“ Brand: Asda / Type: Soups „
I'm a bit of a snob sometimes when it comes to soup, I love Baxters and will eat some Heinz flavours but it's not very often I eat a supermarket soup because I think they taste cheap.
Yesterday though I went shopping and got soaked in torrential rain that came and went in minutes, when I got home I saw a pan of soup heating on the hob and asked my dad if I could have it instead of him. It was a very pale soup and I knew it was tinned but couldn't tell what flavour or brand it was likely to be just by looking at it.
The soup isn't very thick, other Scotch Broth tins have got a nice thick texture but this is just like a different coloured Heinz vegetable soup.
It's sooooooo bland! I knew with the first mouth full that it was a cheap soup but I couldn't find the flavours in it at all. I put extra salt in because it didn't taste very well seasoned and I thought that might help bring the flavours out but it didn't. Every spoon of soup was like dishwater that has kinda been flavoured with some sort of vegetable mix.
There are chunks of carrots, peas, pearl barley and other stuff in the soup but they're so squishy that they don't taste of anything and just bulk the soup up a bit. I deffo wouldn't count it as one of my 5 a day because the vegetables have been cooked and processed to death!
I ate it because I was freezing cold and starving but I didn't enjoy it. It's proper fake tasting and even after I'd added extra salt and loads of black pepper there was still hardly any taste to it. I had a yummy tin of Scotch Broth the other week, it was probably Baxters but I'm not 100% sure and it was delish and had a lovely spicy aftertaste.
I had the tin with a slice of bread and it was quite filling, no more or less than other cheap soups and it warmed me up nice but that's not even a plus point because plain hot water would have had the same effect!
The mad thing is that this Asda soup isn't even that cheap, it's 52p a tin but tastes like it should cost a lot less than that. I would have reckoned it to be the Smart Price soup if my dad hadn't showed me the tin, I won't eat or trust another Asda soup again!
I love soup and I particularly like vegetable types of soups so when I saw this in Asda last week I simply couldn't resist to try it and at the price of 44p against my usual choice of about 82p I would pay for Heinz I felt it was quite a saving to make!
400g can with a light orange coloured label around it. On the front there is a photo of the soup and then in white writing I'm told it is Asda Scotch Broth Soup and at the bottom of the can I'm told it is an Asda own brand and that it contains no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat. on the back of the label ingredients and allergy advice is given along with storage details, cooking instructions and nutritional information, size and contact details for Asda are given and finally there is bar-code on there. Nice enough informative can but could do with a ring pull to the top of it if I'm going to have a wee moan lol!
The Soup Itself:
Well cooking it is really easy. All you do is simmer it in a saucepan for 4-5 minutes or you can put it in a microwavable dish for 2 1/2 minutes, stirring it half way through. Personally I prefer the easy method (and less washing up way!) and tend to if I can bung stuff in the microwave and that what I did with this!
The soup in colour is beige colour and smells of vegetables and you can see large vegetable chunks in this. I cooked it for the time given and it came out quite thick, with a nice enough smell just looked an odd sort of colour really.
Taste wise I found this incredibly bland, and well.... boring really. It was a bland tasting liquid that didn't taste seasoned to me as well as it could be. Then within that there was alot of white and well cooked oblong chunks of potato along with a few chunks of carrot (again well cooked), and marrowfat peas in there. Some very tiny flacks of mutton in here and alot of barley.
Although this is a filling soup along with the liquid the vegetables within it are again bland. Sure well cooked and well formed and distinguishable looking vegetables they are but they don't taste of much at all. There is rosemary in here and garlic powder but again they don't seem to add much to the flavour of the soup at all.
It's all a bit stodgy and tasteless to me though flavour wise everything is natural but for me, as I said earlier it's boring and I just want some kick from it and I'm left wanting! Not for me this soup!
Gluten, Milk, Wheat and Barley.
Nutritional Information Per 1/2 Can:
Energy: 113 Kcal
of which sugars: 0.6g
of which saturates: 1.2g
equivalent as salt: 1.2g
Only available in Asda stores and other flavours are available in this range for the same price (44p a can).