“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Fish „
I am a thrifty shopper, and the teco value range rarely lets me down.
Today however was one of those rare occasions.
I don't often buy fish fingers, but today I wanted something different so I grabbed these. At 60p, what do I have to lose, right?
Biggest mistake of my day.
On getting home, I decided I'd cook them, and opened up the package. What was inside was not 10 fish fingers, but two chunks of mashed up fish covered in orange crud that I guess was supposed to pass for batter.
But, sometimes with these things, looks can be deceiving, so I ignored that and followed the instructions to cook them for 12 minutes in the oven.
After 3 minutes, a smell that I can only really describe as similar taking very bad cat food and setting it on fire was filling my house. After minute 7 I was physically sick due to the intensity of the disgusting smell emanating from my kitchen.
I bravely ventured in to the kitchen to fish my two fish clumps from the oven. What greeted me was not two nicely browned clumps of fishy smelling stuff, but two piled of disgusting goop that I had scrape away with a spatula.
The smell is still lingering in the air now
This is a review of Tesco Value Fish Fingers. Whilst trying to keep the shopping bill down I was buying an assortment of finger food type meals to try our nearly two year old daughter with as she becomes more adventurous and learns about chewing her food! I was prepared that she may refuse these so was prepared for them to go almost straight in the bin.
The box looks a lot better now Tesco have switched from their blue stripey 'value' range to their Everyday Value packaging and it pictures a plate of the fish fingers cooked with a slice of lemon and some other related icons in shades of blue, such as peas, cutlery, condiments and lemon slices etc. As the contents touch the inside of the box (slightly waxed pack inside) you can't recycle the box which is a bit of a shame.
The box promises the product to be skinless and boneless, made with 100% white fish fillet, no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours. You can find them in the freezer department and cook straight from frozen in 12 minutes or grill in 8-10 minutes, shallow fry in 6-8 minutes or deep fry in 4-6 minutes. I usually oven cook as I find they turn out better and are more healthy this way.
Upon tipping the product out of the box, I thought the breadcrumbs looked really orange and the fish fingers themselves quite small. Cooked though, they looked nice when broken up and were served with some sauce to our daughter with some peas.
Hit or miss?
She didn't like them. She ate all the peas and left the fish fingers. I don't think it would have mattered what brand they were, she just wasn't bothered! I served the rest up in a fish finger sandwich snack to the hubby when he was starving (and I wasn't as I just didn't fancy them!) so I have to say he thought they were OK but I know he wouldn't choose to buy these himself.
A pack of 10 fish fingers costs 60p (250g) which is cheaper than the branded versions. For this I thought they were worth trying.
For the price these are OK. I think any big fish finger fans may think they are a bit mean in size. I won't be buying them again though I may try them in a few years on our new daughter!
I think that the packaging is good and the contents fair for the price. The fish inside looked good quality if not a little mean and they were quick and simple to cook.
I have recently been buying Value food products from Tesco to see if I like them or not and to save a little bit of money on my shopping bill. Food hikes have arrived again and so looking around for cheaper products is a mission of mine recently. Some of the Value range is quite good and so it is well worth trying them when they are much cheaper. I bought these fingers to try recently to see if they were nice tasting for the price.
I bought them for only 55p for 10 fish fingers. They come inside a cardboard box and the box is just a basic design with a picture of the fingers on the front. Once opening the box the fingers are a good size and in my opinion quite good for the price. They are a little thinner than a branded one. They are oblong shaped as any other brand and measure approximately 6 inches x 1 inch. They are covered in breadcrumbs, they are a nice golden colour and smell quite nice and not a nasty smell as I first expected them to smell.
They can be grilled or fried or in the oven and cooked from frozen. I usually cook my fingers from frozen but on occasions defrosted. They are best cooked from frozen as stated on the back of the box. These cook well from frozen in no time at all and they usually only take around 10 to 12 minutes or so under the grill. In the oven they take around the same amount of time depending on how high the oven temperature is set. In the oven I use a gas mark 7, which is 220 degrees in an electric oven.
Once cooked the fingers crisp really well. They are easy to cut and the fish inside is a white colour but not as white as a branded one but they look perfectly fine. The fish though is quite mushy and not flakes. I didn't expect them to have many flakes but I didn't expect them to be so mushy. They do have a soft texture to them and as I said they crisp well but very little taste to them. I did cook all of the fingers all at once because I cooked them for my little grandson for his lunch. He could chew and swallow them with no problems at all. I found that they had very little taste to them and not a fish taste. I couldn't actually eat any more than 1. My grandson ate 1 too and wouldn't eat the other one on his plate. He told me he didn't like them. So that to me indicated I was right in the taste too because my grandson doesn't often not like a food. He loves most foods and never often refuses to eat new brands but with this one he didn't like them. I do not like mushy fish fingers and more prefer the flakes of fish of which these did not have at all. Even a few flakes would have been more pleasing than none at all. Once cooked they did look quite nice to eat but once cut into them my mind changed completely almost immediately I knew I probably wouldn't like them but I still eat one to make sure, even though I didn't really feel like I wanted to or allow my grandson to eat his too. I had to make sure that he liked them, even though I didn't because he may have enjoyed them.
Per fish finger they contain, 55 calories and 2.6g of fat.
It does tell me on the back of the box that every care has been taken to remove bones but some may remain. I checked my grandson's fingers before allowing him to eat them and I found no bones in his fingers. There were none in my fingers tool.
These fingers in my opinion taste bland, they have very little taste of fish. I wouldn't ever buy these again and these reflect the price and are not very good fingers. I would rather buy a branded one on offer than ever buy these again in the future. I guess they may suit some people with larger families and on a very low budget but they don't suit my family or myself at all. I do not recommend these fingers and they didn't give me the taste that I expected from a Value priced box of fish fingers.
I give these 1 star.
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Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Wednesday is fish night in our house. Nothing fancy as my husband isn't a big fish fan so it ranges from fish fingers to fish cakes or breaded portions of some kind. This week as we're trying to save money we really cut back and opted for Tesco Value Fish Fingers. I could hardly contain my excitement!
47p for 10 fish fingers - You really can't complain about this even if they're disgusting. That's only 4.7p per finger, if they're that bad you can cover them in sauce and you'll never know.
They come in the usual fish finger sized box decorated with the traditional Tesco value range colours of blue and white with the Tesco Value logo in blue and red. There is a photograph of the fish fingers on the front and they look quite nice. The picture definitely makes them look like they're worth more than 47p.
The usual nutritional blurb is shown on the front of the box. There's 42 calories and 2g of fat per finger. So not too bad for you.
When I tipped the fingers out of the box I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn't expecting them to be very chunky but there were a decent size maybe about 1cm thick. Usually when I buy cheap fish fingers they're wafer thin and look like they're mostly breadcrumb but I was quite impressed with these. The breadcrumb coating was quite a bright orange colour and I began to wonder how many E numbers were in there. However I checked the box and there was nothing unnatural in there at all.
After I had cooked them (12 minutes in the oven, turning halfway through) they still retained their orange colour. They were not too crispy which is just how I like them, you could cook them longer if you like a crunch to them but I don't. Also another good test of a decent finger is whether it sticks to the baking tray. I hate it when you can't get them off and leave half the coating behind. Luckily these were fine and came off in one piece. The unspecified minced fish inside is rather grey in colour, I expected this as they only ever look white if they are 100% cod or such like.
I have to say I was quite looking forward to trying them as I'd been impressed so far. I always like tomato sauce with my fish fingers but for the first taste I tried them without so I could get the proper flavour. They were actually really nice. The breadcrumbs had a slight crunch but not too crispy. The fish was not too fishy in taste but to be honest you would maybe question whether it was fish at all. This was probably because it was all minced up and no longer resembled any kind of fish but still, they were a lot better than I expected.
Basically you get what you pay for. You know it's not going to be filled with top quality fish so as long as you don't buy them expecting something special you won't be disappointed.
I used to buy Birds Eye Fish fingers (on occasion I still do), but I much prefer the Tesco Value version. There's not very much difference in quality. The minced fish contained in the Tesco Value fish fingers is nice, and while it is not as 'chunky' as a brand such as Bird's Eye, it is still very tasty. These fish fingers are about the same size as other brands, with a crispy coating of breadcrumbs, again pretty similar to that of other brands.
What I do find different about these fish fingers is that they keep their shape very well. Some fish fingers crumble when being turned over with tongs, or served up, but these maintain their oblong shape throughout cooking and being cut up. This makes them especially good for fish finger sandwiches!
The fish fingers come in a cardboard box of 15, with the plain 'Tesco Value' logo (although this is one of the few products in the range that shows an illustration of the product on the packaging). They cook in about 10 minutes under a medium grill, so are very convenient.
The price is really good, these are much cheaper than 'branded' fish fingers, the quality is comparable, and some aspects are better. It's not worth paying extra for fish fingers when you can get a good quality cheaper version like this.
I have these quite regularly as my wife loves fish fingers. I must admit, I don't mind them. I'm not the biggest fan & I tend to prefer having actual fish, but these do make a decent meal & ar far cheaper.
They sell for 47p for a pack of 10 in the supermarket. They seem to be very popular where we are because they are out of stock & not available as often as you are actually able to buy them. Id estimate that they are around 8cm long & about 2cm wide by around 1cm thick.
You can grill them or fry them. We tend to have them grilled. When you grill them, the breadcrumbs do have a slight crunch to them although they can be a bit floppy when you pull them off the fish. The batter does taste nice though & has a starchy quality to it.
Considering that they probably don't use the best fish in the world (that's putting it kindly) the fish is surprisingly good. It is pretty moist, tender & has a mild flavour that doesn't impose on the taste buds & is good for kids.
I am happy to eat them as for a fish finger they aren't bad at all. Whether or not you should try them is really a matter of your taste. If you have kids it might be better offering them these fish fingers, but If you're an adult who likes to know your eating 100% fish, you might want to buy some fish fillets. A good fish finger, but fish fingers aren't for everyone.
I've just had a wicked fish finger butty and the best thing is that it was made out of the cheapest fish fingers available, Tesco Value fish fingers that cost 47p for 10. They don't sell them in boxes of 15 anymore like the picture Dooyoo have put up shows but I reckon boxes of 10 are better because they are easier to fit in the freezer.
They are really nice and I can't see the sense in buying the mega expensive fish fingers because even though they are not cod they are still good and taste like good quality fish fingers. The breadcrumbs are very orange and that makes them more like the fish fingers I had when I was a kid instead of all the posh battered and breaded fish fingers you get now.
They cook in about 20 mins in the oven or you can fry or grill them. I do mine in the oven and turn them halfway to make sure they are cooked all the way through.
They taste good whether you have them with chips or on a butty. The fish is dead nice and the breadcrumbs have got a nice wheaty taste, they've got paprika in them but that must be just for the colouring because there's no spice or anything in the flavour of the breadcrumbs. I think it's mad that these taste so nice when they are so cheap because I reckon a lot of people turn their noses up at such mega cheap food, my mum reckons she was giving us these for ages before we noticed and that was only because I found a box in the freezer one day!
When they're cooked the breadcrumbs stick to the baking tray a bit and the middle of the fish finger goes a bit floppy but that's because they are not as thick as other fish fingers, sometimes one breaks in half while I'm transferring it from the baking tray to the plate but that doesn't bother me because you've got to break it to eat it! Sometimes as well the very ends of the fish fingers will go a bit hard but this is only the breadcrumbs and not the fish so that's not a major problem either.
The best way to eat these I reckon is in a butty. Fresh white bread, 4 Value fish fingers, proper butter and red sauce just can't be beaten for a filling snack or part of a meal.
Another value review guys!
Tesco value fish fingers are a new staple in my home, first eaten for money saving reasons and are likely to continue to make an appearance even after we graduate. I'm going to forgo my usual headings and show the good and the bad.
Most importantly, these are really tasty. The fish has enough flavour to taste like fish but not so much that kids will think they're "stinky". There is a thick covering of breadcrumbs which tastes cheap and seasoned-a divine combination for comfort food.
Speaking of comfort food, these aren't going to ruin the diet. They are 44 calories per finger, so a serving of five fingers is 220 calories. A large meal of 5 fingers and mashed potato with peas is going to be less than 500 calories.
Price is a huge plus, 47p for a pack of 10 - spare change prices! Especially good if you're having a load of kids over.
*THE (sort of) BAD*
My first point here depends on your point of view: the fish is minced. If you are prone to assume the worst then this is going to put you off. Personally I am happy to give tesco the benefit of the doubt, I know these aren't prime fillets of fish in here, but I'm not going to worry that I'm eating fish eyes and guts.
The box doesn't say exactly what fish type(s) are in here. We all know it's not cod because that has become terribly expensive, and I think we're all grown up enough to handle the truth.
Compared to other brands, these win for two reasons, price and because they are no frills yummyness. Fish fingers are not the most nutritious of foods, if you want to eat fish for health a nice fillet or some prawns are the way to go, so branded claims of healthiness are null and void, that's not to say they're not yummy as well. They are. But the price alone will keep me with tesco value.
If you're worried about the environmental and conservational impacts of fishing there is little information available, but I will say I have browsed certain leading brands and the wording is very vague, there's much talk of "aims" and "desires" and "attempts" but no talk of "will" and "won't". Considering there are laws, both UK and EU, it's probably safe to assume that all brands follow the same rules and are equally crap.
© L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.
I absolutely love fish fingers! I'm sure cos when I was growing up I never had them! Whilst my friends had fish fingers, chips and beans, and egg and chips when I was young my Mum always bought 'expensive' foods. We always had King prawn salads and beef bourgion and stuff like that and I'm going back years when it was really unheard of to eat that way! I used to love going to my friends house for 'kids' food and my mates in return used to love coming to mine lol.
Nowadays at almost 35 years old I have much more control over my diet and soon as I had a choice I started eating all the stuff I never had (hence me stuffing myself silly with junk food and economy products lol). I love fish fingers on sandwiches covered in salad cream (my friends kids were disgusted by this dish when I lived with them and ate it every night lol) and I love them with chips and beans and stuff like that for quick meals.
The one thing I'm not keen on when it comes to fish fingers though is the posh one's. I'm talking brand names like Birds Eye and stuff, they cost a bomb and to me they're not so honest. I don't want salmon or pure cod fish fingers in airy fairy batters! I want cheapy one's and I'm sure that's again cos I feel I missed out somewhere along the line lol.
I saw these the other week in Tesco at 47p (for 10) and decided I must give them a go as they sounded so 'me' lol.
White oblong box with a photograph on the fish fingers on the front and in red, blue and white writing I'm told they are Tesco 'Value' 10 Fish Fingers 'Minced White Fish In Breadcrumbs' I'm told they oven cook in 12 minutes, grill in 8 from frozen and are skinless and boneless. There is an at a glance nutritional chart on there, I'm told to keep them frozen and the weight of the product is stated (250g). On the back of the box I'm given cooking instructions, ingredients, allergy advice and cautions, a full nutritional chart and contact details for Tesco are given and finally there is a bar-code on there. It is a cheap looking box but it really is informative enough.
To Cook Them....
You have a few options here! You do need to cook them from frozen for best results though!
In the Oven - 220C/475F/Gas Mark 7 for 10-12 minutes.
Grill - Medium heat - Approx 8 Minutes.
Shallow Fry - 6-8 minutes.
Deep Fry - 4-6 minutes.
Me eating Them!....
I love these! Appearance wise when you remove them from the box they are oblong in shape, quite flat and covered in golden breadcrumbs. They don't look expensive so to speak because they lack depth.
To cook them is really simple. I've deep fried them, oven cooked and grilled them and it comes down to your preference really. I prefer grilling them purely for health reasons more than anything and I find they do cook through as promised on a moderate heat in about 8 minutes with occasional turning. The breadcrumbs take on a harder appearance and go slightly darker orange and your done. If you fry or bake them I find they take on a more crunchy texture.
They are not greasy, again as promised there is no bones or bits of skin in any of them either. The breadcrumbs are plain in flavour but really bready! The fish is minced up white fish that is well blended into a solid, oblong piece and is well seasoned and to my taste-buds tastes like cod.
The only small niggle with these that I have is that when cooking them they do tend to break up a bit because they are rather delicate. However for the price and taste of these it is really only a small niggle.
For me these are one of the best economy fish fingers I've ever tasted and I like them loads! If you like to know what fish your eating and like thick batter and large 'fingers' then I'd give them a miss to be perfectly honest with you but these are perfect for ramming in a sandwich at midnight in my opinion!
Contains milk, wheat, gluten, fish, mustard.
Recipe: No nuts.
Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free.
Factory: No nuts.
Nutritional Information...Per Finger:
Only available in Tesco Stores priced at 47p a box!
Before I start this review please let me assure you that my Value hunting doesn't usually extend to my granddaughters' food, but in this instance they actually ask me to buy these cheap fish fingers as they think the breadcrumb coating is much better even than the extremely high priced Birds Eye Fish Fingers. At 47p for ten fish fingers, the Value range have really come up trumps with this product in my opinion and once you get past the internal stigma of buying such 'cheap fish' then you'll realise you're certainly onto a winner with this buy.
The fish fingers are slightly smaller than other more expensive brands, this isn't terribly obvious while they are still frozen but they do shrink down somewhat during the cooking process which is worth remembering if you're cooking them for a fish finger sandwich as you may want to pop an extra one in to ensure you have enough filling for your bread!
They cook in the oven in around 15 minutes, which is my preferred method of cooking them, although my daughter also buys these fish fingers but she grills hers and apparently this is not only quicker but also stops some of the shrinkage that occurs in the oven. I dare say they could successfully be deep fried too, although who deep fries anymore?
The breadcrumb coating is a bright orange and this, if I'm honest, makes the fish fingers look very cheap. It doesn't affect the flavour in any way though and I think the fairly strong flavour of these breadcrumbs compliments the fish really well, a dash of salt and vinegar won't go amiss though as the fish fingers aren't terribly well seasoned and likewise a dollop of ketchup will add some flavour and moistness to the otherwise fairly dry fish fingers.
The fish is merely called 'white minced fish' in the ingredients list, I'd assume it was a mixture of Pollock and some unknown species as the fish fingers have a nice rounded white fish flavour which indicates that Tesco haven't used completely cheap fish. Again, the seasoning is an issue and personally I find the fish inside to be rather bland in flavour although once I'd doused them in salt and vinegar this ceased to be a problem. This fish is fairly well packed into it's fish finger shape, this makes the fish fingers seems very substantial to eat and I was pleased not to find flakes of fish all over my two year old granddaughter's blouse after she'd eaten her dinner.
Overall I'm going to give these four stars. I'm not a huge fish finger eater myself and find these perfectly acceptable, admittedly they are rather less attractive than if you had spent upwards of £2 on Birds Eye fish fingers and the seasoning is sadly lacking - but at the end of the day it's my granddaughters' who ultimately have the final word on these and they absolutely adore them. The two big girls each have four fish fingers and their little sister has two which is perfect as it means I can throw away the box after cooking their meal, equalling less boxes rattling around in my freezer containing just one or two fish fingers!