“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Fish „
One of the things I buy frequently are prawns. I love them and always have and along with mussels and raw salmon are something I eat often.
I like frozen prawns cos a big bag can me last me ages and I can simply take out what I want when I want and I use them in sandwiches, for a prawn cocktail, home made fish pie, prawn stir frys and curries and more recently I used a few in a Thai home made fishcake.
I do like fresh King Prawns of course when finances allow but eat them plain, these I buy primarily with cooking in mind.
These come in a plastic bag and on the front of it we are told that they are indeed Tesco Everyday Value 'Cooked And Peeled Prawns' there is a photograph shown of the prawns, there are little pictures shown of prawns and kitchen utensils etc and there is a see through section so you can see some of the prawns, the weight is stated (which is 250g), there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown and we are told that they are suitable for freezing and then on the back of the bag other information listed includes the ingredients being given as well as a full nutritional chart and contact details for the manufacturer are listed (Tesco). This bag isn't resealable however I do use a plastic freezer clip which I don't have an issue with.
What you get in a bag is lots and lots of very small prawns that are light pink in colour as they are already of course cooked. They do clump in a bit when frozen due to the ice glaze they have and all I do is either defrost them in the microwave or just wait for them to naturally defrost. When defrosted you do get some water out of them and I always defrost them before even putting them in a recipe (E.G stir fry) cos I find that if I don't do that the prawns are really watery and not as pleasant to eat, not that these are great in the first place mind!
All these are is prawns in water with a little salt and nothing else. Although I don't find them salty I don't find that I need to add salt to these so well seasoned they are.
However I do find that these are really chewy and that they don't contain all that much flavour which is why now I don't use them in a sandwich or eat them raw but only use them for cooking with as I can add things to them to make them more tasty.
The other issue with these is that they are very tiny in size which is another reason in my humble opinion that they are not all that tasty.
These though I like in a stir fry with all my spices but in foods with a lot of sauce like curries I do find these get lost due to size and flavour sadly so had to stop using them that way too!
Prawns of course are a healthy food and a 100g of them only contains 70 Calories and 0.1g of Saturated fat.
Only available from the freezer aisle in Tesco and a 250g bag costs £1.88
I always love a nostalgic dip into 70s sophistication, and one of my favourite throwbacks is a good old fashioned prawn cocktail. I can even remember the time where unless you knew a fisherman (we knew a few) the only way to get prawns was in a tin! (Actually, would love to be able to try these again just for old times sake!).
I love all kinds of fish - but shellfish in particular is my favourite, so therefore a lot of prawns are consumed in our house either in prawn cocktails, baked potatoes, pasta salads, stir fries, curries etc. I still have that notion that prawns are a luxury, so it's marvellous to be able to get a 250 gm bag of frozen prawns for less than £2! I usually go for internet prawn and buy them online in my tesco.com shop but for some reason they are not always available and I have to nip into a Tesco branch especially to stock up.
The packaging is the new pretty Everyday Value design not the pic shown, and it is a quite prawny pink and much more appealing than the former branding.
The prawns are quite small but really tasty. They are cooked and peeled - occasionally you'd get the odd bit of shell, but I find this reassuring as there no doubt you are eating the real thing! As with many frozen products, especially value brands, there is quite a lot of frozen water glaze. Actually, I never minded this: when our old cat was with us she loved prawns, and even drank the defrosted "prawn juice"! I still think of her every time I tip that little bit of fishy water down the sink (Sniff).
They are North Atlantic prawns (the bag doesn't say the species) and regardless of the brand I prefer them to the more trendy and expensive king prawns, which look lovely but don't have the same nice flavour. In my opinion they are just as good as the regular Tesco equivalent, and the best of the budget brand selection (others can be too fishy and really small).
They shrink a lot if they are cooked, but a good way to stop this is to fully defrost them first rather than whacking them straight in from the freezer. The pack does say to defrost fully for 8 hours before serving, but I'm often guilty of firing a frozen handful in to liven up a stir fry at the last minute.
They also have a good shelf/freezer life. Ones I bought yesterday had June 2014 as the best before date, but of course, it will depend on how cold your freezer is. To be honest, they don't last long in our house, but if I found a bag with a short best before date I'd probably give them to the boys - dogs that is, not children (again, it's a pity old Cleo isn't around!).
I'm going to give these little pink fellas five stars - for any shellfish dish I'd totally recommend these!
Thanks for reading!
These Tesco value cooked and frozen prawns currently cost £1.76 for a 400g bag, which is pretty good value for a product of this type. These are 'North Atlantic' type small coldwater prawns - pale pink coloured little shrimpy things, each being no more than about a centimetre or two in size - that get fished for in the sea, rather than the big, farmed 'king' or 'fantail' prawns from south-east Asia and elsewhere in the tropics. Prawns for going in a prawn cocktail, or in a prawn mayonnaise sandwich is basically what these are.
I used to buy this type of prawn out of Tesco's cold-food / fridge section. The prawns sold ready-to-eat in the Tesco fridges are near-indistinguishable from this product, and I found the ones I bought were often part-frozen in the tray - so I suspect that Tesco stores these prawns in big frozen bulk quantities, that are defrosted then put out in smaller batches in the shop. Then there were two types of ready-to-eat prawn available in the chilled food section fridges - 'regular' and again, 'value' type prawns (the value ones consisted of slightly chewed-looking, on the whole smaller prawns, often with flecks of brown 'dirt' on some of them) and though I usually bought the 'regular' type, I often found that they didn't store particularly well at home, because they generally had a very short sell-by date.
The frozen 'value' prawns have various advantages over the ready to eat types. Firstly despite being sold as a 'value' product and so being slightly cheaper, they seem to be prawns of the slightly higher quality I've come to associate with the 'regular' chilled prawns (rather than the somewhat dog-eared 'value' chilled prawn type). And once they're defrosted, I find they have a better shelf-life than chilled prawns; after defrosting overnight in the bag in the fridge, mine keep (in the fridge) for up to four days (I put them in a covered container). The bag they come in from the shop is quite robust and leak-proof, so they tend not to flood the fridge with salt water while defrosting.
The taste and texture - especially when the frozen prawns are freshly-defrosted - seems a little bit better and, well, fresher too, compared with the ready-to-eat type. After about 24 hours defrosted in the fridge however they're pretty much indistinguishable from the chill-cabinet variety, but are still excellent for making sandwiches, or for eating cold. If you try to cook them, they have a tendency for turning into overly salty, fishy little leathery nuggets, as during cooking it is very easy to have them over the heat for too long.
I haven't been able to find out about the environmental impact of the commercial fishery for these prawns. I haven't seen any environmental publicity stating that the prawn stocks in the North Atlantic are about to collapse, so fingers crossed they're OK in that sense.