“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Fish „
I love sardines in tomato sauce too. Some times I would buy the Tesco ones in lots of 12 or more. But sadly on the last few weeks I also notice the dip in quality and now i simply can't eat them! They went all in the bin! What a waste of money...
Being a Portuguese myself and a sardines in tomato eater for year and years, i know for a fact that Portuguese sardines have a reputations for being of the best quality you can find in the market and back home they are excellent! For that reason I was very surprised that these ones Tesco is selling now are of such poor quality. Something is wrong in this picture... I have email tesco about this matter and they called me back the next day saying they will look into it.
I sure hope so has i do all my shopping at tesco metro in Canton Cardiff but if this doesn't get sorted I am afraid that will be enough reason to change my shopping to Asda witch its not so close from were I live.
I will buy a can again in about 2 months or so and try them once more and I am hopping they will get back to the standards they used to be. I also hope in one of my shopping tickets to get a voucher to make up for my lost. In my opinion its the least Tesco should do to all the sardines fans! Best regards all. Tony - Cardiff
Tesco sardines in tomato sauce were some of the best quality sardines around and at a super price BUT something has happened seriously to the quality in the last few weeks. They are now the worst tinned sardines I have ever tasted. The last 3 tins have only just been fit for human consumption. The fish are almost half the size, smell like they have been laying on a Portuguese quayside in the hot sun for hours, are grey flabby and translucent and the sauce has changed too and is now thin and unappetising. The only way I have been able to eat these fish is to smother them with Thay hot chile sauce. Next lot will be Waitrose or M&S. I would rather pay slightly more for a quality product as it still makes for a cheap wholesome meal. Message to Tesco: I think you sourced from Morocco previously. Hope you ditch Portugal and return to Morocco and the working folk out there badly need the income too.
I don't think it really matters which tin of sardines you pick up. We got these in a three for a pound offer, but all supermarkets do tinned sardines in tomato sauce at a similar price point with really not much to differentiate them. I've tried sainsburys own brand, asda, waitrose, and john west. And if you put all of them in front of me and asked me to tell the difference between them I would have difficulty.
This isnt necessarily a bad thing, as its likely that the same supplier is supplying many supermarkets with sardines, the asda own brand may well be the same product as the tesco ones - just in a different tin.
Tastewise - well - it depends on how you eat them. Here are a few ideas.
You can eat them on their own, cold, straight out of the tin. This is what I normally do, with a bread roll and it makes for a delicious lunch. You tend to get bones in the tin, but the canning process softens them down so much that they are edible (and adds a nice subtle crunchiness). The tomato sauce adds some juicyness to the fish which really isnt that dry anyway like tuna can be.
Another popular combination for me is to add the sardines to a noodle soup or cup noodle. You can buy these in 'just add water' form for around 40p if you are prepared to shop at Lidl or Aldi. This can make for a delicious, cheap and nutritous lunch - and a final top tip is to add a teaspoon of english mustard to give the final meal an added dimension.
One final recipe idea is to make a sardine dip or pate, by mixing a tin of sardines with half a small pot of creme fraiche, a few leaves of fresh coriander and a dash of chilli sauce (change the amount of creme fraiche depending on how creamy you want it - ie less for a pate, more for a dip).
I'm normally not a big fish fan - sure, I like battered fish as in 'fish and chips' - and fish-fingers are cool - but I could do without the salmon and trouts of this world. However, there is a fish product which I am a little partial to... Sardines in Tomato Sauce - I could happily flip open a can of these and eat the contents in a flash - or even better, put them on a piece of toast and pop them under the grill, very tasty.
Tesco Sardines in Tomato Sauce cost 31p from, you guessed it... Tesco, and actually, they're the cheapest own brand sardines available in any supermarket (excluding the 'Value' versions).
The fish inside are very tasty (just as good as the 'Princes' brand), and the tomato sauce is pleasant tasting. Actually, I prefer the tomato sauce in this version to that found in the more expensive brands - it isn't as rich and complements the taste of the sardines better.
As well as being tasty, it turns out that sardines are very good for you - not only are they high in Omega3, but they are also a good source of vitamin D, B12, calcium, and protein - so get eating!
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In terms of the ingredients, Tesco Sardines in Tomato Sauce contains; Sardines (70%), Water, Tomato Puree (12%), Sunflower Oil, and Salt.
Due to both the taste and the health benefits, I would highly recommend Tesco Sardines in Tomato Sauce - a delicious snack for any time of the day - although I'm sure many of you will disagree with me!
Nutritional Info per 100g
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Saturated Fat: 3.3g