“ Type: Beans „
Alright then, we all know that Heinz make the best baked beans. But, let's face it, they're not the cheapest and in times like these, we all need to save some pennies. I have been experimenting with value and discount brands recently and thought I would share my experiences.
Oak Lane, for the unaware, is a discount brand available at Tesco. It is a notch up from the 'Value' range with much more attractive packaging, but is still cheaper than their own brand.
The beans can be found in the canned food section of Tesco, suprisingly enough, with the other baked beans. They are fairly easy to find as they come in a distinctive blue can with a picture of beans on the front, with 'discount brand' splashed on a yellow square. Despite this, they do not look as cheap as the Value brand. Unfortunately, there is no ring pull, but I would assume most people own a tin opener! They retail at 29p for a 420gram tin.
When I opened these up to make beans and cheese on toast for myself and my housemate, I was quite impressed with how full of beans(!) the can was. Often with the discount and value brands, there is an awful lot of sauce padding out the can, but these were definately packed at least as full as Heinz. Size wise, they were about the same size as Heinz beans, but were a slightly brighter orange in colour and not quite as mushy. They smelt like baked beans, which is always a positive. One can served both myself and my housemate a generous portion of beans on toast.
I sincerely hope that you all know how to heat up baked beans, so I am not going to go into the specifics of how to put them in a pan and heat them up. Upon cooking, the beans smelt really pleasant with a nice hint of tomato. The sauce wasn't as thick as I would have liked, but it wasn't watery either, which I really hate.
Taste wise, these were nice, but nothing spectacular. The sauce was decent, tomato-y, but not as thick as I would have liked, though it did have a pleasant after taste, tasting almost slightly buttery. The beans themselves were slightly hard, texture-wise and I have to say I prefer the mushiness of Heinz. They did look slightly too orange, which always concerns me with regards to e-numbers (says the girl who loves sweets!) but they didn't taste processed.
Onto the health benefits. We all know that beans count as one of your five a day and these are low in fat. There are approximately 165 calories in a half can portion - meaning that they make a quick, easy and reasonably healthy meal if served on wholemeal toast or a jacket potato.
How much more can I say about a humble can of baked beans? Not a lot really. These aren't as good as Heinz, but they don't taste any worse than any of the other premium brands or supermarket-own brands, so if you're someone who eats a lot of them, you could probably save a fair bit of cash by switching to these.
Tesco sent us these Oak Lane baked beans as a substitute for their Value beans when we shopped online a couple of weeks ago. For beans on toast and over a jacket potato it's got to be Heinz or Branston beans but my mum always adds baked beans to stew so she buys a few tins of the Value ones just for that.
I was glad the Oak Lane ones come though because I haven't tried them before, I had some on toast last night though and they're not very good I don't think.
The sauce is dead thin and isn't rich at all, it's got a bit of a metal taste as well that wasn't very nice and spoilt the taste of them completely for me. The beans are a mixture of dead hard and soft so that did my head in because I hate hard beans but it's impossible to tell what ones are going to be hard before putting them in your mouth and chewing them.
They've got a majorly bland flavour, well they would have if they didn't taste of metal and salt! lol The taste isn't that good over all and the thin sauce ruined my toast because it sent it all soggy.
I don't think much of these beans at all and would even say that they're not as GOOD as Value beans (and I hate them as well!!! LOL). The metal taste is nasty and the hard beans I found just put me off them big time, it wasn't a dodgy tin either because my dad used some of the beans and he said he could taste the metal in them as well. Nice to have someone confirm your opinions! lol
These beans are just plain horrible, the sauce is mega bland and the beans themselves aren't very nice to eat. I don't know what they'll be like in stew with all the sauce drained off but I don't reckon they'll go anywhere near my mums wicked stew now in case the metal taste ruins the thick broth we all end up with when all the meat has been scoffed.
Not recommended..... disgusting!!!
While I genuinely feel that Heinz and Branston have the baked bean market cornered in terms of quality, the prices are not always great if you eat a lot of beans. Tesco's Value range do cheap beans, although the prices have been creeping up to the point where they are now 29p per can. This price is the same as the Oak Lane Baked Beans, Oak Lane being a range that Tesco have been stocking for a while now. They are designed to offer a cheaper alternative other than their Value range.
Oak Lane Baked Beans come in a standard tin, much like any other baked bean tin. It's not the most appealing colour, being blue with the orange beans in a picture towards the bottom of the tin. It doesn't really stand out against the blue and white of the Tesco Value brand.
Still, at 29p per tin I thought I'd at least give it a go. You need a can opener, there's no ring pull. The beans seem to have a decent amount of tomato sauce that they're put in, and to this point there wasn't really much difference. Heating them up only takes a couple of minutes, just so they're hot through. Now comes the taste test.
Taste wise they're okay. Nothing special, and certainly not the flavour that Heinz or Branston have. They probably rank alongside Tesco's Value beans in taste. However, there is a very slight fake taste in the aftertaste which wasn't great. Also, the beans tend to fall apart a bit more, and there are quite a few smaller ones that don't have much substance to them, whereas other brands have decent sized beans that don't fall apart.
Pretty standard ingredients, with haricot beans, tomato puree and sugar providing the bulk along with the water used to make the sauce. Calories are high, though, with a whole 420g tin giving over 300 calories. Baked beans do often have higher calory counts, though, so this isn't too bad. carbs are high as well, nearly 60g for the can, 12.2g of which are sugars.
Overall, it's a decent product. There's nothing special about them, and they're not the best, but then they cost less than most of the competition. If you're looking for a cheap alternative, this is okay, although I do actually prefer the Value beans, so I'll probably stick with them in future, unless, of course, Heinz or Branston have something on offer.
I have been trying quite a few Oak Lane items from Tesco over the last few months. These are a budger brand, which is like it is pretending not to be a budget brand. The packaging is more eye catching than the Tesco Value range, and although these are more expensive than the 9p Value range, they do taste a bit better.
These cost 29p for the 420g tin. Considering that the Value range Beans cost around 12p then they seem expensive, but they aren't in a way. These don't have a ring pull on them, which is a bit annoying, but a quick whip around with a can opener sorts this out.
I used the whole tin last time teamed with some Toast. Once cooked the Sauce thickened a bit, but it was still quite thin. It is quite orange in colour and there was plenty of Beans in the tin as well. The Beans were a good enough size, soft enough and tasted sweet but pretty fibresome.
These don't have the sweetness that Heinz has, and they taste quite well seasoned as well. I think I would have preferred if the Sauce was a bit thicker and although you could taste the Tomato taste in this, it isn't that Tomatoy. There isn't that tangy taste in these.
A nice budget brand which tastes a bit fancier than the label suggests.
Always on the lookout for a bargain and a way to save a few pennies I was pleased when I came across a new brand of beans in my local Tesco. Hubby just does not like the value beans so I was buying Tesco's own brand but as these can in at over 10p a can cheaper I decided to give them a go.
Oak Lane are a new brand of foods which Tesco have taken on and advertise as their 'discount brand'. it is available on a lot of products in store and I have personally found every one which I have tried to be of good quality. The price of this brand always seems to match the Tesco Value price.
The beans come in the standard metal tin which unfortunately does not have a ring pull on top but this is no problem if you have a can opener. The label is wrapped around the tin and is a blue colour and has the Oak Lane label at the top with the name of the product underneath and the Discount Brand logo to the side. Below this is a picture of some baked beans. On the back of the label you will find the relevant info about the beans including heating, nutrition and ingredients.
~~USE AND TASTE~~
For me as I got rid of my microwave through lack of use I heat my beans in a saucepan on the hob. I usually do so for about 3 minutes for my boys and slightly longer for hubby. It says on the tin that 4 minutes is the standard heating time. If you do wish to do so in a microwave then between 1 and 2 minutes is recommended, but remove the beans from the tin first!
I did notice when I opened the tin that there was a smell. It was not overpowering and did actually smell quite nice. It reminded me slightly of tomatoes but then it changed to the standard beans smell. When I poured the beans out I did notice that there seemed to be a lot of sauce included in the tin. The colour of the beans and sauce is orange as you would expect and the individual beans are not a massive size and I would say they were slightly smaller than the Tesco's own brand.
When I served the heated beans I found using a wholly spoon was the best way as it meant I could drain a lot of the sauce off so it did not run all over the plate onto the other food.
Now to the tasting. I did not tell hubby or my boys that I had changed the beans and I have to say it took quite a long time for hubby to mention this. He did comment on how nice they tasted and said they were a lot less dryer than the others he had. I did then tell him I had changed brand and he said he would now like to stick to theses ones. My boys also loved them and ate the whole lot on their plates.
Personally I enjoyed the taste and found they had a good consistency and were not at all dry. I hate nothing more than dry beans. I did however add a little of the left over sauce to my beans but this really did not make much difference to the dryness of the actual beans.
The beans come in a 420g tin and I find that this easily feeds 2 adults and 3 boys, as I personally only have a little spoonful of them.
The ingredients for the beans for those who wish to know are:-
Haricot Beans (49%), Water, Tomato Puree (18%), Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Salt, Onion Powder, paprika, Natural Flavourings.
The nutritional values per 100g are:-
Energy - 80KCal
Carbohydrate - 29.4g
Of which sugars - 12.2g
Fat - 1.5g
Of which saturates - 0.3g
Fibre - 9.9g
Sodium - 0.6g
Salt equivalent - 1.5g
These beans are suitable for vegetarians and the recipe does not contain nuts. The metal can which the beans come in can be recycled.
The beans do have a good long life to them and the best before date on the last tin which I bought is date over 2 years away.
If you do not use the whole tin in one sitting then the remaining beans can be placed into a sealed storage tin and kept refrigerated but they have to be consumed within the following 2 days.
~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~
The beans are only available to buy in Tesco as oak Lane are their new discount brand and they are priced at 29p per tin which is the exact same price as the Tesco Value ones.
I definitely have to recommend these beans as they really are a bargain buy. They have a great taste, smell and are exceptionally cheap. I think the only improvement which could be made to the overall package would be to add a ring pull but this is only a minor point.
I totally disagree! I love these beans! Mine are normal red colour like Heinz would be and i would actually much much prefer them to Heinz! They smell like normal beans and as a plus - the beans and sausages version dont make the beans taste different! Like any other brand i have tried.. No sweet taste either. You must have had a bad tin! 5 stars :)
I'm sure most of you, like me, seem to be constantly looking at ways of reducing the old food bills. My other half and I already pretty much live on jacket tattis and beans, and so are always looking out for offers to reduce the cost of these staples even more. So, when I saw Tesco's had a new Discount Brand in the baked bean section, I decided to give it a try. At 26p for a tin, Oak Lane Baked Beans are cheaper than the Tesco own version at 44p, and only pennies more than the Value versions, so I figured that even if they were only slightly nicer it was worth it.
The tin looks fairly appetising, for a tin - blue with a picture of edible-looking beans on the front. As with most cheap choices, there's no pull ring - its back to the good old days of using a can opener.
And on opening.... Well, what a sight (and smell) greets you. The beans, and the liquid they are floating in, are bright orange! Seriously. Orange. The smell too is off putting - it's not tomatoey, or beans-y, but just very very sweet and artificial. Oh dear.
Still, I absolutely refuse to waste food, and how bad can beans really be? I pop them in my saucepan and cook as per usual. They cook pretty quickly, because the beans are soft and quite squishy anyway. On serving, I have to say that the effect is not improved. The beans are still bright orange, and slop out onto my plate in a squishy mess. Anyone who has ever complained about cheap beans being too hard and solid, well these are their antithesis... On tasting, I can't believe how much sugar they must contain - they actually taste sweet. Sweet beans!
I think that's probably enough, as suffice to say these are really bad beans - bright orange and drenched in sugar. From the taste and colour alone I'm going to take a wild guess the ingredients are not entirely natural. Try at your peril...