“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Meat „
I decided to try the tesco value corned beef for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I was very pleasantly surprised, corned beef in general is quite high in fat and being a processed meat is quite salty, this value one is actually less fatty and salty than many more expensive brands.
You get 7 slices in a 230g pack and the price in my local Tesco was £1.39, the slices are quite thin but are fine for a sandwich.
The appearance of the meat is good there is not as much of the white fat on them as you sometimes see with corned beef.
It can be a little hard to seperate the slices I have found it easiest to run a palette knife between them otherwise they can break up a bit.
They taste very good, not too salty and not greasy, the meat is soft and there have been no gristley bits that you can get with processed meats.
I am a fan of this corned beef and will be buying it again instead of the more expensive brand.
Overall well worth trying you me by surprised.
You have all been there...you grab a tin of corned beef out of the kitchen cupboard, only to be confronted with those horrible "keys" on the side of the tin. You tentatively remove the key, hoping that this time, this time it will be different...With no little difficulty, you slot the key into the sharp jutting out bit of metal at the side of the tin, and although your fingers are bleeding slightly, begin to turn the key in anticipation of the prize inside. You succesfully work your way around the first corner of the square tin, you have never got this far before. Your pulse speeds up and beads of sweat begin to form on your brow. Now to the second corner. Slowly, slowly you turn the key. The smell of the corned beef turns you into a slavering wild beast, as you attack the can in a frenzy of anticipation. Nearly there.....just a bit....SNAP! The key breaks in two, leaving you stamping your feet and turning the air blue with expletives. The weak give up at this point. The more persistent among us head to the shed and the power tools...
If this has been your experience, worry no longer! The great gurus at Tesco in their infinite wisdom have solved this age old problem by packing their Value Corned Beef in a user friendly plastic pack with a peel off lid, similar to the packaging of ham and other deli sliced meats. The pack contains eight generously sliced pieces of corned beef.
Tesco Value Corned Beef can be found in the chilled section of the supermarket. A 250g pack costs £1, which I think is excellent value. The ingredients are:
South American Beef
Preservative (sodium nitrite)
Each 31g slice contains:
Unfortunately, Tesco do not use the popular traffic light system when labelling their food, and you can see that the salt level is very high, nearly a whole gram of salt in a slice. To be honest though, the slices are very large, and if I am giving my kids a slice of corned beef in a sandwich, I would give them less than half a slice of this product.
The quality of the corned beef is really good, and you don't get that thick layer of white fat that you get with the tinned variety, just lots of lovely savoury meaty flavour. I think for a value product, this is really outstanding, because it feels like a premium quality item, and I doubt that Tesco would be able to improve on this.
The corned beef itself has lots of uses in cooking, as an ingredient in corned beef hash, or corned beef fritters, in a salad or just as a simple sandwich filling. It is perfect for rustling up quick, no fuss meals and suppers, which make it a staple ingredient in the family fridge.
The packaging is recycleable, and there are no major allergy warnings on the pack.
I award this product 5 stars for its quality and versatility, although caution is needed as regards the salt content of the product.
What is it?
It is 8 slices (250grams) of delicatessen-style corned beef from the chiller cabinet at Tesco. It is by their value range and comes in the blue and white packaging that we all know. The packaging has changed slightly from the picture shown, it now has smaller writing and a basic drawing of a salad filled bap. It states 'perfect in sandwiches and salads'. They advise to consume within 2 days of opening. It costs (give or take a few pence) around £1.00 per packet.
The ingredients are fairly simple: south american beef, salt, sugar, and sodium nitrate. It is good to see there is no MSG added but a shame to see sodium nitrate added - it is an unnecessary additive in my opinion. I also worry about the fact the beef has come all the way from South America, surely this gives this food a particularly high carbon footprint?
It is not too salty in taste which is something I have noticed with a lot of the tinned varieties. It has a lovely savoury flavour and is light enough to enjoy in a salad but strong enough to jazz up your macaroni cheese. My partner and son also approve!
For something on the economy end of the food spectrum, I was impressed to find no chewy bits of gristle. It is soft but not too mushy. It holds its shape when lifting carefully out of the packaging and the slices are not too thin or thick (about 2mm).
In my household, we always keep some cold sliced meat handy in the fridge for lunches, dinners, and snacks. Being on a budget, good quality ham is hard to find for less than £2.00 and cheaper options are full of chewy fat or bulked out with a lot of additives. Barring the sodium nitrate, this corned beef seems to be the lesser of the evils with regards to cheap cold meats. It has become a family favourite and until our income improves, we will probably be buying it on a weekly basis for a long time to come.
Value corned beef is one of my 'tesco must haves!'
I first used this corned beef around 2 years ago when my son requested something other than the normal cheese, ham or honey in his sandwiches. I have been buying this regularly ever since.
The corned beef is pre-sliced and you get 250g, which is around 8 slices in each packet, the packets are clear with the standard tesco value range blue and white labelling.
The corned beef costs 97p per pack and it is a more suitable size for sandwiches than their value sliced ham or chicken, as it is rectangular and fits nicely in the larger bread which I always buy. I feel that there is nothing worse than empty edges to a sandwich and find that squares of ham do not fit to the edges, whereas this corned beef does so only one slice for each sandwich is ever needed.
The corned beef is of good quality too, it is not dry at all (moist enough for me to elimiate butter/margerine) and it is not covered in the little white fatty bits that you would expect with a value corned beef product, or like you get in tinned corned beef, this in my eyes is on par with tesco standard label corned beef slices.
The corned beef slices are flavoursome and excellent value for money, in my household they are a favourite and I would recommend anyone to give these a try for a simple, tasty and cheap home made sandwich.
Not much more I really say, corned beef at its best in my eyes!!!
Tesco value range products vary a bit of that there is no doubt; we have had some very good ones, some reasonable ones and a few bad ones.
The Tesco value corned beef falls into the very good category and if you took away the bland Tesco value wrapping you would have no idea you were using a budget product.
I feared the beef would be fatty but it was no more so than any other corned beef and it tasted very, very nice and it was actually better tasting than the much more expensive Asda one we had been using.
Other cheap corned beefs that I have tried in the past tend to be very salty but there was no such problem with this one in fact there were no problems at all, and at 97p for 8 slices it is about 20p cheaper than the Asda one we used previously and considerably cheaper than buying brand named corned beef.
Nutritional info per slice:
Calories - 67
Protein - 8.1g
Fat - 3.7g
Salt - 0.9g
If you like corned beef then you will definitely like this one and by buying it you will save a few pennies so you can't go wrong!
The Tesco Value corned beef is a product I had tried not long ago when I was shopping in Tesco. I have been trying out some of the Tesco Value range to see if I can save some money on my weekly shop.
The packaging for the Tesco Value corned beef is not nice looking or eye catching but this is because it is in the Tesco value range and all of these items are no frills and very basic. The corned beef is in slices and is in a plastic packet. The front of the packet has the name of the Corned beef on it and the Tesco value logo.
The corned beef was bought by me to put in sandwiches. I thought it was nice when put on a sandwich and I liked it as much as any corned beef I have had before.
I usually spend about £1.50 on a pack of corned beef like this so I was pleased with the money I saved by getting the Tesco Value packet which only cost me about 95 pence.
I was worried about the Tesco value corned beef being to fatty but this is something that affects all types of corned beef not just cheaper ones. I thought that the Tesco Value corned beef was not to bad and not too much of fat so this was good.
The slices in the packet were nice and thin and just a nice size so I was pleased with this to as I had thought maybe the cheap corned beef would have been slices that were to thick which I don't like. There was eight slices of the corned beef in the packet so this was very good value for money.
I will buy the Tesco value corned beef again because it is good value and it tasted to me like other types I have had before. I will suggest giving it a try to put on your sandwiches because it is very nice.
Tesco Value Corned Beef
Description: Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Meat.
Yes, once again I am reviewing a Tesco Value range product! I am a bit of an addict of these no frills products. Who wants to spend money on posh packaging and then chuck it straight in the bin? I know that I certainly don't!
As with all Tesco Value products, this one comes in white packaging with red and blue. The pack is clear plastic so you get to see the corned beef inside.
I have just read a great review on this (have a look!) which explains that the reviewer likes clear packaging for something like corned beef, because it means that they can't hide dodgy looking meat inside. I totally agree with this, and appreciate being able to see the meat before I buy it. In this case, the corned beef looks really good, not fatty and very moist. The slices are quite thick and it looks really appetising.
At just £0.97 for a 250g packet which contains 8 slices, it is significantly cheaper than other brands.
The corned beef is actually really good. It has a delicious and slightly salty taste that is unique to corned beef and is perfectly moist and tasty. The texture is good too and I was pleased to see that it wasn't oily or dry.
I like to eat it with Branston smooth pickle in either a sandwich or a toasted sandwich and also to make a corned beef and potato pie with it and found that this brand was great for each option.
Nutritional information per slice -
(sat fat) 1.7g
If you are a fan of corned beef then I really recommend that you try this brand. I wasn't sure whether or not it would be any good, but was pleasantly surprised and will definitely buy this again. This product is another excellent example of saving money without compromising on quality and well worth buying!
Having braved a few of Tesco's value products in the past and being surprised at the quality I recently ventured into a new territory for me as far as their range is concerned and that was into their Deli packaged meats section.
Packaged very uninspiringly as illustrated above, I decided to try their Value Corned Beef; I figured that by the nature of what the meat actually is and how it is processed it shouldn't be that far removed from the higher priced premium versions. Indeed, looking at the slices in the package they all looked uniform in colour and appearance; at only 97p for a pack of 8 slices they proved to be a lot cheaper than the prettier-packaged alternatives.
As is the case with the Value range I found the pack to be quite difficult to get into with the peel back outer cellophane seemingly stuck solid to the rest of the pack, a quick snip with scissors soon sorted this though and into the pack I managed to get.
Prizing a slice away from the others proved to be a bit awkward, tending to stick together my slice gained an extra half layer from its lower neighbour, but as these were only going onto a sandwich the presentation didn't matter in the slightest. I was reassured to see that the meat looked as Corned Beef should, nicely mottled without huge pieces of fat visible.
Biting into my sandwich I first encountered a rich meaty taste, slightly salty but not overly so. The meat was well flavoured and seasoned and tasted exactly as Corned Beef should, in-between 2 slices of bread I couldn't tell any difference between this meat and the higher priced deli meat that you buy so was quite impressed overall.
Nutrition wise there's nothing really to worry about with each slice providing 67 calories, 1.7 grams of saturated fat 0.3 grams of sugar and 0.9 grams of salt. Ingredients are listed as containing South American Beef, Salt, Sugar, Preservative (Sodium Nitrite) so nothing out of the ordinary there. Tesco even inform you that the product is prepared with 120g of Raw Beef per 100g of finished product so that seemed reassuring to me.
Once again, a Value range from Tesco has proved to be more than worth its price tag. Apart from the annoying packaging and the fact that the slices stick together this is a brilliant buy that more than exceeded my expectations. Very tasty and wallet friendly this gets a well deserved 4/5 Dooyoo stars from me only losing one for the awkward packaging.
I am a big fan of picnics and having sandwiches for lunch, so as a result I generally need several different fillings for my sandwiches. So along with various meats I always find room in my trolley for a packet of Corned Beef. These days because money is a bit tighter I have started to purchase the Tesco Value Corned Beef in my weekly shop.
This product comes in plastic cartoons like this one or alternatively in more traditional tins. I think Corned Beef is quite a versatile product, you can use it in salads, sandwiches or can be turned into Corned Beef Hash to make a delicious meal.
Being a product from Tesco's value range this item is very competitively priced. Indeed for a 250g pack I purchased is currently being sold for just 97p. This compares very favourably when put up against the branded ones that are at least double the price and in some cases thee times the price.
The product does not have a fancy or expensive label on it. It looks quite sad and plain compared to the branded ones.I think as a result it is easy to miss and not even notice on the shelves. It is stored in an air tight oblong plastic tub, that is see through on all sides but the top. This has a white and blue design that signal that this product is part of the Tesco Value range.
On this cover it advises you of what the product is plus you get a very tacky picture of a roll that I presume is supposed to have some corn beef in, although it could really be anything. Below this you have more details such as a list of ingredients, nutritional information I am actually surprised this is on the top I would have thought it would be on the bottom or the inside on the other side to the label.
This product has a shelf life of between 2-3weeks and will be fine as long as it is keep chilled. Although once it has been opened it is best to consume the slices within 2-3 days.
I found the tub surprisingly easy to open. It just peels away along its edges, and I was greeted with a smell I certainly have always ococaited with Corn Beef. It is quite a unique and hard to explain smell but it reminds me of meat.
I notice there are eight slices to a pack and I must admit I have had problems in the past separating the slices out properly as they have on several occasions stuck together. The slice itself is a browny/grey colour, it does not look unappealing, it looks about right to me although I have seen other corn beef look redder. This on first inspection looks a little dry, but at the same time I am very pleased to see little fat round the edges on the meat.
In my experiment I put a slice of corned beef in a sandwich. My first impressions are this tastes very good, maybe a little dry but the meat flavour certainly come s through and I found my tastes buds were waiting expectantly for the second mouthful. Yes it was very pleasurable taste, although it tasted a bit sweeter than I expected. Because of the rectangular shape of the beef I found it was absolutely idea going into a sandwich, although for a roll it would need to be cut into two pieces.
For me there is absolutely no difference as far as taste is concerned from this to the more expensive branded items. This taste is great and I really enjoyed the full meaty taste of it, without the pockets of fat that some corned beef seem to have.
On examination I do think this product has a high sugar and fat content. But eaten in moderation I do not see this to be a problem. I think this product is a little like Marmite in as much you either love it or hate it, I love it.
South American beef, Salt, Sugar, Preservatives (Sodium Nitrate)
Each slice contains:
I believe this product constitutes excellent value for money. As well as being cheap to purchase it tastes just as good as the more expensive branded items. The only difference for me is the inferior packaging and watch out your slices don't stick together.
Thanks for reading my review.
@CPTDANIELS November 2009
My mum normally buys corned beef from the deli in Tesco but she is on some challenge on a website to slash her shopping bills. One night me and her sat down with the laptop and her latest shopping bills to see where she could make changes without the food we eat suffering.
One of the things she saw straight away was that cooked meat from the deli is loads dearer than in the packets and corned beef in particular is mega expensive off the deli. Her last purchase of it cost £2.26 and she said she got about 6 slices for that, we looked online and if you buy Tesco Value corned beef it's less than £1.00 for 8 slices.
It's good for that money as well. Corned beef is always proper fatty and I don't think this one tastes any fattier than other corned beef. It's paler in colour and doesn't look as meaty but your gonna eat it not look at it!
I have mine in a butty with brown sauce and I can't see the difference with this and another corned beef. The slices are the right thickness and 2 is just right for a nice sandwich. The last pack I made a corned beef hash out of when it was my turn to cook and it come out wicked.
I don't know why people pay stupid money for corned beef when you can buy it this cheap and it's just the same as a pack that costs a load more! The only difference I think is that the corned beef in this Value pack is saltier than the one off the deli, you can only tell when you eat a slice on it's own straight from the pack and can't taste extra salt when you have it hot or on a butty.
Whether you are a student, pensioner or penny pincher, we all like to save money when it comes to buying things; but would we dare to go as far as buying that Tesco value stuff with the cheapo label? Well if you can see past the naff label on the corned beef then you are on your way to actually saving some money, because unlike some of the products in the value range, you will be pleasantly surprised with the product inside.
The good thing about this product is that you can turn over the packet and see exactly what you are buying through the clear plastic bottom, I particularly like being able to do this because labels can be cleverly used to hide all sorts of dodgy products. But then again I suppose that corned beef doesn't have a lot to hide anyway, because it's just a fatty, salty mix up with a bit of meat thrown in for good measure.
I'm not suggesting for one moment that Tesco value corned beef doesn't contain lots of fat, but I do prefer the sliced packet version to the tinned varieties because I don't like having to scrape off the layer of fat sitting on the top and I guess that the packet stuff just looks a little more appetising without it. I also hate chancing my fingers on the razor sharp edges of the tin whilst wrestling it open with a fiddly little key, as there is nothing like a bad accident to put you off your food.
Now then, you're not buying corned beef for the fine ingredients so I guess that it all comes down to taste, and I can say that it is really tasty and not overly salty. I always use this Tesco value corned beef to make a corned beef hash stew (cook thick slices of potato in boiling water, add gravy granules to thicken, and pop in the value corned beef) I then put into tubs and pop into the freezer; it's a great way to make several tasty meals on a tight budget. A good characteristic of sliced corned beef is that it breaks down nicely into the stew without leaving any large chunks for people to fight over.
The best part about this product is obviously the price at just 97p for a 250g pack which contains 8 large thick slices. It comes in an easy peel open plastic pack and there are usually plenty available on the shelves, so there are no excuses next time you go shopping. If you like corned beef and want to save a bit of money (the next size up is £1.99 for 150g), then I'm sure that you will like Tesco value corned beef.
Nutritional information per slice :-
(sat fat) 1.7g
I am writing this review on behalf of my fiancee as I myself do not eat corned beef! However he has informed me of all the details he wishes me to include so here goes...
My fiancee likes to have a choice for his sandwich fillings but in these credit crunch times buying lots of different sandwich fillings can be expensive. However Tesco Value corned beef is a cheap alternative to the more expensive ones on offer. It costs 97p for 250 grams which on the packet says is 8 slices. These 8 slices make 4 days worth of sandwiches having two slices per sandwich, which is more than enough and makes a tasty sandwich!
According to my fiancee there is no difference in taste when comparing the tesco value corned beef to other brands such as Princes. The corned beef has a nice flavour without being too salty. It has a firm texture and does not fall apart easily. As it comes in slices you do not have to mess around trying to open the tin, like some corned beef products come in, and you do not need to worry about cutting the meat as it is already done for you. All in all my fiancee says that tesco value corned beef is a fine choice for his sandwiches and actually prefers it to other brands.
*The Nutrional Information*
Each slice contains:
~South American beef
~preservative (sodium nitrate)
The packet is a clear plastic tray with the basic Tesco Value brand cover. Although it is not the most exciting packaging this apparently does not reflect on the taste. On the packet it informs you that the meat is "prepared with 120g of raw beef per 100g of finished product".
Now that my fiancee has enjoyed tesco value corned beef it has given me the encouragement to try other tesco value sandwich meats as I am hoping that they will also be of a good quality and taste for a great price!
I've been economising recently. This means that where I can I've been trying to go for the next price bracket down. It also means that I've been looking at cheaper options for things like sandwich fillings because cold meats seem to be so very expensive these days.
Both my husband and myself like corned beef - not every day or even every week, but it's nice sometimes. So a few weeks ago I thought I'd give the Tesco Value Corned Beef a try. At under £1 (97p in fact) for a pack containing 250grams it was cheaper even than the cheap one they do on their deli counter.
Being in a clear bottomed packet I was able to see what it looked like and to be honest, I couldn't really see any difference between it and the next level up in price. In the trolley with it!
You get 8 slices in each pack - they're a reasonable size and thickness so that with a bit of mayo or a bit of salad you get plenty in a sandwich with just using one slice.
The packaging is their simple blue and white style, there's little waste to it which is good, and really - well it ends up in the bin so who cares what it looks like!
The flavour is - well to be honest it's the same as every other corned beef I've ever tasted. The only difference I've ever noticed between brands is slightly fattier or slightly saltier in some cases. For those two things, this isn't really bad on either count - yes it's fatty, but that's sort of the nature of corned beef, and it's not TOO fatty if you see what I mean. As to salt levels, I personally found it fine, but I suppose some people might find it a little on the salty side if they don't like much salt.
Overall, I think it was a good buy, very cheap, tasty, and I'll be buying it again.
Before the health conscious amongst us shake their heads in horror at the very idea of eating a cheapo no-frills packet of Corned Beef, or any meat in fact, then let me tell you that this particular cooked meat is notoriously high in fat, naturally crumbly and as salty as anything - there is nothing worse that can happen to this surprisingly tasty meat so you might as well buy the cheapest option.
In my local Tesco this is the cheapest option by miles, costing 97p for a 250g packet whereas the next option price wise is a whopping £2.48 for 175g! Of course, I opted for the Value package as it's a bargain buy and I'm glad I did as the meat may not look as attractive as other brands of corned beef (if this particular meat can EVER be called attractive!) but it's certainly as tasty and works well in both sandwiches and cooked meals.
In each packet you get eight decent sized slices, a little larger than those I usually buy from the deli in Sainsbury's but definitely whiter in appearance which indicates that this corned beef has even more fat in than usual. The slices crumble maddeningly as I try to separate them in the packet, in the end I had to resort to using a palate knife to get the slices of meat out which was annoying but the corned beef tastes nice so I can get over this.
The meat is very good indeed, and certainly worth the price. It's salty with the typical stodgy flavour of any corned beef on the market, on a sandwich with butter and a sliced tomato it's absolutely delicious. Bearing in mind that corned beef is definitely a love it or hate it food, if you're a corned beef fan then you're probably on to a winner here but if you like your meat less fatty then you won't like it and that's the long and short of this product.
Last night I made a corned beef hash using this Value meat and it was wonderfully stodgy, full of meaty flavour and melted beautifully into the hot potato. Perfect comfort food for a chilly May evening!
I shall carry on buying this cheaper version of one of my favourite cooked meats as I find there is absolutely no difference in flavour between this and a packet that costs £1.50 more. Of course, this being at the cheapest end of the corned beef market it's going to have a higher fat content as fat is obviously cheaper than meat. This for me is fine as I love any type of corned beef and I urge anyone to at least give this Value Corned Beef a try as you could save yourself a fortune if you like it, and if your heart can stand the fat!
Its corned beef and it is only a quid or so.
Sometimes when I go into supermarkets, my jaw drops at the prices of something as simple as the filling in a sandwich. Many cold meats, I find are actually quite bland and tasteless, and you usually need something else on there to give it a bit of a bite. Something like a dollop of branstons (or similar) pickle or a blob of brown sauce or ketchup.
One of my favourite cold meats has to be corned beef, and it is simply because it does seem to have a bit of flavour. It is disappointing though when we fancy a sandwich and you go and look at the cold meats and are confronted with something like £2.00 for four slices!! You could buy a ready made sandwich for that, with much more filling, and save yourself a few minutes in the kitchen.
When I say this Tescos corned beef, I had to snap it up! I can't remember how many slices you get with this, but it is definitely more than four.
It tastes fine, each slice is about the same slice as a slice of bread, so the sandwich bit is easy. Apart from that though, one of my favourite ways of using this is with a meal - a couple of slices of this, boiled potatoes drenched with butter or marge, and a portion of baked beans. You can even use a tin of new potatoes to save on the cooking.