornings in the village as a lot cheaper than buying even the cheapest paper plates and of course after eating the mince pie or cheese and cracker you can then use the napkin to wipe your mouth which you couldn't with a paper plate.
After my granddaughter's party we ran out of Disney napkins and these did the same job of wrapping a slice of cake for people to take home with them.
Although these are cheap and not as soft as the more expensive napkins, they are not too crisp and don't feel rough so they are fine for little faces to be wiped with.
Another use that I have for these is for the final wipe when cleaning windows as they are lint free and leave no dust or smears and then I just throw them away.
I also use these to dry up the cat's bowls if I run out of paper towels as I don't use any of our human washing up cloths on the cat's bowls.
Another use I have for either these or paper towels to wipe out any fat from grilling or after frying mince or cooking sausages in the oven. I leave the fat to harden when cool I then use a fish slice to get out the fat and wrap it in a napkin then wipe out as much as I can with one or two of these as Itry to avoid putting any fat down our plugs.
They are also great for picnics and BBQs as they are so cheap I take a full packet and they can be used for plates, finger, faces or whatever.
I would NEVER present these at a dinner party and would not use them for a special meal but for everyday use they offer great value for money. They do what they say, they are cheap basic paper napkins, no frills and not fancy but they are handy to have in the kitchen, car and I often have a few in my handbag for emergencies with grandchildren.
Yes with reservations that you accept that you get what you pay for. Don't expect thick luxury paper napkins at this price, they are functional everyday paper napkins with no claims to be anything else.
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Summary: Cheap basic papernapkins