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      07.04.2010 18:07
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      Once again, Tesco's are offering a product as good as the most popular branded ones, but cheaper...

      This is a brand new type of Caramel bar for me, I am a devout Cadburys Caramel or Galaxy Caramel "Type", and have been for years. I only bought this due to the onset of a severe "Choc attack" whilst shopping at Tesco's the other day. It just sort of "Volunteered" itself into my Trolley - My story and I am standing by it - Court Martial is pending at present. This quite decent size bar, weighing in at just over 5 ounces, and measuring approx 6.1/2" long x 3" wide x 3/8" thick cost me £1.01. Dear enough, but still less than a comparable Cadburys or Galaxy equivalent, unless they happen to be on special somewhere... So, let us progress to the bar itself, not that sort of bar, well, not yet anyway. The external packaging is pretty ordinary in truth, basically an Orange wrapper with "Tesco Caramel Milk chocolate" emblazoned across the front in Silver letters, along with a small picture of two chunks of the contents. That's it, apart from, in my view, the pointless 5 section GDA logo which seems to adorn every packet these days...yawn, yawn! The rear of the packet is absolutely "Chokka", (sorry about that), with various notes, details and notations including Nutritional facts, Allergy advice, an ingredients listing, Tesco contact details and a few other miscellaneous offerings - all detailed below. Total tosh as far as I am concerned, but of vital importance to others of you who are reading this waffle. In truth, all I am really interested in is the contents of this nondescript packaging? Let's get to the point then - The Choccy...... The bar itself, as mentioned earlier, measures approx 6.1/2" long x 3" wide x 3/8" thick, and is pre sectioned into 21 blocks (7 x 3) for easy breaking - A typical chocolate bar look in fact. Each block has a very fine wavy lined pattern embossed onto its top - very pretty. The Chocolate smell, which emanates from the packaging on opening, is very pleasant indeed, no; it's better than that, in fact it's Gorgeous. Right, let's eat some then. The bar breaks cleanly and easily along the pre ordained lines. A good sign, as this ensures that the Caramel encased within each individual block is fully contained and does not drip over you or your surroundings. No dribbles on the chin then, well not Caramel dribbles anyway... More importantly though, NO WASTE! OK, so now the big decision, block grasped between forefinger and thumb, poised before mouth, does one nibble, suck or munch????? Decisions, decision, decisions; Stop messing about, I hear you say, get it in and eat. Purely in the interests of this review, you understand, I tested all three different methods of mastication - twice! It makes no difference, the results of all three tests were conclusive - how ever you eat it, it is delicious. The Chocolate is creamy, it isn't greasy, it doesn't leave a horrible taste in the mouth, it isn't bitter, it's just Scrummy! The Caramel is soft and silky, not too runny, not too hard, just right. Now I realise that this can change, dependent on ambient temperature, but I devoured (Tested), my bar at room temperature so my observations are based on this. If the bar was cooled in a fridge for some time, it would no doubt be different, well certainly with regard to the viscosity of the Caramel. I have yet to try that experiment - maybe tomorrow, (Incidentally, that is the title of a Billy Fury song). That has nothing to do with the review but just me delving into the past again. Now I realise that everyone has their own opinion on taste so don't let me try to sway you one way or the other. I think if you are the sort of person who likes the taste and texture of either Cadburys Caramel or Galaxy Caramel, then you will probably like this bar. If you don't like them, then you probably won't like it. Try it yourself and see, at worst it's just another Chocolate fix. Now the detailed Gen. as promised earlier. NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION - (For those who are interested). A 150g (5.1/4oz) bar contains the following: - Calories - 698kcal (35% RDA) Sugars - 91g (98% RDA) Fat - 32g (49% RDA) Saturates - 19g (98% RDA) Salt - 1.4g (21% RDA) INGREDIENTS:- MILK CHOCOLATE (60%) GLUCOSE SYRUP INVERT SUGAR SYRUP SKIMMED MILK SUGAR VEGETABLE FAT BUTTER SALT EMULSIFIERS (Mono and Di-glycerides of Fatty acids, Soya Lecithin) RAISING AGENT (SODIUM BICARBONATE) The wrapper states that the Milk Chocolate used in this bar contains Sugar, Cocoa Butter, dried Whole Milk, Cocoa mass, Whey powder, Milk sugar and Emulsifier (Soya lecithin's). The Milk chocolate does contain a minimum of 25% Cocoa solids and a minimum of 14% Milk solids. ALLERGY INFORMATION:- CONTAINS:- MILK - Come on!!!!, the thing is headlined MILK Chocolate for Petes' sake, give us a little credit for being able to look after ourselves. SOYA. RECIPE - NO NUTS INGREDIENTS - CANNOT GUARANTEE NUT FREE. FACTORY - Before being prepared for manufacture of this product, the equipment was previously used to make products containing nuts. There is also mention of this product being suitable for Veggies. In conclusion, I have to say that I would be very happy to purchase another bar of this as a change from either Cadburys Caramel or Galaxy Caramel. It is not quite as good as either of them, but it runs them both pretty darn close. 5 out of 5 from me.

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        31.03.2010 09:07
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        As good as the branded products at half their price, Save your pennies and buy this instead

        We are continually told that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, both by "Them", and the Breakfast product manufacturers - well they would say that wouldn't they???. So, bearing in mind the importance of this statement, I have decided that it is time for me to review another of the cereals that I consume on a regular basis. The particular cereal under the spotlight today, is Tesco's own version of Fruit and Fibre. As far as I am aware there are two sizes of box available, 500g and 750g - which actually mean very little to an old fool like me, but probably mean more to the majority of you younger types out there. To me it is simply a small box and a slightly larger box. Obviously these can only be purchased from Tesco's stores as they are an "Own brand" product. A guide price, as of 31/03/10, is as follows:- 500g box - £0.99. (For comparison purposes, Tesco's currently charge £2.36 for Kellogg's 500g "Fruit and Fibre"). 750g box - £1.20. (For comparison purposes, Tesco's currently charge £2.20 for Kellogg's 750g "Fruit and Fibre"). NB. The apparent error in the Kellogg's prices quoted above is NOT an error, that is the price Tesco's are charging as of today...........50% more for 16p less??????????????? Don't ask, I don't understand either! The packaging - of vital importance this! The box, when sitting on the shelf, is quite striking and bold in appearance, thereby making it quite easy to spot among the plethora of cereal choices usually available. Both the front and rear faces of the box are identical, being predominantly Purple in colour and heavily logoed with "TESCO Fruit and fibre", above a very appetising looking picture of a large Cereal bowl, brimming with cereal, dried fruit and Milk - fresh fruit is liberally scattered around the bowl. 10/10 for the Artwork. The sides of the box are festooned with masses of "Useful" information with regard to Nutrition, Ingredients, Allergy advice and things that are "Good to know" etc, etc, etc. As far as I am concerned, most of this is pure rubbish (I'm being polite again), but to some of you it is vital information, so all is detailed below. Aren't I good to you all? - believe me, it's a good job today is a good day. So to the bit that really matters, the Cereal itself - "At last" I hear you say! The cereal is contained in an industry standard, sealed contents bag, which, after opening, can be scrunched up and resealed to retain freshness - allegedly. Actually these types of bag work pretty well to be fair. Having said that we always empty the whole packet into an Air tight container after opening, it just suits us and seems to work better for us, that's all. It is no reflection on the quality or effectiveness of the bag as supplied with the contents. What you actually get, as a cereal, is an exceptional mix of crunchy wheat flakes, interleaved with a generous ( ish) helping of Raisins, Nuts, dried Banana flakes and pieces of dried Apple. The picture on the front of the packet is reasonably representative of the product, - FOR A CHANGE... Certainly a little more dried fruit is shown on the picture, than what you actually get, but not much. The colouring of the picture has been well doctored though; the cereal ain't that bright when it's in the bowl. Minor point, but worth making all the same. How you eat your Fruit and fibre is completely up to you of course, but convention dictates that you simply pop some into a bowl, add milk and eat. I would recommend that you be very generous with the amount of Milk that you add to your bowl as this cereal is good enough to warrant it. A good dousing will NOT cause the flakes to go soggy for quite a while. They should remain crunchy for more than the length of time taken to devour this offering. A spoonful of this concoction is delightful in the mouth, really crunchy and tasty flakes, juicy Raisins, crunchy Nuts - ouch! the sweet taste of the dried Banana and Apple, all of the flavours and textures come together beautifully in order to satiate the taste buds and to satisfy the Stomach. Hang on a minute, I'm just off to get another bowlful, yes, I really think it's that good. Recommended serving and associated Gen. The recommended serving of Fruit and Fibre is 30g, with 125ml of semi skimmed milk - again, whatever that means in real money. To help you to work out how little cereal 30g actually is, I have used some scales to weigh out said amount and in reality, it is only about FOUR, maybe FIVE spoonfuls!!!! Yes you read it correctly, Four of five - Get real you people who make this rubbish up, we eat DISHES of cereal, not six flakes of wheat, two Raisins, two nuts, one piece of dried coconut and Banana... folks, be honest, how many of you only have FOUR spoonfuls of cereal for Breakfast????? Look at the picture on the front of the packet, that shows a big bowl full with cereal - about FORTY spoonfuls I should think. Strange how the Goalposts move according to the message that you wish to portray isn't it? But back to the main message, according to Tesco's this "Recommended serving" contains the following:- * 170 Calories (9% of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount) * 13.8g Sugar (15% of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount) * 4g Fat (6% of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount) * 2.4g Saturates (12% of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount) * 0.4g Salt (7% of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount) * 6.6g protein * 26.5g Carbohydrate, of which sugars comprise 13.8g * 2.6g Fibre * 0.2g Sodium * 0.4g Salt equivalent Along with varying percentages (26% to 80%) of the recommended daily allowance of eight vitamins and Iron - all of which are fully detailed on the pack. Ingredients are as follows:- Whole Wheat, Raisins (16%), Sugar, Dried Sweetened Banana Chips (6%), Toasted Coconut Flakes (3%), Malted Barley Extract, Dried Apple, Roasted Nut Pieces (Hazelnuts, Almonds), Salt, Niacin, Iron, Pantothenic Acid - B5, Thiamin - B1, Vitamin - B6, Riboflavin - B2, Folic Acid, Vitamin - B12. There are two additional notes to the following effect:- 1) The Dried Banana chips contain - WAIT FOR IT.... Banana, Coconut oil, Sugar, Honey and Natural flavouring. 2) And there's more, The Dried Apple contains - the suspense is killing me....YES you guessed it, Dried Apple.....Yippeee... along with a preservative ( Sulphur dioxide). What do they think we are, STUPID! Don't answer that one, they may be listening.......... ALLERGY ADVICE:- THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS HAZELNUTS AND ALMONDS, AND MAY ALSO CONTAIN TRACES OF OTHER NUTS... IT ALSO CONTAINS WHEAT, GLUTEN AND SULPHITES. Well that's enough rambling from me on this subject, I need to go and have a lie down now. I just can't take much more of this excitement. Just before I go though:- The conclusion. As a stand alone product this cereal easily holds its own, is really tasty and is great value, albeit a tad more fruit wouldn't go amiss. But when compared to an infinitely more expensive branded product it gets even better. I can think of no reason at all why you should pay more than twice as much for, what is in reality, the same product. Save your money, dump the Kelloggs...

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          23.03.2010 08:21
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          Value by name and good value by nature, There is no need to spend more on another product.

          Golden syrup has been an integral part of the British way of life since the late 1880s, when it was "Discovered" as a by-product of the Sugar cane refining process. The undisputed market leader and the one that almost all of you will be familiar with, is the Green and Gold tin containing the offering from "Tate and Lyle". Well today I am going to comment on Tesco's value range offering, which is available "At a Tesco's store near you" (Speak in a loud and booming voice for effect), for the reasonable sum of 77p a jar. Said jar contains 1.1/2 lbs (680g) of Golden syrup. There will be further comment, with regard to the price, later in the review. So what do you get for your 77 pence then? You get a short dumpy glass jar, about 4 inches in diameter and 4 inches high, with a 2.½ inch diameter metal screw lid - plenty of width to allow you to get a spoon right inside the jar - Good show. The labelling is not typical of Tesco's Value range products, but it does have a very subdued, "Blue and White" value logo strategically placed at the top of the label. Maybe they are trying to improve the look of the range slightly. Personally I couldn't care less about the packaging of any products, either premium or value, it all goes into the bin - SORRY!!! - It all gets recycled, - there I feel better now... The label itself contains a relatively small amount of information, the type of which I generally ignore but which many others find interesting and relevant. This comprises Nutritional info - detailed below, Ingredients and some statutory rubbish. There is no Allergy advice - see comment below, but there are some storage and recycling instructions. That's the labelling, pure and simple - or is that the product description???????? Right! - To the Syrup itself - with my personal comparison to Tate and Lyles' Golden syrup included as appropriate. COLOUR:- Unsurprisingly, it has an amber / golden colour and looks like... well... Golden syrup! I can see no real colour difference between Tate and Lyles' syrup or Tesco's syrup. SMELL:- A moderately light treacle fragrance emanates from the jar, with, according to my nose anyway, a slight honey type smell mixed in there somewhere. The fragrance is very appetising, and seems to say "eat me".... There is, however, a marked difference in the fragrance when compared to Tate and Lyles' syrup, which has a much stronger and bolder smell, and is definitely more appealing. VISCOSITY:- The syrup is extremely thick and sticky, exactly as it should be. I do feel that it may be fractionally thinner than Tate and Lyles' syrup but not enough to make any difference in any way. That feeling may just be due to the fact that my Tate and Lyles' tin of syrup is considerably older than the Tesco's jar that I am comparing it with, and it may have thickened a tad with age. TASTE:- I have tasted (purely in the interests of comparison), both offerings of syrup, straight from their relative containers, and I can honestly say that, to me, there is no discernable difference in taste at all. I must state here that we only use Golden syrup for baking, so it would seem prudent to add a note re the baking results at this stage. Neither I, nor my CO, can detect any difference in baking results, what so ever, between the results achieved using either product. PRICE COMPARISON:- as of 23/03/2010, prices taken directly from the Tesco's website. Tate and Lyle 2lb tin, (907g) - £1.21 (60p per pound). Tate and Lyle 1lb tin, (454g) - £0.87 (87p per pound). Tesco's 1.1/2lb jar, (680g) - £0.77 (51p per pound). This price, on a pound for pound basis, is at least 15% cheaper than Tate and Lyles' product. Miscellaneous gen, as promised earlier, lifted directly from the label on the jar. INGREDIENTS:- Golden syrup. NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:- Per Tablespoon. Energy - 210kJ (49kcal) Protein - Trace Carbohydrate - 12.3g of which sugars - 12.3g Fat - 0g Fibre - 0g Sodium - Trace equivalent as salt - Trace ALLERGY ADVICE:- There is nothing printed on the label with regard to Allergy advice, therefore it seems reasonable to assume that, unless you are allergic to sugar, this product is probably OK for all. The label does, in addition, state the following:- Suitable for Vegetarians. Store in a cool dry place. Best before date is shown on the top of lid. Glass - widely recyclable. As with all my disjointed ramblings, nay reviews, with regard to this type of budget product, I normally say to you all, please do not expect it to compare extremely favourably with the "Top of the range" alternatives available out there, but to judge it for what it is, a cheap alternative, not this time... This "Value" Golden syrup is every bit as good as the market leading product produced by Tate and Lyle; it is just appreciably cheaper in cost. There is practically no discernable, well not to me anyway, difference in quality and taste. I highly recommend it to you all.

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            20.03.2010 10:27
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            So cheap, it's still almost worth buying despite the absence of any taste.

            A lifeless slab of Strawberry table jelly, Golly gosh! that's a jolly spiffing subject for an enthralling review isn't it? - don't laugh; I've got to try and make it a bit interesting haven't I... Anyway, back to the subject in question, Tesco's, value range, Strawberry flavour jelly, weighing in at 4.1/2oz, (128g if you must). You can only become the proud owner of a slab of this highly desirable product, by handing over the highly exorbitant sum of 7p to your local Tesco's store. I kid you not, 7 PENCE, they might as well stick it in a bin by the door and say help yourself, have one on us. How do they make any money on this sort of thing???? Or should the question really be, how much money are other purveyors of this exquisite product type making, when they sell their offerings for upward of 50p a slab..........Ha! Nobody ever asks it that way do they? But I digress, so what do you get for your 7p then? You get a typical Tesco's Value range, Blue and white "Logoed", thin cellophane wrappered block of Red jelly, I'm actually quite pleased about that really, at least it looks good, but IS it any good? The wrapper is printed with copious amounts of information, the type of which I generally ignore but which many others find fascinating, important and highly relevant. This includes Nutritional info - detailed below, Ingredients, and usage instructions. There is also mention of associated Allergy advice - which is also detailed below. The slab in action........ The packet is very easy to open, which is always a good start, but is not necessarily a sign of product quality. After opening a very light fruity smell emanates from the jelly, but it's not very reminiscent of Strawberry to me - Oh dear! That's not such a good sign. However, onwards and upwards, let's get on with making some jelly... The slab is easily broken or cut in squares; I must say though that I'd be very worried if it wasn't. Place said blocks into a dish, jug, or similar receptacle and cover with ½ pint of boiling water, agitate for a few minutes to allow the blocks to dissolve and then top up to a pint with cold water, or a mix of fruit juice and cold water. By way of a change, I sometimes add a few canned Mandarin sections or Peach sections to my jellies; this is where the fruit juice comes in. The blocks do dissolve into solution quite quickly this way, but this process can be speeded slightly up by using your microwave to help with the dissolution - it takes about 45 seconds with the aid of the microwave as opposed to about two minutes using the traditional method. Once the jelly is fully dissolved, pour the solution into moulds or individual dishes, as you prefer, and leave to stand / set, in either a cool place or in the fridge. You may add the fruit sections at this time if you wish. I would advise you to wait until the jelly has fully cooled before adding the fruit though, as if you add the fruit when the jelly is still warm / lukewarm they may not float to the top and look pretty - and before you ask, by fully cooled I do not mean fully set... Incidentally, if you decide to add some fruit, don't add Kiwi, Pineapple or Papaya, THE JELLY WON'T SET. The setting process takes around 2 hours in the fridge, so not too bad really. I can't advise on setting times outside of a fridge as I don't do it that way. As long as you have made the jelly as per instructions, i.e. made a pint of solution, and not tried to eke it out a bit more, you should get a very solid traditional jelly which looks good and "Wobbles" exactly as you think it should. The consistency of the set jelly appears to be just right, and the colour looks excellent, a really good Strawberry red - still so far so good. Now to that all important taste test... Oh dear! unfortunately this is where it falls over, (Or should that be wobbles over), well it does for me anyway. The consistency of the jelly, as mentioned earlier is fine, a good, firm, but wobbly jelly, just as one expects. But the taste...WHAT TASTE? Where is the Strawberry flavour? There is nothing, it is completely bland. What a real letdown after all that build up, I am really, really disappointed. I know it's cheap but, come on, at least there ought to be a whiff of Strawberry about it. Oh well, I suppose that you can't win them all. Miscellaneous gen as promised earlier, - lifted directly from the packaging... Allergy Advice:- Recipe - Does not contain nuts. Ingredients - Cannot guarantee nut free Factory - Product made in Nut free area, but nuts used elsewhere. Make of that little lot what you will - I am confused, (Not difficult these days)... Ingredients. Glucose-Fructose syrup, Sugar, Water, Pork gelatine, Citric acid, Acidity regulator (Trisodium citrate), Flavouring, Acetic acid, Colours, Cochineal, Curcumin. This jelly is clearly unsuitable for veggies / vegans. Nutritional Information:- Per ¼ packet, when made up according to the prescribed instructions. Calories - 70 Sugar - 14.6g Fat - trace Saturates - trace Salt - 0.1g In conclusion, this jelly is exceptional value at only 7p a time, BUT, sorry Tesco's, that's as far as it goes... Why not spend another penny on production and add some Strawberry juice. It will still be dirt cheap at 8p, but it will taste so much better. Now you know why I usually add some fruit and fruit juice when I make it.

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              11.03.2010 08:18
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              A good tasty pie which is worth more than you actually pay for it.

              This pack of three Minced beef and onion pies, from Tesco's value range, is yours for the not unreasonable sum of £1.18, which works out at just less than 40p each. Considerably less than many other competitors similar offerings but are they any good? Time will tell. So what do you get for your £1.18 then? You get a typical Tesco's Value range, Blue and white "Logoed" thin cellophane wrappered package containing a thick plastic tray housing the three Minced beef and onion pies. The label contains large amounts of information, the type of which I generally ignore but which many others find interesting and relevant. This includes Nutritional info - detailed below, Ingredients, and usage / defrosting / heating instructions along with some other statutory rubbish. There is also mention of associated Allergy advice - also detailed below, along with Storage and recycling instructions - talk about a load of Tosh.... They're just 3 cheap meat pies for Pete's sake - I do find it hard to be polite sometimes... Each pie weighs in at just over 5 oz (150g) and is, visually, quite appealing. They are of a good size with a good depth. The pastry is a nice shade of Golden Brown, decorated with a spread of 45 degree angled cuts across the top - very pretty...They look good enough to eat, but are they? According to the packaging these pies are suitable for either Oven or Microwave cooking with Oven cooking recommended as giving the best results. It would be wouldn't it, as I prefer mine done in the Microwave. Well Oven "wallahs", hard cheese, my comments will refer to Microwave cooked results only. I could lie and make up some sort of waffle about Oven cooking but I don't do that sort of thing so no comments from me on that front - sorry. Microwaving couldn't be simpler, remove the pie from all packaging, place it on a plate and cook as follows:- 650W - 2 mins on full power 750W - 1.1/2mins on full power 850W - 1.1/2 mins on full power Leave to stand for two minutes and devour... Not exactly Rocket science is it? Oh I nearly forgot, the Health and Safety police have added a note here for you - CAUTION....Take care as the product may contain steam. Well at least they didn't say it might be hot! Maybe that gem will be on the next revamp of the packaging. As I am a Friendly and generous type I will drop in the Oven cooking instructions here for you even though I don't use them myself. Leave the pie in its foil wrapper and place in a preheated Oven at 200C / 400F for 20 / 22 mins. Interestingly enough here, you DO NOT get the dreaded safety warning about steam... Don't ask, I don't know and I care even less. Right - to the Eating. I was pleasantly surprised by how good this pie was, for the money! Remember it is a cheap pie and should be rated accordingly. The pastry was naturally quite soft and soggy; don't forget it was microwaved, because that's how I like them. The filling was, as you would expect for a minced beef pie, very small pieces of beef mince mixed into rich dark gravy which, in this case, has resulted in quite a tasty filling. The overall result is a good mix of flavours with nothing particularly strong or too overpowering. Quite often cheap ranges have too much onion or similar types of seasoning in order to hide the shortcomings of the so called meat content. That is not apparent in this case, well not in my opinion anyway. If you are looking for chunks of meat in the filling of your pie then this one is not for you. The clue is in the name of the pie - Minced beef... I am always reminded of a Cold Saturday afternoon at a Football match when I eat one of these. I suppose the memories of that help to make it taste better than it probably is. No that's unfair; the pies really are pretty good, especially at only 40p each. I have certainly eaten much better pies than these, and paid much more for them, but I have certainly eaten far worse pies than these as well, also having paid more for them. All in all, not a bad offering from Mr Tesco, in fact quite a good one.. Miscellaneous gen as promised earlier, - lifted directly from the packaging... Allergy Advice:- Contains Milk, Wheat and Gluten Recipe does not contain nuts, but cannot guarantee that it isn't free. Ingredients - Cannot guarantee nut free Factory - No nuts. Make of that little lot what you will - I am confused, (Not difficult these days)... Ingredients. Wheat flour, Water, Beef ( 18%), Vegetable oil, Onion (4%), Corn flour, Beef fat, Salt, Yeast extract, Dextrose, Malted barley extract, Milk proteins, Onion powder, Black pepper, Glucose syrup. Nutritional Information:- Per Pie. Energy 2019kJ ( 485kcal ) Protein 10.1g Carbohydrate 33.0g of which sugars 1.7g Fat 34.8g of which saturates 16.2g Mono-unsaturates 13.5g Polyunsaturates3.3g Fibre 5.0g Sodium Trace 0.5g equivalent as salt 1.3g No comment on the above, it's getting late and I am getting tired. As with all my ramblings, sorry reviews, with regard to this type of product, I would say to you all, please do not expect this product to compare extremely favourably with some of the "Top of the range" Pies available out there but to judge it for what it is, a 40 pence pie sold as a Value product. If you do that I think you will be reasonably happy with the result. To compare it with an expensive "Home made" or Butchers pie would be unreasonable and unfair.

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                11.03.2010 08:09
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                An average bar of chocolate, slightly enlivened by the addition of Rice crispies.

                This blame for me subjecting you to this review of a 100g (3.1/2 oz) bar of Nestle crunch is placed firmly at the foot of Dooyoo. If I hadn't read another users review a few days ago I wouldn't have bought it, but seeing as it got such a good write up, and I just happened to be able to buy it at a "Special" price from Tesco's I felt obliged to buy a bar and offer my "Penn'orth" on it today. The offer price was an excellent 51p, as opposed to the full price of £1.02, which, after reclaiming 50p from Dooyoo for the review, will leave the bar actually costing me the magnificent sum of ONE PENNY..., that makes my wallet very happy and me even happier.. Who wouldn't be at getting almost a gash bar of Chocolate... just to upset you all even more, this price was for the LARGE bar of Dairy crunch, not the smaller snack size bar. Anyway, to the bar, - not that sort of bar! The external packaging is somewhat ordinary in truth, basically a dark blue wrapper with Nestle crunch emblazoned across the front in big red letters. The rear of the packet is festooned with various details and notations including Nutritional facts (Detailed below), an ingredients listing, Nestle contact details and a few other miscellaneous offerings. But what we are really interested in, is the contents of this nondescript packaging, isn't it? The bar itself is actually a melange of Chocolate and crisped rice, combined to form a quite appetising looking block about 6 inches long and just under 3 inches wide, approx ½ inch thick. Its initial appearance is slightly different from the typical "Blocked" one that we are used to Cadbury / Galaxy etc, but not too much. The straight lines that you would expect to see are actually Zig Zag lines, which is different and not unappealing. The word crunch is embossed across the Full width of the bar in 6 big capital letters. This slightly unusual appearance does make it fractionally more awkward to break the blocks cleanly, but not enough to worry about. After all, who cares what it looks like, it's the eating which counts. The underside of the bar is where the crisped rice comes in; it looks like a heavily cobbled road surface as opposed to a smooth one. The very small rice crispies are heavily distributed across the whole of the underside and give it a really rough look. The crispies, of course, are what give it the crunch...Some say that they can smell the chocolate when they open the packaging, but not me, then again I can hardly smell anything so I am not really surprised at that. Yes, yes, yes... but what's it taste like? Now bearing in mind that I am not a great fan of the taste of Nestle chocolate, I was pleasantly surprised by this bar. It had a decidedly creamy taste and lacked the usual Nestle bitterness which is what usually puts me off Nestle chocolate. The crispies added a new dimension to the taste, which was not unpleasant in any way, but was not particularly inspiring either. It was a different sensation to what I was expecting, but in truth quite a pleasant one. Now I realise that everyone has their own opinion on taste so don't let me try to sway you one way or the other. As a rule, if you like Nestle chocolate you will probably like this bar, if you don't like Nestle chocolate then you probably won't like it. Or you may be like me and be somewhere in the middle. NUTRITIONAL / ALLERGY INFORMATION - (For those who are interested). A 100g (3½oz) bar contains the following:- Calories - 500kcal (24% RDA) Sugars - 55g (60% RDA) Fat - 28g (13% RDA) Saturates - 17g (84% RDA) Salt - 0.3g (12% RDA) The wrapper states that the Chocolate used in this bar contains a minimum of 30% Cocoa solids and a minimum of 18% Milk solids. There may also be the chance of it containing nut traces - you have been warned. There is no mention of whether this product is suitable for Veggies so I make no comment on that front. In conclusion, I have to say that I wouldn't rush out specifically to buy another bar of this, but for a change, and if it happened to be on another very attractive special offer, I could be tempted. 3 out of 5 from me.

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                  For the money, a fabulous door, but badly let down by poor Instructions.

                  I was asked recently, by a friend if I would fit a replacement "Up and over" Garage door for them, as their existing one had just literally fallen apart due to some local Hooligans helping it along the way.. As they are of "Advancing years" and money is tight, they obviously wanted to keep the associated expense to a minimum - very sensible, and also required it to be fitted ASAP. Clearly then I did not need a top quality door for this job so the best budget item, of acceptable quality, that I could source quickly, was the prime order of the day. I had a quick scout around my usual suppliers of this type of thing and the best product, with immediate availability and at a decent price, was this offering from B and Q, shame on my local builder's merchants who had no stock of anything at all. Anyway off we toddle to the local store, grab a Trolley, load the chosen Garage door onto the trolley, exchange some pound notes, relocate door from B and Q trolley to trailer, home for a Brew, prior to fitting - simple as that. To be honest those very nice people at B and Q did all the work in store and the loading onto the trailer for me, all I had to do was rope it down to my satisfaction - thanks chaps. I think it is important to give credit where it is due as it is all part and parcel of the product to me. Others may disagree - that's up to you. So to the Door itself, in this case sized at 7' x 7' (2134mm x 21341mm) for those of you who are not enlightened into the delights of Imperial measurements. The Door, which is horizontally ribbed, is supplied shrink wrapped with the fitting kit, instructions and seals included - just as well really. The corners are well protected to minimise the chance of Transit damage and the bottom edge is temporarily fixed to a wooden batten for the same reason. All you need to supply is tools and an appropriate opening in which to fit the door, oh! And a bit of "Grey matter", which we come to shortly. Painting is obviously up to you, in the colour of your choice, but the door is supplied pre finished in white from the factory. One of the best things about this particular door is that it has no less than FIVE locking points / devices situated around its perimeter. Three are operated directly by the opening / closing handle and associated cables. The remaining two automatically come into operation when the Door is fixed into its closed position - Very nice! The locking handle comes with two matched keys. The door, as supplied, was in perfect condition, no knocks, scrapes, dents etc, as it should be, but I live in the real world and no damage, however minor, is relatively unusual... My advice to you all is to have a close look before you buy anything like this. Right! - Preparation, checking and fitting. Note, I am NOT going to explain the actual mechanics and process of HOW to fit an up and over Garage Door as that has nothing to do with a review such as this. This review is about the door itself, it is not about your, or my, relative skills at building / DIY work. The Shrink wrapping was relatively easy to remove from the door as was all other ancillary protection etc. The main spring, which is situated at the head of the Door, has an additional shrink wrapping, as it is very greasy. This was messy to remove; I recommend you wear gloves when doing this. The fitting kits and seals were extracted and checked against the listings printed on the fitting instruction booklet. All were present and correct with quite a few spare screws and washers etc - nice touch for a change. There is, however, a potential problem here for inexperienced personnel. You do not get pictures of the items against which to check off the contents as you go. It's OK if you understand technical terms and sizes, but if not, you may experience a little difficulty here. Grey matter may be required... The actual dressing and hanging of the door itself was a piece of cake to me, I suppose because I am used to hanging them. However this statement hides the main problem with this Door... The Instructions..... Now I did allude to this problem earlier. If you are not experienced in hanging this type of Door, then you may well have difficulty in following the instructions as printed. They are extremely poor in detail and clarity, you will need to read the appropriate section several times, maybe have a trial fit or two of parts, have a cuppa or two and then go back for a second look. Only then can you think about proceeding. This is the one facet which really lets the product down very badly indeed. It is not that the instructions have been badly translated, or anything like that, they have simply been poorly though out, laid out and badly written. Such a shame really... This stage will definitely require you to activate the "Little grey cells" as a famous Belgian detective said a time or two... My advice here is to think very carefully and take your time. If you do that, you will be OK and will successfully fit your door - eventually. Experienced DIYers / builders should be able to ignore the last bit. All that remains after you have fitted the Door and seals is to adjust it in accordance with the dreaded instructions. In truth, by the time you have deciphered the instructions during the fitting you will know how to do this anyway, that part is not a problem. Just painting to go - again not part of this review. In operation this door is very smooth and light, requiring minimal effort to either open or close. Take your time doing the final adjustments and you can achieve this every time. The lock operation is also light and smooth. There are no problems in the operating area at all. JOB DONE - time for another Brew! Just as an aside, it took me about an hour and a half to fit this door, I'm not sure how relevant that is but I though I would drop it in as some sort of guide anyway. When finished and adjusted up, the Door looked very smart and of a much higher quality than it ought to. It was extremely sturdy and very secure; my friends were very pleased with it and thought that for the money it was exceptional. You may have been wondering how much this Door costs, well it was £179.00. Considering the Quality and finish I think that is a really good price. You can find slightly cheaper items but not at this quality. Obviously you can pay much more and get much better, but "Horses for courses". If you need a "Budget but Quality" Garage door then this one is well worth considering. I highly recommend it except for those Instructions. All in all - Good job Band Q -- EXCEPT, for you know what. ....They are the sole reason why it only gets four stars even though it really deserves five. Sorry B and Q.

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                  • Tesco Ibuprofen / Pain Relief / 122 Readings / 120 Ratings
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                    The cheapest pain relief on the market, unless you know better.

                    Tesco's Ibuprofen tablets, yet another exciting product review... It may not be the most exciting of products to review but it is certainly a product that is used by an awful lot of people so justifies its place at the review table. In simple terms Ibuprofen is purely a pain relief tablet for treating mild to moderate pain including Arthritic, rheumatic and muscular pain, backache, sprains, headaches, toothaches etc, etc, etc - you get the idea. Ibuprofen is not a hard hitter and is not supposed to be, that is why it is available over the counter ( OTC ) and does not require a prescription. It is widely available from almost everywhere you can think of, and is generally available in a variety of formats and sizes. - There should be one which suits you. Popular forms are available under the Brand names of Nurofen and Anadin, amongst many, many others. I am not going into details of its chemical make up and Modus operandi etc as that is not the brief of this particular review. Should you wish to know that type of detail then ask your GP or Pharmacist. So, to Tesco's offering. Price - the all important bit. 16 x 200mg Tablets - 15 pence - yes only 15 pence...... Or 16 x 200mg Caplets - 20 pence - Hang the expense if you prefer this shape. The only difference between these two offerings, apart from 5 pence, is the shape of the product inside, one is a "Smartie" type tablet, just over ¼ inch wide and the other is a more elongated Caplet about ½ inch long. Other than that they are identical, I guess you just buy the one you feel more comfortable with and can swallow more easily. The Tablets are supplied in a single blister pack of 16, whereas the Caplets are supplied in two blister packs of 8 - guess that's where the extra 5p on the purchase price comes from. Both types of blister pack are, contained within a plain, grey coloured box, simply saying Tesco, Ibuprofen, 200mg tablets or caplets as appropriate. They are not the most aesthetic of boxes on the shelf and do not jump out at you as opposed to say a box of Nurofen tablets do, but so what, just open your eyes and look for them, at the price you would be stupid not to. What do you do with the packaging anyway? - Throw it in the bin - sorry, Recycle it... there that's better, my thought for the Planet today. The rear of the box contains much statutory information and instruction relating to the tablets, including Dosage, Ingredients, Storage etc, etc, etc along with details of the actual manufacturer and licence holder for the product. In this case Galpharm Healthcare ltd, from Yorkshire. Inside each box there is a further, typical piece of paper, printed with all manner of clarifications, additional warnings, dosages, possible side effect information, and statutory mumbo jumbo ad infinitum. Read it as it is important. The tablets / caplets themselves are pure white in colour and have a smooth and shiny Sugar coating to ease swallowing and probably digestion as well. I find them extremely easy to swallow, but having been a regular tablet taker for as long as I can remember that is probably irrelevant as taking such things is second nature to me. Do they work? For me, just as well as any other similar type of Ibuprofen tablet, after all Ibuprofen is Ibuprofen, it doesn't matter how the dosage is carried into your body, just as long as it gets there. Should you buy them? If you are a Brand snob and are happy to pay 10 times the price for a particular branded tablet then no don't bother. If, on the other hand, you simply want a tablet which will do a job of work, then get to Tesco's ASAP and snap some up. 15p or 20p for a pack of pain relief, what an absolute bargain. Highly recommended by a "Tight Northerner". 5 stars out of five for this.

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                    • Shreddies / Breakfast / 105 Readings / 102 Ratings
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                      Pricey compared to own brands, but still one of the better cereals out there on the shelf

                      We are continually told that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, both by "Them" and the Breakfast product manufacturers - well they would say that wouldn't they???. So, bearing in mind the importance of this statement, I have decided that it is time for me to review one of the cereals that I consume on a regular basis. The particular cereal under the spotlight today is Nestle Shreddies. There are several variations on the Shreddies theme available from Nestle, Original, Frosted, Honey and Coco, but this review will only relate to the Original variety. As far as I am aware there are two sizes of box available, 500g and 750g - which actually mean very little to an old fool like me, but probably mean more to the majority of you younger types out there. To me it is simply a small box and a slightly larger box. Both sizes are widely available from virtually all Supermarkets and I suspect most other appropriate retail outlets as well. A guide price, as of 04/03/10 is as follows:- 500g box - £1.95 (Tesco's). 750g box - £2.35 (Tesco's) -As an aside on this, Tesco's own brand "Malted wheat's" are £1.20!!! The box, when sitting on the shelf, is quite striking and bold in appearance, thereby making it quite easy to spot among the plethora of choices usually available. The one I have in front of me is slightly different to the one in the Dooyoo header as I have the "Scrumptious new recipe" version - Whoopee... The face of the box is predominantly blue in colour and heavily logoed with the Shreddies name emblazoned upon it, along with a drawing of a heavily laden spoon of Shreddies and Milk - very arty...- I SAID ARTY..... The sides of the box are festooned with masses of "Useful" information with regard to nutrition, Ingredients, advice and things that are "Good to know" etc, etc, etc. Most of it is pure tosh really ( I'm being polite again ), but we have become so brainwashed into thinking it is all so important that I feel obliged to detail the relevant bits later. Aren't I a good type to you all? The back of the box has a stupid picture of a "Nana" reflecting the current TV ad campaign, standing outside the Shreddies factory. So to the bit that really matters, the Shreddies themselves - "At last" I hear you say! The cereal is contained in an industry standard, sealed contents bag, which, after opening, can be scrunched up and resealed to retain freshness - allegedly. Actually these types of bag work pretty well to be fair. Having said that we always empty the whole packet into an Air tight container after opening, it just suits us and seems to work better for us, that's all. It is no reflection on the quality or effectiveness of the bag as supplied with the contents. A " Shreddie" is simply a square of latticed whole grain wheat, comprised of four layers just under 1" square, combined together, into a thin block - exactly as per the picture on the front of the box. Of course, being a lattice like structure, each Shreddie is mainly air, so quite low in Calories I should think. How you eat your Shreddies is completely up to you of course, but convention dictates that you simply pop a few into a bowl, add milk and eat. I would recommend that you be less than generous with the amount of Milk that you add to your bowl as copious amounts are not necessary. Just a splash will allow the Shreddies to remain crunchy for longer and not drown the pleasant Malty taste that you expect, and get, from this cereal. If you leave them immersed in milk for a while and allow them to become "Soggy", they just dissolve into a "Malty soup" and become quite unpalatable, well in my view anyway. Shreddies need to be eaten as soon as possible in order to get the best effect and flavour from them. The recommended serving of Shreddies is 40g - again whatever that means in real money. To help you to work out how little cereal 40g actually is, I have used some scales to weigh out said amount and counted the number of squares it takes to make it up. The answer is around 55, which sounds a lot, but in reality, is only about SIX spoonfuls!!!! Now be honest, how many of you only have six spoonfuls of cereal for Breakfast????? According to Nestle this "Recommended serving" contains the following:- * 148 Calories (7% of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount) * 6.2g Sugar (7% of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount) * 0.8g Fat (1% of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount) * 0.2g Saturates (1% of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount) * 0.3g Salt (5% of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount) This same 40g serving also provides you with 22% of your recommended daily allowance of nine vitamins and Iron - all of which are fully detailed on the pack, along with two of your three recommended servings of Whole grain for the day.... Who writes this rubbish???????????? Ingredients are as follows:- Whole grain wheat - 94.9% Sugar Invert sugar syrup - What?????????? Barley malt extract Salt THERE IS A WARNING THAT THIS PRODUCT MAY CONTAIN NUT TRACES... Well that's enough rambling from me on this subject, I need to go and have a lie down now. I never knew that cereal could be so enthralling and exciting, did you????? Just to conclude, Shreddies are very crunchy, tasty and quite Moorish - you have been warned, BUT are relatively expensive, see Tesco own brand comparison above. Are they worth the difference in price? I say no, but you must make your own mind up.

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                        Cheap in price, not cheap in quality.

                        This can of Sainsbury's Custard, from its bargain basement "Basics" range, is supplied in a conventional tin can, containing 390g ( 14 ounces for the people like me who still deal in real money ), of product. The can is yours on handing over the princely sum of 25 pence to Messrs Sainsbury's ltd. So what do you get for your 25 pennies then? You get a typical Basics range, orange and white "Logoed"; can. The label contains large amounts of information, the type of which I generally ignore but which others find interesting and relevant. This includes Nutritional info - detailed below, Ingredients, and usage / heating instruction along with some other statutory rubbish. There is also mention of it being Gluten free, and associated Allergy advice - also detailed below. The can has to be opened by using a Tin opener which some people find a pain, but not me. Remember, ring pull cans cost more to produce than conventional tins - have a ring pull, pay a bit more. So what's the Custard like then? Well, it's like a cheap Custard - I'm not really surprised at that. It looks OK but it doesn't have that rich Yellow colour associated with quality Custard. It doesn't have a particularly strong or flavoursome Vanilla taste which I like, but that is not necessarily a fault, it is just my taste. When heated, it does smell quite nice, but it lacks that "mmmm" factor. The biggest downside for me is that it is quite thin and runny, which, to me is a big negative. Others however, will feel different on this point as they may prefer thin custard - each to their own. Finally I would have liked it to be a bit more Creamy, but.... hang on a minute, this is basic cheap custard, not top of the range stuff, what do you expect for 25p.... "Alleged" Important information - lifted directly from the label on the can... Allergy Advice:- Contains Milk - Never!!!!, I am shocked, I stagger back in amazement - I never knew that Custard contained Milk did you? -- has the world gone mad??? Is it me??? Stop the bus, I want to get off.... Nutritional Information:- Per Half Can - supposedly one serving - really? Calories 151 Fat: 1.4g Saturated Fat: 0.8g Salt: 0.2g Total Sugars: 21.6 To be very fair to this Custard, I must implore you not to expect this product to compare favourably with some of the "Top of the range" custard products available out there, as it would be an extremely unfair comparison. If it cost £1.50 a can then it should be better, but remember it is only 25p a can - it shouldn't be that brilliant, which it isn't, but it's not that bad either. Certainly if you are on a tight budget then I reckon this Custard is well worth your 25 pennies. If money is not tight or you really want a more traditional, Vanilla flavoured, high quality and Creamy product then maybe it isn't for you. But for 25p a can it's pretty good. Don't knock it until you have tried it.

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                          26.02.2010 20:31
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                          It's difficult to spend a better 18p than this, its good, it's very good.

                          This can of ASDA rice pudding, from its bargain basement "Smartprice" range, is supplied in a conventional tin can, containing 425g ( 15 ounces for the people like me who still deal in real money ), of product. The can is yours on handing over the miserly sum of 18 pence to Messrs Asda ltd - it's an absolute bargain. So what do you get for your 18 pennies then? You get a typical Smartprice range, Green and white "Logoed"; can - NOT Orange and white as shown in the associated Dooyoo picture. The label contains large amounts of information, the type of which I generally ignore but which others find interesting and relevant. This includes Nutritional info - detailed below, Ingredients, and usage / heating instruction along with some other statutory rubbish. There is also mention of associated Allergy advice - also detailed below, along with Storage and recycling instructions plus contact details for ASDA - talk about a load of Blah.... The can itself has to be opened by using a Tin opener which some people find a pain, but not me. Remember, ring pull cans cost more to produce than conventional cans - have a ring pull, put the price of the can up a bit more. So to the chase then, what's the Rice pudding like? In a word, very nice, I know that's two words, but you get my drift. On opening the can, the contents look like a thick and stodgy pudding with a slightly "Off cream" colour - promising so far. Tasted cold, I thought yes, not bad, it's quite creamy and tasty, very similar to Muller rice in my mind. Warmed up it becomes better, really creamy and really satisfying - It doesn't taste cheap at all. I certainly couldn't eat half a can and leave some for another day, it's too nice - Oink, Oink.... If you want to Jazz it up a bit, just add a few Sultanas or Raisins, or Dried Apricots, Apples etc, that makes it even better - not that it needs any additions at all, just a suggestion for a bit of variation. I was really surprised by how good this Rice pudding actually is. Don't take my word for it, buy a can and try it, I would be very surprised if you were disappointed - it's only 18p after all - what have you got to lose? "Alleged" Important information - lifted directly from the label on the can... Allergy Advice:- Contains Milk - Can you believe that Rice pudding contains Milk?????? -- has the world gone mad??? Is it me??? Stop the bus; I want to get off.... PLEASE BEAM ME UP Mr Scott. Nutritional Information:- Per Half Can. Energy 744kJ ( 176kcal ) Protein 7.0g Carbohydrate 33.5g of which sugars 19.3g Fat 1.5g of which saturates 0.8g Fibre 1.9g Sodium Trace 0.08g equivalent as salt 0.2g Normally I would say to you all, do not expect this product to compare favourably with some of the "Top of the range" Rice pudding products available out there, as it would be an extremely unfair comparison, but that is not the case with this - it compares very favourably indeed. I don't think it matters whether you are on a tight budget or not, this Rice pudding is well worth your 18 pennies, at that price, this Rice pudding is superb, it's not Quite Ambrosia, and it's not a patch on what you make at home, but for shop bought stuff it's good, it's very, very good!

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                            21.02.2010 14:55
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                            Worth a punt at the price. If you don't like it, you've only wasted a few pence.

                            Tesco value Air freshener!!! Yet another really "Exciting" product to review here then.... Well it may not be a very exciting product to review but, nevertheless, it is of a product type that a large number of us do use on a regular basis, so is worthy of comment. This Tesco Air freshener, from its bargain basement "Value" range, is supplied in a conventional Aerosol format, with which we are all familiar. The can is yours on handing over the princely sum of 28 pence to Messrs Tesco ltd... It is certainly cheap enough, and is available at all Tesco stores. So what do you get for your 28 pennies then? You get a typical Value range, blue and white "Logoed"; can containing 300ml - what ever that means, of Air freshener. The can actually measures 10" high and 2" in diameter - that means more to me than 300ml does. Operation is straightforward as you would expect, shake well, point and spray - no surprises there. The spray itself is quite tight in dispersion and quite directional. It is a little "Wet" compared to some other products but that is not really a problem as by the time it has settled it has flashed off and appears to cause no problems. The smell / fragrance is, shall we say different! In my opinion it is not a particularly nice or comforting fragrance, but is acceptable. It is certainly better than the majority of smells that you are trying to mask - I think........ Mind you a Bacon Buttie smells far superior to this stuff, so I perhaps better back track a little on that point. Please do not expect this product to compare favourably with some of the "Top of the range" products available out there as it would be an unfair comparison. If it cost £2 a can then maybe it should be better, but remember it is only 28p - it ain't gonna be that brilliant - but it isn't that bad either. Horses for courses come to mind. There are copious amounts of Instructions / directions /warnings printed on the can. Most of which are common sense and statutory mumbo jumbo, allied to Governmental / EU drivel. Read and be bored. The only bits which matter, in my opinion, are as follows:- Do not spray directly onto Furniture and Fabrics. The product is EXTREMELY INFLAMMABLE (Contains Butane and Propane). Protect the pressurised can from direct Sunlight and temperatures over 50 deg C, do not expose to naked flames etc. Do not spray the product near eyes and face. Keep out of reach of Children and Animals. The rest is *********** (I'm being polite again!). So in conclusion, it's cheap and cheerful, does what it says it does - just about. But think, you can buy seven or eight of these cans as opposed to one can of some other products. Are they really worth THAT much extra? Perhaps not. Certainly if you are on a tight budget then I reckon this product is well worth your 28 pennies. If money is not tight or you really must have a "Super" smelling fragrance then this Value Air freshener is maybe not for you. "You pays your money and you takes your choice" has never been more appropriate than when it is applied to this product.

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                              The results are OK but shame about that build quality

                              Kitchen craft are a company who produce / supply a very large and very varied range of Kitchen ware which is widely available at many high street and on line stores. They have a very comprehensive website themselves, which is a showcase for their wares, but unfortunately not a sales outlet for them - www.kitchencraft.co.uk Stainless steel rotary grater with three drums. We bought this Slicer / Grater from Amazon as a replacement for a similar item which had rusted out after many years of Sterling service. The brief is very simple, open the jaws / handle of the device and insert the Grating / slicing drum, of your choice, into the circular body of the Grater. Place a piece of cheese, or chocolate or Nuts etc into the small rectangular hopper and close the top Jaw / handle down onto it. Press the handles together and turn the handle of the drum. Grated or sliced Cheese or Chocolate etc drops out of the side of the Drum. Brilliantly simple and no grated / sliced fingers / knuckles. That, of course, is the best reason to buy a Grater of this type. I always used to hate those flat Graters at the best of times. Having been devout users of this type of Slicer / Grater for years we knew what to expect but were somewhat disappointed with what arrived. Oh, the Grater was virtually identical in terms of Design and size, the operation was identical. And the results were similar. The three drums give you a choice of finely grated / coarsely grated or thin sliced product... So what's the problem then you say?....... In a nutshell, the Quality of the device... Compared to our old version this was like comparing a Rolls Royce to a Mini. OK the thing is made of Stainless steel, the Quality of which is unknown but probably very dubious, as opposed to what was a plated version all those years ago. But the Steel, nay plate of which this thing is made, is so thin as to be not much stronger than Paper, which according to the box is Dishwasher safe, we shall see. The Grater is so flimsy it twists in every direction possible when in operation. I have no idea how long it will last but I doubt it will be anything like its predecessor. The handles of the Drums, which is what you hold in order to actually rotate the Drum, is made of cheap Plastic and will likely fall off within a few months. I have actually retained our older Drums, complete with Metal handles in order to have some spares for the near future. That is how confident I am of the durability of the new item. Clearly, the Grater is manufactured down to a price, about 99p would be right I think, but for £7.00 I expect something a lot more substantial than this. It's a shame really, as for a few more pennies at the manufacturing stage a good quality and much more substantial Slicer / Grater could have been made with no more effort. Overall, we are reasonably happy with the performance of the Grater, but, as the song says: - "Fings ain't what they used to be". Recommended? - Not really, but at least it does its job at the moment. I shall keep a look out at a Car boot sale for a proper "Old un" though.

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                                09.02.2010 17:47
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                                Excellent primer for the money, gives excellent results

                                I have no idea who manufactures the No Nonsense brand but who ever they are, they seem to have hit on quite a successful formula. Their product mantra appears to be very simple; a relatively small range of, popular and straightforward basic trade / DIY products, which come with no frills, are of a decent quality and which do exactly what they say they do. I seem to find that the range is mainly stocked by Screwfix, but have also seen some parts of the range for sale at B and Q as well. No nonsense quick drying -all purpose wood primer litre - £5.30 per litre at Screwfix A straightforward, litre, (What's wrong with real money - PINTS**************), can containing white wood primer - difficult to work out that bit... I have used this primer on both Internal and External woodwork, with excellent results on both. It loads onto the brush well, spreads and covers very well and levels well. It is very rare that I have ever needed to go back over an area unless I particularly wanted to apply a second coat. It dries very quickly as stated and is very easy to overcoat with your chosen undercoat. The paint is very smooth when applying and does not have the niggle of added "bits" as some more expensive primers sometimes do. It has an almost perfect viscosity for primer being neither too thick nor too thin. As with all paints though, remember that the preparation of the surface prior to application is key to a good finish. Something which is really important is that this Primer doesn't smell that much compared to some other paints - very useful when using inside the house. A few notes from the can which are relevant. Specification of paint at 20 deg C - (I will agree with these after using it):- Touch dry in 40 mins Over coatable in 2 hours Thoroughly dry in 16 hours Overcoat with either spirit or Water based paint. Preparation of surface:- Usual guff here - ensure surface is clean and dry, sand as appropriate, treat any Knots with knotting solution, etc etc etc. Directions for use:- Stir thoroughly before use and apply with brush or roller. Coverage - (I will agree with these after using it):- Litre covers between 12 - 16 square Metres.....I won't say it again................ Cleaning after use:- Remove as much as possible from eqmt before cleaning. Clean after this with warm soapy water. Cleaning after use:- Health and Safety - yawn yawn yawn......... Keep away from Children and animals Ensure good ventilation during use Avoid contact with skin Etc etc etc There are copious amounts of Specifications, Directions, Instructions and warnings printed on the side of the can, other than those "Cherry picked" above, but the majority of them are just common sense, statutory mumbo jumbo and associated governmental / EU drivel. In conclusion; This Quick drying all purpose wood Primer, at just over a Fiver a litre, is cheap enough to buy but is not cheap at all, in terms of it's' usability and quality. For the money it is excellent value and does exactly what it claims to do with no fuss (Nonsense???) at all. I am very happy to continue using it and to recommend it too all.

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                                  09.02.2010 17:45
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                                  These may be cheap to buy, but they don't give cheap results.

                                  I have no idea who manufactures the No Nonsense brand but who ever they are, they seem to have hit on quite a successful formula. Their product mantra appears to be very simple; a relatively small range of, popular and straightforward basic trade / DIY products, which come with no frills, are of a decent quality and which do exactly what they say they do. I seem to find that the range is mainly stocked by Screwfix, but have also seen some parts of the range for sale at B and Q as well. No nonsense five piece paint brush set. A straightforward clear plastic package containing five Synthetic bristle paintbrushes for £2.40. The brush sizes are; ½", 1", 1 ½", 2", and finally the biggest at 2 ½". So to the brushes themselves, which are totally conventional in look and style. The handles are made of some sort of Black plastic as opposed to wood and, as previously stated, the Bristles are made of some sort of synthetic material as opposed to hair. The bristles are well fixed to the handle by the use of a conventional socket which is nailed, by the use of four pins to said handle. Clearly, the brushes are manufactured down to a price - well they have to be at £2.40 for the set don't they. But if all you are looking for are some cheap and cheerful brushes to do a quick job of work and then leave on the shelf for maybe another go in a month or six, or just throw away after use, then I reckon these are the business. If you are using brushes on a day to day basis then I really don't think these are for you, they just aren't good enough for that sort of hammer. I have used them for Internal and External priming, undercoating and top coating on both wood and metal, with excellent results, not quite so good for top coating on Wood, but perfectly acceptable results all the same. The one thing to remember about this particular comment though is that the quality of the paint is also very important to the final finish. They do have a slight tendency to drop the odd bristle into the work, but as long as you keep your eyes open and remove it straightaway then it's not really a problem. All brushes do this anyway but it's just the frequency of this which makes it worth mentioning. They clean up quite well after use, but as with all brushes there is a tendency to pool paint at the base of the bristles. This can be a real pain if you have paid a lot of money for good brushes and end up throwing them away after a couple of uses, not so bad if you have only paid 50p each for them as you do here. I must be honest and say that I do really only use them for basic painting and the odd messy task where I can use them once and then just throw them away, but that is just personal choice. For quality internal work I still use proper brushes but would not be afraid to use No nonsense brushes if that's all I had... In conclusion; No nonsense brushes are cheap in price but not necessarily in quality. For the money you are unlikely to buy better. If all you need is throw away item that works well then these are they. Highly recommended...

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