“ Brand: Morrisons / Type: Carrots „
I always use tinned carrots when I do cheese and potato pie because I think the softness and sweet flavour of them is better than fresh carrots. Most of the cheapo supermarket tinned carrots are fine and there's no need to pay more than about 24p a tin for them. I didn't think anything of it when I brought a tin of Morrisons Value carrots but when I started cooking with them they were naff and nearly spoiled the cheese and potato pie. The slices weren't cut very well, there were some very thick ones and some that were so thin they would break up as I was tipping them into the pan. The carrots were all proper hard as well, there was end pieces with little green stalks in and they were as hard as a raw fresh carrot! Some of the slices have got a weird woody texture as well and those bits don't taste very nice. The flavour isn't there with these carrots either, they're proper bland and just don't taste very nice at all so if I'm shopping in Morrisons I'll deffo go for the next brand up because these are a waste of 25p.
I always keep a few different tins of canned vegetables in the cupboard for a 'lazy' meal or for when I need to prepare soemthing out of nothing. I rarrely use tinned carrots as I much prefer fresh / fresher vegetables to accompany my meals. However, this evening - despite having been grocery shopping and buying fresh veg - I felt the urge to chuck a tin of Morrisons Value Sliced Carrots on the the hob in a saucepan. A 300g tin holds 180g of carrots (drained weight) and half a can (a recommended serving) contains 13 calories. A can costs 18p. I have used these carrots before and find that a tin is more than adequate for two adults and a few mashed up bits for our little one. I find that these carrots are bit of a darker orange colour than regular fresh carrots. They are already cooked and so simply need reheating on the hob for four or five minutes. They taste pretty good considering that they have been floating about in water in a saled tin can for goodness knows how long. They are not quite as al dente as I would noramlly eat my vegetables and are quite soft - but that is great is you like your veggies like that. I find this product is great value for money - yes a couple of fresh carrots would equate to the same for possibly a little less in price, but for times of laziness and for the convenience of having them in the cupboard - they are a bargain. I did once use these in a bolognese dish and they were fine.
Despite the fact that I will happily try items from the Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's no-frills ranges, there's always been something stopping me venturing into the realms of 'Morrisons Value' - and it's not just the fact that the packaging on this range is particularly vile as I do try not to be led by such things. Last week, however, I bit the bullet and bought five of their Value items to sample and played it safe by picking items like these Sliced Carrots in Water as what can go wrong with a basic product such as this? Well, just about everything really. The carrots are hard and the texture inconsistent through the tin, the hardness is universal but I found some of the slices very woody in texture while the insides of others were mushy even though the outer carrot was tough. I don't use tinned carrots as a meal accompaniment but tend to add them to cheese and potato pie and meals like that, this is simply because a tinned carrot doesn't ever seem anything like a real carrot and I do prefer a pile of real carrots on my plate! The problem is that the hardness just doesn't go away. Yesterday I baked a cheese and onion pie with halves of these carrots mixed through it and they totally spoiled the texture of the dish, what should have been a smooth and delicate consistency was punctuated with tough bits of carrot that took far too much chewing. The carrots are also blander in flavour than any other supermarket tinned carrot, which is saying something as by their very nature tinned carrots are going to be bland. These lack the subtle sweetness that does redeem some tinned carrot brands but also haven't been salted enough to bring out any semblance of freshness. It's surprising they are so bland actually as these are the brightest tinned carrots I've ever seen, I'm sure they would glow in certain lighting! The water they are suspended in is awful, I don't know where the water came from but it contains bits (probably from the carrots, but who knows?), has a strange briny smell and looks almost scummy on the top. I did feel the urge to rinse this horrible stuff off my carrots before cooking and the water that came away from them was a dull grey which didn't look at all appetising. You might say I should know better than to buy tinned carrots, and you're probably right. But there are some brands which suit my purposes, and I much prefer the softness of these brands in a smooth cheese and potato pie than 'real' carrots - although in this instance I'd go for ANYTHING over Morrisons Value whatever the price difference!