“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Bread „
I don't see the point in spending money where I don't feel it necessary, and so over the year's I have learnt which products I need to splash out on, and which I can save money on, and one item I have learnt that I can save a few pennies on is garlic bread, as I purchase Tesco Value Garlic Baguettes.
This is one item where I have always purchased the cheapest version possible. When this one hasn't been available, I have purchased others at a higher price, but I always go back to the Value one when it is available again. Aside from being the cheapest in the shop, I actually prefer the taste to these over others I have tried. As much as I love garlic bread, I don't like it to be too strong in flavour or too buttery and as this is so cheap, it isn't overly flavoursome or buttery. This may not suit some people, so if you do like your garlic bread to be really buttery and full of flavour, then you may find this a little bland, but for me and my family, this is perfect.
The baguette comes complete, but has slice marks down it to enable you to break it into slices easily. Every oven is different, but from frozen, this takes around 15-20 minutes to be fully cooked in my oven.
These baguettes are available in a single or double pack, with the single pack costing 32p and the double pack costing 62p, so the double pack is ever so slightly better value for money.
There are some Value products that I wouldn't touch with a bargepole, as I feel the quality is not up to standard, but this is one Value product that I have used for a good while, and will continue to use as we find it just right in terms of flavour and it is cheap too which is a bonus and so therefore it comes with a thumbs up from me.
I've cut back on shopping in Tesco but still call in for specific items, Tesco Value garlic bread being one of them. The baguette costs only 32p for 170g which is smaller compared to their own brand bread of 210g but the price of that is nearly a pound so it still works out considerably cheaper.
It used to be a twin pack but now there's only one, the wrapper has had a facelift too, now a transparent packet with green pictures of relevant foods. It's available in the chiller cabinet. It contains about the same cals per 100g as the Tesco branded one but has less percentage of butter.
What you get is a fair sized (about) foot long, part cooked baguette half cut into around ten slices. In each slice is a good portion of garlic and herb butter. It just goes in the oven for about 12 mins but I cook it for longer than that to ensure all the butter has melted and to get a nice crusty bread. It cooks evenly and right through. They don't lose butter everywhere in the oven.
The bread is perfectly nice, yes it's smaller than usual baguettes but I could buy two and it would still be more economical. I don't buy other than value range ones these days, this has enough garlic flavour and butter for me, it's not too strong as to over power what I'm eating it with. There's not much taste difference between these and the £1 one except the have less butter in them. The end pieces lack butter but that's the case with most brands.
I would recommend them.
5 stars from me
We love garlic bread in our house, my partner and I have it probably once a week to accompany some kind of pasta dish. One of my favourites is lasagne with garlic bread and pasta carbonnara.
Sometimes I like to make my own garlic bread but some evenings there is just not enough time or we are simply too tired and want to sit down whilst waiting for our dinner to cook.
I grabbed one of these garlic baguettes from Tesco from their value range to have handy in the freezer, it set me back just 32 pence. I always like to have one in the freezer as it is a quick and nice accompaniment to a meal. I also like to try supermarket own brands to see which onces are worth buying. I was pleased with this galic baguette.
The baguette was sliced into 10 pieces which was plenty for the two of us. I placed it on the top shelf of the oven at 180 degrees for approximately 14 minutes (from chilled) and it was cooked just the way we like it and was even throughout with a good amount of garlic butter. I was impressed with the taste of this baguette and would definitely purchase this again, I don't see the point in paying more than double for the same product in more colourful packaging!
The outside was crispy with the centre staying nice and fluffy with a lovely tasting garlic butter. I tend to make a big bolognese / lasagne when we have friends round and cook a couple of these for people to help themselves, very good value.
I'd recommend this value product.
I do love garlic bread and, as quite a pasta eater too, I always tend to pop a couple of garlic baguettes in the shopping basket.
This week though instead of going for the regular Tesco brand, I decided to give their value range a go.
At 32p for one garlic baguette, I didn't think you could go wrong - and I was right.
I stuck the baguette into the over at 180 from the fridge for 18 minutes after which my whole kitchen smelled of garlic! This didn't bother me as my boyfriend and I did not have any plans to have friends over, but you may want to take that into account if you do have plans!
The baguette is already cut about 80% into good sized section slices. After baking in the oven you just need a knife to cut through the last cm or so and then you have perfectly even sized slices (no fighting to get the bigger pieces etc!)
The garlic butter is distributed nice and evenly and every slice has a good coating of it. The bread is crispy on the outside and wonderfully soft and fluffy and garlicky inside. I am glad I chose this garlic bread and I will certainly be buying it again. No complaints over here!
Despite trying very hard ( yet again! ) to cut my food bill down, I needed to make another order on Tesco.com to get some groceries as everyone passing through this house seems to take some of the kitchen contents with them. Rather than going in store ( which is alittle distance from me anyway ) I like to browse in my pjs online and look at what food/household items are on offer in my own sweet time, which I did last night so the delivery could be made today.
I ordered Tescos own budget brand of garlic bread because myself and my kids love garlic bread full stop, and they were on buy 3 for 2. As they were so cheap in the first place ( 32p each ) I had nothing to lose.
The garlic bread I received was not in a pack of 2 but singular, with different looking packaging to the above picture due to the rebranding of Tesco budget range.
How is it packaged?
Firstly, this garlic bread came from the chiller, not frozen. It comes in a plastic packet with a small section on the front see through ( so you can see whats in side ), and the rest is creamy in colour.You have how long it takes to cook on the front, mentions its suitable for freezing, use by date and your guideline daily amount. To the left of that you have the branding ' Tesco Everyday Value garlic baguette ' in green lettering with a picture of soem garlic bread pieces to the side of that.
On the back is details on how to cook, ingredients, allergy information and company contact details.
Baguette,Garlic and Herb Spread (18%) ,Baguette contains: Wheat Flour ,Water ,Salt ,Yeast ,Flour Treatment Agent (Ascorbic Acid) ,Garlic And Herb Spread contains: Margarine (Vegetable Oil, Water, Salt, Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids), Flavouring, Colouring (Beta-Carotene)) ,Garlic ,Dried Skimmed Milk ,Concentrated Lemon Juice ,Dried Parsley
Contains: Milk, Wheat & Gluten
Suitable for vegetarians.
How to cook
Temperature: 400°F,Gas 6,200°C
Time: 10-12 mins
Instructions: Remove all packaging. Place on a baking tray in the centre of a pre-heated oven for 10-12 minutes. Serve immediately
Oven From Frozen
Temperature: 400°F,Gas 6,200°C
Time: 16-18 mins
Instructions: Follow conventional oven instructions, adjusting cooking times to 16-18 minutes.
What did I think?
The smell given off when taking it out of the packet and then the oven was lovely ( if you like garlic that is! ) Not too strong but enough to wet the appetite .I felt the garlic bread cooked evenly in the oven and came out golden brown. Outside it was crispy, but not rock hard and in the centre it was soft and moist.Plenty of butter and garlic in the middle throughout but would have liked more herbs, as I felt that was lacking and needed abit more flavour and contrast from the butter and garlic ingredients.
I felt it was very tasty, not obvious it was the cheapest garlic bread from Tesco and the garlic itself wasnt overpowering. Myself and the kids enjoyed it, just needs more herbs!
Would I buy again? I would-I was actually surprised that it tasted so well and thought it would taste cheap with very little garlic or butter to it.Even maybe alittle on the dry side, which it wasnt at all. It just proves the old saying--dont judge a book by its cover!
I always keep a couple of garlic baguettes in the freezer, as they're excellent fillers for midweek meals when you need something quick but tasty. I frequently serve it up with spaghetti Bolognese, lasagne and fresh pasta.
I've tried garlic breads from all the supermarkets, either when doing my weekly shopping (although this usually happens at Tesco), or if I want to bulk out the evening meal and we've run out of garlic bread I might stop at the Co-op or Netto on the way home. I've found that the Tesco value range is by far the best for garlic bread, and I choose these every time if they're in stock.
The Tesco value garlic bread is a very cheap way of making a meal go further. I think we usually pay less than £1 for a pack of two. It comes in no-frills packaging but for that price who cares?! They're found in the chiller aisle by pizzas and pasta, but if we have room in the freezer we'll get extra and freeze them.
From chilled, they take between 10 and 15 minutes to cook. I find garlic bread ALWAYS takes longer than it says on the instructions, because otherwise the butter isn't melted all the way through. I find with these baguettes, once you've left them for the required time, the butter is melted and the bread is golden on the outside. I find sometimes with garlic bread that by the time the butter has melted inside, the bread on the outside is burnt! This doesn't happen with the Tesco Value ones.
I like the softness of the bread on these baguettes, as sometimes the bread can be too hard and hurts your gums when you bite into it. But this is really soft and I think the amount of garlic is just right as it's tasty but not overpowering. It's a little bit greasy on your plate but I think this is just the nature of garlic bread in general so it doesn't bother me.
I think this is one of the rare money savers that you can confidently buy through choice rather than because it's the cheapest.
This is the worst garlic bread I have ever had. Now I happened to buy this with the sole purpose of doing a review. I never usually buy anything blue stripped or basic food products but after reading some of the reviews on here about cheaper and more economical products I wondered if I was missing out and paying over the odds for things that I might be able to get cheaper, so when I did my weekly shop this week I was determined to give one a try.
Mr. Benn likes a good steak on a Friday, thinks it is his right after working all week (might have to sigh here) and I always serve this with mushrooms, jacket potatoes, and a salad and yes you guessed garlic bread and we wash the whole thing down with a nice bottle of red wine.
So puffed up with the idea of saving a few pennies I bypassed our usual garlic bread and chose a packet of Tesco Value twin pack garlic baguettes.
There are two garlic breads packed in a white plastic bag with the usual blue writing on the front and on opening I noticed the garlic breads had little slits in making it easy to tear of a slice.
The instructions are simple cook in a pre-heated oven for 10 - 12 minutes from fresh, but 16 -18 minutes if they have been frozen.
I cooked the garlic bread following the cooking instructions from fresh as I had no need to freeze them as I was cooking them the same night that I had bought them but as I have a fan assisted oven things tend to get cooked quicker than the recommended cooking time, so I kept a close eye and checked every few minutes. When the bread was golden brown I removed and served.
I had not told Mr Benn about the change in the garlic bread at this point and he made the usual comments, the steak is cooked just right, the mushrooms perfect, he liked the way I had added a raw red pepper to the salad etc. Then everything went horribly wrong. What the heck is this Mr Benn said swinging the garlic baguette in the air like some sort of baton (well he didn't really say what the heck, it was much worse but I can't actually say what he did say) He asked if I checked the sell by date as it was stale. Not wanting to be out done I bravely picked up a piece of bread and tasted it, here is what I found:-
The bread indeed tasted stale, it tasted like an ordinary baguette that you had bought and left over several nights and pulled out in desperation when there was nothing else in to eat. The outside of the bread was just like hard stale bread with a very skimpy smattering of garlic butter in the centre and the whole baguette was extremely dry encouraging me to drink copious amounts of wine, so there was a plus side.
I never told Mr. Benn that I deviated from our usual brand; I just glossed over it and said well honey it's not a perfect world and slurped some more wine, hush guys don't tell!
If you want to try it here are a few facts
Nutrition 325 calories, fat 14.2g Saturates 5.8g all per 100g
Store in the Refrigerator and eat by the use by date, can be frozen
I don't remember seeing these Tesco Value Garlic Baguettes before but when I saw they was only 84p for 2 I brought a pack to try them. They are chilled but can be frozen but I can't see the point in stocking up on them with the baguettes being so cheap and the Value range is never on special offer.
They smell quite nice when you open the pack and the garlic smell is just right, the baguettes don't smell too strong but there is deffo a nice garlic smell to them.
They take about 10 mins to cook in the oven and that's about right because that's ROUGHLY how long a pizza will take give or take a few minutes.
The taste is a bit disappointing, it's not BAD or anything like that but the flavour is deffo more of herbs than garlic. The slices of baguette also feel a bit greasy to touch and you can taste the grease on the bread as well, that gives the garlic bread a bit of a slimey feel that isn't too bad for the first couple of mouth fulls but that feeling gets stronger and stronger the more you eat.
The garlic has been mixed with parsley and that's fine because parsley is always nice in garlic bread, but the mix isn't too good with this and it's weird because even though the garlic tastes quite strong the main flavour is the parsley and the 2 don't go too well together.
The bread itself would be quite nice if it wasn't for that weird slimey feeling that the butter gives it. It's nice and crunchy on the outside but the bread inside is soft and fluffy, I reckon it's probably that Tesco have spread the butter too thick in the first place and that's what's made the bread slimey and greasy.
It's not too bad even though it sounds like I've slated it, the flavour could be better but for the price it's ok.
Half recommended..... a bit slimey and cheap tasting for me though!!!