“ Brand: Asda / Type: Bread „
I'm usually happy enough to buy the smart price products, but this is one to avoid!
The main reason I buy it is because we have lots of dogs - and they get a slice of bread after their dinner as "dessert"! The gulp it down in one go - it doesn't even touch the sides! I often wondered if it was ok to give bread to dogs but the boys love it and a bonio just won't do for pudding!
The slices are smaller than usual for a standard loaf, and they are stale immediately.
Now, this is good as don't want boys getting too many empty calories, and the staler the bread - the more munching they do and the more satisfying it is for them!
My partner and I try to avoid eating bread - and if it is only asda smart price in the house we are not tempted!
It's only 50p which is great value considering I buy it as dog food.
Oh yes - it did make fab stuffing at Christmas - stale & dense and tasteless - soaked up the sage, onion & butter beautifully!
It's embarrassing buying it to be honest, but I make sure I throw in a big block of cheese so people think am just toasting it!
I still buy it - as dog food - but do avoid for people - pay the extra for a decent loaf.
i felt quite shamed when i decided to write this review for asda smartprice white medium sliced bread, because i had a feeling what i was getting myself into when i brought it. i picked it up hurried to the till and quickly paid before anyone i might have known see me. Now as you might know from my previous reviews im trying my way thru the smartprice range in the hope at end of it my shopping bill might be reduced with the things i found good in this range,
So here we go asda smartprice bread. hmm as per usual with this range the packaging just tells you the basics ingredients, best before date and the like, when i picked it up my first reaction was "are you sure this is medium sliced Mr Asda ?" because i dont think i have come across bread this thin even when a loaf says thin sliced, but even so at 47 pence i had to give it a try.
First i tried toasting it , i slapped two of the painfully thin slices into my toaster and waited for the pop. If your toasting this then stay with it because it toasts a hell of alot quicker than other brands of bread, i had to save mine from cremation ! To be honest as toast its not to sad its toasted bread at the end of the day , thin i know but toast, the major disaster came when it was time to make a sandwitch in which i wasted about 3 slices trying to butter it and not having the bread fall apart. and when its not toasted its just so so doughy its a tasteless ball of dough that it ends up like in your mouth when your eating it , was actually quite vile,
Another thing that shocked me about asda smartprice bread was how short the life of the loaf was before it went mouldy , long before the use by date, i think within three days of buying it the mould started forming on the edges. so that was it for me and i ended up binning half a loaf.
Never again will i buy this product i would rather wait till i had enough money for a proper loaf if all i could afford was smartprice, what a disaster that trial was never ever again lol !!!!
Asda Smart Price Medium White Bread
Description: Manufacturer: Asda / Type: Bread.
If you have read any of my earlier reviews then you are likely to know that I am a big fan of the supermarkets own ranges which give me savings by spending less on posh packaging. This packaging gets thrown in the bin anyway so it makes no difference if it is cheap and no frills.
I have found that many of the products from these ranges have been really good, which actually surprised me when I started trying them.
Normally, I am a bit of a bread snob though, I do have to admit that. I like my bread to be freshly baked and preferably have seeds in it. On this occasion, I called in to my local Asda quite late and there wasn't as much choice as I would usually have had. Since I had to buy a pre-cut loaf of bread anyway, I decided to try this one to see how it compares to the more expensive brands.
The bread is packaged in the same way as all goods in the range, the cellophane bread bag has a plain white and green label. It cost me just £0.44 for a loaf which was more than half the price of some of the competing brands.
Each slice contains 80 calories. The slices are quite thin and the bread has a slightly soggy look about it, and certainly isn't fluffy looking as I had hoped. It is a light off white and beige colour which doesn't look particularly appealing either.
Because the bread is so thin, it is easy to tear it when you are applying the butter which was a bit irritation.
The bread unfortunately doesn't taste any better than it looks. It is a little dry (despite being bought well before its "use by" date) and hasn't got much texture. Overall, it was quite bland and while it wasn't unpleasant, it wasn't particularly enjoyable either. In fact, it matched the packaging and tasted a bit cheap and nasty, and not very fresh.
I won't be buying this loaf again, if you are trying to save money then it may be worth trying brands from the other supermarkets, rather than spending your cash on this one as it just wasn't worth it.
On a more positive note, we fed the majority of this loaf to the ducks nearby and they seemed to have no such reservations about eating it!
Asda Smart Price bread looked like a good buy because I pay £1.04 for Warburton's bread at the moment. I use three large loaves per week, so I thought it might be worth trying the cheaper brand.
The packing is simply a plastic bag with green writing on it, but that should make no difference to the product inside. I thought that the bread slices looked much smaller than the Warburton ones. They are supposed to be medium sliced.
The colour of the Asda bread was kind of grey and of putting and it felt a bit dry to touch. I'm used to pure white bread that is moist to touch and eat. However, I did persevere and decided to toast a couple of slices. The texture of the bread changed but the toast was kind of rubbery to eat. The taste can only be described as foam rubber flavoured with yeast and a sprinkling of salt.
I really didn't fancy using it to make sandwiches because of the grey colour. I believe this has to do with the grade of flour used to bake the bread.
After two days I found this bread inedible. It had a strong, foisty kind of smell and was quite dry to the touch. The grey bread had started to turn pale yellow in places.
In the bottom of the bag I found spots of blue mould which should not appear on bread that is still within its use by date. Apparently this is caused by bread being packed into bags in the bakery before it is cold. Condensation forms in the back and seeps down to the bottom. Yuk!
So, although I am trying save a few pennies here and there, just like everyone else, I won't be buying this bread again. I would rather stick with Warburtons and know that I am getting a product that I will enjoy eating and that will last well over its use by day.
Like many people, my budget doesn't seem to be stretching as far lately, so I've been down-branding as much as my shopping as I can. With some products, this pays off, as sometimes you can't tell the difference - especially with items like pasta and rice which are going to get covered in sauces anyway .
So, I purchased a load of the Smartprice bread, in it's distinctive but incredibly basic green and white packaging, for a mere 47 pence . My usual loaf of choice is Kingsmill Everyday White, which currently costs £1 a loaf, and I get through two each week . So thats a big saving - 53p per loaf less, which would soon add up to pounds if I stuck with it .
On opening the packet, I find these slices are thinner than I would typically like a medium loaf to me - and they feel very dry to the touch in comparison to my usual brand. The colour wasn't particularly nice - it looked a dull off-white colour, with the crusts being quite a pale anaemic colour .
Making a slice into a sandwich, it tasted as dry as it felt - and it felt horrible to eat, nasty dry pap going round in my mouth as I chewed . It tasted slightly stale - which it certainly shouldn't have been having only just been purchased . Apart from the stale taste, it was pretty much flavourless, and it lacked the fluffiness and bounce of good fresh bread .
As toast, it fares slightly better, although it still didn't taste particularly fresh.
Nutrition wise, its 80 calories per slice , which is slightly less than my usual brand, but that certainly isn't going to make up for it tasting stale .
I also noticed that this bread only lasted one or two days, before small green dots of mould appeared on the crusts . Given that the best before date still had two days to go, this is unacceptable.
I don't think economising on bread has paid off for me . It's a cheap white loaf, and it tastes cheap . I'd buy it again if I needed something to feed the ducks, but I wouldn't buy it to eat myself .
An utter failure in flavour and freshness, one star .