I love soup, especially at this time of year. I often make my own as it is so easy and practically makes itself! However there are times when I need something to eat quickly and haven't got time to mess around. Many commercial soups on the market just don't hit the spot for me. However I think that both New Covent Garden and Baxter's soups are a very close second to soup you make yourself. The Baxter's company was founded way back in 1868 in Scotland by George Baxter. Today the company is still a family affair and prides itself on using natural ingredients and producing high quality food. If you would like to read about the history of Baxter's they have an excellent web site. One of my favourite Baxter's soups is lentil and vegetable. I love the thick consistency of this soup and find it really satisfying and comforting. The soup is low in calories with a ½ can serving proving just 85 calories and very little fat or sugar. The serving will also provide you with 4.4 grams of protein and fibre.However the soup is high in salt. It is worth knowing that ½ a can will provide you with 2 portions of your 5 a day. Baxter's vegetable and lentil soup is one of the healthy choice ranges of soups that Baxter's make. It comes in a can with ring pull opening. I find these convenient as it saves needed to have a tin opener handy. I like to heat my soup through gently on the hob as I think heating in the microwave spoils the flavour. I also enjoy savoring the smell of this soup as it reminds me of the yummy experience to come! The soup is made using red lentils and as you would expect takes its colour from these and is an orangey colour. It also contains water, carrots, onions and celery. In fact the soup contains 38% vegetable. It is a really thick and chunky soup although heating does help to thin it down a bit. I love the taste of this soup. It has plenty of chunks of vegetable and the lentils have a lovely nutty flavour.My only criticism is that it is a bit on the salty side for my taste. I like to include some crusty bread for a very filling and satisfying lunch. Not only is this a healthy, tasty lunch but its cheap too. A 415 gram tin will set you back around 95p. However it is often on special offer. At the moment Tesco have two cans of any Baxter's healthy choice soups for £1.50,so I will be stocking up!
Another day, and another tinned soup... Before I get any more comments about how homemade soup is better than tinned rubbish, I COMPLETELY agree. Hubby and myself do make a lot of soup (and yes, homemade is by far the best in every possible way - well, except that it can be messy as our blender is cracked), but lately we haven't for various reasons. Anyway, it's lunchtime yet again, and I have another Baxters soup in my drawer....of all the tinned soup I think that Baxters might well be the best (although I should say that in hindsight after eating the soup I'm starting to question if I have actually ever liked any tinned soups or if there was something wrong with me before). My main gripe with all tinned soup is the huge amounts of salt which they put in it, I see no reason for this really, and it means that often my soup ends up being poured down the toilet (although I have been told I mustn't do this as it will block the drains - although personally I can't see how it's different from being sick - it makes the same noise) as I can't finish it. Today's soup is Baxters Healthy Choice Lentil and Vegetable soup - lets hope it's a good one. ---The Tin--- The tin weighs in at 415g which is pretty standard, and has a convenient ring pull. It's supposed to serve 2 as these tins always say, but I always heat a whole tin (even if I don't finish it - for whatever reason). The tin is the usual browny orangey colour of Baxters soup tins, and has a picture of an appetizing looking bowl of soup with a sprig of parsley on it - damn, I should have brought some parsley from home! As ever, Audrey Baxter's signature is on the tin, and the soup is described as being "packed with a huge assortment of vegetables & lentils & simmered in a tasty vegetable stock, this soup is satisfying, low in fat and utterly delicious." ---Ingredients/Nutritional Info--- Suitable for vegetarians and less than 1% fat, let's take a closer look at the nutritional info... Main ingredient is water (duh!), followed by carrots, onions, red lentils (4.5%), potatoes.....lots of other veg (total is 38% vegetables) and other bits and bobs. Full list can be found here - http://www.baxters.com/products/lentil-and-vegetable.html Nutritional info can also be found there in more detail - but to quickly cover, since I'm going for a whole tin I'll have to double the amounts. 170 calories per tin according to the tin (or 174 if you're following what it says on the website), 8.8g protein, 1.2g fat, and scarily as ever 3g salt - this is half of the recommended daily maximum amount. So, on the one hand I don't really want it to be that nice as I'll eat the whole tine. Contains wheat, gluten and celery, so watch out if you have allergies/intolerances - of course you should be doing that anyway without me telling you! ---Heating--- As ever the soup can be heated on the hob which would probably be best, but I'm at work, so microwave it is. Heat for 2/3 minutes, stir and heat for another 1/2 minutes. ---The Soup itself--- Pouring the soup into my microwavable container and it seems pretty thick with lots of chunks in it. The smell isn't wonderful...the first mouthful and the taste of salt is completely overpowering. There are lots of bits in it, I can make out the peas, carrots, potatoes, onions, sweetcorn . It's a fairly colourful soup. The chunks taste better than they do in the most awful soups I've ever tried, but only VERY marginally. Can't make out any lentils.... The sauce has that odd dirty taste which I'm now coming to associate with bad tinned soups. It's just not right at all. In fact it tastes almost identical to the potato and leek soup I reviewed last week. I've managed to get almost a quarter of the way through the soup, but I think that's the most I can manage. On the positive side this means I won't be having nearly half of my recommended salt intake. On the negative side it'll have to go down the loo, and hey if it attracts rats in the sewer then more fool them - I can't put it in my bin as there's no bin bag! I'm not left particularly hungry as I think it's put me off lunch....but the salt has left me very thirsty. ---Other--- I have no idea how much I paid for this tin. It was too much though. I would imagine somewhere around the 65p mark. I really am coming towards the end of my tinned soup eating days now....it just can't go on.
At 174 calories per whole can this is yet another glowing success story from the highly commendable Audrey Baxter range of soups. This soup has real flavour, nice texture, will fill you up and also make you feel good about yourself because you know you've put something in your body that has healthy ingredients. It is what's known as a "winter warmer" because it will warm your body up and provide nutrition and energy that's needed on a cold day. The ingedients are: Water, Carrots, Onions, Red Lentils (4.5%), Potatoes, Cauliflower, Leeks, Peas, Green Beans, Sweetcorn, Cornflour, Wheatflour, Sea Salt, Yeast Extract, Concentrated Tomato Paste, Honey, Garlic Puree, Sugar, Dried Onion, Celery Seed, Vegetable Oil, Herb and Spice Extracts, White Pepper, Parsley. Vegetables 38%. Other nutritional information: 0.2% fat 2.3% protein 0,8g salt per whole tin No artificial flavours, colours or preservatives Contains wheat, gluten and celery Suitable for vegetarians I have typically been paying between 70p at 89p per can dependant on the retailer I visit. There can be quite bi differences in price on Baxters soups for the same flavour between supermarkets that are in the same two so its worth finding the cheapest retailer and stocking up as the cans typically have a long shelf life. This in my humble soup eating experience opinion is a fine soup that will do your body some good if eaten regularly as part of a balanced diet. This review is also posted on www.ciao.co.uk under my user name bella6789
Packed with a huge assortment of vegetables & lentils & simmered in a tasty vegetable stock, this soup is satisfying, low in fat & utterly delicious.