“ Brand: Asda / Type: Peas „
========Asda Smartprice Mushy peas========
When I think about it im convinced I never used to like mushy peas, one because of the look of them and two I hate peas anyway as a rule !
Then at some point I must of had them and loved them because now Im rather fond of mushy peas with things like fish, fish fingers or really with alot of things, as something to dip chips or wedges in I find lovely.
So one evening i was scouting thru my local Asda and needed some mushy peas to have with my fish fingers and wedges, and stumbled across "Asda Smartprice mushy peas" at 20 pence a tin as opposed to nearly 80 pence for harry ramsdens, so I thought i would give it a go with little hope that these would turn out any good !.
As per usual its Asda smartprice so the packaging is the same across the range, green and white tin with minimal colours and a rather crude looking tin to be honest,
On the front it says "contains no artificial colours or flavours" and "a source of fibre one of five a day", nutritional information on the back, along with being drummed into my head "TRY ME LOVE ME" and I will get a refund if not happy with the product. for 20 pence I wonder if I would bother and just put it down to a bad experience lol,
===========To pea or not to pea that is the question !=========
This Product Per half a can contains the following:
9 grams of protein
21 grams of carbs of which 2.6 is sugars
1.1 grams of fat
0,6 grams of salt
On the ingredents list it states that its Rehydrated marrowfat peas (90%) Water, Salt, Sugar and "flavourings" (not sure what they mean by that lol !.
And each can says it contains 2 servings , so not bad at 10 pence a pop !
On opening the can im greeted by a clumpy green mass that has obviously been packed tight as its like one solid mass. I do notice that unlike the leading brands of mushy peas (which are normally bright in green colour) these look rather grey and quite off putting to be honest !, but I grit my teeth and shove them in a pan to heat up, These can be nuked as well but i couldnt see the point because all you have to do is heat them up.
I had mine with fish fingers and wedges and i must say when they was heating up that clumpy mass of grey does loosen up and you can clearly see peas, its just for me the colour is off putting.
On the plate it still doesnt look great but i brace myself and take a mouthful with a piece of fish finger and am quite plesently surprised they (in my opinion) are rather tasty and taste not to different from the leading brands although I did find it quite a bit saltyer. Nice soft peas that did heat thru well in all honesty. i found it a million times better when i added a dash of vinagar to the mix/
Yeah i would say this is another Smartprice product that has nothing really wrong with it, its economical, easy to heat up and quite tasty, its just for me the colour is rather dull bland and doesnt look like something you should digest lol, but once i got over that i ate the lot with my fish fingers,
Would I buy them again ? well that depends on the situation, if i was having family or friends round of dinner i would rather the dearer brands thru choice, not because of snobbyness its the look of it , and you might of read in past reviews of mine that I believe with eat with our eyes, For me on my own yes i would use them over the expensive brands anyday as there is nothing wrong with them. Good one Mr Asda another product that is soooo much cheaper, if only you could improve your crumpets lol.
Wicked mushy peas shame about the colour and apperence !
Thankyou for reading xx
Whenever we have fish in our house, which isn't all that often, we do like to have mushy peas with them, it's sort of a tradition. If you went to the seaside you'd have mushy peas so why not at home. So the other day I decided to cook fish for dinner and so went out and bought a can of Asda's Smart Price Mushy Peas as they're not something I keep in the cupboard.
I paid the grand total of 15p for a 300g tin which easily feeds two people and half a tin is one of your five a day, horay. The label has changed somewhat from the one show, it is still green and white, but instead of showing a bowl of peas it now just shows a spoonful. It has all the usual information on it as to heating instructions, ingredients, nutritional values, storage information etc.
When you open the tin what you see is what looks like a solid mass of greyish green peas not the usual bright green peas that you get in other tins, this is probably due to the fact that there are no artificial colourings in these peas. However don't let this put you off, they taste a lot better than they look. When you empty them into a saucepan they seem to come out in one big lump and it's then that you can see that there are quite a lot of whole peas in there that haven't been mushed up so they add a bit of texture. When you heat the peas, you might expect them to go really watery seeing as they only cost 15p, but they don't, they go a nice medium consistency and the whole peas stay whole, they don't break down. The taste is what you would expect from muchy peas, they're neither sweet nor salty, they're simply peas like you get from a fish and chip shop.
I would definitely recommend these peas, they're quick to cook, they taste great and they're cheaper than a carton from the chip shop.
To make them extra special, add a few teaspoon of mint sauce to them whilst they're heating through. Yummy.
I do the majority of my household shopping in either Asda or Tesco, so over the years I have tried out many of the 'own-branded' products within these stores. In Asda, they have a 'budget' range called Smartprice, which is a range that offers excellent value in my opinion.
Recently I decided to try out some of the foodstuffs in the Asda Smartprice range as I feel my shopping bill is increasing more each time I shop. I hoped that by replacing some of my regular purchases with cheaper alternatives from the Smartprice range I could save some money!
The "Asda Smartprice Mushy Peas" were purchased recently and this review outlines my experience. I occasionally buy a tin of mushy peas to keep in my larder as both my husband and myself quite enjoy eating them alongside some oven-cooked fish or some fish fingers. I usually pay around 40 pence for a small 300g can of mushy peas from a big brand. I was intrigued to note that the cost of the Smartprice Mushy Peas was only 6 pence.. Even though the size of the tin was the same as that of my usual purchase! (It is worth noting that I have noticed the price of this item fluctuating from time to time, and you can expect to pay up to 19 pence for the tin, although this is still excellent value in my opinion.)
It's fair to say that the packaging for the product is fairly simplistic and basic. This is not something that would ever deter me from trying out a product, but the plain green lines and simplistic green font against the stark white background offer little in the way of eye-catching detail or innovative ideas. The product itself is what matters in THIS household, however.
Opening the tin requires the use of a tin opener as there is no ring-pull on the can. I wouldn't say that this is necessarily a criticism however, as any other tin of mushy peas that I buy regularly has no ring pull present either. The size of the tin is smaller than the average tin of beans and it's neat size makes it look and feel quite compact.
Once the lid is removed, I can see the plump-looking mushy peas contained within the tin and although no noticeable aroma is present, there is something very appetising about the initial impression given. To be fair, the colour of the peas is quite 'understated' and I do remember being surprised that they were rather pale-looking. Other types of mushy peas that I regularly purchase are very brightly-coloured - some are near to neon, in fact - but the Smartprice peas were quite pale and timid looking in comparison. This is merely an observation, and perhaps the reason for the paleness of the Smartprice peas can be found on the front of the tin, emblazoned in a bold statement "No Artificial Colours Or Flavours..."
Scooping the peas from the tin was easy and took a mere moment. Whilst doing so, I could tell that the consistency of the peas was just right. There was nothing 'runny' to be found here, which is a plus point as far as I am concerned. On the other hand though, the peas were not so thick that the consistency resembled tinned dog food... which is something I have found with cheaply-priced mushy peas in the past. This had been something of a concern for me prior to deciding to buy the Smartprice peas, so I was pleased that everything looked to be appetising and delicious.
The peas only take a couple of minutes to heat, and this can be done in either the microwave or on the hob. I chose to heat the mushy peas in a small saucepan over the hob and the whole process only took around four minutes. I was careful to heat the peas slowly as per the instructions on the reverse of the tin. I feel that the peas' flavour may have been compromised if they had been allowed to overheat or boil. I usually add a little malt vinegar to my mush peas whilst they are cooking, and this is the practice that I carried out with the Smartprice peas too. All in all, I thought that they looked to be quite delicious and I couldn't wait to try them out alongside some fish fingers and potatoes.
Both my husband and myself happily polished off our platefuls and I could find no fault with the Smartprice peas. I actually decided not to tell my other half that our usual brand of peas had been replaced with an alternative costing a mere 6 pennies, instead waiting to see what his own observations were. After he had cleared his plate, I asked if he had enjoyed the meal and he replied that he had, it had all been delicious. I then informed him that the peas were the Smartprice variety and had only cost 6 pence. He was astounded at the low price and I have a feeling that he didn't quite believe me, or though I was mistaken as he had enjoyed them so much!
Anyway, the main thing I liked about the Smartprice Mushy Peas was the gorgeous consistency. There were absolutely no hard 'lumps' or bits of pea 'shell' to be found within the mushy peas which were surprisingly thick and quite delicious. Although they tasted nice, I did think that they were complimented by the addition of a little vinegar, although this could be said with most brands of mushy peas that I buy regularly. Both the texture and taste were absolutely spot-on and I felt they complimented our fish and potatoes wonderfully.
Mushy peas are actually a good source of fibre, and can be counted as "1 of your 5 a day" as pointed out on the front of the tin. I think it is often easy to overlook foodstuffs like this that are actually slightly more healthier than we often give them credit for. The nutritional information on the reverse of the tin informs me that half a can of the peas will provide 138 kcal and 1.1g fat.
In summary, both my husband and myself thoroughly enjoyed our mushy peas and it is most definitely an Asda Smartprice item that I will repurchase. I feel that for only 6 pence, we each received a generous helping of delicious mushy peas that were of a surprisingly high quality and with a perfect texture. I cannot recommend them highly enough and think they offer excellent value for money!
When I used to go to the chippy once a month I would always have the same thing, sausage, chips and mushy peas. Since I haven't been to the chip shop in atleast a year, I have been missing my mushy pea hit so been substituting one of my favourite meals at home. The mushy peas I currently buy are these mushy peas from Asda's Smartprice range.
== Packaging ==
These mushy peas come in 300g tin. It doesn't have a ring pull so a tin opener is needed to get into the tin. It has the traditional green and white packaging like all Smartprice products. The back of the label states all of the normal information such as cooking instructions and nutritional information.
== Mushy peas! ==
Once the tin has been opened these mushy peas don't look very tasty, with a mass of pale green liquid floating on top, it looks more like a tin of mushy pea sauce. After the tin has been emptied and the liquid has been mixed in, it does look a lot better.
I usually cook mine in a microwavable bowl covered with cling film and zap it for 3 minutes, stirring half way through. It can also be cooked on the hob for 3-4 minutes.
When the peas have been cooked, they still have the pale green colour that we was greeted with opening the tin. The peas look a nice size and nice and soft. They don't give off a particularly strong aroma, but do have a subtle pea scent.
With the taste test, the mushy peas are a pleasant experience. With a nice soft, moist texture, they very almost melt in the mouth. They have quite a bland taste to them, but with a sprinkle of salt I find these very moorish and tend to eat quite a lot. After eating my home made chip shop sausage, chips and mushy peas I can sometimes go on to eat a mushy pea sandwich as I just can't get enough!
== Information ==
These mushy peas will currently set you back 13p a tin, but keep an eye on the price as it does seem to fluctuate between 12p and 20p.
Nutritional information per half a tin: 129 calories, 1g of fat
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When it comes to mushy peas I almost always eat them with fish and chips and the likes. I'm rather a fan of them really and have them as often as possible! Usually paying a lot more for a can of mushy peas though and being a bit skint at the moment, when I spotted these in Asda costing only 18p a can I thought they had to be worth a go to see how thye measured up to my usual Bachelors!
White and light green labelled can which holds 300g of the mushy peas and on the front of the can I'm told that they are Asda 'Smart Price' Mushy Peas and that they contain no artificial colours or flavours and the size is stated (as I've listed already). On the back of the can other information given includes ingredients and storage details being stated, there is a full nutritional chart given as are the cooking instructions and contact details for Asda are also stated. Cheap looking can this is with no ring-pull to it but the photograph on the front of the can of the mushy peas looks tasty enough!
The Mushy Peas:
Well open up the can and you get a very light green, mushy looking and almost transparent liquid to the top which is set rather hard. To cook them you simply cook them in a saucepan for 3-4 minutes or alternatively put the contents into a microwable bowl for around 3 minutes and until piping hot.
Once cooked the mushy peas are chunky and soft looking and covered in the pea juice which is rather thick and they give off the aroma of peas really and look appetising enough.
Taste wise I love them. Not too seasoned (easily remedied add your own lol) and chunky with no hard bits within it at all. They are moist and tasty and rather succulent and I won't hesitate in purchasing these in the future as in my opinion not only are they an economy buy but are of descent quality too....so result!
Nutritional Information Per ½ Can:
of which sugars: 2.6g
Fat : 1.0g
of which saturates: 0.2g
equivalent as salt: 0.7g
Only available in Asda stores.