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      24.11.2013 12:47
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      High salt content - handle with care!

      Yet another review on a Tesco Everyday Value product - not hard to imagine what my grocery list looks like! There is no photo this time, but as with all TEV products the packaging has been changed from the traditional red, white & blue, and now it has pretty little green cooking and food illustrations and a nice photo of a delicious looking vegetable soup. I make lots of soups and stews (and creations that fall somewhere in-between) - each weekend I usually have a huge pot of something on the go on the stove, so my cupboards are full of stock cubes of all kinds of varieties and flavours. For a pack of 10 the TEV vegetable cubes are just 20p, so I thought they were worth a try. Value products can be hit or miss, many are excellent, many are awful, but 20p wasn't going to break me. The cubes are rectangular shaped (I know that isn't correct, geometry is not my strong point) and are wrapped in plain silver foil. Beef and chicken cubes are also available and they are wrapped in a similar way, so it's hard to identify which cube is which unless you keep them in the box. More expensive cubes have different designs so I empty them all into a big glass jar, but I have to keep the Value ones separate for identification purposes which is a bit annoying and fiddly - but at 20p that wasn't something I'd complain about. While most TEV items have a rebranded design the product is that same as it always was, but I suspect the stock cubes may have been changed. I'd read a few reviews on them and they were on the whole very favourable, but unfortunately my experience didn't seem so good. Basically, the cubes are just like flavoured salt. The packaging boasts that they contain no artificial preservatives, flavours, colours or MSG - but on checking the ingredients they contain a scary 40% salt! And you can really spot this when you use them! The preparation guidelines say to place a cube in a jug and add ¾ pint boiling water. Because of the consistency, I was able to crumble these straight into whatever I was cooking (one advantage - some more expensive cubes don't crumble in your fingers). I'm not one for measuring or counting much when I am cooking, I just fire most of the ingredients in until it tastes right. The trouble with these cubes is the salt v flavour ratio - I made a pot of couscous and vegetables, and one cube wasn't enough to give it much flavour - but by adding two, the salt was unbearable. I made soup with them, but also used a couple of more expensive cubes (and no added salt) so the result was ok. I don't use meat cubes as much, as I make quite a lot of stock myself, but I tried the chicken ones and they were much the same - very little flavour, and lots of salt. I haven't tried the beef variety. As far as allergy advice goes they contain milk, wheat, gluten, celery and celeriac, and while the recipe and factory have no nuts Tesco cannot guarantee the product is nut free. ******** I still buy the occasional box of these cubes, purely because they are easy to crumble, so if I am cooking something which needs a last minute dash of slight flavour (or a good dose of extra salt) I can crumble one in without having to start boiling water and dissolving half a better quality cube. I find I'll do this in a stir fry which needs a slight nudge at the last minute, but would be ruined by any extra water. The cubes crumble well and dissolve fully, so you don't get a little concentrated blob of stock! I'll give these cubes 2 stars - the easy crumbling is handy, but for cooking on the whole, I'd stick to better quality, more expensive cubes - and a less salty result! Thanks for reading.

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        28.02.2012 00:56

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        tesco value beef stock cubes should be called tesco value SALT stock cubes, look at the ingredients...more than 40 pc salt excluding sodium, slightly more than "2pc" beef fat! beef stock cubes...excuse me, salt stock cubes!!

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        21.10.2011 23:36
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        make the switch

        I normally buy Knorr stock cubes but they were out of stock so I needed an alternative. I decided on the Tesco value ones as they were a mere 6p a packet making each of the 10 stock cubes 0.6p each. The cubes are identical in appearance to the Knorr ones, a rectangular block rather than a cube. The pale green cube crumbles fairly easily and dissolves quickly when boiling water is added to it. The stock is a nice mild flavour which goes well in any savoury dish. They taste very similar to the Knorr cubes, I didn't find any of the vegetables used in the cube stood out as dominant instead the taste was a nice blend of carrot, celery, tomato and onion and there are some flecks of herbs floating around which gives food a nice look I did find the Tesco Value cubes fairly salty and I do buy low salt stock whenever possible but these actually had less salt (44g per 100g) than the Knorr chcicken cubes in my cupboard. There is a warning for allergy sufferers to avoid them if they are sensitive to celery, sulphites or milk which would also mean they are not suitable for vegans. The Tesco Value stock cubes are phenomonal value, you can buy around 20 packets of them instead of 1 packet of Knorr vegetable cubes and there is very little difference in taste and no loss of quality when making the switch.

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          21.10.2011 17:00
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          A great, cheap product. The jug will need a scrub though!

          I prepare stock in a measuring jug, as I assume most people do. I went hunting for simple and cheap recipes online and came across a great site. The list of ingredients was quite long, but all of them were easy to get. I decided to buy value ingredients to bring the cost of the meal down. I stumbled across this cheap vegetable stock and thought it perfect. Product - 100g Standard Tesco Value packaging. White with a suitable picture and the red and blue logo on the front. The pack is long and thin. Inside are ten rectangular stock cubes wrapped in silver foil. Crumbles well, but needs a little bit of a pinch to get it going. Dissolves nice and fast in the 450ml of water required. You'll be left with yellow water with bits of dried veg floating around. The smell of the stock makes it smell of vegetable broth. It isn't too strong nor is it too weak which gives you an idea as to how strong the taste will be when added to food. It makes a nice taste difference to food. I mixed it with dark soy sauce and peanut butter then added it to egg noodles. I was annoyed to discover my measuring jug was stained after the first use. I figured a wash would sort it, but I was wrong. It takes one heck of a scrub to lighten the yellow stain. I don't reckon it will ever be gone. Price - Currently, 0.06p. A fantastic price. If you have a dishwasher the staining should not be a problem, making the product well worth the money. I also imagine having a scrubbing pad would make getting the stain off easier but we've not had any whilst we've had this product. I've been using boiling water and j-cloths. It takes around five minutes of scrubbing to lessen the yellow ring around the inside of the jug.

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            27.01.2011 19:05
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            Excellent flavour stock cubes

            My mum has always used oxo cubes, infact in my kitchen there is a battered old oxo cube tin where we keep all the stock cubes. When my partner and I moved in together we had to look at cheap alternatives in most areas of our life as between the two of us we earn less the the national average wage for 1 person. When we ran out of vegetable oxo cubes, I decided to try the Tesco value equivalent to see if they were any good. The tesco value stock cubes come in a small rectangular cardboard box with the standard tesco value logo on the front. Inside the box are 10 individually wrapped stock cubes, these are rectangular in shape as opposed to square oxo cubes. The foil covering on the stock cubes has no text on it or colouring to denote what flavour stock they are - this is fine if you just have one type of stock, but if you've bought several flavours you'll have to keep them separate or you'll have no idea which is which. As I like to keep all my stock cubes in a tin, this is a bit of a pain (unless you fancy a lucky dip) and is somewhere that oxo cubes excel as they have the word oxo written on each cube in an appropriate coloured text (orange for chicken, red for beef and green for vegetable). In my experience I've always found that stock cubes are incredibly hard to break and the tesco value ones are certainly the same - infact they're even tougher than other brands I've tried and it's really tough to break them down from a solid block to a fine powder. Despite these short coming's, the taste is the most important thing here and in all honesty I cannot differentiate the flavour from the far more expensive oxo equivalent. The flavour given from one stock cube is very strong and rich whilst managing not to be overpowering (although this does of course depend to a certain extent on your cooking!) Vegetable stock cubes are also very flexible in use - far more so than their meat counterparts as they go well with all types of meat and even fish, infact I'm currently cooking myself risotto and roast salmon for dinner with vegetable stock. Overall I would recommend these stock cubes - they are very well priced (price does fluctuate but they cost around 20p for a box of 10) and the flavour is excellent. There are a couple of shortcomings, but these aren't overly important in the long run and as such I shall only knock off 1 star for these issues.

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              24.10.2010 17:33

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              I'm an avid cook and always like to get value for money, with tesco stock cubes I can. I love that they actually crumble unlike other more expensive brands that stick to your fingers, I use them in lentil soup, spaghetti bolognese and everything else that requires them. I'm a vegetarian so I only use vegetable stock although I do find they have a high salt content.

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              29.04.2010 08:26
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              Good cheap price and value.

              I saw these cubes while shopping in Tesco recently and when I saw the very low price of only 19p for 10 cubes I thought I would give them a try and see how they tasted in my food and to see if I could save money by going down a brand with stock cubes. They come in a cardboard box in the usual blue and red colours of Tesco lower branded foods and there are 10 good sized cubes approximately 2 inches x inch rectangle shape and they are individually wrapped in a foil wrapper, they can easily be unwrapped and inside each one is a hard beige coloured cube and they can be dissolved in hot water or added to soup or meat dishes to enhance the flavour. In my opinion they smell of pepper and I have used them for stews and casseroles and they give that little extra kick of flavour, and for soups they are very good to add a little thickness to the ingredients, and I have used them for making vegetable Lasagne. In my opinion they are not at all salty as I first thought they would be and they dissolve very well and sometimes I have used more than one to give extra flavour. I think they flavour food quite nicely and although they are a vegetable stock cube I have used them for many meat and fish dishes and they have all tasted perfectly fine. I always store mine in a glass jar to keep them dry and although the cube wrappers do not have any writing on them and they look very basic, they look perfectly fine in jars and for the very cheap price they should not be overlooked as they can give food that little extra bit of kick that is sometimes needed. I do recommend these for anyone to give a try, especially if you are on a low budget and trying to cut down on your shopping bill. I give them 5 stars. Thank you for reading my reviews.

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                16.03.2010 14:18
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                cheap price

                I love to cook and experimenting with food and so the cheaper the food is the better I feel and I find the Value range at Tesco to be excellent value for money. I bought these cubes for the little price of 19p for 10 cubes,the box is has the red and blue logo of the Value range and they can be found near the gravy shelves and come in a little rectangle cardboard box which is very light and the opening is on both side which just open easily and inside are the cubes wrapped in a little foil type wrapper individually and they also are easy to unwrap. I store mine in a glass jar and use them when needed and they are best stored in a cool place, they are perfect for adding to dishes and as a stock for gravy, they are good to use in soups and add to the taste, they do not in my opinion have a salty taste and they are brilliant to add to a casserole. I add mine to vegetables when in a pan and they add that extra vegetable taste to them, I use them with mince in a pan. I use them for extra flavour to vegetable lasagne, and it just gives a little more thickness. If you are on a budget and like stock cubes in your food these are just perfect and for the price they are very good value for money. I rate them a 5 star. Try them and see if you can change to this lower brand of stock cubes and save some money.

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                01.03.2010 22:10
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                For a helping hand making soups or sauces.

                I find many Tesco Value products to be excellent value for money, however there are also the occasional products which surpass all my expectations and come with an extremely tiny price tag. These Vegetable Stock Cubes are one example of this with ten cubes costing a mere 19p which is a good deal less than the branded stock cubes, and in fact a whole £1 cheaper than their Knorr equivalent. The thing I find bizarre is that there is very little, if any, difference between these and any other vegetable stock cube I've ever used. I mainly use this kind of stock cube when making vegetable soup and they have proved identical to my usual OXO cubes in every way apart from one - and that one difference is simply that they are slightly harder to crumble. This isn't a problem however, and the cubes dissolve rapidly so any large lumps you happen to drop into your soup or sauce will quickly disappear. It's hard for me to describe the taste as this obviously isn't a product that would be eaten or drunk on its own, what I can say is that my soup tastes as fresh as ever and a single cube dissolved into a white sauce makes an excellent lasagne topping. I was worried these stock cubes were going to be very salty due to the very low price but they are absolutely no different to OXO with regards to the saltiness. They have a fairly robust vegetable flavour and Tesco have also used an excellent combination of herbs and spices to create a delicious stock cube at a fraction of the price of any other. I am extremely impressed with these Value Vegetable Stock Cubes, admittedly the packaging is rather dire but frankly with this kind of product I have absolutely no concerns regarding this. They work exceptionally well, provide me with exactly the same results as the far more expensive brands and cost less than 2p per cube! I cannot fault them in any way. When I first bought them I convinced myself during my journey home that I had wasted 16p (as they were then) and I vividly remember being pleasantly surprised that very same day when I used two cubes to make a potato based soup. I honestly haven't looked back since; over Christmas I was forced to buy Knorr Vegetable Stock Cubes as there were none of these on the shelf, but this simply served to reinforce my view that these Value cubes are excellent value for money and can do anything a Knorr or OXO cube can.

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                  27.02.2010 21:13
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                  A good veg stock

                  As a big fan of making home made soups, one of the primary ingredients that I use is vegetable stock. I have tried several different brands and a range of priced stocks and to be perfectly honest, I have failed on all these occasions to notice any difference in the flavour between the most expensive to the absolute cheapest which happens to be the Tesco Value Vegetable Stock cubes. I am not saying that you will never notice a difference in the tastes of stock, however, for the purpose that I use it for, i.e. making soups, there is no noticeable difference. ~~The product~~ The cubes themselves, as stated earlier, in taste they are perfect for most applications especially as an ingredient in a larger recipe. However, the cubes come in fairly flat, rectangular shape, and the texture is very hard. This makes them difficult to crumble unlike other branded cubes or like the already powdered stocks. The result of this hard texture is poor mixing of the stock into the water and so requires a little more effort in stirring the solution. The stock cubes last a lot longer than normal stock as well, this is because only one cube needs to be diluted into 450 ml of water where, for example, an oxo cube dilutes into just 120ml. ~~The price and packaging~~ The pack comes in a cardboard container and contains 10 cubes inside, all individually foil wrapped to ensure they have a long shelf life. The price is very reasonable and is far far cheaper than any other stock that I have seen on the market, they cost just 19p for the pack. ~~Overall~~ They are a base model product which, for the price are fantastic and serve many different purposes. I would recommend these vegetable stock cubes and will be buying them again in the future. I give them a Dooyoo rating of 4 stars out of 5.

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