“ Brand: Heinz / Type: Soups „
I was really craving soup one day so i took a walk down to my local co op, i was only going to get a small tin of soup but then i noticed Heinz beef stew and dumplings soup and i thought nice one. I love stew and dumplings, its my favorite meal especially when the weather is nasty and cold.
The Heinz stew and dumplings comes in a green plastic tub which was about the size of a pot noodle but not as tall.
The label on the front showed a very tasty picture of different vegetables and dumplings.
This Heinz stew and dumplings only takes 2 minutes in the microwave which i also thought would be perfect for work as well.
When i took the first mouth full of this beef stew i was not impressed at all. The gravy that's in this pot is a very strong beef flavor and it overpowered all of the veg in the stew, it was very strong and left a bitter taste in my mouth. I only had one chunk of beef in the stew which i thought was a bit disappointing because if i brought beef stew i actually expect there to be some beef in it.
There were 3 dumplings about the size of a power ball, i couldn't taste them at all, the gravy just destroyed the taste and the texture of the dumplings.
I was quite disheartened with this because they cost £1.38 each and i expected to taste each different ingredient.
I will not be buying this soup anymore. i am gonna stick to mums home made stew and dumplings.
The only good thing about this is that you can re use the tub as it microwaveable.
Oh Boy! The weather has gone awfully cold again (just when we all thought the summer was next on the agenda), the heating is back on full pelt, and its time to dust out a quick soup to 'warm the cockles'.
I purhased this Heinz Beef stew and dumplings soup (from Heinz taste of home range), from my local morrisons store a few months back for 1 pound 39p, thinking it would be ideal for a situation just like this.
The product is basically a plastic pot, containing 430 grams of Beef Stew and dumplings soup, which is prepared for consuming, by heating for a few minutes in the microwave.
** How to cook - and most importantly 'taste' ** To cook the soup, remove the lid, peel off the plastic film, replace the lid, and microwave on full power for 1 minute 30 seconds. Remove lid, and stir thoroughly, and then place back in the micorwave and heat on full power for a further 1 minute, leave to stand for 1 minute, and 'hey presto'! (Based on microwave cat E - 850 W)
I realised after I pulled out the container to stir it midway through heating, that this was going to be tasty, and contained some decent size chunks of beef, and that proved to be the case.
Having tried numerous packet soups, tinned soups etc over the years this really stands out as being a chunky, and wholesome filling soup.
Care is needed on removing the container from the microwave after heating is complete, as the container and contents are piping hot, and the pot is filled very full.
The first thing that I noticed was the huge dumplings floating at the surface. They looked, and tasted big, and soft, and everything that a dumpling should be. The surrounding soup is lovely and thick, and all the vegetable's colours shine through the dark red sauce, and taste nice and juicy, and well cooked ( not like some of the almost raw carrot pieces I have experienced from other similar soups), with tasty whole button mushrooms, which are surrounded by decent chunky, tasty, tender, pieces of beef.
In the past I almost always add copious amounts of black pepper to these sort of soups to add some flavour, but that is not required with this product.
** Ingredients and nutritional values **
Each 430g pot provides;
40.2g carbohydrates (5.9g sugars)
13.4g fat (5.1g saturates)
3.6g salt equivalent
There are no artifical colous, flavours or preservatives in the casserole.
** Overall Opinion **
This is a great tasting and reasonably healthy, very warming snack, especially in the cold winter months.
It is easy to cook, and would be ideal for lunch or evening time snacks for children and adults of all ages.
There are also numerous other flavours and types of casseroles and soups, available in the Heinz 'Taste of Home' range as follows:
Peppered Steak Casserole Soup
Chicken and vegetable casserole
Roast Chicken and herb Dumplings
As well as limited edition flavours, of which the current offering is Steak and Guiness Casserole.
Thanks for reading.
© l500589 2010 ..
Heinz Taste Of Home Beef Stew and Dumplings Soup
Description: Manufacturer: Heinz / Type: Soups
A 435g tub of this soup cost me £1.50 from my local Tesco. I popped down to get some lunch and saw these, it is the first time that I have noticed them and they sounded delicious, soup with beef stew and dumplings, what's not to like!
These come in plastic pots so you don't even need to use a bowl to cook them, just pop them into the microwave (instructions on the back) and then serve.
The first thing I noticed was how great this smells. It really does smell appetising and I couldn't wait to start eating it. I was getting envious glances from colleagues because this smell was making their mouths water too!
It is a rich brown colour with loads of meat and vegetables and little fluffy dumplings (I was actually surprised by how fluffy these were!). It tasted pretty good too, don't get me wrong, it wasn't nearly as nice as a fresh stew, but for a frozen option, was more than acceptable.
Each 430g pot provides the following;
40.2g carbohydrates (5.9g sugars)
13.4g fat (5.1g saturates)
3.6g salt equivalent
The main ingredients are as follows;
water, potatoes, dumplings, beef, mushrooms, carrots, onions, corn flour, vegetable oil. Flavouring, wheat flour, salt, modified corn flour, colour (plain caramel), yeast extract, garlic, black pepper.
I will definitely buy these again for a quick and relatively healthy lunch. They were hot and tasty and extremely filling. I had it with a chunk of crusty bread and struggled to finish it all. The meat was not as tender as it could have been, but the vegetables were well cooked and the little dumplings were delicious. In summary, for what it cost and how convenient it was, this was a definite bargain!
I am genuinely surprised that there are positive reviews for this product on this site!
My first experience with these soups was about a month ago: I had been doing the weekly shop in anticipation of what I knew was going to be a very busy week - we had just returned from vacation, so there was nothing in the house, and I had a lot of catching up to do at work. As an alternative to preparing a new meal every night, as a one-week solution, I filled my cart up with ready-made soups and nice bread (I had also gained some weight whilst away and wasn't keen on having a big spread every night!). Tescos was having a deal on these Taste of Home soups so I grabbed four, two beef stew and two chicken dumplings, as I had always enjoyed Heinz products in the past.
That night, I tried the beef stew, and was quite unhappy with the taste. The smell was pretty atrocious, like poor-quality wine and dog food, to be honest, and the taste wasn't much better. The beef was tough, the mushrooms indistinguishable from the meat, and the dumplings took up most of the pot, soaked as they were in the sauce and having the consistency and taste of a cheap hamburger bun that's been left in water.
Now, I am in NO way a food snob - like I said, I was more than happy to reach for this and other ready-made soups and found the Tescos Finest and Baxters soups that I pulled from the shelves that night absolutely delicious. But the taste was wretched. The other three pots are currently wasting away on my shelves, as I refuse to even give them to charity!
I can never make this out, so far I have failed miserably in trying to train the Other Half to feed himself when I decide to have a day out. Oh, he will `feed` himself on toast, cake or anything that is easy to grab hold of but that is about as good as it gets!
So I find myself in the middle of the supermarket looking for something that is quick and easy and maybe just needs slipping into the microwave for a few minutes.
I noticed this pot of Heinz beef stew soup and came to the conclusion that it fitted the bill perfectly. No saucepans, culinary skills, or great forethought needed.
£1.48p for a 430g tub, normally I would normally baulk a little at the price but anything for a quiet life!
So, I figured that if I left the tub in a prominent position along with a small loaf of crusty bread then there would be no problemo.
Supper time came along that evening and whereas supper usually consists of a slice of buttered toast and a cuppa, it seemed that the Other Half had far grander ideas. He had stuck his spectacles on the end of his nose and was carrying out an in depth study on the contents of the Heinz tub of beef stew soup.
So it seemed that the tub of soup was going to do a disappearing act and there was little or nothing that I could do to change the situation!
I have to say that the plastic tub is made to look inviting, the picture on the pale golden coloured plastic tub puts the contents in a very good light.
For a start the plastic lid and the inner plastic film have to be removed. Then put the tub into the microwave, heat on full power for two minutes then take it out and stir it thoroughly. By this time I could see spectacles twitching in anticipation but I said `Down Rover!` it has to go back into the microwave for another minute.
As the plastic tub was removed the actual tub was boiling hot and it had to cool for a few seconds before it could be touched again.
The thick soup looked and smelled good. The gravy was rich and thick, a slight smell of garlic mingled with an almost `marmitey` smell. The gravy had shown no signs of separation as it had been heated through. In the thick gravy there were diced potato, sliced mushrooms, pieces of carrot and slithers of onion. The gravy tasted rich and good but the garlic and marmite flavours remained in the background.
I have to say they hadn't gone overboard with the beef but what was there was pleasant, a slight chew to it but it was tasty. The small dumplings made the whole tub look perfectly authentic, as we all know dumplings are at their best when they are eaten as soon as they are cooked. These dumplings had been pre-cooked so they were not as soft and fluffy as freshly cooked ones. Never the less they held up well.
Soups, stews and casseroles are a firm favourite in our house and this tub of Heinz beef stew soup went down a treat. If we were both having it as a snack meal then we would certainly need a tub each but at £1.48 a tub that may well work out an expensive snack.
One tub contains 335 calories, it is fairly high in fat but it also has a good amount of protein too.
There are no artificial flavours or colourings but the soup does contain wheat and gluten.
A good and tasty if not slightly expensive product that I am sure I will be buying again. As for the Other Half's tomorrows lunchtime snack? It could be anyone's guess!!