“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Vegetables „
Ok lets talk beetroot well its just beetroot right? Wrong, unless fresh, beetroot is usually pickled and all the natural earthy taste is gone in search of preserving the beetroot. This product is different, why? Well first off there's no vinegar to mar the great natural taste of the beetroot. Secondly there is a long use by date, great as you can keep it in stock to use when you fancy something a bit special with your salad. Thirdly its healthy and virtually fat free, an absolute must in our growing diabete infested population. Finally, the cost, its just over 60p which always helps to make food taste great.
I currently have three packets in my larder, simply because its a quick and easy vegetable to add to my meals. Its great with a natural yoghurt dip served on tooth picks so you can eat it as a finger food. You will not be disappointed with the quality I never have, they always taste great.
The vacuum pack is filled with four ample beetroots and I find this to be a great garnish for several meals. You will need to be careful opening the packet the juice can be annoying easy to get on your clothes. You could be a really savvy and use the juice as it was always supposed to used, as a clothes dye or as I have use it for staining natural wood.
I am a great fan of this product, I see it as a treat and love it with a little bit of seasoning. It adds a great taste, colour and texture to salads, easy garnish to jacket potatoes and in starters - we just had it with our christmas dinner! How versatile is that!
A couple of weeks ago I had a bit of a slip up, I had cleaned the fridge out and placed a jar of beetroot on its side on the shelf - well I am sure that you can guess what happened ! The lid leaked and the bottom of my fridge was covered with a pool of bright red vinegar, it took ages to out and the strong smell just kept lingering on.
I really like beetroot and if I have my choice I like either freshly boiled beetroot or whole beetroot in a vacuum pack. The Other Half swears by Baxter's sliced beetroot in sweet vinegar.
Tesco do a very acceptable cooked beetroot that is vacuum packed, a 250g packet of the Tesco beetroot is just 57p and I could only recommend that you try it for yourselves.
Beetroot is a messy vegetable at the best of times, the vivid red juice has a habit of dripping off of the end of the slice and you find that you are wearing an unwanted `pink medallion`.
Beetroot juice stains ( Tesco or otherwise) are a nightmare to remove.
Tesco do sell a traditional cooked beetroot and this is sold in a clear plastic container with a peel back lid that is easy to open but fractionally more expensive. The Tesco vacuum packed beetroot is hugged inside of a clear plastic packet that has had all of the air sucked out of it and it looks much like my complexion on a very bad day!
I can never decide what is the best approach when opening these vacuum packs. Do I stab it and rip the packet apart ? Do I start my first incision in the middle or on the edge ? Or do I use a pair of small scissors and hope for the best ?
Usually I chose the third option and I put the plastic packet onto a plate before I make my first cut or my white worktop turns pink !
Inside of the Tesco vacuum pack there are usually either three or four beetroot, depending on size and weight. The beetroot lay in a juicy covering to keep them moist and you need to extricate them from the packaging without splattering that lethal juice everywhere.
I always find that Tesco have `topped and tailed` the beetroot really well but in the past I have found the odd bit of skin that needs to be removed prior to eating.
Once the Tesco beetroot are out of their messy packaging and laying safely in a bowl then you can slice them. Once or twice I have come across a `woody` beetroot but on the whole they have been picked when they are young and tender.
Tough beetroot can be inedible, they are tough and stringy.
If you pass the Tesco bakery and just happen to see some crusty bread rolls then they are fabulous if they are filled with mature cheese and slices of tender beetroot. The young fresh sweet beetroot is the perfect partner for a slice of good mature Cheddar cheese.
I love sliced beetroot with a salad and it goes so well with a jacket potato and a slice of quiche.
100g of Tesco beetroot contains just over 40 calories so it is a food that you can afford to be lavish with even if you are weight watching.
Tesco have added nothing to their vacuum packed beetroot, it has been picked, washed, cooked and packed.
I know that my local Tesco superstore keeps the vacuum packed beetroot in the salad aisle so have a look out for it on your next visit.
I have bought this a few times now, although I'm never sure why. Beetroot for me is a bit like marmite. Whereas most people are a bit of a 'love it or hate it' sort of person, I find that I go through phases. Sometimes, I go through a phase of liking salads, and one of the biggest ingredients is beetroot.
usually, I will pick up this cooked beetroot from Tesco. It is full of flavour and very juicy indeed, which has both positive points and negative ones. On the plus side, it tastes great: there's plenty of juice to keep the flavour quite full and it mixes well with other salad ingredients, particularly if you use a good lettuce.
However, it also has its drawbacks, and the main one of these is the staining. The juice that this beetroot has surrounding it is strong enough to stain your fingers from the slightest touch, so I imagine that clothing or anything else would be disastrous. It is well worth being a bit careful around this.
What you get in a packet is pretty much what you see in the product picture above. You get four balls of beetroot, surrounded in flavoursome juice that preserves the root and means that the shelf life is prolonged. Price wise, it comes in at well under £1, and considering that if you are careful about the distribution, you'll find that it stretches to quite a few servings.
Beetroot can be found in various forms and places on the supermarket shelf, and for what you get this is a well priced item. The pre-jarred Tesco Value sliced beetroot just doesn't contain the juice, whereas other beetroot products could be just afr too expensive. The pack contains four balls of beetroot and costs around the 60p mark, and is well worth the buy if you're planning on some ncie funky salads.
Tesco Cooked Beetroot Vacuum Pack costs 62p in Tesco, which I think is a fair price given the general cost of fruit and vegetables. Each packet has a weight of 250g, and though this usually means there are four beetroots in a packet, occasionally there have been just three really large ones in a packet when we've bought them.
Because this product is vacuum packed, it can be a bit tricky to get open. I'm not exactly sure why it's vacuum packed if I'm honest, but presumably this plays a part in the preservative side of things? They don't add anything to this product, it's just cooked beetroot on it's own, so if the vacuum packing is to avoid using artificial preservatives then I guess I'm in favour of that.
The only trouble with it is that it's tricky to get the beetroot out of the packet without making a mess. You have to slide in a knife ideally, and then pop a beetroot out of the corner of the packet. If you try to just cut the packet right open, you'll likely slice through the beetroot, and end up with juice gushing out while you're at it. So handle with care! Beetroot juice is a nuisance for staining things so you want to avoid spilling it really.
The taste of this stuff is pretty decent. There's nothing about this product that makes it special, as it literally just beetroot alone. But it's decent quality beetroot, and I've always felt that it has a good texture to it. It's nice and soft, with a good strong colour, and a mild standard beetroot flavour.
I think for the price, you can't go too far wrong with this. It's affordable, and it's free from junky additives even if it is a pain to get open. For storing this stuff, I recommend putting the open packet into a storage bag. That way if any juice does leak, it'll hit the sandwich bag and not your fridge.