“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Soups „
I absolutely love soup and one of all my all time favourite flavours is the smelly French onion variety lol. I saw this the other day in Sainsbury's for 37p a packet and I couldn't resist giving it a go as I'd never seen it before!
Green foil packet with a photograph of the soup on the front. On the front in white writing I'm told it's Sainsbury's French Onion Soup Simmer And Serve 'A French Onion Soup Mix' and I'm told it's Vegetarian and simmers in 5 minutes and serve 3 people. On the back of the packet (now all in black and white writing) I'm told it's nutritional values, ingredients and allergy advice is given, I'm told how to store it and cook it, contact details for Sainsbury's are given, size is stated (46g), the best before date is stamped clearly on and finally there is a bar-code on there. Simple, informative packet this is and it doesn't look economy although it is cheap to purchase!
How To Heat It....
Empty contents of sachet into a pan and stir in 600ml (1 pint) of cold water.
Bring to the boil stirring frequently.
Allow to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
My Take On The Soup....
Firstly I must tell you this stinks of onions way before opening it! I stored mine in a cupboard in the kitchen and I felt it needed a right clear out after that and it really needed a good airing!
So the packet is easy to open (has a small nick in one side of it) and all I did was empty it into a measuring jug, add the 1 pint of cold water and stir it, boil it all up and then simmered it for 4-5 minutes. It was really easy to blend and cook and there was loads of brown powder with lots of dried onions within it to add to the water and it stunk my house out! lol.
After about 5 minutes I poured it into a dish. The soup was a dark brown almost translucent colour and contains lots and lots (36%) of dried onions which really swelled out and up during being cooked but the soup wasn't lumpy or anything. It was simply onions in what tasted to me like a vegetable stock.
Taste wise it was ok. Very oniony of course but for my palette a little too salty. I got bored after one dish of it and really it's much of a muchness (as my Mother puts it lol). It's ok but I couldn't gorge myself on this, it'd make me real sick lol.
A very good value soup which doesn't actually give 1 pint of soup when simmered but gives more like 3/4 of a pint and for that reason I think it gives two ok portions rather than 3 people. It cooks through well, is strong in flavour but as I have said is a bit boring for me and a little too on the salty side but if you like onion soup then I'd recommend for the price you give it a whirl because if nothing else this is quality!
Not suitable for milk, egg, gluten, soya, shellfish, fish and celery allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of this product.
Nutritional Information.... Per 1/3 Sachet....
of which is sugars: 3.4g
of which is starch: 7.2g
of which is saturates: 0.2g
Polyunsaturates: Less Than 0.1g
of which is sodium: 0.6g
COST: 73p for 1.5kg (@ 1.10.08)
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 100g):
Vitamin E: 1.9mg
Folic acid: 38.µ0 g
Sainsbury's "Basics" onions are cheaper than the standard-priced brand by approximately 40p per kg. They are of course to be found in the fresh vegetables section of the supermarket, and are crammed into a largely clear polythene bag which has the orange and white coloured "Basics" range advertising on the top. The nutritional information appears just underneath, contained within an orange-coloured thin strip which runs horizontally across the front of the bag.
Inside of the bag, the onions are of mixed size, from medium ranging down to very small onions that could be used for pickling. Even the largest onion in any given one of these bags could only be described as on the small side of medium.
These budget-priced onions are of no worse quality than the more expensive offerings, are just as fresh, and actually are very tasty because of their small size. Once the bag is opened and the onions transferred to the fridge or wherever else anyone stores them, they remind me of the old days before supermarkets when housewives would buy an amount of mixed-sized onions at the greengrocers, have them wrapped in newspaper or poured into a brown paper bag. They seem to look less what I call "Euro-ised" than the more expensive offerings, in that their size is random, not uniform.
I wouldn't imagine (unless you are truly passionate about onions) a lot of people would find them good for eating raw, say as part of a salad or in a sandwich, as due to their size the taste is rather strong, and they are the type that will make your eyes water when you peel them. They are excellent for cooking with (soups, stews, curries etc.) and they fry up well.
As to whether you would find Sainsbury's "Basics" Onions appealing, I suppose all depends on how fussy you are regarding uniformity, packaging, appearance etc. For me, these onions are perfect, as their quality is no different to the more expensive ones, and I really at the end of the day don't care what size they are, so long as they work - and these do.
I suppose the worst thing about Sainsbury's "Basics" Onions is that because they are generally smaller than other, more expensive onions, is that the peeling of them is more arduous, but I consider that a very small aggravation for something which is of perfectly good quality in all other ways, for a comparatively low price.
I buy these all the time, and shall continue to for as long as Sainsbury's carry on producing them - why pay 99p for 1kg when you can get exactly the same thing, only in smaller bits, at 1.5kg for 73p?
Thanks for reading!