“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Peas „
I buy a lot of a shops own brand of items, I think they cheap enough to buy and are a good price if you are trying to save a little bit of money. I am at the moment in areas that I can reduce my shopping bill so that I have a little more money for Christmas which is fast approaching. I like to stock up with branded and non branded canned foods for when the bad weather arrives so that I at least have vegetables to make a hot meal just in case the bad weather continues.
These peas come in a can and have to be opened using a can opener. The label on the front is very basic looking and in the usual colours of orange and white from the Sainsbury's own brand of items. Once the lid is removed the peas are in water, which does contain salt and sugar. So it is worth bearing in mind that the water does contain these ingredients. If you prefer, you can just rinse the peas and cook them in just water if that is your preference. The size of these peas is a good size and not too small. They have a nice pale green colour, the colour is not quite as dark as a branded one but they do look unappetising. They look like any normal pea in my opinion inside the can, just a little paler in colour.
They are soft and not hard peas as I first imagined they may be because of the price. These ones easy to chew and swallow with no problems at all. My little grandson can easily chew and swallow them too. They do not taste disgusting or bland, they are a really nice tasting peas and they do have quite a strong taste of peas. They are not obviously as nice as the branded ones in my opinion but they are quite adequate for a shops own brand.
They also have a pleasant smell of peas just like any other brand. The smell is a nice one and one that I am happy with. They are easy to cook and all that is needed is to pour the contents of the can into a saucepan and heat gently on the hob for around 3 minutes or so and they are ready to eat. A quite time for anyone looking to eat a canned vegetable and do not have enough time to prepare a fresh vegetable.
These I find very handy to have in my cupboard for days when I do not feel very well and am looking for a vegetable and a quick meal. I do not use these every day or every week but I do use them for those days when I am not too well. The amount of peas inside the can is easily enough to feed 2 adults and even a child. Used with any other canned vegetable, there are enough peas for even up to 4 people. I can easily feed myself and hubby and also my little grandson with just one can with another vegetable. These are a good way of still eating your 5 a day and it means that I can still keep healthy if I am wanting to use them for a couple of days or so until I feel a little better.
They can also be heated in a microwave for a couple of minutes. They taste the same cooked both on the hob and in the microwave in my opinion. The size of the can is 300g and they are priced at just 17p and so a very cheap price for a can of vegetables. They also contain per half a can, 58 calories, total sugars 0.5g, 0.4g of fat, 3.3g of fibre and 0.14g of salt.
Once opened, any peas that have not been eaten can be placed into a no metal container and placed in the fridge but they must be eaten within 24 hours.
Overall these peas have been very handy in my cupboard for emergencies and have been a good life product to have handy for those times I have needed them. I highly recommend these for anyone looking to buy a cheaper brand of peas or just looking to buy a lower brand from your normal brand. They are nice tasting peas and are very tasty eaten with any food that you like to eat with peas. I often use these peas as an extra food in a curry etc. They work just as good in curries too. I will continue to buy these because they give me all the taste that I expect from a cheaper brand of peas. They are excellent quality and very good value for money for just 17p in my opinion.
I give these 5 stars.
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Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
I always have a least one tin of peas in my cupboard. I think it stems from when I was a child my mum always had a tin in her cupboard (always marrowfat). It was what got opened when we had surprise guests joining us for tea. Mainly my sisters boyfriends that she wanted to join us on a Sunday. So as we always had Sunday dinner out came the tin of peas to make the food go further. My mum was so good and never said no, not like me.
It is so handy to have a tin of these in the cupboard and as they only cost 18p it won't break the bank to buy them. They can be opened for a fairly cheap tea when we have sausage and mash if we have no other veg in. I also put a tin in for the last half hour if I am making a stew (which I haven't done for a while).
The tin looks like the basic range does white with orange writing (just like the picture dooyoo is showing).
If you shake the tin (before opening) there sounds quite a lot of liquid and you can hear the peas swimming in it.
The tin has to be opened with a tin opener but at only 18p for the 300g tin I wouldn't expect anything else. Once opened you notice they smell like processed peas but you also notice they are quite a pale green in colour and are different sizes. The tin does state 'all shapes, all sizes' so it was no surprise.
Once I have opened the tin I pour as much liquid away without the peas falling out and then fill the tin with water tip out again, so I am washing the peas a bit then fill with water and pour into a pan ready to cook. The reason I do this is because it does state on the tin 'in water, sugar and salt added'. I don't want to taste sugar or salt but on checking the nutrition info there doesn't appear to be that much; per half can (180g) 0.06g of sodium (0.14g salt) and the sugar 0.5g per half can but by washing the peas I feel I am being a little more healthy.
The instructions say to heat on the hob it will take 3 and a half minutes (stirring occaisionally), but I tend to cook a little longer. They can also be cooked in the microwave which takes between 1 and a half minutes and 2 and a half minutes depending on your microwave.
Now if you have tasted marrowfat peas you will know what I mean when I say they taste just like them so no need to buy the more expensive brands. If you haven't I can only say they don't have as strong a taste as garden peas. My youngest doesn't like these peas but loves garden peas.
Worth the money and a handy tin to have in.
I really fancied Fish and Peas for my tea the other night, I didn't want mushy peas though so off I went to Sainsburys. I'm not fussy really when it comes to peas they can be tinned, frozen or whatever as to me they are all green balls of some sort of shade or size. I browsed the shelves and the Orange and White tin of Sainsburys Basics Marrowfat Peas caught my eye, just 15p a tin too. I hadn't a clue what 'marrowfat peas' were but I didn't care as these were so cheap and I didn't see how a pea could taste any better or worse with any other brands.
The tin is as bland and dull as the rest of the Basics range all white with the Orange band around the top and Orange writing on the front - don't let this put you off though. Marrowfat Peas it says on the front with a bowl full of circles which I'm assuming are meant to resemble peas. We are told that these are 'all shapes, all sizes, still a tasty favourite, in water, sugar and salt added'.
As usual there is the nutritional pie chart in the corner, this one tells us that half a can provides;
0.1g sat fat
0.5g total sugars
I opened the tin with my tin opener as there is no ring pull on top and inside I could see quite large oval sort of shaped peas sitting in a tin full of water. I smelt them first and yes they smell just like peas do - you know that green pea smell? Well they smelt like that lol! When poured out of the tin they appeared a lighter shade of green and quite large. To cook them I simply poured them out of the tin into a small saucepan and heated them up for a few minutes on the hob, but you can also cook them in the microwave.
As I cooked them the smell remained the same and so did their appearance, their colour didn't change and they didn't shrink either which I was glad of as I was quite looking forward to eating some chunky peas.
Well what do they taste then like eh? Umm .. Peas actually?
They were quite salty though, just the right amount of salt was added to them to give them a little kick in my opinion and I really enjoyed having quite large peas to sink my teeth into rather than real small balls which you pop into your mouth and they roll down your throat before you have chance to chew. You can actually bite into these and feel their softness and their texture as you chew. There were alot more peas in the tin than I first thought as it is quite a small 180g tin and they have made a brilliant side to alot of my meals lately to help fill me up without having to pile my plate up with rubbish. I have found them quite filling too and I always use them now especially with fish, they make quite a healthy, satisfying and filling dish so definitely 15p well spent!