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Baxters Root Vegetable & Butternut Squash soup

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Brand: Baxter's / Type: Soups

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      09.09.2009 11:24
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      Tasty, versatile soup.

      I bought this can of soup to take off camping with me. You should see my food bags when I go - they are stuffed - all just in case I never find any food I like wherever I am going. I need a bodybuilder to carry them to the car for me.


      This can of soup dutifully sat in my camp kitchen until right at the end of my holiday. I was camping with lots of friends and we decided to cook a huge meal to share before we went home. I figured that the soup would be a good basis for a casserole type easy meal ('splodge' is my affectionate name for it).

      Cost
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      The soup cost £1.45 from Sainsburys. This is quite expensive for a can of soup I feel. When placing it in my trolley, I remember thinking it better be good!

      The Can
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      I like the can presentation; it is a warm brownish colour scheme with an image of the hot soup and the Baxters red logo. The can has a pull-off lid (which is great for camping).


      Ingredients
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      Water, carrots, onion, butternut squash puree (5%), sweet potato (5%), butternut squash (5%), potatoes, parsnips, yellow split peas, red lentils, swedes, cornflour, celery, concentrated tomato paste, sea salt, sugar, yeast extract, dried onion, wheatflour, roast garlic puree, potato starch, celery seed, vegetable oil, concentrated lemon juice, herb and herb extracts, spice and spice extracts, vegetables 40%.

      Appearance and Smell
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      On opening the can, a very appetizing smell emerged which was fitting with the ingredients list. There was no 'farty' veg smell that can sometimes emerge from cans with veg in!

      The liquid of the soup was a warm, golden brown colour - not dissimilar to the tin label. It was of a good consistency and you could clearly see chunks of butternut squash, potatoes and the bits of celery. There was plenty of chunky veg in the tin. To empty it out needed a good shake downward to make sure all of the vegetables were out.

      Eating the soup
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      As I was going to be using the soup in a casserole-type meal, I tasted the soup before I mixed it with other veg and ingredients. I thought the taste was well rounded with just the right amount of seasoning. I would not have needed to add salt or complain that it was too salty. The selected vegetables created a creamy type texture. As a soup, I think it is successful, substantial and tasty - and with 40% vegetables in a tin - fairly good for you.

      What I did next with the tin
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      I then created some delicious no-menu camping cuisine with this soup which included the addition of a rather lovely ready-made curry in a packet, some more vegetables and some braised tofu. The end result was a whopping pan full that fed around eight people who all went - "This is delicious". In the food, the chunks of butternut squash were still visible.

      To Conclude
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      I think that this is a very useful tin of soup. It is a great soup on its own - but you can also use it as a base for other meals. I think it would be great to use with other ingredients as a base for a veggie Shepherds Pie or a casserole with dumplings. I think it is worth the price as it is a versatile, useful food.

      Four stars because of the price which means it is a now and again purchase.

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        01.08.2009 19:21
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        It tastes good but it's a bit of a 'posh' treat, not something you'd buy all the time.

        While I was shopping online with Sainsbury's, I was browsing the soups looking for something a bit different and I found this: Baxters Deli Inspired Root Vegetable and Butternut Squash Soup.

        It cost me £1.49 for a 415g can so it's not cheap but I thought I'd treat myself to it anyway. The ingredients list impressed me as it doesn't seem to contain any junk and plenty of healthy vegetables.

        It claims to be free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. The label says it's suitable for vegetarians, contains less than 1% fat but the allergy advice warns that it contains wheat, gluten and celery. After checking the ingredients list, it appears to be vegan too.

        You heat it up just like any other soup, either on the hob in a saucepan or in the microwave. I opted for the microwave because I was feeling lazy.

        Even though I shook the can well before opening, it was still a bit watery on the top with the vegetables stuck at the bottom.

        After cooking it smells just like a normal vegetable soup but it's not a very strong smell.

        The soup is a light brown-orange colour with little green flecks (the herbs I would guess) and white and orange cube-shaped vegetables.

        The soup itself isn't too thick but it's a little thin for me, I'd expect a soup that cost this much to be thicker. It felt a bit powdery and bitty in my mouth at first but soon I didn't notice it.

        There were plenty of sweet potato and potato lumps in the soup as well as other veggies and all were very, very soft, hardly any chewing was required! This wasn't because I'd overcooked it as I know my microwave cooks fast so I'd set the timer for less time than the label suggested.

        The only part of the soup you need to get your teeth into are the lentils so it's good if you have sore teeth or no teeth at all!

        All vegetables sink to bottom of the soup so be prepared to fish for them! With some soups you need a fork for the veggies but I managed to eat the whole soup with a spoon.

        While I was eating it I noticed small flakes on the surface which at first glance looked like skin flakes however I realised they were the pieces of onion but it did look a bit off-putting!

        It's not a spicy soup at all and the butternut squash puree gives it a slightly creamy flavour. It stayed warm the entire time I was eating it, right down to the last spoonful so it'd make a lovely 'Winter warmer'.

        One can makes a good meal for one person although I did struggle to finish it but it's not very heavy in your stomach. I did really enjoy it but it's not very different to other, cheaper vegetable soups so it felt like a waste of money.

        Ingredients:
        Water, carrots, onion, butternut squash puree (5%), sweet potato (5%), butternut squash (5%), potatoes, parsnips, yellow split peas, red lentils, swedes, cornflour, celery, concentrated tomato paste, sea salt, sugar, yeast extract, dried onion, wheatflour, roast garlic puree, potato starch, celery seed, vegetable oil, concentrated lemon juice, herb and herb extracts, spice and spice extracts, vegetables 40%.

        Nutritional Information:
        (per half can)
        Energy - 396kJ/93kcal
        Protein - 3.9g
        Carbohydrate - 18.1g
        of which sugars - 4.4g
        Fat - 0.6g
        of which saturates - 0.1g
        Fibre - 2.9g
        Sodium - 0.50g
        Approx salt - 1.2g

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