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      21.08.2013 17:41
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      A tasty product at a budget price.

      Unless Sainsburys standard garlic baguettes are on offer - we tend to trade down to these in our house. On the whole I find these baguettes quite an acceptable alternative.

      The product:
      For 65p a pack (2 x 340g baguettes) you get a couple of decent garlic baguettes when you buy these from the Sainsburys Basics range. The baguettes themselves are just a little smaller than the standard size baguettes - Sainsburys Be Good To Yourself (£1.50 per unit) baguettes and their Extra Strong baguettes (£2 per unit) are in packs of 2 x 420g baguettes. They also have a little less garlic and parsley butter in them. These basics baguettes, however, are a fraction of the price and still strong enough to add some zest and crunch to your pasta meals.

      They are a very convenient food product - as you can cook them from chilled or frozen. I find they cook better from chilled, however. Just preheat the oven, remove all packaging and put on a baking tray in the centre of the oven.
      Oven cook from chilled. 200 degrees C. Fan 180 degrees C. Gas mark 6. 12 mins.
      Oven cook from frozen. 200 degrees C. Fan 180 degrees C. Gas mark 6. 15 mins.

      Ingredients:White Baguettes; Garlic & Parsley Spread (18%).White Baguettes contains: Wheat Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast, Flour Treatment Agent: Ascorbic Acid.Garlic & Parsley Spread contains: Margarine (89%) (Palm Oil: Palm Oil, Palm Stearin; Rapeseed Oil, Water, Emulsifier: Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids; Flavouring, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Colour: Carotenes), Garlic (9%), Salt, Parsley (0.4%), Concentrated Lemon Juice.

      Contains wheat gluten

      Not suitable for milk allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of this product.

      A quarter of a baguette is 142kcal.



      Experience of the product:
      If you follow the cooking instructions and keep an eye on these baguettes whilst they cook (as appliances vary), you will get two browned crunchy, baguettes which smell deliciously garlicky. The baguettes easily provide an accompaniment for a pasta meal for the four of us. There is enough garlic butter in these to add a garlicky kick to the meal. And for 65p that's good value for money.

      All things being equal, I would, of course, choose one of the breads which ooze garlic butter - as I like my garlic - but these are good for the price and are not exactly stingy with the garlic, so you don't feel as if you are depriving yourself when you buy them.

      A good trade down. Would recommend.

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        26.03.2013 20:46
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        I'd probably buy it again.... maybe..

        It's not very often that I shop for groceries in Sainsbury's, but I took the opportunity to stock up on some supplies when I visited a local branch of the Supermarket with my sister recently. I made a number of purchases at that time, with this review outlining my experiences of trying the "Sainsbury's Garlic Baguette."

        The bread that I purchased was presented in a twin-pack, containing two individual garlic baguettes, as shown at the top of the Dooyoo page here. The item is a Sainsbury's branded product, so is only available in branches of Sainsbury's, of course. I paid in the region of 80 pence for the package of baguettes, which I thought reflected good value for money. I believe the Basics Garlic Baguettes are also available to purchase individually, should you prefer.

        As with all products from the Sainsbury's 'Basics' range, the item is presented in rather plain-looking and somewhat uninspiring packaging, due to the 'budget' nature of the Basics range. Such matters don't particularly bother me, but it's fair to say that the white package and rather cheap-looking orange print used didn't offer much in the way of attractive detail.

        Opening the pack is very easy, and I didn't need to use scissors, finding the white pack opened with minimal effort. The two baguettes contained within are not individually wrapped, but were nestled quite neatly and securely within the outer packaging. It's worth noting that the bread can be cooked from either frozen or fresh, and although I purchased the bread fresh, I was able to use the first baguette on the day of purchase and then freeze the second baguette quite easily, by popping the package in a large 'zip lock' bag and placing in the top drawer of the freezer until required at a later date.

        The packaging describes the product "2 White baguettes filled with garlic and parsley spread" and I find this description to be exactly spot-on. I was pleasantly surprised to note that the baguettes are rather generously-sized, given the budget price of the product. Little 'score' marks appear on the length of each baguette to allow for ease of slicing.

        To cook, all I had to do was place the baguette on a baking tray and place the tray on the middle shelf of a hot oven. This method applies regardless of whether the baguette is frozen or not, with the cooking time being the only adjustment required.

        After the cooking time had lapsed, I removed the bread from the oven and was pleased at the appearance of the bread, which had turned an attractive golden colour on the top. Flipping the baguette over, I could see that the bottom had not burned or become too dark for my liking. This is something that I have noticed can happen on occasion, and particularly with cheaply-branded loaves such as the Sainsbury's Basics one. There was a pleasant aroma present, being predominately that of garlic, but with the aroma of the warm bread being noticeable too.

        Cutting into the bread was quite easy to do, thanks to the little score marks that were present on the loaf; these allowed my bread knife to slip quite easily along the score marks and cut down to remove the little slices from the baguette. Slicing the baguette wasn't difficult to do, but I did notice that an escape of hot steam was present when the bread was being sliced, so care should be taken of course. I served the bread with salad and pasta, and both my husband and myself were able to obtain four or so slices from the baguette, which I felt was quite generous, especially considering the low price paid.

        The bread tasted rather pleasant, I must admit. I found the balance of the garlic and herb flavours to be just right, without one overpowering the other. I found too that the bread's filling wasn't overly salty, which is something I have found with similar products before. I liked that the bread's buttery filling hadn't gone soggy, or made the bread lose any of it's 'bite'. The bread's crust was wonderfully crisp and added a delicious crunchy texture to the baguette that was quite enjoyable.

        The only real downside that I noticed was that I felt the bread's filling was rather scarce, and certainly it didn't seem to 'fill' the slices of garlic bread as such, instead clinging to the centre of the bread in a small patch. This meant that the remainder of each slice was rather more dry than I would have liked, as a result of the slice being larger than its allocated share of garlic butter.

        This was a bit disappointing, particularly as I frequently purchase budget-branded garlic baguettes from rival supermarkets that contain a more generous portion of garlicky butter within their slices. I can't say that this would annoyance would prevent me from repurchasing the Sainsbury's Basics Garlic Baguettes again in the future, but neither would I go out of my way to purchase them, preferring similar items from other supermarkets.

        The nutritional information on the packaging informs me that 100g of the bread will provide 347 kcal and 14.9g fat. The bread is suitable for vegetarians, and allergy advice is listed on the pack so that consumers can make an informed choice.

        In summary, I'd buy the bread again, but probably only if there was nothing else on offer. I prefer other supermarkets' versions of the budget-branded garlic baguettes, but don't have any major complaints about the Sainsbury's version, especially when the low cost of the item is considered. Taking everything into account, I feel a four star rating in the product rating score is appropriate.

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          06.08.2012 17:07
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          Delicious budget garlic bread

          I love garlic bread and at 34p for 1 baguette, you can't complain! Sainsburies basics advertise as being basic, everyday products for bargain prices. The packaging is white and orange and quite unexciting, but don't get put off by the packaging!

          --Availability--

          Sainsburies basics garlic baguettes are Sainsburies own brand and for this reason are only available in Sainsburies stores. Other supermarkets offer variations on value baguettes.

          --Personal experience--

          I bought these one day looking for a bargain, not expecting a lot for the price!

          I was pleasantly surprised to find the flavour rivalled that of a full price garlic baguette. I am very impressed by Sainsburies basics range and find that even though Sainsburies tends to be more expensive for the branded items, its own brand range are very reasonably priced on a range of products.

          Bake these in the oven for about 20 minutes at high heat for the best results and they should be crisp on the outside and the garlic butter should have melted into the bread on the inside. I am really hungry while writing this and describing garlic bread is making me hungrier!!

          At 34p, add a luxury touch as a side dish for pasta for little extra cash. The garlic bread is crispy and perfectly garlicky and buttery, making these a moreish treat.

          I like these with pizza and pasta but you could have one for a snack! I know that we have had them before on return from a night out and I can say that they are slightly less tasty if you don't cook them all the way through! You should be able to tell they have cooked by the crisp texture on the outside.

          --Verdict--

          Delicious and inexpensive side dish. You can't tell the difference between a branded one and the basics!

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          26.06.2011 23:11
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          The best of this type of bread

          Nipped to sainsburys this afternoon got to the fresh aisle housing the garlic bread baguettes. Spotted the sainsburys basics at 79 pence for two standard size baguettes. In past experience I have always found the basic range to be great and I'm on a mission to discover what's goods and what's not.

          Basic packaging as you would expect with the basics two baguettes wrapped in the basics wrapping plastic white with orange writing.

          Dinner time-

          Served dinner commented on how nice the baguettes were to which hubby agreed and asked where they were from and when I confessed he was impressed. I found the baguettes very soft when baked and thoroughly enjoyable in taste and texture.having previously tried premium supermarkets garlic baguettes I can say without doubt these were the best all round. The garlic is evenly spread and doesn't drop in the oven. The edges are not hard when baked which I personally don't like.

          The baguettes ar the same as any other in appearance with slices partially cut the price is probably around 50% but the best part being the taste is the best I've tried.

          They are suitable for vegetarians and for freezing so will keep ready for a bbq etc.

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          22.03.2011 09:04
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          For the price it is reasonable value, however in the case it is worth paying extra for more garlic.

          After reading the other reviews on here, I bought a single pack of a Sainsburys Basics Garlic Baguette with quite high hopes. I paid about 30p a few days ago for this and finally got round to eating it today. Despite the best before date being 2 days ago, it was still fine when I took it out of the pack.

          The baguette comes in a plain white and orange plastic wrapper that looks very similar to the rest of the Sainsbury's Basics range. On the front is the name of the product and a small image and slogan and the rear contains all of the product details. The baguette is just under 30cm long and about 6cm in diameter. It is precut into 9 roughly equal portions. This baguette was from the fresh section of Sainsbury's and therefore needed cooking in the over for just over 10 minutes.

          Once out of the oven there was a nice garlicy aroma coming from the nice golden brown baguette. As it was precut, it was easy to cut the baguette up into slices. On the first look, there didn't seem to be much garlic butter on each slice of baguette. The baguette itself is quite nice and the the cooked bread is soft through-out. The crusts are not to hard or thick which makes biting through it quite easy. One problem that I had with the slices was the lack of suitable amounts of garlic butter, which meant there was not too much taste on each slice. This may be a personal preference, but I quite like garlic bread to have a reasonably strong garlic flavour, sadly this lacked a lot of flavour.

          If there was a bit more butter added to each slice then it would be much nicer, but as there seems to be only a small amount added, the garlic taste is lacking somewhat. On the whole, the baguette is nice as bread and cooks well to produce a nice tasting bread. Compared to the Morrisons Value Garlic Bread I tried a couple of weeks ago, this one is nowhere near as good.

          I don't think I will buy this one again in too much of a hurry as it did not meet my expectations. However, the price is very good for a baguette so I could be tempted to add extra ingredients to it to make it better.

          For those who are health conscious, a quarter of a baguette contains 148 cals, 6.4g of fat and 0.39g of salt. It's not the healthiest but as part of a balanced meal and diet it isn't too bad.

          Overall, I am going to give this 3/5 as the price and nice bread make it attractive, but the lack of a reasonably strong garlic taste let it down for me.

          Thanks for reading.

          This review may also appear on my Blog and on Ciao under the same username.

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          07.07.2010 13:36
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          all in all a great tasty crisp garlic bread.

          Sainsbury's Basics Garlic Bread.



          It was my birthday on sunday, and i had a whole load of my family congregate in my flat on saturday night, they had a suprise dinner for me, as they know that i love spagetti bologonaise, my favourite itialian dish, they had this on the go when i arrived in from my long day at work, to accompany this there was the lovely smell of garlic bread creaping out from my little but lovely kitchen, and i have since noticed on emptying the large bin in my kitchen there were wrappers from the Garlic Bread that we all ate to accompany this lovely meal.

          I didnt notice that this was a basic form of Garlic Bread, as it was cooked to perfection and was a lovely crispy baguette, with a lovely moist filling of garlic butter with herbs, and it was a real winner.

          I guess that cooking for loads of people my son had opted for the cheaper version of this Garlic Bread, which you can buy singly as at 42p from Sainsbury's Supermarkets, it is really a crispt tasty baguette filled with garlic and parsley spread. It is a really crisp baguette and the filling i thought was of a generous nature.

          This is a white baguette, with 18 percent garlic and parsley spread filling. The white Baguette contains wheat flour, water, yeast, salt flour treatment agent and ascorbic acid.

          The Garlic and Parsley Spread contains margarine, 89 percent. Palm oil, Rapseed Oil, Water, Emulsifier, Mono and Diglycerides of fatty acids, Natural Flavourings, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Natural Colour, Garlic 9 per cent, Salt, Parsley, and Concentrated Lemon Juice.

          Allergy Advice: Contains Wheat Gluten, Not suitable for milk or soya allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of this product.

          You can oven cook this product, which is what my daughter in law did, it takes just 12 minutes to cook depending on how crisp you like your garlic bread. electric oven 200 c. or gas mark 6

          Place the baguette on a baking tray in the middle shelve of your oven. Check that this product is piping hot before serving.

          Keep this product refridgerated, do not exceed the use by date. You can freeze this product, on the day of purchase, but you must consume this within one month of the day you freeze it..

          This comes in a white plastic bag, which is currently not recycyable, and has the usual orangy red stripe across the top of the product, stating "Garlic Baguette, still takes your breath away" on the front of the package.

          A quarter of a baguette provides cals 148, total sugars 1.3grams, salt 0.39grams, sat fat 2.0grams. it is suitable for vegetarians and is as already mentioned freezable.

          I liked the taste of this Garlic Baguette and had i not have seen the wrapping of this garlic bread, i wouldnt have noticed the difference between this and the more expensive types of garlic bread available.

          I really enjoyed my birthday and my suprise meal, thanks to you all. This is a cheaper version of Garlic Bread, but it still tastes just as great as ever.

          Thanks to you who read and rate my revies.

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            23.04.2010 15:13
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            Well worth buying

            Sainsbury's Basics Garlic Baguettes

            Description: Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Type: Breads / Cakes



            Anyone who has read some of my earlier reviews (thanks so much, I really appreciate all the reads, rates and comments!) will know by now that I am a big fan of the supermarket ranges which save me money by spending less on posh packaging.

            I am a little bit embarrassed to admit that previously, I would walk past the "cheap looking" brands, assuming that the ones with fancy packaging would be better. Since then, I have been pleasantly surprised by how good some of the items in these ranges actually are. The packaging only gets thrown in the bin, so does it really make sense to spend extra money on it? I personally have much better things to spend my hard earned cash on thank you very much!

            Ideally, I would make my own garlic bread with butter, fresh garlic and a decent loaf - I like to use a loaf of tiger bread instead of french bread because it gives you huge slices and you also get the delicious tiget bread taste mingled with the garlic. Having said that, I work shifts so there are plenty of times when I am in a hurry or don't have the ingredients, so it is handy to keep a couple of ready prepared ones in the freezer.

            A twin pack of these garlic breads will cost you just £0.85 which is quite a lot cheaper than the competing brands. As with all items in the Sainsburys Basics range, these come in plain white packaging with orange writing.

            To prepare, simply pop into a preheated oven and bake for between 10 and 13 minutes (this depends on the type of oven that you have so keep an eye on them, when they are golden brown, they are ready to serve) before serving. As they bake, you can smell that delicious garlic bread smell which always makes my mouth water.

            When they are ready, these breads look exactly the same as the more expensive brands. They are crispy on the outside and soft and buttery inside. There is a good ratio of garlic butter to bread so you don't feel that they are skimping on ingredients to make them cheaper. In fact, unless I already knew, I would never guess that these garlic breads were the "cheap" variety as they taste just as delicious as their more expensive competitors. The garlic taste is sweet and tasty and not too overpowering but certainly not too weak either making these the perfect accompaniment to any meal.

            Unfortunately, garlic bread is never going to be particularly good for you and these breads are no exception. There are 327 calories and 15g fat in each half a baguette but eaten in moderation, these are a treat well worth enjoying.

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            28.02.2010 20:03
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            Delish With Or Without Pizza!!!

            I love garlic bread so when I was in Sainsburys yesterday I decided to buy a 2 pack of their Garlic Baguettes because I knew my mate was coming round and I thought I could get a few bits together for a snack for us. They're only 84p for 2 and I was confident buying them because I've had them before and think they're a bit of a bargain.

            They take about 12 mins to cook and when they're done the baguettes get a lovely strong garlic smell and the crust goes from looking pastey to being golden brown. Each baguette is 6 - 7 slices and they look exactly the same as the standard Sainsburys garlic bread to me!

            The bread's delish, I love the strong garlic flavour and also that the taste isn't too harsh because of the garlic being mixed with herbs. The butter has melted into the bread so that each bite gives you a wickedly smooth hit of garlic that goes proper nice with the soft white bread. I can't say enough good things about this garlic bread, for the price it's brill and the flavours are sooooo nice that I can't see the sense in spending more money on garlic baguettes.

            Even the ends of the baguettes don't go rock hard in the oven and that's a bit of a miracle because that ALWAYS happens for me with other brands! The bread is nice and soft all the way through but you've got a yummy crunchy crust and that's deffo how garlic bread should be!

            I did these up to go with a pizza and we kind of had a cut price Pizza Hut meal! I actually think this garlic baguette is NICER than the ones you get in Pizza Hut anyway because the flavour of the garlic and herb butter is loads tastier and gives you a nice garlic kick but isn't majorly in your face.

            I also like how easy it is to cut the baguette into slices because it's only joined properly at the bottom of the baguette and it's a quick job to put a sharp knife through it and get them cut into neat slices for sharing.

            As you'd expect these baguettes are very high in fat. Half a baguette has got 327 calories and 15g fat, that's not good because me and my mate had a full one each so that's half the daily calories gone straight away... and that was before the pizza came out! lol

            Recommended... cheap and majorly tasty!!!

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              19.02.2010 13:53
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              Self control essential!

              As you can imagine Garlic baguettes are not the healthiest option but when I purchased this I was in the 'sometimes a little bit of what you fancy does you good!' frame of mind! and surely it couldn't be that bad? well I was shocked!!......
              For a whole baguette it will cost you 592 Kcal and 8g Saturated fat- thats a whopping 10.5 weight watcher points!! (To put that into perspective for people who are unfamiliar with the WW programme- I'm allowed 18 points PER DAY!!)
              I was also quite stunned by the salt content too, per baguette contains 26.8 % of your RDA!

              On a more positive note the fact you can freeze this product makes it very convenient and it is also very simple to make- oven cook from chilled at 200 oC/gas 6 for 12 minutes, or 15 minutes if cooking from frozen.

              The packaging is not recyclable and looks typical of a basics product- a very simple picture, the orange banner and nutritional wheel- but for me this really doesnt matter- its whats inside that counts surely!

              Now to the taste test!!.... Thankfully after the shocker of the nutritional info at least it tasted good! Infact i would say as good as any other, often more expensive, brand of garlic bread Ive tried. It went a lovely golden colour, had a nice crunch to it and was generous with the garlic butter- right up to the ends! There are ridges on the baguette making it easy to slice too.

              I found cooking from chilled (or thawed out) tastes nicer than from frozen as they needed to be cooked longer because the butter was still icy in the middle (not good)- however by doing so meant that they were more burnt than golden by the end of it!!!

              This product can be found in the fridge aisle with the fresh pizzas, they are a snip at 42p for one baguette or 84p for the pack of 2 (no multipack saving unfortunately!)

              I would definitely recommend!!! .... Just in serious moderation!

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