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Sainsbury's Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce
Member Name: GentleGenius
Sainsbury's Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce
Date: 16/12/08, updated on 17/12/08 (857 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, very tasty, substantial, good sauce
Disadvantages: None overall
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per half a can serving):
- of which sugars: 9.2g
- of which starch: 20g
- of which saturates: 0.1g
- of which sodium: 0.6g
Sainsbury's Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce come in a red tin bearing the yellow standard Sainsbury's logo. On the front of can is a dark blue panel containing the words "baked beans" in white lettering and words "in tomato sauce" in yellow. Underneath is image of a dish of beans with a forkful suspended above. At the bottom is a small pie chart containing basic nutritional information, and the background colour of the can is red.
The rear of the can has a yellow background, and in black & white (with dark blue headings) is the detailed nutritional information, ingredients, cooking instructions (conventional and microwave) storage instructions and manufacturer's contact details. There is also a statement that the product is high in fibre and gluten-free.
A lot of years ago, I read somewhere that Sainsbury's own brand of baked beans are even more popular than Heinz. I have always taken that statement with a few pinches of salt, plus until recently, I never myself bought any brand of baked beans other than Heinz. Lately, I've (due to a serious economy drive) been trying out more "basics" brands from supermarkets, plus their own make of various products - with mixed fortunes; these beans I'm reviewing aren't from the Sainsbury's "Basics" brand offerings.
A week or so ago and somewhat grudgingly, I resigned myself towards realising that Sainsbury's Baked Beans are noticeably cheaper than Heinz, especially if you buy a twin pack. I was wary, after having tried Cross & Blackwell's baked beans and finding them pretty inedible, so I hoped Sainsbury's could come up with something more palatable.
Later on that day I decided to do the eating test on Sainsbury's Baked beans, so took one of the cans from the twin-pack and opened the ring-pull on the top.
The small beans (I had needlessly feared they would be too large) rested inside of the can in a bright orange sauce, and there to me was no noticeable smell wafting up. I had a little stir around with a teaspoon, and was pleased to see that there were very few stray husks floating in the sauce. The first half of the beans tipped out well into the saucepan, but the second half remained wedged to the bottom of the can, and I had to lever them out with a wooden spoon....putting them in a plastic container ready for refrigeration, as I only wanted to eat half the can. Because I am so lazy and like as little activity in my life as possible, having to put in the effort of scraping stuck beans from the bottom of a can, is viewed by me as a disadvantage, yet is non-prejudicial as regards my review.
The ratio of sauce to beans I personally found to be ideal - sometimes I find Heinz are a little too heavy on the sauce for my own taste. Once in the pan and on the cooker hotplate, the beans heated through and bubbled very gently, plus I noticed that the sauce didn't evaporate too easily and cause a nasty dried gunge at the bottom of the pan (I was called away to the phone for a couple of minutes whilst heating the beans, and was pleased on my return to the kitchen to see they hadn't spoiled, whereas another brand may have done).
My chosen meal on this day was a simple snack of beans on toast. The toast was ready and buttered, so I tipped the heated beans evenly over the 2 slices I had prepared. I was pleased to see that during the heating process (with a little stirring before the phone rang!), most of the husks stayed attached to the beans, contributing (along with the nice, bright-orange coloured sauce) to the whole effect of the beans on toast having a very good, appetising appearance.
Then came the taste test. I cut a small corner of the beans on toast, lifted to my mouth and shovelled it in - chewing gently. Much to my surprise, I found these beans very tender....maybe not quite as soft as Heinz, but certainly far softer than the Cross & Blackwell variety (which to me are like rifle bullets). The sauce wasn't too sweet, and had a very pleasant, slightly tangy flavour, plus it wasn't at all gloopy.
My teeth very quickly got used to the oh so very slightly harder texture to the point where I didn't notice that I needed to chew these beans a bit more than I do Heinz, yet the overall flavour was markedly different to that of Heinz. There was something very satisfying and substantial about the taste of Sainsbury's Beans In Tomato Sauce, and I found the more I ate, the more I loved them - they are very moreish.
Happy, I scoffed the whole lot, and even contemplated having the remainder of the tin an hour or so later, but then decided against it.....concluding that would have just been sheer greed.
I have since eaten the 2nd half of the can I opened, plus the other one from the twin pack. They seem to go particularly well with fish fingers, for some reason.
I definitely will use Sainsbury's Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce again, and I'm sitting here mentally kicking myself for not taking the plunge and trying them before now. OK they aren't the same as Heinz, because the beans are just a smidgeon harder, plus the sauce tastes distinctly different, but overall I'd say that they are actually no worse than Heinz (plus are up to 20p a can cheaper); and they are light years better than Cross & Blackwell.
I can't fault them at all really - and I don't consider my loathing of having to scrape some beans from the bottom of the can as a fault, because it is a personal neurosis, all of my own.
Overall verdict: Good tasting sauce, sauce to bean ratio is perfect, sauce has a good consistency and isn't runny or gloopy, beans aren't unpleasantly hard, husks mostly stay attached to the beans, considerably cheaper than the more "quality" brands. A good, high fibre, low calorie, high protein, cheaply priced product.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: I just wish I'd tried these years ago
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