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Sainsbury's Basics Chopped Tomatoes
Member Name: lak11
Sainsbury's Basics Chopped Tomatoes
Date: 18/05/10, updated on 08/06/13 (120 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, healthy, versatile
I was going to say that I use a lot of tinned tomatoes but Sainsbury's have now changed the packaging of their basic chopped tomatoes and use a CARDBOARD instead of the former tin. So, it is now true to say, that I will be using a lot of cartons of tomatoes.
I will start by saying that I'm not pleased with this change. They may be lighter, it may be more environmentally friendly maybe? I don't know but I do know that I prefer the tins. I find these cartons difficult to open and messy. Also, there is more waste with these as, with a tin it's so easy to swish a little water around it and so this can be used in your recipe and no tomato juice is wasted. You can do this with the pack but it is a little messier.
These tomatoes sell at thirty-three pence for a 400 gram carton. I think that's a good price but I've noticed that tinned tomatoes (and cartons!) have risen considerably in price in the last couple of years. They still remain an affordable, healthy and versatile food.
I mainly buy these to use in recipes. I usually cook a meat bolognese and a Quorn bolognese sauce, once a week. Every so often I cook a chilli con carne (two versions) and sometimes a shepherd's pie. I also make a tomato and herb pasta sauce fairly regularly. I put tomatoes into all of these recipes and more.
If making a quick meal I put on some pasta to cook whilst I chop and then gently fry some onions in a little oil. I add a little salt, pepper and herbs (usually mixed herbs or thyme and basil.) After a few minutes, when the onion has softened, I add a pack or two of chopped tomatoes, depending on how many this is to serve. When almost at boiling point, turn down the heat, simmer gently until sauce thickens (about ten minutes) or until the pasta is cooked. Drain the pasta and then pour sauce over it, stir in gently and then serve. You could sprinkle a little basil over the top as well as or instead of, Parmesan cheese. My daughter likes to grate cheddar cheese onto hers.
My husband prefers this meal when a little bacon is cut into chunks and fried for a couple of minutes, and added to his sauce. Mushrooms are also an optional extra, as are courgettes.. This is so simple and, most of you will have your own similar way of making a tomato based pasta sauce but, but I thought it might be useful for hard up students who are perhaps just learning to cook and are also having to count the pennies. It's so cheap, easy and very tasty.
Not to my taste but some like these tomatoes spread on toast and popped under the grill for a minute or two. What could be simpler?
Sainsbury's basics are found in their supermarket in the tinned section, next to the basics (still tinned) whole basics tomatoes. They are easy to spot, being packaged in white with the orange strip at the top with yellow vertical stripes.
The carton contains red tomatoes of different shades produced in Italy.
The carton is widely recyclable.
These tomatoes are ideal for vegetarians.
INGREDIENTS: Chopped tomatoes(60%), Tomato juice, Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid.
Half a Pack provides: cal-36, fat 0.4g, Sat Fat- trace, salt- trace, total sugars- 5.4g.
Summary: Although these are basic I think they are a great buy and ideal to add to your recipe.