“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Fish „
Tesco Value Sardines in Tomato Sauce Description: Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Fish. Anyone who reads my reviews will be sick of me talking about supermarket no frills ranges, but I just love not having to pay more for fancy packaging (which ends up being binned anyway) and still getting products of a surprisingly high quality! I also really like sardines in tomato sauce, (preferably mashed up and eaten on a sandwich made from seeded brown bread with black pepper) so was keen to try these ones. Like all products in the Tesco Value range, these sardines are packaged in plain white packaging with red and blue writing. All the nutritional information is clearly set out on the label. I paid just £0.35 for a 120g tin of these sardines, which is significantly cheaper than the competing brands. The tin was really easy to open as it comes with a handy ring pull so you don't need a tin opener. The sardines are in a delicious looking sauce which is a rich deep red/orange colour and smells great. The tomato taste is thick, slightly sweet and tangy and the fish was firm and moist. These were a really tasty lunch and with bread, quite filling too. The added bonus of course is that sardines are good for you so eating these can be a good way of getting some oily fish into your diet. One tin contains just 196 so are good if you are trying to watch your weight. Mr Siamese likes to eat these on toast, and agrees that they are just as good as any other brand, so we will definitely continue to purchase these. If you like sardines and haven't tried these yet, you should pick some up and see what you think!
==Background:== I have always found Sardines to be an unusually good lunch. I think it stems back from my childhood when I wondered how something so simple and easy to prepare could be good. ==Sardines:== There are three different types you can usually choose from: Sardines in oil, brine or tomato source. The big advantage with purchasing Tesco own label Sardines in Tomato source is they are less than half price of the other better known branded ones. Currently I can but these for 34p for 120g tin. ==The product:== Ever since I can remember Sardines have been told in Rectangular tins about 6" long. The difference with my Sardines in Tomato sauce where as you used to have a pin and you tried to wind it up to expose the Sardines. This was often frustrating and I can remember it getting stuck and having to fish the Sardines out in pieces with a knife. Luckily these days there is a ring pull which I found easy to work and was able to get them out whole. The tin itself I would describe as eye catching. Which is quite unusual for me to think that for a Tesco own label. As Tesco spend a fraction of the cost designing labels compared to their competitors such as John West. The idea being to produce the goods cheaper so less is wasted designing the products tin. It was a bright red colour throughout and that's really what grabbed my attention and immediately told me without reading the label that it was Sardines in Tomato Sauce. On the front other than that you can see a fishing vessel presumably what these get caught on. It also tells you that this product is high in Omega 3 which according to experts is good for us. While on the bottom of the tin you have more information such as: Allergic advice, the ingredients of the tin, all the nutritional values and storage details. While the tin itself is quite sturdy it is able to be stored for a long time as the Sardines are sealed inside. My tin still had an 18 months before I was supposed to use it up. ==Taste:== I opened the tin and placed my Sardines on a plate. The smell was good, I could smell a combination of fish and tomato sauce, with both looking the right colour and the Sauce also looking quite thick and appealing. In the past I have bought this product and I have enjoyed four Sardines, but unusually today in my tin I have just the two. Although I must say one of them is a very large and probably could be split in two. I decided to have my Sardines on Toast, this is always my favourite way of eating them. Although I know some people put potato and a vegetable with them and have them as a main meal, while others just enjoy them on bread and butter. Experience has taught me that before I eat these, to cut them open and take off the bone that runs through them. This is never an easy taste especially when dealing with Tomato source as well and I ended up getting the source over my hands. I prefer to take out the bone though now. It usually is easy to remove and if your lucky will all come out as one, not for me today but that's probably me. I found the taste of the Sardines to be delicious and if you had put this product next to the branded ones, I'm sure I would not have been able to tell the difference. The combination of the Sardines in Tomato Sauce worked really well for me and I very much enjoyed tasting it. The combination between the Sardines and the Tomato Sauce worked really well for me. The sauce itself was rich and full and tasted good. While the Sardines tasted as good as I always remember them from my youth. I think they are every bit as tasty as the more expensive branded ones. Although I did find the product on the whole quite messy at the same time. This was because my plate was covered in the residue of the tomato sauce and the bones that I had removed from the fish before eating. For me this was a very satisfactory lunch time meal. I enjoyed trying this product and because it is both tasty and good for you, I will certainly be buying this product again. It is high in fat but contains a high level of protein and Omega 3. Nutrition Details: Half a can contains: Calories: 98 Sugar: 0.8g Fat: 5.9g Saturates: 1.6g Salt: 0.5g Allergy advice: Contains fish Conclusion: I think this is an excellent product, it tastes very good and enjoyed trying it. It is an inexpensive product that can provide a varied snack or main meal. I will certainly be buying this again as it tasted good and I enjoyed it. Thank you for reading my review. @CPTDANIELS November 2009.
I think I'm what you might call a lapsed vegetarian...I've been veggie for 12 years, but about 2 years ago I started eating fish again. Strictly speaking I am no longer a vegetarian, but I still call myself that. One thing I got into after I started eating fish was sardines, and during one of my cost cutting drives last year I tried Tesco Value Sardines. I had tried some other sardines, namely Tesco and Morrisons own brand, before I tried these. I have to admit I was a little disappointed. I thought the sauce was nice and thick, and the sardines were also quite large, but I found that the sardines were a little more stringy than other ones I had tried. I'm sure you know the kind of thing I mean, there were more "insides" than in higher priced ones. That said, they tasted just as good and I think there was more to the tin than your average ones. For personal taste I will be buying the more expensive types from now on - I didn't like the stringiness of the value sardines, it worried me a little although I know there is no reason to! However if in the future I find myself low on money but wanting sardines, I'd go for these again - I wouldn't say I'd never have them again, just that they are not my first choice.
Sardines are an oily fish which are related to the Herring family, as we all know oily fish are essentially very good for us being rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which can help maintain a healthy heart. Sardines are a good source of Vitamin D, Protein, Calcium and Vitamin B12, but they are also high in cholesterol. Sainsbury`s sardines in tomato sauce at 42p a tin or Tesco Value sardines at 17p a tin? I know which one I would rather try first. Sardines come in oil, brine or tomato sauce, given the choice I would rather have them in oil. The oil seems to give them extra moisture. Sardines have often been viewed as a poor mans meal, but maybe those who think of sardines in that light haven't ever tried them. Agreed if the sardines have been canned in brine they always seem rather dry, canned in tomato sauce gives them plenty of flavour but not everyone would enjoy the smothering of heavy rich tomato sauce either. The Tesco Value Sardines come in the packaging that we all know and love lol, plain, simple but the nutritional values are written clearly on the front of the small box. When you open the box you find the slimline can with a ring-pull. These cans are lethal so do take extra care when opening the can. Inside lay four fat sardines floating in a sea of thick tomato sauce, from the can rises a strong fishy smell that many people can find off-putting. So either you are going to take one look and throw the sardines into the waste bin complete with the can, or you are going to think Yummy! You need to lift the sardines out of the can and pop them into a bowl, I prefer to mash mine before I use them. If the sardines have very thick scaly skin on I generally remove some of it. Anyone who eats these regularly will know that the sardines still have lots of little bones in amongst them. If you have the time and the patience you can remove a few of them but I usually just crush them into the sardines with the back of a fork. To enjoy sardines at their best lightly toast a slice of bread, then lay it on a heatproof plate and spread the crushed sardines onto the toast, making sure to spread them evenly so that the heat gets through the mixture. Then put the plate back under the grill and wait until the sardines are sizzling. One slice makes a good snack meal, the sardines are fairly filling. The taste is hard to describe other than to say that it is fishy! But the texture may well not suit everyone, the tiny bones are still in the sardines, I am used to them and take no notice but some might find it awful. In a can you have around 170 calories, sardines can be used to make good tasty fishcakes too. So for 17p they represent really good value. If you have anyone visiting you then choose to cook the sardines another day, or you will have to go wild on the Air Freshener. But all in all a good 17p worth.
This makes for an incredibly cheap but healthy meal. You can do all sorts of things with them from eating them out of the tin, to piling them in a sandwich or bulking up a cooked meal - sardine bake? Maybe not. I don't think you can get something quite so good for just 17p... 120g of pure fishy goodness for just 17p!! Sardines are already relatively cheap food, but the value edition takes them even further. The only notable difference between the value and normal range is that you get 65% sardines in a pack compared to 70% (the rest is tomato puree and water etc). The sauce may be very slightly different, but not notably, and sardines are still sardines. Interestingly, the value tin of sardines comes in a card box! I suppose its cheaper to print on card than metal, even if you then have to supply card? Enough about the packaging; they taste great! The box takes on the traditional Tesco Value appearance, and the tin inside is unadorned. Tesco Value Sardines are actually THE cheapest fish you can buy (that I know of) - they are even cheaper than pilchards! WOW! Packed full of protein and healthy omega 3, these should be a staple food for all students! =) The one problem with sardines is that they stink... take great care not to spill any sauce on you, or by the end of the day your friends will be replaced by birds - and no, not of the female persuasion! However, this problem is not limited to Tesco Value - it is all sardines! To conclude, these are absolutely excellent! Just think, you could buy a KILO of this stuff for less than £1.50! Highly recommended.