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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!
Being a student, I do opt for the easy way out when it comes to cooking certain things. If there is once thing I have never really learned to cook then it would be rice. I can cook the rest of the usual things like pasta etc but rice just is hard to get perfect. I was in my local Asda and came across an offer on Batchelors Savoury Rice, I don't usually like these artificial things as they are normally fattening but I do like flavoured rice and the flavour range seemed quite good so I decided to throw in a few, at the worst if I didn't like them I could just throw them away.
Batchelors has been going for more than 35 years with obvious fame for their cup-a-soups. The company was started in 1895 by William Batchelor a salesman, who sold packets of peas. He then started supplying soup and vegetables to homes in the UK and from here onwards the company branched out to where it is today. Now over 250 million mugs of cup a soups are consumed in the UK.
The packaging of these is very standard in terms of Batchelors usual items such as their Super Noodles which I can no longer look at after many days of desperate meals resorting to them. They have the royal blue background with the Batchelors logo on the top of the packet. There is a picture of the rice dish which does look quite appetising.
On the back are the ingredients and nutritional information. Per pack, well 100g near enough to the 120g packet are the guidelines such as fat per 100g which is 2.3g, calories there are 359. For allergy reasons, they state that this rice includes milk celery, wheat, barley and gluten which is always useful. There is a contact address on the reverse in case you have any issues with the product and need to write away to complain.
I am going to be reviewing the Beef Flavoured rice, which is meant to have a mix of peas, carrots and red pepper in it. There are two ways in which you can cook this rice, either by microwave or on the hob but since I have no microwave then I have no choice but to do it on the hob. However, if it's anything like the Super Noodles, the hob makes them taste nicer than the microwave.
So, firstly get a sauce pan and empty the contents of the packet into it. Then get a measuring jug and boil the kettle, once done put in 425ml (3/4pt) of boiling water to the hob and simmer for roughly 15-20 minutes on a low mark. I made the mistake the first time cooking these of having the heat too high as there are no temperature guidelines and the water evaporated too quick causing the rice to not have cooked right.
If you leave the heat quite low and go away the rice will simmer gently and the water shouldn't evaporate too quickly. I would recommend stirring the rice occasionally just so it doesn't stick to the bottom of the saucepan as this can be very hard to wash up. Once you stir it, it will mix the rice round properly anyway ensuring a good taste.
You will know when it is ready as the water will be pretty much gone and there will be some left in a beef sauce. It is also wise to taste the rice to see if it is soft as sometimes it can still taste a bit hard even after simmering in the heat.
This rice is then ready to dish right away you can empty it all onto your plate. It actually makes quite a lot, enough to fill half of a plate. I find the beef one is my favourite as the flavour is really obvious in the rice and it tastes the best. It is filling enough and is a nice easy option to add with
any piece of meat or whatever you're cooking this for.
If these sound like something you might like you can buy them at Asda for 4 for £2 at the minute on offer or on their own they cost 62p which I
think is a bit much for just one.
If you are like me and can't really cook rice these are a great quick and easy option. For more information on the products go to this website http://www.premierfoods.co.uk/our-brands/grocery/batchelors/ .
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.