“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Frozen Food „
Petit pois peas are smaller than garden peas and taste sweeter. Peas taste best after just picked, so unless you grow your own and can pick and eat them the same day, there isn't any taste benefit in buying fresh. Frozen peas are a great alternative to "just picked" peas from the garden/ allotment and I prefer the taste to tinned peas. Cooked just right, they taste sweet and crunchy. A 907g bag of Sainsbury's own brand petit pois is £1.75 (£1.93 per kg). Birdseye branded petit pois are more expensive at £3.49 for a 1.07kg bag (£3.26 per kg). There really isn't any difference in taste between the two, so I would always opt for the cheaper option. Frozen peas are quick and easy to cook. The packaging suggests adding them to a pan of boiling water and cooking them over a moderate heat for 3-4 minutes. There is also the option of microwaving them, something I have never tried myself. To do this, you put a portion of peas in a microwavable container, add a small amount of cold water, and microwave for 4-5 minutes depending on the power of your microwave. My favourite way to cook peas is to add to a boiling pan of water with a pinch of salt and dried mint. Frozen peas don't just have to be cooked as above, they are very versatile and I like to use them in curries, omelettes, risottos and pasta dishes. The web is a great recipe resource if you're after different ways to cook frozen peas. I live with my partner, and we usually get through a 907g bag in just under a month. I wouldn't like to guess what is sufficient for a family. Sainsbury's petit pois are much cheaper than the leading branded version, and taste just the same. I would always recommend buying Sainsbury's own brand of petit pois.
I have only recently started using petit pois, I usually choose garden peas, but these are so much nicer. A bag of these from sainsburys costs £1.73 for 907g where as a bag of the same product from Birds Eye costs £2.03 for 700g which is a cost that is completely unneccesary when the sainsburys product is just as good. I always keep frozen peas, as they last much longer and taste much nicer than anything out of a tin, and they are so easy to bulk things out, I use them in chillies and with pasta, and as a side dish with other meals. These are so much more tasty than garden peas, and I would really recommend everyone has a bag of these in their freezer. For a family of two I would say a bag of this size would last a good couple of weeks, I use them at least twice a week and they last about 3 to 4 weeks. The great thing about frozen veg is that it keeps the nutrients and all the good stuff in there until you eat it, and you only need to boil these for a couple of minutes and they will be cooked perfectly. These peas are so sweet and crunchy, they are really delicious, they are a bit smaller than a garden pea, but so much more tasty. I would really recommend these peas to anyone, especially if you like your veg with lots of flavour. They are a great addition to any meal.
COST: (at 7.10.08) = £1.80 for 907g NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 80g single serving): Calories: 57 Kj: 240 Protein: 4.8g Carbohydrate: 7.8g - of which sugars: 2.2g Fat: 0.7g - of which saturates: 0.2g - of which monounsaturates: 0.2g - of which polyunsaturates: 0.4g Fibre: 4.1g Salt: trace Sodium: trace Folic acid: 40.09µg DIETARY INFORMATION: Not suitable for celery allergy sufferers, suitable for coeliacs, an 80g serving provides one portion towards your 5 a day ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sainsburys Petit Pois are to be found in the frozen food section of any Sainsburys supermarket. They come in a plastic bag that on the front, has an image of a large serving of the peas in a dark coloured dish. There is a small green circle over the image giving the basic nutritional information, and white lettering just underneath which states "picked in the UK". Underneath and on the left-hand side, are the words "Petit Pois", and a green strip across the bag follows which talks about one portion being part of our "5 a day". The peas need to be transferred to the freezer at home as soon as possible after purchase. The bag, which is packed full to almost bursting point, needs to be opened with scissors. Inside are very tiny, bright green coloured little peas that flow very easily on pouring. The peas are of pretty much uniform size, and for the most part don't seem to have many of those what I call "brown offerings" that are present to varying degrees in a lot of other brands of frozen peas (by "brown offerings", I mean the occasional manky pea in the bag which has obviously slipped through quality control). Sainsburys Petit Pois can be steamed, boiled or microwaved, and the cooking instructions (together with detailed nutritional information) are on the back of the packet. It is advised that the peas should be cooked from frozen. These peas are tiny, succulent and sweet, and very nutritious, plus are reasonably low in calories. They do have a rather high natural sugar content, but are an important source of folic acid (vitamin C), fibre and carotene (which converts to vitamin A once inside the body). It appears (via my Googling research) that the freezing of peas helps preserve the nutritional value, at a quite likely higher level than would be found in the fresh variety - simply because fresh vegetables have a very short shelf life, plus the strong lighting in supermarkets can go a long way towards destroying the vitamin content. I love these petit pois as they seem to taste a lot nicer than standard-sized frozen peas, and they for me are an essential part of a roast dinner, an omelette, savoury vegetable rice; they go pretty well with everything really. I prefer to cook mine by whizzing them in the microwave for a couple of minutes....slightly less time than recommended on the pack, but making sure the product is hot right through before eating. Sainsburys Petit pois are brilliant curried with other vegetables and, defrosted first, they are delicious combined with a mixture of green salad leaves, cucumber, chopped beetroot, sweetcorn, raw beansprouts and sliced tomatoes, as a nutritious and tasty salad. Though they may at first glance seem a little expensive at £1.80 for 907g, a bag of these peas lasts quite a while and goes a long way. A standard serving is approximately a teacupful per person, and because the peas are so tiny, you can get several teacupfuls from that 907g bag. Whenever I replenish my supply of Sainsburys Petit Pois, I quickly transfer them to small freezer bags in individual portions as soon as I arrive home, as that saves a lot of messing about later on. I always stick to buying Sainsburys frozen peas - whether the standard variety or the petit pois (and I prefer the petit pois for the delicate, subtely sweet flavour) because I personally find them to be the only brand that don't adhere to one another in the freezer, and end up as a pea-flavoured ice lolly in a solid block which renders it that you can't separate one single portion from, without defrosting first. These peas always flow separate and free, and that alone is enough to make me buy them in preference to other brands. I highly recommend Sainsburys Petit Pois above other brands as they are cheaper, very tasty, very nutritious and versatile across the spectrum of being part of, or an accompaniment to most savoury dishes. Well done Sainsburys - and thanks for reading everyone.