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Sainsbury's Basics Pizza
Member Name: jennikitten
Sainsbury's Basics Pizza
Date: 20/04/11, updated on 20/04/11 (110 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to store in the freezer, doesn't go soggy when cold
Disadvantages: Sauce is disappointing, no actual size listed on the box
I consider food to be one of the most important things I buy, so I buy organic food and not Sainsbury's Basics. However, I was in a rush the other day and rather than heading back to the fridge aisle to pick up pizza bases, I just threw a couple of these in the trolley instead and decided I'd add toppings and top up the cheese and tomato as needed.
These pizzas are 65p each, and they're pretty small, so they're not that much of a bargain compared to making your own or buying premium brand large pizzas when they're on offer. For kids or dieters, they're probably pretty good, although I know my housemates who polish off a large 14" pizza each for a meal would be very disappointed because this is probably about a 7-8" pizza at most. The advantage is that you shouldn't have too much trouble fitting it in the freezer. The ingredients aren't worrying, and half a pizza is around the 350-400 calorie mark. For this reason I tend to have half a pizza for one meal; however I was still hungry after so I had to have another quarter.
After removing the cardboard box and plastic packaging, you put the pizza in the oven for around 18 minutes. I was quite surprised that it took this long as they normally take 10-12 mins, but it does have quite a thick base. I was pleased to see the cheese was evenly spread, as was the sauce.
Checking the pizza halfway through cooking, I wasn't impressed by the oily film that covered it like water. However, after the pizza had fully cooked it seemed to go away - although it had already put me off. With the extra toppings I added, the pizza was ok. The biggest let down was the sauce, which was incredibly watery and quite artificial tasting (when you could taste it that is). This did ruin the taste for me quite a bit, as it's not up to par with any kind of pizza, even an own brand, non-Basics Sainsbury's pizza. The crust was quite nice, although it was crunchy so if you like soft crusts this isn't the pizza for you.
I had the other quarter of pizza for lunch today, and it did taste nice cold. The toppings held well, and it wasn't greasy or soggy even after carrying it to work in just a sandwich bag, so that's a big plus point.
If price is the main factor for you or you're buying them for, say, a kid's party or a quick lunch, then you could do a lot worse and you'll probably see them as a bargain. I'm lucky enough to have quite a big food budget and I wouldn't buy these again. Although to be honest, I wouldn't buy a £4 frozen pizza either when it's so cheap and easy to make your own, particularly if you buy premade bases.
Overall, I can see these are good in several ways, but the sauce is too much of a disappointment so I'll give them 2 stars.
Summary: Better than expected in some ways, worse than others
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