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Batchelors Savoury Rice ~ Beef Flavour
Many times when we fancy a nice juicy piece of steak I really can't be bothered to cook up chips, mushrooms, tomatoes, and peas etc, to go along with it and just prefer something more simple. This beef flavour rice is just a perfect accompaniment to steak and is very quick and easy to prepare.
~~~ Packaging ~~~
This product comes in a mid blue packet with the 'Batchelors' logo across the top and an enticing picture of a plate of the rice on the front, alongside a piece of beef as a serving suggestion. The reverse of the pack gives us the cooking instructions, the ingredients and the nutritional information.
~~~ Contents ~~~
This rice contains dried vegetables such as peas, carrots, onions and red peppers.
~~~ To Cook ~~~
There are two ways of cooking this rice. Firstly and my favourite way is to cook on the hob. Simply empty the contents into a saucepan and add 425ml (3/4 pint) of boiling water, cover the pan and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes until all the water has been absorbed.
Or you can microwave by pouring the contents into a microwavable dish, add 3/4 pint of boiling water, cover loosely and microwave for 15 minutes on full power, stirring half way through then leave to stand for 5 minutes before serving. Be aware that microwave ovens have a different output so adjust cooking time accordingly.
~~~ Nutrition ~~~
One serving of this rice (1/2 pack) contains the following:
Energy ~ 219 kcals
Carbs ~ 46.2g
(of which sugars) ~ 4.3g
Fat ~ 1.4g
(of which sats) ~ 0.3g
Fibre ~ 1.5g
Sodium ~ 0.67g
For those interested in the allergy advice the rice contains milk, celery, wheat, barley and gluten.
This rice when cooked is really very tasty, it has a wonderful beefy smell when you open the pack and this is intensified once the rice is cooked. The little bits of red peppers and peas are dried at the start but when cooked taste quite nice and fresh and it is all enhanced by that lovely beef flavour. I really like this rice it goes with lots of things other than just beef and actually makes a nice meal on its own. There is enough in this pack to serve 2 to 3 people as an accompaniment in a meal or just one person as a main meal. All in all it is a rice that I would highly recommend!
This rice comes in a variety of flavours such as mild curry, chinese flavour or chicken to name a few. They can be found in all good supermarkets at about 65p per pack or can often be found on offer, especially in Asda, for £2.00 for any 4 packets.
Thank you for reading my review!
Most rice in packet 'ready meal' dishes disgust me but this one is definitely different. When I opened the packet I was not impressed because the dried vegetables looks tiny and measly. Also it didn't smell too good.
Then i read the instructions and it said that it took 15 minutes to cook in the microwave. This to me is not a quick lunch. In order for this to be a good value buy, it had better be very tasty. The rice cooks in the microwave quite well but it definitely needs more water than is specified in the cooking instructions. It also requires stirring more than once during cooking because otherwise it will all get stuck to your bowl so you have to stand attentively by the microwave while you cook it. This essentially means that it is not a good alternative to cooking dinner on a hob because it takes almost as long and is probably much less healthy.
Having said that, it tasted great and as far as price goes: 58p its a pretty useful product to know about when you are a student. The beef flavoring that had initially smelled revolting turned out to be really nice and the vegetables expand in the water and look as thought they might even be good for you!
I regularly use Batchelors Savoury Rice as accompaniment to meals and as a snack. With a variety of flavours now available including Beef, Chicken, Golden Vegetable and Mild Curry, there is a rice to suit every meal.
I often have a packet with salad or on its own and use the Beef flavour most often with chilli con carne, curry or in tortilla wraps or a beef stir fry. These are so versatile and I always have a mix of flavours in my cupboard.
They are currently priced per 120g packet:
Tesco 68p (3 for £1.20)
Asda 58p (4 for £2.00)
The Beef flavour contains raw long grain rice mixed with dried peas, carrot and red pepper with beef flavouring and are packaged in a foil lined packet.
The beef flavour is very prominent with this rice and it is lovely served as I have listed above or with steak or similar dishes.
Half a packet contains 219 calories when made up as directed and 1.4g of fat. This makes a healthy tasty addition to any meal
I would recommend these to anyone. They are so easy to prepared and cooking can be done in the microwave or on the hob, with great results each time.