“ Brand: Asda / Type: Pickles „
Well I was in Asda and saw the beetroot on the shelf, as I was having a salad that night I decided to go for this cheaper beetroot at I think it was 80p for a 300 gram jar. The jar has all the ingredients and nutritional information on the label, which unfortunately I do not have to hand as the jar got thrown away a few days ago.
On getting the beetroot home I did store it in the fridge as I hate warm beetroot, I did find on first using the beetroot that the jar was pretty tough to open, well actually I am soft and could not open but even my boyfriend did struggle, but also you have to be careful not to tilt the jar when trying to open, as the beetroot juice is filled not far from the top and it will stain should you spill it on your clothes.
The smell of the beetroot is pretty hard to explain, except its like a sweet vinegary smell. The beetroot is red in colour and so is the juice due to the redness of the beetroot, be warned though that this does stain and will stain anything it comes into contact with.
On biting into the beetroot, I did find some of the slices a little on the hard side, but still pretty enjoyable, and edible, I do however prefer my beetroot with less crunch in it and probable a little more taste to it. When tasting this you can taste totally that its a root plant and you get a type of soily taste from it, even though there is no soil in sight. The main thing you can taste from the beetroot is the strong vinegar taste, but I do find it pretty bland but it is nice to have on a salad sandwich and I did enjoy it, as for recommending it I would probably say to go for a more expensive brand as they have more taste and flavour too it, and you don't get that crunch in them.
This is a bit annoying because I suggested Asda Pickled Baby Beetroot to Dooyoo but they've told me to write the review here because of the products being similar. The thing is they're NOT similar because Asda's Sliced Beetroot is rank but this Baby Beetroot is yummy!!!
It's loads of tiny whole beetroots pickled but because they're fatter than the slices they keep a more natural flavour, I'm one of them weird people who LOVE beetroot so am glad I can taste it through the vinegar with these.
The beetroot is lovely and tender but with a bit of a crunch, not as much as eating pickled onions but this beetroot deffo isn't soggy and tastes wickedly fresh. The vinegar is delish too, it's the same as Asda use in their sliced beetroot and I like it then as well it's just the slices of beetroot have got a manky texture and have soaked up loads too much of the vinegar.
That doesn't happen with the baby beetroot though and like I said you can still taste the beetroot even though it's been sitting in the vinegar for ages. It's got a lovely sweet and mild vinegar and it's just the right strength I reckon for beetroot, it's a bit sour and that bugs me because I love Baxters beetroot because of how sweet and smooth it is. Asda don't make theirs quite as smooth as that but it's still dead easy to eat and doesn't make you cringe as you eat it! lol
I love this beetroot on a sandwich with cheese and am a bit OCD with slicing the beetroots up, they've got to be in 3 slices and have the ends chopped off even though I happily eat the ends when I munching them whole! If 1 slice is cut uneven I have to eat it and then start off with another beetroot! lol
Seriously, this is wicked beetroot that's loads better than the sliced version. Keeping the beetroot whole means a lot of their flavour stays and the vinegar doesn't soak into them too much.
Recommended... delish... but don't get confused with these and Asda Sliced Beetroot like Dooyoo did!!!
Beetroot is not a thing I eat often but from time to time I take a fancy for it and my wife knowing this always has a jar in the house, being that I don't eat it very often she had decided to get a cheaper option and bought a jar of Asda beetroot instead of the brand name (Baxter's I think) that we usually have.
This turned out to be a false economy though as the beetroot was not at all good and it ended up in the bin. Instead of the crisp crunchy beetroot I am used to I was greeted by a rather soggy beetroot that had a weak taste and also a weak colour compared to the brand named beetroots.
The beetroot slices were not actually slices either with a few of them being no more than chips of beetroot and others being thickish chunks.
The vinegar in the jar wasn't the highest quality either, I think I could have used it to strip paint, it was a very throat catching and odd tasting and ruined the beetroot completely.
A 340g jar costs 53p in Aasda whereas the brand name we were using cost 76p for the same sized jar, I have to say that the extra 20 odd pence is well worth spending to get the brand name because you are getting a much better beetroot in a proper decent tasting vinegar, and that is what we all want isn't it?
THE NUTRITIONAL VALUES OF THIS SHOULD YOU BE INTERESTED ARE:
PER 50g SERVING:
3.0g of carbohydrate
0.1g of fat
0.8g of fibre
Pickled beetroot is one of my favourites. I can eat it with just about any meal and also like it in sandwiches.
You know what I mean by sliced pickled beetroot, don't you? Small deep red beetroots cooked, peeled, sliced and covered in vinegar with a few added spices. I believe the beetroots are cooked whole to prevent the colour leaching out and making them pale in colour.
The trouble here is that Asda don't know how to do this. I bought a jar of Asda Sliced Pickled Beetroot which comes in crinkle cut, or plain slices. Mine was plain sliced. Asda got that right, but that's the only thing their product had in its favour.
First of all, the vinegar was a rusty orange colour and I tasted it as it looked a bit odd. Paint stripper was my first thought. Then I examined the beetroot slices which weren't all slices, some were chips and thin off cut kind of shapes. They were the same rusty colour as the vinegar. It reminded me of the rusty water we sometimes get out of the tap after a drought.
As if this was not enough to put me off altogether, I then discovered that many of pieces of beetroot had black skin on them, and black dots like the eyes you find on potatoes.
Yuk! I drained the vinegar into sink and hopefully the acid will clean the pipes and threw the rest into the dustbin. This product was completely inedible, it actually turned my stomach. Talk about poor quality.
I do like beetroot however to the best of my knowledge I've only ever eaten Baxters (well in my home anyway!) so I was a bit concerned when this 53p jar turned up in our food cupboard courtesy of my Mother trying to save a few pennies on our weekly shop a couple of weeks back!
The jar is glass and see through with a dark green twist off lid to the top of it with the best before date stamped on it and a purple label round it's middle and in this case it's 340g in size. On the front of the jar I'm told it is Asda Sliced Beetroot (also available in crinkle cut) and there is a photograph of a cheese and beetroot batch on there, size is stated and I'm told it is Vegetarian & Vegan. On the back of the label other information includes ingredients and contact details for Asda. It's a simple looking jar but informative enough.
Thick slices of dark burgundy beetroot pickled in malt vinegar and salt. I found when I first opened the jar that when eating this 'fresh' it's great and I do think you really need to refrigerate this. It was quite dense and not too chewy but had a bit of bite to it. However 2 days later (stored in the cupboard) it had gone right lifeless and and really soggy and in my view inedible.
The beetroot tasted of course of beetroot and the vinegar is quite sour and tart but overall it doesn't taste as cheap as I thought it would however it does miss a nice natural sweetness and doesn't stay very fresh for long making this sadly a not so great purchase in the long run..... unless of course you don't mind slightly limp beetroot. I do so I wouldn't buy it again and would definitely discourage my Mother from a re-purchase in the future lol.
Nutritional Information Per 50g Serving:
Energy: 16 Calories
of which sugars: 3.0g
of which saturates: Nil
Only available in Asda stores. A 340g jar costs 53p and a 440g jar costs 62p.