“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Tomato „
One thing that I often buy in my weekly shop is a few cans of chopped and plum tomatoes. I make alot of chilli and spag bols and the likes plus I do really like a sausage and tomato or sometimes bacon and tomato sandwich and on those things and within dishes my preference is tinned tomatoes because I like the amount of juice you usually get opposed to when using fresh ones, plus these store great in the cupboard instead of me usually forgetting about tomatoes and them rotting in my vegetable box in my fridge!
These come in a red can with a picture of some tomatoes on the front of it and we are clearly told what they are and who they are by plus there is a handy at a glance nutritional chart then on the back of the can other information listed includes ingredients and size of the can given (400g in this case), there is a full and comprehensive nutritional chart stated and contact details for Tesco are clearly given. Nice enough can and its informative enough as you'd expect it to be.
Well these tomatoes are simply a nice dark red in colour, fleshy and are plump pieces of tomatoes in a similar colour juice and plenty of it and I spotted not many and only a few little seeds in my tin and they looked nice and as I say looked like a tin of chopped tomatoes and they also smelt it!
To use them you can heat them in the microwave, on the hob and in a saucepan and serve them as they are or add herbs and spices and so on or you can use them within dishes.
With my can I heated them up in a saucepan for a couple of minutes and served them on a bacon sarnie and they tasted nice and juicy though they really weren't all that much better than a value sort of shops own product. I have no idea why they are referred to as Italian and these have nothing to my knowledge in them Italian....the tomatoes used are not stated to be Italian and no herbs, spices or even olive oil are used within them according to the ingredient list on the back of the can!
I used the other half the following day after covering and storing them in the fridge for a few hours and I used them to help me make a spag bol dish and half a can helped me make a very decent sized portion up for one.
All in all though these are 55p a can and I don't believe that they are all that much better as cheaper tinned tomatoes so in my opinion if I was you I would go for the cheaper ones if this is the price range and that of what your used to paying....me though I'm back to favoured Napolina tomatoes that although cost closer to the pound mark for the same sized can really do offer me a rich and tasty can of tomatoes that I really don't mind paying extra for! These though are ok, not slushy, I found no hard bits or skins in the can but for me they just weren't as rich in flavour as I like!
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Chopped tomatoes are something that I use a lot when cooking and so I'm keen to get value tins of them where possible in order to save a bit of money. Sometimes, however, they've sold out when I need them and so I have to go for another version. As Tesco is a supermarket that I shop in often, I have unsurprisingly had to go for their standard Italian chopped tomatoes on occasion.
==Tesco Italian Chopped Tomatoes in Tomato Juice==
What these are is pretty self explanatory: chopped tomatoes in tomato juice in a tin. They are very convenient to use when making tomato-based sauces, curries or other dishes as they are already chopped and can simply be poured into the pan you're using. They also obviously don't go off as quickly as fresh tomatoes so you can buy a few tins and keep them in the cupboard without worrying about whether you're going to eat them any time soon.
These particular chopped tomatoes from Tesco are described as 'Italian' but I have to say I don't know what makes them different from chopped tomatoes without this description. There are no additional Italian ingredients as far as I can remember in the standard tin, although another version is available with basil. I have used this for Italian style recipes as well as other styles of cuisine and they were suitable in all instances.
==What I Thought==
These are perfectly good chopped tomatoes and I'm very happy to use them if the cheaper option is not available. They taste nice and while not as fresh tasting as chopping your own tomatoes, they are good and go well in a lot of the things that I regularly cook with tomatoes. Despite them apparently being Italian, they go just as well in curries or as part of a cooked breakfast as they do in more Italian fare.
That said, I still stick to buying cheaper options when I can. This is because, while good, they are not of noticeably better quality than their lower priced counterparts. There are a lot of foods where it's a false economy to go for the cheapest versions, but chopped tomatoes isn't one of those, in my opinion. Tesco's value tomatoes as well as those from other supermarkets have always suited me fine and their standard brand isn't special enough to warrant the extra pennies.
== Conclusion ==
These chopped tomatoes are still pretty cheap at only 69p per 400g tin, but do cost almost exactly twice as much as the value ones, which cost only 35p for the same amount. While the difference doesn't seem much, I feel it's worth buying cheaper options if the quality is decent and these Tesco Italian Chopped Tomatoes haven't convinced me otherwise. Of course, there are many much more expensive chopped tomatoes available and so they're cheap compared to premium brands, but I've not been tempted to try them to compare just yet. Recommended for tomato-based dishes, but no better than the value option, in my opinion.
You can imagine my suprise as I was made redundant from my job, shortly after the general election. As a result of this we decided we needed to tighten our belts rather than digging into our savings. We found that we could save a great deal of money by using the 'just like' brands that are,rather cruelly, positioned next to our usual brand. The problem is with 'just like brands' or supermarket brands is that they are very rarely 'just like' the product they claim to be like. This is not the case with these superb Italian chopped tomatoes: We made the switch from pricy Napolina tomatoes and haven't looked back since.
We use these tomatoes in a variety of our home-made inexpensive meals and find absolutely no reduction in taste, quality or texture. At my local Tesco's these tomatoes are retailing for around 25% less than the premier brand (Nappolina).
I usually buy tomato tins for cooking curries. As tin tomatoes contain concentrated tomato juice these give strong flavour than normal fresh tomatoes. I have tried branded tomato tins and comparatively Tesco Italian chopped tomatoes are no less in quality and also cost less.
The tins I recently bought last week is red in colour with Tesco label and the tomatoes chopped inside are mentioned as Italian chopped tomatoes in rich tomato juice. It is mentioned on the tin that these are produced in Italy for Tesco stores so the tomatoes are indeed Italian produce.
The tin is made of metal and can be recycled. There is no ring pull provided and we will have to use tin opener to open the tin. After using the chopped tomatoes for cooking any content remaining in the tin should be transferred into a non metallic container and must be refrigerated and consumed within two days. Once opened the tomatoes mixture does not stay fresh for more days .We can smell stale smell from the tomatoes and we will end up throwing away.
Unopened tins can be stored in a cool dry place. Expiry date is mentioned on the bottom of the tins
The tin is full of nicely chopped tomatoes in thick tomato juice. The chopped tomato mixture falls easily from the tin without any shaking. Once used in cooking they get easily cooked and mix very well with the other ingredients used in cooking releasing their flavour.
Ingredients constitute 65% tomato, concentrated tomato juice and acidity regulator (citric acid). These are suitable for vegetarians.
200gm i.e. half a can contains 47 calories, 8gm sugar and 0.4 gm fat.
These are available only in Tesco and are usually kept near branded tomato cans.
I definitely recommend these for their quality and low price.
Here is a product that I turn to every time I wish to make a Chilli Con Carne. I had been using plum tomatoes, but found that the chopped variety condense better when you're boiling away on the hob.
I bought these because they undercut the leading brand make by a few pence in price and I thought, a tomato is a tomato, there cannot be that much difference in quality. Luckily, I was proved correct, as there was very little difference in quality. I put aside the fact that the Tesco tin design was lacking in merit and focused on the contents.
The tomatoes dispense very easily, just turn upside down and they fall out very quickly. There was no scraping or shaking involved, which meant cooking was speeded up straight away. I noticed the sauce was not overly watery either, there were no dregs at the bottom of the tin, which pleased me, as I did not want a watery mixture for my dish. So thumbds up in the viscosity department.
The tomatoes are pretty finely chopped, but there are enough bits to get your teeth into. As you boil them, they break down even further, so you are left with a smoother tomato paste. This makes the sauce ideal for cooking and pastas. You could use it to stir over plain pasta or in a lasagne or chilli like I did.
The taste is good too, with a rich tomato essence and a nice afterbite to it. I now use these regularly and feel that the 48p price tag is a fair price for a decent product. No stalks to detach either, just a tin of good quality chopped tomatoes, ready to cook. Definitely worth buying and as good as pricier brands.
The tin of Tesco chopped tomatoes is an item I have tried out recently and this is my review.
If I am honest I usually buy the tin of Tesco value chopped tomatoes but the other week my store had run out of the Tesco value option so I had to choose between other brands and this was the cheapest option that was in the store that day.
The tin is a bit more attractive looking than the Tesco value tin that I usually buy but that is probably because all of the Tesco value items are not in nice packaging as you are just paying for a basic item really. This doesn't bother me at all as the packaging goes in the bin, but I do think the tin of Tesco tomatoes looks better on the supermarket shelf when compared to the value tins.
I paid about 50 pence for the tin of Tesco chopped tomatoes which isn't all that expensive but is more expensive than what I would usually pay as I have said.
When I opened the tin I thought the tomatoes were a nice red colour and looked nice and bright and not the way that some other brands do that are a bit yellow or green at the ends. I thought the tomatoes looked to be good quality.
They were chopped up in the tin which was handy for me as I was adding them to an Italian dish and so I didn't need to worry about chopping them up myself. There were a lot of seeds and juice in the tin which added volume and texture to my pasta dish. I thought that the tin had a good amount of tomatoes in it especially for what I paid.
The tomatoes tasted very nice when in my pasta dish and they weren't to bitter or acid tasting at all. To be honest I didn't really think there was anything that great about this brand and I thought they did the job as well as my other usual brand which is a bit cheaper for the same size of tin! I am not sure I would go out of my way to buy the Tesco brand of tin tomatoes over the Tesco VALUE brand of tinned tomatoes as I didn't see much difference tho I would buy them again if I couldn't get my value brand which is my first choice.
These tinned tomatoes were good enough for my cooking but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy them over other brands. If you don't like the Tesco value tinned tomatoes tho I would suggest giving this kind a try out.
The tin of tomatoes is from Tesco and so can only be bought in Tesco supermarkets costing around 50 pence.
I usually purchase Tesco's value chopped tomatoes, but when I was recently shopping in my local Tesco's Metro they didn't have any in, so I either bought the more expensive 'Tesco's Italian Chopped Tomatoes' or I didn't cook the spag bol I had planned.
I decided to purchase these because at 48p for a 400g tin, they weren't overly expensive.
This product comes in a green and red tin, so they look more expensive than the value brand. However, unfortunately the can doesn't have a ring pull, so you have to use a tin opener to open it.
I only ever use tinned tomatoes when I'm cooking and the consistency of these was slightly more appealing than the Value alternative. The chucks of tomato are quite a little bigger and they are a deeper red colour - indicating that you are getting more tomato and less water for your money.
However the proof is in the pudding and when it came to taste, this product seemed to be exactly the same as the cheaper value alternative.
At 48p these may be more expensive than Tesco's Vale brand, but personally I think you are paying for the coloured label, because they don't taste richer or any nicer than the cheaper alternative (which is 29p cheaper).
There are 23 cal per 100g, so you won't blow the diet by eating these. But although I do think this product does the job as a cooking ingredient, it is slightly overpriced.
Three out of five stars.
I use so many tins of tomatoes in a month that I'm always on the look out for good quality ones but without the hefty price tag - anyone else noticed how much they are these days?!
I've tried the more expensive tins right down to the basic/ value ones & found they vary from being tasty enough to eat on their own (nice heated up with loads of black pepper on toast) to being watery/ full of seeds or completely tasteless.
My latest buy was a multi-pack of 4 x 400g tins which cost £1.80 & I was really pleased with the colour, taste & texture. The cans are bright & cheerful & the contents are described as 'Italian chopped tomatoes in rich tomato sauce' which says it all in my opinion.
The nutritional values are listed clearly on the front of the label & in each half can there's only 47 calories & 0.4g fat but a pretty hefty 8g sugar (tomatoes ARE sweet though!). The ingredients include 65% tomato, concentrated tomato juice & citric acid & they are suitable for vegetarians.
Although the tins don't have a ring-pull they can be recycled - you can't have everything can you?! Once opened & put in non-metal container the tomatoes can be stored in the fridge for 2 days although I tend to use them straightaway.
The cooking directions are on the reverse side & can be microwaved etc but it states you shouldn't bring them to the boil as it would spoil the taste.
I generally use tinned tomatoes in stews, curries, casseroles, soups or for pizza toppings & vegetarian dishes as it's not too time-consuming & works out a lot cheaper than ready-to-cook sauces etc. eg when making a basic Italian sauce I add a few fresh herbs, salt & black pepper, a little garlic, tomato puree & chopped onion & celery to a couple of tins of toms then freeze what we don't eat.
These Tesco ones are a lovely texture & colour plus I didn't find any 'strange' bits (which I've come accross in some cans) & they aren't watery. The taste is good too - an authentic good quality tomatoey one which tastes a little sweet but not overly so.
Although they blend well into soups etc I've also had them on toast & they haven't been soggy & retained their texture.
Although not the very best tinned tomatoes I've ever tried I would definitely recommend trying these for the price.
Tinned tomatoes always seem to be on my shopping list, we must get through at least 3 tins a week. they can be used in so many ways they are great for keeping in the cupboard, however I have got a 'thing' about the green tops on tinned tomatoes so always buy plum so that I can grab hold of the juicy tomato and chop it off instead of fishing round in the pan. However last time I went to the supermarket they were out of cheaper plum so I opted for Tesco Italian chopped tomatoes in rich tomato juice.
~~ Whats in the tin ~~
The bright green 400g tin has the Tesco logo across the top and a large picture of a bright red juicy tomato at the bottom, the tin also holds the normal information of nutritional info, ingredients and use by date. On opening the tin you can see the ripe plump tomato pieces swimming in juice which is a little too thin.
~~ Price and availability ~~
I bought the 400g tin of tomatoes for 48p and being a Tesco's own product are exclusive to Tesco.
~~ Ingredients ~~
Tomato (65%), Concentrated Tomato Juice, Acidity regulator (Citric Acid)
~~ Nutritional information based on 100g ~~
Energy 99kj / 23 calories
*Equivalent salt trace
~~ Allergy Advice ~~
Tesco cannot guarantee these chopped tomatoes to be nut free
~~ My overall opinion ~~
I was actually surprised and really pleased that I found no green tops in these tomatoes and having never used them before am unsure whether I was just lucky or it's pretty standard. The taste is exactly as you would expect from tomatoes, they were tasty and true to flavour, not too tangy and a little bit sweet, at half the price of bigger brands these are a bargain and I for one will continue to buy them, they will enhance any pasta dish, full English or my favourite with melted cheese on toast and a good twist of black pepper. If you buy lots of tinned toms then these could save you a few pence. The only downside to these for me was the juice was a little bit too watery, however its no big problem as I mainly use them for adding to other dishes.
A step up from the value and a step up in price...
These Italian chopped tomatoes are in a rich tomato juice in a 400g tin. They are Tesco's own brand and in my opinion they are worse than the value.
To cook these all you have to do is empty the contents into a pan, stir gently for 3 to 4 minutes then make sure this does not boil. You can also pour these into a spag bol or chilli.
The problem with these is that they are too watery. I understand that these are in real tomato juice but these made my dinner very runny!
Half of the can provides 94 kcal, 16.0g of carbohydrates and 0.8g of fat. The carb intake is a little too much and personally I prefer the value range of tinned tomatoes. This is because they taste more tomatoey, they are less watery and they do not spoil your dinner!
They come in the same packaging as the above image and they are around 50p per can at Tesco. I would rate these 3/5 because they are just not good quality and for the price I think that is shocking and there should be a thicker juice.
I use chopped tomatoes quite often in cooking and like most people at the moment I am trying to keep shopping costs to a minimum. I believe these to be a cupboard staple that I am just never without so I want to try and find the cheapest ones possible at a reasonable price.
A 400g tin is 48p in Tesco at present which is a little more expensive than some of the cans available but I wanted something that wasn't 'value' or 'basics' just for a nice change really. A 400g tin has 92 calories, 16.0g sugar (high for what it is) and 0.8g of fat. So at least this is low in fat but what with it being cheap it is high in sugar (to give it an extra tang I guess!).
These tomatoes come already chopped so it's easy enough to just open them and then heat them on the hob, or in the microwave, or even just add them to the blender to make a sauce.
The tomatoes are great for using in pasta sauces or in the slow cooker to make a lovely spaghetti bolognese or even in a slow-cooked stew (makes cheap cuts of meat taste beautiful!).
The tomatoes are fairly high quality in my opinion and whilst I have noticed the odd occasional slightly green tomato or stem remaining these are fantastic for the price you pay! You get lots of tomatoes in the can and the sauce is seemingly thicker than some of the other cheaper ones that I have tried in the past. The sauce does not seem to have too much flavour to it but that's not really essential to me as I usually just add my own herbs, spices and citrus juices.
Ingredients: Tomato (65%), Concentrated Tomato Juice, Acidity regulator (Citric Acid)
Because these tomatoes are so cheap I make my own pasta sauces and it's just so cheap and simple, also, the taste is far superior to any jar of sauce from the supermarket, well, any jar that's reasonably priced at least!
I would definitely recommend these tomatoes as they are quick, simple, cheap and low in calories, also, they count as one of your five a day!
These tomatoes get a 4/5 from me as the juice is not the tastiest ever but overall the quality of the tomatoes is comparable to similar priced products.
Tesco Italian Chopped Tomatoes are not the most exciting tinned tomatoes you can buy. They certainly don't excite the taste buds. They are however an economical choice at 56p for a 400g tin when compared to say a same size tin of Napolina chopped tomatoes that will set you back 98p.
Like most people I use tinned tomatoes as a base for pasta dishes or sometimes with a vegetarian chili con carne. More often than not though I have them with pasta dishes.
I regard the taste of these tomatoes as passable but a bit on the bland side. They lack flavour. As such I often try to spice them up a little by adding a touch of lemon juice, herbs and sometimes garlic, but no matter what I do I just can't get that juicy tangy zest that you get with say... a tin of Napolina chopped tomatoes, which I consider to be the best brand out there. It's difficult to pinpoint exactly what is lacking, but there is no doubt that these Tesco tinned tomatoes lack the tasty tangy vibrancy of Napolina. Perhaps this difference in flavour is due to the intensive hydroponic farming methods used (I assume) to grow Tesco tomatoes and the fact that Napolina tomatoes (so they claim) are "still grown on the sun-drenched slopes of Puglia in Italy" from where they are picked only when they are fully ripe. Or perhaps it has something to do with the way the Tomatoes are packed. In the end it is this taste difference that you must consider when trying to decide whether it is worth paying 30p or 40p more for it.
Tesco Italian tinned tomatoes also don't look that appetizing when you pour them from the tin. The juice is very thick and the overall appearance is of a pale red rather than a richly deep red.
The ingredients consist of tomatoes (65%), concentrated tomato juice and acidity regulator (citric acid).
Other nutritional information: calories: 47kcal, 2% of your GDA Sugar: 8.0g, 9% of your GDA Fat: 0.4g, 1% of your GDA Saturates: trace, < 1% of your GDA Salt: trace, < 1%.
These tinned tomatoes are sold in three formats. At the time of writing there is a 400g tin that will cost you 56p. There is a smaller 227g tin that costs 49p. You can also purchase a 400g tin 4xpack for £2.12 which works out at 53p a tin. The tins have no key rings so you will have to struggle with a tin opener before you pour them into a pan.
If you're on a budget I would recommend them, but if you can afford it, a tin of Napolina Tomatoes will always beat a tin of Tesco Tomatoes for taste every time.