A few weeks ago I was cooking a rare Sunday lunch for me and my now ex boyfriend. He'd brought over a chicken and I had all the trimmings in and had some Paxo stuffing in my cupboard and between the pair of us we made us a lovely dinner. So when I came to do my next shopping list I decided to grab a couple of boxes of stuffing to replenish what I used as we'd really enjoyed the stuffing we had, had. In the meantime though I split with that boyfriend and knew I wouldn't be making a roast dinner just for me and with Christmas approaching I do need to pull in my finances and stop spending so much on food as my shopping bill is mad!
Knowing I had got some chicken portions in the freezer though I still decided I would get some stuffing but had decided before shopping that I was on a tight budget and was going to buy a few Everyday Value products whilst I was in Tesco to see if I could get more for my money and so when looking at stuffing mixes I was pleased to see Tesco do this for stuffing for just 15p a box. It did cross my mind it would be cheap and nasty however I was sticking to my guns and kept to my pact and bought two boxes of it anyway!
The stuffing comes in a cream coloured box and on the front of it in a green colourscheme we are clearly told that it is Tesco Everyday Value Sage & Onion Stuffing Mix 'No artificial preservatives, flavours or colours' and then there is a photograph of the stuffing on a roast dinner and little pictures shown in green of a joint of meat, a gravy dish, onions etc and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown and the weight is stated which is 85g. On the back of the box other information listed includes ingredients (this is suitable for Vegetarians by the way), allergy advice and a full nutritional chart is given as well as cooking instructions and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly stated too. The box does look like a cheap bought product but once again I have to be fair to Tesco with this range of products it is all informative enough in my humble opinion.
What you get in a see through plastic and sealed bag is a lot of crumbled and dried bits which is mainly cream in colour. It has a lovely aroma of sage and onion to it and to make it up all you do is add water to it, pop it into ball shapes or whatever and bake it in the oven for between 20-25 minutes or you can do the same and microwave it in about 5 minutes.
I used my first box of this the other day. I simply popped a chicken breast in my George Foreman, and steamed some potatoes and vegetables, made up some instant gravy and made some stuffing with this. It was simple to do so and I did make stuffing balls in the oven after dotting the balls with some butter (as advised).
After about 25 minutes the smell of the stuffing was simply lovely and I could really smell the sage in my kitchen and when I got them out they were well formed, dried and slightly rough on the outside and had really browned nicely and simply looked really nice.
I was surprised how nice these really were to be honest. Hard on the outside, soft and moist on the inside I could really taste the dried onion in these along with a bread sort of flavour and lots of dried green sage pieces. They were nicely seasoned though not overly so and the butter that I added to them gave them a slight creaminess and extra bit of moistness (we are advised on the box to dot these with butter by the way).
I liked the way these didn't fall apart and look a mess through the cooking process and initially looking at the harder outer texture I did worry that they may be dried out from within but they really wasn't and they really were full of flavour and very tasty indeed.
With only 60 calories and 0.3g of Saturated Fat per 1/6th of a pack as well they are not going to wreck a diet too badly and all in all I think this is a great stuffing and of course it doesn't only have to be used with chicken but with anything you like and my next packet is earmarked to be used in a pork and stuffing batch drizzled in apple sauce and me, well I will be buying more of this in the future without a shadow of a doubt!!
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I found genital hair in my stuffing... It tasted odd, but then enjoyable!
---Why I Bought It---
Well I tried this years ago after always using Paxo - and have never changed back.
I am reviewing the 340 gram box which is supposed to cater for 24 people.
The mixture comes in two clear sachets within a cardboard box.
The front of the box has an appetising picture of a roast dinner and states that the mixture is suitable for vegetarians.
The reverse of the box has instructions for cooking either in an oven or the microwave.
There is also a reicpe for 'Sage & Onion Stuffing Rosti'.
Ingredients:- Wheat Flour, Dried Onion (12%), Salt, Dried Sage (2.5%), Raising Agents (Ammonium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Calcium Phosphate), Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat, Dried Parsley.
89p for 340 grams, though it also comes in two smaller sizes if you prefer - but we find the larger size is more economical.
---Comparison with Paxo---
A 340 gram box of Paxo is £1.99 on the Tesco website - more than double this product's price. Paxo ingredients:- Wheat Flour, Dried Onion (15%), Salt, Vegetable Oils, Dried Sage (2%), Dried Parsley , Raising Agents (E503, E500), Malt Extract (Barley).
As you can see the list of ingredients does not vary much from the Tesco Stuffing mix.
My family are firm favourites of this make.
I usually use a quarter of the box at a time (half a sachet) and then just fasten the bag back with a metal wire fastener to keep it fresh - which it does stay for quite a long time.
I don't bother measuring and just mix it in a bowl with boiling water until its very stiff.
You are supposed to leave it stand for about 10 minutes - sometimes I do and sometimes I don't - but I don't think it affects the end product.
Then I bake in a glass dish for about 20/25 minutes at 180-200 degrees, depending on how crisp you want the top to be.
I don't bother 'doting with butter' as it recommends - just use it as it is.
Also it has a very long shelf life so always handy to have a packet in the store cupboard.
The pack I have at present is 'use by November 2012'.
You can also make the mixture into 'balls' if you prefer it that way.
When cooking the smell fills the whole house and you know that lunch is on its way.
A little goes a long way with your roast meal and I only like having a little with my meal. It is nice and spicy without being overpowering.
Most of us at home do not eat meat but having this with our vegetables and gravy makes it into a 'roast' dinner.
---Would I Recommend?---
Yes definitely - we have never had any problems with this product.
I'm a big fan of many of Tesco's value product range - particularly those products which I consider to be basic and not in need of that little bit extra that you are more likely to get in branded products at the more luxury end of the spectrum.
This Sage and Onion Stuffing Mix is one of those products that I believe falls into that basic category - because I have to admit that I just class stage and onion stuffing to be something that really doesn't differ significantly between brands. Comparing prices shows one of the reasons I really rate this product as 300g of Tesco's stuffing cost £0.16 and 340g of Paxo Stuffing costs £1.34 at the same supermarket. Therefore, per 100g the Tesco's own product costs just 5.3p and the Paxo product costs 39.4p - that's a 743% price difference for a product that tastes pretty much the same!
The stuffing comes in dehydrated form and so it needs to be rehydrated in order to use. To rehydrate, I tip the contents of the stuffing into a jug and then add 225mls of boiled water to that jug. Once the water has been well stirred in, its all ready to go - whether that be stuffing a roast chicken or baking in the oven. If I'm stuffing a chicken, I often find its better to actually add an extra 50mls to the mix because I find this way the stuffing remains moist even when cooked for longer in the oven. If you're cooking the stuffing alone, it takes about 20 minutes on a medium heat to cook in the oven. I don't really like any stuffing cooked in the microwave so I cannot comment on the effectiveness of cooking the stuffing by this method.
While cooking, the unmistakeable aroma of sage and onion is delicious and I'm usually quite impatient while waiting for my meal to be cooked. There is definitely something very homey and comforting about this smell - and I love it. Once cooked, the stuffing looks exactly the same as every other sage and onion stuffing mix I have used.....a mixture of grey, green and brown flecks which together with the golden brown crust looks good enough to eat! The texture is smooth and a little stodgy, but if cooked in the oven there is usually a crust on it which gives some altering crispy texture which I actually quite like. As for the taste.....well, it tastes like sage and onion stuffing! I do find the sage taste to be quite strong, but I enjoy this - although sometimes I do wish there was a slightly stronger onion taste to it as well, but I do sometimes add a little chopped onion to the mix, which does improve the overall dish.
My favourite dish with the Tesco's Value Sage & Onion Stuffing is to spread the stuffing on top of pork loins. Basically you brown the pork loins and then you spread a little apple sauce on top of the loins before sprinkling a little chopped onion and apple on top of that - and then a layer of the stuffing mix (about 0.5 cm) on top of this. Then put in the oven on a medium heat for about 25 minutes - and I can tell you that its absolutely yummy and very moorish.
Overall, I recommend this product because its inexpensive and tasty and just as good as branded products.
I love sage and onion stuffing mix, I love the smell of it and all the herb smell it gives when especially hot, my grandma used to do her own stuffing many years ago and it was the best but I am not that adventuous although I can cook I would rather do it more quickly than she ever did.
This is an easy to use product, it comes in a nice sized box with the Value range blue and red stripes. Inside it has a inner wrapper that keeps it fresh until you need it, the contents are small little grains of hard of the mix and it is a generous 85g for only 16p, which is excellent value for money.
It is easy to use I just empty the packet into a bowl and add 225ml of boiling water and mix it well and then I leave it to stand for a few minutes , then I place it in an ovenproof dish with a little bit of butter or margarine and bake it in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes, or sometimes I make the mixture into little balls and place them on a greased proof tray and bake for the same amount of time.
They are nice and crispy when they come out of the oven and can be served with any meal, they are especially nice turkey or chicken and taste delicious and with gravy on the top if prefered.
I sometimes just use the boiling water if in a hurry and just take out of the bowl straight onto the dinner plate but they are not crunchy but when I want them and have not alot of time, they are an edition with my meal.
They are best stored in a cool place and what I do because they are very cheap I buy more than one and store them in a flip lid food container and just pour the amount I need from there and they keep fresh. The mixture is quick and convenient and lovely tasting and the onions and herbs are delicious.
They contain wheat and gluten.
I rate it a 5 star.
Hasn't the price of packet sage & onion stuffing has really shot up lately? 170g of Paxo, for example, cost me about 70p from Tesco yesterday yet in my head, this product should only be priced abround the 40p mark. Surprisingly, then, given that it costs under 20p for an 85g box, this Tesco Value Sage & Onion stuff is not too bad at all.
I haven't been buying anything other than 'Paxo' stuffing mix for a while, because Tesco's 'regular' own-brand variety (the one in the dark blue cardboard box) that I used to get, the last few times I bought it was so bitter with inappropriate herbs that I found it inedible. Their 'value' stuff however while looking much the same in the packet (though maybe with a few fewer herbs and dried onion strips) costs half the price and is definitely better than the more expensive in-house stuff.
The stuffing needs to be rehydrated with boiling water and left to stand before it is cooked. I usually just put water into the dried mix till it goes so sloppy that it looks like I've added too much liquid, and then that's generally about right. Then I make it into little balls and roast them in a lot of oil for half as long again as is recommended on the packet (this works out about 45 minutes).
Stuffing balls are more of a texture than a flavour I find anyway and after all that over-watering and prolonged cooking they don't tend to taste of a great deal anyway whatever brand I use - so I think especially for the money, these are pretty good!
Review of Tesco Value Sage and Onion Stuffing mix
This product is one of the Tesco supermarket own brand budget range. Along with many other supermarkets, Tesco have introduced a no frills, basically packaged range of everyday grocery and household goods, some are excellent, some are mediocre and some are quite awful. The Sage and Onion Stuffing mix falls in the excellent category in my opinion.
The dry stuffing mix weighs in at 85g, which when made up produces 300g of stuffing. It is produced for Tesco in the United Kingdom and costs a very reasonable 16p. When compared to branded stuffing mixes, this is an absolute snip!
The product is packaged in a recyclable cardboard outer box, it is usually found lurking among the more expensive brands. The box is basically red and white with the Tesco Value logo in red and blue. An image of a dish of made up stuffing appears on the pack front, nutritional values, allergy advice, ingredients and cooking instructions are to be found on the rear, along with Company contact information.
The dehydrated stuffing is sealed in a plastic bag and is a doddle to make up. It can be cooked either in a conventional oven or in the microwave. The actual mixing is the same which ever cooking method you chose. Simply mix the stuffing with 225ml of boiling water in a bowl, stir well and leave to stand for a few minutes.
Once the stuffing has stood you need to either pile it into an oven proof dish or shape into balls, dot with butter and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes at gas mark 6 or 200 degrees C for an electric oven. For microwave cooking, naturally a non-metallic, microwave proof container must be used. Timing does vary dependent on your microwave output, but as a general rule of thumb, the stuffing will need around 2 minutes on full power, 1 minute standing time, followed by 1.5 minutes on full.
The stuffing can also be used to fill the cavity of a chicken or turkey, but as I am a vegetarian, obviously I do not use it for this purpose! Stuffing is a good accompaniment to many vegetarian dishes and makes a simple meal that little bit special.
The Tesco Value stuffing is well flavoured, with a nice oniony taste. The texture is fairly smooth in comparison to home made stuffings and although it does seem to be rather sloppy when first mixed, it does dry out a little in the cooking, to give an pleasant evenly textured stuffing. The smell is just as you would expect from a sage and onion stuffing, savoury and mouthwatering as it cooks!
The colour of the stuffing is very bland in the dry state and after microwave cooking, but when oven cooked, the stuffing is a pleasant golden brown with greenish flecks.
I sometimes add chopped nuts or parsley to the mixture for a little variety, but Tesco Value stuffing is fine without this. My other half experimented recently by cracking an egg into the mixture, something his mother used to do. Not one to be repeated, think scrambled egg tasting stuffing, not good!
Ingredients, Nutritional Values and Allergy Advice
I won't bore readers with a long list of ingredients. The main ingredients of this stuffing mix are wheat flour, dried onion, salt, vegetable fat, sage and parsley.
A 50g serving of stuffing provides 65 calories, 1.7g protein, 12.6g carbohydrate, 0.6g fat, 1.1g fibre and 0.3g sodium.
When made up as directed the stuffing is suitable for vegetarians. The recipe does not include nuts and is made in a nut free area of the factory. Tesco do not guarantee that Value stuffing is entirely nut free, so those sensitive to nuts should beware. The product also contains wheat and gluten.
Availability and Price
Available for Tesco stores or www.tesco.com for the knockdown price of 16p.
Tesco state on their product packaging that they will refund any product purchased that proves to be faulty or unsatisfactory and they can be contacted by post, phone or online.
Tesco Stores Ltd.
Freephone: 0800 50 55 55 (Mon-Sat 9am-6pm)
My Thoughts and Conclusion
For a Value product this Sage and Onion Stuffing mix is hard to beat, it is cheap, easy to make and not bad to eat! It isn't as good as the well known brand P**o, but as it is a fraction of the price, I don't class it in the same category at all. As stated in the review, I do not use this as a stuffing for poultry and I do sometimes add other ingredients to improve the product, to me this is what cooking is all about, enhancing your dishes for a little variety.
If you want a top rate stuffing, don't buy this, if like me you are watching your pennies, then do give it a go, it is 16p well spent in my view.
Thank you for reading.
©Brittle1906 October 2009
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After finishing a long hard day in work on a Sunday, I find one of the best things to look forward to is a great Sunday roast. One of the most important parts of the Sunday roast has to be the Stuffing and the Tesco Value Sage and Onion Stuffing mix fills this space nicely.
I use to be a big fan of all the expensive stuffing mix brands, namely Paxo, which definitely offers quality, but after seeing the Tesco Value stuffing mix on the shelf and more importantly the price, I thought it was worth the risk so I gave it a go and I was surprised how good it was and have definitely been converted to use it in the future.
The price is probably the more attractive part of the stuffing costing only 16p for an 85g packet. This compared to a packet of Paxo is under half the amount where Paxo costs 48p for the same size pack of 85g.
If the Tesco value range is too cheap for you, there is another Tesco range of the 'non-value' variety available to buy which is still cheap compared to the branded products but more expensive than the value. Personally I can't tell much difference between the two products except for the price. The non-value range is just under twice the price of the value range being 28p for 85g, which is still relatively cheap.
Cooking wise, the packet states to empty the contents of the packet into a bowl and add 225ml of boiling water to it. I personally find that with this amount of water added, the stuffing comes out of the oven a bit too moist and a little less water of 200ml of water works better. Don't forget to add a dollop of butter to the stuffing mix before putting it in the oven, it comes out a treat.
This mix is suitable for the vegetarians that you may have in the family and it states that it is safe for people with nut allergies. For those health conscious people about it has 65 calories per portion (which is apparently one sixth of the packet.
Overall, this is another fantastic product from the Tesco Value range, one which I will continue to use in the future. If you have yet to experience the delights of this Sage and Onion stuffing mix, definitely give a try, I'm glad I did. I give this Stuffing 5 stars out of 5 and can't find any faults.
My mum brought this stuffing because she is trying to save money on the shopping but after we tried it she hasn't brought any more because there isn't much flavour in it and it doesn't cook very well in the oven either.
Its supposed to be sage and onion flavour but the tastes are very faint and I could hardly taste the sage at all and even the onion flavour doesn't stand out like it should. The stuffing tastes a bit of herbs but it hasn't got a lot of flavour at all.
We cooked ours in the oven for Sunday dinner and even though it crisped up alright it still was a bit sloppy inside and the taste didn't go good with the rest of the dinner like Paxo does.
I like stuffing done in the microwave when I have a chicken and stuffing sarnie and it was horrible like that. It went proper rubbery and didn't taste good at all and had even less sage and onion flavour cooked like that.
I thought it mixed with the water good though but it's the taste of it that's most important and it tastes proper bad. The herb flavour is proper boring and there's a funny eggy taste in it as well that I didn't like. My dad didn't like it either and he's the sort of bloke who will eat anything but he left his stuffing on the side of his plate with this one.
My mum said she'll never buy anything except Paxo again because that has got the strong flavour that is important when it comes to stuffing.
I tried the Tesco Value Sage and Onion Stuffing with the thought of "how bad can it be, its 16p" attitude and was quite surprised that it is a decent alternative to the more pricey alternatives.
For 16p you get a sporadically designed white box with red and blue graphics (and a photo of some stuffing balls so there is no confusion over what you are buying) in fitting with the rest of the "Value" range, and a see through plastic bag containing 85g of stuffing mix.
At first glance it does look like the powder you would be left with if you took all the chunky bits out of a box of paxo, but then you remember it cost 16p and it is going inside a chicken so no-one will notice... you hope the taste is on par. After it crisps up in the oven, I found the texture to be a little smoother that the premium stuffing and it doesn't break apart or crumble like the more expensive brands would (like comparing smooth peanut butter to crunchy peanut butter though not as extreme). The taste is not as herby as the more expensive varieties.
I would recommend putting some in a bowl, adding a little boiling water then putting in the microwave with some butter for around 30 seconds before you put it in the oven to crisp up to enhance the cooking. It isn't paxo, this doesn't come in walnut and cranberry varieties, but if you just want some stuffing for your roast or to keep in the cupboard incase you do fancy a meal with stuffing then this will do.
It is a "it will do" product and certainly not one to wow a first date or the in-laws, but it "will do". If you eat stuffing regularly and it is not the centre piece of your meal then save some money and buy this, but if you really get excited about the stuffing with your sunday dinner, then I would recommend sticking to what you know.
In Tesco recently I decided to try a few more items from their Value range as although I've found some really awful products there have been some real gems too. One of the items I bought was a small box of their Value Sage & Onion Stuffing, which cost a bargain 16p for 85g.
The stuffing is easily made up and blends well with boiling water, be careful not to use too much though as it does go a little sticky. The stuffing is rather pale looking and doesn't smell half as nice as my usual Paxo stuffing, in fact before even eating it I was regretting buying the two boxes I did.
I baked it in the oven as per the instructions, I made half of the packet into stuffing balls and packed the other half into a small baking tin to make a slab of stuffing. I must admit the stuffing looked very nice after baking and was browned with a crispy looking top.
Unfortunately this is an illusion because as soon as I cut through the crust I realised the stuffing inside was sticky and still very wet. There are pieces of stuffing which haven't softened properly and there is very little in the way of sage and onion stuffing, although there are a few pieces of tough onion to get stuck in your teeth. I wasn't impressed at all and neither were my granddaughters' who had the stuffing balls on their dinner, they both love stuffing so the fact that they left this says everything about the product really.
I used the second packet to stuff a chicken on Wednesday and using it for this is fine, it stayed slimy as does all stuffing you stuff a bird with but then we never eat the stuffing out of the cavity so this was perfectly adequate for flavouring the meat slightly.
I won't bother again if I'm honest, I intend to try the Tesco standard range of stuffings as I'm finding Paxo prices are going up and up at the moment so just because this one is a bit too cheap who knows what lovely flavours I might find in other cheaper ranges.
There's something uniquely British about stuffing isn't there?
I think it looks unappetising but smells & tastes great but am aware that stuffing is a bit like Marmite - you either love it or hate it.
My eldest daughter & I love it although my younger daughter & hubby hate it - so it always ends up in balls which can be eaten separately.
I'm a strict Paxo woman but have recently been trying to reduce my weekly shopping bills, so, after reading some mixed reviews on Dooyoo, I decided to give Tesco Value stuffing a try.
To be fair I did have a good idea what it would be like from others' opinions so was prepared to add a few little extras before cooking.
The value box is just as shown in the picture & cost just 16p for 85gms which is a lot cheaper than Paxo, Whitworth's etc, but I must say it wasn't as nice.
Preparation couldn't be easier - just pop contents into a bowl & add 225ml boiling water, stir well & leave for about 2 minutes before cooking. Then make into balls or stuff your chicken, pork or whatever & bake in the oven for the recommended time.
Ingredients include onion, onion salt, sage etc (listed on box) but in comparison there is more actual onion & sage in more expensive brands & less onion salt which may account for the lack of crunchiness in the value stuffing.
However, for the price, I think this is a good product but wouldn't serve it up on Christmas Day.
- use a little less boiling water than suggested.
- add a few breadcrums to the mix when dry.
- add some extra dried sage according to taste.
- add some grated onion if you like your stuffing nice & crunchy.
This sounds fiddly but if you already have the ingredients in stock it only takes a couple of minutes & will make the stuffing go further & it will look less green in colour.
Nutritionally speaking there seems to be very little difference between the Value & more expensive brands.
The Tesco stuffing is suitable for veggies but contains wheat & gluten & isn't guaranteed to be nut-free.
- good to have in the store cupboard, but you may want to add some extra ingredients.
- good value but not as good as Paxo.
- rather green in colour.
- not as crunchy a stuffing as more expensive ones.
- worth a try at 16p?
The stuffing is contained in a clear plastic bag inside a thin white rectangle box. The outer packaging is mainly white with the blue and red Tesco value colours. On a red bar is where you will find the products name, with the Tesco value logo in the top left corner. In the bottom right corner you will find the product weight, in this case 85g and a quick look nutritional information. You can find a picture of a tasty looking roast chicken and a white bowl of the cooked stuffing. You can find ingredients, full nutritional information and cooking instructions for both microwave and oven on the back of the packet.
On opening the plastic bag within the box you can see the stuffing which is flecked with small amounts of sage and pieces of dried onion within the main stuffing base. It smells lightly of sage and dried breadcrumbs. For oven cooking empty stuffing mixture into a bowl, add 225ml of boiling water and combine with stuffing mix, leave to stand for a few minutes. Put into a greased oven proof dish and bake for 20-25 minutes at 200oc or gas mark 6, or form into balls and cook in same way. For microwave cooking prepare in same way, cooking in a microwave proof dish for 4-5 minutes depending on your microwave wattage. I always cook my stuffing in the oven, it has a crisp brown top and you can taste a hint of sage, the onion is rather unnoticeable and it can be rather bland, so I usually add other foods to the stuffing such as herbs, beef stock cube or fried onion.
Raising Agents (Ammonium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Calcium Phosphate) Dried Sage
Calories - 125
Protein - 3.4g
Carbohydrate - 25.1g
Sugars - 0.9g
Fat - 1.2g
Saturates - 0.6g
Fibre - 2.2g
Sodium - 0.5g
As I mentioned above it can be a little bland so I would recommend adding other ingredients, and perhaps it would passable as homemade.
* Lightly fried red onions
* Fresh or dried sage
* Beef or chicken stock cube
* Sausage meat
* Crisp bacon
* Crotons to give it a bite and a rustic feel
I have recently started trying to cut back a little on my weekly shopping bills in preparation for what may come if the current financial climate doesn't improve soon. So, when I saw Tesco Value Sage and Onion Stuffing at just 16p I thought it was worth trying.
The box is quite small and holds just 85grms of dry stuffing which is probably just enough to stuff a medium sized chicken. The front of the box is white and displays the Tesco logo in red.
Inside the box is dried powder, a few bits of onion and bits of sage (not many) . It smells quite strongly of onions and is a peppery on the nose. To use this product you mix the contents with 225 mils of boiling water and stir it up. Use to stuff poultry, pork, etc, cook in microwave for a couple of minutes, or bake in the oven in a dish, or as stuffing balls.
The mixture had a bit of a greenish tinge to it and a kind of hot, peppery smell. After cooking it had no onion flavour and I could not even smell the sage.
A quick look at the ingredients probably explains this. The product contains just 5% onion, onion powder and 1% dried sage. The onion powder is what makes it taste hot and a little salty and that small amount of sage is not going to make much difference to the flavour.
The texture of the cooked stuffing was sloppy on the inside and crispy and hard on the outside where it hadn't been covered.
I also tried adding a little of the uncooked powder to gravy to improve the flavour but it wasn't successful, although Paxo works very well in this way.
If you like stuffing this is not really going to satisfy you. It is hot, peppery, stodgy and a bit sloppy in consistency. It tastes like the cheap stuffing you get in one of those cheap frozen roast chicken meals.
In my opinion it is worth paying a little extra and buying Paxo every time. At least you know you will get a quality product. Many Tesco Value products are excellent value but, in my opinion, this one this one doesn't make the grade.
Tonight for tea we had a joint of Roast pork so I decided to give the Tesco Value Sage and Onion Stuffing a try.
The Tesco Value Sage and Onion Stuffing mix comes in a mainly white and red box with the Tesco Value logo in the top left corner and the front of the box shows a bowl of stuffing next to a roasted chicken. The box size is rather small and contains just 85 grams, probably enough to feed a family of four for two meals. It costs the grand old sum of 16p (18.8p per 100 grams). The Tesco Standard costs 64p for a 170 gram box (37.6p per 100 grams) or 97p for a 340 gram box (28.5p per 100 grams. I normally buy the 340 gram box but decided to give this a try, for 16p it is worth a try.
You pour the stuffing mixture into a bowl and add 225 ml boiling water, give it a good mix to ensure there is no dried stuffing mixture left, then leave to rest for a couple of minutes before putting in an oven proof dish, dotting with butter and baking for about 25 minutes or place in the microwave for about 2 minutes. You can also mix the the mixture together and form it into stuffing balls before baking in the oven
I have to be honest I made up a small amount of the value stuffing and a small amount of the standard stuffing so I could do an accurate taste test. I found the value stuffing lacking the onion flavour and lacking the sage smell. The value stuffing had rather a strange green colour to it and reminded me of the stuffing you get when you go out for a cheap carvery meal in a pub. Even though I cooked both stuffings next to each other and basted them both with the meat juices, the value stuffing was lacking any crunch. Even with covering the stuffing with a cider based gravy still didn't make it taste any better.
Looking at the ingredients on both packs the standard has 15% dried onion and the value has 5% dried onion but has onion powder in it, so this would explain the lack of crunch. The standard has 2% dried sage and the value has 1% dried sage although I can't really see 1% making that much difference in explaining the lack of sage smell. Other than that the ingredients are about the same.
On the nutritional value the value stuffing has less calories than the standard mix. 50 grams of value contains 65 calories and 50 grams of standard contains 75 calories but there is less fat in the standard pack 0.4 grams per 50 grams in the standard and 0.6 grams in the value pack.
The value stuffing is suitable for vegetarians but contains wheat and gluten and can not guarantee it being nut free as nuts are used elsewhere in the factory.
I am not sure if I would buy this again, if I was to, it would only be to mix a little in with the standard stuffing, so the standard stuffing would go further. I would much rather buy the larger box of standard stuffing for another 10p per gram and at least I would enjoy it.
All prices are taken from www.mysupermarket.co.uk.
Many thanks for reading. Anna
Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Dried Onion (5%), Salt, Vegetable Fat, Raising Agents (Ammonium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Calcium Phosphate), Dried Sage (1%), Dried Parsley, Onion Powder