“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Beans „
I usually buy my kidney beans from Tesco just the run of the mill Tesco value ones so when I was making chorizo and vegetable chilli at my mum and dads house and found and found Sainsbury's basics kidney beans I only assumed that I would have a similar experience.
However I was rather disappointed when I opened the tin it was full to the brim with beans and preservative liquid but when I put them in a colander to drain and rinse them half of them just did not come out and secondly they were all mushy and a lot of them had burst showing their creamy coloured flesh. To make things worse when I added them to my chilli and put up the heat most of them turned to mush leaving to separate substances the fleshy part of the pulse and the skin separate. I didn't even stir it that much with the wooden spoon, since I noticed how fragile they seemed I was very gentle but no luck.
I can't say the taste was really all that different from the Tesco version thankfully though with both of the brands averaging at 27p per 400g tin I was expecting a higher quality especially since the Tesco value ones are relatively firm to the touch until they are heated and don't stick to the bottom of the tin as much like the Sainsbury's equivalent that I found I had to bang and shake to get them all out. I think this is because the Sainsbury's ones have already started to break up and the flesh of the kidney bean turns into a nasty sticky red paste at the bottom of the tin. I just think if Tesco can produce a nice clean firm kidney bean for the same price why cant Sainsbury's too especially as it tries to represent itself as a more upmarket company?
Either way I am not very impressed and will be advising my parents to shop at Tesco and Aldi to buy their discount products as they just seem to have better quality products and seem to just work out cheaper and better value for what you get.
Beans in any format are one of you five a day and by far one of the cheapest you can get and are very versatile in salad and stew recipes so if you had a bad experience with these please do not give up on them just try another brand and you won't regret it as one tin has enough for three or four portions for 7p per portion which is great value if you are on a budget, they keep you full for longer, are low in fat and are full of protein and valuable minerals that the body needs.
Quite often I will make myself up something from scratch like a veggie or meat chilli with some rice and the likes. I am not the worlds best cook by any means but I do enjoy chilli and its something I feel that I have managed to perfect somewhat over the past few years!
I buy any kidney beans I spot that are reasonable in price and the ones I used the other day was these Sainsburys basic's ones. I bought them of courses in Sainsburys and for a large 400g can of them they cost me only 21p so I bought a couple of them.
The can is very basic in its appearance having a white and orange label that goes around it and on the front of it we are told that it is indeed Sainsbury's Basics Red Kidney Beans In Water 'When split beans won't make a whole lot of difference' and there is an at a glance nutritional chat shown and we are clearly told that you can microwave these in 2 minutes then on the back of the can other information listed includes ingredients, nutritional information, heating advice, weight (as I have listed already) are given as well as contact details for Sainsbury's.
What you get in the can is lots of well formed, firm to the touch and slightly shiny in appearance kidney beans that are a dark burgundy colour and packed in murky and slightly gloopy looking water. You can heat these on the hob or in the microwave, for me I drain them (you don't have to rinse these if you don't want to but I always do!) and add them to my other ingredients and let them heat up that way over quite a period of time.
However I don't like these one bit at all. They are like bullets no matter how long I heat them for and really tough and slightly chewy and pretty flavourless. With better quality kidney beans I usually use they soak up juices and other flavours but these don't and just stay really tough!
I won't be buying these again for me they ruined my chilli and I ended up picking them out and so my other can of these went straight into the can unopened.
Not all kidney beans are the same!
Only available from Sainsbury's stores at 21p a can but don't be a cheapskate is my advice., you'll ruin your dish!
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Wherever possible I try to buy free range meat and eggs. Obviously it is more expensive so I am always looking at other ways to keep my shopping bill down. There are some things that I think that you can go for a lower priced product and get away with it. One of these is kidney beans.
I have tried many different types and used to shy away from the cheapest brand and go mid range but not anymore. Whenever I am in Sainsbury's I stock up on Sainsbury's Basics Kidney Beans in water.
As I only use kidney beans as part of a dish (in fact - only chilli-con-carne) I have found the Basics beans to be more than acceptable. I don't think that they taste of a much anyway, especially when combined with the chilli powder, and I use them more to bulk out the meal than for their flavour. If I was making something like a bean salad, then I may feel differently and try a more superior product.
Since I first wrote a review of this product the cost has gone from 16p for a 420g tin to 21p for 400g (now 88p per kg). The Red Kidney Beans in water by Sainsbury's has increased to 69p for 410g from 42p for 410g (now £2.88 per kg).
At such a good price I will continue to by the Sainsbury's Basic Kidney Beans and would recommend them to other people. I do tend to hide the tins at the back of my store cupboard as I find the Basics Range labels rather ugly - I am hoping that Sainsbury's will follow Tescos who have recently updated the packaging of their value range.
Four stars from me.
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I've always bought cheap tinned kidney beans when I make Chilli Con Carne as I have found that there is very little difference between cheap and more expensive brands. I opted for these when making my latest Chilli as I wanted to make it as cheap as possible. These cost me about 30p for a standard 400g tin.
As it is part of the Sainsburys Basics range, the tin's label is in the same white and orange colours as the rest of the range. The front just has the name of the product and the rear contains cooking product information.
These kidney beans come in water, which when you pour it out is a deep red colour and can be quite viscous. I always wash kidney beans with further water to ensure that they are clean and contain none of the red juice of the can. Despite being a own brand value tin, all the beans in the tin were whole and all of a good size, approximately 1-1.5cm in length. None were split at all, which was nice as this means the final product when I cook with them looks a lot nicer. I have used more expensive tins before and I have never noticed any difference in the quality.
As I only use these in Chilli Con Carne, I only get to taste them in this meal. I have always found them to be very nice, not too soggy and they always have a bit of a bite to them. Generally for a Chilli I would use:
A few mushrooms
Tin of chopped tomatoes
Tin of kidney beans
Chilli, Herbs & Spices
I find that alongside all these ingredients the beans work really well and despite there low cost, they provide nutrients and taste to a great dish. Per ½ can, they contain 112 calories, 1.2g of sugar, 0.7g of fat and trace salt. It is also good to see that despite this being an own brand product, the only addition to the tin apart from the beans is water.
Overall this is a great product from Sainsburys that I will be buying again for the foreseeable future as it is just as good as the more expensive options, but at a fraction of the price. I have used this product many times before and have never had a problem with it. I would highly recommend it if you are a fan of kidney beans or Chilli con Carne!
I am going to give this 5/5 as it is exceptional value for money.
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I never used to like kidney beans, I found they did not taste very nice in dishes or whenever I ate them. I then tried them late last year again at a dinner party at my friends house and she had used these beans in the dish and I found I amazingly loved them for some reason. I have found as I have become older my taste buds have changed dramatically and I am enjoying lots of foods I hated to eat many years ago.
These beans come in a tin, for a 420g can they cost only 19p from Sainsbury's basic range of cheaper foods. The can is very basic looking and in the usual colour of orange and white in this range. The tin can easily be opened using a can opener. The beans are a very dark burgundy colour and they are in water which is a dark burgundy colour too.
I rinse these beans before I cook them as I prefer to rinse them first and it only takes a minute or so. I usually only eat these when I cook them in a dish, it does state on the can that they must be rinsed too. They are easy to cook and all that is needed is to place them in a pan and cook them for 2 or 3 minutes or place them in a non metallic dish and cook them in the microwave for a couple of minutes and they are ready to eat.
The beans are a good size of around half an inch or so, they are kidney shaped and look appetising. They do not taste bland or disgusting for the cheap price, they actually taste very nice and they do not leave an after taste like some other brands I have bought in the past. They are very filling and very easy to chew and swallow because they have a nice soft texture.
I like to cook them in my chilli con carne dishes and curries, I find they are just perfect for these dishes and give a nice flavour to the dish. They do give a nice flavour and 1 can is well enough for one dish. I first thought 1 can would be far too many for the dishes but I was pleasantly surprised how wrong I had been.
The inside of the bean is a beige colour, I thought they would be the same colour inside because the first time I ate them at the dinner party I just place them gingerly on my folk and placed them into my mouth because I didn't want to appear ungrateful to my friend who had cook the meal, but when I decided to then buy them myself I wanted to inspect them lol, so I cut one in half and checked the inside.
Per half a can they contain 112 calories, 0.7f of fat, 1.2g of sugars and a trace of salt.
They are very filling and ideal for dishes that require kidney beans as an ingredient. They are very good value for money and excellent quality for the cheap price, I just think they are so affordable to enhance dishes and are ideal for all the family.
My grandson loves these and he can easily chew and swallow them too and they are nice and healthy for him to eat and to help him in later life to eat this kind of food because a lot of children do not like kidney beans but I just think placed in a dish they may eat them a little bit more than if they were eaten on the side of a main meal.
They can however be eaten in the same way as tinned peas but I just think they are much better used in dishes that require kidney beans in my opinion.
I cannot highly recommend these enough for anyone to give them a try to see if you like them and can save a little bit more money buying a cheaper brand and I will continue to buy these in the future as I really do find them very enjoyable to eat.
I give them 5 stars.
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Nowadays, I don't see the point in paying inflated prices for basic cooking ingredients. Why should you pay a King's ransom for a perfectly shaped kidney bean where a slightly mis-shaped or broken one will do the job just as well and taste just the same?
These Sainsbury's Basics Red Kidney Beans are an absolute bargain at just 19p for a 420g tin. Sainsbury's also do a 'superior' tin of similar beans priced at 70p for a 410g tin. I used to buy the more expensive ones because I thought they would taste better. Having now tried the Basics ones, guess what, they taste exactly the same!
Typically for supermarket budget branding, the packaging is nowhere near as stylish as the dearer alternative and you will always find that they will try to hide them away on the bottom shelf. The bland white style with orange trim i'm sure is there to deter you, not to encourage you. Don't be put off by this or feel embarrassed for buying from the budget line. Reach down, get your tin, put it in your trolley and feel proud that you're not being ripped off.
Unfortunately there is no ring-pull on the tin to open it. So you will have to dig out your old tin opener to get at the beans.
There is no holding back on the quantity. This tin is actually 10g heavier than the premium brand. It is crammed full of beans. Some of the juices do tend to coagulate at the bottom of the tin meaning some beans always need scraping out. This is not a problem, just a minor inconvenience. The beans come in water, which i assume is there to preserve them and keep them fresh looking. The water does get discoloured, but it can be used to add flavour to your dish if you need water, rather than tipping it down the sink.
I use them quite a lot in my home cooking. I add them to my chillis, curries and salads and they taste just like a kidney bean should. Inside the tin you may find that some of the beans (although not many i might add!) are broken, split or mushy. But unless your presentation is absolutely essential then this minor shortcoming should be overlooked. They have a proper nice dark red colour and they are just firm enough; not too squishy and not too hard. Their size is as you would expect of a kidney bean and they have their distinctive kidney shape. At the end of the day it's the taste that counts and i don't have any complaints with that. These Basics beans will do just fine.
Nutritionally they are very good for you and are an excellent source of fibre and protein. Each 420g tin contains:
* Energy: 946kJ / 224kcal
* Protein: 16.6g
* Sugars: 2.4g
* Fat: 1.4g
* Saturates: 0.2g
* Fibre: 14.8g
* Salt: trace
* Sodium: trace
The only ingredients are beans and water so they will be suitable for just about everyone.
Overall, these beans taste great, they look fine and they are very cheap. If you need a tin of kidney beans then you won't go wrong with these.
I am always on the look out for ways to save money, and have recently been trying a lot of the sainsburys basics range, which I have now trained my eyes to look for. (They are almost always on the bottom shelves).
I found these in the tinned goods aisle. There are these which cost 19p for a 420g tin and then the next brand up which is a slightly more attractively packaged but still sainsburys own tin and that costs 70p for 410g. I can't see any difference in these two tins apart from the packaging, so if that's what I'm paying extra for, I'm happy to go with the cheaper option.
I have no idea what makes kidney beans good or bad, I only use them for chillies, but when I opened this tin it was full of fairly large red kidney beans in water. It says to rinse and then cook, which is what I did, then added them to the chilli. I had a good look at them before stirring them in and they all looked in good order, there were no broken or mushy ones.
I didn't taste these on their own as I'm not a massive fan of plain kidney beans, and I don't think many people eat them on their own, but once they were warmed up in the chilli I ate them and they seemed perfect. Not hard but not too soft, a powdery texture which I expect with them, and they took on the flavour of the chilli really well.
I think for 19p these are a great bargain, I can't imagine there can be much difference between brands with a kidney bean. So I would definitely recommend these.
Sainsbury's Basics Tinned Red Kidney Beans
Description: Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Type: Kidney Beans
Anyone who has read some of my earlier reviews (thanks so much, I really appreciate all the reads, rates and comments!) will know by now that I am a big fan of the supermarket ranges which save me money by spending less on posh packaging.
There was a time when I would walk past the "cheap looking" brands, assuming that the ones with fancy packaging would be better. Since then, I have been pleasantly surprised by how good some of the items in these ranges actually are. The packaging only gets thrown in the bin, so does it really make sense to spend extra money on it?
Of course, there have been things that I have tried which have been disappointing, but there have also been some really great buys, and in my opinion, these kidney beans are on that list.
A 240g tin of these red kidney beans will cost you just £0.18 which is significantly cheaper than some of the competing brands. As with all items in the range, the packaging is plain white with orange writing.
The tin does not have a pull off lid so you will need a tin opener to open it up. Once you have done this, the red kidney beans can be heated on the hob, in the microwave or simply added to casseroles etc as desired.
I use these red kidney beans to add to chilli con carne or to make a mixed bean salad. The beans are firm and yet soft enough to bite into and each one is plump and moist. Red kidney beans are a little bland but excellent for absorbing flavours so they make a great addition to loads of recipes. They are also a healthy option and count as one portion of your recommended five a day.
If you are a fan of red kidney beans then these are certainly worth buying. I couldn't taste any difference between these and the more expensive brands and given the price difference, I know which ones I will be buying next time!
Sainsbury Red Kidney Beans (Sainsbury's Basics Range).
The Tin **********
These Red Kidney Beans comes in a plain version tin white with the Sainsbury's Basics Redy Orange band and are part of the Sainsbury's Basics Range. The Tin has to be openned with a can openner, i use an electric one to save time, and hard work. Red Kidney Beans in water written on the fron of the tin in red. Containing Red Kisney Beans, and the whole can is packed full of these.
The Cost **********
Currently on sale at Sainsbury's as part of their basics range for a mere 19p.
My Opinion **********
I usually use Red Kidney Beans for a whole range of cooking, once openned i usually wash them very thoroughly before cooking, i can cook these in a saucepan with two hundred mls of cold water over a moderate heat for a few minutes, or i can microwave them for a few minutes, covering the bowl with cling film to avoid the splashes which i do (keeps the mircrowave cleaner too) and i add to the beans a few spoonfulls of water having first rinsed them.
The Red Kidney Beans i buy the basics range are in no way bad, i actually use them in a lot of recipes, and my favourite dish i use these Red Kidney Beans for are Bean Curry, i use these beans alongside a few spices, which i happen to always have available in the house, i cook the beans for a lot longer in a slow cooker, adding chopped giner and garlic, onions two large tomatoes, tumeric powder, bay leaves, cumin seeds, crushed, water and salt, and add this to my pressure cooker, for speedy cooking and it makes a lovely curry, that i then add to rice, decorating with coriander leaves.
I think that the quality of these basics Red Kidney Beans are good value for money and they are not defected because they are cheaper and as they are in water i just rinse these well. I love any type of beans, and these are particularloy good to add to Chillie con carna which i add to miced beef, and rice to make a really lovely meal on a cold night or with friends over. I have stocked up on these beans and the tin contains 240 grams and is very full of these beans.
I like the taste of the beans adds a little to any curry, the taste of these red kidney beans are quite good, the colour although not the brightess of colours of beans, are not too bad either. You can recycle the tin which is good.
You may get the occassional split bean in the tin, but they wont make a heap of difference when adding these to your favourite meals.
15.0g Carbohdrates, Fat 0.6gs, Salt, just a trace i always add a little salt to my recipes when im cooking and tasting whilst it is cooking anyways. Fibre 6.2gs. Energy 93 Kcals.
Well my overall opinion of these beans is great value for money with the exception of a few split beans which i am not bothered about anyways, i shall be using them in all my recipes that contains red kidney beans as i feel that they are great value for money and this day and age any thing that you can use as versatile as these beans are and have a ready made meal in a few minutes is good for the belly and the pocket. I have a supply of these beans in my larder, and i like to use them on a regular basis plus i love curried beans anyways which you can also make with these beans too.
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