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      28.01.2013 17:17
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      Mushrooms from a can

      I buy a lot of Asda Smartprice products. Not only are they excellent value, most of them are quite tasty too. One thing I buy quite often is this tin of sliced mushrooms. The main reason I first purchased the mushrooms was because I was fed up of preparing to cook a meal and realising I had forgotten to buy any mushrooms. At least with a can I could keep them in the cupboard and use them when needed without worrying about them rotting. Now I always make sure I've got at least one tin ready in case I forget to buy fresh again.

      As it is a Smartprice product the packaging isn't anything special, it fits in with the rest of the range by being mainly white and green in colour with a picture of the mushrooms on a spoon on the front of the tin. The normal ingredients and nutritional content information can be found on the back of the tin.

      After opening the tin (with a tin opener), you are met with disgusting looking mushrooms. They don't have the normal colour of mushrooms I'm used to, these are very brown and mucky looking. Saying that, they are sliced well and most have the same sort of thickness. The mushrooms come inside water, I usually drain this out using the lid of the tin then bung the mushrooms in whatever sauce I am making, mainly spaghetti Bolognese and cottage pie. Although the mushroom are obviously full of water, they retain their shape and texture and don't fall apart at all during the cooking process.

      I've only used these sliced mushrooms as part of a sauce so I can't comment on what they would taste like individually, I'm not a huge fan of mushrooms so don't really want to try them this way and the appearance puts me off. However, as part of a sauce the mushrooms perform well, they taste just like fresh mushrooms, perhaps not as strong but you can still tell they are mushrooms. They are a good way of helping bulk out sauces in a relatively cheap way.

      The sliced mushrooms are only available to buy in Asda stores as it is a Smartprice product but I would imagine other stores do their own value brand too. A 285g tin will cost you around 40p.

      Although the mushrooms look rather awful when you first open the packaging, they taste ok as part of a sauce, not as nice as fresh but they don't taste bad. For that reason I do keep buying them and would recommend.

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        05.04.2010 16:28
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        Great mushrooms!

        Doing a lot of cooking from scratch lately and creating things such as spaghetti bolognese I always find I'm missing ingredients and not noticing till I'm half way through cooking lol! This is actually why of late I have bought a lot of canned vegetables and things, mainly for emergencies! I spotted these in Asda costing 44p a can and grabbed a few cans to stock up with so no longer would I not be able to create a culinary masterpiece at short notice ever again!

        The Packaging:

        285g can with a green and white label around it and on the front of that label there is a photograph of the sliced mushrooms and I'm told that they are indeed Asda 'Smart Price' Sliced Mushrooms 'In Water' and the weight is stated (As I've listed already). Other information on the back of the can includes ingredients and cooking cooking instructions, a full nutritional rundown chart is shown as is storage details given and contact details for Asda are also stated. It is a cheap looking can and very obviously economy however it is informative enough of course!

        The Mushrooms:

        As promised, open up the can you are met with sliced but perfectly formed and thick enough grey mushrooms. Stored in water you can heat them up for a couple of minutes in that and in a saucepan on the hob or drain them and add them to foods if preferred.

        I have heated them up in their own water and drained them and fried them with other ingredients to make up a dish and either way they are perfectly fine!

        They look like mushrooms though they are small and they taste it too! They've only been stored in plain water so they retain moisture though really don't go soggy or anything like that. When added to dishes they don't disintegrate or fall apart and for me these are just as good as fresh though a little softer due to being stored in liquid of course and not as big as you'd probably chop them up yourself.

        All round though I think these are brilliant and great for just having on tap (so to speak!). They taste and look nice, are excellent value for money and incredibly versatile too and recommended from me highly!

        Nutritional Information Per 1/2 A Can:

        Energy: 9kcal
        Protein: 1.4g
        Carbohydrate: 0.5g
        of which sugars: 0.2g
        Fat: 0.2g
        of which saturates: 0.1g
        Fibre: 1.2g
        Sodium: Trace
        equivalent as salt: Trace

        Only available in Asda stores and they cost 44p a can.

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        15.03.2010 23:19
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        Not As Bad As You Think They're Going To Be!

        I've never brought or eaten tinned mushrooms before but I'm trying to learn to cook a bit more from scratch so when I saw in recipe for chicken and mushroom pie that TINNED MUSHROOMS ARE FINE I decided to buy a tin.

        There isn't much choice of tinned mushrooms so I got a tin of these Sliced Mushrooms from the Asda Smart Price range. They come in a 285g tin and cost 44p, I was a bit surprised by that actually because I thought they would be mega cheap like the Smart Price tinned carrots and peas that are about 9p a tin.

        When I opened the tin I nearly threw them straight in the bin because they look rank. The water is all murky and the mushrooms look like they're going to be slimey and they've got a proper stale look about them. They take for ages to drain all the water off, I drained them until I thought it was done but then when I shook the sieve another load of water started pouring off them. In the finish I left the sieve over the sink while I carried on what I was doing and they was still dripping a bit of water 10 mins later!

        It says on the tin that the mushroom are ready to eat but NO WAY would I eat these without cooking them because they look so disgusting!

        They went wicked in the pie. They didn't shrink much and that's a good thing because the mushrooms aren't all that big in the first place! They gave the pie a feel of being a chippy pie because of the mushroom being loads softer than if I'd used fresh mushrooms. The taste is fresh as well and even though they have got a weaker flavour than fresh mushrooms they go proper nice with the chicken and cooked through perfect in the pie gravy.

        They haven't got a slimey feel or taste and for stuff like this I deffo recommend these tinned mushrooms because it saves all the stress of peeling and slicing fresh mushrooms.

        Recommended!!!

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          14.04.2009 14:45
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          A good quality, good value product. Adds interest to meals.

          I love mushrooms and I love cooking, normally from scratch. In my kitchen you will always find fresh mushrooms(often a couple of different types), a huge container of mixed dried mushrooms and a load of dried Shitake mushrooms from the Chinese supermarket. Why then do I make sure that I always have some tinned sliced mushrooms in my cupboard? Simply because they are ultra useful and essential when I am cutting corners!

          The mushrooms are ready to eat from the tin although personally I wouldn't. When you open the tin the first thing that you notice is the sheer amount of liquid this has to be drained prior to use. I normally use a piece of kitchen paper before adding to a dish. This is not totally logical as I am
          normally adding them to dished containing lots of moisture anyway but I guess that's just one of my many quirks!

          I use these more as a standby than as my first choice . I usually like to use fresh open cap mushrooms sauteed in a little butter. There are however some dishes when I use tinned mushrooms as my first choice. When I am making lentil loaf(much nicer than it sounds honest!) I like to change the ingredients that I use and often choose a tin of these to add flavour and moisture to the dish. When making a mushroom pate these really come into their own and really blend with the other ingredients extremely well.

          I have also successfully made a mushroom based dip entirely from these. They do go exceedingly well with cream cheese and lemon juice. Other ways I use these include as part of a Spanish or mixed veg omelette. I have added them to a quiche and of course to a chilli and bolognese.

          As with most food items the price of these has risen, although as I was in Asda last Thursday (9/4/09)and got four tins for the 29p per tin it seems Asda has reduced them once again. I did not see any Roll back signs so hopefully this will remain the price.
          So would I recommend this item? Yes without a doubt. It is a good standby item. Adds flavour to most dishes and stretches food that little bit more-very useful in these difficult financial times. The mushrooms are a decent quality. There are some small pieces but generally each tin contains slices most of which are a decent thickness.
          Any drawbacks? Hardly any. Personally I wouldn't use these as fry up ingredient although you can. If you are frying these, you MUST dry thoroughly before use. If you don't then expect brown butter and lots of spitting oil!
          This is a good product both in terms of content and quality and most importantly in terms of price. Very useful at a time when most of us have to make our pennies stretch that little bit further!

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            29.03.2009 10:26
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            OK, but not something I'd buy regularly

            Mushrooms are a funny thing. I like them, but living alone, I rarely get through a whole box of fresh mushrooms before they go bad, so some always end up going in the bin. It's because of this, I now rarely buy them, as I see them as a bit of a waste of money really. I noticed these online, and although the thought of tinned mushrooms wasn't particularly appealing, I thought I'd give them a try, just in case I was missing out on something fantastic!

            The mushrooms come packaged in a relatively small tin (290g) with a very basic green and white label that features a picture of a bowl of sliced mushrooms. Fair enough it's plain but that's how they keep the costs down, by not spending a huge amount on fancy designs.

            When I opened the tin, I was met with what can only be described as some very strange looking mushrooms. It doesn't actually tell you what type of mushroom these are anywhere, I'd assume they're just button mushrooms (or maybe chestnut??) although I'm by no means an expert, and they come in salted water.

            The mushrooms are very unevenly sliced, and to be honest look a bit messy. If good food presentation is your thing then I'd definitely recommend you avoid these! I don't know if it's because they've been in water or what, but I have to say the colour of these is a little strange too - they almost have a green sort of tinge to them!

            Out of one tin, I actually got quite a few uses from these. I first used some of them in a vegetable stir fry. In this they came out OK - they were still edible, and they did taste like mushrooms, but they looked pretty unappetising and the texture was pretty awful as they had a strange sogginess to them. The other half of the tin, I used in a pizza. I chopped some up very small (as I said the mushrooms are sliced unevenly so some pieces are quite big) and I put them in the pizza sauce, as well as putting some on top of the pizza. This way they came out a lot better, which leads me to the conclusion that they are more suitable for use in sauces than used in other ways. They did still have that unsual sogginess to them, which made them a bit slimy, and nowhere near as nice as fresh, yet still edible all the same.

            A 290g tin costs just 39p from ASDA.

            Overall, these were OK, and I'd possibly consider buying them again, but they wouldn't be top of my list, put it that way. They did taste OK, it's just that they had a weird soggy texture which wasn't all that great. For use in things like soups, stews and sauces though, I think these are fine, just don't set your expectations too high!

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