“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Sweetcorn „
I was always under the impression that microwaveable food was bad for me, with the vast amounts of 'TV dinners' available and microwaveable pizzas and burgers (think Chicago Town & Rustlers, respectively) etc, so when I heard about microwaveable vegetables I wasn't 100% convinced, can they really be good for or will they be like the rubber carrot section of those TV 'roast dinners'?
Despite a number of adverts suggesting that they keep "100% of the goodness locked in" when they freeze the veg, I was still not pushed to try them until a well respected TV chef recommended them as a quick and easy way to add more great tasting vegetables into your children's diet and help them reach their '5 a day' (which was all the rage at the time and to some extent still is). With me not having any children to use as guinea pigs, I thought I'd try out this advice for myself.
I bought a pack of four (appears this is the only multi pack option) for around £2 at my local supermarket, which is probably cheaper than buying fresh vegetables and took them home to try.
Once opening the pack you are greeted with four well sized portions of mixed vegetables and each portion is individually wrapped in a microwaveable bag. Each bag has 'this side up' printed on them, which you then place on a plate in the microwave following said instructions. The cooking instructions are clearly shown on the back of the main packaging with each bag taking around three minutes in the average microwave, with cooking multiple bags at once increasing the time slightly.
After your microwave has bleeped to tell you its ready you are instructed to cut along the dotted line to reveal your veg. When opening the bag you may find that a lot of steam escapes so be careful, but then you'll find the vegetables are pleasantly cooked and ready to eat. I personally prefer to drain them slightly before putting them on my plate because you can occasionally find a bit of water follows the veg out of the packet but even so, it's not so much to truly affect your meal.
The veg tastes great and as they're more than happy to state on the front of the packet, each bag is one of your 'five a day'. The portions are generous and with them being mixed vegetables it is incredibly easy to get a mix of what your body needs and to cook it with barely a thought going into it; I've even forgot about cooking the veg until the rest of my meal is on my plate and still enjoyed a hot meal by the time they're cooked.
I first bought these when I saw them on a deal in Morrisons, they were doing the 4 bag pack for just £1 as an introductory offer, and I thought they looked nice so I would give them a go, at just £1, if I didn't like them it wasn't such a waste.
These little bags actually turned out to be a staple part of my freezer stock from that day, as they really impressed me. They are so easy to cook, just pop them into the microwave (different times for different wattages) rip open the bag when they go ping, and pour onto your plate, job done! Now why isn't all healthy food this easy?
These bags come with Broccoli, Carrots and Sweetcorn, and as they are from Birdseye, you can expect them to be fresh, crunchy and tasty, even though they have been frozen and microwaved. They proper taste like fresh steamed vegetables, and you get loads in each bag, which I though was excellent as I do like my veg. I am not actually a fan of carrots, so these usually get pulled out of my dinner and chucked onto my boyfriends plate, but the sweetcorn and the broccoli are always cooked to perfection, no soggyness and no extra hard bite, just perfect.
The packs of 4 of these are available in most major supermarkets, and I believe they still cost less than £2 a bag in Morrisons, which is a total bargain. They make cooking veg so much easier, no need for extra pans or different cooking times, just a microwave! The packaging itself is white, with a green field and the Birdseye logo on the front, with a picture of the vegetables that are contained inside. The back has cooking instructions, and a little bit of information on the Birdsye company.
These also come in other varities, including a rice range which is rice with a few different vegetables. I have seen a few different vegtable varieties, so no matter what vegtables you eat or don't like, you are bound to find something for you and your family.
I think these little steam veg bags are great, and I think every home should have a stock of these in the freezer, they make things so much easier in the kitchen, and they don't break the bank.
I love fresh vegetables. However there are times when it is handy to use some pre-prepared stuff and I always like to have some in the freezer! I spotted this offering in Asda costing a mere pound and thought it sounded just what I needed in the freezer as a 'just in case product!'.
Light blue and green plastic bag which depicts the earth and sky and on there there is a photograph of the vegetables. I am told that it is Birds Eye 'Field Fresh', 4 Single Steam Bags 'Broccoli florets, carrots & sweetcorn' and that it microwaves in 4 minutes, that each bag counts as one portion of your recommended fruit and vegetable portions a day and that they are picked and frozen to retain more vitamins within hours. On the back of the bag other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, I'm told how to cook them, ingredients are listed, a full nutritional rundown chart is shown along with an at a glance one, the weight is stated (which in this case for 4 bags is 540g) the best before date is clearly displayed and contact details for Birds Eye are given. Nice enough packaging that really is informative enough and inside you get 4 transparent plastic bags filled with vegetables of course.
Take out a bag and what you get is a really nice single portion of vegetables. The largest quantity of vegetables in my case in a bag was rounded carrot slices, some broccoli florets of nice size and a scattering of bright yellow corn kernels. Those ingredients I have just listed are all that there bags contain and nothing else is added to the mix at all.
To heat them up you simply pop one bag in the microwave for 2 1/2 minutes or 2 bags for 4 1/2- 5 minutes. You then carefully open the bag (watch for stream!) or you can add them to meals your creating.
I found these vegetables to be of superb quality and on the taste front the same as fresh to be honest. The bright orange carrots were well peeled and of decent shape, size and thickness and were juicy and slightly sweet. The broccoli stayed whole and didn't go mushy and the stem bits even retained crunch as did the 'sweet' corn kernels which were crispy and crunchy!
I ate this along with a meal and I have stir fried these from frozen and basically it's up to you what you do with them and how you cook them as they are only frozen vegetables after-all although we are only told how to heat them up via the microwave!
They look great and they taste natural and fresh and for me these are a freezer must have and in the future even if I can't purchase them on some type of offer I will be sure to buy them! Great Birds Eye I'm really impressed with the quality of these!
Nutritional Information Per Steam Bag:
Available in all good supermarkets etc and expect to pay close to £1.67 a bag of 4 steam bags if you can't find them on offer.
I have a real love of vegetables, even going as far as to say that I don't feel that my dinner is complete without at least a selection of three different types on my plate.
One of my other favourites' is rice, preferring this to pasta on my current diet plan of choice (slimming world).
So after a recent shopping trip I decided I really fancied some delicious vegetable rice, after locating a bag in the freezer aisle I was pleased to see that the product I will now review was on offer.
The product I will now review is - "Birdseye - 4 steam bags, rice, broccoli, sweet corn and peas"
With initial reason for buying being the low price, of course the secondary reason being the ease of cooking.
The basic idea is that there in the steam bag, is a self contained selection of the afore mentioned items and along with some pellet sized knobs of herby butter, this is what most would consider a portion of vegetables, except I am not most so I had to have two bags in a sitting, I know piggy!
Each bag is made o plastic and has loads of steam vent holes all over it. There is also a small blue strip across one side of the bag that states that when picked up, this is where you should be putting your fingers, this is supposed to stop you scolding yourself on any steam that hasn't managed to escape the bag whilst cooking.
To cook you simply pace an unopened bag in the microwave, printed side up then cook for around 3-3 ½ minutes, the timings of course depend on your microwave. If like me you try to cook two bags a at time you adjust the cooking time accordingly, the outer wrap states an extra 2 minutes is needed.
Once cooked you leave the bag to stand for 1 minute, drain then serve, I have had many, many bags of this rice and vegetable combo and I have yet to drain once cooked.
Once the bag has stood for 1 minute you carefully pick up the bag (along the stripe!), snip of the corner and serve.
There are actually quite big servings, there is a high proportion of fluffy white rice (36%), plenty of vividly green and still slightly crunchy broccoli (25%), juicy and tender sweet corn (17%), tiny succulent peas (17%) and finally a slight covering of parsley, though of course the butter that the herbs was encased in has melted and added a nice sheen to vegetables.
The taste is delicious, the vegetables are cooked to perfection without being too soft and sloppy in consistency, the butter is barely there but adds enough richness to enable me to eat the rice without any added condiments and finally the rice is fluffy and not stuck together.
The nutritional information is as follows -
Per steamer bag,
2.0g of which sugars,
3.1g of which saturates.
There is only one piece of allergy advice on this product and that is that it contains milk.
Pricewise at full price these are around £1.50, but on offer these are part of a "2 for £2.00" deal, so of course I brought a job lot!
For more information visit - www.birdseye.co.uk
Thanks for reading x
As an afternote, i know that the product reviewed is a variation on the listing, but Dooyoo was insistant that it would be fine to be posted thus, thanks xx
As I am trying to lose some weight at the moment I am trying to vary my shopping habits as well as save money by doing so. Whilst browsing the freezers in Sainsburys the other day I came across Birds Eye Steam Bags of Veg on offer, two bags for £2, otherwise they are roughly £1.76 per bag.
The outer packaging is a large bag in grass green and sky blue with the squiggly tear drop Birds Eye logo stamped proudly in the middle. We are told that this packet contains 4 steam bags containing Broccoli Florets, Carrots and Sweetcorn. Next to this is a picture of a microwave with 3 mins written on it as well as a pie chart telling us that each bag is 1 of your recommended 5 a day. The one side of the packet is designed to look as though scissors are cutting it open and it is all colourful and appealing thanks to a variety of veg pictured. As soon as I seen these I knew they were just what I needed as part of a balanced diet, especially as I can't cook, or should I say too lazy to even try.
Each bag of veg contains;
You steam the bags and cook the veg by placing it in your microwave and cooking for roughly 3-5 minutes depending on the strength of your microwave.
Each steam bag is a clear bag so you can see the veg inside, it has large, black clear markings informing you where to hold the bag once cooked and a marked line to ensure you keep the veg beneath this.
Once cooked you are provided with perfectly steamed small portions of veg which make a decent accompaniment to many meals.
Now I'm not saying these are THE best, they are not the tastiest either but I am actually very impressed. They have helped me eat some decent, healthy and tasty meals rather than the usual nuggets and chips I've been so used to it. Instead now I can eat a piece of fish with a bag of this veg and know that I have not overloaded myself with junk as well as enjoying a healthy, colourful and appetising meal that is just the right size too.
You are provided with around 4 florets of Broccoli, they are not big and bushy like you'd get from a fresh broccoli but they were satisfying enough providing a slight crunch to my meals and a good old 'green' too! The carrots are bright orange, circular and plentiful. Provided another attractive colour as well as various textures and sizes.. Some are soft and some have a little bite. They have a subtle sweetness to them and mix perfectly with the mini trees. The sweetcorn is the main part of the bag, now for me you can't go wrong with any sweetcorn, it all tastes the same, they are all small pieces and they go with alot of foods too.
I am so far very impressed with these bags, they enable me to enjoy quick, convenient, colourful and tasty meals. I can use them as a perfect accompaniment to a fish steak or a piece of meat or I can even add them to a sunday roast. They look colourful and appealing on a plate and as I am trying to cut down meal sizes there is enough in the bag to make a satisfying portion, although for someone with a large appetite (like I actually have lol) you would probably need to eat two bags for one meal.
Discovered recently in the depths of the freezer, I added this bag to some pasta for a light lunch. My staple freezer veggies are Asda Smartprice peas and sweetcorn, so i shall compare the quality of food to these.
The concept of a ready-formed mixed bag that can just be thrown in the microwave, for a specified time, means that cooking these could quite literally not be simpler. Timing for cooking two bags simultaneously is even provided on the pack, so this is the perfect product for the person who manages to destroy everything that they attempt to cook.
That being said, I did find myself disappointed with the quality of the vegetables themselves, as I expected quality from the brand name and consequent higher price. Perhaps my comparisons as frozen veg are sligntly unfair, as in both the steambags and Asda's own, sweetcorn and peas have always come out top quality. The broccoli seemed a little chewy and undercooked in the thicker stems, however the carrots were thoroughly unsatisfying - very soft and overcooked on the outside, yet a chewy halfcooked, processed stem remained within the centre of each stick.
Personally, I found splashing out for a well-known brand in this case not resulting in any higher standards of food, and though the concept of steambags is good, i'll be sticking to my smartprice value bags of veg.