“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Rice „
Once again, I'm reviewing one of the Tesco Everyday Value Range - this time the Golden Vegetable Savoury Rice. Like many of the Value range the name "Everyday" has been added and the packaging updated.
With Everyday Value products, I either find that they are awful - or awesome - and this one belongs most definitely to the latter.
Ever since I was a student, savoury rice has been an easy, affordable and tasty meal for me - not as quick to make as Pot/Super Noodles, Cup-a-Soups or many of the other undergraduate staples, but still a favourite.
Back in the day there was only one brand available - don't want to specifically name them but they sound like the type of degree we were all struggling for (with an added "t" in the spelling)! While this brand is still relatively cheap it doesn't come anywhere close to the Tesco Value equivalent. For what seems to be exactly the same product, the well-known brand's regular price at Tesco is 74p - compared to 25p for the Value version. They both are available in 120g packets, they both contain seasoned long grain rice, they both take 20 minutes to cook on the hob - and I can guarantee if I was to do a taste test I couldn't tell the difference.
They do vary however in variety - as TEV only offers one flavour - Golden Vegetable. Now that I'm not living off a student grant (remember the days) or having to write cheques to buy a stamp, I've splashed out the big money and tried some of the various flavours available in the branded version, but to be honest, Golden Veg is my favourite.
I just love carbs - in huge quantities - so it is lucky that a full pack of TEV Savoury Rice is just 450 calories. I'll often add some chopped onions and mushrooms, or just throw a handful of frozen mixed veg into the pot while cooking to liven it up (and make my portion look larger) or I have double carbs for dinner and have it with a baked potato or stuff it into a couple of wholemeal pittas. Sometimes, I'll cook two packets and save some for a rice salad at work the next day, but often I've just gone ahead and scoffed it all at once!
It is suitable for vegetarians, and the packet's allergy advice states that it contains wheat, gluten, celery and celeriac, and while the recipe and factory have no nuts, Tesco cannot guarantee the product is nut free.
It's a pity that this lovely cheap version wasn't around when I was a student - I could've bought a tin of super-strength lager, dinner, and still had change out of a Pound.
Does Tesco Value do beer? Maybe it's still possible!
Thanks for reading.
Packet Title is: Tesco Value Golden Vegtable Savoury Rice- seasoned long grain rice with vegtables.
Price***I bought this from Tesco's for 29p.
Why I Buy It***I always have 1 or 2 packets of this in my cupboard. I do the Slimming World diet and this is a free food on the Extra Easy + Green plan.
I think the market leader is Batchelor's Golden Savoury Rice which sells for over twice the price in Tesco's.
If I was just eating packet Savoury Rice on its own (which I don't usually do) I would say I prefer the taste of Batchelors but only just so as The Tesco Value is much cheaper I tend to buy this. However this is the only flavour that The Tesco Value range seems to sell. Whereas Batchelor's do have other flavours.
The pack has 120g of dried rice in which you add 3/4's of a pint of water to a heat in a pan for 20mins or the pack says you can cook in microwave for 22 mins. As the hob is quicker I use the hob. When cooking you need to keep your eye to it especially after 15mins to give it a stir and make sure it doesn't stick to the pan.
When I cook a packet of this I usually add mushrooms + peppers to it to make it more of a meal and a bit tastier.
The actual taste on a whole is slightly bland especially if you like eating spicy food. So if that was the case I would reccomend using it as a side dish with meat etc.
As I tend to eat it about once as I'm following Slimming World I add different vegetables to bulk it out so that it can be eaten as a packed lunch meal and fill me up. They also add a different texture as just eating the rice on its own can be monotonous after a few mouthfuls.
I hope this answers your queries and thanks for the advice. As I'm a newbie it is good to get feedback by way of comments as this will help me improve.
The pack says it serves 2 which if done on its own would be ok for a side portion on a meal.
Per Half The Pack*** 220 calories, 1.2g of sugar, 1.2g of fat which 0.2 saturates and 1.2g of salt.
Pack States*** suitable for Vegetarians and produced in the UK
Pack Allergy Advice*** contains wheat, gluten, celery + celeriac.
*** RECIPE:No nuts
***INGREDIENTS: Cannot guarantee nut free
*** FACTORY: No nuts
Ingredients***Dried Long Grain Rice (84%), Dried Vegtables (6%) (Peas, Carrott, Onion), Maltodextrin, Salt, Natural Flavourings (contains Celery, Celeriac, Wheat, Gluten), Vegtable Oil, Turmeric Powder, Yeast Extract, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Colour (Paprika Extract).
Would I Reccomend This Product*** Yes if you don't mind using food from a packet now and again like I do. I think this product is good value for money and handy to have in.
However, if you only like fresh food or are a bit of a connisseur then probably no.
For some unknown reason I've always enjoyed a nice bowl of rice and a piece of buttered bread - Tesco Value rice tastes like any other, and at roughly 30p it's half the price of any other too!
My favourite rice is the Golden Vegetable, mainly because the flavourings on them just taste really nice and rich, and also because the hot rice melts the buttered bread - delish! There are also little bits of carrots, peas, lentils and other vegetables mixed in with the rice, all letting their own flavours loose along with the flavourings of the rice. Once cooked, the rice comes in a golden colour - self-explained name there!
The instructions for cooking on the hob on the packet state a pint of cold water brought to the boil, with the rice in it, and then left boiling for 20 minutes or until ass water has boiled away. Doing it this way, I found out, usually takes around 45 minutes altogether, so I followed the microwave instructions, a pint of water in a microwaveable pot, covered and checked every 3 minutes - it boiled over and I spent an hour cleaning the microwave afterwards. So I ignored the packet instructions and adopted my own way.
I boil the kettle, pour it in a pan over the top of it, put a flame under it and wait until the water's boiled away, stirring frequently so as not to burn it completely. I then add more after if the veg and rice is too hard, carrying on like this until when it's boiled away it's nice and soft. This usually takes about 20 minutes - the packet states you have to boil the water from cold, but adding 25 minutes isn't worth it to be honest, it still tastes the same!!
It will fill up your average bowl size, and from personal choice I have buttered bread - it does taste nice haha! Definitely worth the savings because it really tastes no different!
I like to have lots of items in the cupboard that I can turn to on those occasions when I can't be bothered to make something from scratch or when I am pressed for time. Rice is one of my favourite staple items as it's very versatile and goes with lots of different dishes.
I have been buying lots of these when I visit Tesco as they are only 28p per 120g packet and this is the perfect size to serve for two people as part of a main meal. I do find that the stock can be a little bit sporadic in my local Tesco so as soon as I see them in stock I like to try and buy quite a few packets. They certainly won't break the bank!
Each packet contains rice, dried peas, dried carrots & dried onion. The pieces are all fairly small which is great for me as I am a little bit fussy with vegetables and while these vegetables do bring a slight extra flavour to the rice it's nothing too offensive or off putting and I certainly wouldn't sit there and pick out these bits.
Whether you cook the rice in the microwave or on the hob it takes around 20 minutes and I find it easiest to cook on the hob as I can make sure I stir it regularly without stopping it from cooking and I can check that all the water has been absorbed before serving up the rice. I have cooked this in the microwave once and I found it easy to cook but then it became a little bit congealed towards the end of the cooking and ended up lumped together and just did not look very pleasant once served. I much prefer cooking it on the hob as it looks and tastes a lot more appetising.
I have used this rice as an accompaniment to a meal or mixed up with meat and once when caught short I even cooked this up and used it to make a chicken bhiriyani. I find the rice very tasty and it's full of flavour. The vegetables bring a little extra texture to the dish as well and I find that this rice is delicious on it's own or when mixed with other foods. The rice works particularly well with spicy dishes as it's got a nice cooling taste to it without being bland or tasteless.
Each serving (½ a pack) contains 215 calories, 1.8g sugar, 1.6g fat, 0.4g saturated fat & 1.4g salt so apart from being high in salt there is no reason why this can't be enjoyed on a regular basis as part of a balanced diet.
This rice makes a lovely change from potatoes and the usual kind of things that we have in our house at dinner time and the price makes it fantastically reasonable. The rice is very simple to make as well and while it is a little bit time consuming there isn't much effort involved. My favourite way to eat this rice is with fajitas as it just goes so well with nice spicy fajitas.
Tesco Value Golden Vegetable Savoury Rice is a dried product containing (amongst other things) Dried Long Grained Rice and Dried Vegetables. The Rice can either be cooked on the hob or microwaved, I personally prefer to cook it on the hob as I think it turns out better and the rice absorbs the water better.Whichever way you cook it it takes about the same amount of time (20 minutes approx).
I must admit I was worried how this would taste at first thinking it would be like some horrid cheap pot-noodle, but I was pleasantly surprised. The rice has a light flavour not too salty or spicey and the vegetables are quite soft, I have used this rice as an accompaniment to a curry or chilli, I have also enjoyed it with some cooked mackerel flaked over it.
This product retails for under 30p which is a third of the price of the microwaveable rice's availlable, however it does contain the additive Maltrodextrin as well as Gluten.
I think this product is worth buying in as a stand by, it has a long shelf life and is easy to prepare. A 120g pack of rice is enough for two people when served with a curry for example, or as a full serving on its own for one person.