When it comes to mushy peas they are something that I simply like to have in my cupboard cos I always think they go with fishcakes and fish of all types really and well....I like them!
I don't often shop in Sainsbury's however I found myself instore the other day with nothing really in mind to buy but was happy to grab a few cheap options of things really to help replenish my larder cupboard.
The can holds 300g of the mushy peas and on the front of it we are told in orange writing that they are and who they are by and that they are suitable for Vegetarians and then on the back of the can other information provided includes ingredients and allergy advice being given as well as a full nutritional chart and contact details for the manufacturer being clearly listed. There is no ring pull to the top of the can but I paid only 15p for my can so I am not going to argue about that!
What you get in the can is Rehydrated processed Peas (90%) along with of course water, salt, sugars and mint extract (as well as a few other bits as well). When I opened the can I was greeted with not only a light fragrance of the mint but quite a dry looking looking mix of mushy peas that I couldn't simply tip out of the can so I scooped it all out with a spoon.
To heat these up was really simple. I simply popped the whole lot in a saucepan and gently heated for about 6-7 minutes and the whole lot sort of melted allowing me to see big peas in the juices and it all looked ok to me. I was a bit wary mind cos I am not keen on pea skins so I have to admit I did grab out what I could see skin wise and settled down to my tea of fish, chips and mushy peas.
All in all I really liked these. One can was far too much for one person so the next time I buy them I will only heat half a can and refrigerate the rest of bin them and at this price I'm not worried really either way! They taste really nice and the peas taste like peas, the juice they come in is thick enough and nicely seasoned and not sugary. My only slight quibble with these really is that they contain mint extract and I'd prefer my mushy peas not to however I have noticed lately that even with branded and far more expensive than these mushy peas that they do tend to have that within them!
For the money these are great and they are what they are and half a can does go toward your recommended 1 of 5 a day fruit and/or vegetable portions too and they only contain 106 Calories and 0.2g of Saturated Fat.
Only available from Sainsbury's stores and I have noticed on other peoples reviews that the price tends to vary by a couple of pence depending on which Sainsbury's you visit but like I have already mentioned my can cost me a tiny 15p! Bargain!
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I eat a lot of canned vegetables because I find them very quite and easy to prepare and a lot of the brands on the market are very good value. The cheaper ones I also find quite good value too and so I buy them on a regular basis so that they are handy in my cupboard for when I need to use them.
I paid only 17p for 300g can from Sainsbury's own brand of the Basics range, the can has just a basic wrapper with the name clearly on the front and in the usual colours of the Basics range. The can has to be opened using a can opener because it does not have a ring pull. The peas inside the can are a really nice pale green colour, these ones do look appetising inside the can too. They are very easy to pour from the can into a saucepan to heat up and eat. They are half peas and some of them are full ones and others are just tiny parts of a pea. The mixture of the size of the peas work really well for this brand. They are a really good texture and they are not a runny consistency or too sloppy and there are a good amount of peas in the can and it is not all just water as I found another shops own brand, these ones have enough peas in the can. Mushy peas tend to be more solid in the can until heated up etc. These peas pour perfectly for my liking.
They are very easy to heat up in a saucepan and they only take a couple of minutes or so on a low setting on the hob. They can be also heated in a microwave inside a non metallic dish and covered with a little cling film. They take just 2 or 3 minutes too to heat up and all that is needed is to stir the peas around a little bit and they are then ready to eat. They are very easy to stir in a pan and heat up nicely.
I find these ones very tasty, they do not taste at all bland. They are also very easy to chew and swallow and do not have a hard texture in the mouth while eating them. They are a very smooth and soft texture and not rock hard or a disgusting taste. My little grandson can easily chew and swallow these ones with no problems at all. He also loves these ones and I he quite likes them with mashed potato and some meat on the plate as well as with the fish and chips. The taste of them is a very pleasant taste. They are very filling and I love to eat these with fish and chips at the side of the plate. The colour of them looks really nice on the plate too and not like a discoloured green that does not look appetising. These give a nice colour to the plate with the chips etc.
These can be eaten as a 5 a day vegetable. Any left over peas that may not be used can easily be placed into a non metallic dish and covered and then placed into the fridge to eat a little later or the next day. These must be eaten within 24 hours of opening, I have eaten them from the fridge the next day and they do taste nice but not quite as nice as when eaten straight from the can on opening it for the first time but the taste is still a nice one eaten a little later but I much prefer these from the can and eaten immediately.
These contain per half a can, 106 calories, 0.6g of fat and 4.8g of fibre. They contain a good source of fibre for the diet but I think they contain a little more calories but I think this content is fine because they do taste really nice and they are worth it if you are on a healthy eating plan.
I think for the cheap price these are well worth the money, they are extremely good value for money and very good quality. I think these are so affordable for any budget in my opinion and if you love mushy peas as I do, then I just think these are worth a go. I do not think anyone would be disappointed in the taste of these ones and I think all the family would enjoy them and as part of the 5 a day.
I will continue to buy these ones because they give me all the taste that I expect from a cheaper brand of mushy peas.
I give them 5 stars.
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Sainsbury's Basics Mushy Peas
As a change from the Tescos brand that I normally eat, thought I would give these a go instead. My wife likes salmon but I find salmon tasteless so I had some yellow fish. Two big pieces and a whole tin of Mushy Peas.
These are NOT the best Mushy Peas on the market by far and probably comes somewhere in the bottom of the range.
Takes about 10 minutes in the pan, I like to cook them very slowly. But watch them carefully or they can easily burn or stick to the pan even a non stick pan! They are a almost luminous green in colour and to start with a bit runny but after ten minutes heat they begin to get a proper thickness to their texture. Once you have them very gently bubbling then they are good to go.
The smell does have a 'Pea' smell to it and the consistency, once properly cooked, is sadly a bit thin.
Apparently they can be microwaved so would suit a student down to the ground.
The taste is fairly good for the 'Basics' range but to be honest I have gone back to the Tesco brand and always have a tin of those in the cupboard somewhere.
At a cost of 19p can you really go wrong?
They are even low in Calories but sadly a bit high in Sugar and carbohydrates.
Best eaten with fish, either a chippy fish or Yellow fish.
For the thrill seekers out there, try them with Yorkshire pud, also goes well with fried egg and even compliments Black Pudding.
To sum up,
You get what you pay for but at least on a cold day they will stick to your ribs and make you feel full.
100 g Contains:
These mushy processed peas are the pea's knees, if you'll forgive an awful pun. You get a 300g tin, although it's probably only 200g of actual pea and quite a lot of mush. But they go down a treat with chips, or as an accompaniment to noodles, rice, whatever.
In terms of taste, they're not bad. I mean, they don't match up to ones you'd get from a seaside chippy, but then they're about 18p. I've not tried Sainsbury's normal range of mushy processed peas, but I'm not really sure that the quality is that much higher. To be honest, these are of generally good quality. Occasionally, you might get a few which are a bit more mush than pea, but perhaps that's to your taste. Also, I've found that the salt and sugar isn't that evenly distributed - you get a mouthful of very salty peas, and then some very sweet ones. But I think this is just from settling in the can, and a swirl around seems to do the trick.
Overall, a good choice of mushy peas, but you might prefer the more expensive ones.