“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Tomato „
Tinned Tomatoes are a must in my home as they are so versatile they can be used in lots of cooking or on their own, I have tried a few other stores lower brands of Tomatoes and although I do prefer the branded ones, I thought I would try these ones from Sainsbury's lower and cheaper branded basics range and for only 31p for a 400g can, it was not much money to waste if I and my family did not like them.
The can comes in the usual colours of Orange and White and the paper surrounding it is just plain with the name on the front, the can has to be opened by a can opener and when I opened the can I found the sauce to be a very good thickness and consistency, I did not think it was at all watery as I first thought it may be, and there are around 5 or 6 nice sized Tomatoes, they texture of them is nice and soft and easy to either cut or chop.
Some of the Tomatoes have a little skin on them at the end, but the main part of them has none at all on them, they taste nice and sweet and a good quality for the price and I think they are excellent value for money.
I tried them on toast and at the time I bought 3 cans as I was making a curry and thought I would try them for the extra flavour and the curry tasted fine and delicious, I also used them for a spaghetti bolognaise and I just chopped them before putting them with the mince meat and the dish was nice and tasty too.
We also had some with a cooked breakfast last weekend and they went well with the bacon etc and they have a nice red colour to them and not pale in colour as I thought they would be, they do not taste at all bland either, the taste is a very good one and very enjoyable to eat.
They are just that little bit softer than a branded one and almost just as good a taste too, and although I said earlier in this review I do prefer a branded one, this one comes a second best for my liking and I will be buying them again for my meal dishes I make as I think the taste is fine for that reason and simply on their own too for the cheap price, why pay more for dishes.
I recommend these for anyone to try especially if on a low budget and they can save lots of money and very good value.
I rate them a 5 star.
I love cooking with tomatoes, in all shapes and forms. My preferred quick and easy meals midweek tend to be spaghetti bolognese or chilli, made with beef or Quorn mince. I use two 400g tins of tomatoes in each recipe. I've been told on occasion that my cooking is 'too tomatoey' (is tomatoey a real word?!). This is not possible, I cook to my own taste and nothing can be 'too tomatoey'!!
As I use so many, I would generally buy packs of four, the type packaged in cardboard. Napolina peeled plum tomatoes currently retail at £3.89.
In an effort to reduce my grocery bill and having tried other products in the Sainsbury's Basics range I decided it was time to try the tomatoes!
The Basics brand offers 400g chopped tomatoes for 35p or 400g peeled plum tomatoes for 31p. I have tried both but now stick to the plum tomatoes as its an extra 4p in my pocket and my chopping arm is more than capable! I also enjoy larger chunks of tomatoes in my food, mmmmm!
Half a can of the red tempters contains 42kcal, 2.0g protein, 1.6g fibre, fat trace, salt trace, carbohydrate 8.0g of which are sugars 7.6g.
The health benefits of eating red fruit/vegetables has been well documented.
Tomatoes in particular contain the antioxidant lycopene. This has been linked to lowering the risk of contracting certain types of cancer and lowering the risk of heart disease.
Cooking tomatoes weakens their cell walls and allows our bodies to absorb lycopene more easily.
Hurray we all cry! Or do we? Don't be too hasty, unfortunately canned products often contain added salt and sugar. As I mentioned earlier whilst containing only a trace of salt, Basics tomatoes contain 7.6g carbohydrate (sugars) per half can. The recommended GDA for women is 8.4%, ouch! I could easily consume more than half a can with bacon and eggs :-(
Each can generally contains 5 average size tomatoes. The juice is quite thick. The quality seems to have improved of late. The juice is much thicker and I haven't found a discoloured tomato for months! They taste great, just as good as their higher priced counterparts.
Another bonus is the recent addition of a ring pull, no faffing around with a tin opener.
I recommend that you look out for the white and orange can when considering your tomato next purchase, you may even want to reach down to the bottom shelf to grab a couple. 31 pence well spent!
Sainsbury's have a huge range of own branded products. The cheapest ones you can purchase are called the Sainsbury's basic range. They are a huge variety of products available in the basic ranges, one of these being there peeled tomatoes.
There tinned peeled tomatoes are priced at only 31 pence for 400 grams. This is excellent value being under half the price of the leading brands of chopped toms.
The tomatoes themselves are of a good quality and are great to have with a cooked breakfast or use to put in macaroni cheese. The peeled tomatoes are in a tomatoes juice which when drained slightly only leaves the can three quarters full of tomatoes. They have a lovely taste and are just as good as the leading brand. If anything you'd think that they just put different labels on the cans but the contents come from the same place.
This is a great way to have one of your 5 a day and doesn't break your bank.
Each can contains a total of 84 calories and 0.4 grams of fat.
The packaging is very plain and simple but to the point. It's just like all the other Sainsbury's basic range, plain white with details of the products and Sainsbury's basic's printed on in orange.
Overall another success from the basic's range from Sainsbury's.
The one thing I use a lot of in my cooking at the moment is tomatoes. My mate being a Vegetarian loves tomato based dishes such as a spag bol and a chilli for dinner rather often!
However we spend an awful lot on shopping at the moment while I stay with her so the other day whilst in Sainsbury's and remembering we needed to get a few tins of tomatoes and because I needed rather a few cans I decided to go for what I think of as cheapy one's. I had a choice of chopped tomatoes or these peeled one's from the 'Basic's' range so I got a few tins of each to try out.
400g can with a white and orange label around it and on the front of it I am told that they are Sainsbury's 'Basics' Peeled Tomatoes 'Same peel. Still appealing' and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there, a scribble in an orange colour of a couple of tomatoes and I'm told that they are Vegetarian. On the back of the can other information listed includes ingredients and storage advice being given, a full nutritional chart is shown and contact details for Sainsbury's are of course listed too seeing this is a Sainsbury's own product of course!
Well open them up (you need a can opener to do so as there isn't a ring pull on this can) and you are met with lots of runny, red tomato juice and a slight aroma of tomatoes. Tip them out into a container, saucepan, whatever and you get a few peeled, whole tomatoes and a whole lot of thin juice.
You can of course use them any way you desire. I have heated them through in a saucepan to add to a fry up, and added them to dishes etc of course.
These though I don't like and I have read many reviews on economy, tinned tomatoes in the past and recently and people tend to rate them highly. I however.... do not and let me explain why lol!
Yes they look like peeled whole tomatoes to be fair to them. Yes they are fleshy and large enough however for me on the taste front they really, really and severely lack flavour. The juice in the can is simply too watery, not seasoned and just doesn't contain body and for me I really don't like that about these at all. The tomatoes again really lack a strong tomato taste and taste as cheap as they appear.
I thought, well maybe they are better within cooking with other ingredients but for me that isn't the case either. They really do taste watery and struggle to take on other flavours in a dish. They melt to almost nothing and basically I find them flavourless slush and that goes for many cheaper versions of tinned tomatoes on the whole.
I won't be buying these again for the reasons I have listed in this review and have learnt my lesson from being tight and trying to save money!
Nutritional information Per Half A Can:
Saturated Fat: Trace
Total Sugars: 7.6g
Only available in Sainsbury's stores costing 31p a can.