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Beans on toast - can you beat it? When I discovered these little individual pots, I couldn't wait to try them out!
*** What are they? ***
There are four plastic pots, weighing 200g each, which are joined together, but snap apart easily, and they come housed in a cardboard package. Each pot has a plain, see-through plastic film on the top and the pot is plain blue, so the individual pots are design-free.
All you have to do is simply peel back the film and pop the pot in the microwave for a mere one minute, and there you have it - a small, perfectly formed portion of piping hot beans.
*** Beany madness? ***
But is this convenience food gone mad? Ultimately, this isn't so much easier than just emptying a small tin into a bowl and bunging it in the microwave but, hey it's one less thing to wash up!
One complaint is that I find the pots always, without fail, leak during the cooking time, and I end up wiping up bean sauce from the microwave (so maybe this doesn't save on the washing up after all!). So what I tend to do now is drain off a little of the sauce before cooking, and this seems to help.
We all know what the baked beans themselves taste like, and to me these are exactly the same in taste as the ones you get in a tin, so at least the flavour hasn't been compromised to make these micro-friendly.
*** Kiddy friendly ***
These little pots are a great size to give kids - on toast or alongside their dinner. I also find they are quite handy to take with you if you are staying at a friends or going away somewhere that you know there'll be a microwave and you'll want something quick to feed the little ones!
*** Summary ***
Overall, these are a very handy non-essential! They retail at around the £1.70 mark. You can also get them in the reduced sugar and salt variety, and spaghetti hoops.
I've tried other imitations but I must admit that for me, Heinz baked beans are the best baked beans out there... Just enough sauce, just enough beans and the sauce isn't overly tomatoey... (compared to Branston beans that is!)
I usually buy the small 200g cans but I tried these out a few months ago and haven't gone back! Buying these actually works out cheaper as the 200g cans are £0.48 and these are £1.73 for 4, so it works out about £0.44 each. The pots are 200g too so definitely comparable..
The best bit I like about this and the selling feature is that essentially you snap off one of the pots, peel back the plastic film, stick in the microwave for 1 minute and... voila! Dish out the baked beans and throw away the pot.. (in the recycle bin though!)
No messing about with finding a container to put the beans in to warm them up in the microwave so it saves on washing up too... However these are no good if you don't have a microwave!
When I first tried these I thought there was quite a bit of sauce when I took them out the microwave, but you just need to make sure you stir them as all the beans are in the bottom...
Heinz Beans Snap Pots!
If your family is like mine, you will love the idea of this clever little contraption. In our house, we tend to open a tin of beans to find it left half unused in the fridge. Most of you will be thinking "buy a smaller tin then" but my mind won't allow me to do so as the price difference is so small. Silly I know!
The snap pot's are really easy to use, Simple snap away from the plastic holding them together and place in the microwave. They only take a few minutes to cook and the helping size is just right.
I have't found this way of storing beans before and much prefer it to the standard tin. As for the beans themselves, they are tasty and yummy just like you would get them in a tin. in fact I could not taste any difference.
Typical values Per Pot would be 132 calories. Great thing to have when your dieting as no need for scales or measuring out.
(of which sugars) (6.5g)
(of which saturates) (Trace)
Salt equivalent 1.1g
I would definately say this product is a healthy addition to any diet. high in fibre and low in fat! Great stuff!
I would say normally these beans are expensive at £1.71 per pack each (currently as ASDA) or 2 for £3.00!
If you keep a look out you can find deals from time to time, but you would be lucky to get this product for less than £1.50 each.
Great to have in your cupboard but not the cheapest option by far!
Heinz snap pot beans
Although very expensive compared to just buying a tin of beans. These snap pots version do come in very handy indeed.
They come in 200grams portions which is just right for 1 adult. The packaging is a green microvable pot with cellophane top left covered in cardboard with the famous heinz brand on.
These are so quick so convenient and so easy to serve up I do love the idea of them. You just pop them in the microwave for a minute and presto they are cooked.
These beans are good because they are so healthy and so full of fibre nobody can say they cant be bothered with the hassle of a healthy meal with these beans. They are lovely served up on a jacket potato or as beans on toast.
These especially come in hand for me to give to my 18 month old son who just loves them they are quick easy and healthy all the things a parent wants. Also my partner takes them into work sometimes when its cold and he fancies a warm dinner.
The only downside for me with these are they are pricey and only really worth buying for me when they are on offer. I would rather buy a tin on beans at the usual price and split the portions. When these beans are on offer I will buy them all day long because they really work with my family.
Nice to have but only when affordable
Beans, Beans are good for your heart, the more you eat, the more you....uuummmm........don't wish to eat anymore because you've realised that you've had an adequate sufficiency. Yes, yes I'm sure that's how that rhyme goes, Anyway, to the review.......
Beans are a classic British staple, about 95% of the worlds beans are consumed right here in England. Beans are very versatile and can accompany anything from breakfasts to waffles to a snack on their own.
They are said to be a super food, meaning you could survive in a suprisingly healthy state if you ate nothing but these bad boys morning noon and night. They are high in fibre, high in protein and calories and low in the bad kinds of fat, good news for bean lovers everywhere.
Heinz are the King of cans, the barrons of beans, a great product from an accomplished company and as such I expect a high caliber of bean from them, which I can gladly say they have delivered.
The beans have a good tomatoey flavour and a nice 'smushy[' texture, however the problem I have with beans in general is that they are sweet when I thinjk they'd be better savoury. This is still true in Heinz' case. Very sweet as sugar is quite a prominently featured ingredient.
Despite this drawback I still find that these are amongst the better baked beans out there. With a pleasant (tho sweet) flavour and a good texture.
The revolution of course comes not with the beans (unchangeingly similar now as ever has been), but the revamping of the entire packaging. This overhaul extends beyond aesthetics and into the realms of practicality. Gone are the archaic cans only to be replaced with what Heinz have scientifically termed a 'Snap Pot'. These are plastic containers with a thin plastin lid that can be opened without any mechanical help.
This then leaves us free to enjoy the beans anywhere, free from the grim matrinations of the can opener. The beans can now sit snuggly, keeping your sandwiches company at work. As we all know beans can be eaten cold (each to their own) so you really could get a plastic spoon and eat them on the hoof (although perhaps not the greatest idea as you arrive at your meeting covered in bright orange bean juice).
I have to admit, Heinz have actually improved things with this packaging (advancement doesn't always equate to progress), in this case the pots become easier and less fussy to open and gain a certain level of independance from that big bully the can opener.
Heinz Beanz Snap Pots
Description: Manufacturer: Heinz / Ready Meals
It was actually Mr Siamese who bought these, while I think they are great for convenience, I am not sure that I would have been able to justify paying so much for them, so despite being handy, probably won't be getting them again!
They are basically 4 individual sized pots of Heinz baked beans, which are joined together and designed to be snapped apart, so that you can take one pot at a time with you for a quick and handy snack. A 4 pack of these cost £1.82 in a local Tesco Express.
Each portion contains 200g which is just the right amount to take to work and then have on top of a baked potato (preferably with some grated cheese on top, yum!).
All you have to do is peel the top off and then pop the pot in the microwave for a minute.
There are 61 calories per serving.
These beans are tasty (though Branston beans are my absolute favourite!), they are just the right consistency, with thick and rich tomato sauce. The beans themselves are soft and tasty and there is just the right amount in each pot for one person as a side serving, or to put onto toast or a potato.
If I was awarding stars for taste and convenience, these would probably score a 5, but unfortunately, the price is far too high for me. You can buy a tin for less than half the price and refrigerate what you don't eat until the next day! I will not be buying these again, unless they come down in price considerably.
If you want beans in a hurry and don't mind paying over the odds, these are for you though!
Baked beans are something that can be had as a snack on their own, though I never really do that, or they can be used as a portion on the side on your meal with something else, I have beans quite a few times a week usually because they go with many things and add something too your meal to make it more tasty and more filling too.
However a fundamental problem is if your making meals for yourself, you can of course open half a tin and save the other half in a fridge for the next day but if of course doesn't last forever and that's where these beanz snap pots come in.
They are similar to the pots you get yogurt in, they come in packs of four, not sure if you can get bigger pots than this and the pots snap off each other and then are opened by a film topping.
You get just enough beans in each portion for one portion for your meal which is good as it means you don't have to tip the beans out and you don't have to eat them faster as if they were going out of date.
They taste exactly the same as normal Heinz beans so that's good as they are already a great product. I don't work anywhere that I could do this, but if you worked in a place with a microwave these would be great for taking with you to make on site as you just simply pop them in the microwave.
They are expensive though, in fact way too expensive, £1.75 for four pots is perhaps a little extreme so I would only get these if they were on offer, and even though I did find them very convenient I am still sticking with my tins now as I don't there worth the money.
I love baked beans and Heinz were the best until they got even better!
They started selling their lovely product in microwavable pots with 200g of beans per portion to make it easier and less messy to serve their juicy beans :)
Great for snacking as an accompaniment for meals these are sold as '4 Snap Pots', all in rectangle green pots that are cellophane sealed to keep them fresh.
You can usually get these with a best before date of a couple of months ahead and they are fine stored in a cupboard...
Advertised as low on sugar and low fat plus high in fibre each portion counts as one of your five a day in terms of recommended fruit and veg which is cool!
The outer packaging is cardboard and in the famous green colour Heinz use for their beans; the microwave instructions are for one minute in a 650w oven after peeling the top film back...
'Baked beans in a deliciously rich tomato sauce' it says on the front and they really are! Tasty, soft and the sauce is really sweet and tangy but not sickly. The sauce is a rich orange colour and quite thick as well.
The beans are still intact even though they have been cooked until soft so the consistency is just right as well as the flavours. There are 49% beans and 33% tomatoes as well as corn flour and sugar with salt and water of course.
This food is gluten free and suitable for vegetarians with no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. After reheating once you are not to re-cook them ad eat them at once the instructions say.
These baked beans are made in England and there is only 61 calories per serving which is really good, the sugar content is 9.5g and the fat content is only 0.4g.
I got this four pack for only a pound but that was half price so this is an expensive way to serve beans which is the only problem so for that I give four stars instead of five :(
My mum started buying Heinz Snap Pots after my little sister burnt her arm while she was heating some beans up on the cooker. Snap Pots are a brill idea where a serving of beans is put into a plastic pot that's got a simple plastic lid that you have to peel off before you put the pot in the microwave and nuke for 1 minute.
The pot contains just the right amount of beans for 2 toasts or as a side serving with fish and chips. The beans are the same wicked Heinz beans as comes in the usual tins, they are small and soft with a rich thick tomato sauce that makes them perfect for pouring over a jacket potato or toast.
The only small problem is that when you pull the plastic top off it ALWAYS sprays juice all over either me or the kitchen cupboards! Always! I reckon it's because the glue holding the top on is too strong and I wish they'd come up with a better idea than that. The 1 minute cooking time is perfect though because it gives me just enough time to brown and butter the toast and then the beans are done!
THe pots are good because you can reuse them to heat other things up in the microwave, thinking about it now I suppose you could just buy the normal tins of beans and tip a serving into the pot because it works out loads cheaper. 4 of the Snap Pots cost about £1.77 and that's madly expensive when you think you're getting less beans than in a tin and it's more expensive!
You can also get Heinz spaghetti hoops in Snap Pots and they're good as well, it's the same principle just different contents in the nukeable pots!!!
I am such a child at heart, my mum used to give me these all the time in various guises and they are still one of my favourite snacky type items.
These used to come in your bog standard tin cans, but Heinz have recently released these new style 'snap pots' which come in packs of 4. (Spaghetti hoops are also now sold in these)
What is great about this new packaging is that they are microwaveable so there's no need to get another container dirty in order to heat them up, and no tin opener needed!
You simply open the see-through sealed lid halfway, microwave on full power for 30 seconds, then stir and finish off for another 30 seconds, after which the beans are piping hot. Heinz couldn't have made this any easier! I don't have children myself, but my friend's 8 year old daughter is able to prepare these herself as there are no dangerous sharp tins to open.
As the pots are made from plastic, once rinsed out these are recyclable along with the cardboard surround packaging.
In Tesco recently they had the four packs of Heinz beans Snap Pots for £1 instead of the usual price of £1.77. As I tend to have to buy the small tins of beans anyway these seemed like an ideal solution to either buying a big tin and wasting some, or paying a premium for the priviledge of buying a tiny tin.
The idea of the Snap Pots is that they hold the perfect amount of beans for beans on toast and once you've removed the plastic top the whole pot can be popped in the microwave for 1 minute. It's as simple as that!
Honestly, it really is simple. I think the idea is fantastic, they live in the cupboard as usual and once I've decided I want beans on a meal it's an easy matter to separate a pot for myself.
The beans inside the pot are the same Heinz beans you would expect to find in one of the more recognisable tins. There is the perfect amount of rich, thick tomato sauce in the pot and the beans remain plump and juicy after microwaving. The beans are seasoned perfectly and are an absolute joy to eat.
Heinz have gotten it spot on. The amount of beans in each Snap Pot is perfect for topping either toast or a jacket potato, sometimes perhaps I think there are a few too many beans but this is purely a personal matter as I am not a huge lover of beans anyway. Last week I made my granddaughters' and I a Breville each, filled with cheese and beans - one of these Snap Pots did all three Breville sandwiches, which pleased me as whenever we have this snack I find a small tin of Heinz beans is just too small yet a large tin is much too big for this purpose.
I think these Snap Pots are a fabulous idea. Not only does it make the whole process of serving beans so much quicker and easier, but having the right amount of beans in the pot means less food waste which can only be good.
I will be the first to admit that where there is a suitable "value" or own brand product available, I will use it in order to keep my shopping budget down as much as possible. As part of this way of shopping, I believe I have already written about how wonderfully good value Tesco own brand tins of baked beans are.
But at the moment, Tesco own brand beans have been relegated to second best, as I am buying Heinz Snap Pots.
Basically, these are individual microwave portion of Heinz baked beans, sold in batches of four. Each pot is contains 200g of beans, so the same as one of the small tins of beans you can buy, or half a full size tin.
To cook, you simply snap a pot from its adjoining buddies, take off the lid, and pop in the microwave on full power for just one minute. Voila, you have baked beans ready to pour on your toast in the time it has taken for the toast to pop up in the toaster.
I'm not going to talk about how good these tastes - I think everyone will already be well aware that these are the leading brand of baked beans, and as such, taste as good as, or better, than anything else in its peer group.
I'm not going to talk about whether they have the ideal ratio of bean to sauce either.......as everyone seems to have their own ideas about what is the perfect mix.
So, why am I loving this product at the moment? Well, the reason is not that they are Heinz - remember, I think that Tesco version is just as good - and it is not even because they are easy to cook....it is not exactly difficult to heat some tinned beans on the hob, or transfer them into a dish and microwave them.......
No, the reason is because in the same way as I do not like to waste money, I also do not like to waste food.
Sometimes, we all have beans with our dinner - fishfingers, chips and beans for example, one of my favourite "comfort" foods. A tin of beans is nicely divided between three or four of us. No waste.
But very often, only one person wants beans - perhaps if someone is having beans on toast at lunchtime. Or perhaps we are all having our regular "disjointed" mealtimes as everyone has to be in different places at the same time, and only one person reaches for the tin of beans. This often means that a part finished tin of beans finds its way shoved into the fridge.
Sometimes, that part eaten tin of beans goes un-noticed next time someone else wants beans on toast......and we end up with multiple half full, quarter full, almost empty (!) tins of beans in the fridge........and they don't take long before they develop a fur coat.....what an absolute waste......it makes a false economy of having bought cheaper beans in the first place!
That is where these snap pots come into their own - they are an ideal size for beans on toast, with no need to put the other half of the tin away for later!
However, there has to be a point where convenience/waste/cost reaches its equilirium, and for me, unfortunately, the normal price of these snap pots is not at that balancing point.......£1.76 in Tesco, for four pots - that is more expensive than four full price tins of own brand beans, and considerably more than four tins of value beans.
But, at the moment, a pack of 4 snap pots is on offer at £1 in Tesco - so at just 25p for a pot that is enough for one person as a "beans on toast" meal, and is plenty for two people as an addition to fishfingers and chips, for example, this has become the ideal size and price to keep my budget and my kitchen bin (and my fridge) in perfect harmony.
So, while these are on offer, I will stock up and happily avoid wastage. Sadly, when they are full price, I will be continuing to nag my children into looking in the fridge before they open yet another tin......
I do have one gripe (apart from the full price), and for this they will lose a star....
My empty tins can be recycled entirely. The plastic pots can only be recycled "where facilities exist" which means that many will find their way into landfill. It seems that my efforts to reduce waste are not as good as I initially thought.......
These launched a while ago with an annoying advert jingle to go with.I had always avoided them, as I didn't see the need in paying more for a convenience food when I only used Beans in the house and a normal tin does me!
I saw these in Asda for £1.60 for 4x 200g tubs. Now I know this is roughly the same price as the the same g's in tin format, but this just seemed so wasteful and full of dreadful packaging, but they are on offer for £1 about a month ago, so I was swayed. I often can't resist things for £1.
What you do is you snap an individual pot off and put the whole thing in the microwave for about a minute. Then it is easy to either eat from the tub or put where you want to put. No washing up with these babies.
Packaging is alright. The tubs are plastic and can be used for knick knacks after being washed. The lid is just a plastic lid that you tear off. The packaging is the normal turquious colour.
Since this is only about the Snap pots, there isn't much else to go into with these. They have the same lovely Heinz Beans taste and the pack size is just right. They are so convenient for home use or to pop in your bag for work etc, and although the price isn't horrendous, it does look it on the shelf.
I may be swayed to buy more of these, especially if any other offers come on them!
For years I convinced myself that I did not like baked beans at all. No Siree Bob. Well, that was until my brother was putting grated cheese on his beans on toast and I thought "Mmm looks quite nice". Having tried it myself, and decided I DID after all like baked beans (but only with the melted cheese- yuk otherwise) I started buying tins on my weekly supermarket shop.
This was fine and dandy if hubby was eating the other half of the tin but if not I just couldnt force a whole tin down in one go, and if put in a container in the fridge I didn't necessarily want to be held ransom to the fact they had to be eaten a day or so later.
So when I spotted these individual snap pots in my supermarket I got quite giddy! (I don't get out much)
So what are they?~
Well, they come in a four pack of single pots, and contain enough yummy beans for one serving- what a cracking idea!
Each pot is 200g and is filled with just enough Heinz Baked Beans for toast - so no more searching for tupperware tubs to put the rest of the tin in..hooray!
How to use (sorry if that sounds patronizing people!)~
What I like about them is just how quick and convenient they are to use- simply remove the thin cardboard sleeve they come in and 'snap' a pot off.
Next, peel the lid back and pop in your microwave for one minute.
Once the sixty seconds are up your beans are ready to eat..simple!
Packaging and price~
The four pots, which are green (the same as the cans) are stuck together in a square shape. These are encased in a slide on sleeve which is also green with the famous Heinz logo on the top. Underneath is material relating to cooking and ingredients.
I paid £1.69 from my local Iceland store though prices may vary, depending on where you shop.
They are Low sugar
High in fibre
One serving counts towards your five a day fruit and vegetable intake.
To find out more visit heinz.co.uk
Five stars from me!
What a great idea! As a student I am obliged by stereotype to consume baked beans at least every so often (I don't exactly live off them but they're a good thing to have in the cupboard for when you forget to go shopping or run out of money).
This specific product, the "Snap Pots", is a set of four pots that you snap off like a yoghurt pot and heat in the microwave.
I don't have a dishwasher so I like this innovation as it's one less bowl to wash out (you don't have to wash anything up if you dip the toast into the pot of beans like the guy does in the advert but I haven't tried this). They are also conveniently portion-sized: I don't usually eat a whole tin of beans and if I put the other half in a Tupperware pot it just usually ends up sitting in the fridge until I think it's not safe to eat any more and throw it away.
And of course, there's the other advantage which is what they're marketing the product as: it takes less time, only one minute in the microwave. ("So fast, you'll be waiting for the toast to catch up!") To be honest, it doesn't make a lot of difference to me whether they take one minute in the microwave or three - it's all fairly fast. But of course one minute is still better than three!
Something which you should note as well which I think is an advantage but it depends on your tastes (I know my dad would think it a disadvantage) is that there is more "juice" in these microwave pots as compared to the normal tins of baked beans. I prefer this, especially if I'm having them with shepherds pie or something (it makes less of a difference on toast to be honest) but it depends on your personal preferences.