“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Meat „
Ok, slight disclaimer. I am a meat snob. I will buy anything else value and happily get on with it but I am particularly fussy when it comes to meat origin and quality.
I was however in my student accommodation, dying for iron. I was craving red meat like a bloomin vampire r something and my friend offered me half of her pack to use in a Bolognese sauce. Being desperate, I accepted.
The amount of fat and water that came off this product was unbelievable. I stupidly didn't drain the fat off during cooking and I was left with a pool of fat on the top of my lovely lasagne. This instantly made me feel sick having opposed thoughts to the product already.
I tried my best to then get rid of the fat and make it look a bit more healthy and appealing. After that being desperate for this red meat and I was starving so I dived right in.
The meat itself lacked in flavour and all I could really taste was the fat in my meal. The texture was also bitty and not like the usual mince I was used to. I didn't find it to gristly which is more what I was expecting. I just couldn't get over the horrific amount of fat in it.
However, the reason you buy a basics product is the cost. You can get 750g for £2.75 whereas the Tesco own brand mince, the step up is £4 for the same weight. Saving you £1.25. Because I am a meat snob I will definitely be spending the extra money buying the slightly more expensive version. However if money is tight I am sure with the fat drained it should be edible but I wouldn't say it was enjoyable in the slightest. I did feel very sick after eating it, possibly due to my personal thoughts about it/amount of fat in there.
If you can, avoid this. There are some things that the basics range can get right and I think meat in general isn't one of them.
I had the misfortune to try this a few weeks back when I thought I'd try to save a bit of money and go for a cheaper variety of mince than I usually buy. It was £2.50 for 1kg of mince.
I use mince a lot...shepherds pies, pasta sauces, chilli con carne...so pretty used to cooking with it. The first time I used this mince I noticed how much more fatty it was. I usually dry-fry mince first and after a few minutes of browning the pan was swimming in fat, which I had to drain off. The next thing I noticed about this mince was the god-awful smell! It was rank and actually turned my stomach as I cooked, so by the time I had made dinner I really didn't fancy eating it. Texture wise, the meat (and I use the word 'meat' in it's loosest tense) was very gristly, tasted much like it smelled (rank) and was pretty stomach-churning to eat, even with the addition of lots of vegetables and seasoning to mask the flavour.
I am not sure what animal this mince started out as. I'm not sure I really want to know! Think it might have been road-kill!
I won't be buying Tesco Value mince ever again!
One thing I purchase on a weekly basis is mince albeit lamb or beef. I use it to make a shepherds pie, chilli con carne or spaghetti bolegnese with. I usually spend out a fair amount of money for something decent as I don't like cheap, gristly or fatty mince though the other day in Tesco I was looking to make some much needed savings on my shopping and so I decided after much thought to try some Tesco 'Value' Mince. This is available in both frozen and in fresh form in the refrigerators instore. I have tried the frozen Value mince before and I didn't like it so I went for the 'fresh' mince option instead.
This 'Fresh' mince comes in two sizes which is 500g costing £1.50 a carton or a 800g one for £1.92 and the frozen mince is £2.20 for a 1kg bag and its all beef mince which ever option you choose.
Whichever size you opt for in the cartons it comes in a see through plastic see-through style carton with a label on the front of it which tells us that this is Tesco Market Value British Beef Mince 'Typically less than 25% fat' and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown along with the weight given. Thats all the information listed on the pack and no information on the ingredients is given so we/I don't know the exact percentage of meat that is within this.
The Mince Itself:
Light pink and unfrozen this looks like reasonably thick, moist mince and when you go to use it it feels quite substantial and not bitty or anything like that.
I used my large sized pack to make a couple of different dishes up, freezing half and then of course using that later and it froze well and kept well!
I cooked the mince by frying it first and the best bet is to not use much oil as it does disintegrate rather alot though it doesn't go too mushy or anything but alot of fat does come out of the meat.
The mince doesn't taste that flavourful really, it isn't seasoned and is rather plain really in the taste stakes. On the plus side of this it isn't gristly and once the fat is well drained off, which is simple to do it isn't bad to eat and consume.
Versatile though greasy till drained this isn't an awful purchase and I have used the frozen value mince and it is alot better than that to be fair.
Worth the money but its not great I would only buy this when really broke, otherwise I'd purchase better quality in the future!
Nutritional Information Per 125g Contains:
Only available in Tesco stores.
Like everyone else i've bein trying to save my pennies here and there and have converted from brand names to tesco value on many of my regular buys. I recently decided to try some of the tesco value mince beef as the non value is much more expensive. The meat is dirt cheap at £1.99 for a 1 kilogram bag. Obviously i knew that this wouldn't be as nice as my usual lean mince, but we all have to make sacrafices sometimes. Packaging wise it's okay and is typical of most Tesco's Value products with red and blue font and the Tesco logo.
I cooked my meat and then added to the slow cooker. I drained off the huge pool of exess fat, which was ALOT more than my usual mince. I left to cook for 4 hours. When i came back i was shocked to discover that around a quarter of the meat had disolved and was now brown sludgy fat! I felt slightly disheartened but decided not to give up and added tomatoes and chilli powder and served. In my first mouthful i had a nasty suprise, pieces of bone and cartilidge! I spat it out and had another mouthful to make sure and i was right. It didn't even taste like meat, it was tasteless and vile! I wouldn't reccomend this ATALL! Pay an extra pound or 2 and get 100% better quality than this rubbish.
I am usually a big fan of downshifting to value products as most within the Tesco range and reasonablly decent. Over the past few months I have been downshifting left, right and center to save money and one of the main areas that I have done this is on meat produce because it is so expensive. I did not expect for the price this mince to be a really good quality but I thought that it would be handy to keep in the freezer for speed and emergencies so I purchased one packet to try it and I can honestly say I will never buy the product again. The Mince: A 1KG bag (currently at £1.99) can be found in the frozen meat section at Tesco and it comes labelled with the usual value range stripey blue and white logo. The mince is slightly light in colour (not the usual deep red of fresh mince) which I assumed was becasue it was frozen. The packet said 65% mince so I assumed that it has water added to it to bulk it out which could explain why when cooked it pratically disintergrates. Nutritionally it isnt that different to a 900g packet of tesco fresh mince. The calories and fat per 100grammes are slightly higher but carbohydrates, sugars and proteins are lower. Quality: I made a cottage pie for five people and used half a bag of mince to which I added some vegetables to bulk out. I browned the mince first and as a matter of course I always drain mince through a colinder (regardless of quality) especially this time becasue I was expecting a lot of liquid because the mince had been frozen. There was oodles of greasy liquid and the pan of mince had reduced dramatically in size so I ended up having to cook the rest of the bag as well! The mince kept clumping up so I was continually having to break them up. The taste was bland, kind of on a par to minced quorn or a vegetarian meat substitute. The only flavour the mince had was what I added to it by way of oxo cubes, beef stock and bouillion paste. The actual consistency was quite watery (even after i had drained) and it was quite greasy tasting leaving a film on the roof of my mouth. Overall: Although £1.99 is exceptionally cheap for minced beef the quality is seriously lacking. I would normally use tesco fresh minced beef (currently on promotion for two 900gram packets for £6.00) which I would only use half a poacket of to make a cottage pie for five persons so I ended up using more ingredients and the dish cost me more than it would have done if it was fresh mince i had used. Tesco have managed to provide us with a counter productive product that neither tastes good or works out particualry cheap. This is one value range product that I will never be buying again and if I could have rated it no stars then I would have so one star is generous.
As a student on a budget and now a mum on a budget I have always loved the Tesco Value brand, but I would not recommend the value mince.
A few years ago I always used to buy two packs of value mince a month and had no problems, but that was before they rebranded to the new blue, white and red packaging. The mince is now a mixture of pork and beef and is particularly unpleasant as i discovered yesterday when I bought a pack.
I haven't bought mince for a year or so as I've been trying to cut down on fat, and value meat is usually quite high in fat, so this was the first time I'd tried it since the rebranding and I have to say I wasn't impressed.
Firstly, I consider myself to be quite a good cook, I've worked in catering for many years, not at chef standard but certainly adequate for day to day mum duties, but as the following shows, even I couldn't do a lot with this!
I was attempting to make a bolognaise sauce, so I put a small amount of oil in my saucepan (you don't usually need much with cheap mince as it normally contains a lot of fat anyway) and heated the oil to cooking temperature.
I then placed about a quarter of the mince pack in the saucepan which is usually a perfectly adequate amount to make sauce for two people.
After stirring the meat for a few minutes I noticed that I had accumulated quite a lot of grey sludge in the bottom of the pan, this is normally the fat melting off the meat, so I poured it off and carried on cooking even though it was a slightly strange colour.
After another few minutes I did the same, and again after another, so by now I'd cooked it for around 6 minutes and poured off around 100-150ml of fat.
What I now had left in my pan was about 3 spoonfulls of grey 'something'. I couldn't call it mince because as you know, mince usually has balls of meat around 2 mm in diameter that are separate from each other. What I had looked a little like grey porridge and had no readily definable lumps. It had also shrunk down into next to nothing and just the thought of cooking with it was putting me off, but, I thought, it will taste ok once we've mixed in the other ingredients, so I soldiered on and actually tastewise it wasn't so bad once it was finished, tasted like bolognaise and looked a bit like bolognaise. The texture however was awful, like meaty soup, there were no defined pieces of meat AT ALL!
All in all I would consider this to be a rather revolting product and certainly not one I could recommend to my friends. If you do need cheap mince go to your local butcher and ask him to mince a turkey thigh for you, firstly you'll be able to see where the meat has come from, and secondly, you might actually enjoy it!
I have been trying to save money over recent months and one of the areas where I've cut back my spending is on meat. I often use my slow cooker to cook and I find that by slow cooking cheaper cuts of beef, pork and chicken that they taste equally delicious. So meat was an obvious area for me to cut back my spending.
When I saw Tesco's Value mince on the in the freezer at £1.99 per 1kg bag I thought - "I'll have some of that."
Now I'm no fool, when I made my purchase I was fully aware that it wasn't going to be as nice as more expensive, leaner mince. I was also a bit dubious about the taste because this product mixes beef and pork mince and I'd usually purchase either / or, not use both meats within the same meal. However I didn't expect to purchase meat coloured sludge...
********** Packaging and availability ************
I have seen this product available in most large Tesco's stores, however the product's availability is limited in smaller Tesco's Extra stores.
The packaging is typical of most Tesco's Value products - the logo and product description is printed in a red and blue font. The product also comes in a plastic bag - which is good if you plan on using this product more than once... which is theory you might... but if you have taste buds you probably won't...
*********** Nutritional Information ***********
Per 100g serving:
Carbohydrates: 0.4g; (of which are sugars: 0.1g);
Fat: 28.0g; (of which saturates: 12.7g);
Salt Equivalent: 0.3g.
As you can see from the statistics above, this product is extremely high in fat and it is also extremely calorific.
*********** Cooking ************
I always brown any mince that I'm cooking and drain the fat away before adding other ingredients. I think that this is especially important if you're using cheaper cuts of meat because they tend to be fattier.
On this particular occasion I was cooking a chilli, so I put a substantial amount of mince into the frying pan to brown. However the meat literally evaporated before my eyes and I was left with about a third of the original bulk that I'd started cooking with and what I did have left was sat in a pool of fat (which I then drained away), so - I didn't have much actual meat left to add to the slow cooker, but I persevered regardless...
************ Taste test ************
After the disastrous cooking process, I hardly had high hopes when it came to the taste test.
When I ate the chilli there was a slight taste of something which vaguely resembled meat, but it certainly wasn't a pleasant flavour. The texture was also disgusting - it was like eating sludge, with random hard bit within it (after further investigation I think these hard pieces were bone).
*********** Overall ***********
If you haven't already realised - I thought this product was fatty and vile. Don't waste your £1.99!!
Tesco Value Beef Mince - £1.21 for 500g
This is a Tesco Value Product that I tried recently for the first time.
Tesco Value Mince is found in the fresh meat section of Tesco. It comes in 500g plastic trays. It has the usual Tesco Value logo in red with a white background with blue writing.
The mince looks quite pale in colour and the mince is quite thin looking, it smells just like my normal mince. I used the Value Mince to make Shepherd's Pie. When I cooked the mince it was very fatty - it really did not compare to the Steak Mince that I usually buy. I carried on making the Shepherd's Pie and cooked it as I normally do.
nutrient per 100g
Energy kCal 320
Energy kJ 1,324 kJ
Protein 16.6 g
Carbohydrate 0.4 g
of which sugars 0.1 g
Fat 28.0 g
of which saturates 12.7 g
Fibre 0.0 g
Sodium 0.1 g
Salt Equivalent 0.3 g
I served up the pie later for dinner - my son and husband did not mention any difference in the taste of the pie, they ate the lot as usual! I must have a more finely tuned palate - the mince tasted awful - it was quite chewy compared to my normal mince and there was very little flavour at all. I could however taste the fat - I had noticed this in the mince before I cooked it.
I cooked the left over mince for 3 of my cats - I have 4 cats - 3 love mince, the other one hastes it. I could not believe it but none of the cats would eat it - a couple of sniffs was enough for them - they had no interest in the mince at all and they walked away looking quite disgusted.
In future I am just going to spend the extra money and stick with my usual steak mince - this is a value product I won't be buying again!
Sometimes I like to try and cut back a little on the shopping budget so that I can treat my family to a nice day or evening out for dinner and some form of entertainment. This meant that when I saw Tesco market value mince for £1.99 per 1kg bag I decided to pick some up and give it a go in place of the fresh mince that I usually purchase. Now I am a realistic person and I wasn't expecting this to be amazing or as good as fresh mince for the price that I paid but I was not impressed with the results at all.
The mince comes in a plastic bag that has a thick quality to it and while it looks very basic and the mince within does not look amazing I was expecting something better than I got. This mince is made up of beef & pork and is very high in fat (25g per 100g) so when it's cooking there is lots of liquid fat that comes off and needs to be drained away. I was quite amazed by the sheer amount of fat that was coming out and the fat trap in my sink could just about cope with it (the birds were pleased last week with a new fat ball). The mince did not look very appetising and it just looked like little bullets of mince which got smaller and smaller during cooking.
The mince is prepared in just the same way as any other mince where you can cook up some garlic, onions, peppers, whatever you want really and then throw the mince in and cook it until browned. This mince did not take particularly long but I had to keep stopping to drain away the disgusting amount of fat that was coming out, I even took to pouring this mince in to a sieve and pouring hot water over the top just to try and remove everything but there was still some remaining.
I used this mince to make a spaghetti Bolognese and there was a bit of an aftertaste to it. I have children who will usually eat anything but there were asking me what the funny taste was and trying to guess what I had added differently or forgotten to put in that could be spoiling the dinner. I was extremely disappointed with the quality of the mince and how it just basically turned in to a pile of slop and it did ruin the dinner which was mainly just left uneaten by my children. I was very disappointed that I had wasted some money on this really and that I then had to cook up something else so that my children didn't go to bed hungry.
No amount of nice ingredients can really disguise the fact that this is pretty average mince and it's not worth £2 of anyone's money. No matter how much I want to save money I won't be trying this out again and have told my family and friends to avoid it as well as it's just not worth the money saving if you end up cooking a different dinner.
I usually cooked pasta very often, and one of our favorite dish is spaghetti bolognaise which my family truly enjoy. As the recession started, I switch most of branded items to tesco value brand. I found most of their item reasonable and quite satisfactory so when the Tesco Value Mince came across, I decided to give it a try. The first one that came to my mind was the value of the whole pack that can be use in various occasions which can be useful in different menu as well as the price that was quite cheap, only cost £1.48 for a 750 gram pack. I then give it a go though it looks pretty basic.
When I started cooking the sauce as I normally do, the amount of fat appeared was unbelievable. As I complete the cooking and tried to taste the meal, It had a greasy and odd taste. I wasn't happy at all and I don't have any confidence to serve it to my family. I know their preferences and this meal won't be something that everyone would enjoy. As I don't have any choice, I kept them away rather than serving and decided to have my alternative of preparing a mashed potatoes and sausages instead. That would be much better than serving a full fat meal with an awful taste.
Tesco Value frozen mince, is something that I would never buy again. Obviously, not a value for your money because you won't be able to stand the texture and the amount of fat that you can see floating on your meal and it doesn't taste good, way different from the fresh ones. I learned that it's better to get something that is proven to be worth paying for specially when it comes to serving your family the best. This one is definitely not worth a try.
Thank you for reading ;-D
I was sent this Tesco Value mince as a substitute last week when I did my online shopping & as my delivery was made in the evening when it was dark I decided the poor driver looked too exhausted to be kept waiting whilst I decided so I just said cheerfully 'no problem' & waved him off.
When I was unpacking I looked at the mince with trepidation - minced what exactly I wondered? It didn't look very appetising & seemed a rather strange texture & colour but I told myself not to be so fussy & popped it straight into a deep pan with loads of chopped fried onions & a bit of garlic whilst I hunted for the rest of the ingredients to make our chilli dinner.
I found it needed more stirring than the usual mince (beef or lamb) that I buy from the butcher & then noticed how much FAT there was - omg - I'm sure there was more fat than meat in the pan & it grew in volume the longer I cooked it.
I hastily removed as much fat as possible then, as it kept appearing, I ended up putting it through a fine strainer to get rid of the greasy stuff - ugh! By the time I'd got rid of most of it there seemed to be very little left from the original 750g bag.
To be honest, by this time, I'd gone off the whole idea of a chilli & even considered going vegetarian. I didn't want to offer it to the family so have to admit I made some gravy, added the contents of the pan & gave helpings to our cat & dog & the rest went in the bin. I rarely throw food away as I was born when there was still rationing after WW2 but what else could I have done? our neighbours are too nice & I don't know of any other pets on the road lol!
All I can say is I only lost £1.48, our pets seemed to enjoy their one helping yet my husband is still wondering why they smell of garlic!
In case you're interested we had fish & chips to eat that evening.....
One item of shopping I don't usually skimp on is mince beef. I had it on my shopping list but unfortunately there wasn't any of my usual fresh in the fridge section. When I was getting my frozen vegetables I spotted Tesco basic frozen mince and at £1.48 for 750grams I decided to give it a try.
What was it like?
When I opened it, it looked very nice the mince has been minced up and it looked a good colour. I started to fry it up and it smelt really nice but this is where I stopped being impressed. The amount of fat that I drained off was unbelievable it seemed like I has poured off most of what I had put in the pan as pure fat. Tried a bit to see if it tasted fatty but it just tasted like cardboard. I couldn't believe how tasteless is was. I ended up spending a lot more in flavourings such as garlic and tomato puree etc to warrant the saving I made on the mince.
Would I recommend it?
No chance I'm not buying it again too high in fat and no taste. It is better value to spend a little more and get a good quality product the rest of my pack of mince went to the dog; I'll stick to my usual brand.
I don't usually like to buy frozen mince because it just doesn't taste as good as the fresh stuff. I also like my mince to be in lumps, if you know what I mean, instead just bits in gravy.
However when I saw the Tesco Value frozen minced beef at £1.48 for a 750 gram pack, I decided to give it a try although it does look pretty basic in its plastic bag.
When I opened it, I must admit that it looked reasonable enough, so I friend off some chopped onions in a little oil, and then added the minced in my usual manner.
The amount of fat that appeared in a puddle in the bottom of the pan was unbelievable. I actually had to get some kitchen roll and mop it up after pouring as much as I could off the meat. If I had to estimate it I would say that it was fifty percent fat.
I did complete the cooking and eat the meal but I must say that it was greasy and had an odd taste to it. It was a bit gritty to eat and even disguised in a shepherd's pie with gravy over it, I could not say that I enjoyed it.
To my way of thinking this is not value for money because you can only eat half what you pay for once you pour off the fat, so even if you don't mind your mince like this, you are actually paying £1.48 for fifty-fifty minced beef and fat.
When I start to think exactly what might have been minced into this ultra cheap meat, I am totally put off. I took another look at the bag this came in and it is 'Tesco Value Mince'. It doesn't say 'beef' on the bag. Mmm! I wonder.
No, Tesco Value frozen mince, or should I say fifty percent fat minced meat is not something I would ever buy again.
After reading a review about this by Katykicker, I decided it was worth a try. If you've been reading my reviews, you will know that I like to save money with food, and don't mind trying cheaper brands, as you never know what you will end up liking. Looking back I wasn't sure why I tried this Mince, as I am very very fussy about my Mince, but I guess when I see a bargain, and have a couple of spare pound, then I will always give it a go.
This was in the Freezer section of my local Tesco. Normally a no-no for me, as I buy fresh Mince, but again it is worth the research surely. The pack is 750g and I paid £1.58 for it. Normally I pay about £2.29 for a 500g pack of fresh Mince, so this is a good bit cheaper.
The packaing for this is nothing special. It is a yellow plastic bag which has a large see-through part on it, so you can see the Mince through the pack. It has the Tesco Value range branding on it. There isn't much writing on here, and I think it looks pretty cheap and not that inviting.
I don't tend to just cook Mince and eat it on it's own. I normally use it for to make Bolognaise and Shephards Pie, so how do it measure up to the fresh stuff?
I wasn't keen at all. First of all I normally buy Lean Mince, and although that can give off a lot of Fat when you brown this, when you drain it, you are normally left with slightly moist mince that doesn't taste fatty. I drained and drained this and even put it in a sieve in small quantities and pressed down on it with a wooden spoon to get as much grease out as possible. Yet when I mixed the Tomato Sauce in with this then there was still the odd pool of grease that showed up in the mixture. I find it offputting when it is like this. Also the Mince didn't seem to break down as well as the Fresh stuff, and the lumps of it seemed quite chunky and a few grissly bits in it. The other bad thing is it tasted a bit oily as well, even through the Sauce that I mixed into it.
Perhaps some people don't mind Mince like this, but I woun't buy it again, as it seemed the cheapest of the cheap Meat!
I am shopping on a very tight budget lately as I am saving all of my money for a deposit to move somewhere by the end of next month.
I paid £1.31 for a 750g packet of Tesco Market Value Mince but I have today checked the Tesco website and this has gone up to £1.59 which is quite a jump in price for just 1 week and hopefully the price will go back down again before my next purchase.
The mince is contained within a plastic bag that is quite thick and has a clear panel on the front so that you can see the mince and it has the Tesco Market Value logo (slightly different to that of the picture) and then it contains cooking instructions, nutritional information & ingredients and this mince is made up of 64% beef & 35% pork but I'm unsure what the remaining 1% is, perhaps water? There is 285 calories & 23.9g of fat per 100g serving and although this is very high indeed I only use around 250g for a two person serving and as it's such a cheap price I don't expect this to be the best quality or the leanest mince.
The mince is very simple to cook simply heat up a little oil and then pour out your required amount of mince direct from the freezer. I love being able to use as much or as little as I require and this has drastically reduced the amount of waste I have as well as the amount of food that I eat just because it's there and I feel bad about wastage!
Upon cooking the mince I did find that it took on a very mushy consistency and it was comparable to Quorn mince while cooking. Once I had added my vegetables & bolognese sauce I was pleasantly surprised with how solid the mince was in consistency and how it seemed to thicken up. The mince was very meaty and I've used it in a lasagne, to make spaghetti bolognese and a minced pie with onions. I have been very pleased with the great price of this product and although it's not quite as nice as fresh meat I would definitely recommend this if you are on a tight budget and looking for a cheap way to enjoy your favourite meals.
I am rating this mince 5/5 and only hope that the price is reduced again soon so that I can buy a few bags for my freezer.