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Heinz Baked Beans Pork Sausages
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
Heinz Baked Beans Pork Sausages
Advantages: Filling & Good value
Disadvantages: See review..
Any regular readers of my reviews will know by now that I like to keep small snacks in my cupboard as I often cannot manage a full sized evening meal, and much prefer to eat a snack most of the time. Also, as I have problems with my mobility, I often need to rely on something quick and easy for my evening meal as there are a lot of times that I struggle to make myself something 'half decent'.
For these reasons, I always have a well-stocked larder, in terms of tinned goods and meals, which means that I have food to fall back on should either my appetite or my mobility be having an 'off day'.
I find that beans on toast and similar snacks can often become a bit boring though, so with this in mind I was keen to look out for something a bit different when I was shopping in my local grocery store. To be honest, the grocers didn't have too much to offer in the way of tinned goods, but I eventually picked up a tin of the "Heinz Beanz with Pork Sausages" as I hadn't had them for a long time, and I thought it would make a nice change than tinned spaghetti or plain baked beans with toast.
The tin is a generous size - 415g, and for this I paid the sum of 85 pence. Seeing as I actually got two servings from the tin, and it therefore provided enough for me to have a snack-sized meal for two days in a row, I thought that this price offered very good value.
The packaging, or label to the (recyclable steel) tin is a bright blue turquoise type colour, which is similar to the colour of label on the 'usual' tins of baked beans. I can see quite clearly that the product is being marketed as being 'reasonably' good for me, as there are some bold statements to the rear of the label, such as "Low in Sugar" and "Source of Fibre". This surprised me a little, as I generally think tins of food similar to this one generally veer towards being junk food.
There are instructions on the reverse of the tin for both cooking the beans and sausages on the hob as well as the microwave. I opted to cook the contents of the tin by microwave on this occasion, so I plopped the contents of the tin into a suitable container and was immediately impressed by the look of both the beans and the sausages. There were eight little sausages in total, which were quite small, but I had expected this, so this wasn't a disappointment. The beans looked quite appetising, and the sauce was a rich orange colour which looked to be quite thick.
I wasn't aware of any particularly appetising smells wafting from the microwave as I heated my snack! There was pretty much no smell at all, or none that I could tell anyway. I stopped the cooking time halfway through to give it all a good stir and was pleased that it looked to be quite appetising on the whole.
The food looked lovely once I had assembled it onto my plate alongside some freshly buttered toast. I noted again that there was no huge smell wafting up from the plateful of food, but it certainly looked appetising and tasty, and I thought that the sausages in particular looked to be quite delicious, especially when compared to supermarket-own brand versions of this snack, as these often seem to have a bit of a 'grey' appearance to them.
When it came to eating the beans and sausage combo, I found that the beans were of a nice consistency and had a nice 'bite' to them without being overly hard. They were nice and soft in the middle, without being mushy. These were complimented quite nicely by the tomato sauce which seemed to be quite richly-flavoured and had a stronger flavour than say a supermarket-own branded product, but again I would say that this is generally to be expected if comparing a 'premium' type brand such as Heinz to a shop's-own brand.
The sausages were quite nice, although I didn't find them to be overly tasty. The texture was very pleasant, and I was pleased to note that there were no hard 'bits' in the sausages, and neither was there any discovery of any gristle or anything. The sausages too had a nice 'bite' to them. The only downside as I said was that I really felt there was something lacking in terms of their flavour. Whether this is because the product is now healthier than it used to be 'Low in Sugar' and 'No artificial flavours' possibly being the main culprits, or whether they have always tasted like this I cannot say, but I really just felt that the sausages were a little disappointing.
That said, I quite happily polished off the tin in two sittings, and to be fair I would probably buy it again. I found it to be quite a filling snack, and for the most part I was fairly satisfied in terms of my hunger and appetite, it's just a shame the little sausages let it down somewhat.
The nutritional information on the reverse of the can informs me that half a can of the Heinz snack will provide 193 calories and 6.8g of fat, which didn't seem too bad considering how filling I felt it was. I can also see that the product is suitable for a gluten-free diet.
I would award the beans and sausages four dooyoo stars, with one star knocked off for the points I mentioned above. The tinned snack is available to buy in all good grocery stores and supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda. There is also a smaller version of the tinned Heinz beans and sausages available to buy as well as the larger-sized tin.
Summary: Beanz Meanz Snackz!!
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