“ Type: Beans „
PRICE: (@ 3.10.08) = £1.29 per 200g pack
- Currently on a "buy 2 for £2.00" offer
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 100g):
Sainsbury's Fine Beans (Trimmed) can be found in the greengrocery department, and are usually placed next to or near the bags of pre-packed salads and ready-prepared fresh vegetables.
The beans come in a very shallow, semi-opaque white-ish plastic tray and are covered with a tightly fitting, crinkle-free sheet of cling film which is secured underneath the plastic tray. On the front of the pack, stuck to the cling film, is a small label. The top part of the label is blue, bearing the Sainsbury's standard logo and the item description in white letters. Underneath, there is a small grey strip upon which are the recommended cooking instructions, and the bottom of the label is white, containing the nutritional information.
The beans are partially prepared for use. The heads and stalks have been snipped off, so upon using, the only thing you need to do is give them a rinse and pat dry with clean kitchen towel. If you want them in smaller pieces, you cut them to your preferred size with sharp scissors or a kitchen knife (I find using scissors does the job more efficiently).
Only a very short time is needed to cook these beans, plus they are delicious raw. I find they steam better than they boil - they have a lovely tender, slightly crispy texture, and a delicate flavour that blends with all sorts of other foods. I would guess that half a packet is easily ample for a single serving, and no doubt these beans are a good source of some vitamins, but there is no information provided by Sainsbury's on the vitamin content of this product - either on the packet, or their website.
Because of their very low calorie content, you can safely eat as many of these beans raw or steamed, as your heart may desire. Great news for the dieters and those who are generally calorie and weight conscious.
Since discovering Sainsbury's Fine Beans (Trimmed), I have been buying at least 2 packs on a weekly basis, and I eat them with all sorts of things; either lightly steamed, or cut into smaller pieces and added to stews, omelettes, savoury rice dishes etc. My favourite way of eating them is to incorporate them into a vegetable curry - they really do curry up so very well, and the spices bring out and compliment the lovely delicate flavour.
If paying full price for the beans at a time when the "buy 2 for £2" offer isn't running, I do think they are a little on the expensive side, as one pack used as part of a typically British "meat & two veg" type meal would only be enough to serve two people. A family of four almost certainly would need two packs, and at the full price of £1.29 per pack, this could work out rather expensive. As much as I love these beans, I only ever buy them when they are on "buy 2 for £2" offer, even though there's just myself to feed.
All in all, this is a very good product, and though some other supermarkets also sell these beans trimmed and packed in the same way, Sainsburys is the only place so far that I've ever seen them on a "buy 2 for £2" offer.
A good buy, and a very versatile, mild-tasting vegetable that I'm sure is very nutritious if not overcooked. Watch out for the special offer if you're in Sainsburys.