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I bought quite a few tins of these peas a couple of weeks back when I was in my local B&M store because they were really cheap and peas always come in handy! I paid around 30 pence for each 300 gram tin of peas, which in my opinion was excellent value for money. The usual retail price in most supermarkets such as Asda and Tesco is around 50 pence per tin, which is still a pretty affordable price and still good value for money seeing as I can get at least two servings out of one can depending on the recipe I'm using the peas for.
I tend to serve these ones with a cooked dinner because of the mint flavouring which although subtle doesn't really go well in my homemade soups and it does make these a little less versatile than plain peas. The tin that the peas come in is quite colourful and eye-catching and it has got everything you need to know written on it such as the ingredients, calories and information on how to cook the peas. The tin is made from metal and is recyclable which is an advantage.
The only disadvantage to the packaging is that there is no ring-pull, so you need to use a tin opener to open the tin which isn't that big of a disadvantage but I do prefer tins with ring pulls as it is so much easier to open the tin. Inside the tin there's a lot of liquid and the peas. As I boil the peas, I don't bother draining the liquid and I pour the entire contents into a sauce pan and bring to the boil then drain the water off. The peas themselves are substantially bigger than the brand that I used to buy (tesco everyday value garden peas) and are also a more vivid shade of green.
They look fresh and aren't dull or unappealing, and they aren't at all wrinkly or old looking. The peas have a plump, juicy sort of look to them and they taste lovely and fresh which is rare with tinned peas. They obviously taste like peas but the subtle minty taste that you get when you bite into the peas is a nice twist and makes them that bit more tastier than average peas. Even with gravy on them when served with a Sunday dinner the taste of the peas is still there and they're not bland at all. They also don't have a tinny taste to them like some brands of tinned peas can do which is a huge advantage.
The peas have got a nice texture as they aren't mushy or soft, they're actually quite solid and don't turn to mush when they're heated up, which I like as I can't stand mushy peas. The peas go with most meals but as I said before the minty flavour means that I don't out them in my homemade soups. They go perfectly with lamb stew, homemade fish and chips, fish fingers etc and they've passed the taste test with my fiancé. My son on the other hand won't touch them but he's a really, really fussy eater and has never tasted them so it's not the taste that he dislikes, just the appearance.
I find that I can get at least two big servings out of each tin and there's often at least 3/4 of a tin left over which comes in handy. The peas can be reheated in the microwave or re-boiled which is good. As for how healthy these are they're not quite as good for you as fresh garden peas because of the E numbers in the ingredients but they're still reasonably healthy and it's an easy way to get a little bit more veg into your diet. They're surprisingly high in calories at around 230 calories per tin but the fat content is pretty low and they contain plenty of protein and fibre.
All in all I'd recommend these peas and will definitely buy them again once my little stockpile has been used up. They're good quality, pretty cheap & tasty, and they are one of the best brands of tinned peas around in my opinion.
I think that I am probably in the minority amongst my friends as I actually prefer tinned peas to garden peas.
So I am hear to encourage others to give thema a try.
These Batchelors Bigga marrowfat peas are just so yummy. They are bigga than your average scrawny little garden peas and they pack in a different kind of flavour.
The sweetness isn't the same and I actually prefer it and they also seem to have a different feel. In the tinned peas I find them to be slightly harder and it gives them more bite, however I have had the odd tin that was probably bashed about and looked more like mushy peas but anyway they are very different to garden peas and I find that they go particularly well with fish and chips much better in fact than garden peas.
These tinned peas are also more filling and I dont need as many on my plate.
And lastly they don't go shooting off my plate like the little free rolling garden variety either, this is probably because you get the lovely pea juice from the tin, which keeps them all together.
A much more loyal pea.
300g. Manufacturer: Batchelors. Batchelors Marrowfat peas are made with processed peas, water, sugar, and salt. Just heat and serve.