I find that it's all the little bits of grocery shopping that tend to add up. Buying 'brand name' sauces, gravy mixes, salt, pepper, soy sauce and vinegar can make the food bill a lot higher. I've taken to just buying supermarket value brands for these condiments and it makes a difference at the till.
The Asda value tomato ketchup comes in a glass bottle with a white metal lid. There are 550 g of product and it costs around 37p. I think this is a real bargain. OK, it might not be quite on the level with Heinz but it still tastes tomato-y and not too sweet. It's also fairly thick and you do need to shake the bottle a bit to get it out.
I remember my mum buying OK sauces back in the 60s and I've noticed that the bottles were much smaller then than they are today. On the one hand, it encourages you to eat more but still, it does save running out of things quickly. Tomato sauce is a very useful ingredient in the cupboard, not just for pouring over chips and burgers but also for making home-made pizzas, stuffed peppers and a nice retro 70s style prawn cocktail sauce (mix salad cream with tomato ketchup).
Ketchup - it's an essential in anyones kitchen cupboards, but with so many brands to choose from at loads of different prices, its often deemed a risk to go with a cheap version. Some may be watery, watered down with vinegar (yuck!) or just genuinely don't have that 'tomato sauce' taste. But stop, and look no further. Asda Smartprice Tomato Ketchup is going to be one of the best choices you make when it comes down to the dining table favourite. Costing just 28 pence, it has to be one of the cheapest bottles of ketchup you can buy.
The bottle itself is glass and you have to pour it on, but hey, it is 28p! But you cant let that put you off, the sauce is thick enough to just slide down so you can pour it on without worrying you might drown your dinner. With such great tasting ketchup you wouldn't even believe it's from Asda's very basic range. (Smartprice)
I genuinely was worried about buying this at first, but i would never buy another branded ketchup, it's a smash hit in my house at dinner and lunch, and no one can tell the difference, whats the point in paying another 80p or so just because it's 'Heinz'? I've seen some of their bottles being £1 to nearly £2.50! Even then you are paying for a 'squeezy' bottle and the branding
For example: a glass bottle of Heinz ketchup is £1.19 for 342g, Asda Smartprice ketchup is 28p for 550g, you're getting almost double the amount for 90p cheaper!
It's safe to say my daughter has to have it when she has chips and won't eat them without it, and i havea fussy eater! So, I. recommend everyone to try it, at least just once. Dont like it? You only lost 28p, and if you do? Well, everytime you need more, its just 28pence. I'm buying at least one bottle a week now!
When it comes to sauces I really do get through them. I think I must be a sauce-a-holic! I tend to buy whatever is on offer or reasonably cheap and this is my tomato sauce of choice at the moment being budget friendly and tasty and in fact I've just had some of this on a sausage sandwich!
This sauce comes in a see-through glass bottle with a white twist on/off lid/cap to the top of it and around the bottle there is a white and green coloured label and on that we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and that it contains no artificial colours or flavours and no hydrogenated fat, there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown along with a chip covered in the sauce and we are told that it is 550g in weight. Other information given on the bottle includes ingredients and allergy advice given along with a full rundown of nutritional information, storage details and contact details for Asda. This is an economy looking bottle though informative enough and a jolly good size too for the money you pay for it!
This is a rich red colour and when you open it up you get a strong fragrance of vinegar mixed with tomatoes as the aroma. This is quite a runny sauce and not as thick as the more premium brands you can buy but it is lovely!
It has a tangy tomato flavour to it with a slightly sharp vinegar taste to it, its well seasoned and naturally sweet though not overly so or anything. It isn't watery though and holds itself well on warm/hot foods and like I stated earlier I really do like this one alot!
This only has 19 calories and a trace of saturated fat in it per tbsp which is excellent and all round I think its great this one and I feel that I can highly recommend it!
Only available from Asda stores costing just 28p a bottle!
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have been a huge fan of Tomato ketchup ever since I can remember I grew up with Daddy's ketchup. Living alone and watching my pennies with the build up to Christmas I decided to give this a go.
Comes in a glass bottle with the Asda Smart Price logo clearly seen in green writing at the front. The ketchup is red in colour as to be expected as it made from tomatoes after all .It tells us that the product is suitable for vegetarians. I am please to se that this product doesn't contain any hydrogenated fat, or artificial colourings or flavours. Please be aware that this product is not suitable for nut allergy sufferers, as it may contain traces of nuts. Once opened store in a cool dry place. I prefer to put mine in the fridge as it stays nice and fresh for up to a month.
It was recommended to me by my best mate Melanie (xxfoxyredxx) who has been buying this for quite a while. I bought it whilst visiting my local Asda Store in Weston Super Mare as I do on a fortnightly basis. I am rather surprised how nice this sauce tastes, as it only cost me around 50 pence for a bottle of it. It tastes just as good as Heinz to me but a little more vinegar in it that the leading brands I don't mind it at all. I have the sauce with either a full english breakfast, fish and chips. I have even made sweet and sour sauce with it. I will definitely strongly recommend it to any one shopping on a budget.
As the purse strings tighten on each shopping trip, I have found some of the more favourite products that I normally buy (in this case, Heinz tomato ketchup) are gradually been replaced with cheaper 'own brand' alternatives. In this case when last out shopping, having reviewed the price comparisons on each and every shelf in the sauce section, I decided to try the absolute bargain priced 20p Asda Smart Price Tomato Ketchup, in a jolly decent sized bottle of 550 grams. It has no artificial colours or flavours and looked rather appetising with a big chip dripping with sauce on the front - I was sold on both the price and the image and I duly popped it into my trolley.
Personally, speaking the glass bottle it comes in seemed somewhat better quality than the plastic ones and with a full 550 grams I was happy with the whole package.
What I like also about pretty much all of Asda's own label products it the 'Try me, Love Me' guarantee, so if I had tried it and been disappointed I could have returned it in store for a full refund. However, this was not necessary as I thought it was absolutely delicious.
~~The Taste Test ~~
So of course on getting it home, the most important factor overall is the taste test. The taste is very of very full flavoured tomatoes, as one would expect, although personally it has a sharper more vinegar back note to it. The consistency is a runnier than say a Heinz version. I found this was to be a distinct advantage -as given it was contained in said glass bottle I found this to be better as it came out of the bottle with ease, although if you tip it at too straight an angle you may found you get more on the plate than you wanted! However there really was no faffing about banging the bottle and wanted an age for it to come out (whilst your chips got cold) like you have to with some of the more thicker expensive ketchups. I particularly liked the design of glass bottle (some may think of the style as a little old fashioned). However I found, it has a nice weight to it despite how much content is left, and the top seems to stay cleaner compared to the flip top plastic bottles that constantly fall over there is less than a quarter left in it.
All in all this product is one I would actually purchase now over Heinz even if there was no budgetary constraints. I have been highly impressed by its flavour, not only for chips, I have also used the odd slosh or so in chilli's and other dishes to give the recipe a boost.
At 20p for a nice big bottle it really is a great buy, even if you are a big fan of the more expensive products, it is a good back up to have in your store cupboard should you run out and need to bridge the gap for until shop day.
Another bonus is it has no hydrated fats and each serving (1 tablespoon) is 19 calories. Some of the ingredients also include cinnamon extract, coriander extract, onion powder and clove; although I cannot say I tasted any of these flavours individually they do add to the spice of the flavour to give to enhance the rich tomato taste.
I give this 5 stars ***** on price, taste and bottle.
Well, this is another one of my forays into the world of Asda Smartprice in a bid to keep our grocery bills down. Yet again, I have not been disappointed with this product.
My youngest (age 3) in particular likes his ketchup, and since he was diagnosed with coeliac disease a year or so ago we've been using Heinz as I knew that was gluten free. But we are a lot more confident now and I was delighted to find that Asda Smartprice ketchup is also gluten free - hooray! At 36p for 550g compared to £1.60 for 460g of Heinz, this was great news.
I am not normally that bothered about nutritional information, especially for something like this that you don't consume huge quantities of, but I do normally check it out before I switch to a cheaper brand as you can sometimes find that the quality is very different. However, not so in this case. It has roughly the same calorie level as Heinz (126 cal/100g for SP compared to 103 for Heinz), exactly the same amount of sugar (23.7g/100g) and less salt (0.9g/100g compared to 3.1g/100g). The only other difference is that it has slightly less tomato in it - Heinz is made with 132g of tomatoes for each 100g of ketchup, whereas SmartPrice has only 98g of tomatoes for each 100g of ketchup. However, I still think this is not bad.
This product is not available in a squeezy bottle, but comes in the traditional glass bottle. I think this is better for reusing/recycling, and also was quite nostalgic for me as I remember these glass ketchup bottles (and Daddy's sauce!) from my childhood. Sometimes you can struggle to get the sauce out of them though, but this ketchup flows nicely out of the bottle. In fact, the first time, I was a bit overzealous and tipped it up and gave it a big tap - oops! Far too much ketchup. So if you just gently tip it and let it slowly glug down to the opening of the bottle, you'll find it drops out nicely in little splats of thick ketchup.
OK, so it's taking me a while to get to the taste. I tasted it myself and also had my youngest (3) and step-son (12)'s opinions. We all agreed - just like Heinz! It has that lovely tomatoey, tangy and slightly sweet taste that you would associate with a good ketchup. This definitely went down well with our main ketchup fans.
The only very small downside is that it is a little thinner than Heinz, but really only a very tiny bit thinner. It didn't bother any of us at all (in fact, the children didn't notice), and is certainly not watery, but I am mentioning this in case it is useful.
I would highly recommend this product as a good quality, good tasting ketchup for a fantastic price. It really does make you realise how much you are paying for a brand name. This will definitely be a staple in our cupboards.
Tomato Ketchup is an essential part of alot of meals, especially those meals that involve chips. The lovely taste of tomato perfectly compliments a lot of tastes and can add flavour to a lot of otherwise bland meals. Previously I always went for the leading brand Heinz as i thought its tastes could not be beaten despite the extra cost associated with it. After Heinz I thought i would try asdas own brand, the step above the smart price brand, I thought this tasted good and wondered if I could make any more saving by switching to the smart price version.
The first this is the packaging, I do like the look of the glass bottle, I think it would give a nice classic finish to this classic sauce. However the one bad thing about this is that you can squeeze the last remaining sauce out as easily. The other bad thing about the smart price packaging is it isnt the most attractive to bring out the cupboard when you have guests.
The taste is really good, surprisingly good. It does not taste as strong or tomatoey as Heinz perhaps does but it still has the classic tomato sauce tang that tomato sauce requires. I do think you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the sauces with out the bottle infront of you. As has been said before in many reviews this sauce is quite runny. I do not like this as you can often get to much sauce on your plate and often end up wasting some of the sauce.
The main selling point of this sauce is the price, it cost around 37 pence for a large bottle. This price can simply not be beaten and is the main reason why many choose this sauce. I think you might as well try this sauce, it wont cost you much to try and you might make a saving in the long run.
The wife used to be in the mindset that brand was best for some items, and Ketchup was one of them. I never used to really eat ketchup until one time we were eating out and some Chips were kind of greasy tasting. I dipped a few into the Sauce and liked how you could still taste the Chip, but didn't taste the greasiness. So now I enjoy the odd bit of Sauce with my chips.
This only cost about 34p for the large glass bottle. Don't have to bottle here with me just now but think it is around the 570g's. The glass looks thick enough and it has a simple wrap around label around it with the smart price colouring on it. The lid is a large screw lid and easy enough to open.
Looking at the Sauce it looks a deep enough red colour. When I first applied this it shot out the bottle quite quick, so I ended up with too much Sauce. Although I use this from the fridge which makes it a bit less runny, it still is runny.
I like the taste of this. It isn't as strong tasting as Heinz, which may be a bad thing, but I like it being slightly tomato tangy, but not that much. It is a sort of Vinegar taste as well, so all nice enough.
A great bargain buy and yes, perhaps not quite the quality of Heinz, it is a great buy and a good taste.
** Asda Smartprice Tomato Ketchup **
I love ketchup with almost everything. Especially tomato ketchup. I am sure I heard somewhere that for some reason it is quite good for your heart. I don't know how true this is but I don't need much excuse to pile on the ketchup at the best of times.
Many items of our weekly shop are from supermarket cheap home brands to stretch the budget out well. Asda's cheap home brand range is called smartprice. Asda Smartprice Tomato Ketchup is only 37 pence for a 550 gram bottle.
It is a little more runny than some brands I feel so I take extra care when pouring the ketchup on top of my food as it is all too easy to end up with a huge dollop if you are not careful. When you first open the bottle from new it's all thick and relatively hard to pour as you would expect but once you have opened the bottle Asda Smartprice Tomato Ketchup soon becomes very easy to pour which is great if you are concentrating but leads to the odd unintentional mountain of ketchup on the plate if you are scatter brained like me.
The taste of Asda Smartprice Tomato Ketchup is really good though. It is hard to believe how cheap it is. The tomato flavour is sweet and sharp with a nice vinegar subtle tang to it. I've tried Asda Smartprice Tomato Ketchup on scrambled eggs, turkey rashers and burgers and hot dogs galore. I'll try ketchup on anything that won't get me a worried look from any other family members I'm sitting near :o)
** In conclusion **
It is really hard to beat Asda Smartprice Tomato Ketchup for value I think. It tastes very good and is still very cheap. It is a little runny especially in warm weather so you have to be careful not to absent-mindedly flood your plate with sauce. But it keeps just as long as the other supermarket ketchup brands we buy so no complaints there. Not a meal in itself but Asda Smartprice Tomato Ketchup certainly makes a lot of other things taste better I believe.
Thanks for reading my review.
I am not at all fussy when it comes to my tomato ketchups, give me the cheapest of the cheaps and I will still eat it. I have friends who will 'only eat Heinz' which annoys me, after all, what's the worst that can possibly happen? The Asda version of ketchup comes in at just under the forty pence mark, which for a bottle is pretty good value. I have been using the Oak Lane version of late, which retails for a similar price.
This comes in a glass bottle, it has a traditional look about it and the shape of the bottle is surprisingly sexual. Yes I know it's wrong to find a bottle sexy, but most ketchups bottles don't have much style. This seems to have some thought gone into it. The rounded elegance reminds me of a curvy lady on a dancefloor. There is also something good about banging on the top to get the sauce out, rather than the squeezing technique.
As for the flavour, that is pretty decent too. A good balance of sugars to salt and a pleasing sweetness. It does not taste overly cheap, like some roadside diner ketchups. The viscosity is great too, arriving from the bottle with a generous plop and not an ounce of wateryness which is good.
I have found it ideal for the side dips, but also reckon this could be versatile for cooking. The subtle flavours mean it would be a good bolognese sauce and could be used for generic cooking recipes. If you want more spice, then add salt and pepper. Personally I like my ketchup without all the herbs, as you can add them later. The price is good, a bottle should last for a month or two and it gets the thumbs up.
I am on a lower budget now and I am trying lots of new lower branded products to see if I like them and I came across this product in Asda and it is their Smart Price lower brands of the store.
This tomato ketchup is very good value, considering it is a lower brand food, it comes in a wide glass bottle with a screw off lid, it has the usual green and white colours of their lower brands of foods and so can easily be spotted from the shelves.
I have always prefered the higher branded tomato sauces but during the recession I have had to go to try the lower brand where possible and trying this one was a very smart move indeed.
When I first saw this ketchup I thought I would not like it but it was fine, it is quite thick too, and it pours from the bottle beautifully, it is not at all runny as I first expected it to be, and it is nice and red in colour and a very good texture, you can definately taste the tomatoes and it does not have an acid taste, it is nice and smooth tasting and is not lumpy and it tastes delicious in my opinion.
The bottle is a good size for a large bottle of 550 grams.
I thought at 37p it was bargain and it lasts a very long time.
When I came to the end of the bottle I thought it would be runny but it still poured the same as when I first opened it.
It keeps well in the fridge too, and I have continued to buy it and I used it plenty of times at BBQS and my guests have never complained, which I thought they would but they liked it too.
Smartprice are good brands if you are looking to down grade brands like I am and for the price I do not think you would be disappointed with this product at all.
I also use this in my cooking if I run out of puree, it is tasty enough to just use now again for when you forget those little ingredients.
If you have a large family and are on a budget as I am, it is well worth giving it a try and see if you like it too, I highly recommend it.
I rate it 5 stars.
n my family we like to save money any time we can.
It is not nice to work all day and then you arrive at the end of the month and there are not enough money. So, when we go to Asda, the first thing we check is if they have any products that they are in their cheap range.
The ketchup is one of these.
Asda smart price tomato sauce comes in a plastic bottle, so you can easily see what is inside. The label is the normal label for all the Smartprice products with the traditional green and white colours. It has a full list of the ingredients.
I am not going to copy and paste.
For more important information, here is all you need to know.
Cost. Here is the smart part. Only 38 pennies will make you the proud owner of nothing less than 550 gramms of ketchup.
User friendly. 2 things I always check with tomato. 1) How easy is the bottle to handle and 2, how easy it is to close. Well, for the first point, the lid is easy to open, and after you have done that, you pour the ketchup. You need to be a bit careful, since if you make a wrong movement, you will have too much of it. Once close, the ketchup is preserved well. We store it in the fridge and I would have preferred it to be smaller, because we do not use too much of it and takes space in the fridge
What can I do with it?
We use it on chips and on pizza too. We try not to have it too often. Never had it on ice cream, and I do not suggest you do and I would not suggest you use it as a replacement or alternative for tomato paste either. I also found that this is not so strong in taste as the Heinz ketchup, for example, but I do not dislike it.
It is cheap, it may or may not appeal to you because it surely differs from more established products, but we do buy it and will buy it again
I used to always buy the Heinz tomato ketchup but when I noticed the rather big price difference between Heinz and Asda's Smart Price tomato ketchup I switched brands straight away.
The bottle that it comes in is a large glass bottle with a twist top to open it. You just have to pour out the ketchup which does mean that you need to be careful as it comes out very quickly and I usually end up with far too much on my plate than I intended.
The ketchup has exactly the same deep red colour and strong tomato puree smell as any other tomato ketchup. The bottle needs a good shake every time before using it as it is a little runny and not as solid as Heinz so it tends to seep a little into all the food around it on the plate. Taste wise, I can't really complain. I did notice a slight difference - maybe a tad less tomatoey - when I first started using it, but now it just tastes like normal tomato ketchup.
This only costs 38p for a large bottle which is unbeatable value. Despite the couple of disadvantages of this, I do think that, if you eat as much ketchup as we do in our household, then the price is a very important factor and the savings on buying this rather than Heinz adds up to be quite a lot. For the price, I can't really complain.
Asda Smartprice Tomato Ketchup
Description: Manufacturer: Asda / Type: Sauce.
I absolutely love the Asda Smartprice range which offers the consumer cheaper goods by not spending money on fancy packaging. Yes the packaging does look cheap and nasty but it only gets chucked in the bin anyway and I have been pleasantly surprised by how good some of the products actually are.
A 550g bottle of this ketchup cost me just £0.39 which was significantly cheaper than the other brands on sale. It comes in a clear glass bottle and like all products in the Asda Smartprice range, has plain white and green labeling.
The ketchup is thinner than I am used to, so it seemed to slop onto the plate a little. It is a dark red colour and smells quite fruity and tangy.
I was a little disappointed with the taste of the ketchup, it seemed a bit weak and wasn't nearly as fresh and tomato like as my normal brand. It also seemed a little too sweet.
100g of the ketchup contains the following;
100 g contains:
Energy - 120 Cals
Protein - 1.0g
Carbohydrate - 29.0g
Fat - Trace
Fibre - 1.0g
Sodium - 1.0g
I do really like the fact that this tomato ketchup was loads cheaper than the competitors but unfortunately, it tasted cheap and wasn't nearly as good as Heinz. This is one of those occasions where in my opinion, it is better to spend a little extra and get a better product.
2 stars from me because it was edible and cheap, just not nearly as good as it could have been!
Asda smart price tomato ketchup is one of the best bargains I always pick up in my weekly grocery shopping.
My daughter eats tomato sauce like it is going out of fashion, she has it on every thing she eats including a roast dinner as she hates gravy, so you can imagine how many jars of this we get through per week.
The sauce itself is in a glass bottle and is covered in the normal basic smart price label which is green and white in colour, it contains all the ingredient list and nutritional information you need and for 550g it only costs you 38p which is an absolute bargain, especially when you compare it to the likes of heinz.
The taste of this is very good too, it tastes just like any other tomato sauce to me, the only difference to me is that it is not as thick in consistency and you do need to pour it slowly out of the bottle or you end up with your meal swimming in it, unlike other more expensive sauces.
I always add this to other meals too like lasagne and shepherds pie, it gives an extra flavour which enhances your meal.
The bottle does state that it is suitable for vegetarians, but it may contain traces of nuts and/or seeds, so not suitable for some allergies.
It contains no artificial flavours, colours or hydrogenated fat.
I would recommend this to anyone, especially for the kids who eat this by the bucket load. With these economic times every penny counts and Asda is certainly helping with these great cheep products that the provide.