“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Snacks „
At Christmas I bought a number of snacks and "nibbles" in preparation for the large numbers of family members that visit us. I felt that some of the nut products that I bought did not turn out to be particularly good value once we had tried them. So I was very happy to see that Sainsbury's sell a small bag of salted peanuts in their Basics range. At 48p for a 200g bag, they semed perfect for helping me reduce my food bill!
WHY ARE THESE NUTS CHEAPER?
One thing I like about Sainsbury's Basic range products is that the packaging gives you some indication of why they are especially cheap. In the case of these salted peanuts, the information states that the nuts are "a bit smaller, still nutty." I actually don't think that these are particularly small, except in comparasion to the "jumbo" nuts you can buy. However it isn't really fair to compare standard peanuts to those. For me, the main difference between these and the more expensive nuts is the fact that a few of the Basics ones are a little misshapen. It is only a few in a packet, and they are hardly noticeable once you have tipped the nuts out into a serving bowl. I was also pleased to see that the nuts were mostly whole rather than crushed up odds and ends as I thought they may be.
The other difference is in the packaging. The Basics nuts are in a typically plain and simple packet with no fancy colours or imagery. I personally only worry about the attractiveness of an items packaging if it is the sort of food that I want to give as a gift. This pack is purely functional and that is fine by me. I would prefer if it had been made of a plastic that could be recycled though.
TASTE AND TEXTURE
I have found that these nuts taste just as fresh and addictive as any of the branded peanuts that I have bought. The texture is satisfyingly crunchy and the saltiness is spot on for me. There is enough salt to compliment the flavour of the nuts themselves without there being so much that I am left gasping for water after eating a few. I don't like snacks that are salty enough to leave your lips tingling. If you do, these may not suit you.
I know that salt tolerance varies from person to person. Most salted peanuts that I have tried are rated "red" for salt/sodium levels if judged using the traffic light labelling system. In other words, they contain a lot of salt and are therefore a food that it is particularly important to eat in moderation. These Basics nuts actually rate only "orange" using the same system which means they are healthier in comparsion. This means that if you were to eat a quarter of the pack, you would have consumed 6.3% of your RDA of sodium. I don't think this is bad for a product that is "salted". [They are still a red level snack as regards saturated fat content though - a quarter of the pack represents 27.5% of your RDA of this.]
The nuts do not taste fatty to me but they do leave a slight oily residue on your fingers if you eat a few at once. I don't think they are any worse for this than other peanuts though. You may also end up with salt crystals on your fingers. Overall, I would say they are a moderately messy snack to eat.
These are stocked in most Sainsbury's shops that I have been in recently. You can usually find them with the other nuts or adjacent to the crisps.
I would absolutely recommend these. They are good value for money as they are both good quality and low in price. I won't be buying the more expensive branded nuts again as there is just no reason to pay more for essentially the same product. I am more than happy to offer them to guests without feeling that I am serving a 3rd rate snack. At 48p, they wouldn't break the bank if you wanted to try them yourself. You could also mix them in with jumbo peanuts or other types of nut to help the more expensive nuts go further.
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
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As a peanuts fan, I like both salted and roasted, however this week I decided to go cheap and buy the Sainsburys basics salted peanuts. At 34p a bag, I was unsure on how they would taste as it can be a bit hit and miss with cheap nuts.
They come in a white and orange bag that says "Salted Peanuts" and "a bit smaller, still nutty" on the front along a picture of a bowl of nuts. The bag measures 19.5cm x 10.5cm and seems quite full when you buy it. For 34p, you get 200g of salted peanuts that are produced and packed in the UK.
On opening the bag, you are confronted by a sweet, nutty smell that is quite different to others I have tasted. This smell lasts quite a while and is still noticeable now the bag is empty. Most of the nuts measure about 0.8cm long, which is a bit smaller than what you would expect from the likes of KP nuts. Despite this, they still look reasonably appealing. I pour mine into a container so that they store better and are easier to eat. It also meant I could have a good look at what you get for your money. The nuts appear quite oily for salted peanuts, which was a concern for me. I have never had nuts that look this oily before. On tasting, I immediately noticed a lack of salty taste. The nuts taste like peanuts should do, but as the bag said salted, I expected a salted taste, however I was disappointed as I could not taste any salt whatsoever. Luckily I don't mind the peanuts unflavoured, but this was still a disappointment for me as I think the taste of salt and peanuts goes well together. After eating, there is a noticeable oily residue left over on your hands from eating, which is quite an annoyance.
Overall, they may be cheap, but you get what you pay for. In this instance, I will personally not be buying these nuts again as they do not taste as I would of expected them too and I would rather pay a bit extra for more taste. They are also quite unhealthy for you as a quarter of a bag contains 320 calories, 26g of fat and 0.38g of salt. The high fat content is partly due to nuts being a bit fatty, but also due to the oily nature that these nuts come as.
I can therefore only give these 2/5 as they are not a good product at all. Sainsbury's have not made a good product here and therefore I won't be buying them again. I would recommend paying a bit extra for much tastier and probably healthier nuts from brands such as KP.
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I usually go for the KP salted nuts but I have been trying to save some money recently. I saw these in Sainsbury's whilst shopping the other day and I thought I would give them a go!
They were only 23p for a packet of 200g, which I thought was quite good. The nuts come in a pretty basic white and orange packaging. Howeber you don't need attractive packaging, all you need in my opinion is to have a good value or quality product.
The nuts look just likie normal peanuts. However if I was to compare them to KP salted nuts, I would say that these nuts are slightly browner then the KP nuts. But this does not effect the taste of the nuts.
They are very salty and are quite crunchy just as they should be. I think that these nuts are great for snacking on now and then and they are also good for putting in bowls for parties.
I wouldn't recommend for people to eat these on a regular basis as they are quite high in fat and salt.
Each 50g serving contains:
-26g of fat
I think that for only a quarter of the bag that is very high, although they are very tasty!
It would seem that something like Salted Peanuts are a fairly simple product to do well. The Sainsbury's Basics range shows that you don't need a load of flashy packaging to get a great tasting nut (or in this case legume).
At just 23p for a 200g pack they are really great value and they taste fantastic as well. The taste is equally gorgeous as the branded varieties, and I can see no reduction in quality in these. I am a big fan of savoury snacks and a packet of Sainsbury's Basics Salted Peanuts is fast becoming my regular weekday treat. This is probably not a good thing as peanuts are not very good for you, these being no exception. Each 50g serving contains 320kcal and a whopping 26g of fat (remember that's only for a 50g serving; a quarter of a packet!).
The packaging is definitely of the no frills variety but it is functional, easy to open and contains all the relevant nutritional info you would require.
The only problem I have with these is that they make me insatiably thirsty (probably the high fat and salt content). This happens with all salted nuts so it is not a criticism of the Sainsbury's Basics range, but rather peanuts in general.
I would recommend these whole heartedly. They are so cheap and there is no depreciation in quality from the branded varieties. Result! 4 out of 5.
I have a guilty secret.....I am secretly addicted to salted peanuts.
OK, not so much of a secret anymore....neither are these!
Most bags of nuts cost a lot for what they are, but these are well-priced and come in all shapes and sizes. They're all skinned, and there's lots of big and small ones, so a good mix. They're not too heavily salted, which can be a problem with other peanuts, especially when you want something to nibble on and need a massive glass of water just to eat them. There's nothing wrong with the nuts either visually or taste wise, they're just the odd sized ones that didn't make it into the more expensive packets, which is fine by me!
The packaging is the usual basics plain white and orange, but they are packaged well in a bag with a silver foil-like inside, which keeps them fresh and stops the salt getting through. They're not particularly oily, as some brands are, and are nice for a snack or used as nibbles before a meal
Sainsbury's basics salted peanuts are great to snack on while watching your favourite tv shows or films.
We first purchased these last Christmas, as money was tight we just couldn't afford to purchase the traditional KP peanuts. Priced at only 27pence for this 200grams bag makes this excellent value for money.
The recommended serving of the salted peanuts is 50grams. This contains a total of 320 calories. This is very high so I wouldn't recommend munching your way through the whole packet. There is also a total of 26 grams of fat and 2grams of sugar. Yet again this isn't good.
Personally I though these peanuts where just as good as the leading brand KP, but didn't taste as salty. They are tasty, crunchy and very satisfying.
This great snack is suitable for vegetarians and believe it or not does contain nuts so avoid if you have allergies.
Overall a great snack to have but really watch how many your eating. So why don't you try switching and saving and pop these in your trolley rather and the leading brand. You still be eating a very tasty packet of nuts and saving yourself money.
I love nuts of all types but especially peanuts. I have recently become unemployed so have had to cut back on expenditure and especially with so called luxuries, a category in which I would classify peanuts. Thanks to Sainsbury's basics I have not had to forego this.
As with all Sainsbury's basics products, these are unbelievably cheap. They cost a mere 27p for a 200g bag. Think what you pay for a tiny bag in most shops and this puts the value into perspective. The packaging lacks glamour and is in line with the range - a white pack with the Sainsbury's logo and red stripes. The product itself though is of a good quality. The first thing you will notice is that the reason they are so cheap is that the nuts contained within are essentially those rejected for premium products for being too small. And they are very small indeed. But as the old loathsome adage goes, size doesn't matter. And this truly is the case here because they are as tasty as any other salted nut I have had. For a super cheap snack, I can highly recommend.
SAINSBURY'S BASICS PEANUTS.
Well thats just what they are basic peanuts, cheap and basic but this doesnt in any way in my opinion reflect from the fact that the peanuts are basically quite good.
The Package **********
The Packet is the basic white bag with writting on it in red Roasted Salted Peanuts, a bit smaller but still nutty. They come in a 200 gram bag and to be honest they were good value for their money. I think that the peanuts tasted just as good as any other packet ive tried, but only cost me 28p which is an absolute bargain for a 200 gram bag, especially if you consider how many you get for your money and the fact that they are also suitable for vegetarians and also vegans too.
The packet if you decided to eat a quarter of that packet would contain 320 calories, and fat 26.0g, and total sugars of 2.0g and salt 0.38g, and sat fat of 5.5g.
The plastic bag is not yet recycled, unfortunately.
The packet of salted peanuts contain 95 percent of peanuts, palm oil, salt, sunflower oil.
Allergy advice : Obviously they contain peanuts.
Not suitable for nut allergy sufferers. due to the methods used in the manufacture of the product.
The best before date is on the front of the packet.
They are great if you are having a few friends around and you intend to have a drink, you can then put a few packets of these nuts out into little bowls across the table. Also they are good to have at adults parties, i say adults because it is very easy for a child to choke on these nuts.
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I was recently browsing the aisles of my local Sainsbury's looking for something to munch on and these caught my eye right near the branded peanuts.
The bag is 200g in weight as the nuts are held in a foil bag which is white and orange with the Sainsbury's Basics logo displayed on it.
The price was just under 27p, I believe in the past these have been almost 10p more and as far as I know this is the lowest price they have been for months and months.
Upon opening the bag I found that the peanuts were quite small in size, not comparable to KP nuts and they were quite covered in salt.
I would serve these nuts in a big plastic bowl mainly so that I could shake them around to evenly distribute the salt again and partly so that my friends/family weren't aware that these are a Value product.
The taste is very comparable to KP nuts and if I was blind tasting these I feel confident that I wouldn't know the difference, the nuts have just the right amount of salt (once shaken around a little) and are perfect in size, I have never been a big fan of Jumbo KP nuts anyway so I feel that these are definitely the nuts for me.
The product contains around about 639 calories and 26g of fat per 100g so is definitely enjoyed in moderation and as an occasional treat.
Based on taste alone I would definitely recommend this product and I feel that although the packaging would give you away on the price factor the nuts won't give you away on the taste factor! Definitely one for the party nights in.
The price is excellent too and any cost saving is a cost saving after all!
These really are pretty nice and I am going to rate them 4/5 as I think that the price is fantastic and the product is pretty reasonable too, especially if you are having a party and want some cheap nibbles!
These are good value at 30p for 200gm. OK they are smaller than nuts in other packets but the flavour is good. We eat loads of nuts as we are a vegetarian household, and nuts are an essential foodstuff here.
We have hazlenuts, walnuts, almonds, and brazil nuts in the cupboard - but these are quite expensive. I tend to use them in recipes, so for just snacking I have two or three packets of Sainsbury's basics peanuts on standby. Much better than reaching for crisps.
The peanuts are very salty, which is regarded as naughty these days, but which I would challenge. If the body craves salt then give it salt!
Salt content 100gm Basics Peanuts: 0.38gm
Guideline daily amount of salt:
Women: 6gm (2.4gm sodium)
Men: 6gm (2.4gm sodium)
Children 5-10 yrs 4gm (1.4gm sodium)
Just watch out if you're on a diet because a quarter of a pack of these nuts provides 320 calories, 26.0g of fat, 5.5g sat. fat., 2.0g of sugars.
The disadvantage of these nuts is that they contain palm oil - which is something Greenpeace do not think is a good idea. Demand for palm oil is not good for the environment. Forests and peatlands in South East Asia are being destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations. But the indiginous people rely on palm oil for a living.
There is much controversy over the use of palm oil which is worth investigating. It is not as clear cut as it seems.
Oh dear god these are so so so so so so good. Yes. Indeed. Anyway. I like nuts. I usually eat almonds, but they're so expensive, you know, like £6 a kilo at the cheapest. And I was thinking, oh, why, why, why. And peanuts are cheap. So I looked at peanuts, and I saw Sainsbury Basics Peanuts. As I love Sainsbury Basics I decided to buy them, and I did. These are very good. The end.
No. I must tell you more. I was a bit off about these due to the fact that they are salted and not dry roasted - they contain sunflower and palm oil. But the salt is so low compared to everyone else's peanuts that, really, who cares? I only eat 25g at a time and the salt in that barely matters, considering my supposed limit is 6g a day. And I don't really eat any other foods with salt in it, except bread. So I don't care, now, and I bought these and aghhhhhhhh, so nice. I am under the peanut spell. The Sainsbury Basics peanut smell. (I feel I should clarify that 'smell' was a typo, but perhaps the smell is the spell as they do smell very nice.)
The packet is excessively easy to open - it's amazing. You tear it and it goes, woo, I am open. And then you eat. Yes, the peanuts are small. But then the packaging tells you that, so I'm not misled. Actually, I prefer them small. Then when I weigh out the 25g and shove it in my hand, it's a HUGE handful and it piles across my palm. And it makes it feel like a total meal. Actually, it's a little better than a total meal as I do not enjoy every meal. For example, yesterday I had jacket potato and cheese and beans; and, for some reason unbenknownst to me, it tasted very weird. It was too cheesey. I love cheese but, that fateful day, the cheese was too much. I wanted to be sick.
I do not want to be sick when eating Sainsbury Basics peanuts; in fact, to the contrary, I want to...what is the opposite of vomiting? I want to rejoice. I don't know. It hardly matters. Anyway, these are salted and you can tell. I think it's quite nice really, and I hate salt. Not overly salty. Not overly greasy, either, though the pack is 95% peanuts so at least 4% must be oil, I guess. God, these are tasty. I just ate a portion of 'em and it was delicious. I regret eating them so fast. The good thing, also, about their size is that I am clumsy and will often drop one. And therefore, later, when I am thinking 'woe, there are no peanuts for my poor self to eat. oh, woe.' I will find one and I will eat it and the world is beautiful.
The moset important thing, though, ist he price. And these are 27 p which frankly I think is the bargain of all time. A packet will last me around 8 days, which must be around 3 p per serving. I mean, even if you ate more than me it's dreadfully cheap. A quarter of the pack - 50g - is the supposed proper serving and that will only cost ya 13 odd p. Which is cheap. Which is terribly, terribly cheap. And it will fill you. And it will comfort you. And peanut, peanut, peanut. They taste very good.
These are a real treat. Unfortunately, as I am fat, I feel I may end up buying these every week. Which will make them not so cheap, in the long term. But they are so good and so awesome and, for veggies, a good source of protein. And fat, I guess. Good fat? I think.
But who cares.
They taste good.
BUT BEFORE I STOP. I MUST FIRST SUGGEST TO YOU THAT THESE ARE THE ONE AND SAME AS SAINSBURY'S 'NORMAL' VERSION. PLEASE VIEW THE EVIDENCE BELOW.
Sainsbury basics: Peanuts (95%), Palm Oil, Salt, Sunflower Oil
Sainsbury normal: Peanut (95%), Vegitable Oil, Salt.
Actually, I got bored. But anyway, the nutritional information is also exactly the same. Therefore buy them. Therefore go. Only 0.75g salt per 100g which, fair play, is nothing. Lots of fat but it's good fat, mostly. Apparently. And argh, as I say, THEY TASTE GOOD. GO NOW.
My mum buys these sometimes because we all eat a lot of nuts and she kept moaning about the price of KP nuts.
They come in a big 200g bag for about 35p and are very tasty. The only difference between these and KP nuts is the size because these are very small and funny shapes.
In taste they are just like other brands of salted nuts and are quite salty and a bit greasy. I hate how greasy they make my fingers feel because it is a bit worse than KP nuts but they taste so good that I don't mind this. The nuts are nice and crunchy with the smooth taste that other nuts have, some of them have little bits of that papery stuff that comes on peanuts and I don't like these because they make my throat itch.
I think these are very good nuts for how cheap they are and don't mind them being small, my dad moans and says they are silly making them this small but I keep telling him you don't make peanuts these have just grown small which is probably why KP didnt want them.
The bag is horrible though like all of the Basics packaging and it is orange and white and just looks very cheap like stuff from the 70s.
When it comes to snacking I really am a pro! I adore crisps and anything remotely unhealthy but occasionally (not often though lol) I do get bored of the usual offerings in my local stores and decide to hunt for something bit different...which is where these came in cos the other day whilst I was mooching around Sainsbury's, I'd looked around the crisp department and nothing jumped out at me and grabbed my attention so I grabbed a couple of bags of these and threw them in my basket as I hadn't seen them before!
200g white and orange, long oblongish bag and in orange,white and black writing on the front I'm told they're Sainsbury's Salted Peanuts 'A bit smaller, still nutty' and there is a scribbled on drawing of nuts (in orange). There is an at a glance nutritional pye chart to the top right hand corner of the packet and on the bottom right hand corner the best before date is stamped on (in black ink) and I'm told they are suitable for Vegetarians & Vegans. On the back of the packet I'm given a full nutritional rundown chart, ingredients and allergy advice are listed, I'm told how to store them, given contact details for Sainsbury's, size is stated (as I've told you already) and finally there is a bar-code on there. Make no mistake, this is economy packaging so if you want to purchase these you will know instantly that these are they!
Very small in size (smaller than average nuts), glossy looking with no skins and a slightly oily look and you can't see the salt that's added to these and they are a nice, even golden colour all over.
I noticed that in both of my bags there were no whole nuts as such and they were all halved, had no real smell to them and the bags were full almost to the brim, so economy and value they really are.
Flavour wise...yes they taste of peanuts. Ready salted? Yes but kind of from within the nut and not visible or tasting on the outer of the nut. They are small but crunchy enough but do have a cheap and chewy taste to them and are a tad bland on the peanut side of the taste but they aren't to greasy and therefore not messy to eat and overall not a bad economy buy! Peanuts they are but a little bland though nicely salted they are. If you like peanuts at 30p a bag they are definitely worth a go!
Peanuts (95%), Palm Oil, Salt, Sunflower Oil.
Not suitable for nut allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of this product.
Nutritional Information.... Per Quarter Pack....
Energy 320 Calories
Saturated Fat 5.5g
Total Sugars 2.0g
Only available in Sainsbury's stores at 30p a bag!