“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Carrots „
We go through a huge amount of fresh vegetables in our house due to both my wife and I loving to cook and my passion for making homemade soup, certain vegetables cannot be skimped on but others I find there is little to choose between expensive organic ones and budget ones and one of these vegetables are carrots.
So with that thought in my head I decided on a recent trip to Tesco to try out their value range of Carrots and I was proved right as these carrots were as good as anything I have used before and cost just a fraction of the price.
Although I love cooking there are times when I cannot be bothered with the chopping of carrots and the likes so the fact that these come sliced is also a good thing in my opinion but obviously depending on your use for them this might not work for you.
1kg of these carrots costs only 49p which is about half the price of a kilo of the carrots I had been using which I purchased from Asda, I have to say at this time though that asda also do a budget range of carrot that may well be very good too, I just haven't tried them yet.
I have used these carrots raw and cooked and also in my homemade soup and I am more than happy with them on every count, they are very tasty carrots and also very high in quality and of course as mentioned they are very low in price.
I don't always eat as much fruit and veg as I would like to so each week I usually challenge myself to buy at least one lot of fresh fruit & veg and one lot of frozen fruit & veg and find different, appetising, ways to use them up throughout the week.
I purchased a 1kg bag of Tesco 'Market Value' Sliced Carrots for around 80p which I thought was a bargain. To use the carrots I simply take what I require from the bag then put it back in the fridge or freezer (depending on how much I'm going to use up). I gave these carrots a quick wash and then they were ready to be blitzed as part of a bolognese sauce, used in a curry and cooked in a stew in my slow cooker. These can also be served with dinner as part of any accompaniment or in any dish you like really. I often blend them in to things as I don't notice the texture so much then and I know I've added a couple of servings to a meal for two then I get one of my five a day!
There are some strange sized carrots but for the price I paid I don't care as I'm not using them for presentation just to be healthier. The carrots are hard & crunchy and absolutely yummy. They taste just like any other carrot and I will be buying them again as I like to be healthy and I was pleased with how long they lasted in the fridge (around a week).
Per 100g there is just 35 calories and 0.3g of fat so if I'm peckish occasionally I will take a few of these out, wash them and then dip them in something. This can be a little tricky with some of the smaller slices but at least this keeps me occupied for a little while and takes my mind off wanting chocolate!
I am going to rate these 5/5 as the price is fantastic and they are great when used in a slow cooker as they become really soft and delicious without turning to mush.
Thanks for reading my 800th review!!
You know something? I feel so lazy sometimes that I can't even be bothered to cut carrots when making one of my thai currys!
Ok, so I feel ashamed! :( But my currys do involve dozens of ingredients and so A LOT of prep time, so maybe this is where tescos value sliced carrots come in handy!
The packaging is the usual no thrills affair, keeping the price down. But it still have those vital stats on calories, fat, salt, even though these are carrots we are talking about here! hmmm..
Anyway, to the product;
You'd think perhaps at this price you'd get 'deformed', oddly shaped carrots right? Well, you'd be right! But guess what? Vegetables are supped to come in a variety of shapes and colours, some occasionally look oddly shaped to us, but this is just because we have been conditioned to believe this by supermarkets who throw away or reject perfectly good vegetables just because they have a strange bump coming out of them...
These carrots are perfectly fine, they taste just like any other carrot you'd buy anywhere else. They have a nice crunch to them and I can say they are a nice addition to my currys! They save a few minutes in prep time and are cheap!
What can really be said about these tiny orange vegetables? They're exactly what they say on the pack, value carrots.
Bear in mind that they're extra value, so they're falling into the not-perfect-but-taste-good category. As long as you give the bag a brief onceover for some flaws (which I recommend you to do with all food) you're going to get some oddly shaped, but perfectly edible value carrots. The price is great, they can be used in loads of things, or washed and eaten as-is.
It's not even as though the shape or size is a problem in the long run either, sure they're a little odd looking, but given that the bags are measured out in weight, you're getting the same amount each bag. And who cares what they look like if you're going to chop them up and put them in another dish?
Worth buying? Definitely, if you don't mind the occasional rogue carrot, they're just as good as more expensive alternatives.
Okay so anyone who reads my (mostly food!) reviews will know that I am not one to turn my nose up at the cheaper brands in an effort to save money for more fun things like travelling! This mainly involves attempting to buy pretty much the whole Tesco Value range which has mostly impressed me this far.
One of those items is value carrots. These are one of those things that I don't really understand why people don't always buy, unless they want organic vegetables. The reason why they are value is because they are not 'Class 1' i.e. not the best, they don't make the standard usually because they are quite small or oddly shaped.
They are sold in 1kg bags which is clear with a white square on the front with the Tesco value logo (they call these 'market value' now) the word 'carrots' and a little line tell tell you how much of your 5 a day they provide.
The carrots themselves are indeed all shapes and sizes, some only 3 inches long and some a bit wonky. This does not put me off at all as I am only going to be peeling them and cutting them up, so what does it matter. They are all good quality and if there were any not very good then you would be able to see it through the bag. I have never had any problems with them.
They are crunchy, not bendy and soft, taste like well, carrots and are suitable for cooking with and eating raw. They are also very good for you!
They cost 75p for a 1kg bag and contain 35 calories and 0.3g of fat per 100g.
Okay so pre packed pre cut vegtables are vegtables for the lazy person!!
Hey so what I'm Lazy!!
I normally eat them raw either on their own or with humous! Tesco also do a Carrot baton which are just as nice.
Okay the facts
100g contains 39calories. 0.3% of fat and one third of the pack is 1/5 of your 5 a day fruit and veg!!
Good news all round
Ingredients : Carrots (100%)
Free from nuts.
Carrots can be microwaved in the packaging for 4mins
Or cooked in hot water on the hob for 4-5 mins.
Keep the item refridgerated, use by the sell by date and no not freeze.
These carrots can be used for a variety of meals.
Eaten alone raw
As part of a tasty roast dinner.
Mashed up with swede
The list is endless.
They offer the goodness of carrots without all the hassle of washing, peeling and cutting.
I am in two minds about this product. Tesco do a good range of products at a lower price, called their 'Value' selection. When it comes to baked beans or a snack or soups, etc, I don't usually have an issue as long as I appreciate that you get what you pay for. However, when it turns round to fresher produce such as fruit or veg, I wrestle wth myself.
On a negative note, this promotes laziness and you have to question the freshness of the product. The above picture shows you that you can buy pre-sliced carrots in the Value range, but you can also get Value carrots as you would buy them loose on the shelf, pre-packaged and ready for your selection. Now, you could argue that it makes it quicker and simpler, particularly for the person who doesn't have the time or inclination to stand over a hot stove cooking veg for themselves or their family. But I would much rather have a good selection of fresh veg from a greengrocer which is likely to be as cheap but better quality.
On the plus side, the work is done for you and it won't cost you much, open the packet and drop them in some boiling water, or add them to whatever meal or casserole you're cooking - job done! I suppose as long as the quality remains to some extent, then it's okay. The carrots shown in the picture above save time as wel as promote laziness, but I guess it is up to us to decide which reason we buy it for! The carrots which are pre-packaged but still whole are generally decent quality, but one thing you have to remind yourself is of the reason they are a Value product. Quite often, they are lesser quality than other carrots, and may have been grown under forced condition to promote quicker but less natural growth. This is where the morality and ethical issue comes in. If you like your organic food and what it stands for, then this is probably not for you.
Overall, I guess this is an okay product to buy, if you want to save time and a bit of money in comparison to a lot of the options. I have bought both types of Value carrots before, but I prefer to choose my own carrots, on the whole. I'm giving Tesco Value carrots 3 stars , because it gives you a good option, and carrots don't often vary in taste that much.
I use quite a lot of carrots as I like them raw, steamed, roasted and also make my own carrot cakes and muffins. When eating fruit and vegetables it's important to choose ones which has different colours as this is where you are getting a good combination of vitamins, and what better than a bright orange addition to your meal.
Carrots, along with most other vegetables, are getting more and more expensive in my local greengrocers shop so when I noticed that Tesco are now selling them as part of their 'Market Value' range I decided to buy a bag to try.
I was very impressed considering these carrots cost only 49p for a large bag, unfortunately I threw the plasic bag away as I store my carrots in a basket in the pantry so can't tell you the exact weight of them. I'd say a pile of carrots of this size would have ordinarily cost me around £2 in the greengrocers though so a hefty saving to be made here.
The carrots were all firm and appetising looking. Because this is the cheaper end of the vegetable market, they are perhaps not as perfect looking as other carrots you can buy but at the end of the day these are going to be peeled and chopped or grated who I didn't really care about that. Some of the carrots are decidedly ugly, including a few that are actually half carrots, but all are perfectly edible and have a lovely flavour.
The flavour of these carrots is quite mild which I find is a bit of a pain as they are slightly tasteless when eaten raw with a dip, but once cooked the flavour comes out beautifully and there is very little difference between these and more expensive carrots.
They have proved themselves time and again since I first started buying these a week or two ago, and I will certainly continue buying them because I cannot see the sense in spending extra money on the same product, albeit prettier carrots in a nicer bag.
Just today I made a batch of individual carrot cakes using these carrots and they are delicious, the addition of the carrot has made them lovely and moist with a definite carroty taste to the cakes. I used a handful in a stew I made yesterday too and they softened beautifully and ensured I had my 5-a-day yesterday.
They keep much better than I was expecting them to, stored in the cool pantry I successfully kept them for just under a week although a bag of carrots rarely lasts so long in my house anyway it's just that I had very little cooking to do last week. So even for those of you who do not use as many carrots, buy a bag of these and they'll keep fine for at least seven days after purchase providing they have been stored properly.
To be honest I do not find any of the carrots in Tesco particulary tasty when compared to the ones I can buy at farmers markets or that my father used to grow in his garden so if I have no choice but to get carrots from Tesco then I usually go for the cheapest option which is their value brand.
I do not buy them in the pre packed form that Dooyoo have a picture of instead I tend to buy them in a pack as whole carrots, the only reason that I can see they are in the value range as opposed to the loose normally priced ones is that these may have the odd blemish on them and certainly they do not seem to last very long in the chiller compartment however I find that if I'm using them in a stew or casserole then they are perfectly good enough.
I also like to roast them as well and dependant upon size this will either be whole or cut in half so they resemble a cut of a parsnip and they taste really good roasted with a little honey on them and cooked with other root vegetables and some chunks of red pepper as well.
If any of you have been kind enough to read any of my food reviews, you'll know that I'm on a mission to try & save money on my ever-increasing food shopping!
I have read a lot of reviews on Dooyoo about the Tesco value range so have added a few items into my basket which Dooyooers have tried & tested.
On Tesco.com I saw 1kg of carrots for 49p - our local greengrocer was selling them at 89p so I decided to opt for the Tesco ones despite liking to support the little shops.
True, these weren't as well-shaped or all the same size - but who cares?!
The carrots came in a plastic bag with the usual Tesco logo etc.
I'd advise opening the bag as soon as possible as they could go sweaty & store as usual.
The carrots varied in size - some big with knobbly bits & some quite small & a few half ones - not a problem as far as I'm concerned as they tasted just the same.
These may not last as long as other ones? but as we eat a lot in various ways in our family the saving is worth it.
They are crunchy, taste good & are the same colour as more expensive ones - once peeled, grated, chopped or diced they look just the same - as far as I'm concerned why pay more?
uses for any carrots
My eldest daughter likes raw carrot sticks which are also good for garnishing & dips.
They are great raw ( & as they're uncooked they retain a few more vitamins) for lunchboxes for school , college or work
I like to make fresh vegetable soup using seasonal vegetables so these are ideal for that & for carrot & coriander soup.
Carrots are good to make stews, curries & casseroles go that bit further whilst adding fibre & a few vitamins.
when I have the urge to have a baking session I like to make carrot cake - as the carrots are grated these value ones are ideal once again.
I think it's nice to add some colour to dishes and I'd recommend giving these cheapo ones a try?
I know what you are thinking! How lazy is she buying repacked ready sliced carrots but my excuse is they are cheap and great for when we are in a hurry.
I noticed my local Tesco have just started stocking theses so a few weeks ago I had a banging headache and felt sick but my family still needed feeding! I popped into Tesco (bad idea when you have a headache) I bought a cooked chicken, Tesco value ready chopped carrots and a bag of peas. On the way home, I grabbed a bag of chips from the chippy and that was tea done!
The carrots cooked along with the peas very quickly and they did not turn the water all orange like they can do sometimes. The carrots tasted a little metallic uncooked and I really did not like the taste of them raw but they were great cooked. The family ate them without even commenting which is a good sign as they always complain if things are not 100%.
I bought these carrots as a one off as I was in a rush but to be honest I would rather use fresh carrots, as pre packed carrots must be treated to keep them fresh so in they are not as good for your body as fresh carrots.
my advice would be great if you are in a hurry and don't try them raw!
sorry i forgot to let you know how much they cost a 1.5kg bag costs 68p
With my being on maternity leave we have, probably along with most people now adays, been looking at how we can reduce the cost of our weekly shop - no mean feat with how much the price of food is going up!
We used to try and buy organic where we could but sadly that's had to stop for now! These carrots are considered as class 2 by tesco and come in a 1.5kg bag for which you will pay 68p! (approx 45p/kg) This is quite some saving compared to their class 1 carrots which cost 87p for a 1kg bag!
The packaging is standard tesco value packaging - clear plastic bag with the white and blue strips and value written in red.
My first thought when opening the bag is just how big the carrots are, my husband takes raw carrots in to work as part of his packed lunch and I was hoping that they weren't going to be too woody or tasteless! They passed his taste test with ease, they were just as good a taste as non value carrots! They made a nice addition to a stew (where is the sun? It's summer and I'm cooking stews for goodness sake!!) and taste nice boiled too. I haven't roasted them yet but will do tomorrow with a roast!
The website lists them as having a short life span but they still were nice and fresh at the end of the week!
For the saving you get it is worth buying these carrots, they might not look particularly attractive (they are quite large and funny shapes!) but they taste good which is, after all, why you buy food! We have bought these again with our shop this week and will continue to do so!
Tesco Value Carrots...............
Tesco Value Carrots are exactly what they say on the packaging. Basic carrots at a basic price. You seem to get a fairly good amount in a packet for a price of under 50 pence which is a mere snip of a price compared to other carrots than you can buy.
Up until this week, I had been buying carrots with the top on for a few pounds from my local veg man and these were delicious. They had a very strong and carrot like taste which when steamed the flavour was really brought out.
I thought I would give the value carrots a try just to see if my money on carrots was being well spent and if I could get a just as good tasting carrot at the fraction of the price. The answer to this question however has got to be no, the flavour you get from fresh top on carrots is nothing compared to the flavour you get with cheap and budget carrots from the supermarket.
I have to say the Tesco value carrots were nice and fresh looking and the overall appearance was good. They had a nice orange carrot colour but not as soil in colour as my usual local top on carrots. They were a lot chunkier in size compared to my normal ones and possibly seemed a little harder to cut - but again this may have just been the size.
The main part for me however has to be the taste test and this is where the value range failed miserably. The Value carrots were crunchy and did have that faint carrot taste but this flavour was nothing as to the flavour I usually get with my top on carrots from the beg man. I think that I am such a carrot fan at meal times that it is important to get the flavour you want and this just was not there when I was eating the value carrots. It did have some flavour but just nowhere enough for me to enjoy them as much as usual.
I do think for the price that they are very good and when times are hard (such as they are now) I may just have to make a few sacrifices but I think for the small price difference I would much prefer a better tasting carrot.
Overall, I would say that it was a carrot, pure and simple, but the flavour was far milder but some people I think would not mind this in the least. For me I think I will continue to get my carrots from the local veg man. All in all however not a particular bad carrot just not a brilliant one either.
5/10 for Tesco Value Carrots.
Tesco do a cheaper range of prodcuts called the 'value range', this is across the store with various products, including their food range.
With the credit crunch and the ever increasing food price increases, more and more people are trying cheaper alternatives to their normal branded foods.
They do value tinned carrots which come in a 300g tin, which at the time of writing the review on tesco value carrots are 23p per tin,
They also do 2kg bags of value carrots which at present are 68p
and they also do 600g bags of pre-sliced value carrots at £1.00
I used to keep some of the value tinned carrots in the cupboard for emergencies, but i must admit, i personally find that they go cold very quickly after heating, and the texture is quite mushy so to speak.
I have never bought the pre-sliced value carrots at a £1.oo per bag, as i feel from a money saving point of view, they are not worth it, but if you are time starved, then they do save you time in the preperation of them.
I allways buy the 2kg bags of value carrots, and there is no difference in taste and quality to the other graded carrots that supermarkets offer for sale. The only thing i would say on occassions the carrots can be on the bigger side, which some people think once a carrot is a certain size it loses its flavour.. but i havent noticed this..
Some people feel that they will not use the 2kg of carrots quick enough, and that there will be alot of waste by throwing the rest away, but these carrots are ideal for blanching, and then freezing, so there is no need to throw anything away.
Bring a saucepan of water to the boil.... clean and cut your carrots, in the way your normally prepare them, once the water is boiling hot.... put the carrots into the boiling water for a few minutes.... then drain them off and submerge or run the cold water over them, so you are cooling them down quickly.
once they have cooled, just pop them into a freezer bag, and pop them into the fast freeze compartment of your freezer...
as easy as that...... and no waste food..
I personally recommend Tesco Value Carrots..
Carrots, a fantastic cheap vegetable that go well with just about everything. I've had pet rabbits for my whole life and having 4 or 5 at once can become expensive so I decided to try buying the value ones for them one week.
I had a pure white rabbit, a pure breed who looked like snow. She was a lop eared bunny and like most rabbits of that breed had a big fat sticking out chin. She always used to keep it clean but after I fed her these carrots and the fur on her big chin turned bright orange, this was a couple of years ago so I don't know whether or not they are of the same quality anymore but it was really offputting to see her fur. I think that they must have put some kind of colouring in them because no other brand of carrots including ones I've grown myself have ever done that to any of my rabbits.
It took months to get her fur back to being pure white which is really quite worrying. I wouldn't reccomend them as they didn't seem very good quality and the fact that they stained so much was quite worrying.
Stick to normal carrots and pay a few pence more for better quality.