“ Brand: Morrisons / Type: Beans „
We've recently had a Morrisons supermarket open just down the road from us, and although I find Tesco and Asda cheaper in general, it's coming in very handy for picking up the odd thing we've forgotten from our weekly shop, and for picking the offers obviously!
Today we fancied beans on waffles with a poached egg on top for our lunch. Don't knock it till you've tried it! We only went shopping yesterday, but realised we forgot to get any beans which we usually like to have in the cupboard for weekend lunches and also padding out main meals. A quick trip to Morrisons saw us coming home with these Value Baked Beans costing 31p per tin.
The packaging is yellow which is typical of all items in the Morrisons value range. The tin doesn't have a ring pull so requires a tin opener, although I'm not sure you'd expect much else for 31p! On opening the tin, the first thing I noticed was that at first glance there didn't seem to be any beans in the tin because there was a ludicrous amount of sauce sitting on the top. Once I'd emptied the tin into the saucepan, however, I could see there was actually a very generous amount of beans, and although there was a lot of sauce I just drained this away before serving as I didn't want the waffles drowning and going soggy.
The beans took a few minutes on the hob to heat through, and we had them as planned with our waffles and poached egg. The beans themselves were absolutely fine, a good consistency as they didn't go too mushy but also weren't too hard. They were a nice appetising colour, and tasted good without being overly sweet or salty.
Nutritionally, half a tin of these beans (210g) contains 187 calories and no saturated fat, so they're reasonably healthy and a good source of fibre. We are also told they are suitable for vegetarians.
These are Morrisons value range baked beans, their is no other cheaper brand within the store. I have been buying this for quite a while now and it is out of choice, I purposely choose these over any other beans.
These are Morrisons value range as I said, their they are pretty advertised as this as they are in a bright yellow can (as like with all their range). The benfit of this is that they are easily recognisable; it also has handy guidlines on the front stating:
* 187 calories *10.3g sugar *0.8g fat * 1.8g Sugar * Trace - Saturates
All these are for half a can please note. These beans come in a standard size big tin which is 420g, and it also states on the front that this is suitable for vegetarians.
In my honest opinion, I prefer these beans to any other branded beans. I don't like Branston of heniz, yet I love Morrisons own and also this value range. To me the morrisons ones taste the same, so I see no problem what so ever to get the yellow beans as we call them. They have the right amount of juice in them, and the beans are all still entacted. That may sound a little odd, but it really annoyes me if when i come to eat my beans all the beans have dislodged from their bean coatings and im left with mushy bean skins ( i hope this is making sense ). I find you get that a lot with the branston ones, however with these ones you don't get that.
*** Overall Opinion
I love these beans, and will activley choose these over any branded beans, the price for these is very good value, comapired to that of other beans. These large tins are priced at 29p and like they state really are value for money. I will continue to buy these as in all honesty, their really quite nice :)
*** Hope this helps :)
=Morrison's Value Baked Beans==
I usually try most things that are in the value range be it Tesco or Morrison's but I have to say I was a little wary when trying the Morrison's value baked beans as the Tesco Value ones are totally vile and I would never eat them or buy them again.
However seeing as these only cost a mere 29p for a large can I decided there wasn't that much to lose and I am so glad I did as they are possibly the best beans I have eaten! I often find that the Heniz and the Branston beans have a rather thick sauce where as this Morrison's value does have a slightly thinner consistency to the sauce which is something I prefer.
The beans are not overly hard in texture compared with when I tried Tesco's value baked beans which were like bullets and the sauce covered them well and gave a wonderful tomato flavour. There were no "bad beans" with black or suspicious looking patches which made me not want to eat them.
The ingredients of a tin is : Beans (41%), water, tomato puree (20%) sugar, modified maize starch, salt, seasoning (salt, onion, paprika powder, rapeseed oil, clove extract, cinnamon extract, paprika extract, flavoring (chilli) capsicum extract, garlic oil)
beans on the whole are a rather low fat and low calorie food and this Morrison's Value can is no different giving per half can serving 187 calories, 10.3g sugar, 0.8g fat, trace saturates, 1.8g salt.
I found that on the whole they were of really good quality and tasted really nice too. The price is cheap and they are great for eating on toast or adding to a chilli con carne. I think a 5 out of 5 star rating and an exceptionally high recommendation.
** Morrisons Value Baked Beans **
I don't spend as much time in Morrisons as I do Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's but there is one not far from my girlfriends parents house so I do pop in every once in a while to get some cheap cat food. I do usually pick up a few of their cheapo home brand grocery items if we're running a bit low back home.
I love baked beans on toast so at 26p per tin I wasn't going to say no to the Morrisons Value Baked Beans. When left to my own devices I indulge in MAN COOKING. All this really entails is trying to cook yourself a snack with the absolute minimum of fuss. If it doesn't involve a microwave, or can't be opened cooked and served in under 4 or 5 minutes it is NOT man cooking :o)
Of course when I am cooking a meal for the rest of the family that is an entirely different matter. But a crafty beans on toast while everybody's out -that is my forte.
So in the microwave the Morrisons Value Baked Beans went. In common with most other supermarket home brand value range there was a ludicrous tomato sauce to beans ratio. But there were still a good 3 quarters of a can of actual beans.
I always tip away a lot of the sauce before I microwave my beans simply because there is too much of it and it would make my toast very soggy.
I believe you can tell a lot about the quality of food just from smelling it. The Morrisons Value Baked Beans in their cold unheated state had a slight sharp and sweet tomato sauce odour that was pleasantly hopeful.
After 3 minutes in the microwave poured onto my toast the beans looked inviting enough and thanks to tipping away the excess sauce before microwaving the beans did not spoil the toast.
The taste of beans is in one way comparable to rice. They both taste of nothing much themselves but a great at taking on the characteristic flavour of whatever sauces they're covered with.
So it is hard for me to say whether the taste of the Morrisons beans is superior or worse than other supermarket brands. I can say with conviction that I thought the taste of the sauce in the Morrisons Value Baked Beans was slightly superior to the Asda and Tesco and possibly even a bit tastier than the Sainsbury's cheap beans.
So not bad for a cheap can of beans and they shape up well against similar products even though they fall a little short when compared to more expensive brands like Heinz.
But for a crafty snack in the tiny pamphlet that is MAN COOKING. I'm going to give Morrisons Value Baked Beans a big thumbs up.
Thanks for reading my review.
I am always trying to save money on my weekly shop and buying cheaper than branded products is one place I always start. I don't normally do my shopping in Morrisons, I normally go to Tesco, but I needed soem baked beans for dinner and happened to pass a Morrisons on the way home from work. Normally I am more than happy to try Tesco Value products as I have tried many and have confidence in most of their range. I was a little out of my comfort zone in Morrisons, as I have never tried their basic own brand range, but I took a bit of a risk and picked up the Morrisons baked beads rather than the Heinz ones as they were a third of the price cheaper.
The come in a tin, with a paper sticker round them, this is great as the packaging is then 100% recyclable. The packaging is basic (which is to be expected from the type of extra value product) but bright, which I guess you would expect from Morrisons. The top has a ring pull, so you do not have to use a can opener to open it, which is of course incredibly handy.
With cheaper brand baked beans I always expect the juice to be more watered down, but on first glance it wasnt. I cooked these baked beans like I do all others, in a pan on the hob with regular stirring.
The beans cooked nicely and quickly. The same time as I would normally expect. The sauce was sweet and quite sugary, but not disgusting or inedible. The beans tasted fine, although a few were hard and there were a few skins around, but all in all these were incredibly good value for the price.
I think if the quality scares you off but you still want to save money, maybe combine a tin of these with a tin of the heinz ones, and serve them up together and that will mask the difference!
I know it seems cheap buying a stores own brand goods, but when the times are as hard as they are, sometimes we have to do these things. Some stores own goods are as good as the leading brand, so why bother to pay more for the exact same item?
I have found that some own brand products don't taste great, and these are to be avoided, but these beans are a great buy.
I find that Morrisons own beans are just as good as leading brand beans and only cost 26p a tin which is about half of the top selling bean brand. You get 420g approx in each tin too.
The beans taste just the same to me, and have only a tiny bit more sauce than other beans. The only difference between these and more costly beans, is the fact that these dont come with a ring pull, so get your can openers out.
The packaging is bright yellow around the tin, so easy to find in the cupboard too when you need them, and the best thing is, my other half hasn't noticed a change in the beans at all :D
With myself being a stay at home mum to Scarlet Monkey and only Mr Kimbles's wage coming into our house, around Christmas time money can become tight. I never normally go for own make brands but recently I have been going for them more and more. Gosh I have come across some disasters and I have also found some great ones.
On my weekly shop last wednesday I was a bit stretched in money (Mr Kimbles's car being the main factor in this one this month) so I started looking at the Morrisons Value brand as my shopping list was quite big.
It never really bothers me what sort of beans we use and I am certainly not loyal to any brand so when I went searching the selves for the cheapest beans on Wednesday but I wasn't sure what I would come across. There are two different types of Morrisons own brand beans. One is in a tin with a blue label and are £1.68 for four and the other is in a tin with a yellow label at 26p a tin.
I thought I would go for the Value range with the yellow label as money was really stetched. The value beans come in a 420g tin with a yellow label which shows the Morrisons Value in green just above a white circle with Bakesd Beans in Tomato Sauce written in. At the bottom of the tin is the nutritional information.
Per half a can serving -
Calories - 187 (9.4g)
Sugar - 11% (10.3g)
Fat - 1.1% (0.8g)
Saturates - Trace
Salt - 30% (1.8g)
The top of the tin needs a tin opener to open so I got ours out ready. I am not sure what I was expecting when I opened the tin but I was more shocked at how the thickness of the sauce seems to be like the bigger branded beans. I think I was expecting a thin, runny mess but it wasn't. Even pouring the beans into the pan I was shocked at how smooth the sauce was. And even how many beans were there as I have found some brands skimp on the beans but I am glad to say Morrisons haven't.
The taste though would be the ultimate test. For this I have used Mr Kimbles and Scarlet baby as they are not into poor tasting items (Mr Kimbles is very choosey when it comes to food). Howeve, he never noticed a change from the normal beans we use. Result, this is definately going to be our choice of beans from now on.
Even when I told him they were from the Value range he was shocked as he said he never even noticed. And as for Monkey Scarlet, if she doesn't like something she will just open her mouth and let it fall out but with these beans she didn't. I was shocked that she ate the whole lot that was on her plate as oh she can be a fussy little monkey.
The only problem that I do find with them is that if you use half the tin the top half is where most of the juice is so I always ensure I shake them up before I use them. With that aside though you will find these in my cupboard from now on and at 26p per tin what a bargain.
Baked beans are something which can be found in most kitchen cupboards. I always make sure we have a couple of cans in 'for just in case' as we all know how handy they come in.
I don't generally buy the big brand names unless they are on some kind of offer but just usually choose the middle of the road ones for around 45p a can. When I went shopping at morrisons a few weeks ago, the bright yellow label of the Morrisons Value beans caught my eye, 'Why not' I thought and picked up a couple of cans and thought we would give them a go, especially as seen as they cost 29p a can. When I next came to use some beans, I decided to try the Morrisons ones. I opened the can - they don't have the handy ringpull opening like lots of cans but that wasn't a big deal. As we were in a rush this particualr lunch time, I decided that beans on toast would be a good quick easy meal and plus, our daughter loves it.
I got the can opener and opened the can. I was quite surprised to see that there was plenty of beans in the can, there wasn't too much sauce and the sauce was a nice thick (but not too thick) consistency. All for 29p! I normally steer clear of stores own basic baked beans because the sauce is usually quite watery and there aren't as many beans in the can but I must say I was impressed with the appearance. I figured they probably wouldn't taste as good - I mean, come on.. for 29p you can't have everything! As we were in a huge rush, I microwaved them for a few minutes and served them up on a couple of slices of wholemeal toast. When we sat down to eat them, we were all pleasantly surprised by the texture, the taste and the appearance. In my experience of stores own basic baked beans, the sauce is watery and tasteless but in this case, I would say they are almost as good as the big brands.
Beans (41%), water, tomato puree (20%) sugar, modified maize starch, salt, seasoning (salt, onion, paprika powder, rapeseed oil, clove extract, cinnamon extract, paprika extract, flavoring (chilli) capsicum extract, garlic oil)
Per half can serving provides -
187 calories, 10.3g sugar, 0.8g fat, trace saturates, 1.8g salt.
Overall I will certainly be buying Morrisons Value baked beans from now on and saving myself some money.
Yes, we all know the rhymes about the unfortunate digestive effects of baked beans! Perhaps it was for this reason or quite simply that we now struggle to believe that a decent meal can come in a can (unlike the 1900s when it was upper class chic to serve canned food!), but we do tend to turn up our noses at baked beans.
No more! Top food science guys such as BBC Sport Academy nutritionist Matt Lovell actually advocate that baked beans can help you live longer.
Research done in the USA found that the nutrients found in many vegetables, fruits, and red wine are also found in the skin of beans. The reason beans are so healthy is that they contain antioxidants which protect the cells in our bodies from the effects of aging and all sorts of diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Not only are they low in fat, they are also chock-full of protein and fibre and provide important vitamins and minerals, including iron, folic acid, zinc and potassium.
Furthermore we now know all about the beneficial effects of tomatoes even or sometimes especially in tomato sauce. Tomato sauce contains an ingredient called lycopene which also acts as a powerful antioxidant, potentially helping to reduce the risk of prostate, esophageal and breast cancers. Lycopene is the pigment which makes the tomato bright red.
Apparently you get the best absorption of lycopene from cooked or processed products..... so never mind your bedfellows .... go get a can of baked beans!!
Like many reviewers on the site I do from time to time try out supermarket own brands in order to try to keep spending costs to a minimum. Usually they fall into love or hate categories and there are many items whose own brand labels are regularly included in my weekly supermarket trolley dashes. This week sees a newcomer to the shopping list that is here to stay: Morrisons value baked beans.
Oh, sorry, I should say more I guess. Actually the can is quite distinctive, being a bright yellow. I find this attractive and uplifting but I guess there may be an argument along the lines of "it stands out in my basket so everyone knows I'm hard up." I personally couldn't care less what other people think of my choices in the checkout queue so it gets the thumbs up.
The writing is clear, green and minimalistic and there is a clear nutrition label; ingredients; storage info; cooking instruction; weight; recyclability; address and bar code.
You need a can opener to open this can so if on holiday don't forget to take one. (Incidentally, did you know that the first cans were used by soldiers in the Napoleonic wars and were opened with rifles and bayonets!! It took 50 years for the first safe can opener to be widely available!)
If you're bored and need a break you can see a pic of the value range here:
Then let us continue:
per 1/2 can:
(see -it's good to share!)
energy: 187 cal
of which sugars: 10.3g
That will give you 9.4% of your gda energy supply; 11% of your sugars; 1.1% of your fat but only a trace of saturates and 30% of your salt.
The salt initially appears quite high but if you set that against an already lo salt diet it's not as bad as it could be and certainly competitive in the baked bean market.
**How to cook**
Open tin (preferably not with your rifle as you'll scare someone and have to replace your oven)
Pour contents into waiting pan.
Heat gently for 4 mins stirring frequently.
Handy hint : don't boil as this can lead to stickiness.
You can also microwave these beans but be sure to take them out of the tin and place in a non metal container or you'll need a new microwave too. Times vary but the tin will guide you according to your wattage.
Beans are great for flavouring mice dishes or veggie dishes that the children turn their noses up at. Tell them its beans with a surprise and they'll be putty in your nutritionally biased hands. The internet is loaded with beans recipes - have a google. One intriguing recipe on the Heinz site promises beans on toast...with a difference! The difference being there is a piece of ham and cheese involved. Not over imaginative but probably more healthy than you had given it credit for.
So, after all this waffle I'm hungry and ready to break open my golden tin and taste. I am a fan of warming (although I recently saw them cold as part of a salad at a quite sophisticated dinner party!)
The sauce surrounding the beans is a little thinner that the big H variety but not at all watery. I find this an advantage as I actually find the big H too rich and creamy textured. The sauce is thick enough to be a proper tomato sauce though and the sauce to bean ratio is pleasantly surprising.
Duly warmed, we taste:
Mmmm. The beans have maintained their shape well and haven't pulped which some value packs have done in the past. The sauce is tasty but not overly sweet. You can taste the salty zing but again this is not powerful or overwhelming and brings out the flavour of the toms very nicely.
Definitely as tasty tea - and if it's good for me I shall open a can for the children when they get back too. It will make a change from the posh nosh usually available in my kitchen (!?!)
Alan Shearer has revealed that his secret to scoring goals was a dish of chicken and beans. Shane Warne is a huge fan of baked beans and admits they play a key part in his diet before a game.
These are a tasty version and at SEVEN PENCE a can - I shall soon be playing international sport!
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