“ Brand: Asda / Type: Bread „
As I have a 2 year old I'm always trying to find new and exciting alternatives for him instead of the usual sandwiches and rolls. A good thing for when he goes to school finding out what he will or will not eat at this stage.
I decided that I would buy some pitta breads for him since there is a lot that can be done with them filling with both hot and cold fillers or as a snack, even putting tomato ketchup/puree on them with cheese and veggies for quick pizzas.
When I was in asda doing the weekly shop I decided to pick some up at only 19p for 6 you can't really grumble at the price.
I found that when heating them they have to only be in the microwave for a few seconds else they become too hard and can't be eaten. They tear really easily and it's pretty hopeless tring to slice them open to add a filling. They are ok for making pizzas and grilling to melt the cheese but any other use I have found them pretty impossible to use.
They are really dry and tasteless almost like cardboard and in comparison to others are quite hard to eat.
Usually I am impressed by the smartprice range of goods but unfortunately these just don't cut it. They're ok for a quick snack or for the wee one where they will almost always end upon the floor but for general eating I'd say spend a bit more and get a pitta bread you can actually get to do the job.
As many of you who read my reviews will know, I am on a diet and have recently lost two stone. I have also lost quite a bit of money, trying to keep up with my high cost dietry needs. It can work out really expensive when trying to accomodate low fat varieties and keep the rest of the housemates happy.
I have recently decided, that I am going to try the value range of foods, which will help me spend less on groceries and also allow me extra money from my budget to spend on fresh fruit.
Therefore, when I was in my local Asda the other week, I picked up a pack of six smart price pitta breads for a staggering 19p. What an absolute bargain. The breads could be seen through the clear packaging. They appeared to be of a good size and therefore I bunged them in my trolley before you could say Rosemary Connely.
When I got home it was around lunch time, and feeling rather peckish I decided to sample one of these pitta breads with ham. As soon as I opened the packet and took out a Pitta, I knew I was in for a disappointment. To the touch the bread appeared and felt really thin in width. There was no substance to this bread what so ever. When slicing into the pitta bread I was really unhappy with it's inability to remain intact. It just crumbled and became a mess.
The taste of this pitta bread was alright, but nothing at all worth singing and dancing about. The taste of the pitta was very bland and boring. There was no wheatiness or seasoning evident, which I believe would have made the bread more appetising.
I love smart price branded food. I have sampled a large amount of the range and am always very impressed by the quality for money. However, I have to say, these pitta breads fall way short of the mark for me. They offer nothing. They are tasteless. The thiness of the pitta is also very poor. Im afraid, whilst I like the 19p price tag, I will not be entertaining the idea of buying these agian anytime soon.
The back of the packaging has all relevent information regarding dietry requirement. Including ingredients, nutritional values and dietry information.
Recently I've been spending a fortune on my work lunches, simply because I have been too disorganised to plan and buy ahead. However, last week, when I checked my bank balance I knew that something drastic had to be done... so off I popped to Asda intent on purchasing some cheap lunch items. One of the items I spotted was a pack of six Smart Price pitta breads, at 19p they seemed like a complete bargain - I mean you can't grumble at 3.2p per pitta! So I popped a packet into my trolly and continued to bargain hunt.
********** Packaging and availability ************
As I've already mentioned, these pitas come in packs of six and they are usually found in the bakery section of Asda.
These pitas come in green and white 'Smartprice' packaging and they are widely available in most Asda stores.
*********** Nutritional Information ***********
These pitas are pretty average when it comes to calorie content, however considering there are 123 calories in each bread I don't think they are particularly filling.
************ Taste test ************
When I opened these pitas the first thing I noticed was that they seem quite hard and rather tough. There was so smell to them and they were very difficult to cut. To be honest I think that stuffing these pitas with a filling would be virtually impossible.
The bread was very tough to chew and almost tasted stale. I tried to toast a pitta too, to make it more appetising, but this didn't make much difference.
There wasn't much taste to the pitta, it was rather bland and wasn't as soft and fluffy as I'd hoped.
*********** Overall ***********
Considering these pitas worked out at 3.2p each I feel bad moaning. They were exeptionaly cheap and if I was exceptionally skint in the future they I'd consider purchasing them again. However as a general rule I will be spending a little more on my pitta breads... it's true what they say... you get what you pay for.
Two out of five stars.
I always thought that all pitta bread is the same. It most certainly is not. You definitely get what you pay for when it comes to this stuff.
Like the Smart Price bread, I find these pittas to 'taste a bit cheap and nasty' but that isn't really what bothers me about them. The really annoying thing about them is that I cannot get the things open! Every time I, with the greatest of care, pop a bubble and run a sharp knife a bit at a time around the edges, it inevitably gets stuck on the dough and tears the bread.
So making a kebab is impossible.
Also, if I am by some miracle able to get the thing open and stick some meat in it, it refuses to stay in one piece, and tears in the most annoying place so all the meat falls onto my lap.
Nah. Its one thing to have a great big pile of them in your bread-bin to shut the kids up when they come home from school with carb-cravings, but quite another if you actually want to open them and stick something on the inside. They are far too thin, and the ingredients they use are inferior.
I will however, say that its good to see the Smart Price brand in general tends to avoid artificial flavours and preservatives, even if it does reduce the shelf life.
When my mum brought these in Asda last week she threw them in the trolley and said "we'll try these, they're too cheap really but it's only pitta bread". Spoken like someone who doesn't eat pitta breads because we all know pitta's have to be soft and full of flavour!
They cost 19p for 6 pitta breads and I don't think they look very nice, the surface of the pitta breads is a mix of pure white and a bit grey and even when you toast them they don't brown very well.
The pitta breads are quite small but that doesn't bother me because if I'm that hungry I'll just have 2! The problem I had was that they don't open up very easily and it's impossible to cut them in a tidy line, one of them I had yesterday was cut so badly that it tore all down the one side so I had to sort of wrap the pitta around the chicken and hold it tight to stop all the filling dropping out.
The taste of them is OK but nothing special. I thought these pitta breads were very dry in texture and they've got a strong floury flavour that takes a bit away from the filling inside. They also start going hard quick after they've been toasted so you're better off to prepare them one at a time otherwise by the time you've eaten the first one the second will be going tough.
For the price you can't moan because that's not even 4p per pitta bread, I prefer better quality ones though so will carry on buying the more expensive ones because at least I can cut those neatly and enclose the filling properly.
I love all types of bread and pitta breads are no exception to this so I often keep a packet in the freezer especially for making ham and marmite toasted pittas which are just delicious with lashings of butter.
These Smartprice pitta breads are available from Asda for 19p and for this price you will receive 6 pitta breads which is a very reasonable price and around 5p cheaper than similar pitta breads from similar supermarkets.
The pitta breads are quite small in size but perfectly acceptable for such a bargain price. They have an almost grey colour to them and the texture is nothing special. There are no frills with this product and it's really quite basic but I wouldn't expect anything more for this price!
The pittas take on a better colour and smell once they are toasted in the toasted or warmed through in the oven they are fairly passable as a lunch or dinner accompaniment. They fluff up quite well and do have a nice bread smell coming out of them. They taste quite nice once filled but on their own they are quite plain and I would definitely buy something a little more expensive if I was going to be having these with salad or something but as I have them toasted it doesn't matter that they aren't the best quality.
I store these pittas in the freezer and it doesn't seem to effect the quality at all whether I toast them straight from frozen or defrost them beforehand.
Ingredients: Wheat Flour , Water , Yeast , Salt , Preservative (Calcium Propionate) .
Each pitta contains 122 calories, 0.5g fat, 0.5g of salt so overall these aren't too bad although these are quite small for containing over 100 calories so steer clear if you are healthy eating.
As these pitta breads are average I would vote these 3/5 as they are alright for the price paid but I would rather spend a little more money and have something of better quality because sometimes you do get what you pay for and here I did, a cheaply made product at a cheap price. They are certainly edible but nothing special.
In my opinion, the only reason you will buy these is because they are cheap. The latest price I have seen in ASDA is about 40p for six, which is pretty much the cheapest price you will pay for 6 pittas.
In my student days, I used these as a staple base for most meals. They are fairly small in comparison to the rest of the pittas on the market, but for 40p, you can't really complain. In my opinion, if they were to be consumed alone they would be extremely bland, but when other ingredients are added, then they can be turned into a delightful meal (the best way to do this is to toast the pitta and then cut open along the side, and add your filling!).
The only qualm I would have with the product is that they do go stale very quickly. Unfornately, this is even if you do make sure you wrap them up with foil/cling film after opening the packet - although, again, toasting them is a good way to fight against this!
To summarise, they are the cheapest pittas on the market, but for 40p for 6, one can't complain. If you put the time and effort in with preparing the filling, the rewards are obvious and well earnt!
I often buy supermarket value ranges. I know they can be a bit hit and miss, but what I have found from 'basic' ranges is that the simplier the product is, the less difference there is from the more upmarket version. Chopped tomatos, for example, taste no different in value form than those that come branded because, esentially, they are tomatos chopped up.
Well, I had the same opinion of these pitta breads before buying them, thinking that a pitta was a pitta so there couldnt possible be anything bad about the value version. I was wrong however.
Ok, there are very cheap, costing about 40p for 6 individual breads. I tried them with some dip when i got home from shopping and was really disappointed. They taste very 'long life' and hard, bland with no real flavour. The thing I like about a pitta is the doughyness - and hit of sourness - this was absent from these breads.
The texture was also horrible, instead of a squishy bread that you can dunk and enjoy with houmous, this was rigid and carboard like - in a way it felt like it had been toasted when it hadn't.
I would defintely avoid these and pay the 30p extra for a more superior product that has some taste and texture.
It was worth the risk though - at least now I know!
Upon moving to my University town the first thing I did was shopping at ASDA, after months of Tesco Value products I needed something new.
Unfortunately "Smartprice" has the same rules as "Value", some products are great other downright bad.
I'm not too sure in which category to put the pitta bread, 19 pence for 6 medium slices of white pitta bread as a really, really good price. And in the end they do their job; others might be a bit better but these here are definitely the winner when it comes to quality/price.
You'll get 6 medium slices of pitta bread in a small see through plastic bag. They vary greatly in size, shape and colour - some seem almost a bit burned around the edges but that never affected the taste in any way.
You can eat them straight from the pack or re-heated from the microwave. The heated version is usually my favourite but make sure that you only heat the slices for 30 sec - if you heat them too much they'll go rock hard in no time and you can throw the whole thing away.
Freezing the bread is no problem; after 1 1/2 min in the microwave they are as good as fresh bread - but again, don't over heat as they frozen ones tend to get really hard.
The slices are quite thin and if you want to cut them open and fill them you might want to look for a different alternative. I usually fill pitta bread with salad and falafel but the Smartprice version is just too thin. Cutting a pocket in one is almost a mission impossible without destroying the whole slice. For me, that's definitely a big minus point.
However, they taste great! If you finally figured out how long they need in the toaster you are rewarded with very cheap pitta bread that tastes fresh, is soft and smells lovely!
My favourite is dipped in houmous which makes a not too unhealthy and quick snack.
Give it a try, this is definitely a good Smartprice product and you won't find any pitta bread that is cheaper. However, if you really want to fill it than it is worth to spend a bit more to get thicker slices.
The packaging for this product is very simplistic, as is all of the Smart Price range. 6 pitta breads are stacked one on top of the other in a see-through plastic wrapper and are labelled with the Smart Price green writing on white background. This is a very bland way to package a product and not very eye-catching but it cuts down on the cost as well as cutting down on excessive packaging waste.
The front clearly shows the buyer the best before date, usually a week after purchase at most, and that the product is suitable for vegetarians.
The writing on the back is very clear and precise, telling the buyer the ingredients, meal idea, cooking instructions, allergy advice, storage and nutrition.
I tried one of the pitta breads by itself first, as I was hungry for a small snack and it was easy to grab out of the cupboard, and the product is just as bland as the packaging. There is no taste there apart from a hard, cardboard type bread and laid a little heavy on the stomach afterwards. Luckily, with the product being so plain, there was no unfortunate after taste.
I have not tried eating the pitta bread as suggested on the back but I did eat 2 of them with a cottage pie. To take away the blandness I used the breads to eat up the rest of the meat on the plate. I found this a better way to eat them and they also seemed to weigh less heavy on my stomach that time.
Price and Availability
For a student on a tight budget I would buy this product again. 22p for 6 small pittas is quite reasonable to me. Eating the breads as part of a meal to cover the blandness was the better idea as it gave the product taste as well as the product then helping to fill me up. Asda always seems to have their own brand products stocked quite well so I know I can always walk into my local Asda and be able to buy a couple of packets of the breads and know I can freeze them for a short time as well.
Per pitta bread:
0.4g saturated fat
A lot more calories than expected but very reasonable on the amount of saturated fats in them.
Back on my Diet again, and hating it! When i'm at work I normally take sandwiches, but even they get boring, so I like to take a filled Pitta, which normally works out a little less in calories than 2 slices of Bread, but I think they can taste just as filling. I normally buy either Asda or Tesco's normal shop label ones and they cost around 70p, but when I saw these in Asda I thought they were worth a try.
Part of the Asda budget brand, these Smart Price Pitta Breads will cost you 22p for 6 of them. Prett good buy, and although the date on them only seems about 3 days until they reach best before, these can be frozen and taken out when needed, so you should certainly get your moneys worth from these.
Packaging isn't that exciting. The Pitta's are stacked on top of each other and are in a clear plastic wrapper bag. The only writing on the front is the Product name and it is in that lime green colour that all the Smart Price goods have.
Each Pitta had 142 calories, which is less than the others that I use, buy these were noticably smaller, so we can see where the calore saving came from.
I always heat Pitta's in the Microwave for 20 seconds and I used to slit them in the middle but I had too many tears with these ones, so I cut the end off with a pair of scissors and the pouch opens up perfect and you can fill them and eat them without all the filling falling out.
So what way my taste impression of these? Not that much. Although these were nice and warm, the Bread tasted a bit stale, and not as fluffy as I expected. They just tasted cheap and pretty cardbord like.
I will stick to the next brand up as these are moist, fluffy and larger and a whole world away from these ones.
WOW 19p for six pitta's. You cant go wrong, can you?
I know that there isn't alot that you can purchase for 19p these days but I truly wouldnt waste my money on these again.
The bland packaging follows through to the product itself.
I was assuming that they were so cheap as they seemed really small. I really didn't believe that pitta bread could taste different from brand to brand. Although thinking about that now, breads do differ and I guess that these are no different.
No matter which brand pitta I buy, I really dont like them unless theyre toasted and filled. I usually buy them to keep in the freezer as an emergency if Im out of bread and then toast from frozen.
These seemed ok at first. They were easy to seperate from frozen and they fit in the toaster without having to turn it halfway through toasting.
I removed after toasting as per usual and it landed with a 'slam' on the plate. Dry, hard and unappetising. Even with the sharpest kitchen knife I was unable to create a pocket to fill. Believing that Id over 'cooked' it I tried again for half the time. Although it wasnt quite as hard it was still impossible to open.
These pittas have no middle!
I shan't be buying these again as I can't create my favourite nutella and banana pockets !
To be honest, when it comes to pitta bread I never really thought there was a huge amount of difference between brands. The ones I most frequently buy are from the Somerfield economy range, but I occasionally buy them from Lidl too and both of these brands are really nice. I didn't think twice then about ordering the Smart Price pitta breads from ASDA recently.
The pitta breads come in a white and green packet, and you get 6 in a pack. The packaging is of course very basic, being an economy brand, however it's functional and has all the information you could need on there.
When I first took the pitta breads out of the packet my first impression was simply that they were smaller than the Somerfield ones I normally buy. Other than that, they looked like any other normal white pitta bread.
I think it was when I first tried to slice one open that I had a problem. They didn't seem to slice open to make a pocket very well, and my knife kept slicing through to the other side. I thought it was just me at first but I experienced this with approximately half of the pitta breads I bought (foolishly I ordered four packets with the intention of freezing some).
Like I said, I've never thought there was much difference between brands with this sort of thing, but I must admit the taste of these was particularly poor in comparison with the ones I normally buy. For a start the inside of the bread was incredibly hard and had an almost scratchy texture which didn't taste very nice. Being pitta bread these did taste quite dry, but they were also very chewy and just a little bit hard around the edges - almost as if they were stale. In fact, I even checked with my first pack to see if they were in date (they were) as I was so convinced they were stale!
The pitta bread are freezable, and I do find that they freeze quite well, and don't go soggy when defrosted.
A pack of six costs just 19p from ASDA. At that price, I almost feel bad about whingeing, but like I say there are other economy brands out there which taste a lot better.
Nutritional info (per pitta):
Overall, it's fair to say that I wasn't impressed with these. They had a horrible dry, scratchy texture, were quite small, and just generally not as nice as other economy brand pittas. I would buy these again if I was really skint or if I only had an ASDA to go to - they were still edible (I should know I bought 4 packets!) but they wouldn't be my first choice - or second or third for that matter!