“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Vegetables „
something has changed, and it's not just the packaging. I got a carton of this as part of a Finest meal deal because I didn't like any of the other side dishes. I have to say it is the nicest shop bought coleslaw I've come across. Thick, creamy, crunchy with a good amount of peppery spice. Costs more than the standard issue but will definitely buy again.
I don't buy any particular brand of coleslaw that often. Not because I don't enjoy it, but the mood has to take me, and I normally have it thrown over a very heavy and hearty meal as I did on my last Sunday dinner of roast minted lamb, baby new potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, rice ( forget the veg! ) and gravy. It's a nice alternative for me than my beloved salad cream ( which I fling on everything ).
I bought this last week as part of my top up shop. Never tried this one before but it was half price, £1.00, for a 600g tub.
How is it packaged?
Being labelled as Tescos ' Finest ' ( their own branded premium products ) I didn't expect it to be stuck in a bland container. The packaging is basic. The coleslaw is in a clear square shaped container. A small green coloured label, with the ' Tesco Finest ' logo stamped on top of a green and silver coloured section just above the word ' coleslaw '. Beneath that is the use by date and guideline daily amount information ( please see below ). This label covers the edge of the tub so you have to rip it to actually open it and use. On the hinge of the tub is another label ( on the other side ), which states the ingredients, and allergy advice of the product. Also states its suitable for vegetarians. Company details on it also.
Cabbage (42%),Crème Fraîche Mayonnaise ,Carrot (20%) ,Onion ,Chive ,Crème Fraîche Mayonnaise contains: Vegetable Oil ,Crème Fraîche ,Water ,Pasteurised Free Range Egg Yolk ,Spirit Vinegar ,Sugar ,Salt ,Mustard Flour ,Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum)
Keep refrigerated. Once opened, consume within 2 days and by 'use by' date shown
Each heaped tablespoon contains:
Calories 125 6%
Sugar 2.1g 2%
Fat 12g 17%
Saturates 1.2g 6%
Salt 0.2g 3%
How does it look and taste?
The fact that the packaging comes in clear plastic means you see before you taste, and it looks very appealing. It's a creamy and pale in colour but shot through with obvious bits of colour from the carrots. The coleslaw looked brimming full of vegetables rather than there being very little and all mayo.
The actual taste again, I have to use this word, very creamy and mild thanks to the mayonnaise. It had bite to it thanks to the carrots and cabbage and despite it being full of mayonnaise I was quite surprised at how refreshing it tasted. No funny aftertaste, not too heavy and had a great texture to it. Perfect ratio between veg and mayo. The onion managed to cut through the cream and give it sharpness.
The coleslaw itself was quite thick in texture due to the amount of vegetables in it, but felt it was loose enough to serve.
Would I buy this again? Yes, but a smaller size, as this is way too big for us to finish within the time frame needed for it to remain fresh, and more so if it was on special offer.
Lovely accompaniment to lunch or dinner, full meal, sandwich, hot or cold food, doesn't matter. Very tasty
I love coleslaw especially the creamy and large chunked type of variety so when I spotted a large tub of Tesco Finest Coleslaw at a pound a tub I was unable to resist it as I had a jacket potato that was threatening to be very lonely that night if I didn't treat myself!
The Coleslaw comes in a large 600g sized see-through tub with a pull on/off lid to the top of it. On the top of the lid we are told that it is Tesco Finest Chunky Coleslaw and there is a photograph of fresh vegetables on there such as cabbage and carrots and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. On the back label on the tub we are told what ingredients are used within this and allergy advice, storage details are given and contact details for Tesco are listed. Nice large squarish shaped tub this is, and as far as I am aware it only comes available to purchase in one size. The only quibble I have with the packaging is that the lid comes off instead of being partially attached which is a bit of pain when using it.
The Coleslaw Itself :
Well what you get is lots or runny mayonnaise that is rather creamy in taste and with a small hint of hotness given to it which is mustard then within that lots of green and translucent , thick shredded cabbage with lots of large flakes of carrot. I found the cabbage to be chunky and very chunky but the carrots not to have a lot of crunch and overall this was a bit bland for me to be honest as well as bit too runny with the mayonnaise being a bit too much on the sweet side for me. I couldn't really find and/or taste any onions within this and I did search for them.
I don't think this is a horrible coleslaw and I can't quibble with the quality this has..... just for me its a bit too sweet and runny but it looks and smells good (of cabbage!) and all in all it is a good value product considering it is from the Tesco 'Finest' range.
Nutritional Information Per Tablespoon:
Only available in Tesco stores.
I love coleslaw and have tried many different brands over the years. Tesco finest coleslaw is by far the best I've ever had.
The coleslaw comes in a plastic container with the lid on the top. This is easy to open and close again to keep it fresh. The coleslaw itself is a nice appealing pale colour with a good creamy consistency. I love the nice creamy texture of this one and also like the fact that the vegetables are thinly sliced. It's such a versatile meal or snack accompaniment. I use it on sandwiches, with quiche, pizza, salad, baked potato etc.
Because of the richness of this coleslaw due to the double cream, mayonnaise and crème Fraiche this is probably not an ideal product if you're watching your weight but definitely could be used as a treat. As this product is from Tesco finest range it's a bit more expensive than other coleslaws that are available but in my opinion well worth it
White Cabbage, Mayonnaise, Carrot, Creme Fraiche, Onion, Double Cream, Vegetable Oil, Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum), Pepper.
Nutritional values per 100g are:
Calories = 151
Fat = 14.6g
Fibre = 2.7g
Sodium = 0.2g
It contains eggs, egg yolk & milk. May contain nuts
This was at my BBQ which is a current focus for my recent reviews. It was there because I was lucky enough to find a stack of them reduced but to be honest it is only £1.35 and is sizeable (each will find itself on about 8-10 peoples plates). I do normally make my own coleslaw as this is easy to do and I like raisins in mine which is not often found in shop bought versions. As shop bought coleslaw goes this is an excellent option.
I found that this coleslaw was 'smooth' in the sense that there were no awkward pieces of cabbage or chunks. The ingredients are all nicely cut up, thinly.
I will provide the ingredients list but reference should be made here to the inclusion of Creme Fraiche (7%) and Double Creme (2%). These are two things I do not normally use when making home-made coleslaw but having tasted this product would look to doing so in the future. I suspect much of the 'finest' claim comes from the fact this product does use these ingredients as they are not found in the budget coleslaws available. As such, this is a creamy, saucy coleslaw, perfect for adding to salads, accompanying BBQ food and topping off Jacket Potatoes to give just a few examples.
White Cabbage (43%), Mayonnaise (25%), Carrot (20%), Creme Fraiche (7%), Onion (2.5%), Double Creme (2%), Vegetable Oil, Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum), Pepper.
Mayonnaise: Vegetable Oil, Water, Spirit Vinegar, Sugar, Pasteurised Egg Yolk, Salt, Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum)
Contains Eggs, Egg Yolk & Milk *May contain Nuts*
---Nutrition per 100g---
Energy kCal_________151 kCal
Energy kJ___________622 kJ
of which sugars ______2.8g
of which saturates_____2.6g
It is also sold in 335g tubs for £1 and so it makes more sense to buy the 560g tub for just 35p more especially if feeding more than 4 people. You may also be interested to know that it is sold in a duo with potato salad - lookout for Tesco Finest Coleslaw & Potato Salad Twin Pack (2x200g) normally £1.79 but reduced to £1.40 until 18/06/2010 when feeding 2/3 people and for picnics.
I highly recommend this product, it is sold in 560g tubs and this makes the price of £1.35 go a long way. For a creamy, refined coleslaw this is the top of my list. When I want something a little more rugged I will make my home-made version but will now be including a little Creme Fraiche.
My mum brought this coleslaw when we had a bbq last week, she got the big 550g tub because there was a lot of us there and it cost £1.35 so that's not too expensive because it ended up feeding about 10 people and we all got a good sized dollop! lol
It's made of cabbage, carrot, onion, mayo and double cream. For me it tasted waaaaaaay too creamy and not much like coleslaw at all because I prefer my coleslaw to have a bit of a vinegary taste and this one didn't.
The vegetables are all cut a bit thicker than in other brands of coleslaw and they're all mega crunchy, there's more cabbage in it that anything and not much carrot but that's the same with any coleslaw. There's just enough onion to be able to taste it good but I wish there had been a bit more like you get in the cheaper ones.
The dressing is tooooooo creamy, that sounds mad and I know loads of people prefer it as creamy as possible but for me this coleslaw is so creamy that it nearly tastes sweet and that doesn't go all that well with burgers and stuff like that.
The vegetables all taste brill but they're so covered in the creamy dressing that it kind of spoils them because they start not tasting all that much like vegetables! lol
Thinking about it I prefer the cheaper Tesco coleslaw, it's not that there's anything WRONG with this one and for a Finest product it's quite cheap but I don't think coleslaw should be this creamy and for me it spoils it.
I asked a few people at our bbq what they thought and most people said the same as me, my uncle said it was too rich for him and it IS majorly rich so if you like a lighter coleslaw then you probably won't like this one much.
I'm not sure if I recommend this or not because like I said there is nothing wrong with it but it's been made too creamy and that spoils it because coleslaw should BE that creamy! Try it though because you might like it.... they do a smaller tub and that's about £1.00 and I think they might sell it on the deli and if you do you can always ask to try a spoon full before laying money out on it.
To my mind there is nothing worse than a cheap and cheerful coleslaw, I can do cheap and cheerful on many products but this is one product that is worth paying a penny or two extra for.
I like to try to watch my weight but the low calorie coleslaws are just not worth eating, I find that the mayonnaise always seems to be very glutinous and the shredded vegatables soon start to show signs of discolouration.
I have enjoyed the Tesco finest coleslaw many times, It is great served with a salad, it makes a fine topping for a jacket potato and it is delicious served in a sandwich.
I really enjoy coleslaw but the Other Half wouldn't even look at it, so when I buy it I have to be in the mood to enjoy two or three meals or snacks that are going to include it.
Tesco have used the normal storage method for coleslaw, the large clear plastic tub is simple yet it allows you to see that the contents are fresh. Stale coleslaw can be spotted from a mile away, the mayonnaise has a distinct lack lustre look and the shredded vegetables turn discoloured and look very unappetising.
Tesco have sealed the plastic carton with the label that contains the product information, these type of sticky labels can be a bit of a bind. I always seem to end up tearing them off and repositioning them to reseal the packet.
I never fail to check the packet to see that it has the longest use-by date possible. Tesco state that the coleslaw contains finely shredded vegetables and they are quite correct. I feel that the finely shredded vegetables are far more palatable, they are easier to manoeuvre and far easier to digest.
The Tesco Finest coleslaw contains very finely shredded white cabbage, which is more of a pale green and does add a small amount of colour. The grated carrot makes the whole mixture look enticing and the white onion seems to disappear into the creamy mayonnaise.
If I make my own coleslaw I only ever use the finely grated vegetables and some Hellman's mayonnaise but Tesco have added their mixed vegetables to a combination of mayonnaise, crème fraiche and double cream - hence the coleslaw is rich and tastes extra creamy.
Tesco have made sure that the texture is correct, from my point of view the texture of food is nearly as important as the taste. The finely shredded white cabbage is easy to bite through and the sweet carrots add a mild crunch, while the white onion adds that slight `kick`.
The white cabbage and the carrot make up the major part of the vegetables and just 2.5% of white onion is included. The whole mixture has been seasoned with white pepper.
Allergy advice includes milk and egg and Tesco say that they cannot guarantee that there will be no nuts. The product has to be stored in the fridge and once it has been opened they recommend that you eat it within a couple of days.
The 300g pack costs around 90p and it contains enough coleslaw to make a good couple of meals and a sandwich for me.
100g of the Tesco Finest coleslaw contains 155 calories, so put that with a jacket potato and a side salad and you have a good nutritious meal that any weight watcher could enjoy without feeling too guilty.
The Tesco finest coleslaw is very pleasant, the balance is right, the coleslaw doesn't look too anaemic and the consistency is good.
It is simple food but more often than not they are some of the very best so why not try it and see ?
I am a huge fan of the Tesco Finest range and I find the Tesco Finest salads are better than most supermarket salads. One of my favourite meals is a variety of salads with some cold meats and ham, and I am especially fond of coleslaw. I usually make my own coleslaw if cooking for a lot of people, but if it is just my husband and I at home I prefer to buy a small amount and Tesco Finest Coleslaw is the perfect amount for us.
Tesco Finest coleslaw is made of finely chopped cabbage, carrots and onion with a delicious creamy sauce made of mayonnaise, crème fraiche and double cream (not the best thing if you are counting those calories!). This is definitely the best coleslaw that I have tasted from a supermarket and can highly recommend it to everyone.
The packaging is simple and functional. It consists of a clear plastic tub and lid with a silver Tesco Finest label. On the lid you can find the nutritional value of 100g clearly marked: 155 calories, 2,8g sugar, 14.6g fat with 2,6g saturates and 0,5g salt. The expiry date is also clearly shown on the lid.
Tesco Finest (as with the whole Tesco Finest range) is slightly more expensive than the standard Tesco brand, but the taste is worth the extra cost. A 500g tub of tesco Finest coleslaw costs £1,35.