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When winter arrives I like to look for hot food alternatives to take to work for lunch rather than just a sandwich or salad. I had seen the Heinz squeeze and stir soups in some of the supermarkets but hadn’t purchased one until today when with the cold, wet weather I was craving something warming and comforting.
These soups come in individual sachets and a variety of different flavours including vegetable, minestrone, tomato and the one I purchased chicken and vegetable. I purchased mine from a Morrison’s local store where it was priced at 65p.
The plastic sachet that the soup comes in give your all the detailed product information that you need to know including directions for use, ingredients listings and nutritional information. It also states that the soup contains no colours, flavours or preservatives and is low in fat.
When I squeezed the soup from the pack I did think it looked a little off putting as it was a light brown in colour with bits in and very thick. I added the hot water as the instructions stated and stirred it for a few seconds. The soup did not thicken as much as I thought it would but smelt quite pleasant.
I cannot say that I was entirely happy with the taste, my first thought was that it was very salty and bland. You could just about tell it was chicken flavored but the salt certainly overpowers anything else and not what I expected from Heinz who’s tinned soups I normally enjoy. There was some little flecks of orange which I presumed must be carrot and some very tiny bits of chicken in the soup but as they are so small it made the texture of the soup seems a little grainy.
Overall I don’t think I will be purchasing these soups again as I have been a little put off. I like the concept of being able to throw one of the sachets in my bag and be able to have a mug of soup quickly at work but the taste and texture to me was just not to my taste and think I will stick to cup a soups from now on.
When I first spotted Heinz 'Squeeze & Stir' soups in my local B & and M store, on offer at 6 of them for a pound I couldn't believe my eyeballs. I love Heinz soups but do think that they are very expensive and then you have to warm them up and so on so when I picked one of the sachets up to find out exactly what was on offer with these I was surprised. The flavours of the sachet are the same as the cans you can buy however you simply pop one in a mug, cup whatever....... add hot water to it and voila you have a portion of soup cup a soup stylie.
However I couldn't see how a sachet of this could compare in flavour to a can of Heinz but I still found myself buying 6 of my favourite flavour of Heinz's and thats the tomato flavour and I held out little hope for them being any good at all I have to be honest!
Each soup comes in its own plastic sachet which is plastic and rather long. The tomato soup flavour I bought is in a mainly red coloured sachet and on the front of it we are clearly told that it is Heinz Squeeze & Stir Cream Of Tomato Soup 'Rich, instant hot soup' and that it contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and that it is low in fat and counts as one of you 5 a day and there is a picture shown of the soup in a mug there too. On the back of the sachet other information listed includes the ingredients being given along with allergy advice (contains milk), there is full nutritional chart stated, instructions for making it up are clearly given (along with some little diagrams) and contact details for Heinz are given. Each sachet includes 70g of the soup mix and its nice, handy packaging and I think its great for taking out and about with you should you want/need to and its simple enough to open because there is a little perforated line to the top of each one too! Heinz really do think of everything!
The Soup Itself:
When I opened up the sachet I was shocked to be greeted by a thick looking tomato puree. I squeezed it into my mug regardless and added 50ml of boiling water to it (as suggested on the sachet) and it went really lumpy so I got a fork and whisked it all around for a few seconds and it turned into quite a thick looking tomato soup, with no lumps in it whatsoever and it went really lovely and smooth!
It smelt like tomato soup, in fact it smelt like Heinz tomato soup from a can and I had a really nice, big serving of it.
The Taste Test:
So its a nice rich red in colour, smells great and is simple to make up but does it taste good? Cor blimey gov it does that...yes! Its wonderful. Its a bit thinner than Heinz tomato soup out of the can but rather thick and it really is rich and tomatoey. It has the usual creamy sort of taste to it, a nice and natural sweetness and it simply tastes great.
Apart from being a bit thinner than Heinz canned tomato soup, to me that's the only really difference. Flavourwise its spot on and as I'm consuming it I can tell its a Heinz product due to its quality. Its far superior to any cup of soups I've had before and I'm pretty sure this is the first soup that I've consumed of this type being made with a paste rather than a powder and I loved the six I bought the first time round so much I went back and bought loads more!
These only contain 144 calories and 0.6g of saturated fat making this an ideal snack for me and if you want to bulk it up a bit try it with some bread or toast! Fabulous Heinz.....just fabulous!
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I have always been a huge fan of soup, heinz soup has always been my preferred choice ( as with most people I know!) a few weeks back I noticed these were at tesco, I hadn't heard of them before and thought they were worth a try, they cost me 69p each. There are 4 flavours that you can buy, my favourite is the tomato at basil. I am so glad that I tried these because I am now really addicted to them, they are almost as good as the Heinz you buy in a can! I will now go into some more detail on this product.
The soup comes in sachets of plastic which are quite tall, they are colour coded for the particular soup you are buying, cream of tomato is red etc. they have instructions on how to use the product, they also tell you on the front that having one of these is one of your 5 a day. They are really easy to open, with a section that you tear off, you then squeeze the liquid out into your cup and follow the instructions. They are really simple and create no mess! You just throw away the sachet afterwards.
The taste is almost the same as what you would get in the normal can. The only difference is that I think the squeezable ones are a little but runnier so they are easy to drink from the mug! You must make sure to stir the soup so that it is evenly spread throughout the water. If you don't stir well you will be left with lots of the soup liquid at the bottom and it tends to go hard! The soup has such a great taste, it leaves you feeling a little fuller! I tend to have one of these either at lunch with a sandwich, or in the evening when watching eastenders :) they make a change from having a cup of tea and they are actually very good for you.
There is no other product on the market similar to this, other products use powder for there drinkable soups. I'm really impressed with this.
At just under 70p I feel they are a little expensive, it's only a cup full and doesnt last long, they are much more expensive then other drinks you may want, but becaue they are so nice I still buy them! I was having two a day, now I'm having one because I was spending a lot of money on them! They are so practical and only take a few mins, they are practical!
These are brilliant and well worth giving a try if you like soup. I didn't think they would be as good as the original, but I was wrong. I'm yet to try 2 of there flavours. I hope they continue to make this for the foreseeable future! Also they are great to put in a flask if your going to watch football or going fishing! They are fantastic and I'm really happy, give them a go. :)
Heinz Squeeze and Stir is a relatively new product, and it's a twist on their classic range of soups.
I like to take soup to work during winter as a nice warming lunch, but I always have a problem with it, which is portion size. One can is too much for me, but half of it doesn't fill me at all. So what I end up doing is making 2 cans last three days, and there's always cans lying around in the fridge with varying amounts of soup in them, which won't last over weekends, and I feel obliged to eat them even if I fancy something else that day. I did try the smaller cans, but they were hard to get hold of and worked out more expensive.
So when I spotted these babies on a promotional stand in Asda, I couldn't resist giving them a go. They're little sachets filled with an extremely condensed version of the soup, designed to be a cup a soup portion size. All you do is squeeze out the paste, add boiling water, and stir.
Of course, it's not quite that simple, but I still think this is a great product. You tear the end of the sachet, and squeeze out the paste. It looks, feels and tastes a lot like the tomato puree you get in metal tubes. You pour over 50ml of boiling water, and stir until that's formed a paste again, but it will be thinner this time. Then add another 130ml and stir to get your soup. You really do have to be very vigorous with your stirring because otherwise you'll get thicker lumps floating about in your soup, or laid on the bottom. It takes a couple of tries to perfect the technique, and because you're faffing about with boiling the kettle, adding two lots of water and tons of stirring, it's not really a lot quicker than opening a can and warming it up in the microwave. If you don't have access to a microwave, though, it's great to still be able to enjoy something warm for your lunch. The whole process of making it from switching on the kettle takes probably three minutes.
Obviously the most important thing, though, is the taste! You'll be pleased to know that this still has that great Heinz taste. It's creamy and quite sweet, with a rich tomato base, and not too salty as some soups can be. It's very filling. It does feel a little it thinner than the tinned version, but the beauty of this is that you can add as much or as little water as you like in order to vary the consistency.
The paste is 88% tomatoes, which is enough to mean that - yes - it's one of your elusive 5 a day! To vary things a bit I sometimes have crackers and cream cheese on the side, or add some spinach to it, or a dollop of crème fraiche. So it's not exactly the most versatile thing in the world, but you can spice things up a bit if you like!
A downside to this product is that the packaging isn't recyclable. This is quite disappointing, but hopefully in the future Heinz will be able to change that. Other than that the packaging is fine, very in keeping with the Heinz brand and a handy size for carrying to work and storing.
The sachets are 59 pence each, which is a bit pricier than powder based cup soups, but cheaper than the tinned Heinz. The quality far outweighs the former, and I've already explained why I'm getting sick of the latter. I think these are brilliant value for month, although I do have to deduct a star for them being a bit fussy to make and for the non-recyclable packaging.
Recommended if: you're sick of powdery, tasteless cup soups.
Not recommended if: you're happy with a sturdy tin-sized portion.
Heinz Squeeze and Stir is an alternative to the Cuppa Soup, which I'm sure everyone is familiar with. I first came across this product about 6 weeks ago while searching around in Tesco for something for lunch. It cost around 60p for a 70 gram sachet of the soup.
The Heinz Squeeze and Stir Soups are available in 4 flavours from what I have seen in the supermarket are Cream of Tomato, Tomato and Basil, Minestrone and Mediterranean. I have personally tried the Cream of Tomato and Tomato and Basil.
Making the soup couldn't be easier, you squeeze the contents of the sachet into a cup and add boiling water, just as you would with the traditional cuppa soup. The difference with the Heinz product is that the soup concentrate, isn't a power but a liquid. It's probably not as thick as Tomato Puree, but slightly thicker than say Tomato Sauce you get in small sachets.
Once you have added around 50ml of boiling water give the water and the liquid a good stir around until the two have mixed together. Once mixed together you are then supposed to fill your cup to the top with boiling water.
I found the flavour of the soup was much closer to what you would get from a tin, but not the same. It was also a less powdery texture than a cuppa soup and the soup was more thick too. One sachet of the soup counts are 1 of your 5 a day. The nutritional values, per 100g are:
Energy (kJ) - 242kJ
Protein - 0.9g
Carbohydrates - 6.8g
Fat - 2.9g
Fibre - 0.4g
Sodium - 0.2g
Salt Equivalent - 0.6g
These soups are quick and easy to make and they taste pretty good too. If you are looking for something new to try for your lunch, I would recommend giving these a go.