If I'm feeling particularly frugal then I will buy Tesco Value Bread, 50p for a full size 800g loaf is good value these days (I remember when it was 17p but it's all relative nowadays). My usual proper branded bread is about £1.40 but only a pound in Aldi.
The wrapper is slightly different to the above picture, it's had the 'Everyday Value' facelift. Instead of a plain white label it has red and brown one with bakery pictures it's still easy to spot though.
For review purposes I've had a look online for the ingredients, I wanted to compare them to the more expensive loaves in this case my favourite at the moment which is Warburtons medium sliced. The ingredients seem similar but the breads taste very different.
Wheat Flour, Water, Yeast, Salt, Spirit Vinegar, Soya Flour, Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Acetyltartaric Esters of Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids), Rapeseed Oil, Palm Fat, Flour Treatment Agent (Ascorbic Acid)
105 cal per 44g slice
Wheat Flour, Water, Yeast, Salt, Vegetable Oil, Soya Flour, Emulsifiers E481, E472e, Preservative Calcium Propionate (added to inhibit mould growth), Flour Treatment Agents Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), E920
96 cal per 40.3g slice
Value slices are smaller than regular bread slices, this is a bonus though when making toasties as they fit better in the machine, they tend to sit in the toaster better too.
The bread is slightly grey/beige in colour it definitely isn't light and airy but has a dense texture to it. It feels stale even on the day of purchase with plenty of days left in date. After a couple of days it starts to break up in the bag still okay to toast but inedible as a sandwich- infact it's not nice for a butty fullstop even at it's freshest. It doesn't mould up any sooner than other breads just seems to go stale and harden up sooner especially around the edges.
What does it taste like?
It's horrid. Bitter and vinegary but okay (only just okay) toasted so that's all I buy it for.
1 star from me
Of course, if u compare to other brands iike kingsmill... This bread is far from that tandards but with 50p for 800g, it's excellent. I personally enjoy this bread quite a lot, it's soft, stay fresh quite long and perfect for toast. If tesco add a little butter smell, it would be fab
I'm reviewing Tesco own brand white bread from their EVERY DAY VALUE range.
Contains: Wheat, Gluten & Soya
Other Allergen Info: Cannot guarantee nut free.
It costs just 50p. Yes....not a typo....50p. For a full size loaf.
***WHY I BUY IT***
Those pesky kiddies again.
Now that I'm a child minder again my buying habits have of necessity changed and I'm needing to remember to buy for value rather than taste,because toddlers have no bread taste really. It's true. If you give them something they find tasty then the bread served with it is immaterial.....they'll eat it, even if it tastes like cardboard.
Personally I'm a bread snob and love my locally baked-fresh-daily "Linwoods" bread (£1.69p), but the toddler's mum suggested this one for them,because she uses it herself and they are fine with it.
In the trolley it went.
I tried it obviously and it is NOT the most scrummy thing imaginable,but being the youngest of 8 children I've had worse in my time, and once this was toasted and liberally spread with butter it was OK. Just OK. Un-toasted it was too chewy and doughy and bland .
Having said that the little guys are happy with it, and as long as it has beans ,tuna, eggs in any shape or form,cheese or tinned "skabetti" with it then it disappears off their plates just fine.
I used to see people with this in their trolley and wonder what it tasted like, and I always intended to try it out some day. Some day has come . Now I know what it is like and I can see that for families it is a fair buy, and in these days of belt-tightening austerity it might be worth trying. Like I say,toasted it is OK, untoasted much less so, but at 50p for a full sized loaf it must be a Godsend to struggling families and I applaud Tesco for doing their bit regarding an essential item.
Just not for me personally.
Would I recommend it ?
As in tastiness ? No,never. But if you have little ones to feed or are planning a trip to feed the duckies in the park then give it a go. At 50p why not ?
Thank you for reading and I hope this was helpful.
For the first time Tesco Value bread was available in my online grocery order so got some delivered today.
The wrapping is different than the photo shown, it is the new "prettier" Everyday Value packaging.
I really just buy bread to give to my dogs as "dessert" - see my previous preview on Asda Smart Price bread - so it is pointless to buy a premium expensive loaf when the boys just woof it down.
At 50p this bread is a very good price, but to be honest, its not great quality. I try to avoid eating too much bread, and this loaf isn't very tempting at all.
It is slightly better than Asda SP in that it is softer and not as crumbly and stale, but it is very doughy and bland. Asda SP is good for making stuffing, but this one would be far too doughy to make into breadcrumbs unless you left it to go stale by itself for a few days.
It tastes OK toasted - probably more to do with butter and marmite!
At the moment it is only available online in my area in white, I believe there is also a brown variety and would be interested to see how it compares.
I do buy quite a few products from the Value range, some are excellent, many are quite good and a perfectly acceptable alternative to expensive brands, but if you are a regular bread eater I would not recommend this.
It's great that it is now available online so I don't have the embarrassment of buying it in the shop!
Bread is one of many products that I can rarely find that I can actually eat, due to having an allergy to milk products. Most breads, surprisingly, contain milk. This is often to give the bread extra colour, particularly on top, but Tesco's every day value bread is one of the few cheaper breads I've found that doesn't contain any milk.
This bread comes in the new-style Tesco packaging (rather than the one in the picture, which is there old packaging). Basically, this is a cellophane bag which is mostly see-through, with white and red pictures and writing on it. It states that this product is part of their every day value basics range, which is essentially exactly what it was before, only now the packaging is supposedly prettier.
Typically, they will either have the wholemeal or the white version of this bread. I've never seen both being sold at the same time. If you really prefer one or the other, watch what days you go there as they alternate the days they have each one.
It's often a big squashed in the packaging but I don't find that this really detracts from the product that much, considering it's one that I can actually eat. To me, that's far more important than what it looks like.
I've found that the average best-before date on this bread is usually a couple of days after you buy it. However, I've had no problem with using it a week or so later (although admittedly it may be a bit on the stale side by then, but it doesn't really matter if the main thing you use it for anyway is toast like me!).
In terms of what this bread tastes like, I don't think it's too bad. It is a bit bland but I can safely say it's A LOT better than the typical free from breads that you can buy which can often be extremely heavy and taste somewhat like wet sponge in your mouth. This bread doesn't crumble too much and as long as you're putting it with something to make a sandwich, or toasting it, to be honest I think it tastes perfectly fine.
And the best bit of all? It only costs 47p. And if you buy it regularly (presuming you use a Tesco clubcard) they frequently send out a voucher for 50 extra points if you buy it. Which actually means they're paying you 3p to buy it. Even better than free if they'll pay you to take it off them!
At 47p for bread you can't really moan too much about especially when you think you pay over £1.50 usually for any brand breads. They do three cuts of this bread either thin, medium or thick. For anyone who is thinking of buying this I would suggest that you buy the thick cut as even though it says thick it isn't! I could imagine the thin is paper thin!
The bread is thinner then what you'd expect and yes the slices of bread are smaller in size then most others. I would also say it isn't as soft as most breads. However it tastes just as good and I would recommend it for those who are on a budget.
The other thing I quite like about this bread is how easy it is to cut it, as I have found the breads which are softer usually tear rather then cut. This makes it so much easier when cutting a sandwich! I also find that the bread lasts longer. When you buy the bread it usually has a best before date in the next 2-3 days on it however I have found they can last up to a week after you have bought it. This is good for us as we dont use that much bread and so it saves us having to throw half loaves away because they have gone mouldy.
I would't say this is the best bread out there, if you can afford to spend more then do but if you are on a budget this is by no means a bad bread!
--What you get--
800g loaf of white bread
--Value for money--
At 18p you can't really complain...
--My personal opinion--
I would only ever use this bread for toast as it isn't a particularly nice texture and has a lot of additives so doesn't taste that fresh even when you have just bought it.
I would say that it is at it's best within the first week of purchase, as it has preservatives to keep it from going off in this time.
My boyfriend and his flatmates used to bulk buy this stuff when they were on the Toast Diet! (The Toast Diet involves only eating toast out of having no money whatsoever!) This was unhealthy to say the least, but I was always a bit snobby about the Tesco loaf - I do think fresh tasting, delicious bread is something you can't compromise on, though if you are trying to buy value, this is the loaf for you! It is edible but I would only want to use it for toast. I recommend giving it a try, as it is only 18p and if you don't mind the slightly chemically fortified taste and texture, get it for toast as it really doesn't make too bad a toast bread.
Worlds away from a Warburtons toastie, in terms of fresh, tasty bread. I wouldn't call this tasty, but it is filling and works well as toast!
I give it 3 stars overall - this is down to the absolute bargain price and the fact that it makes ok toast and doesn't go off too quickly. I would recommend this bread if you don't eat that much bread and find it difficult to remember that bread will go off quite rapidly.
On the other hand, if you don't eat much bread, why not spoil yourself and go for a branded loaf! If I had the choice I would always choose branded bread. Now the Sainsburies value loaf is another story, it is actually quite tasty...
And a tip: absolutely don't store bread in the fridge - it speeds up the polymerisation of starch molecules, so I'm told, so reduces that fresh taste.
While doing my weekly grocery shop in Tesco's yesterday, I decided to pick up a loaf of their value bread along with my usual loaf of hovis - mainly out of curiosity to be honest and I figured even if it tasted vile, at 47 pence per 800 gram loaf it wouldn't be a huge waste of money & at least the local ducks and swans would have full bellies! Tesco have the option of white or wholemeal bread, with the white version being thick sliced and the wholemeal being medium slice. I only eat wholemeal bread so picked up one of the wholemeal medium sliced loafs.
The loaf of bread comes packaged in a clear wrapper/bag which is made of a thin plastic type material. The branding is minimalistic and it simply has the Tesco everyday value label on the middle of the packaging. The packaging is slightly different than as it is shown in the picture as Tesco recently redesigned their Value range packaging to make the products look more appealing. The label on the front of the pack is white with brown writing stating the brand and product name. The bread's packaging is easy to open and it is not re-sealable, which is slightly annoying and I've already noticed that after just one day of being open, the bread is becoming pretty hard around the edges.. not great!
The loaf of bread should be stored in a cool, dry place away from strong odours and it can be frozen. The bread is described by Tesco as having a simple recipe, although after a quick glance at the reasonably lengthy list of ingredients I couldn't agree less. Some of the ingredients include 'fatty acids' and emulsifiers, which don't sound particullary tasty (or healthy to be consuming!) The bread contains wheat, gluten and soya and although there are no nuts in the ingredients, it can not be guarenteed that the product is nut free.
The bread itself is pretty average looking. It's not as thickly cut as I expected for a medium loaf, although it's not paper thin either. The bread isn't as dark in colour as my usual Hovis wholemeal bread is but it's around the same size and is the usual square shape! The bread has quite a strange, almost earthy doughy type smell to it which isn't particullary unpleasant but it's not a nice smell either. The texture is almost like hard, heavy dough and unlike Hovis, it's doesn't break apart easily and instead it's weirdly stuck together.. you can almost bend it in half before it breaks which worries me as surely it must have some obscure chemical/ingredient in it to make it have such a weird texture.
Because of this texture, it's very chewy and I actually found it unpleasant to chew as it felt like it was sticking to the inside of my mouth. The taste was okay, although pretty bland and tasteless in comparisson to slightly more expensive brands. I made a sandwich with this bread and as it was so tasteless and unpleasant to chew, I ended up just eating the sandwich filling as the bread was empty calories seeing as it tasted so bland! I suppose it would taste okay to people who aren't fussy about food or are used to quite low quality products, but for me I didn't like it at all.
My boyfriend ate a couple of slices of this earlier though - toasted with nutella on it- and weirdly enough he didn't complain at all, which I found suprising as he is definitely one of those people who likes the finer things in life and is quite fussy when it comes to food - even if it's junk food he will opt for the more expensive version. Saying that though, I had taken the bread out of the Tesco value packaging and placed it into sandwich bags so he probably didn't realise that it was a cheapo product. Either that, or the nutella masked the bland taste of the bread! Either way, he didn't complain and ate it all, so obviously some people will like this, while others won't.. it's personal preference I guess!
Each slice of bread has 85 calories in it which is around average for wholemeal bread. Overall, I don't personally reccomend this bread and would of given it one star out of five had my boyfriend not liked it. I found the texture really unpleasant and it was virtually tasteless as well as very dry. Yes it is cheap, but I would rather spend 30p or so more for a tastier, higher quality bread that is actually edible!
The Value range at Tesco has a wide variety of products including a loaf of bread that will set you back only 47 pence! I buy bread very frequently and this is the cheapest loaf that I have ever come across. Considering that one of my favourite branded loaves of bread can often cost up to as much £1.50, a whole pound more, I was keen to try the Tesco Value bread, as a switch would save me a decent amount of money in the long run.
First impressions were unfortunately not good. The bread is packaged in a very similar way to the rest of the value range featuring the trademark colours with the bread coming in a predominately white bag with red and white accents. Packaging isn't usually something that particularly bothers me but in this instance it all felt a bit depressing. The clinical white bag didn't give any impression of freshness, a key factor I look for when buying bread.
When I got home and opened up the bag I noticed that the size of each slice of bread was slightly smaller than I was used to. This meant I felt I needed to eat more at each sitting in order to feel satisfied and so I went through the loaf even faster than usual. Considering I bought this bread in an attempt to save money it seemed a little counterproductive to be in a position of having to buy more bread than usual. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the thickness of each slice. It did state on the side of the bag that this was thick bread and I did find that this was quite accurate.
However, I would have to say that the biggest disappointment of all was the taste of the bread. It seemed quite dense and heavy and not at all fresh. I thought it generally had quite an unpleasant taste to it. I would say it tasted very artificial with almost a sweet note to it. This is not bread that I would use for a sandwich or to be eaten alone. Its one saving grace is that this taste is not nearly as noticeable when the bread has been toasted, particularly when jams or spreads had been used.
As I am a lot less fussy about bread that I just use for toast I would buy this for that purpose but only when money was particularly tight. I definitely would not use it for anything else.
White loaf from the Tesco Value range.
Suitable for vegetarians.
---Why I Buy---
I often get the Tesco Value Bread these days - mainly because of the price - and the fact that if you do not finish off the whole loaf you don't feel too guilty feeding the remainder to the birds!
47p for 800 gram loaf.
Currently selling for just 47p it is a good staple food and I always keep some in my freezer.
Would not say it actually has much flavour - but used in toasted sandwiches or with beans on it is quite acceptable.
Granted sometimes I treat myself to an expensive 'proper' loaf which I enjoy for its own sake - but for general family use this is quite acceptable.
I use it mostly as toast - but only because I tend to eat more toast. It is ok if you want it in sandwiches too - but obviously a home-made loaf has a better smell and taste.
With beans, eggs or cheese and onions it makes great toast and toasted sandwiches.
---Would I Recommend?---
Yes - if you are after an inexpensive staple food.
Lots of people would like to buy the more speciality breads but the constraints of their budgets prevent this. Therefore this is a perfectly acceptable bread that is actually edible and is not too doughy.
3 stars - its perfectly adequate to eat with other things but not the sort of bread you would want to eat on its own.
Inexpensive, acceptable taste and texture.
Not a lot of taste.
The Tesco Value range can be very hit and miss. There are some great products that are really great bargains within this range, but then there are also some really dud products that really bring the Value range down and leave customers with a bad taste in their mouth. Unfortunately Tesco Value Bread is one of those products that really just isn't up to the standard I would expect of even a budget loaf of bread and having bought it once, I have never bought it again.
Okay, first things first - lets get the price out of the way which I think is the only reason that anyone would buy this particular product. The price is 47p for a medium sliced loaf - which is obviously a good price for a loaf of bread......and if it was bread and not cardboard you were getting I'd say it was a bargain. However, unfortunately the taste is just so absent that I struggle to even see this as bread and for this reason I don't think it's a very good price at all.
The bread comes in the typical uninspiring Tesco Value range packaging - which is very basic, but it does the job of keeping the bread wrapped. The bread is white (I think there is a wholemeal version too), but it looks too white and is obviously very heavily processed. In addition to this, the bread feels very heavy and doughy and certainly doesn't have that light aeriated texture that you tend to get in higher quality breads. The slices are a decent width though and would be okay for sandwiches or toast.
Where the bread really falls down is in the taste department. It is just really tasteless. It's not so much that it's bad, it's just that it's so bland that it really doesn't have any taste at all. While the texture isn't too unpalatable if you don't mind having doughy bread, the taste just really is very very bland. I found that it's not too bad for toast with a nice strong topping, but for sandwiches or for dunking in soup, this bread just isn't what I want.
Overall, I cannot recommend this bread because the flavour just isn't there. As I said, it's not that it's horrible - it's just that it's like eating doughy cardboard.
I bought this bread because it was the cheapest loaf on the shelf. I chose the thick white version of the bread and to be honest it was a disappointment. The bread had a strange taste coming from it, which is bearable enough if you have something in it, for example jam or peanut butter. However eating it with just butter is not good. I also noticed that after a few days the strange taste that was there in the first place got even worse, I had a sandwich 2 days after I had bought the bread and could not eat it because there was a strange musty taste to it. The bread was stored correctly so it cannot be from improper storage.
The one thing I did notice was that it was great for toast, it stayed nice and crispy when I put butter on, and sometimes I notice that other bread can go soggy once butter is put on. The strange taste that I could taste when eating it non toasted was not noticeable when the bread was toasted.
Overall I would recommend this for people with a large family who like toast in the morning because to me the strange taste that came with it (which is really hard to describe, sorry), is not worth saving a bit of money.
At 47p a loaf you can't really expect it to taste great but to be honest, I wouldn't really be happy feeding this bread to the ducks. I don't even know why it got into my house but for some reason a loaf of Tesco value bread found its way in so I tried it. NEVER AGAIN. It tasted like I had bitten into cardboard and the bread was really stodgy. It took a long time to chew and finally I reached the stage where I had to try to swallow it which was really hard but I managed it.
The bread it thick cut so it is even harder to chew and swallow as you have more of it in your mouth at one time.
I do understand that some people may be short of money but even if I couldn't afford anything else, I would not purchase this bread as I would not be able to bring myself to eat it if I had purchased it.
We started buying Tesco value bread a while ago to help the budget stretch further. My ideal bread is unsliced from a proper bakery, or even better home made. However these breads are bloody expensive now when you get through as much of the stuff as our household does. We do still buy higher 'quality' breads but mainly from supermarkets when they are on offer.
Tesco's value bread is pretty much like most sliced breads, though I do admit a few of the pricier ones have a stronger flavour and more of a bite.
This stuff (Tesco's) really is very basic it's quite doughy, while still being 'airy' is that even possible?... If you press your fingers into it while cutting a sandwich in half the bread will sink in to nothing. It appears to be slightly smaller per square than many other makes, but that does mean it fits into our toaster without poking out over the top. We do like it as toast, if you time it right - which with our toaster isn't as easy as it might sound - it can make a nice golden brown slice. We tend to favour the thick cut as the medium sliced just seems to disappear in your mouth, with little evidence on your taste buds, or in your stomach of it ever having been there.
The crust isn't well defined, and certainly couldn't be called crispy. It is however 'there'. Now and then you will get a bubble that has formed under the ..cough... crust, which leaves a gaping hole in a slice or two, but I have to say this happens far less with this Tesco's own brand than with other reasonably priced white breads
A 44g slice (thick cut) has what seems to me a massive 105 calories, medium sliced contains 90 calories per slice, I'm convinced home made wouldn't be so calorie packed but I'm probably wrong.
At 47p for thick and medium sliced 800g loaf, in both white and brown I have the cheek to feel it is rather over priced, it's one of those value brands that has risen quite a lot quite quickly in price, I'm sure I remember it being sold at about 35p per loaf not so long ago.
It's not a bread that's ever going to win any prestigious awards, far from it, but it serves a purpose, fills a hole, and tastes ok.
This used to be cheaper a few years ago but, it was 19p and now its about 50p. Its worth paying that little bit extra for the slightly better bread. Some people may not be able to tell the difference in the taste between the different brands of bread when they are toasted. If you are one of these people, you might as well just have newspaper with some tasty filling in between and it would taste just as good, if not slightly better. Plus it would not break apart in your hands.
If you are buying this to save money, this would save you more money, as the newspaper would last you a good few weeks. Tescos have another bread that is in the foil packaging and that is quite a bit better, although at about 70p.
It would be better buying your bread from Icelands or Farmfoods who always have an offer on kingsmill bread at 1.50 for 2. The quality is a lot better and you get the actual taste of what bread should taste like instead of that stale, thin, and sour value bread that tescos sell. Maybe if they put it back to 19p it would be worth sacrificing the taste for value but until then, stick to the newspaper.
The only advantage i can think of is if you have a guest over that you don't really like, or your partner has been getting on your nerves, you could serve them this bread, but only if you really hate them.