Product Type: Sainsbury's Spices & Seasoning
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Sainsbury's Country Vegetable Selection
Member Name: brittle1906
Sainsbury's Country Vegetable Selection
Advantages: Cheap and easy to add to your cooking
Disadvantages: Fairly long cooking time
Review of Sainsburys Country Vegetable Selection
As a vegetarian and being on a very tight budget, I am always looking for new ideas for meals. I spotted this product, Country Vegetable Mixture in my local Sainsbury's supermarket. At just 80p for a 500g bag it seemed worth a try. I enjoy lentils, pearl barley and beans in my cooking and as the product contained all these, I decided to buy a bag.
~~The Product, Packaging, Contents, Appearance and Usage~~
The product is a wholesome mixture of Yellow Split Peas, Green Split Peas, Marrowfat Peas, Pearl Barley, Barley Flakes, Red Split Lentils, Aduki Beans, dried green beans, onion, carrot . The mixture is presented in a plastic bag which bears all the nutritional values, the Sainsbury's logo and the product name.
The Country Vegetable mixture looks colourful and tasty with the reds of the Aduki beans and lentils and the varying green and yellow shades of the vegetables.
This lentil and pulse mixture is perfect for adding texture, fibre and flavour to a variety of dishes, as a vegetarian, I find it makes an excellent base for my stews and casseroles. It works equally well with meat based meals and would be ideal added to a rich beef casserole.
The cooking instructions on the packaging advise the product be cooked in a saucepan on the hob, cover the mixture with water, bring to boil and boil rapidly for 10 minutes then cover and simmer for 30 - 40 minutes until the pulses are tender. Alternatively they can be oven cooked for 1½ hours.
When the mixture has been cooked and cooled, it freezes very successfully. The dried mixture swells considerably during cooking so it is vital to watch the liquid levels as the barley and dried peas absorb the stock or gravy in your recipe.
Sainsbury's warn that the product must be stored in a cool dry place away from strong light and odours, and that the product must not be eaten uncooked. This is because the skins on dried beans can contain a toxin which could give you very uncomfortable gastric upset or worse if eaten. It is rendered harmless once cooked however.
The product contains barley gluten for those who are sensitive to gluten. Nut free.
Packed in the UK for Sainsbury's supermarkets.
Trace of Salt, saturates and sodium.
Cost is a very reasonable 80p for 500g/£1.60 per kilo
Pearl barley, lentils and similar foods staples have recently undergone a revival in British cooking. A cheap addition to bulk out a variety of dishes, this product is certainly well worth experimenting with. A little goes a long way when mixed with other ingredients and both the taste and texture are very good for adding variety to dishes. My family enjoy it and as a base for vegetarian recipes Sainsbury's Country mixture has earned a prominent place in my store cupboard!
Thank you for reading.
© Brittle1906 February 2012
N.B. This review has been published elsewhere under the same user name.
Summary: An excellent way to add fibre and texture to family meals.
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