Product Type: Tesco Snacks
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Tesco Value bread
Member Name: vanillaman
Tesco Value bread
Date: 18/07/11, updated on 18/07/11 (68 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, and not poisonous
Disadvantages: Not particularly tasty
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.
Summary: A cheap product that I wouldn't gush over, but am happy to keep eating.