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      14.11.2013 17:39
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      A current fixture on our shopping list.

      We picked up a four pack of these after it was undoubtedly decided that my boyfriend is too good for Tesco value baked beans and I wasn't willing to spend a fortune on Branston or Heinz bakes beans since he was usually the only person who ate them it just didn't seem fair since we share our shopping bill most of the time. These were our compromise. Price £1.40 for four compared to Heinz which is £2.50, Branston for around £2.60 Tesco beans just seem to be better value. Packaging The tins come in a rather attractive light blue gingham checkered design with a picture of the content with on the front as well as its nutritional contents. The tins also have a little ring on the top so that you don't need a tin opener to eat them which is really quite convenient. The tin also contains the use buy date on the outside, not that they will ever go out of date in our house. Taste Compared to Heinz and Branston the sauce is slightly less thick and rich though for me I do not necessarily think this is a bad thing as I always struggle to finish Branston or Heinz since they taste too sweet and sugary so this is a definite bonus for me. Though I still like to melt some grated cheese into my serving when pouring them on toast or a baked potato. To me the beans themselves show no difference to the name brands they are almost exactly the same size, consistency and colour so considering how much these end up on our shopping list and the fact that we save £1 each week to spend on something else I think they will remain there for the foreseeable future. The beans are also suitable for vegetarians so its good to know that we won't be finding any unexpected horse in the tins. The beans are also a good source of low fat natural fibre, protein and carbohydrates.

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        10.09.2013 09:56
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        Ok for the money, not bad at all and great on toast!

        When it comes to baked beans I find them very hit and miss. I buy them very occasionally because sometimes (not very often to be fair!) I get a fancy on for them. With some leading brands charging around the pound mark for a bog standard sized can I kind of resent it so I often find myself looking for alternatives and try to buy smaller cans of these so I get less waste! These beans are available to buy in a variety of sizes and a 220g can of the beans will cost you 32p, the 440g can is 38p or you can buy them a multi pack of option with 4 x 440ml costs £1.40. I bought these beans in a 220g size, again resenting the fact I was paying only 6p less that for a can of double in size but living alone and being funny about this product stored in the fridge I couldn't see the point of buying larger sizes (though you can store them in the fridge from once opened for 3 days according to the information given on the labelling). The Packaging: There's a label around the main of the can which has a photograph of the baked beans on the front of it and then we are clearly told what they are and who they are by and there is an at glance nutritional chart shown, and then on the back of the can other information listed includes being given heating instructions, ingredients, allergy advice and size is stated (as I have listed already) plus a nutritional chart and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly given. There is a ringpull to the top of the can which I always appreciate for ease of opening and I find the information given to be enough for me to make an informed choice. The Baked Beans: These are basically haricot beans that are nicely formed in an orange thickish, smooth sauce which is tomato flavoured. To heat them you can simply pop them in saucepan and simmer them for a few minutes or in the microwave....the choice is yours of course but I'm more than happy to zap these in the microwave for about 3 minutes and I find them to cook very well indeed. The beans are soft enough without being one bit mushy and there's not a bean skin anywhere in sight (important for me as I hate bean skins that shred all over the place!), the sauce tastes of tomatoes in a nice way and not artificial but sweet enough in a natural way and its all very nicely seasoned, not too salty and you can't taste or see herbs and spices within it. Its a flat sauce and by that I mean it doesn't, flavourwise contain bits or pieces at all, its glossy and theres plenty of it and it is distinctly tomato in flavour. Simple to warm up and tasty enough and for a full can of 220g of these you only get 190 calories and 0.2g of fat and we all know beans are highly nutritious and good for you so tuck in.........just don't expect them to taste as good as Heinz but then they are so much cheaper so great for people on a tight budget and at least they are not foul tasting and/or hard! Only available from Tesco stores.

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          24.06.2013 21:55
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          Lovely flavour, value for money

          I have always loved baked beans and for the last twenty years or so have bought these from Tesco. As a child we always used to have Heinz beans as there weren't so many options available and I did continue to buy these when I first moved out. I'm not sure at what point I made the change but was probably to do with lack of finances and I absolutely love them. I know some people like to use the whole content of a can in one go, but I very often only use half one day and the remainder a few days later. The one thing I do if I don't use them on the same day is to tip them into a dish or a container as the tin does look slightly rusty if it is left in the fridge. The lid opens easily with a ring pull and I have never had this break on me as often happens with these. You get a lovely smell of tomatoes as soon as you open the can and the sauce is a nice reddy orangey colour. The beans have usually settled down towards the bottom of the tin and if you are not using all of the can you have to stir them round or you will get too much sauce tipped out and not enough beans, however if you are using all of the can this is not a problem as you would give it a good stir when you tipped the beans out. I sometimes heat the beans by pouring them into a microwavable container and cover with cling film but leave it slightly loose. I cook them on high heat for one minute then stir and if needed will cook them for a further 20 or so seconds then leave them for a minute before serving. Alternatively I heat them on the hob for about two minutes stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to prevent them from sticking to the saucepan. I find these beans so versatile with the obvious choice of beans on toast which is one of my favourites. I remember one of the children's favourites was to have beans with small squares of toast all mixed up in a bowl which they found much easier to eat. However I now also use them to make a very easy baked bean curry which is a real hit with the family and which I adapted from a recipe I was given by a friend. I fry oil, mustard seeds, chilli flakes and tumeric in a pan, then add the baked beans and stir gently on a low heat. At this stage I taste the mix to see if it needs spicing up a bit more and will add some chilli powder or more chilli flakes to taste and serve with a naan. You can add chopped coriander before serving however I don't like the taste of this so leave this bit out. This is a great quick meal and is suitable for vegetarians. Half of a 420g can contains 185 calories, 12g sugar, 1g fat of which 1g is saturates and 1.3g salt. A 100g jacket potato is 92 calories so with half a can of beans this only amounts to 279 calories which is a healthy option and well within most peoples diet rules. I am not sure if I am just used to Tesco beans as I have been eating them for so long but I recently stayed over at my friends house and we had a snack of beans on toast and she used Heinz beans which are the only ones she will buy. I found them to taste quite sweet and sort of artificial, not sure if there is more sugar in them or just a different sauce but I didn't enjoy them half as much as the Tesco beans. They currently cost £1.27 for four 420g tins in a pack, you can also get them singly in a 420g can for 32p and a 220g can costs 27p. So working it out gram for gram the four pack is by far the best value. In comparison Heinz beans usually cost £2.50 for four 415g tins at Tesco so I know which ones I will be buying.

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            08.04.2013 20:29
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            A healthy & easy to use own brand product.

            I'm reviewing TESCO own brand Baked Beans. I bought them as a pk of 4x420g tins and they are also available in singles....but it will be the 4x 420g pk I'll be reviewing.They are ring-pull cans,so no tin opener needed. Typical values per 100g---- energy-90kcal. protein-4.3g. carbs-14.1.....of which sugars 5.5g. fat-0.5g....of which saturates 0.1g. fibre 4.1g. sodium-0.3g. salt equivalent-0.6g ----------------------------------- I'm not particularly a baked bean person,but I've always had a few tins on stand by in my cupboard for occasions when stocks are low re any other options for lunch etc. Usually I buy the big brand names & always assumed cheaper meant less taste but trying these TESCO ones out has changed my mind on that issue. I've recently been looking after two children and much restocking of cupboards was needed to fulfill their needs regarding food & treats. My logic goes "they are kids under 6 & won't notice if the beans are not brand names"....so I picked up the TESCO own brand beans as possible lunch food for them.And they have literally gone down a treat. So I ventured trying them myself & was pleasantly surprised to find them rather tasty ! The beans themselves are just right,not too hard and not mushy. Just the right texture. The sauce is plentiful but doesn't leave the beans swimming in excess and you can easily drain off any sauce you find excessive before serving anyway . It is rich enough too.Definitely NOT as rich as the brand names,but for me that is a good thing because the distinct overpowering sauces can put me off a lot.Sometimes less is more & if you want them spicier then why not add a dash of your favourite sauce before heating them up. So that's it in a nut-shell (or tin can to be precise). Basic & tasty and at £1.35 for the 4 pack of these as opposed to £2.50 for the big brand names they are great value. These come in small 220g cans too at approx 30p per tin. Would I recommend them ? Yes. But I'm removing one star for the simple reason that some might find the fact that the sauce is less rich a drawback/comedown.

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              30.08.2012 10:42
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              A really good alternative product to the leading brand

              I am on a bit of a budget now so eating branded foods when they are not really much better than the supermarket own brand doesn't make alot of sense. I however won't eat supermarket own brand food unless it tastes quite nice. Supermarket own brand foods can be a bit 'hit and miss' so therefore it is best to try products out and see what they are like. I tried Tesco own brand baked beans because the leading brand (Heinz) has gotten really quite pricey for something as simple as baked beans. As I'm sure you probably know, baked beans are haricot beans in a tomato sauce. They are most commonly a canned food which are normally eaten warmed up by heating on the hob or in the microwave. Baked beans are a good source of dietary fibre and protein. I purchase the small tins (220g) as I almost always need to prepare food just for myself. It is possible to purchase a large tin (420g) and put half in a covered container in the fridge for next use. The label states that once the tin is opened you need to 'consume within 2 days'. As I don't eat baked beans every two days I find it better to purchase the small tins as I end up throwing half the baked beans away otherwise. The large tins are better value at 40 pence for 420g than the small tins at 30 pence for 220g. Either size of Tesco own brand beans are better value than Heinz baked beans at 70 pence for 215g and 50 pence for 200g. (Prices from Tesco website on 30/08/2012) I felt that Tesco Baked Beans taste very good. They have a very slightly different taste to Heinz beans. The difference is so small that I feel paying the extra for Heinz beans is not worth the extra money. I have found the actual beans within some own brand baked beans to be very hard however Tesco baked beans are of a good texture (moderately soft). Tesco Baked Beans did not used to have a ring pull on the can which means using a fiddly can opener. Tesco Baked Beans do now have a ring pull which I feel is a big improvement and means I am far more likely to purchase them.

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              07.05.2012 11:54

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              Great beans - great price

              I am really fussy when it comes to baked beans, they have to be soft. I have tried some other brands and the beans can be hard and this really puts me off. I first bought tesco baked beans last month and they are lovely! I paid £1.00 for four which is a great price. I am having to watch my money and i have been eating quite a lot of baked beans on toast as it is a cheap and easy meal and thay are also very nutritious. The beans: They are nice and soft. The tomato sauce is nice and thick and has a savoury taste, not too sweet. You get a lot of beans in the tin, some brands you get more sauce than beans. Packaging: Good design on can - close up of beans with clear nutritional values. The can is a ring pull which is great and it is easy to open - sometimes ring pull cans can be quite hard to open but this one isn't. Overall i recommend them, in my opinion better than the leading brands and cheaper.

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              21.03.2012 19:32
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              Excellent offering from Tesco.

              Since becoming a student, I have had to step down from tasty and branded foods to find myself eating a considerable amount more of baked beans on toast! I am actually pretty easy to please when it comes to food, and I have always loved baked beans so for me it is both a tasty and purse friendly meal. Unfortunately, I like to eat beans with a number of things, so I get through tins of them quite quickly. Previous to these beans, I had always eaten Heinz beans, but as they are quite expensive to buy regularly when on a budget, I thought I would try out some supermarket own branded instead. I ended up purchasing the Tesco's own branded ones from my local store. As I am situated in the city centre, it means that there is not much choice when it comes to variety of foods on offer, however I noticed a couple of tins of these hiding at the back of the shelf. They were only 42p for the large tins that they are, and they contain 420 grams in each tin which is great for the money paid. You can also buy a multipack of four of these for just £1.00, which works out at a measly 25p per tin which is fantastic considering they can be stored in your cupboard for months on end. As far as I was concerned, the price was fantastic. There are cheaper baked beans available from the Tesco Value range, but I thought I would go for these as they might be of a little better quality. The tins simply display an image of baked beans all over the front and show the obvious details which you would expect on any food tin. Not the prettiest tin but who really cares how a tin of baked beans look? All I was interested in was how tasty they were, and if they would come close to Heinz. These beans can be cooked in two ways, the first being in the microwave. Just simply pop them into a microwaveable bowl and cover and pop them in for a couple of minutes and stir. Dependent on your microwave will depend on the time you will need to leave these in. However, I have always preferred to cook mine on the hob as I think the taste always comes through more. These only need to be put on the hob for around three or so minutes and remember to stir. Do not overcook these though as they will stick to the saucepan and it can be messy! As far as ease of cooking goes, these are great. Now the most important element was the taste. I knew they wouldn't be as good as Heinz, however beans are beans. I was pleasantly surprised with just how yummy these were for the price I paid. The tomato sauce is full of flavour and really adds to the beans which taste of a similarly high quality. You can tell slightly that they're not Heinz beans, but for the price I paid I was over the moon with how delicious these were and I will continue to buy these from now on as it saves me so much money. I personally like to eat beans on toast, or combine it with bacon, sausage, egg and other components of a yummy English breakfast. As well, these beans are effective for eating at dinner times with mash and meats so would be perfect for kids too who are bound to not notice the difference. As I live alone, I only use half a tin of these at any one time, so I just pop it into the fridge and consume within a couple of days. However, these tins would be suitable for families to make numerous dinners at a budget price. Ingredients: Haricot Beans (49%),Water , Tomato Purèe (20%) ,Sugar ,Modified Maize Starch ,Salt ,Onion Powder ,Paprika ,Spice Extracts ,Maltodextrin. Nutritional Info (Half a Tin): 165 calories 9g protein 29.6g carbohydrate 11.6g sugars 1.1g fat 0.2g saturates 8.6g fibre 0.6g sodium 1.4g salt equivalent Overall, a delicious alternative to Heinz and I will definitely be buying these again. They are just a smidgen of the price and they taste wonderful. Can not fault these! Thanks for reading.

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                05.05.2011 09:25
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                A good quality can of baked beans at a sensible price

                Review of Tesco Baked Beans. As regular readers of my reviews may have gathered, I am living on a very modest budget, credit crunch, early retirement and other factors mean that I do have to watch my pennies, hence my regular forays into supermarket own brands! I usually buy the economy, value baked beans, but seeing as these were on a special offer and only cost a few pence more than the budget range, I thought I'd give them a try. ==The Product== Baked Beans in tomato sauce are a popular dish in many households. We don't actually eat them as an accompaniment to meals, but as a source of protein in recipes. Being a vegetarian, I tend to obtain most of my protein intake from beans, pulses or legumes and the humble baked bean is a quick and easy way to add texture, interest and substance to a vegetarian meal. Not only are they full of protein, they are low in fat and contain valuable dietary fibre. Baked beans also provide important vitamins and minerals, including iron, folic acid, zinc and potassium. Baked beans were first available in the United Kingdom as far back as the 1920's. The original concept of baked beans comes from America where haricot beans were cooked with molasses and salt. The humble tinned bean has grown into a staple food, as many as 1.1 billion cans of baked beans are consumed by Britons each year. The market leader is of course that well known company beginning with an 'H', but in my opinion, these own brand beans give them a run for their money! ==Packaging, Pricing, Taste and Texture== The Tesco own label range is vast and consists of many different products. These beans are presented in a ring pull steel can which is of course recyclable. The label bears the Tesco log and an image of the beans on a white plate, making them quite visible on the supermarket shelf. All nutritional values, Tesco company information and cooking instructions also appear on the label. The can contains 420g of haricot beans in a tomato sauce and currently costs a very reasonable 30p. At the point of writing this review, Tesco Baked Beans are on a special offer and usually cost around 5p more. The beans themselves are on the small side, but the little oval beans are quite firm to the bite, without being hard. The sauce is rather runny in comparison to other brands, reddish orange in colour and fairly mild in taste, with a tomato-ey smell. The sauce does have a somewhat sweet after taste, which is not unpleasant but might put some consumers off. There is a fair amount of sauce in the can, possibly a little more than in branded baked beans. As an ingredient in a vegetarian casserole or stew, these beans are perfectly adequate, eaten as an accompaniment to a meal or on toast, I think I would find the sauce just too liquid and be tempted to strain the beans before serving. The recommended cooking method is either in a saucepan for 4-5 minutes, stirring until heated through or for 3 minutes in a microwave, obviously microwave timing does depend on the wattage of your machine. ==Dietary Information== Amounts given are per 100g of baked beans. 3.3g fibre 5.6g protein 65 calories 5.6g sugar 0.5g fat 1g salt Tesco Baked Beans are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. They are gluten free, however Tesco warn that due to manufacturing processes, the product may contain nuts. As baked beans are low in fat they make an ideal addition to the diet of slimmers and those wishing to restrict their fat intake. The main ingredients are:- Haricot Beans (49%), Water, Tomato Purée (20%), Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Salt, Onion Powder, Paprika, Sunflower Oil, Flavouring. ==My Thoughts and Conclusion== Baked beans seem to be one of those products that some people will not compromise on, Heinz or nothing! In my opinion, these beans are a very good buy. For my personal taste these beans meet my requirements and during the course of Tesco's special offer will be a regular on my shopping list. Added to my vegetarian cooking they are absolutely ideal and although I don't care for baked beans on toast or as a meal accompaniment, the product is perfectly acceptable for either of these uses. In truth, if I were blindfolded and made to do a taste test, I doubt that I could differentiate between these beans and the market leader. Tesco also stock these baked beans in a multi-pack of 4 cans, but at £1.33, this option is more expensive than buying individual cans while the solo can is on special offer. In short, I would highly recommend Tesco Baked Beans to other consumers and please note that I have resisted all temptation to make cheap 'wind' related jokes! Thank you for reading. © brittle1906 May 2011 N.B My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name.

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                  30.10.2010 17:28
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                  A great cheaper baked bean

                  Now, most people these days eat Baked Beans, and they will usually have a tin or two in the kitchen cupboard. It seem that they go with most meals and they are actually quite good for you in most respects. The most popular brand of beans appears to be Heinz Baked Beans, which are expensive in relation to price of cheaper bean brands, but they are the best ones in my opinion. Supermarkets all seem to do their own brand of beans, and Tesco is no exception to this. They sell their own brand Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce, and they will only cost you 29p for a can, which weighs in at 420g. This is the same size most beans are sold in, so you can see straight away the saving compared to Heinz and other bigger brands of Baked Beans. I first tried these a short while ago, when the credit crunch started to pinch on us and I wanted to try and save some money on the weekly shop. I bought a couple of these tins of beans in the hope it would save us money and would taste good too. I am usually quite fussy with my food, and I usually buy the bigger brands, so I was dubious that I would like these beans. Luckily my partner is not so fussy and will eat almost anything, so I knew he would be ok with these beans. These beans do not come with a ring pull on the top of the can like Heinz do, but it is not exactly a major effort to open them with a can opener, it is what we all did before Heinz started the ring pull fashion anyway. I find these tins are easy enough to open, and I do not get attacked by Tomato Sauce when I open them. Tesco Baked Beans are cooked in the exact same way as any other Baked Beans. You can put them on the hob in a pan, or in the microwave. I actually found these beans to have a good amount of Tomato Sauce with them. There wasn't too much that the beans were drowning and hardly there, but there wasn't so little that the beans were dry. I would say you get about the same amount of sauce as you do in a Heinz can. When it comes to eating these baked beans, I was actually surprised. They tasted just like Heinz beans, and they had the same texture as well. In fact, my partner didn't even notice the difference until I told him I had bought the Tesco's own beans. I honestly do not think in a blind test I could tell the difference in the beans. The tomato sauce tastes great too! The tin is a usual baked bean tin, and the label actually has a picture of some baked beans on it. I think this adds quite a nice touch to the beans, as most beans tins are just plain and in one block colour. The tesco logo is also on the can and the words Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce are printed in blue writing across the label. There is nutrional information on the back of the tin, and the main nutrional information is also on the front with percentages so you can see what is in the beans easily before you buy them. I personally recommend these to everyone who likes beans, as they are just like Heinz, except the price is a lot less. Why pay more for something, when they are just the same as the leading brand? Get yourself to Tesco and grab a few cans of these, save yourself some money and keep the taste :D *This review is also on Ciao Under the user name of Hailee*

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                  29.10.2010 10:18
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                  Not all that good really

                  Tesco Value Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce I like baked beans, I always have, especially with a full English which I enjoy now and again. Unfortunately my wife can't stand them so as a result we did not eat them very often until Heinz recently started selling them in mini plastic tubs, I bought a pack of four of these and she can now pop one in the microwave when we have a full English and there is just enough for one person. I occasionally like beans on toast for my lunch but have always had Heinz until yesterday, I must have mentioned to Karen, my wife, that the product of the week was Tesco value beans so she had picked a tin up specially, oh so sad! Packaging The Tesco value packaging has come on a bit in recent years, what was once a very dull and bland red, white and blue label is now, well, red, white and blue predominantly however there is at least a picture of some beans in the background now. The front of the tin has the Tesco value logo at the top, the name of the tin contents, in this case baked beans in tomato sauce, across the middle and the main nutritional information across the bottom, which I think is a very good idea and should maybe be adopted by a few other food makers. This information is all on a background of baked beans as mentioned previously. There are also a couple of graphics at the top of the tin stating great taste (a matter of opinion) and new recipe. It also states the weight of the contents (420g) and then further around the tin are the ingredients and nutritional information etc.. This is all on a paper label which is wrapped around the tin which requires a tin opener to get at the contents (how old fashioned). Overall I would say the packaging is pretty good to look at really, when you consider it is a supermarket own, value, brand, but annoying that they didn't put an easy pull off lid on it, although this would probably drive up the price a little I suppose. Ingredients And Nutritional Information Ingredients: Water, Haricot Beans (40%), Tomato Paste (14%), Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Salt, Onion Powder, Paprika, Flavouring. Nutritional Information (per 210g, half a tin): Energy 125kCal, Protein 9.9g, Carbohydrate 18.9g, of which sugars 7.9g, fat 1.1g, of which saturates 0.2g, fibre 7.4g, Sodium 0.5g, salt equivalent 1.3g. Some of this information is displayed on the front of the tin in the 'traffic lights' labelling and beans are a good source of fibre as can be seen and also mentioned on the the front of the label. The amount of salt is a little worrying though as in a full tin of these beans there is 2.6g of salt and when you consider your body really only needs 3g per day this is almost your daily allowance in one go if you eat the whole tin to yourself, easily done if having beans on toast, and they have apparently reduced the salt content by a half in recent years. The All Important Taste Test.... So the most important bit, what are they like? I will compare them to Heinz as that is the brand of baked beans I normally eat (and will be eating in future to be honest). The beans themselves seem smaller than Heinz beans but beans are beans in all honesty and they taste pretty much the same as Heinz, but the sauce is the big difference. The sauce is not as thick as Heinz and does not have any where near as good a flavour, it is bland (probably missing the salt they have removed recently) and pretty dull tasting really, as well as being more watery and is just not as enjoyable as Heinz. The beans are smaller also, as mentioned above, and this adds to the disappointment really too, as they feel smaller in your mouth and while this does not really affect the taste of the beans, it somehow affects the overall enjoyment of them. In short they are what they are, a cheaper alternative to Heinz in every way, they cost less and taste less. Heinz beans are bigger (slightly) and the sauce is much thicker and sweeter, and carries far more flavour in my opinion. This said though, I suppose if you are on a tight budget they are an alternative that you would probably get used to if eating them all the time. I had the full tin on toast for my lunch so I could really taste them as there was not really anything else to break them up, if you ate a small portion of them as part of a meal (with a full English for example) they might be more acceptable. Recommended? I am undecided on whether or not to recommend Tesco value baked beans or not really. They are, in my opinion, not a patch on Heinz, but then they are cheaper and if served as a small portion with another meal they may well be quite acceptable. That said though, when Heinz are on special offer, a pack of four would not work out that much more expensive really. In fact at 29p a tin they are not really that cheap, I am sure they used to be much, much cheaper than that at one time (I seem to remember them being 9p once upon a time). Coupled with the fact that they need to open with a tin opener, which is a bit of a nuisance these days with the invention of the easy pull off lids, I know we definitely won't be buying them again, although we buy the Heinz plastic tubs now for the reasons mentioned above, so that is maybe a little unfair, but I think I will say if you can afford Heinz, stick to Heinz, if you are on a really tight budget they are probably ok really once you get used to them. Thanks for reading, John, also on Ciao

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                    30.04.2010 08:52
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                    Brilliant Beans

                    We had these beans the other day for tea. We always have either Heinz or Branston, however when I was little we used to have Tesco beans all the time. Therefore when debating what to buy I was quite confident that these would be ok. I really like the design of the tin. The paper label is a picture of beans which shows you exactly what you are getting inside. It also made me quite hungry! A 420g tin retails at 44p which is 20p cheaper than the Heinz equivalent. One thing different between these and Heinz is that this can does not have a ringpull but for 20p I'm willing to dig out the tin opener! Opening the beans I was pleased to see that the tomato sauce looked thick and was a nice colour. I was pleased to see that there didn't appear to be too much sauce compared to beans and it hadn't all settled at the top (like it does in Heinz!) this is useful if you are using only half the tin as you don't end up with a load of sauce and hardly any beans! So you have two options of how to heat these beans and that is either in the microwave or on the hob. When I was younger my mum always used to heat beans on the hob but since growing up I have tried both methods and usually opt for the microwave as it is ever so slightly quicker, leaves less washing up and in my personal opinion tastes exactly the same! To heat them in the microwave, tesco recommends between 2.5 - 4 minutes dependent on your microwaves power. On the hob they take around 4 minutes and you must be careful that they do not boil. I always stick beans in the microwave for 2 minutes and they always come out piping hot! Pouring the beans I noticed the sauce was nice and thick and the beans had a nice tomatoey smell to them. The sauce was thick, smooth and had a nice gentle tomato flavour to them. The beans were of a good size and were mainly soft although I did find a couple of harder ones. Together with the sauce the beans tasted really nice and I could not notice any difference between these and the higher brands. A serving (half the can) contains 175 calories, 8.2g sugar, 0.8g fat (0.3g saturates) and 1.4g salt. This isn't too bad apart from the salt content and this of course should be one to watch. However, the rest doesn't make a bad part of a main meal. The beans contain Haricot Beans (49%), Water, Tomato Purèe (20%), Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Salt, Onion Powder, Paprika, and Flavouring. I was impressed with these beans and will buy them again. If you are feeding a family, they are also available in packs of 4 for £1.68 - however they are currently on offer for just 84p until 11th May which I think is an absolute bargain!

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                    03.04.2010 09:56
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                    Well worth a try

                    Tesco Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce - 420g for 44p or currently on offer - 3 420g tins for £1. I like Tesco products and thought I would give these beans a go - our family don't eat beans that often and mainly only in the beans on toast combination so rather than pay 68p a tin for Heinz beans I decided to try these. They come in a 420g tin and on the label there are pictures of lots of baked beans - so you can definately tell from the tin that you are buying beans! With Heinz beans the tin usually comes with a ring pull type opener - not with the Tesco ones - they can only be opened using a tin opener, hence not as convenient to open as the Heinz but they do cost nearly half the price of Heinz Beans! On opening the beans look just like Heinz, they are not runny and the tomato sauce looks quite similar in colour and smell. On tasting I am going to be honest and say I could not really taste any difference, although my son did say they were not as tasty as Heinz and that the texture of the beans was a bit different and the beans were hard in the middle! These beans contain: Haricot Beans (49%), Water, Tomato Puree (20%), Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Salt, Onion Powder, Paprika, Sunflower Oil, Flavouring. They may contain nuts so they are definately not for anyone with a nut allergy. Nutrition: nutrient per 100g Energy kCal 65 kCal Energy kJ 275 kJ Protein 4.7 g Carbohydrate 10.3 g of which sugars 5.6 g Fat 0.5 g of which saturates 0.1 g Fibre 3.5 g Sodium 0.4 g Salt Equivalent N/A These beans are no healthier or unhealthier than other branded beans, they are quite a bit cheaper - you can get two tins of these for the price of one tin of Heinz. Well worth a try and if your family like them then you will save yourself some money!

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                    31.03.2010 21:50
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                    Tesco Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce

                    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tesco Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Well I have to say I have fallen in love with Baked Beans. It's so easy to make, it's cheap, it's very healthy and it's very delicious! I normally didn't really like beans and it must have been because as child I just hated them, but a few years ago I tried them again and I like them now! I like Tesco and more and more I'm enjoying the products of their own brand. They got some really nice stuff and sometimes you really can't tell the difference with the more expensive popular brands. Well you always have the option to go for the more expensive and popular brands and I do have to say, that it sometimes just feels more special when you buy an expensive brand. But for my normal day to day dinner I care more about getting something cheaper and nice then something expensive and nice. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tesco Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce taste -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The problem I sometimes have with cheaper brands is that you can tell that you are cheaper! The last time I had the experience with cheap noodles and it just ruins the whole meal. So I'm careful, but I do start to trust the Tesco brand more and more. The Tesco Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce tasted really nice and I couldn't really tell the difference with the more expensive brands like Heinz. It's only a little bit cheaper, but it's worth it and it thought they do taste the same as the Heinz ones. The good thing is there's plenty of sauce, which I really like, because there's nothing worse when you don't have enough sauce. So plus points for that one. And like I said the taste is like the same as the more expensive brand, so it's a nice choice. Overall a good product for a good price. I would definitely buy this product again and would recommend it to people who hasn't tried this one before!

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                      21.03.2010 01:09
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                      Cheap And You Can Tell!

                      We NEVER buy cheap beans, we kind of swap between Heinz, HP and Branston because NO cheap beans are as good as any of them. My dad got these thinking he was clever because he went and did the shopping this week and saw these was only £1.58 for 4 tins instead of about £2.50 for Heinz. I had some on toast today and they're not bad but are a bit boring. The sauce isn't very thick and there was LOADS of sauce in the tin as well and not as many beans as you'd get in the more expensive ones. The beans are quite tender, just like any other beans I reckon! lol The sauce didn't taste much of tomatoes and I thought it tasted a bit tinny as well. Another thing about the sauce is that it's a bit too sweet and I think that's half the reason why you can't taste the tomato much in it because the sweetness covers it... I don't mean it tastes like sugar or anything but you know how some tomato sauces get a bit of a sweet taste? The beans were ok on the toast, just ok though and I deffo knew with every mouth full that these was cheap baked beans. I'd rather have any of the 3 brands I mentioned at the beginning but if you're watching your money big time then I deffo would recommend them. I know it's not very good advice and not healthy but I thought these beans tasted better with a bit of salt on them and when my mum had some on her jacket potato she put a bit of butter through the sauce and it looked loads more richer like that. They're not majorly bad baked beans but I say if you can afford to buy the dearer brands then get them instead because these aren't brill quality and will just get you by if you're craving beans and this is all you've got in.

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                        A slightly cheaper substitute for name brands

                        It would be fair to say, a good number of the population were brought up on Heinz Baked Beans in tomato sauce. Now whatever you say about whether Heinz are superior to other brands, (more likely supermarket own brands), maybe for the Heinz generation, these are perceived as superior simply because that is what they have been used to. I mean c'mon! Your basic tin of baked beans in tomato sauce, should purely be that, right? Well you would think so, but lets not forget though that as well as the supermarket own brand, we now have the supermarket, "value" or "budget" range to contend with. It is these that usually have a much different taste and feel to them. What we are discussing here though is Tesco's Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce, not their budget range. So really we are expecting something to taste like a half decent tin of baked beans; something that almost lives up to the Heinz Standard, if such a thing exists. This is what I feel I got with these - a bean that almost lives up to the Heinz standard. The last time I had these, I had them on toast, naked. No, not me! The beans. You see, normally when I have beans on toast I have grated cheese on the top (worth doing if you are down to a really rank rotten tin of value baked beans). Not any old cheese, but a really strong cheddar. When I don't have cheese on my beans they are 'naked'. This means I get to taste the beans properly, and not have the taste disguised by lovely cheese. What can I say about these beans. They weren't too different from Heinz. There was plenty of sauce in there - I like lots of the sauce, there is nothing worse than the beans being left in the saucepan too long till the sauce evaporates away - this means there is something left to mop up if you have made one slice of toast too many. The taste was the same as Heinz. That is, I still needed to have three spoonfuls of sugar in my tea - don't you find when you have a cuppa straight after eating beans, it doesnt seem sweet (if you have sugar in your tea that is) because of all the sugar in the baked beans? They are a little cheaper than Heinz - sorry I can't remember any exact figures here, so if you want to save a few pence they are worth getting.

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