Product Type: Tesco Meat / Fish
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Cheap Corned Beef
Tesco Value Corned Beef
Member Name: CPTDANIELS
Tesco Value Corned Beef
Advantages: inexpensive and tasty
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
Summary: well worth a try
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