“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Beans „
To be honest I can't remember buying the tin of butter beans I found lurking in the back of the cupboard earlier this week but it must have been there a while. But we had nothing for tea, it was too yuck a night to go out and desperately trying to work down the food cupboard til payday. Times are hard! So spotted the tin of Sainsburys butter beans and decided to use them. As I said, it must have been there a bit but the bbd was stated as Nov 2012 so no problems there. My mam used to use them occasionally but I hadn't had them since being a child but always remember them being pretty nice. Had a quick look at the label and was quite impressed by the healthiness of them. This tin contains 410 gram, 235 gram once you've drained the water away, and half a tin will give you 110 calories and 0.6 gram fat. An 80 gram serving will also give you 1 of your 5 a day and is a great source of fibre. So all round they are good stuff! Cooking wise, they are pretty versatile and the great thing about them is that they are really quick to prepare. You can heat them up on the hob for 4-5 minutes but don't boil as you'll impare the flavour or they are really easy to microwave. For our tea last week, I decided to chop an onion, some garlic and throw the beans in with a tin of chopped tomatoes to make a stew kind of concoction. About 20 minutes of bubbling away with some added seasoning and herbs, we had quite a tasty meal. The beans themselves are firm but nice, soft and 'buttery' inside and combined with the other ingredients very tasty. Along with some rice I can say that we were certainly full and pretty satisfied. Butter beans themselves may not be the most exciting things on their own I have to admit, but added to other bits they certainly make a filling tea and if you want something quick and filling you won't go far wrong, plus the fact that they are good for you too. Sainsbury's suggest trying them mashed up with some potatoes, olive oil and fresh parsley and also say they are good with fish. All in all, to me they are a good cupboard standby, good for you, quick to cook, filling and I will buy them again.
When it comes to beans and pulses and things like that, of late I have really tried to up my intake of such produce. I bought a load of cans of things to try when last in Sainsbury's simply because I keep running out of fresh fruit and vegetables and thought they would be great for 'emergencies'. I haven't had butter beans in years and really wanted them with some pie and mash type of thing, it was just something I really fancied one cold and wet night so I grabbed myself a 215g can (also available in a large 410g can priced at 48p). The Packaging: No matter the size of the can the labelling is of course they are the same. On the front of the can there is a photograph of the butter beans and then in white and jade green writing I'm told they are Sainsbury's Butter Beans, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there, I'm told that an 80g serving counts as '1 a day' and that they are a good source of fibre. On the back of the can a full nutritional rundown is listed as are the ingredients, allergy advice is given (contains Sulphites), I'm told they are suitable for Vegetarians & Vegans, heating instructions are given (3-4 minutes in a saucepan on the hob or 1 1/2 - 2 minutes in the microwave) and finally contact details for Sainsbury's are listed. The Beans: Well I opened up my can and was greeted by lots of firm, light green longish, thickish butter beans and I cooked them as directed in a saucepan in the water provided and when cooked I drained them well. My only small complaint about these is that they are unseasoned and I didn't realise that and not being familiar with canned vegetables simply assumed they would be so if you do buy and use them bear that in mind but I'm sure you probably are sensible and would realise this lol. However the beans were great! Firm on the outside, moist and soft on the inside and no stringy bits, these just tasted really nice and fresh. Easy to heat and serve and that's it really. They are simply a good quality bean that taste nice and fresh! Nutritional Information Per 215g Can: Calories: 117 Fat: 0.06g Saturated Fat: 0.3g Salt: Trace Total Sugars: 0.9g Only available in Sainsburys and my 215g can cost me 34p.