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Asda Smartprice Meatballs in Gravy

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      24.10.2013 00:55
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      Tasteless.

      I do love meatballs, I decided to buy these meatballs from Asda because they were cheaper than a branded meatballs. I thought I would try them to see if I liked them or not, I often find myself wanting a quick snack on a night and weekend and thought these would maybe taste nice.

      They come housed in a can and for a 380g can, they only cost 40p, very cheap for the can size. Just a green and white label on the front of the can in the Asda Smart Price colours.

      There are around 15 meatballs in the can, which are in gravy, the gravy is fairly thin but not too runny, it is adequate enough but not as thick as a branded one. The balls are of a fairly good size being around an inch or so in diameter. They don't look very appetising to look at once I took them from the can, they are a pale beige colour. They are however easy to cut with a knife and to stick a fork into them, they are a soft texture and are easy to chew.

      To cook them, the contents can be poured into a pan and cooked on the hob in a couple of minutes, with the occasional stir, or microwave for a couple of minutes. I just placed them in a pan and heated them for a few minutes.

      Once in a dish, I took one bite of a meatball and it tastes very bland indeed, I couldn't taste any taste of meat, they are certainly not meaty balls at all, just a very bland taste. I didn't like my first bite but I did eat the rest in my dish, so I didn't have to waste food. They are not at all satisfying or tasty, they are actually tasteless. They are supposed to contain chicken but I cannot taste any chicken flavour at all. Not even a trace. They wouldn't be so bad if they had a small amount of chicken taste but I couldn't taste any at all.

      I wouldn't buy these again in the future and I wouldn't recommend them for any budget. I think they are not very good value for money or a good quality. They are a complete waste of money.

      For half of the can, they contain 215 calories,0.4g of sugar, 5.6g of fat of which 4g saturates and 1.4g of salt.

      The only thing that did taste nice was the gravy, it isn't too bad a taste compared to the meatballs, I found the gravy is a fairly good taste for the price. But the meatballs let the product down a lot.

      They contain no artificial colours or flavours.
      I won't ever buy these meatballs again and think I wasted my money and don't even think they would be suitable if you are on a very low budget.

      I rate them only 1 star.

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      18.04.2013 19:04
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      Great for getting information out of terrorists. Other than that, useless.

      These are vile balls of mushy stuff. That actually sums them up quite nicely.

      They come in a recyclable tin so as soon as you buy them you can empty the contents into landfill and do your bit for the environment by getting the tin recycled. The paper label can easily be torn off so if you have separate places for metal recycling and paper recycling, you can then split the two up.

      The meatballs don't really taste of anything, they are hard, mushy balls of jelly and water. Apparently they're supposed to taste of meat, but I can assure you, they most certainly don't. They have a rough texture, even the centre bits aren't completely smooth either. They are chewy and require a little bit of effort to chew first. Swallowing large chunks of this is not nice. Actually, swallowing any of it is not nice...

      The good news: Because the meatballs are completely and utterly tasteless clumps of mashed stuff, they don't leave a bad aftertaste. You will however get an after taste when you put them in your mouth and vomit while asking yourself, why on earth didn't I listen to Seven17 and not buy these balls of sordid, vile jelly clumps.

      The gravy is thin and has little tiny specs of brown dots in, presumably where the gravy didn't fully dilute into the water. I'm bloody surprised though, there's enough water to solve the Yemen humanitarian crisis for gods sake!!

      The gravy is also very salty, I noticed that even a small spoonful had a real salty kick to it, so it's not just the gravy as a whole, but even in small amounts, is rather putrid. To prevent food wastage i will know hold my hands up and admit that I did manage to finish the bowl on my on without help, force feeding, or gas and air.

      This stuff would be incorrectly labelled as dog food, as i'm sure the RSPCA would be on my back for animal cruelty if I even dare to think of giving this to a poor doggy. This is an instrument of torture, probably used by US forces against terrorists in Afghanistan. "Tell me where Al-Zawarhi is, or you'll get 2 sips of the gravy." - They will break instantly I guarantee it.

      So to summarise these are salty, the meat is tasteless, the gravy is watery and fatty, and they are generally not pleasant. I would highly recommend avoiding them, and would advise not eating them even in small amounts if you value your tastebuds or indeed your health.

      I might have gone overboard with the description here but when you've wasted your money what else are you gonna do other than sit at home, write a review and make light of the situation as best you can eh?

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        13.01.2012 04:39
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        Yuk!

        When it comes to tins I always like to have a few in the cupboard and recently running low in that department I decided the other day to stock up on a few. These I spotted in my local Asda store and usually quite liking meatballs in gravy, costing only 43p for a can I decided to get some to try out.

        The Packaging:

        The meatballs come in a can that holds 380g of the meatballs and the gravy and it has white and green label around it and on the front of it we are told of course that they are Asda 'Smart Price' Meatballs In Gravy and then on the back of the label other infomration such as ingredients, cooking instructions, a full nutritional chart and contact details for Asda are given. This is cheap looking labeling and if you have ever seen 'Smart Price' offerings instore this very much fits in with other items from within the range.

        The Meatballs:

        Open up the can and you are greeted with lots of fattish and round meatalls in a thick light brown gravy which looks a bit jellified really rather unappetizing to be honest!

        You can heat these up in a saucepan on the hob or in a microwave for about 4 minutes, me I'm a lazy cook and I microwaved mine.

        These are actually chicken meatballs, well what I can make out is that they contain 44% of chicken though the bit of chicken used I am not sure about and they are blended with rusk and some spices such as ginger and nutmeg. The gravy is made up of beef stock and through heating this goes really thin and simply tastes salty really.

        The meatballs though cooking held themselves well though for me they tasted werd and not really even of chicken and the saltiness of the gravy was too much for me. As I bit into the meatballs they tasted lardy though I couldn't see any fat or gristle in them and they were slightly peppery and I could taste some nutmeg there too.

        I didn't like them I have to be honest with you. The very thought of eating chicken in boiled up beef stock (once I read what they were made of on the can when I got home lol) was really offputting and they really didn't taste nice and so me, well I won't be buying them again!

        Nutritional Information Per 1/2 Can:

        Energy: 215kcal
        Protein: 8.9g
        Carbohydrate: 9.5g
        of which sugars: 0.4g
        Fat: 15.6g
        of which saturates: 4.0g
        Fibre: 0.4g
        Sodium: 0.57g
        equivalent as salt: 1.4g

        Only available in Asda stores and Asda.com

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          28.09.2011 15:11
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          cheap yet cheerful

          My twin boys are very much like me when it comes to food and like near enough everything that's put on a plate in front of them. I try vary their meals as much as possible which can prove quite difficult with price, and time to actually make meals etc so I find myself buying us a lot of tinned foods for convenience.

          One thing which has been a bit of a hit with both my boys and me lately is Asda Smartprice Meatballs in gravy - but we've also had them in tomato sauce as well which are just as nice.

          The tin is usually found in the aisle amongst most of the other tins, beans, spaghetti etc and it's easily recognised as an Asda Smartprice product thanks to its predominantly white and green tin. The tin is very plain and boring, the same as any other smartprice product, but then you're not eating the packaging right?

          The tin clearly tells us it's Meatballs in Gravy, with a picture of them in a bowl beneath.

          Half a can of these meatballs contains:
          215calories
          15.6g fat
          1.4g salt

          You can either cook these on the hob or in the microwave but I tend to stick to the hob and it only takes about 4-5 minutes to heat them through thoroughly.

          The meatballs themselves are various sizes, but quite a generous size, even the smaller ones and the gravy is quite thin but has a faint gravy smell to it. We usually have these over mash potato and me and my boys really enjoy them. They are not the best quality admittedly but for 38p I can't grumble as they help make a filling and satisfying meal. The gravy tastes of gravy for a start, not as strong and thick as the likes of bisto or oxo but it definitely has a gravy taste, almost meaty but it has a sort of sweetness to it. Despite it being quite thin there is plenty of it to share it between 3 of us, but you could always make your own as extra if you wanted. The meatballs are not made of top quality meat im sure, these are chicken meatballs in fact, as it tells you in the ingredients list, but they do taste of 'meat'. They are not too chewy nor too soft, and about 5 of these each makes for quite a filling and satisfying meal.

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