Let's face it, who amongst us has the time to make proper chopped tomatoes in tomato sauce, I know I don't and why should we when there are loads of different brands on the market that have gone to the trouble of doing it for us.
I've tried them all and they are basically all the same, chopped tomatoes in a tomatoes sauce, yes some have chunkier bits of tomato, others have thicker sauce, but when you mix them with other ingredients they all taste the same. So that's why I switched to Asda's Smart Price Chopped Tomatoes, they come in a 400g tin with a ring pull action lid, I sometimes find this a little difficult to pull, but generally it comes off without much force. The packaging has changed a bit from that in the picture, the label is still white but it now has green wording on it and the picture of a whole tomato with a chopped one at the side of it.
When you empty the can there is a lot of juice which does look a bit watery, but there are plenty of chopped tomatoes in there, some pieces being quite big, in fact half a can counts as one of your five a day. Once the tomatoes are cooked, some of the juice seems to evaporate, so the sauce becomes slightly thicker. I don't mind that the sauce is a bit runny as I tend to use them in chillies and over pasta and so I need a lot of sauce to keep things moist.
One of my favourite ways to use them is this:-
Chop 4 rashers of bacon into squares or use a small packet of panchetta and cook in a frying pan. Add one can of Adsa Smart priced chopped tomatoes, a dash of BBQ sauce and crack two eggs onto the top of everything. Cover the pan and let everything simmer until the eggs are cooked. Serve on toast or with pieces of a chopped thick bread to soak up the juices. Delicious.
If you want and I often do, chop up half a pepper and add that to the mix, it gives it a bit of added crunch.
These are a great store cupboard staple and can be used in a variety of different dishes. They maybe made from odd shaped tomatoes that weren't good enough to make it onto our shelves in their natural form, I don't know, but in their own way they can feed the nation. So why pay more for something when all you're going to do is disguise it.
* Packaging *
The packaging is typical of asda smart price, white with green information, but I noticed that asda have now upgraded their smart price packaging and it is a little more attractive to the eye.
The chopped tomatoe come in a large 400g tin can with a ring pull lid which I find much easier to use. I cannot stand tins that require a tin can opener it is such a pain.
* Price *
You will pay 31p for a tin of these smart price branded tomatoes. This is around half the price of a more branded product.
* Product *
I use chopped tomatoes all of the time in pasta sauces, lasagnas etc and I am always looking for a cheap and quality tin. I usually use lidls chopped tomatoes which are around 35 pence and are perfect but now and then when we do an asda shop I use these.
The taste of the tomatoes are fine and they do the job but they are extremely watery and if you don't drain them and really squash the water out first your pasta dish will also be full of water.
I also find there are a lot of stalks and ends of the tomatoes in the tins whereas I do not get these in other brands. They are cheap but you get what you pay for and they are fine if you are happy to drain them first.
I think everyone is feeling the pinch, money wise, at the moment. One of our households biggest outgoings is the grocery shop. I've been experimenting with value products and which ones match up to the same quality of more expensive brands. One of these great products is Asda's Smartprice Chopped Tomatoes.
== Tomatoes! ==
These chopped tomatoes come in a 400g tin in the typical Asda Smartprice green and white packaging (dooyoo's picture is a little dated). Each tin currently costs 38p.
Upon opening the tin a faint smell of tomatoes is present, it isn't an overpowering smell. Looking in the tin it's what you would expect from a value product, lot's of liquid with a few chunks of tomato. The sauce is very watery with a slight tint of a red colour to it. The chunks of tomato are all of a different size, mostly small.
Cooking the tomatoes on their own is quick and easy. Either blast them in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, or heat gently on the hob for 3-4 minutes.
These chopped tomatoes have a very bland, unappealing taste to them when eaten on their own. I use chopped tomatoes as a base to pasta sauces and to add to other dishes, I find that I need to add a little tomato puree to thicken up the sauce as it is too watery without any. With using these as a base, I can season to taste so don't notice how bland they are if there wasn't any other flavours.
== Information ==
Half a tin of these chopped tomatoes only contain 42 calories and 0.2g of fat, which is great for my new years resolution of getting into shape again.
Ingredients: Tomatoes (60%), Tomato Juice, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid)
== Overall ==
I wouldn't recommend these tomatoes if you wish to eat them on their own. As a base for sauces and meals, I would without a doubt recommend these, they are cheap and once a little tomato puree is added the juice thickens up a treat, with all the other flavours of the sauces added in the bland taste isn't noticeable.
Written: Jan 2012
I am quite a fan of using fresh produce, not tinned nor frozen, preferably purchased on the day I cook it. However, ''chopped tomatoes'' are one of those things you can buy here in the UK that is just impossible to make at home... I mean, you can chop some tomatoes, but they don't turn into the same thing as you get from the tin. Therefore I make an exception with these.
As for the brand I buy, I prefer to go for ASDA Smart price for a number of reasons, principally the low cost (which seems to vary somewhat between stores and from day to day, but they are never more than 25-35p) As well as this the tomatoes ASDA uses seem to be more suited to making this product as they are always tastier than the more expensive tins, in fact I find them a lot tastier than fresh tomatoes prepared in any way. it's quite possible that this is due to the nature of the tomato sauce that they are stored in, I am not aware of ASDA's practices when it comes to preparing the sauce but all I know is there are no 'artificial colours or preservatives' in the product (providing you purchase a new-style green tinned pack, rather than the old ones that don't mention the preservatives) and therefore it's fine for me.
There is an equal divide between the sauce and the tomato chunks, to some people this may be too much sauce and therefore I suggest you only get these if you are, like me, a fan of the juice. Also the chunks seem to be chopped a little smaller than in other varieties, and once again this is a question of taste.
One tip I think it's worth adding is that when opening the new tins it's best to tip them upside down, as I have gone through four or five tin openers thinking they are broken because I can't open smart price tines, but then finding that they all work perfectly well when they are upside down! (Strange, I know)
Overall these are chopped tomatoes in tomato juice, there really isn't much room for differences although these are really tasty and have a better consistency for my personal tastes, they are perfect for adding to a full english, or for making a tomato sauce (add a little sugar, olive oil and an extra two chopped tomatoes for a great simple pasta sauce!) or for whichever recipe you like to make with them! There really is no point in paying ridiculous prices for the same thing in other stores!
Yesterday on a trip to Asda I needed a tin of chopped tomatoes to go on the breakfast I had planned to make today, so I thought I would see if Asda did an own brand of their chopped tinned tomatoes. I was happy when I found that they did a smart price variety, I thought tomatoes are tomatoes so I brought them to try.
The packaging above is still the same, a simple design with a picture of a bowl of chopped tomatoes on the front. They come in a 400g tin with the Asda Smart Price logo at the top. On the back of the tin you can find detailed nutritional information as well as basic cooking instructions and ingredients listings. The only downside to the packaging is that it does not have a ring pull opening function so it is back to the good old tin opener for this product.
The current cost per tin at my local Asda superstore is 33p, which is much cheaper than any of the branded tinned tomatoes. I did find that these tomatoes had a lot more juice than other value brands that I have tried but they did have a good flavour. The pieces of tomato that were in there were very nice and I did not come across any skin or hard bit from the tops of the tomatoes which you sometimes get with the tinned varieties.
In conclusion these tomatoes had a lovely flavour and were not at all bitter in taste. It would have been nice to see a little less juice and a few more pieces of tomato but for 33p I guess I cannot really complain.
I first started buying chopped tinned tomatoes on my moneysaving mission to make all sauces from scratch. I had tried using more expensive (read better) brands but at double to sometimes triple the price it was actually working out more costly than buying a jar of ready made sauce. Then I came across these little gems.
These tomatoes are actually a little different from the picture provided, the tomatoes shown are from the old range but they have now updated to the green and white colour scheme. Simple but enough to give a little colour to the product, the name is displayed boldly on the front and we are told that these tomatoes are in tomato juice. On the rear label we are told of the ingredients and contact information. There is the weight of the product which is 400g's for just 33p, complete and utter bargain in my opinion.
On opening the can, which you need a can opener for, there is not a strong aroma but it's not in my opinion really like tomatoes, it's really strange and not at all what I was expecting. The tomatoes are chunky although small and placed in 'tomato juice', however to me it looks like these are just placed in some water with a little red food colouring added. There is no thickness at all, it is extremely watery which is ok as I add tomato puree in any sauces anyway but it you were adding these to toast etc I can't imagine they would be very nice at all. There is no order to either the size or the colour of the tomatoes, they are all varied. To be honest although red the tomatoes themselves look like those ones that are getting past the point of eating fresh and blending them and adding to a meal which I suppose for the price you can't really complain about.
Onto the taste, I normally blend these down including the juice, I know some people don't but I find with adding tomato puree for a stronger tomato flavour anyway it doesn't matter to much and the tin is more for bulking out and creating a base that flavours can be added to than eating plain. I find that these have a really bland taste which is why I always add other flavours in depending on what the meal is. Once added to a meal they are not watery at all, a bit mushy and very easy to blend with a slight hint of tomato but not overpowering in the slightest. I haven't found any problems with eating these and neither has my son, he has ate them as part of a meal since he was onto proper food and even he is able to chew and swallow these with no problems which is definately a plus.
I wouldn't eat these solo but added as a base to meals they are great and I would never pay premium price now when I can buy these instead.
These are suitable for vegetarians and take 3-4 minutes to heat in a pan or 3 and a half minutes in a 750 watt microwave.
These tinned chopped tomatoes from Asda are a bargain at 33p per 400 gram can. The packaging is minimal as you can see from Dooyoo's picture. The label has the Asda smart price green and white colour scheme with the product name and a picture of a bowl of what looks like chunky tomatoe soup which in all honesty is not the most appetizing picture and it doesn't do the product much justice but nevermind! The can is made of some sort of lightweight metal so is recycable and the plasticy paper type label can also be recycled as far as I am aware.
Opening the can isn't the quickest task and it requires using a tin opener as there is no ring pull. For people who can use a can opener this isn't an issue however I am rubbish at using tin openers so it takes me around 5 minutes to get it open lol. Once it is open the smell is definetly noticeable. It smells of tomatoes but it isn't really a strong or very pleasant smell - it definetly is not a smell that makes my mouth water. The tomatoes are pretty average colour wise and the consistency is okay - finely chopped however a majority of the tin's content is waterry juice which doesn't bother me too much as I knew from the price I wouldn't be getting a tin full of tomatoes. The tomatoe is finly chopped into small chunks which vary in size. They're red in colour as you would expect but to be honest they don't look very 'fresh' - the colour isn't as bold as a freshly cut tomatoe.
Once the juice is drained off they blend easily and go quite gooey which isn't great but I mainly use these for homemade meals where the tomatoe isn't very visible so it doesn't matter. Taste wise, well they're not amazing on there own but when blended up with garlic etc and put into a homemade casserole or lasagne they're pretty nice and actually have a very (and I mean very!) slight tomatoe taste. They're a little bit soggy, but not so soggy that they're waterry and although they shrink quite a bit when cooked but that doesn't really matter because I blend them anyway. They are not salty and are nice and easy to chew. They definetly do taste of tomato, just waterred down and not as sweet or fresh as the more premium brands. When I say 'not as sweet', I mean not very sweet at all. Infact they're incredibly bland which is why it is so important to add extra flavours such as garlic, onion powder, etc.
200 grams (half a can) of the tinned tomatoes contains 42 calories and 0.2 grams of fat which isn't bad at all in my opinion and it counts towards your five a day too. Overall reccomended for recipes but I certianly would not eat these on there own.
Rather often I enjoy making up a spaghetti bolognese and the likes. For making these things up from scratch I always used chopped tomatoes and up until recently I only bought top brands and spent rather a lot of a tin. However the other day I spotted these chopped tomatoes costing only 33p a can and I decided to give them a try to see if saving money impaired the taste of my usually lovely dish! I also bought some to have for a fry up whist I was at it!
The can has a green and white label going around it and on the front of it there is a photograph of chopped tomato's in a bowl and we are told that they are Asda 'Smart Price' Chopped Tomatoes 'In Tomato Juice' and that the can holds 400g on the tomatoes and juice. On the back of the can other information listed includes ingredients and nutritional advice being given, there are cooking instructions and contact details for Asda are given. The packaging of these does look rather cheap and it has no ring pull to the top of it however I always think its product that counts over fancy packaging.
What you get is lots of small chunks of tomatoes, rather finely chopped and in a lots of tomato sauce and nothing else. This is a nice bright red mix and plain in the juice given the fact that its just tomatoes and no herbs, seasoning or sugar is added to them and they look nice plump and fleshy with only a few seeds within it.
However these are rather boring and watery in the flavour stakes for my liking. I boiled them up as instructed on the hob and in a saucepan for 3-4 minutes and there was more juice than anything else and the tomatoes just resembled a soggy mess almost boiling down to nothing really. Flavourwise they just tasted watery and slightly of tomatoes and just didn't have a natural sweetness to them at all.
I added them to a spaghetti bolognese and it did make my meal more watery and again the tomatoes just lacked flavour and I did notice a difference in the overall dish as I say it was more watery and the tomatoes weren't so full of flavour as I'm used to.
These are economy in every way and personally I wouldn't purchase them again sadly.
Nutritional Information Per 1/2 Can (The Important Bits):
of which sugars: 5.0g
of which saturates: Trace
Only available in Asda stores.
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Why pay more for such a simple product when you can get all you need for 35p! ASDA Smartprice Tinned Tomatoes are terrific value for money and are also great for that waistline.
So what's in them? 60% tomatoes, Tomato Juice, acidity regulator (Citric Acid) . As you can see these tomatoes contain no hidden nasties.
The tomatoes come in a tin, just like a tin of bakes beans. The can needs to be opened with a tin opener as the smart price tin has no ringpul. The packaging is plain white, very simple.
A normal can of tomatoes contains 400g's. At only 42 calories per half a tin they are really good for you.
The taste? Persnally I never quite liked the taste of tinned tomatoes when I was younger, now I have aged by taste buds have changed and I love them. They are not as red in colour as some of the leading brands but apparently this is because Smartprice tinned tomatoes are made from the tomatoes that are less attractive and less red in colour. Personally this doesn't bother me, the taste is still really good.
I tend to use the tinned tomatoes for my spaghetti bolognaise sauce and many other tomato dishes..
Once opened the contents must be consumed within two days. If left un open these will stay in your cupboard for ages as the shelf life is high.
Personally I cannot justify buying more expensive tinned tomatoes when the Smartprice option is so good for its 35p price!
You may have noticed a few smart price product reviews lately, we have been trying products from this range in order to lower our shopping bill. Most, I have to say, we have been very impressed with.
This review is on the Asda Smart Price chopped tinned tomatoes. We usually have these as an ingredient to our cooking, usually for bolognese and chilli's.
The packaging is basic, they come in a recyclable tin with the Smart Price green and white label on. They are 35p for a 400g tin which is under half the price of some of the premium brands.
The tin has no ring pull so a can opener is needed. Upon opening the tin, you just see the juice covering the tomatoes, this can be drained or you can use this in your cooking for extra flavour and sauce. The tomatoes are very bright red in colour and look appetising.
These can be added to dishes, cooked on the hob for 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally or microwaved for 2 1/2 minutes. They stay consistant whilst cooking, not turning mushy like some brands tend to.
In each tin there are 60% tomatoes, tomato juice and citric acid.
Calories - 21
Protein - 1.2g
Carbs - 3.8g
Fat - 0.1g
Fibre - 0.8g
Salt - Trace
Once opened these can be transfered into another container and refridgerated for up to two days.
In my opinion these are really worth the money and I will continue to use these rather than the more expensive brands. In my opinion you cannot taste the difference especially when added in cooking.
Give them a go!
Thanks for reading.
With Spaghetti Bolognaise for tea and no chopped tomatoes in the cupboard I braved it and had a walk to Asda. As I was not prepared to pay for a high priced brand I decided to give their Smart Priced branded tomatoes a god as I have had success with the Tesco equivalent ones.
The tomatoes come in a metal tin which has a white and green label. The Smart Price logo is at the top of the tin and there is a small bowl showing what the tomatoes look like. On the back of the tin you can find all the relevant information about the contents and heating instructions. The top of the tin does not have a ring pull so the tin needs to be opened with a can opener.
~~USE AND RESULTS~~
I was quite pleased that there was no ring pull on this can as in the past have lost some of the juice when opening the tin by the ring pull but this can be avoided when using the can opener. When the lid came of I found the juice was all at the top and I was not able to see any tomatoes so I was disappointed and thought I would only get half a tin full. When draining the juice away I was surprised that there was actually a good ¾ of a tin of tomatoes left.
The smell of the tomatoes is pleasant and not too strong. They are a nice red colour and quite bright. I found I was easily able to spoon the tomatoes out of the tin and place them into me bolognaise pan.
To heat the tomatoes if not adding to other foods then this can be done in two ways. The first is to place them into a pan and heat gently on the hob for 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally and the other way is to place in the microwave and cook for 2 ½ minutes in a 750watt microwave. Personally I prefer to use the hob as it gives me more control on the temperature of the tomatoes.
The juice which come in the tin is also very handy for cooking at t tastes very good. There is a fair amount and this s great for making a sauce for over meatballs of even adding to a bolognaise sauce to thin it down slightly.
The taste of the tomatoes is great and they are not overly sweet but you can easily taste them when mixed with other foods. They have a good texture and do not turn to mush when warmed. I found that there was just the right mix of skins and seeds included in the contents and it was not all just the insides of the tomatoes.
The tin comes in a 400g size which means I only have to use one tin when making a bolognaise for 4 people.
The ingredients for those wishing to know are:-
Tomatoes (60%), Tomato Juice, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid),
The nutritional values for 100g of the contents are:-
Energy - 21KCal
Protein - 1.2g
Carbohydrate - 3.8g
Of which sugars - 2.5g
Fat - 0.1g
Of which saturates - Trace
Fibre - 0.8g
Sodium - Trace
Equivalent as salt - Trace
These tomatoes are suitable for vegetarians and the tin is fully recyclable. The tin needs to be stored in a cool dry place and if not using the whole tin in one go the remainder must be removed from the metallic tin and placed into another plastic container and kept refrigerated, they must then be used within 2 days.
~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~
As these are an Asda Smart Price brand then they are only available in Asda stores. They are priced at 35p per can which is less than half the price of the big brands.
These really are great tomatoes which make a lovely addition to a variety of meals. They have a great taste and are quick and simple to cook. They are so cheap that even if you are unsure they are worth trying. A full 5 stars from me and my family for these.
Asda chopped tomatoes comes in the typical green and white packaging, (unlike the photo above) which is used for all of asda's smart price products.
Asda chopped tomatoes contain tomatoes 60%, tomato juice 40% and an acidity regulator. They are also suitable for vegetarians. They are only 34kcal which is great. and contain only 0.2g of fat.
You can cook these either on the hob or in a microwave and they only take 3 - 4 minutes. This makes them a quick and easy option to go with pasta (just add a few herbs) and you have a quick and healthy meal.
I have been using Asda's chopped tomatoes for some time now as i personnaly can not tell the difference between them and some other brands. they taste the same and smell the same, but there cheaper then the other rival brands you find at asda. They are chopped to a small size so they are great to add to spagetti bolgonaise, chilli con carnie ect. They are also great for making tomatoe sauces, and easy to liquidise for a smooth tomatoe juice.
I used to buy the smartprice tinned plum tomatoes but have now switched to the smartprice chopped tomatoes. They only cost 2p extra which is well worth it for not having to bash them up in the recipe and being able to have uniform sized pieces.
They are very versatile and can be used to bulk out and add one of your five a day to many meals. I use them in bolognase, chilli, lasagne etc. You can also make a quick pasta sauce by frying some onion and garlic and adding the tomatoes and some chopped basil. This only takes a few minutes and is cheap and nutritious. Some people like them on their own or with cheese and toast, but I don't really like them on their own.
The juice of the tomatoes is not as thick and fragrant as in more expensive brands. The tomatoes themselves are fine. They come in good sized pieces to be used in recipes and are a good flavour. They aren't tasteless but don't have an overpowering flavour which is good for those who aren't keen on the taste of tomatoes. There are a good amount of tomatoes compared to juice.
I love to cook and I always try new things in my food. These chopped tomatos make a great addition to meals.
They are now in a white and green can with a picture of a bowl full of chopped tomatos on the front. It also states that they are in tomato juice. I don't use the juice in my meals because it makes it watery.
On the can it gives you the ingredients which is mostly tomatoes and the rest is made up of tomato juice. It contains citric acid to regulate the acidity in the can. These are also suitable for vegetarians because there is nothing added. It also gives you cooking instructions if you are cooking them alone to add to a meal. You can cook these on the hop which will take 3-4 mins stiring occasionally so that they cook evenly and do not stick to the bottom of the pan. You can also cook them in the microwave for 2 1/2 to 3 mins depending on the watt of your microwave. Ensure that you cover them with a vented cover in the microwave so that the juice does not splash over your microwave.
You store these like any other can in a cool dry place. Once opened then put them in a non metalic bowl and place them in the fridge these must then be consumed in 2 days this information is also on the label on the back of the can. Also stated on the back is the nutritional information to show you how much each can contains and how many calories is the average daily intake for men and women which is good for personal information.
Under the nutritional information it states that the best before date is on the bottom of the can which is always a good sell by date I have noticed and for added piece of mind they have said if you are not happy with the tomatos then you are able to contact them on 0845 300 1111 or to visit the web site www.asda.com and they will be happy to replace or refund your product. If you are calling or writing it also gives you a number to quote and the date code is also needed so that they can trace that batch that has been made to ensure no other problems.
These tomatos come in the same tin cans that all tinned produce comes in which is able to be recycled in your house hold recycling. It is just a plain label yet it does still stand out. It is a 400g tin that is full to the top and I have noticed that it is full of tomatoes even when the juice is drained you have 3 quaters of a tin of tomatos left.
I use these tomatos in spaghetti bolognaise and chilli, they really complement the flavours of the meal. You can taste to tomatos in the food which is good because some brands loose their flavour once cooked. The tomatos cook well and do not disintergrate once cooked so you will have chunky tomato pieces in your meal. They are low in fat and high in energy. They will also help your iron levels due to tomatos are high in iron.
They are a sweet tomato with lots of flavour. I find them easy to cook and are cheap to buy at a few pence per tin. I usually buy 2 tins of these a week for the two evening meals that I cook. They are full of goodness with no added extras. I feel they are a good addition to any meal and are always available in asda stores. I would advise to buy these rarther than the more expensive brands because I think they have a better taste and have more in a tin to make it very good value for money.
Well very basic packaging as with all smart price range. The lid doesnt have the pull ring the more expensive versions do so u do have to use a tin opener.
I make a lot of different dishes with tinned tomatoes and have always found these to suit the dish fine. Ranging from curries where i sometimes blend them down to lasagnes they work fab. I'm not sure how much more expensive the leading brand is but i believe u would be paying at least double. The juice in these is perhaps just a little bit thinner in these than the leading brand but in my opinion it really does not take anything away from the end result of the dish u make.
I constantly tell family members they are wasting their money buying the lead brand or even the supermarkets own brand (not the value range) as the value range are perfectly fine for cooking.
I believe asdas are around the same in price maybe a couple pence cheaper than the other supermarkets equivalent!