“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Ready Meals „
I am usually dubious of names that I haven't heard of, but I have been using Oak Lane ketchup for a few weeks and been impressed enough to explore their version of beans and sausages. At forty five pence for a tin, it comes in cheaper than Heinz, so I thought it would be worth a shot. After all, what's the worst that can happen? Food posioning?
The contents look congealed, all moulded togather in a bit icky lump, so you might need to loosen them with a spoon or fork to get them out of the tin. Once it is in a saucepan, you should heat on a medium heat for about five minutes or until the contents start to bubble. It is important not to overheat, as this can impair the flavour. Ah yes, the flavour...not too bad, the beans taste pretty good, not as sugary as Heinz and lacking the sweetness, but they are staple enough. Kind of like the beans you get if you go to a service station. The sauce they come in is fine and not oo runny and the beans have a good texture to them too.
Onto the sausages. I like to carve them up into small slithers and slide them around the plate before consuming. Goodness knows what goes into them, but who cares. They taste meaty enough and although the texture might make you wince as it slides down the throat, the taste is rousing enough and wheny ou have some beans with it, you wouldn't know if you are eating a pig's foot or a bit of brain. I am sure they use resaonable quality pork, but when it's in sausage format, all that goes out the window.
I like to eat mine on toast, it adds some much needed stability to the dish. Would I buy again, yes possibly. It cuts a few pence off the bills, though lacks that refined taste that you get from Heinz.
'Tesco Oak Lane Beans and Sausages in Tomato Sauce'
I recently bought these due to cutting costs down with the whole rising shopping bill scenario I guess we're all going through lately.
I have to admit though, looking for a cheaper alternative wasn't my only reason for buying these, which I will explain in a moment.
These are as the tin states, beans with sausages in tomato sauce, no more, no less. You usually get around 8 sausages per tin, but this can differ. The sausages are not the greatest in the world, they have a slight smoky pork flavour but not too much, and they have a firm consistency to them, like I said, not the greatest, but still tasty enough.
The beans are nearly identical to the beans you get with a standard tesco range can of beans, firm, properly cooked and you get a fair amount within the can (in my opinion, there are enough).
The sauce, now...............it's not the best sauce in the world, certainly no Heinz of Branston. It could be considered to be a bit thin and could do with thickening up, but it does have a distinct flavour that I find to be fairly nice and certainly couldn't moan about for the price.
Now, these are only about 45p, one of the reasons I get them, which I think is really good for what you're getting, especially if you compare it to branded products of the same type being nearly double the price.
Right, getting to my other reason for buying these, my son has real problems with heavily seasoned foods, spiced foods, strong flavours etc, so as these have a, not bland, but weaker seasoned flavour, these are perfect for him.
We can't get Heinz ones because they are always too heavily seasoned.
One note I will make though is that when we heat them in the hob, after taking some out for my son, I will usually splash a bit of lea and perrins into the saucepan to funk up the flavour, I've also been known to add a bit of ketchup in the past to thicken it up too.
All in all, I think these are a great buy at their price and although they are not the best, taste wise I mean, on the market, I think they are the best for value, and are great for children that don't like heavy flavours.
Nutritional for the 420g can
In a market of continuingly growing food costs I have to recommend these as a cost effective alternative to the expensive brands.
And like I said above with what I do, if the flavour isn't up to scratch for you, just add some extra seasoning or flavours yourself.
When it comes to cooking I really am a very lazy person to be honest. I'm usually very busy and nutrition is the last thing I usually think of! I live on toast and sandwiches as a rule for fastness so when I saw this product in my local Tesco store costing 45p a can I thought it was ideal to buy myself for tea that night on toast as I love baked beans and sausages!
420g can with a purple coloured label around it and on that there is a photograph of the beans and sausages looking rather nice on a piece of toast and I'm told they are Oak Lane Baked Beans With Sausages 'in tomato sauce'. On the back of the can other information includes heating instructions (In the microwave for about 4 minutes or on the hob in a saucepan for 4-5 minutes), a full nutritional chart is listed, ingredients and allergy advice is given as is storage, the weight is stated and contact details for Tesco are given. It''s nice enough looking can and it is informative enough.
Me And The Dish!
Well I bunged my toast in the toaster and shoved this concoction in the microwave and yep in 4 minutes they were hot and bubbling away. My toast popped out, I buttered it and plopped the beans and sausages on my toast. I shouldn't have!
What you get is a lot (and I mean alot) of thin orangy coloured sauce that is well seasoned but a little artificial sweetened and doesn't really taste of tomatoes at all! It's a weird sauce! The haricot beans were well formed and rather small and a bit hard for my liking. The sausages (8 of them) were not very big but really firm to the touch and although they tasted a little of smoky pork and rather hot doggy in flavour and they weren't greasy they did have a denseness to them and it was like eating lard! Like I say they weren't greasy they were just odd in consistency and although they weren't that nice they were the best part of the mix!
Odd. I didn't like this at all much and they they tasted so economy.Too much weird juice, the beans were a little tough and small and the sausages..well I wont be buying these again that's all I can say!
Contains: Wheat, gluten, mustard.
Recipe: No nuts
Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free
Factory: No nuts
Nutritional Information Per 1/2 Can (210g):
Energy: 220 Kcal
of which sugars: 7.6g
of which saturates: 2.4g
Salt equivalent: 1.9g
Only available in Tesco stores.