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I usually tend to buy own brand baked beans nowadays, and have tried quite a few different ones. I find that the Basics or Value beans are not too bad, but they tend to be quite watery, with a thin sauce, and not too many beans. Sainsbury's Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce are not from the Basics range, but the next one up, and cost around 29 pence for a tin containing 420g. I think that this price may have gone up recently, as I have just ordered a pack of four as part of my online grocery shopping, and they cost about £1.74.
I think that the taste of these baked beans is really good, and they are comparable with brands such as Heinz, but quite a bit cheaper. There are plenty of beans in the tin, and the sauce is much thicker than the cheaper variety. They can be microwaved or cooked on the hob. I usually use the microwave, if I am just doing them for myself, or use the hob, for a larger amount, for the whole family. These baked beans have proved to be popular with my husband and daughter, too, so I shall continue to buy them, as they are a storecupboard essential. We usually serve them with potatoes, fishfingers, vegetarian burgers, sausages or Quorn products. They are also great on toast, with a cooked breakfast, or in a hotpot, stew or chilli.
Half a can of baked beans contains -
Apart form the salt levels, these beans are quite healthy, as they are high in fibre and protein, and low in fat. They are excellent as part of a balanced diet and I always keep a few tins in my kitchen cupboard, as they are so versatile and popular with the whole family.
I bought a jar of this curry sauce in Sainsbury's for just 9 pence last week. I have previously tried the Tesco Value one and found it to taste fine, so I thought that I would give this one a try, too. As it is so cheap, it wouldn't matter too much if it wasn't very nice, and I planned to use it as a base for my curry, with other spices added to it.
The jar contains 440g of curry sauce, and the label has the Sainsbury's Basics logo, which says that it is a 'simpler selection, but the spice is right'. The sauce is a brown/orange colour, and has the appearance of a curry sauce that you might get at the chip shop. The taste is fairly mild, but this is fine, as you can have it mild, if that is what you prefer, or make it hotter by adding more spices and chilli. I made a vegetable curry, with lots of onions, garlic, sweet potatoes, peas, potatoes and a vegetable stock cube. I then added water and the jar of curry sauce, as well as some of my husband's home-made spice mix. It turned out very well, and the sweet potatoes and the curry sauce went together very well, as the sauce is quite sweet, due to it containing sultanas.
A quarter jar of the curry sauce contains -
It is low in fat and calories, and when served with vegetables, is a healthy meal. I will definitely be buying this again, as it is a good product, that can be served mild, or spiced up to make it hotter, and it is excellent value, at only 9p per jar.
Allergy advice - contains milk, mustard and sulphites. Not suitable for nut or sesame allergy sufferers, due to methods used in the manufacture of the product.
I love houmous, and have tried many different brands, as well as making my own occasionally. The first time I ever tasted it was on holiday in Crete in the mid 1990's. I had not seen it at home, but now it seems to be available everywhere. It is quite easy to make, especially if you have a food processor or hand blender, and the main ingredients are chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, tahini (sesame seed) paste and lemon juice, as well as some seasoning. However, most of the time, it is quicker to pick up a tub of houmous in the supermarket.
Tesco Houmous costs 79p for a tub containing 200g. It is also available in a 300g size, too. The houmous is stored in a round plastic container, with a rigid lid that fits back on afterwards. There is also a piece of cardboard outer packaging, with nutritional information on the back.
One quarter of the pack (50g) contains -
13.4g fat (1.4g saturates)
The levels of fat are quite high, but it is not too bad, as the saturated fat is very low, as it is suitable for vegetarians, and contains no animal fats. Houmous is also a source of fibre and protein. The salt levels are rather high, though this seems to be true of most pre-prepared foods nowadays.
I liked the taste of this houmous. It has quite a strong taste of garlic, but I really like garlic, so it is not a problem for me. I will buy it again next time I need some houmous. The texture is fairly thick, and a little more grainy than the Sainsbury's Basics one that I tried recently, which was very smooth. I found that the houmous was great to have on toast, in a sandwich with salad, in a pitta bread with Mediterranean vegetables or served as a dip with crudites, crisps or tortilla chips.
The houmous contains sesame seeds, so is not suitable for those with an allergy to them. It has no nuts, but cannot be guaranteed to be nut free. Suitable for vegetarians. Not suitable for home freezing. Keep refrigerated and use within three days of opening.
A new branch of Iceland has opened in my local town, on the site of the former Woolworths store, so I have been in a few times to see if I can pick up any bargains. A lot of the food to be found in Iceland is of the ready meals and processed junk food type, which I don't tend to buy. I do, however, like to buy Vegetarian foods to keep in the freezer, as they are usually healthier than a lot of meat products. I have tried Dalepak Vegetable Grills a few times in the past, and enjoyed them, so, when I spotted a pack of four for £1.00, I put a box of them in my basket.
The Vegetable Grills are made from a lightly seasoned blend of crunchy vegetables - onion, red pepper, broccoli, carrots and potato, as well as white rice. They can be grilled under a medium grill for 14 minutes, oven cooked for 20 minutes, or barbequed from frozen. I haven't tried barbequeing them, but I have grilled and oven cooked them, and they have turned out very well. When oven cooking, the grills tend to become quite soft when you turn them over halfway through the cooking process, so take care that they don't fall apart.
The Vegetable Grills are egg shaped, and the individual pieces of vegetables are visible, which is good, as they are not all mushed up and pureed. When cooked, they become quite crisp on the outside, and are soft on the inside. The taste is very nice, and is quite savoury, and the vegetables can be tasted individually, too.
One grill (76.5g) contains -
These nutritional values sound good, and the grills are great as part of a balanced diet, served with more vegetables/salad, and potatoes or rice.
Not suitable for nut allergy sufferers. Contains celery, wheat and gluten. Can be kept in the freezer until the best before date - mine said best before March 2011.
I shall be buying these again, if I see them in Iceland, as they are tasty, healthy and very good value.
I have tried quite a lot of Quorn products, as I am not that keen on meat, and tend to choose Vegetarian options fairly often. One of the Quorn products that I had not tried was the Mini Savoury Eggs, so when I saw them in my local Sainsbury's, I thought I would give them a try. They cost £1.99 for a pack containing twelve eggs. This seems quite expensive, as the pack only contains 240g, but Quorn products can often be found at a reduced price, or on special offer.
Quorn is made from Mycoprotein, which is a nutritious member of the fungi family. It is naturally low in fat (less than 3%) and high in protein and fibre. Each mini savoury egg weighs 20g, and has a filling made with chopped free range egg, and then coated with a herb flavoured Quorn sausage mixture, and on the outer layer, a coating of golden breadcrumbs.
Each mini savoury egg contains -
I thought that the mini savoury eggs had a really nice taste, and my two year old daughter also enjoyed them. They are a quick and healthy snack, and would be great for putting in lunchboxes, picnics and for parties. I did find that the texture was a little dry, though, so they may be better served with a dip or sauce, as an accompaniment. When compared to a meat Scotch egg, I imagine that these Vegetarian ones will be a little more dry and contain less moisture, but it is not a major problem.
Allergy advice - contain egg, mustard and wheat gluten. Produced in a factory that handles milk.
Unlike a lot of other Quorn products, Mini Savoury Eggs cannot be frozen, and must be eaten within 24 hours of opening the pack.
I really enjoyed this product, and will probably buy it again, but I will wait until I see it reduced or on offer in the supermarket.
Sainsbury's Basics Wholemeal Bread costs 50 pence for a sliced loaf, containing 800g. I have bought this loaf of bread a few times recently, and have been pleased with it's quality as an everyday bread. We have used it for sandwiches, toast and also to make some breadcrumbs to keep in the freezer. It toasts well and is good with a variety of sandwich fillings.
The packaging is plain and simple, with the Sainsbury's Basics white and orange logo on the front. It states that it is 'simply wholemeal bread, great for sandwiches'.
Each slice contains -
The bread is low in calories and has a high amount of fibre per slice, which makes it a good choice for a healthy diet. The only negative thing is that the levels of salt are quite high per slice. This could add up if you were eating a few slices a day.
The appearance of the bread is not that exciting. It just looks like a plain piece of brown bread, and the slices are fairly thin. It doesn't have any added seeds or grains, to give more texture, though I wouldn't expect that with a budget product. The taste is quite good - it is not anything special, but it is perfectly adequate and edible. It doesn't taste of that much, compared to some more expensive, speciality breads, but other flavours can be added, as a topping or sandwich filling, to give more taste.
I will certainly be buying this bread again, as it is quite a healthy choice, and it is excellent value, at only 50p for 800g. It can also be frozen on the day of purchase for up to one month. Suitable for both Vegetarians and Vegans.
I bought a pack of these Quorn Beef Style and Red Onion Burgers in Sainsbury's last week. I don't tend to eat a lot of meat and hadn't tried these before, but I generally enjoy Quorn products, so I thought I'd give them a try. They cost £1.99 for a pack of two burgers, which seems to be quite expensive, though a lot of Quorn products are, unless they are on offer.
The burgers were in the chiller section, and they can also be frozen on the day of purchase for up to three months. They are packaged in a plastic carton, with a Sellophane cover. There is also a cardboard cover over this, with all the nutritional information. The cardboard can be recycled, though the other packaging is less likely to be recyclable.
The burgers can be grilled, shallow fried on the hob, oven cooked, microwaved or barbequed. We grilled ours for seven minutes, turning frequently, and ate them on a bun, with caramelised onions, cheddar cheese and tomato sauce, as a mid afternoon snack. They turned out fine, and did not seem to be overcooked, and it helps if you brush them with a little olive oil prior to cooking. I noticed that the other review said that the burgers were very dry. I did not notice this when eating it, though that may have been due to the fact that I ate it with other foods in a bun, making the texture less dry than it may have been, had I ate it on it's own.
These burgers are pretty healthy. Each one has 97kcals, 10.8g protein, 6.8g carbohydrate, 3.0g fat, 2.8g fibre and 0.8g salt. Apart from the salt, they are low in fat and calories, and have some fibre, making them a better choice than a meat burger.
I enjoyed eating this product, and will probably buy it again, but only when it is on special offer.
I had seen these yogurts advertised on television several times over the last year or so, but had not tried them until very recently, when I saw a pack of four on offer in Sainsbury's for £1.00. I believe that they usually cost nearer to £1.50 for four, which seems quite expensive, but £1.00 is much more reasonable, making them 25p each. Each pot contains 120g of yogurt, two each of strawberry and raspberry.
The adverts and the information on the packaging, claim that eating Danone Shape yogurts can help you to 'feel fuller for longer'. They are fat free, and contain fruit pieces and added sweeteners. The 'Hunger Control Formula' contains fibre (2.6g per pot for strawberry and 3.0g per pot for raspberry) and protein (7.9g per pot for strawberry and 8.0g per pot for raspberry) which should help to stop you wanting to snack between meals. It also says that Shape is scientifically proven to keep you fuller for longer, if at least one pot is eaten as part of a healthy and balanced diet and lifestyle. I am not sure if these yougurts did keep me feeling full between meals, as I still felt hungry a couple of hours later, and if I did not feel hungry, it may have been due to the fact that the meal that I ate was filling anyway.
The yogurts have a very thick and creamy texture, which is good for a fat free product, as they can be quite thin and runny. The taste was lovely, too, with the fruit flavours obvious, and a very creamy consistency.
Each pot contains -
0.2g fat (strawberry and raspberry)
9.8g carbohydrate (strawberry)
10.1g carbohydrate (raspberry)
The low amount of calories and fat, and the delicious creamy texture, makes these yogurts a healthy and satisfying choice. I am just not sure if they really helped to keep me feeling fuller for longer. I will be buying them again if I see them at a good price, as they are really tasty. They keep for a while (the date on mine is 18/11/09) so it may be a good idea to get a few packs if they are to be eaten on a regular basis.
Contains milk, and produced on a line handling almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and wheat. They are also not suitable for vegetarians - this must be due to the fact that one of the ingredients is Cochineal, which is used as a colouring.
I have tried quite a few of Sainsbury's Basics products recently, and have been happy with the quality of most of them. The Basics chocolate bars are quite good, though obviously not the same quality as a higher priced one, but still good if you are on a budget and want to have a chocolatey treat. I saw these Basics Milk Chocolate Buttons when I was out shopping the other day, and decided to try a couple of bags. They cost 38p for a bag containing 100g.
The packaging is very plain and has the Sainsbury's Basics orange and white logo. It says 'real chocolate and right on the button'. The front of the pack also says that the buttons contain only natural flavours. They also contain milk and soya, and are not suitable for nut allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of the product.
The bag contains a decent amount of chocolate buttons. They appear to be all slightly different in size, and are not quite uniform. The appearance is not as attractive as Cadbury's Chocolate Buttons, but, of course, they are a lot more expensive. These ones look as though they have been thrown around in the bag, and have become a little damaged, as they do not have a smooth surface.
The taste is quite good, though, for such a cheap product. The buttons have a slightly harder texture when compared to the Cadbury's ones, and the taste is not as creamy and rich. They are still very tasty, and I shall definitely be buying them again. My two year old daughter tried some and ate them all, so they went down well with her, and she is not aware of packaging and brands yet.
Per quarter pack (25g) the buttons contain -
15.8g carbohydrate (15.5g sugars)
6.6g fat (4.1g saturates)
The milk chocolate contains 25% Cocoa Solids minimum.
They are not that healthy, but are fine as a treat for both adults and children. The quality is not as good as that of more expensive brands, but they are perfectly good and tasty.
I buy soft cheese quite often, as we use it in a variety of ways, such as in sandwiches, spreading on toast and crackers, and as an ingredient in pasta dishes and cheesecakes. It can also be used to make a dip for crudites, crisps and tortilla chips. The branded soft cheeses, eg. Philadelphia, are usually expensive, unless they are on offer, so I tend to buy the own brand ones, which I think are just as good, and are a lot cheaper. They are also available in low fat, as well as full fat, and a variety of different flavours (herb, garlic, etc).
The Tesco Value version of soft cheese is only available in full fat and is plain and without any added flavourings. It is packaged in a rectangular tub, containing 200g, and costs only 45 pence (the same as the Sainsbury's Basics version). The packaging is the usual Tesco Value red, blue and white, which is not that attractive, but you aren't paying for fancy packaging with a Value product, what matters is what it tastes like.
The soft cheese looks creamy and thick. It was easy to spread on toast and sandwiches, and looked just as good as a more expensive one. It tasted very good, too, and was rich and creamy. I couldn't tell this apart from a more expensive brand.
As this is a full fat product, the fat content is a lot higher than a reduced fat version. It contains 245kcal per 100g, as well as 23.0g of fat (14.4g saturates), 4.7g protein, 1.2g fibre and 0.6g salt. It should be fine when eaten in moderation. My daughter really enjoyed it on toast and sandwiches, and as she is a toddler, it is important for her to have fat and calcium in her diet, so this is ideal for children. We have also used this soft cheese in pasta sauces, and it has been very successful. It would also be great value if you needed to buy a larger amount for a dessert such as a cheesecake.
This soft cheese is suitable for vegetarians and should be consumed with in five days of opening. It doesn't say if it can be frozen, but I have frozen similar soft cheeses, such as Quark, with no problems. It does keep for a while unopened in the fridge, though. The use by date on mine is 08/02/2010.
I will be buying this product again, as it is very good quality, really versatile, and the price is excellent.
I have bought a couple of bottles of this shower gel recently, and have been pleased with it. It is from Sainsbury's Basics range, and costs a mere 10 pence for a bottle containing 300ml. It looks very similar to the Tesco Value Shower Gel, which is the same price and the same amount. The two products are in an identical bottle, it is just the label and the colour of the shower gel that are different. It is quite possible that they are produced in the same factory, and just have the supermarket's own label added, and a different colouring to the shower gel. The label says that it 'cleans, no added promises' and that is exactly what it does, as it is a great value basic product.
Sainsbury's Basics Shower Gel is a bright green colour, and the scent is fresh and clean, with a hint of an apple aroma. The gel squeezes out of the bottle easily, and, like the Tesco Value one, has a jelly-like consistency, which means that it tends to fall off your hands quite easily, and you end up with blobs of it in the bath or shower. This isn't a major problem, though, as it is so cheap. I found that the shower gel worked well, and got me clean, and I didn't have any problems with any reactions to it, as I have sensitive skin. I always use moisturiser afterwards, though, as my skin is generally very dry and sensitive.
The information on the label doesn't state if the bottle can be recycled or not. When I lived in Brighton and Hove, we always put all plastic bottles out with the recycling, but, I have moved to Cheshire now, and plastics are not collected by the local council. I would suggest putting this out with the recycling, if plastics are collected in your area, to avoid it going to a landfill site.
I will be buying this shower gel again, as it is excellent value at only 10p, and it does the job well. I think that it is a little better than the Tesco Value one (which is also good) as the colour is more attractive, and the smell is nicer.
I first bought a Warburtons Raisin Loaf with Cinnamon a few months ago, when I saw it was reduced in price in my local Tescos. At the time, I was quite hungry while walking home from the supermarket, so I ate a couple of slices of the loaf on the journey back, and loved the taste. I am not sure how much I paid for that first loaf, it was probably about 50 pence, but the one I bought last week was 94 pence from Tescos. This is for a 400g sliced loaf.
On opening the bag, there is a really sweet smell, and a noticable aroma of cinnamon, which I love. The slices of bread are packed with raisins, and can feel quite sticky to the touch. It is best served lightly toasted and with a little butter, and is reminiscent of a teacake in some ways. The taste is very sweet too, due to the raisins, so it probably shouldn't be eaten on a regular basis. Each slice (35.8g) contains 96kcals, 2.6g protein, 18.3g carbohydrate (8.7g sugars), 1.3g fat (0.4g saturates), 1.1g fibre and 0.30g salt. As a treat, I think this is fine, and it is low in fat and has some fibre. Just don't put too much butter on it.
This loaf is suitable for vegetarians, and it can also be frozen on the day of purchase, so it may be a good idea to stock up when it is reduced in price or on special offer, and freeze it, if you have enough space in the freezer. I shall definitely be buying this product again, as it is so delicious, and is a lovely treat to have, especially on a cold Winter's day. It is great comfort food when you want something sweet.
I have been trying a lot of the Tesco Value and Sainsbury's Basics products recently, as part of my attempts to save money on the household shopping. This Tesco Value Shower Gel is a product that I have bought a couple of times over the last few months. It is packaged in a plain bottle, with the Tesco Value logo on the front. It looks quite plain, but as it only costs 10 pence for a 300ml bottle, you are not paying extra for the packaging.
The shower gel is quite a dark blue colour, and the smell is not that strong, but it is quite pleasant, just not that special. The aroma is fairly indistinct, and I couldn't make out anything in particular, the way you are able to with a more expensive shower gel, for example, Original Source. When I squeezed some of the gel out of the bottle, it had a jelly-like consistency, and I found that it tended to fall off my hands in small blobs, and get washed down the plug hole. It was quite difficult to get a good lather, even with quite a large amount of it. The shower gel did a good job of washing me though, despite bits of it getting washed away, and that is the main purpose of it. I would buy this again from time to time, as it is so cheap, and it does a decent job. It could also be decanted into another, more attractive container, or could be used as a hand wash, if the plain packaging is not to your taste. I think it could be used for cleaning the sink and bath, too, if you decided you didn't want to use it to wash yourself.
I have quite sensitive skin, and have not had any problems when using this shower gel, but it is not that strongly perfumed, and doesn't seem to cause a reaction.
The bottle is recyclable, and the shower gel should be used up within 24 months of opening.
After having tried the Warburtons Crumpets, and really enjoying them, I decided to give their Potato Cakes a go. I usually buy the Tesco's own brand ones or make my own, but the reviews for the Warburtons ones were very good, and persuaded me to buy a pack. There are six potato cakes in a pack, and they are round and quite thick. Each potato cake weighs, on average, 53.5g. I bought mine in my local Tesco, and they cost 57 pence.
The potato cakes can be toasted or grilled under a preheated medium grill for 2-3 minutes. I used the toaster, and they turned out well, and were delicious covered in butter. My husband also had some for a snack too, and we both found that you don't need to put much butter on, as it doesn't soak in very well, and just sits on the top. We cut a few slits in the top, to help the butter soak in, but it would probably be better to just use a small amount, and save yourself some calories.
Potato cakes can also be served as part of breakfast, and they are very good with baked beans, cheese, eggs, Marmite, bacon or ham. I think they are especially good in cold weather (along with crumpets) as they are a great comfort food, and rather stodgy, but delicious.
Each potato cake contains -
20.1g carbohydrate (2.4g sugars)
5.4g fat (1.7g saturates)
They aren't that healthy, but, as part of a balanced diet, and an occasional treat, I think they are fine. They do contain a few more ingredients (E numbers and so on) when compared to ones that you would make yourself (just potatoes, milk, butter, seasoning and oil to fry) but it doesn't seem to be too bad.
Warburtons Potato Cakes can be frozen on the day of purchase, and are suitable for Vegetarians. They should be stored in a cool dry place. Contains wheat gluten.
Earlier this year I moved from Sussex to Cheshire, to be nearer to my family in Derbyshire's Peak District. When out food shopping, I noticed North Staffordshire Oatcakes in the supermarkets, and also on the menu in some local cafes. Even though I grew up not too far from Staffordshire (in North Derbyshire) I don't recall having eaten them before, though I may have done so many years ago and fogotten about it. North Staffordshire Oatcakes are not like the Scottish Oatcakes, which are a small baked biscuit type cracker, but are more like a pancake made with oats. After seeing the other reviews here, I decided to try them myself.
I bought a packet of six North Staffordshire Oatcakes in Tesco in Macclesfield, Cheshire, for 39 pence. They are also available in my local Sainsbury's. The information on the back suggested eating them with cheese, bacon, sausage, butter, syrup, honey, eggs, fruit, cream or ice cream. They can be grilled, oven cooked, microwaved or fried. I filled mine with some Cheddar cheese, and microwaved it for about 45 seconds, then left to stand for a couple of minutes to cool down. It was a really tasty and quick snack. We had the others filled with a mixture of tuna, beans and vegetables (cooked by my husband). Again, they were really tasty, and very healthy and filling.
I found a recipe for Derbyshire Oatcakes (which sound very similar) in a book called 'Favourite Peak District Recipes' (Ann Wall, Published by J. Salmon Ltd)
1 lb fine oatmeal
1 lb flour
1 oz yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2-2.5 pints warm water approx. to mix
Mix oatmeal, flour and salt in a warm bowl. Cream the yeast with the sugar and add half a pint of the warm water. pour the yeast mixture into the dry ingredients and add the rest of the water, mixing slowly to form a batter. Leave in a warm place for about 30 minutes, until well risen. Grease a large frying pan, and heat. Pour cupfuls of the batter into the pan, and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side. The oatcakes will keep for 2-3 days, and can also be served with bacon, eggs, cheese, golden syrup, or lemon juice and sugar.
I haven't tried making oatcakes myself yet, but the above recipe sounds very easy to do, but the ready made ones are readily available, very cheap and taste delicious. The ones that I bought are made by -
North Staffs Oatcake Bakers Ltd,
Tel - 01782-562804
They can be kept in the fridge or a cool, dry place, or frozen on the day of purchase, and used within one month. I think I will stock up and keep a few packs in the freezer, as they are a really versatile product, that can be served with either a sweet or savoury filling. Each oatcake contains 120kcals, and per 100g there is 185kcals, 3.65g carbohydrate, 4.16g fat and 3.41g of fibre, so this seems to be quite healthy, especially if they are grilled, baked or microwaved, and served with vegetables, beans and lean protein. Suitable for Vegetarians and contains wheat gluten and milk derivatives (whey powder). No added preservatives and no GM ingredients.