Product Type: Napolina Spices & Seasoning
Newest Review: ... make it any better. So I decided one fine day to pay the far bigger price for the Napolina toms and the difference was crystal clear. For d... more
Member Name: Donf18
Napolina Chopped Tomatoes with Garlic
Advantages: Best brand for me
Disadvantages: none if you ignore the price, which is basically what you pay for
I like spag bol, I like stir fry's and in fact I pretty much like any sauce, which involves the use of tomatoes. Actually I love tomatoes, on sandwiches, on their own, fried on a Sunday with my breakfast. Tinned tomatoes do have a slightly different taste to fresh, but it's not a bad difference. I guess it all depends on what you are going to use the tomatoes for which defines which you choose for your recipe.
Recently I have had just cause to praise the kind folk at ASDA for their excellent Smartprice range, unfortunately there was bound to come a time where this brand fell short. The ASDA tinned tomatoes are far far cheaper than Napolina, and once you taste both the reason becomes quite clear. The packaging of the napolina tomatoes is quite nice and eycatching, being that it is black and red and instantly attracts the eye.
I have found whilst making spag bol in particular that the Smartprice toms make my sauce a bit bland and tasteless, watery even and there isn't a lot you can do to make it any better. So I decided one fine day to pay the far bigger price for the Napolina toms and the difference was crystal clear. For different recipes I use the various different options of Napolina, they come with chilli, which is nice for the con carne and adds a little bit of kick although not that much. There is also the garlic version which is the one I alternate with the original for my spag bol. My sauce was thicker and had a bit of body, but mostly the taste. The sharp sweet tomato taste was shining through the spag bol and there was the added hint of garlic although again this was not overpowering. The whole experience was far more pleasurable, when I used the Napolina toms whether with or with the additives. They even looked better before I started cooking. They were a far deeper red, they looked fresher and they smelled like toms, which is something I cannot say of the Smartprice ones. The garlic was evident in the smell but it was subtle.
In an effort to prove what I basically already knew I used the Napolina toms in other recipes where previously I had used the Smartprice ones. It was now massively evident that sometimes you really do get what you pay for. Now when a recipe calls for tinned toms I have no hesitation is paying the significant extra, the difference in quality of finished product is rather large and obvious.
At about 4-5 times more expensive I'd say that that ratio carried on into the end product, and produced a dish that was far superior to the Smartprice one. Hence I have no problems recommending the Napolina tinned toms over the Smartprice and in fact other brands I have also tried. The quality is also very consistent they are the same every time, and it is a brand I now have on my trust list.
Summary: A delicious tin of toms
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