Product Type: Heinz Spices & Seasoning
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Heinz Baked Beans
Member Name: geodougal
Heinz Baked Beans
Advantages: 1 of your 5 a day, low in fat, High in fibre
Disadvantages: Price & high in sugar
Ok, ok I think we all get the gist of that rhyme! Unfortunately every time I serve beans in my household my children remind me of it right at the dinner table! I think baked beans are a real comfort food and most kids love them with anything! I never used to like them as I thought the texture of the beans was too mushy but then I realised that, that was because my school always overcooked them! I buy Heinz beans regularly when I'm shopping as they are generally a convenient food item to have in on emergencies, for a quick snack or as an addition to a meal.
~ All about Heinz ~
Heinz are a famous brand and our probably mostly known for their baked beans. They also make other food products such as tinned soups, sauces, ketchups, tinned pastas (hoops, spaghetti, ravioli, macaroni), tinned mini meals, sandwich spreads, toast toppers, baby food, pasta pouches and desserts such as sponge puddings. There are 57 varieties of Heinz products to choose from.
~ Product and availability ~
Heinz baked beans are available more or less anywhere including corner shops, discount stores and news agents because they are so popular. You can by them in several varieties including the normal tomato (the one im reviewing), BBQ, curry, sweet chilli, mexican spices, organic, weight watchers, five beanz and reduced sugar and salt. You can also get them in loads of different sizes such as the snap pots, 1kg tubs, 200g tins, 150g tins, 415g tins and 390g tins. The tin I have is the 'regular' sized tin (415g) and costs around 70p a tin, which I think is expensive considering own branded baked beans are around 40p. You can however buy them in multipacks of four at around £2.50 which saves you about 30p, so might be good for larger families who buy them regularly but if you don't its not really a major saving.
~ Packaging ~
Heinz baked beans comes in a signature blue tin, I don't think this tin has ever changed colour so it makes it easily recognisable on the shelves as Heinz. The tin has a ring pull which is great because you don't have to dig out your tin opener! On the front of the tin is the traditional bold, white heinz logo on a black background. Underneath this it says: baked beans a delicously rich tomato sauce. And underneath this is an image of the baked beans themselves, looking very appetising with their vibrant orange colour. On the front of the tin there is also a little, green label type thing telling me that these are 1 of your 5 a day! Result! On the back of the tin you can find contact information, ingredients list, nutritional information, cooking instructions and storage information.
~ Cooking ~
There are two ways in which you can heat these baked beans up (unless you count eating them cold as a way of eating them, but I find this disgusting!). You can heat them on the hob or in the microwave. I usually opt for the microwave because I think of baked beans as a convinience food so if I have the option of using the microwave I will use it because it's quicker! To microwave you simply pour the contents into a microwave safe bowl/jug and heat them on full for 1 1/2minutes then sir and then heat again for a further one minute. Simples!
~ Smell, taste, apperance and texture ~
Heinz baked beans don't really smell that strongly of anything, I think once there cooked you get a slight hint of tomato but nothing else which is a good thing as some tinned foods smell nothing like they should! The beans themselves are pale orange in colour and the sauce is a much more vibrant orangey, red colour. When tipped into a bowl/jug they essentially look like baked beans in a tomato sauce....all good! The sauce is quite runny and doesn't really thicken up on heating but that doesn't bother me, there is also plenty of it! The beans are nice and soft but not so soft that there mushy, in other words they still have a bite to them. The sauce tastes nice and tomatoey and goes really well with the beans. To be honest they are what it says on the tin, theres not really that much flavour going on in there apart from tomato but I don't think you need anything else.
~ Other Information ~
1/2 of a can contains 1 of your 5 a day, 164 calories, 9.7g of protein, 26.7g of carbs, 10.3g of sugar, 0.4g of fat and 1.3g of salt. So really they are quite high in sugar which I guess is why they offer a reduced sugar and salt variety.
Heinz baked beans are gluten free and suitable for veggies.
Apparently Heinz baked beans are low in sugar (not according to the nutritional information), low in fat, high in fibre and contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
~ Overall opinion ~
I love Heinz baked beans! I think they are the best brand out there, I have bought other baked beans but I think Heinz sauce is by far the tastiest, other brands tend to be very watery. I do find them expensive however Heinz is one of the brands I feel you cant swap for something else so I do pay the price for them and cut down on other things. They are actually quite filling and are ideal on a jacket potato, with an english breakfast, on toast or encourparated into meals such as corn beef hash or a spaghetti bolognaise. I like the fact that they are one of your 5 a day as sometimes I don't feel like I get my complete 5 so this helps me along the way, I also dont feel too guilty about my children having these with them being low in fat and high in fibre. I would definately recommend these to anybody who likes or is wanting to try baked beans, i dont think you will want to touch another brand afterwards! If you prefer more exotic flavours try the BBQ or curry ones as they are also delicious!
I give these beans 4/5 well deserved Dooyoo stars because they are and I think always will be a staple in my household however the price and sugar content let them down ever so slightly in my opinion.
Summary: My No.1 baked beans brand, can't beat good ol' Heinz!
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