With winter coming I have been trying to eat heartier and more warming foods. I love soup as its quick to heat in my microwave and my kitchen is freezing so a tin of soup with a couple of pieces of toast is perfect for me for a quick meal now and again.
I stocked up recently with plenty of tins of Heinz soup when they were on offer in my local Asda store at 50p a can however at the moment Heinz soups are on offer at 2 cans for £1.00 in my local Poundland store too so do look out for bargains from Heinz at the moment.
This soup comes in a dark red labelled can with a ring-pull to the top of it and on the front of it there is a photograph of a bowl of soup and we are told simply what it is and who it is by and then on the back of the can other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, the ingredients used and a full nutritional chart is given, the size is stated which is 400g and contact details for the manufacturer are given.
The Soup Itself:
What you get is lots of beigy looking liquid with some small chunks of white coloured potato in it, a few green peas, slithers of carrot and some visible pieces of white rice however this soup is rather wet looking and juicy rather than full of ingredients. This is easy to heat up and you can either pop it in a saucepan and heat it that way for a few minutes or do as I do and follow the cooking instructions for heating it in the microwave which takes me about 3 minutes.
I can't fault the quality with this as a Heinz product however this is rather flavourless to me. The ingredients are very well cooked through however it is such a runny, watery soup and it doesn't seem very well seasoned to me at all. It does contain herbs, red pepper and even a bit of garlic but it all falls a bit flat flavourwise for me and for that reason I would not purchase this one again due to it just being mainly a juice!
However it is a warming soup and like I say decent looking quality and per half a can only gives 69 calories and just 0.1g of saturated fat however once again that shows to me just how flavourless it is!
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I really enjoy Heinz soups I just find they offer great value for money and it provides a quick and tasty meal. I am a big fan of soups and will quite easily have them all year round even if it's baking hot outside! I try and pick up Heinz soups when they on offer (which they regularly are) and I tend to have a supply in stock. One tin I bought was Spring Vegetable from Heinz's classic range.
*** Heinz ***
Heinz seems to be the most popular brand in UK households and is very well known throughout the UK and Ireland. Heinz came to the shelves back in 1869 when the first product was Horseradish sauce. Throughout the coming years more products were launched such as the famous tomato ketchup. By 1931 Heinz was providing ready to serve soups to help families through the depression. The soups are still on our shelves today with a wide range of flavours.
(Taken from my Heinz Chicken Noodle Soup review - no point re-writing the same information!).
*** Packaging ***
The spring vegetable soup is part of the Heinz Classic range and the tin comes with the famous red label together with the Heinz logo. The label depicts a black bowl full of vegetable soup with crusty bread at the side. The can has an easy open ring pull which makes it easy!
*** Cooking ***
The soup is incredibly easy to cook and I prefer cooking it on the hob in a saucepan. It only takes a matter of minutes to heat thoroughly and it is important not to boil the soup as it can impair the flavour.
*** The Soup ***
When I poured the soup into the saucepan I was a bit surprised to see how thin the soup was in consistency. For me though what I liked was the amount of different vegetables within the soup - and they are all easily recognisable as they are in quite large chunks. There are plenty of pieces of potatoes, carrots, peas, celery, onions, leeks, rice and swedes to give plenty of texture to the soup. It really is a nice change to see so many added ingredients and some other vegetable soups I have had have just had a sprinkling of the vegetables and the rest is liquid.
The first few mouthfuls of the soup were perfectly fine as every spoonful contains a mixture of the vegetables. But as I carried on with the soup I noticed that even though it has a mild vegetable flavour it is actually quite boring. It lacks any seasoning so I had to add my own which as the soup already has salt I didn't really want to add more.
Even after cooking the soup remained quite thin which given that it doesn't have a strong flavour it is actually quite unappetising. Even though it has a great range of vegetables they don't particularly taste of anything as they have been pre-cooked and sat in the soup for however long!
For me the soup is incredibly light but then it is weighed down with the amount of vegetables, which I am definitely not complaining about but it just lacks flavour. Heinz say that this is a light soup which I agree with but unfortunately this soup is not flavoursome.
*** Ingredients ***
Water, Potatoes, Carrots, Peas, Celery, Cornflour, Cabbage, Swedes, Rice, Wheat Flour, Leeks, Onions, Modified Cornflour, Flavouring (contains Celery, Mustard), Sugar, Red Peppers, Salt, Vegetable Oil, Garlic Salt, Herb Extract, Spice Extract, Herb, Colour - Beta-carotene
*** Nutritional Information ***
Per 100g serving:
Calories - 34
Protein - 0.8g
Carbohydrates - 6.8g
Fat - 0.4g
Fibre - 0.7g
Salt - 0.7g
Allergy advice: contains celery, gluten, wheat and mustard.
*** Price and Availability ***
Tesco - £0.82p
Asda - £0.74p
Sainsburys - £0.72p
*** Overall ***
A really disappointing soup! It lacks any kind of strong flavour and has no seasoning. By the time I had got through ½ the bowl I lost interest as it is actually quite boring. The good thing I do like is the amount of vegetables that they use and the variety but I won't be buying this soup again and I don't think I would recommend it to anyone.