One of the things I buy often is mushy peas. I love them with faggots, with fish all-sorts really and always tend to have a tin lurking somewhere in a cupboard!
The can that these come has dark blue and green labeling and on the front of it we are clearly told what they are and who they are by and that they are ideal to heat up in a microwave and then on the back of the can other information listed includes being told how to heat the mushy peas up, the ingredients used are listed, there is a nutritional chart given, the weight of the product is given which in my case is 300g and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. Nice enough can and its as informative as it needs to be however there is no ring pull to the top of it however that''s only a little niggle on my part!
The Mushy Peas:
You can heat these on the hob and in a saucepan or in a microwave, I always microwave my mushy peas for quickness and cos I hate the mess they leave behind when I''ve cooked them in a saucepan to be honest.
What you get is lots of light green and soft peas with water, salt and sugar added along with some colouring. It doesn''t say that these are suitable for Vegetarians on the tin so you''d need to investigate that if need be.
So you get lots of peas in lots of light green juice and they simply smell like mushy peas should. When heated through the peas really are mushy and you get lots of juice. They are nicely seasoned but not overly so and although slightly sweet they are are not too much so and it all tastes naturally sweet and well balanced in flavours.
I love these mushy peas. Easy to heat through and they are tasty mushy peas with no hard bits in them and not too much pea skin is shredded. They are great quality and I appreciate the fact that for once these mushy peas don''t contain mint extract as I''m not keen on that!
Overall these are a great quality mushy pea and are widely available for around 50p a tin in most good supermarkets etc.
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As a child, I would often be given the task of shelling the peas in readiness for Sunday dinner. Back then, I quite liked the job of cleanly popping the pod along the seam and seeing how many peas were inside. Then, when all were shelled I would rinse them in a colander and they would go in a saucepan waiting to be cooked. I don't recall ever having undertaken this job as an adult. No, I suppose I am lazy and buy either tinned peas or frozen peas. In my defence though, I do prefer tinned peas.
My favourite peas are the garden variety. I really love the taste and believe they go well with most meals but on occasion I really enjoy a tin of Batchelors original mushy peas. The can states that these are the U.K.'s No.1 mushy peas and I'm not surprised as I consider these to be the best that I've tasted.
I choose to use these if I'm cooking battered fish and chips as they really accompany this meal wonderfully. I also find them a great addition to sausage (vegetarian in my case) and mash. I don't enjoy mushy or any type of processed peas with gravy but, a dollop of tomato ketchup goes down a treat.
These peas can be microwaved but I always heat them very gently on the hob, for a few minutes. I do find that they are so thick that they need to be prised out of the can with a metal spoon and the consistency is very thick. So thick, in fact, that I add a small amount of water and this doesn't seem to be detrimental to the taste at all.It makes them easier to heat and wetter. If these aren't overcooked then they really do turn out thick and tasty. The meal also looks nice with the bright green colour added to the plate. I can see that some might not like this though, as it does add to the feeling of being processed and not a natural foodstuff. The colour doesn't look very natural. As already said, I only eat these occasionally.
I never felt as if processed peas were a healthy option, as garden peas are, due to them being 'processed' but more of a treat. I see from the tin that they are naturally low in both sugar and fat. Being low in fat is especially good as they are quite filling.
A 300g tin of Batchelors mushy peas retails in most supermarkets for about 46 pence. I usually stock up when they are on offer which usually takes the form of a multi buy. The last mushy peas I bought were from Sainsburys' and I seem to recall paying 46 pence.
A 300g tin serves two. I think this is a reasonable price to pay.
The ingredients in each tin are:
Peas (95%), Water, Sugar, Salt, Colours, (E 102, E133)
If there is one thing you will always find in my cupboard, it's Batchelors Mushy Peas. These are a firm favourite standby, next to the Baked Beans. We do have fresh vegetables most day's (Who can't with the price that Morrison's sell them for 30p a bag at the moment!!) but I always seem to get requests for some mushy peas as well.
These Peas come in the familiar blue wrapped tin, which is a big 410g size so a lot of peas in there all being squashed together. The Batchelors red logo can be seen on the front of the tin with a splash of green representing the mushy peas with the word Mushy in yellow and "original" written underneath. there is a tiny picture of a microwave that say's "Ideal for microwaves".
On the back is the instructions on how to heat these peas up, which can be done on the hob, by putting the contents into a saucepan and warming through until hot enough but not boiling as this will spoil the taste of the peas. Make sure to stir several times while heating up.
The other way is of course the microwave, so put into a microwavable dish and heat on high for 2-3 minutes in a 650W/850W. Stirring twice and leave to stand for a full minute.These peas have a very long sell by date of Aug 2012, also the tin can be recycled.
Now for opening the tin you will need a tin opener as this does not have a ring pull, once opened you will be met with a tin bursting full of lovely bright green peas all squashed together to give you a mushy effect. Although the peas are mushed together you can still make out the individual peas shape. As you shake them into the bowl ready to heat through you will find them all whoosh out together in a solid mush covered with a green wet liquid.
Now I don't know what it is about these peas as when you eat them I personally don't think you get much of a taste (I prefer baked beans anyday!)they seem a bit to bland for me, don't get me wrong there is some sort of taste, but nothing at all like what you would get from peas that have just been taken out of their pod. It is like the are a completely different vegetable.
Now they do go nice with Fish Fingers & Chips and Sausage & Mash, but I tend to use these to put into homemade soup as this helps to thicken it up with the other ingredients. Talking of ingredients these don't have that many for a tinned food;
with the nutrition information for a 80g serving being;
~~~of which sugars 1.7g~~~
~~~of which sats 0.2g~~~
So with them being low in fat and sugar not to bad to have on your dinner plate, at the moment Morrisons are selling these in packs of 4 for a £1, so at 25p for a large tin it makes them good value. I will give these a 4 star as I personally find them a bit on the bland side!
MMM who does not love mushy peas with fried fish and home made chunky chips!! I do!!
Mushy peas are fab, I love peas in general, especially eating peas out of the pods but I have a special place in my heart for these lol.
Batcherlors mushy peas come in a tin which needs to be opened with a tin opener. The label is blue and has a big splodge of green mushy pea on the front with the label. The peas come in a 300g tin but this should be enough for the average size family as the peas are well packed into this container.
When you open the tin the pea mixture is quite thick, you will need a spoon to get them out, once you start to cook them they loosen up and become more how you would expect them to.
The peas are made from marrowfat processed peas and you will get some small shells in the mixture as you normally do with mushy peas.
The peas contain 66 calories per 80g serving, 4.4g of protein, 10.7g of xarbs, of which 1.7g's are sugars. 0.6g of fat, or which 0.2g are saturated. 1.8g of fibre, and 0.21g of sodium. The peas have 0.52g of salt equivilent.
The peas are green in colour and do have some colouring in unlike some of the brands which have taken them out. .
The can says that the ingredients are peas 95%, water, sugar and salt - the colourings are E102 and E133.
These peas a definatley tasty, great for all ages to have on their plate.
If you like these, try the chip shop style, there nice too!!
300g. Manufacturer: Batchelors. Mushy peas.