Product Type: Asda Sauces / Soups
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Just like Heinz - but a fraction of the price!
Asda Smartprice Tomato Ketchup
Member Name: elyphant
Asda Smartprice Tomato Ketchup
Advantages: Great taste, very cheap, gluten free
Disadvantages: None, it's great
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.
Summary: Another great smartprice product, fantastic value
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