“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Onion „
I've been having a bit of a clearout of my freezer and came across a packet of Sainsbury's Battered Onion Rings. I was a little surprised as we don't shop at Sainsbury's but my mum must have picked these up on the way home from work. I decided they would go nicely with the piece of fish and veg that I was having for my dinner.
The onion rings come in a green plastic bag containing 750g of product. This is priced at £1.29. Half of the front is taken up by a large picture of a load of onion rings on a plate. There is also a summary of the nutritional value of the product on the front. This is coloured in the traffic light system that has been introduced by the food standards agency and has been widely adopted by manufacturers. The colours are a mixture of red and green so it doesn't appear to be a healthy product overall. The front also states that the product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. I am told that the product is made with chopped onions (I thought that would stating the obvious!).
The onion rings can be cooked in various ways - oven baked, grilled or deep-fried. The healthier way would be to grill or bake, although taking a further look at the packet I realised that they had already been lightly fried before being frozen! I decided to bake as I was already putting a piece of fish into the oven, so these could just go alongside. They take 18 minutes to cook from frozen and the instructions state that these should be turned over halfway through the cooking time.
On the back of the packet, alongside the cooking instructions there are some serving suggestions. One of these is a recipe for battered onion quiche. This actually doesn't sound too appetising - I think I'll stick to eating them with my fish!
After the required 18 minutes they had turned a nice golden colour and the sweet smell of onions was wafting from my oven. Biting into these I got a satisfying crunch of the batter, but that was it! I could barely taste the onion! I cut into it and took it apart and there was the tiniest amount of onion and masses of batter. Thinking I'd got a dodgy one I proceeded to the next one. This one and all the others were the same - they've been generous with the batter but fairly stingy with the onion. Ordinarily I love onion rings and usually buy a different brand, so I was fairly disappointed! I also usually buy the breaded ones and have to say I prefer those to the battered ones. The battered ones did have a nice crunch though.
Nutritional Information: I was pleasantly surprised when scanning the list of ingredients that there were no artificial nasties there and no hydrogenated fat. I was quite surprised that they claimed that there was 56% onion in there! Being a battered product that has already been lightly fried they are not going to be the healthiest of options. A 100g serving will set you back 236 calories, 11.9g of fat of which 1g is saturated and 3.9g protein.
Overall they were pleasant enough but not oniony enough for me. I think my mum would like them though- she's always moaning at me for eating onion rings as she says I reek of onions afterwards! I don't think I'll be buying these again and will stick with the ones I normally get.
Now let me start this review by saying that the picture of this product is now slightly different as the onion rings come in a dark green packet which is a lot less garish than the one pictured above. The one pictured above really looks like something I would expect to be sold in Asda.
These onion rings were purchased at Christmas time as part of a Christmas Day night "party food" tea which never happened as I had a chest infection and no-one felt much like eating when they had to cook it themselves. I was very glad they didn't make all the food as it meant we have had a few nice party food teas recently while using up everything in the freezer ready for defrosting.
This packet of onion rings contains 750g in weight and is available from Sainsburys stores or www.sainsburys.co.uk for £1.29 which is quite reasonable compared to some of the other onion rings offered and represents fairly good value for money (based on the price per 100g) compared to the other onion rings offered in the freezer at my local store.
Ingredients: Onion (62%); Wheat Flour; Rapeseed Oil; Batter; Gelling Agent: Sodium Alginate;;Batter contains: Wheat Flour, Raising Agent: Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate; Maize Flour, Dextrose.
Per 50g of onion rings there are 119 calories, 2.4g protein, 15.2g carbohydrate (of which 2g sugars), 13.2g starch, 5.5g fat (of which 0.4g saturates), 2.5g fibre & 0.3g of salt so in moderation these can be enjoyed but moderation is hard sometimes. Particularly if they are just laid out for you to pick from, as they have been in our house, and I am sure I have eaten more than the recommend 50g serving but oh well, it was Christmas/New Year and I was a very good girl for the most part due to being unwell.
The onion rings are made with chopped onion which is shaped and then coated in batter and when you open the bag up they have an almost anaemic quality to them and don't look like they are going to be particularly appetising, however, once baked in a hot oven (210c for me) for around 25 minutes they take on a lovely brown colour and look much more delicious. The batter is lovely and crisp and crunchy and works very well considering it is made in the oven and not in a pan full of hot oil. The onion is shaped well and the whole onion ring has a lovely quality to it.
These were a hit with the whole family and my fiance described these as being "as good as chip shop onion rings" which prompted my apparently ridiculous question of "do they sell onion rings in chip shops". Well, apparently they do, all good ones anyway!
I would definitely recommend these as there are lots of onion rings in the bag and we had them over a couple of different nights. The onion rings turned a wonderful brown colour in the oven and everything about them was delicious. They were very yummy with a good chilli dip as we had them on one occasion and I was very impressed with the quality of them even though when I initially poured them on to a baking tray I was not happy with the colour of them and I was worried they would be awful. I will be buying these again, particularly as my partner is a huge fan of onion rings in general and it's cheaper than buying them from the chip shop (not that I would ever have known to would I!).
These contain wheat & gluten so should be avoided if you have an intolerance to either of these.