“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Meat „
Normally I'll spend the extra money and get decent quality meat, but these days, pushing the limits of my overdraft, I'm cutting down the cost and going for the basics stuff. Firstly, this is still either British or Irish beef; Sainsbury's are very proud to state that all their fresh meat comes from the UK/RoI, which is good, as I believe our beef is probably the best in the world, not to mention it supports our nation's farmers. I suspect that the basics meat is identical in quality to the "by Sainsbury's" range (the next one up from Basics), but is marketed as basics and given the cheaper price due to it not 'looking' as good. Look at the two ranges side by side; the meat is still the same colour and consistency, however the by Sainsbury's stuff is all the same size; the basics is all different sized strands and not packaged neatly and uniformly. But who cares about that? All I really need to say is that it tastes no different to the by Sainsbury's range. The only downside at all is there does seem to be a large amount of fat coming out when cooking, however all but the most obese, grease obsessed folk will drain this off.
Sainsburys, like most supermarkets offer a basics range of food, toiletries, household items and beverages all at low costs in comparison to leading brands and all identifiable by the Basics orange and white packaging. I am quite happy to order the basics range when I do my shopping, though I tend to steer clear of it for my fresh meats, because offers usually work out at a better value in store. I.e. 3 items for £10. However, on this occasion I didn't need a massive shop and living alone I didn't need a large portion, so I bought the Basics British Beef Mince. These 400g packs cost just £1.25 in Sainsburys and are their cheapest packaged fresh mince in the store and currently the cheapest value option between the big supermarkets on price comparison sites. The come in the usual white and orange packaging meaning you can't miss them. The plastic film on the top is easy to pierce and easy to peel back. Once opened there isn't an overbearing smell of raw meat, but you can see that there is a far bit of fat amongst the thick strands of mince. Pour it into the pan and start cooking. I don't add any oil to dry this mince. Because the fat was so noticeable it was obvious that it was going to produce enough fat to cook in its own juices and this worked perfectly. The mince did produce a lot of fat. More so that a more premium brand and I wouldn't normally drain so much off it before adding a sauce. As it is, I tend to pour my excess fat into the original packaging and let is solidify before throwing it away in the bin. Saves the drains! The mince breaks up quite well with a wooden spoon but once cooking tends to lump together again and need further separating. Visually this doesn't look too tasty. However, once fully cooked and added with a sauce (bolognaise in my case) it wasn't too noticeable. One bonus is that I detected no gristle in the meat when eating which was great as a bite of gristle in my beef can put me off the rest of the meal. The texture of the mince is not as fine as a leaner product but is beefy and tasty. It absorbs the sauce well and mixes easily. Although I think I prefer to buy a less fatty and thinner strand version this was a perfectly acceptable substitute and I have no complaints. The nutritional info isn't something I tend to look at but each 100g of this product has 17.3g fat, 228calories and 0.3g salt. I cooked my mince for 10 minutes on its own repeatedly moving it in the pan as I didn't add oil, before adding onions for a further 5 minutes. Once completely brown with no pink bits I added my sauce and simmered for a further 15/20minutes until my pasta was ready. For one person I can make 3 meals from a 400g portion with added onion, mushroom, peppers and sauce. I freeze my additional portions and defrost at a later date. This doesn't have a negative impact on the mince. No complaints from me and I would fully recommend this product to anybody on a budget. This product can be frozen but must be used within 24 hours once open.
Not very often do I shop in Sainsbury's but my mate does which means if I'm out and about with her I usually end up nosying about and buying some bits and pieces. This I bought because I always like to have some mince in my freezer, well I have two freezers to fill and at the mere price of £1.25 for a 400g container of mince I decided to try it. I was more than a little dubious mind you after a bad experience with Asda 'Smart Price' mince but this only containing beef mince I did hope to be bettter than that other stuff that I had bought at least! The Packaging: The mince comes in a see through plastic container with a white, orange and yellow sleeve over it and on that we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and the packaging also tells us the ingredients used, nutritional information is given as it the weight stated and contact details for Sainsburys are listed. The Mince itself: Well this can be used from fresh or frozen and comes in block form rather than it being a free flow mince. Its a nice pinky, brown colour and does look like nice plump pieces of mince too. Of course you can use this any way you would usually use a mince, me I fry it first and then add it to a spag bol or a chilli con carne or something like that and I didn't find this to go to mush but to hold itself reasonably well though I did have to drain an awful lot of oil from it whilst cooking it. Taste wise well it tasted like beef mince thankfully, nicely seaoned and it did contain flavour. I didn't find any lumps of fat or gristle in it but could tell taste wise that it was an economy mince and not as thick as more expensive stuff. Personally I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this but with my money tight at the moment it is a budget buy considering other mince in the store, for the same sort of size, albeit better quality was almost £6.00 which just isn't a viable purchase for me at the moment! Not a bad mince, versatile and doesn't vanish through cooking, just be sure to drain off the excess fat first! Nutritonal Information Per 100g: Energy: 263kcal Protein: 20.1g Carbohydrate:Trace Total Sugars: Trace Fat: 20.3g Saturates: 8.8g Only available in Sainsbury's stores or from Sainsburys.com
SAINSBURY'S Basics Mince Beef. Having recently started to save for my summer holidays, I have to tighten the purse strings where I can, so am always looking for ways to cut my shopping bill down considerably, occassionally Ilook for the reduced bargains in my local Supermarker which i use the most regularly and i use SAINSBURY'S because i love their products and I love their basics range of food, sometimes good quality food which saves a fortune because of the plain packaging which helps to cut down on their costs. One of these items I buy on a regular basis is their basics mince beef, which is considerably cheaper than their lean beef mince, it costs just 97p for a large healping, and it tastes ok for adding to different dishes whereby I need to add mince beef to the receipe. Comes in a clear plastic wraping, and you can see the minced beef through the see through lid, I have cooked this straight from the freezer and it have always been fine, well hasnt made any of us ill, but usually I do defrost it in the mircrowave for a few minutes, or just leave it in the fridge overnight to defrost before I use it. I prefer to fry my mince, in a frying pan, I find that this minced beef being from a cheaper cut of meat does produce a little fat in the frying pan, but I just tip that away after I have finished cooking the minced beef, and then I drain mine on some kitchen roll to absorb any fat left, I then use a couple of packets of this mince beef a week to add to a variety of home cooked meals. I like to make Shepherds Pie, adding the mince to some onions, tomatoes, carrots, chuck a few peas in and gravy granuels a bit of marmite helps to enhance the flavour, once cooked in an oven I top with thick mashed potatoes, crumble cheese and onion crisps over the mash then cover with a thick topping of cheese, strong cheddar, and pop back into the oven, makes for a cheap great dinner, which feeds a whole family of four, serve with spinage. I also use my mince beef to make chilli con-carnie, adding the onions, tomatoes, (tinned) and a few red kidney beans gravy and a touch of chilli powder, which I serve with rice, another cheap meal. I also like to make a cassorole with couple of packets of this mince beef, adding winter vegtables, then on top adding a few home made dumplings, made with real beef suet and flour, what a cheap filling meal for when my children come to visit, and warming through and through for these cold winter nights. I like the taste of this mince beef, it is not as good quality as some of the more expensive brands, but cooked properly and adding several different ingredients, it makes for a cheap meal and you can change the vegtables etc to make it taste different every time, and also you can add a different array of herbs, spices etc to liven up your mince. I like the way that a little goes a long long way, and with the adding vegtables Sainsbury's mince beef makes for a cheap meal, and is filling for the whole family. Energy 767 kgs, 183 kjs, trace of carbohydrates, fibre and salt. Is Freezable for approximately the normal life date time in a freezer. I personally like this minced beef, i have brought beef minced from other supermarkets and it has been cheap but not as nice, as tends to be a bit grisly, not the best minced beef, but it certainly ticks all my boxes. Thanks for reading and rating my reviews. have to tighten the purse strings a bit, so have to make a few savings and cut corners where abouts I can
With mince beef being one of the most regular items on our shopping list to get it cheap is a real bonus. Sainsburys Baiscs Mince is priced at just 97 pence for 400g. It is found in the refrigerated fresh meat section but can also be frozen after you get it home and it will also cook from frozen without affecting the quality of the product. The packaging as the name suggests is very basic being just a plastic container with a film lid with a sticker notifying you of the contents. The mince is very good quality for a basics product and does not disintegrate into a pulpy mush like other cheap mince meat brands but holds its shape and texture. The mince is easy to cook taking around 10-15 minutes to either boil or fry, and once cooked tastes as you would expect with a good texture and very little grissle being present. This is a product I use on a regular basis and find it to exceed my expectations and the quality of similar products every time. I would definately reccommend this product to anybody who eats mince on a regular basis not only on basis of the cost but also the quality of the food.
Having realised that I needed to do some serious tightening of my belt whilst supermarket shopping, I decided to give 'economy meat' a go and see if was any good. I usually buy the lean mince at £2.89 a pack (500gms) but the basics mince was a mere 97p for 400grms....alarm bells rang, how can the difference in price be so big? I had already spoken to someone who buys this mince and I was told that it responds much better to gentle and slow cooking rather than a quick fry in the pan and add your spag bol sauce method. In appearance it is paler than my usual mince and slightly thicker in 'strand' size but not off putting particularly. I browned it with onions and then put it in my slow cooker (with some beef stock) and left it to cook slowly overnight. The following morning I tried the cooked mince and was pleasantly surprised that it was very tender and tasted better than I expected. Having said that, it did remind me of school dinner minced beef a bit and I am not sure that I would use it unless it was in quite a robust dish with a sauce that was fairly powerful (like Bolognese or Chilli). I have since bought some more and cooked it more quickly but this was not as successful as it was gristly and too chewy. All in all, if you are on a budget and don't mind slow cooking the meat than it's a great bargain and certainly edible but I will probably be sticking to my usual extra lean mince even though it costs nearly treble the price of the basics mince.