“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Pickles „
===Label now has a large Union Jack on the front ===
Suitable for Vegetarians.
Clear glass jar with black screw top lid.
Long shelf life - mine is currently up to October 2014.
Label now has Union Jack on the front.
340 grams jar with a drained weight of 215 grams.
100% British made.
Produced in the UK for Tesco.
Cannot guarantee nut free.
100 grams is only 26 calories.
Store in a cool, dry place.
Once opened, keep refrigerated and consume within 6 weeks and by date shown.
Beetroot, Water, Acetic Acid, Spirit Vinegar, Sugar, Salt.
340 grams - 79p (often on 2 for £1.50 offer)
710 grams - £1.45.
I am now trying to eat more fruit and vegetables and one thing I now enjoy is a plateful of salad. I order online with Tesco so as well as their pickle I have also been buying their pickled beetroot.
According to the Boots website beetroot has also been shown to lower blood pressure so as well as being tasty in a salad there are health benefits as well.
These jars of beetroot I find very economical and convenient as I can use as many slices as I wish and then just store them in the fridge. It states that it will keep for up to 6 weeks after opening but mine is gone within a week or two anyway.
I use some of these slices of beetroot with onion, cheese, cucumber and tomatoes. The slices vary in size but I do not mind as I sort of chop them up anyway. They are all well cooked without being mushy. So far I have had a few jars and have not found any to be hard or not cooked properly. They have a sort of earthy taste but that s what beetroot is like. The vinegar with them is not too sharp and acidic so that the beetroot is pleasant to eat - but is not too sweet or salty.
I think these are a great accompaniment to any salads and I even put them in my salad sandwiches.
The more vegetables we can eat the better and I find that this is a good way of having vegetables without buying the fresh beetroot which can often go off before you get to use them.
I normally have some every day now with other salad items and always try and have a spare jar or two in the cupboard.
Personally I buy the smaller jars as they are just for me and I find them more convenient to use - though as I am eating so much these days I may start buying the larger jars.
I have not tried the Tesco Everyday Value Beetroot but find that this Tesco product is great value and I will continue to buy it.
===Would I Recommend?===
One of my favourite lunches at the moment is a good mature cheese and beetroot on a crusty cob. I have never had a particular favourite brand when it comes to pickled beetroot and really an equally happy with slices or whole baby beetroot that I can slice myself.
This time around I happen to have the Tesco Pickled Sliced Beetroot, which cost me 48p for a 340g jar.
It's very good considering it's almost half the price of Baxters Beetroot and I certainly have no complaints. Admittedly a few of the slices can be a little harder than the beetroot I am used to, but this just takes a bit of getting used to and I have not come across any slice that is so hard that it is rendered inedible.
In the main this beetroot has a good consistency which is neither too hard nor soggily soft (a common problem with own brand pickles I find) and the sweetness of the pickling vinegar compliments any cheese I have used perfectly. The vinegar is actually nicer than the rather tart Haywards beetroot I used recently and it compliments any other foods rather than completely masking the different flavours which is great as I like the taste of beetroot to be an accompaniment rather than a flavour all of its own.
I also like the fact that the flavour of the beetroot itself is completely apparent in this jar, I find that pickled beetroot rarely tastes of the vegetable at all but here I think Tesco have gotten the balance just right. The pickling vinegar is sweeter than I am used to, but it doesn't taste sugary in the slightest - again this can be a problem when using supermarket own brand pickles, especially beetroot.
The slices are not terribly consistent in size, but then who would want them to be? In this jar I am using at the moment I have had slices almost too big to get out of the jar in one piece and also tiny slices (not broken bits, actual slices) no bigger than my thumbnail. They are sliced to a fairly uniform thickness though which for me is the main consideration as I hate it when I bite into a sandwich expecting a good taste of beetroot only to find that on this particular portion there is just a wafer thin shaving of the yummy vegetable.
I cannot praise this highly enough. I think this beetroot is easily as good as it's more expensive counterparts and is absolute excellent value for money as it's just 18p more expensive that the Tesco Value beetroot which is absolutely foul.