“ Brand: Sainsburys / Type: Potatoes „
I have never up until recently been overly familiar with tinned/canned potatoes. I had them as a kid and hated them as we had them in the caravan with a Fray Bentos pie and baked beans which to this day I can still taste the soggy blandness of it all! I hated it with a passion and I wouldn't eat it now for all the tea in China!
However fresh food is something that I tend to not use up in time and I get loads of wastage. Half the week I live on my own, half the week I'm at my mums. I like fresh stuff and I do buy it but I don't know whether its down the British weather at the moment or what but I'm finding the potatoes I'm buying to be rather rubbish with spongy textures with a real sogginess to them and lots of black fresh and I bought a bag of decent potatoes just last week and within just a couple of days they'd gone all wet and unusable which is why when I spotted cans of potatoes in Sainsbury's I thought they had to be worth a go and at only 42p for the can I bought I wasn't losing much if they were inedible and if they were nice and pleasant to eat....then what a great find was my attitude!
The can is simple enough with a dark red label and on there a photograph is shown of potatoes and we are clearly told what they are and who they are by and then on the back of the can other information listed includes being told how to heat them (simmer them for about 8 minutes and they are not suitable to boil, fry or microwave), the ingredients are given (Potatoes and water!), we are told that they are suitable for Vegetarians, Vegans and Coliacs, we are given a full nutritional chart, told that they weigh 300g (190g's is the drained weight) and contact details for the Sainsbury's are clearly stated.
What I get is lots of pure white, small whole potatoes in a clear water. They look nice with no skin on, no eyes or blackening bits and I simply heat them in a saucepan in the water that they come in and a little salt as they are unseasoned. They take me about 8 minutes to warm through and I feel that one can this size is about right for one person (you can buy a large can of these if you should want to).
These taste rather nice. They lack the taste of the earth which is what I don't like, they are soft enough and not one bit hard without going mushy through heating them and I eat mine with a salad and some fish usually and I have put these into a curry, a stew, a casserole to bulk it out and even frozen some curry with these in it and they've been perfectly fine. I've made a quick as a flash potato salad with them, popped herbs on them..... allsorts and found them to be really versatile and I love the fact they are quick thing to heat through and not bad for us with only 109 calories in the whole can and only a trace of saturated fat!
I wouldn't now be without a can or two of potatoes in my home cos they just come in so handy and they really are a little bargain buy!
Only available from Sainsbury's stores and there is a 560g can available to purchase of these for 65p!
I hate tinned potatoes so it might suprise you that I'm giving this tin 5 stars! I've found a recipe for them you see and it includes 2 of my fave flavours, honey and lemon so I love these Sainsburys Peeled New Potatoes because they're the ones that cook best in my recipe.
They are all different sizes in the tin but there are none of the tiny mini ones that I keep finding in the Tesco tinned potatoes that my mum buys sometimes. I like this because I think if the potatoes are all exactly the same size then they look too artificial on my plate.
They are a very pale colour and I think that makes them a bit weird looking, that's mainly why I'm not mad keen on tinned potatoes because they're just too white looking and don't look like they are going to taste of anything. Well they don't really on their own but if you add something to them then you'll see you can liven them up nicely.
If you're just plain boiling them then they only take about 5 mins in the saucepan and then I reckon you should stick a bit of butter on them to make them taste more interesting.
I coat them in honey and lemon and then cook them in the oven for about half an hour, that makes them go lovely and sticky. The texture of these is just right for this sort of cooking because the potatoes are firm and don't go all mushy while they're cooking.
They cost about 30p a tin and that's good value but I still prefer proper potatoes on my dinner, it's just that these tinned potatoes are so yummy with the honey and lemon sauce that you'd never know they come out of a tin!
Sainsbury Peeled Potatoes
I have literally grown up eating potatoes. I enjoy them with absolutely everything, in any shape, any variety and at any time of the day. The only area of potatoes that I was unfamiliar with however was the tinned variety. On a recent visit to Sainsbury's I noticed their tinned variety of peeled potatoes and decided to give them a try.
I bought the smaller tin of these for 28pence in Sainsbury's. There was a larger tin available. I am not sure of the exact size but I believe it was around the 45 pence mark.
I decided to cook these one evening after a long day at work. I just wanted something quick an easy to put on the side of the plate. These potatoes fitted the bill just nicely. The potatoes come in water and once opened you simply just pour the contents into a pan and heat for about 5 mins. The potatoes are pretty small about the same size a baby beetroot and I would estimate that you get around sixteen-eighteen potatoes in a small tin. It's enough to serve two people with modest portion sizes but wouldn't be enough for a family.
Once heated I drained the potatoes and they were ready to serve. The colour of the potatoes was a slightly off white. Almost a bit yellowish. The all looked in good condition and there were no bad bits visible.
I had kind of set myself up to expect the worst taste wise but I was pleasantly surprised by how palatable I found these. The texture was soft but not to soft. I would imagine that you would have no trouble eating these without your false teeth in. They were a nice addition to the meal. There overall price and convenience and indeed taste means that I will definitely be buying these again.
You can buy these new potatoes in the tinned vegetables aisle at Sainsbury's for 28p (300g can) or 46p (820g can). They come in a recyclable steel can.
In the 300g can (190g once drained), I found nine cream-coloured potatoes of various shapes and sizes which is just enough as a small side dish for two people. I didn't find any blemishes or yellow-coloured potatoes (the nasty tasting ones!) in my can and I usually don't when I buy the Sainsbury's brand.
They're so easy to cook: just drain them, chuck them in a saucepan with some water then heat for about 8 minutes. Don't let them boil. The can warns you not to fry or microwave them but on some of my very lazy days I've chucked them in the microwave (in water and covered over with a plate) and they've been fine.
They tasted lovely, exactly like new potatoes should! They're very soft to bite into and feel almost fluffy as you chew them.
If I'm having them with another meal then I like to sprinkle some mixed herbs over the top of them to give them a little more flavour (plain potatoes can be a bit bland sometimes). They go really well in potato salads and even curries. If I'm putting them in a curry then I put them straight into the sauce without any pre-cooking.
I always have several tins of these potatoes in my cupboard as they're great for all sorts of meals and it doesn't matter if you forget they're there as they have a long Best Before date.
They're suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs (well, you'd hope so! They're just potatoes!!)
New potatoes, water, antioxidant: ascorbic acid.
(per drained can)
Energy - 450kj/107kcal
Protein - 4.2g
Carbohydrate - 21.9g
of which sugars - 1.1g
of which starch - 20.7g
Fat - 0.2g
of which saturates - 0.1g
Fibre - 5.9g
Salt - trace
PRICE: 28p for 300g (total can contents, including water)
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per can, drained):
- of which sugars: 1.1g
- of which starch: 20.7g
- of which saturates: 0.1g
New potatoes, water
Sainsbury's Peeled New Potatoes In Water are to be found in the canned vegetables section of the supermarket.
The 300g (undrained), 190g (drained) amount is, I believe, intended to serve one person, and they come in a tin which has an image of Jersey new potatoes in their skins all over the can, with a brown band in the middle bearing the Sainsbury's logo and product description. The rear of the can shows nutritional information, ingredients, storage and heating instructions, and Sainsbury's quality claim together with their contact details.
There is also a warning on the back of the can stating that the product must not be boiled, fried or microwaved. In the past, I have disobeyed one of these instructions, in that I have fried the potatoes after draining well, and the results have been fine. I think the reason why the warning is on the can regarding microwaving and frying, is because the potatoes hold a lot of water even in their drained state, and this water can spit when inside and on removing from the microwave, or when they come into contact with hot fat. As for saying the product mustn't be boiled, I think it's because too fierce heating could impair the flavour and texture of the potatoes.
Another area where I've been disobedient all these years when using Sainsbury's Peeled New Potatoes In Water, is that the cooking instructions advise that the water in the can must be drained off, and the potatoes heated gently in fresh water in a saucepan. I've always used the water that's in the can, with no problems.
On opening the can, it is packed full of beautiful creamy coloured little Jersey new potatoes (peeled). Some brands of canned potatoes have more water than potato inside, but the Sainsbury's ones are definitely far higher in potato content than water. If you are a rule-breaker like myself and want to heat the potatoes in the water from the can, you will find there is just the right amount to cover them without completely submerging them, when tipped into a small saucepan.
The potatoes take about 8 minutes to gently heat through thoroughly (without boiling), but it has to be said that my cooker is electric, and less time may be needed if using gas. Once hot through and after draining, I like to lightly pat the surface of the potatoes with a clean tea towel to absorb the excess moisture (most normal people would use kitchen roll, but I'm not normal).
Sainsbury's tinned peeled new potatoes have always been of the highest quality for me. They are tender, yet firm - without being hard - and I've never found any little eyes or brown bits on the surface, as can be quite common with some other brands. They have a lovely, almost creamy texture, and are very satisfying to eat - they are tasty too, retaining a lot of the flavour of fresh Jersey new potatoes. Because the potatoes aren't minted, they are more versatile than those which are, and will go with most things. The 300g size can is a nice portion for one person, and I'd imagine would be ample for two children, or adults with very small appetites.
My favourite way of eating Sainsbury's Peeled New Potatoes In Water is with cold meat and salad, or with fish fingers, tomatoes and peas. They (despite being instructed on the can not to do this) also fry up very well in a little butter, perhaps with the addition of a finely chopped garlic clove. I also like to slice them finely and stir them into a small can of baked beans - then heat up - and have as a late night snack. The only way they won't cook well, is if you try to roast them, as this type of potato isn't really suitable for roasting.
In my family, we call these "Christmas potatoes", because when my niece (who's now in her mid-40s) was little, my sister would serve a huge Christmas dinner with Sainsbury's tinned potatoes accompanying her own roast ones. This name for them has stuck, and my niece still refers to them as her "Christmas potatoes".
I wouldn't recommend these as a replacement for "real" potatoes, but it's great to have a few tins in the cupboard as a standby, for the occasions when you don't have the time or the inclination to peel or scrub or whatever, real potatoes - or you want a potato fix that heats up quickly, and doesn't need cooking from scratch. Price-wise, they don't work out any more expensive if you are just feeding one person, but if you are feeding a family, it's probably a little cheaper to use fresh potatoes.......I realise that sounds like nonsense, but I know what I mean lol.
All in all, this is an excellent, very reasonably priced product - far superior to other brands that I've tried, and is low in calories, high in good carbohydrate, fibre and protein, plus containing virtually no salt at all.
Well done Sainsbury's, and to everyone else....thanks for reading!