The one thing I do like to keep in my freezer is frozen vegetables. In fact I have two freezers in my home and one is just for vegetables actually as I do love my vegetables and quite often I buy fresh and end up not using it and kicking it out so this kind of thing I find very useful to keep in and make myself more healthy meals with.
This comes in a distinctive bright green and white plastic bag with a photograph of the mixed vegetables on the front of it and of course we are told what they are and who they are by then on the back of the bag other information listed includes being told how to cook them, the ingredients and nutritional information is given, the size is stated which is 1kg and contact details for Asda are given. Cheap looking bag this is and the bag is not resealable.
What you get in a bag is Diced Carrots (55%), Peas (21%) , Cauliflower Florets (20%) Broccoli Florets (4.0%) so all you get is the vegetables and you are meant to cook these from frozen. To cook them you can simmer then in a saucepan, microwave or add them to dishes such as casseroles and stews and so on and an 80g serving of these count as one of your five recommended servings of fruit/vegetables a day.
I personally simmer mine for about 4 minutes with a little salt as I find these vegetables a little bland otherwise and they are only so so for me and not all that tasty to be honest.
The cauliflower and broccoli florets are really small but look like they are meant to, the diced carrrots and peas are ok and look like they should too but like I have said I find thema bit bland on the whole and that the broccoli and cauliflower do go too mushy for my liking. I haven't microwaved them for fear they would go completely to mush to be honest and as I am not all that impressed with the flavour of them I haven't added them to stews and things and stuck to using good quality fresh vegetables.
I can't say I'm enthralled by these and when I have worked through my bag of these I will not be buying them again and would rather pay more for better quality in the future!
An 80g boiled serving gives you just 50kcal and 0.5g of fat and 1kg bag costs just 75p so if you do like them they are fabulous value...just not for me!
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I, along with most people, get fed up with food going off and being chucked in the bin. Buying fresh veg and there only being me and a toddler eating it, meant a lot would go off, mouldy and horrible. That's when I decided to look for frozen alternatives. Asda have a varied range of frozen vegetables, from peas to spinach. I decided to give the Smartprice Mixed vegetable a try.
* Packaging *
The bag is very noticeably a Smartprice product as it has the traditional white and green colours, it also shows a picture of the vegetables in a bowl. The reverse of the bag shows nutritional content and ingredients. A 907g bag currently costs 59p.
* What lies inside *
Upon opening the bag I was greeted with a mass of white cauliflower stalks, a few segments of what one might call broccoli, some measly looking peas and some orange cubes of what I guessed was carrot. I wasn't very impressed but carried on to cook them anyway. I boiled and then simmered them for 3 minutes as stated on the packaging and served them with our cottage pie.
* Taste *
What can I say? I didn't eat much of them, the cauliflower (stalks) were rock hard, the broccoli just disappeared into tiny pieces, the carrots tasted nothing like carrots, the peas weren't too bad, but on the whole a poor experience. My daughter ate everything apart from the cauliflower, but she will eat whatever is put in front of her anyway!
I didn't want to chuck the rest of the bag away as the main reason for going frozen was to stop wastage, so kept them and filtered them into stews and casseroles along with other veg just to get rid of them. Cooking them this way wasn't as bad, they tasted ok but this is probably due to all the other flavours overpowering the veg!
* Overall *
On the whole 59p is a good price for a bag of veg, I wouldn't recommend them to anyone who wants to serve them as a side to a meal, they taste like crap! But to add into a dish is perfectly fine.
Review of Asda Frozen Mixed Vegetables
Asda in line with many major supermarkets have introduced their own basic range of goods, known as Smart Price. Smart Price products are designed to appeal to the budget concious shopper.
The mixed veg is presented in a simple white plastic bag which depicts a bowl of mixed vegetables on the front, ingredients and nutritional values on the back.
The bag contains a respectable 907g and costs in the region of 70p.
Smart Price Frozen Mixed Vegetables are a frozen mixture of peas, carrot, cauliflower and broccoli, a pleasing colourful mixture of vegetables by anyone's standards.
Not so with Asda's Smart Price mixed vegetables, what you actually get is a bag of smashed up bits of broccoli, a large percentage of pieces of cauliflower stalk, roughly cubed carrot and some pale looking peas!
Doesn't sound very appetising does it?
I lightly boiled some of the mixed vegetables to serve with our meal. The results were as disappointing as the appearance of the vegetables. The broccoli disintegrated into nothing, the cauliflower stalks remained hard, the peas were OK and the carrot was totally tasteless! If I had been blindfolded I don't honestly think I could have distinguished which vegetable was which.
These vegetables were the closest thing I've eaten to school dinners since leaving school in the 1970's!
Not an experience to be repeated. The bag of mixed vegetables then lurked unused in the bottom of the freezer drawer for a few weeks, until I was making a vegetable stew and had run short of fresh vegetables. I remembered the Asda Smart Price vegetables and threw a good handful into my stew. They were actually very good cooked this way! The broccoli still disintegrated but the cauliflower, carrot cubes and peas were all perfectly acceptable cooked in the stew.
~~Ingredients and Nutritional Values~~
Self explanatory for this product really!
Peas, Carrots, cauliflower and broccoli.
Nutritional Values per 100g :-
39 calories, 0.9g fat, 1.5g sugar, trace salt.
~~Price, Availability and Company Information~~
Available from Asda supermarkets at around 70p for a 907g bag or from Asda.com.
Asda online address is
The customer service telephone number for Asda is 0845300111
Asda offer their own money back guarantee, your money back if you are not 100% happy with your purchase.
~~My Thoughts and Conclusion~~
I was not impressed with this product. The vegetables were quite unpleasant when served as vegetables (if you follow my drift!) but acceptable when used as an ingredient in another dish. To be honest, I did toy with the idea of taking them back as I was most certainly not 100% happy, but I didn't bother in the end.
I do not feel that I can recommend this product to others, I may just have been unlucky and purchased a 'duff' bag, but even at a budget price of 70p, this is one Smart Price item that I won't be buying again!
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 November 2009
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Well after one weekend too many of beer, bacon butties, and chips, I've gone on a diet. Fresh veg can be pretty heavy on the pocket, so I've gone for the cut price bag of mixed veg. At just 70p for a big old bag (907g) of carrots, peas, cauliflower and broccoli, you can't really go wrong, especially if you have a big family. Seeing as one red pepper routinely costs me the same as this whole bag, I think it can't be too bad. Sure there isn't much variety in the veg, most of it being little cubes of carrot and peas galore, but it's good for you all the same. I usually boil these veg, having given them a good rinse first, and the recommendation on the packet is for a 3 minute boil.
I'll generally have these with a dish which involves lots of gravy, so if the veg do contract that odd freezer taste, it is masked by meaty juice...!
100g of mixed veg contains 0.6g of fat, and 35 calories.
Asda Smartprice mixed vegetables come in a 907g bag that is available from Asda stores or www.asda.co.uk for 77p. The packaging is very simple white & green with a picture of the mixed vegetables in a bowl on the front. The back of the packet has cooking instructions & nutritional information as well as ingredients. This bag contains a mixture of peas, carrots, broccoli & cauliflower and can be cooked in a variety of ways and used in many different recipes.
If I am going to be using this vegetables I normally get them out a couple of hours before, rinse them & then leave them in a saucepan of water but these can be cooked from frozen if you'd prefer and this is probably the quickest thing to do.
There are lots of pieces of each vegetable and although some bits are a bit beaten and bashed these are perfectly fine for using in soups, casseroles or just as an accompaniment to your roast dinner. There are 44 calories per 115g and of course they are low in fat (1g) as you would expect with vegetables. One of the great benefits about frozen vegetables is normally that they are frozen not long after they are picked and this helps to keep all the nutrients and vitamins in which is great for keeping yourself healthy.
The vegetables in this bag are tasty and not bland at all, as I usually use mine in a recipe I don't mind using cheaper ingredients as they are going to taste far better once they've been slow cooked or oven baked as part of a casserole or as part of a stir-fry so I would definitely recommend purchasing a bag of these and throwing them in your freezer then you have already got one of the staples for your main meal.
They are great value for money & I will be buying them again. I am rating these vegetables 4/5 because they taste good, are cheap & there are lots of them in each bag. I have knocked one star off because some of them are really bashed around and not so great for presenting to guests.
These mixed vegetables are great to have in the freezer as you don't have to worry about them going out of date or anything like that.
Frozen mixed vegetables are a saviour when we are pushed for time. I have recently noticed an influx of vegetable pots, meaning plastic containers that hold maybe two portions of beautifully cut and prepared veggies that are ready to put in the microwave. I agree that this provides a quick and easy solution but it would not be cost effective for a family.
All we seem to see and hear about lately is the importance of eating five portions of fruit and vegetables on a daily basis, I feel sorry for all the young Mothers who must struggle to disguise the vegetables so that their unsuspecting toddlers will swallow their greens.
There are many types of mixed vegetables, some are basic and others are crinkle cut but at the end of the day the result is still the same.
Asda have managed to offer a 970g bag of frozen mixed vegetables for the relatively small sum of 70p.
There are just the two of us and I find that the bag will last for a fair few meals.
Mixed vegetables isn't exactly the most exciting thing to describe, a bit of a foregone conclusion really.
Asda have put the product in their neat looking Smart Price packaging colours of apple green and white. The plastic packet is perfectly strong enough to hold the contents safely inside, when you need to open the bag I prefer to snip a large corner section away to let the frozen vegetables out.
This makes the bag easy to reseal using either a clip or an elastic band.
The mixed vegetables look plain and simple and there is no set ratio. So you may well look and think that you have far more carrots than broccoli but that is pot luck.
There are small florets or rather parts of florets of cauliflower and broccoli, a wealth of peas and a good helping of diced carrot.
The vegetables look colourful and have retained their original pre-freeze colour well. One thing that would be a major deterrent from my point of view was to look at the diced vegetables and to discover that whilst preparing the veg they had inadvertently left bits of skin on them, for some unknown reason I find that hard to stomach!
Apart from the odd blemish on the diced carrot the vegetables look wholesome.
The mixed vegetables can be cooked in two ways, in the microwave or on the hob. I find that they do cook through more evenly if I put them in some slightly salted cold water on the hob.
I bring them to the boil and then turn the heat down as soon as they reach boiling point, allowing them to then simmer gently.
After around three minutes you need to test the veg to see if it is cooked through, this is where you must carry out a full investigation into the diced carrot. Broccoli, cauliflower and peas cook in no time but the diced carrot does take a moment or two longer. If you prefer your vegetables cooked through then just leave them in the hot water for a moment or two longer.
I usually drain the vegetables and then add a nub of butter to make them look more appetising.
A few of the florets of broccoli and cauliflower have fallen apart but the peas and carrots remain in good shape.
When they are put onto the plate they look colourful and as attractive as any mixed vegetable can possibly look.
The diced carrot is well cooked but we have had to make a slight compromise and have cauliflower and broccoli that may be slightly overdone for some.
Using the microwave to cook the mixed vegetables still has the same result.
The overall taste is fine and the peas taste very sweet and fresh.
If I was given the choice between fresh of frozen mixed vegetables then I would choose fresh every time, but on the whole the Adsa frozen mixed vegetables make a quick and easy accompaniment to most meals.
An average serving has 117 calories, 2.2g protein, 3.6g carbohydrate of which 1.8g is sugar, 0.5g fat of which 0.1 is saturate and 2.4g of fibre.
With a short notice dinner to prepare for nine I nipped into Asda and brought a bag of this mixed veg. I got it home and tipped it into a saucepan of water, put it on to boil and thought no more about it whilst I prepared the chops and potatoes for the veg to accompany.
I must have missed this info on the packaging because rather than the mixed veg that I'm used to, which includes broccoli, cauliflower and baby carrots, this bag provided diced carrots. I've never been a fan of these tiny orange cubes but considering the rush I was in I decided to be open-minded, give them a fair trial and try not to be reminded of cold school dinners.
We all sat down to our evening meal and began to munch. The baby (18 months) quickly abandoned cutlery and ate his with his fingers, but the rest of us retained these social niceties, and I'm so glad we did, because it was whilst about to place a forkful of food into my mouth that I noticed, not just a series of orange cubes, but a brown, hard circle, wedged on the prongs of my fork. Yes, there was a frozen snail in my veg. Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurk (gag!).
Everyone put their cutlery down in disgust and I removed the dinners to the bin. No-one (OK. May be the baby wasn't all that bothered) wanted to continue eating their meal. So pork chops and veg was replaced by beans on toast.
Once my stomach had settled I called Asda and told them of the extra protein with my veg. The manager asked me to bring the mollusc into the store next time I went shopping, but I decided an immediate visit was necessary (after all that toast we needed bread!). I took the snail to customer services and a grocery manager was called, details taken and the snail removed to be sent for 'testing'. The manager then presented me with a gift card for £10. Ten lousy quid!!! The chops for nine had cost me more than that and they went in the bin !! It's been over two weeks now and I'm still waiting for a letter to tell me what brand of snail I almost ate (Definitely not local, too small and the wrong colour).
So, I won't be buying Smart Price frozen mixed veg again. L'escargot are not my favoured dish!
Frozen vegetables: peas, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower.