“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Bread „
Lately I have been watching what I eat and trying to eat less stodgy foods such as bread. I love a sandwich for lunch so I thought I'd try using tortilla wraps instead as they are healthier and lower in callories, plus you can use one wrap as opposed to two slices of bread. I bought these Tesco value wraps in with my online shopping so hadn't actually physically seen them, just the photo online. You get 8 wraps in the pack for £1.10 which isn't bad as this will cover my lunch for 4 days (2 wraps at lunch). They are actually thicker than other brands I have tried which isn't a bad thing as they tend not to get soggy when containing foods like tomatoes, beetroot and cucumber. I like to heat mine in the microwave for 15-20 seconds as this warms and softens them up and makes them fold nicely. I usually fill mine with ham, cheese, cucumber, beetroot, fresh spinach and a little mayo and this makes a deliciously fresh lunch. There is an allergy advice note on the packet as they contain wheat and gluten, and although there are no nuts in the recipe there is a warning that they cannot guarantee them nut free but a lot of products have this disclaimer. As I'm trying to watch what I eat I was pleased to see that they are low in fat, only 2.4grams of fat per tortilla, there is 130kcals, 4 grams of protein and the equivalent of 0.5grams of salt which is really good in my opinion. I am happy to swap bread for these wraps and think they are brilliantly versatille as they can also contain hot foods such as bolognese, chilli etc and make a nice burrito for dinner time! I'd recommend - thank you for reading!
I brought these to try without looking at the price and when I got home I was a bit surprised that they was only 20p cheaper than Discovery and Old El Paso wraps and cost £1.10 for 8 wraps. They come in naff Value packaging and once you open them you should wrap it all up in foil because this wrapper doesn't even keep them fresh for an hour let alone the 24 hours Tesco say they will last for. The wraps are a bit smaller but thicker than the big brand wraps, that makes them taste a bit stodgier but they're still proper nice and there's not much difference in the actual flavour of these compared to other wraps. You can have them straight out of the wrapper but I prefer mine warmed up in the microwave for 20 seconds because it softens them up nice, they have got quite a dusty feel when they're cold but this disappears after you've warmed them up and even though they taste nice and floury they haven't got a dry taste or texture. I've used these for the same sorts of things as I use any other wraps for and they've been fine. The flavour of them is bland but that's not a bad thing because it means the taste of the filling can come through properly, they don't fall to bits if you use a hot filling either like some supermarket tortillas do and even when I put bolognese in one the other day it didn't drip through even though it was quite a wet sauce. I think that's because of them being a bit thicker than other wraps because I've even had Discovery wraps leak when I put bolognese in them and they're usually my favourite wraps. I used one cut up and toasted under the grill for dipping in salsa the other night when I was watching a film, that worked better with these than other wraps because of the thickness of them. They toast mega quickly though so keep an eye on them because I noticed these wraps will TASTE burned before they LOOK burned so you have to be on the ball, if you sprinkle a bit of water on the top before grilling that can help stop them burning but don't put too much on or it will just go hard instead of crunching up. For the price I think they're great and when I'm really saving the pennies I'll buy them. I think for Value they're a bit over priced though and especially because either Discovery or Old El Paso wraps are ALWAYS on offer and usually for £1.00 so that makes the big brands cheaper than buying Value most of the time..... and that can't be right! lol Recommended..... but only when the other brands aren't on special offer!!!
Homemade bread is delicious and I make a lot but occasionally I feel like having a change and tortilla wraps are very versatile. What is a tortilla wrap? It is a flat type of bread, made with flour, lard, salt, baking powder and water and rolled out thinly and cooked quickly on a griddle or in a frying pan. But although I love baking these take time to make and although homemade taste best, it's so much quicker to buy them. They can be used cold with moist sandwich fillings like prawns in Marie rose sauce with some salad, or a spicy Coronation chicken. But I prefer mine to be hot and filled with salad and chicken pieces, or cut into pieces and used instead of lasagne with layers of leftover turkey in a mushroom sauce, with some cranberry jelly and pieces of leftover sausage and stuffing topped with cheese and baked until heated through. A favourite for Boxing Day! Or you can make and Tex-Mex type of filling and spice them up. As part of my trying to save a few pennies I decided to try the Tesco Value tortilla wraps, the packet contains 8 tortillas. It cost 99pence and is easily spotted on the shelf as the packet is bright with red edging and a small picture of tortillas filled with salad and ham. The Tesco value logo is in the top left hand side. The basic information is detailed at the bottom of the plastic bag and it tells me that it is suitable for Vegetarians and also for Home freezing. The Best before date had about 2 week's shelf life, but I decided to freeze them and used them later as they will freeze for up to one month. When I opened the packet they separated really easily, which surprised me as I thought I would need to defrost the whole packet and I only wanted 4 tortillas. They measure 8" in diameter and are very thin and pale cream in colour with a few tiny brown marks where contact was made with the pan. They should be stored in a cool dry place and once opened the packet should be covered and stored in the fridge but used within 24 hours. I find they are tastier and easier to roll if warm so you can use various methods, they can be wrapped in foil and heated in the oven at Reg 6 or 200C for about 8 minutes, or shallow fried in a hot pan without oil for 15 seconds or in the Microwave for a few seconds depending how many are being heated and what wattage the microwave is. Mine took 15 seconds to heat 4 tortillas. They don't have a lot of taste as the ingredients are very bland, but I find they taste better when heated and of course the fillings are usually so full of flavour that the plain tortillas is the perfect foil. These tortillas tasted as good as more expensive brands and better than some I have had which contained herbs. There is an Allergy advice on the packet as they contain wheat and gluten, and although there are no nuts in the recipe there is a warning that they cannot guarantee them nut free. As I'm trying to watch what I eat and not put on any more weight I was pleased to see that they are low in fat, only 2.4grams of fat per tortilla, there is 130kcals, 4 grams of protein and the equivalent of 0.5grams of salt. Overall I really like these tortillas and think they are good value for money.