Product Type: Heinz Sauces / Soups
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Squeeze and stir for a lovely lunch
Heinz Squeeze and Stir Soup
Member Name: isobelj
Heinz Squeeze and Stir Soup
Advantages: Great taste, good portion size, a bit different to your normal cup soup
Disadvantages: Non-recyclable packaging, a bit of a pain to make
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.
Summary: A lovely lunch