“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Sweetcorn „
I love sweetcorn and very often buy tins/cans of it. I like to serve it as a side dish and put it into dishes such as chicken and sweetcorn and tuna and sweetcorn pasta and the likes and I really do get through the stuff so it is something that if I'm in a supermarket I tend to buy along with tinned tomatoes whenever I have the opportunity to!
This came in a can that held 198g of the sweetcorn and the labeling around the can tells me what it is and who it is by and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown then on the back of the can other information listed includes the ingredients being given, there is a full nutritional chart shown, we are told how to heat it through, the size is stated and contact details for Sainsbury's are clearly listed. There is no ring-pull to the this can but I have an electric tin opener so that 'an issue for me anyway.
The Sweetcorn Itself:
What you get is lots of light yellow sweetcorn kernels and they are in a murky looking water which contains sugar and salt. To heat it all up you can either gently heat the sweetcorn in the water it comes in and in a saucepan on the hob, in the microwave or add this to dishes (my preferred option with this sweetcorn).
This sweetcorn is tasty enough, not too sweet, not too salty however with this compared to more higher priced brands is a little harder in its texture no matter how well I heat it through. Yes it tastes of sweetcorn and there are no 'bad' bits in it though there are a few little coarse bits within it however at only 22p a can for quite a lot of the sweetcorn I think it is pretty good value and I prefer to use it within dishes opposed to eating it plain. You can also use this straight from the can however this is something I don't do as I don't fancy it that way to be honest as I'm not a fan of it cold at the best of times!
This only contains 80 calories and 0.2g of Saturated fat, so healthy it is. Do I recommend it? Yup for adding along with other ingredients to make a dish!
Only available from Sainsbury's stores as it is a Sainsbury's own branded product!
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I have bought this Sweetcorn quite a few times and found it to be really cheap to buy. I love Sweetcorn but only like the canned variety for some odd reason. I don't like the taste of corn on the cob and I don't really know why because it is still Sweetcorn.
This Sweetcorn comes inside a can and it has a ring pull lid and so no can opener is required to open this one. The label is in the usual colours of the Basics range from Sainsbury's and nothing special in the design etc.
The Sweetcorn is a nice yellow colour and they are roughly the size of a prossessed pea, they are also different sizes but mostly small sizes. They are not quite as large as some other canned Sweetcorn but the size isn't an issue for me.
They are in water which has added sugar and salt. They are easy to heat up in a saucepan on the hob for a couple of minutes or in the microwave in a non-metallic dish for the same amount of minutes, covering the dish with some cling film etc.
Once cooked they taste really nice, they are sweet tasting and the same sweetness as any other Sweetcorn in my opinion. They don't taste at all bland or disgusting, they have a nice pleasant taste.
They are soft and easy to chew and swallow, my little grandchildren can easily swallow and chew these with no problems at all. When I first bought them some time ago, I thought they may be quite a hard texture being so cheap to buy and being a shops own brand but I was wrong, they are just the correct texture for my liking and not at all mushy like you would expect.
I have used the Sweetcorn mixed with pasta and mayonnaise to make a BBQ dish for my guests, none of my guests have ever complained that these are a cheaper brand and no guests or family have not eaten them, so all good in my opinion.
They are cheap enough to buy for any budget but especially if you are struggling with money, they are so affordable and only cost 20p for a 198g can. The can is a little smaller than some other shops but an adequate size.
I like to eat this sweetcorn when I am having a lazy day or not feeling very well and still want to eat one of my 5 a day and stay healthy. I have used them for casserole dishes and curry dishes and for any dish I like to add a few vegetables. These work well for these dishes in my opinion.
Half a can contains 85 calories, 3.9g total sugars and 0.9g of fat, I think the calorie content is a really good one if you are on a diet or healthy eating plan.
I also love to eat it mixed with mayonnaise and over the top of a jacket potato, the mayo and the sweetcorn work well mixed together and taste delicious eaten with the potato. Very filling too for lunch or a main meal.
I think the quality of this sweetcorn is excellent and super value for the price, I just don't think you can go wrong with the price in my opinion and for only 20p, I think it is a give away price and well worth every single penny spent. I don't think you would be disappointed in the taste at all. If you are also looking to dropping a brand, I think this one is a good one to try and see if it is to your taste. It certainly is more than suitable for my taste buds and I can be a picky eater at times and I love the taste.
Because the can is quite small, it sits well in any food cupboard and always available for lazy days or days when you cannot be bothered to cook etc. I think the size of the can is ideal for anyone living alone or a pensioner because once the can is opened and you want to save some for the next day or couple of days, the remaining sweetcorn can be placed into a dish, covered with cling film and kept in the fridge for up to 2 days.
The can is also recyclable too.
I give this one 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
So far I have been very pleased with what I've tried from the Sainsburys basics range, so I didn't think twice about putting a tin of basics sweetcorn in my trolley. The product comes in an orange and white tin with the Sainsburys basics logo on. Like all Sainsbury's basics products, it doesn't come in the most attractive packaging, however this probably partially explains why the range is so cheap. The sweetcorn costs just 26p for a tin of 198g, which I find is around 2 servings.
On opening the tin, the sweetcorn looks just like any other sweetcorn, maybe a wee bit smaller but a healthy, non- artificial looking yellow colour all the same. The tin informs informs you of cooking times for both on the hob and in the microwave. I found that after after cooking it for the required time in the microwave the sweetcorn was well heated up.
On trying the sweetcorn I was rather disappointed. Obviously I wasn't expecting it to be as good as more expensive products but it really didn't taste anywhere near as good as the sweetcorn I've had before. I couldn't even finish the sweetcorn on my plate due to its bad taste, and I threw what was left in the can away.
On the plus side, this sweetcorn seems to be very healthy. The ingredients are simply sweetcorn, water, sugar and salt and half a tin contains only 0.9g of fat.
However, overall, I really wouldn't recommend this sweetcorn- it just doesn't taste nice. Even on my budget I'm going back to Green giant.
Review of Sainsbury's Basics Sweetcorn.
This review covers canned sweetcorn from the Sainsbury's economy budget range, known as Basics. Along with many other supermarkets budget lines, Sainsbury's Basics is a range of lower priced, simply packaged basic items. As I am restricted to a tight budget nowadays, I have been buying more and more products from supermarket own ranges. I have found customer reviews on these budget products very useful in selecting which are worth a try and which are not.
Sainsbury's Basics Sweetcorn is most definitely worth trying!
**The Product and Packaging**
What is it? Self explanatory really, a can containing a net weight of 198g of sweetcorn kernels. The sweetcorn is presented in a plainly labelled, recyclable tin can. The label is basically white, with the Sainsbury's Basics logo in orange, a line drawn picture of a spoon containing sweetcorn kernels and the nutrition wheel in green. Nutritional, cooking and Sainsbury's company information is also detailed on the label.
The can is the ring pull type, so no tin opener will be required!
**Appearance, Taste,Texture, Cooking Instructions and Usage**
On opening the can, the yellow sweetcorn kernels look to be well packed, however they are a little smaller than those in the branded version that I used to buy. The corn is a good yellow colour, not artificial looking and the water that the corn floats in is a cloudy white.
The sweetcorn has a distinctly fresh taste in my opinion, very light and flavoursome. The texture is firm and reasonably crisp. We tend to eat our sweetcorn as a hot vegetable or mixed into a dish such as a casserole or pasta sauce. I feel that served cold, this Basics sweetcorn would be fine although perhaps not quite as crisp as the more well known brands.
The cooking advice on the can's label instructs users to heat the sweetcorn gently in a saucepan on the hob for 3 minutes or to heat in a covered bowl in a microwave for 1- 2 minutes.
Sweetcorn is a very versatile ingredient and one that I like to keep cans of on hand for adding to casseroles, pasta sauces, stir fries and as an addition to many dishes. I have to say that sweetcorn is the one vegetable that I actually prefer in the tinned form as opposed to fresh or frozen.
My grandchildren are particularly fond of sweetcorn and although I do not cater for children on a regular basis, I would think it is a useful way of getting youngsters to eat their vegetables as sweetcorn is easy to digest and the colour is attractive to children. In fact, Sweetcorn is one of the vegetables promoted in the governments 5-a-day initiative to promote healthier diets.
**Ingredients, Price and Nutrition**
No long list of ingredients for this product, simply sweetcorn,water, sugar and salt. No artificial flavours, colours or other nasties!
The cost is a very reasonable 21p per can and a can of this stuff goes a long way, I can usually serve the two of us with half a can when used as a vegetable.
Sweetcorn is rich in Carbohydrates and natural Sugars and contains vitamins A, B3 and C. It also contains Folic Acid, Fibre and Protein.
Sainsbury's Basics Sweetcorn contains 85 calories per 1/2 of a can and is suitable for vegetarians, there are no allergy warnings included on the product label.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
A real bargain buy. Sainsbury's Basics Sweetcorn is a value for money, good quality product. I have been pleased with almost all the Basics range that I have tried, but this sweetcorn is the best so far. We have been buying it for several weeks now and have found the sweetcorn to be consistently good.
So, I'm very sorry Jolly Green Giant, you can keep your sweetcorn, I'm sticking with Sainsbury's Basics!
I would highly recommend this to other consumers.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 March 2011
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