“ Brand: Asda / Type: Beans „
So what do most people use kidney beans for, let me guess, chiilies? So why should we pay a fortune for something that we're going to cover in sauce anyway. Asda's Smart Price Red Kidney Beans come in a 400g tin, but bear in mind 160g of that is water which the beans are stored in. However 240g is still beans and a third of a can is one of your five a day, so that's a fair amount of beans that's been packed in there. The beans seem to be of uniform shape and size, although to be honest I haven't measured each individual one. I can't say that they taste any different than more expensive tins of beans either. You can empty them straight into whatever you are cooking, water and all, but I tend to put them into a strainer and wash them under the cold water tap as I don't want the purple coloured bean water in my cooking. It's just my choice to do this, you might think differently, but I don't want too runny a sauce when I'm cooking chilli. I have also used them when I'm cooking pasta, I've added them to a ready made pasta sauce mix to bulk it out a bit, I've also added them to stews, you see they're not just for chillies. These are a great addition to anyones store cupboard.
At 19p a tin for these kidney beans you really cant go wrong. They are a standard size tin of 400g. Being asda smart price they come with the normal green and white labelling. I can honestly say i didnt notice a difference between these and more expensive ones. I mean they are simply kidney beans canned with water so not much can differ. I know in my past experience with some no frills products you will get a mixture of size but not with these beans. The tin is as full as any other so you are not paying for more water than usual. The packet advises the drained weight is 240g. The water is unsalted which means should you wish you can tip the whole can in your cooking as i do. At the price they sell them they are really cheap and ideal for bulking out meals. I personally only use them for a chilli and find they fit the bill perfectly Not because of the brand just thats the only time i use kidney beans at all.
I love to make a chilli con carne and things like that up and of course usually use kidney beans....both myself and my flatmate love them. I used to buy shops own brands that were a little more expensive than these, though the other night decided to give these a go...I mean a kidney bean is a kidney bean after all....isn't it?!? The Packaging: The can holds 400g of the kidney beans and has a green and white label that goes around it and on the front of the can there is a photograph of the kidney beans and we are told of course that they are Asda Smart Price Red Kidney Beans and that they are stored in water. On the back of the can other information listed includes ingredients and nutritional information and contact details for Asda. Simple but informative looking can however there is no ring pull on it but for 19p a can what do you expect really?! The Kidney Beans: Dark purply colour and tough to the touch you cook and use these as you would any other kidney bean of course. Boil and then simmer them in their water or drain them and add them into dishes there are plenty of these in the can and the water looks a bit gloopy through colour staining that has come off the bean through being stored. These simply have sugar and salt added to them and nothing else really. I find them ok to cook in a saucepan or in a microwave and that they look fully formed and are of good shape and thickness when cooked too. Taste wise these are a bit firmer than other, more expensive kidney beans I have used before however they are creamy in the middle like most are, don't go to mush through cooking at all and are not what I consider rubbery in taste. Cooking them for ages doesn't make them go more tender though so if you don't like a robust kidney bean I would pay a little more if I was you, however I think these are tasty enough and cheap! Nutritional Information Per 1/3 Can: Energy: 91kcal Protein: 6.5g Carbohydrate: 15.7g of which sugars: 0.4g Fat: 0.2g of which saturates: Trace Fibre: 4.5g Sodium: Trace equivalent as salt: Trace