Product Type: Heinz Spices & Seasoning
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A surprisingly poor offering from Heinz
Heinz Reduced Salt and Sugar Beans
Member Name: jennikitten
Heinz Reduced Salt and Sugar Beans
Advantages: Ring pull
Disadvantages: Weird taste
As part of my healthier 2010 I decided I may as well opt for these beans in the supermarket rather than the regular Heinz version. I don't eat baked beans often but when I do I'm quite picky about them, and usually only Heinz will do. I hate the supermarket own brands and Branston because they just taste weird to me! So reduced salt and sugar Heinz it was.
I had intended to use them in a casserole, but in the end I made oven wraps with them to use up leftovers (get a wrap, carefully pour some beans down it, add grated cheese on top of the beans, add mushrooms or other vegetables, wrap up, cut in half, stick in the oven for 10 minutes). I have to say that I wasn't on full alert with my senses because I trusted Heinz and thought they would taste similar, if not identical, to their regular beans.
The first difference I noticed was the very watery sauce. I don't like too much sauce with beans as I usually have them with toast and it makes the bread soggy. So I ended up pouring all this watery sauce away, which was kind of a waste and put me off the beans a bit. I may be imagining this but they seemed paler, more orange and less appetising than Heinz's usual beans.
I cooked them in the oven for the recommended time, and they were cooked through and steaming. They tasted quite funny as well - more artificial, and with a slightly odd (but mild) chemically aftertaste which I didn't like at all. At first I thought the wrap was to blame, but I have since tried the beans separately and cooked them in the microwave (as I normally do) and I still don't like them.
I've done a bit of research to see exactly how much salt and sugar you save compared to normal Heinz beans, and the sodium at least is around 50% less, so this may be one for you if you're watching your salt intake. Personally, I won't be buying these again as they taste worse than Branston to me, and that's saying something! This is quite unusual for me as I eat low salt products all the time (and I never add salt to my cooking or food), so maybe it's the reduced sugar or alternative ingredients they've stuck in there to make up for it.
I'm disappointed with these as I was expecting them to be up to Heinz's usual standard, but sadly they fail to compete with even the poor tasting budget brands, let alone similar-brand competitors.
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