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      28.03.2014 22:31
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      Everyday Tomatoes are good for adding to sauces

      I like to buy Value where possible; some stuffs good, some bad- but mostly edible if a bit iffy. Their tinned tomatoes I would say are pretty good. They cost 34p for 400g so a full sized can. Tesco own brand are 55p for the same amount and the 'proper' brands can be well over a pound so quite a difference.

      The tin is now updated from Tesco Value blue, white and red and now is beige with relevant food stuff pictures- easy to spot on the shelf. These have no ring pull so need a tin opener to open. The label has enough info such as 'Produced and packed in Italy', 'No artificial preservatives, flavours or colours'. There aren't many ingredients, no herbs or anything just as follows:

      Tomato (60%),Tomato Juice ,Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid)

      The expensive brand for comparison:

      Chopped Tomatoes (70%),Tomato Juice ,Citric Acid

      So really just a tin of tomatoes and only 10% less tomatoes than the dear brand. The tin once opened isn't swimming in tomato sauce, but pretty much full of chopped tomatoes, quite mushy but that's fine for adding to sauces. I tend to use this in spaghetti bolognaise or I add a can to curry to bulk it out, plus it adds a bit of extra nutrition without the kids noticing. I have served these as part of a fry up, they're a bit soft, chopped on the small side and have a bit thinner juice than I would like, but again they're perfectly nice. These aren't strongly flavoured or as rich or as red as some of the more expensive brands but do taste like tomatoes.

      I recommend this product for cooking with and for 34p they're good value. 5 stars from me.

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        18.03.2014 13:31
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        A good cupboard staple for all sorts of meals.

        In my challenge to go down a brand, I decided to try Tesco Value tomatoes. These have had a revamp to the design of the tin recently; the size of the tin is still the same but there is a picture of a bowl of tinned tomatoes on a cream background, together with small icons of basil, pasta, bowls, and so forth all in red, and the writing on the tin is red as well. It's 34p a tin so I thought I'd give them a go.

        I was very pleased with these; they taste really good and got a good mix of juice and tomatoes. So far I've used them in bolognaise, my own recipe sausage casserole, fajitas and in my pasta a la 'what have we got in the house?' I often use them together with Tesco Value dried herbs for more flavour.

        They have really become a cupboard staple for me, and when I do a big shop I usually buy five or more in one go as they are so good and versatile to have in the house, and they are very reasonably priced! It's a good way to bulk dishes up, and I would definitely recommend them to a friend.

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          18.07.2013 04:03
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          A cheap and useful product

          I buy these because they fit in with a lot of the meals I cook and it's a good way of bulking recipes out cheaply.

          These come in the standard tin, there's no ring pull and the packaging is pretty simple. The picture shows the old Tesco value packaging which has been replaced with their new everyday value packaging. The price has also gone up, at the moment they are 31p for a 400 gram tin.

          I can't fault this product at all, I tip a tin of these into pasta sauces, chillis or curries to name a few. They add some chunks of tomato of course and they also add some more flavour to the meal. I prefer using a tin of these than putting tomato purée into the meal because I prefer the taste, a bit more natural tasting than high concentrated tomato purée. Using these in curries or chillis cools them down a bit which is useful when I've added too much spice. It also adds colour and brightens up the dish which is nice.

          I sometimes like tinned tomatoes on toast, I don't know how strange that is but I've always seen it as the same kind of thing as beans on toast... maybe it's just because they both come in a tin. I tip some of the liquid out for this though, it can be pretty watery.

          I personally don't see the point of buying another, more expensive tin of chopped tomatoes for what I use them for but I think the main difference between this and the more expensive brands are that the liquid in these are more watery and runny while some higher end brands are thicker and more like a sauce. Also, some more expensive ones have added herb options.

          I would definitely recommend these, they are worth a try and they might save you a bit of money if you switch from a more expensive version. I can't really find anything wrong with these, it's a pretty boring product no matter what brand it is but these Tesco every day value chopped tinned tomatoes fit their purpose perfectly.

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            24.06.2013 19:38
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            A lot goes a little way!

            I have quite literally been making spag bol by the gallon recently using an average of 5 tins of chopped tomatoes per bucket.

            When I bought Tesco Value Chopped Tomatoes at first years ago I think they were something mad like 9p or 11p a tin, but now they are the princely sum of 31p a tin - and rebranded as Tesco Everyday Value Chopped Tomatoes, in a different design than the standard Value brand shown in the picture.

            Even though they steadily went up in price I still bought them - until once in my Tesco delivery I was "upgraded" to a posher brand. I remember the posh brand was better quality, so whenever it was on an offer I bought loads in bulk and stashed them in the garage. I usually go through 4 tins a week, but as I've folk staying now I'm needing a lot more so I went back to the TEV brand to keep expense down.

            It turned out to be a bit of a false economy.

            The 400g tin says that there is 60% tomato and the rest is juice with citric acid. When they say juice they are not kidding - more like red water. The posh brand is 70% tomatoes and the juice is rich and thick, but the TEV tomatoes are sloppy and the juice is watery. If you just wanted the tomatoes on their own as I sometimes do, you couldn't even make a decent Bloody Mary from the juice (HATE waste - LOVE Bloody Marys).

            Even for a bolognaise sauce that needs to be a bit juicy these were very poor. I had to boil the sauce for ages to thicken it up - once most of the water had evaporated the sauce was thick and did have a nice tomatoey flavour but I daresay that the amount I spent on electricity far outweighed the savings I thought I'd made on the price!

            I could probably have got away with "cutting" the posh brand with a tin or two of these, but I'd not recommend making a huge amount of sauce with these at all.

            I wouldn't be fussy about choosing the TEV brand - many products are quite adequate, and some are really good but the Chopped Tomatoes really aren't worth the amount you think you save.

            Once Spaniel Hall is quiet again I aim to review the posh ones - but am just too busy reducing a watery TEV tomato bolog sauce right now!

            Thanks for reading!

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              27.10.2012 19:51
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              cheap cupboard staple

              Although generally speaking I think fresh is best, I always love to have a cupboard full of tins for emergencies. However one of my exceptions is chopped tomatoes. I use these quite a lot, particularly for making my cooked salsa. If I make fresh salsa then I do use fresh tomatoes but for the cooked salsa I make I do find tinned tomatoes better and these are perfect for the job. I am frugal at heart and refuse to pay over the odds for products unless absolutely necessary, as I won't compromise on quality.

              Well I've been using these for years now, I used to use them for making spaghetti bolognaise but I now prefer passata for that. The packaging is a tin that once has been washed can be recycled and it has a paper label with the fairly new `everyday value` no frills logo on the front with a picture of a white bowl with the chopped tomatoes in, I think this newer packaging is more appealing than the old blue and white strips and looks less of a cheap alternative (although it really is). The tomatoes are chopped into approximately 1cm sized pieces, and are a beautiful bright red. They are summer in a tin. They are quite watery but not a great deal more than the other more expensive brands I have tried in the past and for my usage is perfect. They cost me 31p for a 400g tin which is incredible value for money, and for the price they are good quality.

              The ingredients are Tomato (60%), Tomato Juice, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), and the nutritional values per 100g are:

              Energy 77kJ (18kcal)
              Protein 1.0g
              Carbohydrate 3.0g
              Sugars 2.8g
              Fat 0.1g
              Saturates trace
              Fibre 0.7g
              Sodium* trace
              *Salt Equivalent trace trace

              These are suitable for vegetarians, and have no artificial colours' or flavours.
              These also provide one of your five a day and is produced and packed in Italy.


              If you wish to consume these on their own they are best warmed in a saucepan for around four minutes and not allowed to boil.


              Keep the tin in a cool and dry place and once these are open they are required to be placed in a non-metallic lidded container in the fridge and must be consumed in two days.


              There is only one small grip on my part, and this is me be finicky and that is there is no ring pull opener which comes with many tins these days, but this is a minimal issue and for the price I cannot ask for more.
              The flavour is not too bad, not as good as the higher costing brands, however these are perfect my use for them as I add plenty of spices to it anyway. I would say that I'm not a huge fan of tomatoes on their own but do enjoy them if made into pasta sauces, and if I'm out of passata this is a perfect alternative.
              I use Tesco `everyday value` chopped tomatoes primarily for cooked salsa or homemade tomato ketchup, which I preserve. I find it easier sometimes to use tinned as opposed to fresh as there is no need to chop and peel. This is pure laziness on my part. Also I use these if short on fresh tomatoes and for added flavour in my tomato jam recipes. To make the salsa I put the chopped tomatoes in a saucepan with lightly fried diced onions, finely diced garlic, chillies(to taste),chopped bell peppers and a splash of Worchester sauce and a dash of chilli powder (again to taste), a little salt and a small amount of water if needed. Cook until all items are softened and then can or jar as you prefer. It tastes great with tortillas.
              These are great as a food cupboard staple or kept as part of your food storage and for the price won't break the bank.


              I would definitely recommend.

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                28.06.2012 18:39

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                Good product and incredibly good value for money.

                These humble chopped tomatoes are the perfect ingredient to add to any Michelin star spaghetti bolognese. From personal experience I can't taste the difference between these tinned chopped tomatoes and whole tomatoes bought a couple of aisle's down from the Tesco's fruit and veg stall. This quality at this price is rarely found in modern day supermarkets. I would definitely recommend this as an alternative to purchasing the more expensive fresh full tomatoes, as I am currently a studying student and for us money isn't easy to come by.

                Moving onto the price factor, these tomatoes are incredibly good value for price coming in at 39p a tin. This is cheap by anyone's standards. I use these tomatoes on a weekly basis and have never come across a cheaper, better tasting alternative. In fact I haven't come across any dearer ranges that would rival these tinned tomatoes in taste and customer satisfaction.

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                04.06.2012 22:38
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                Value for money

                I have used these tomatoes lots over the years and in my opinion a chopped tomatoe is a chopped tomatoe - but is it!!

                What is it?
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                chopped tomatoes are tomatoes that have been chopped - of course!! for our convenience! now we could do this ourselves but it is rather messy! these save a lot of hassle and can be kept in an un-opened tin in the cupboard ready for when you need them.

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                Well I always say generally you get what you pay for and although I would say that the taste is no different from any other kind of tinned chopped tomatoe I would say that these are rather more soggy and lots more liquid but then you're only paying about 31p per tin (May 2012).

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                The list is endless but I've used to make pasta bake sauces, tomatoe soups, bulk up cottage pies or other meat dishes, bolognaise, lasagna or just on their own with a cooked breakfast - great if you're camping!

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                The humble chopped tomatoe is a must for any kitchen, it's so useful in many dishes and so cheap too. The packaging is a bit bland but then this is the value range! I feel these are value for money even if a little sloppy, if you want a less sloppy type then you must buy a more expensive version.

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                23.02.2012 15:22
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                Good value cooking essential.

                I've been buying these chopped tomatoes for years and they are perfect for their price. They are sold in Tesco for 42p for a 400g tin. They have gone up in price over the last couple of months but everything has. I think these chopped tomatoes are great value for money, as some of the top brands are sold for well over a £1.

                The chopped tomatoes are suitable for vegetarians and each tin only contains 34 calories.

                The packaging does look very basic and it doesn't stand out in comparison to some other brands but that doesn't put me off buying them. The tin is white with 'chopped tomatoes' written in blue and there is a picture of tomatoes on the tin.

                As much as I am happy with these tomatoes I have never actually tried them on their own. To me, they don't look particularly appealing in the tin. I only use these tomatoes as a base for cooking and I add them to just about everything: Cottage pie, pasta dishes, stews and vegetable soups.

                Before I use these chopped tomatoes I do drain off some of the tomato juice, as the juice is quite thin and can make pasta sauces a bit sloppy. However, as long as you have plenty of time to reduce your pasta sauce then it's not really a problem.

                My only other criticism with these chopped tomatoes is that quite often you find the top of the tomato, where the stalk grows, in the tin. I'm not keen on this because it is usually quite hard and it puts me off my food. Having said this, it's quite easy to spot when you empty the chopped tomatoes in your cooking, so I just spoon them out.

                Overall a great product to add to cooking and for a reasonable price. I always have a couple of tins in my cupboard and wouldn't be without them.

                Thanks for reading.

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                  22.11.2011 00:37
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                  They are okay.

                  There are certain products that are staple products that I don't particularly think have to be massively high quality because they tend to be filler items or ingredients rather than the focus of a meal. One such product are tinned tomatoes which I always have several cans in my cupboard, but I do tend to go for the cheaper supermarket own brand tinned tomatoes - and generally they are "good enough".

                  Tesco Value Chopped Tomatoes come in a can with the typical "value" type branded packaging. It looks very basic and doesn't stand out particularly on the shelf by its design alone. The can is one of those which you need to have a can opener for because there isn't a ring pull, which is a little inconvenient, but not a major issue. The can contains 400g tin costs 33p - which is obviously inexpensive but not as inexpensive as I've seen some other supermarket own brands in other supermarkets.

                  The tomatoes within the can are all chopped into quite large chunks and there are no pips or skin. Within the can there is also tomato sauce / juice but this sauce is quite thin and watery compared to other brands. I am usually adding canned tomatoes to a dish such as lasagne, coq au vin etc. and so the quality of the sauce is actually quite important - and for me this tomato sauce is too thin and I would like it to have a little more substance. I do like that the tomatoes taste like tomatoes and that I cannot taste anything else like salt.

                  Overall, I think these tomatoes are okay for a value brand - but there are probably better supermarket branded tomatoes out there.

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                  21.11.2011 12:09
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                  You can't go wrong with them! Definately worth trying!

                  At 33p ( 8.3p/100g) these are really good value for money! They're the perfect store cupboard staple for all money wise cooks. Suitable for vegetarians and also people on low calorie diet, they make the perfect base for any pasta meal. I would also recommend them as base for Indian sauces ( especially Jalfrezi) or blended with other vegetables for an aromatic tomato soup. They're perfect for use on their own as part of English breakfast too.

                  They come in a standard 400g tin with a well-known Tesco Value range label on. You'll need a can opener to open it as they come with a ring pull.

                  Can contains two 200g servings. I usually use two tins per 500g of mince for Boulogne sauce. The tin displays the calorie, sugar, fat, saturates, salt content per serving, cooking and storage guidelines. As with most canned products, they have long shelf life. Once opened, they must be kept in the fridge and consumed within 48 hours. The tin is fully recyclable.

                  I always buy them due to their good price and quality. They are almost as good as other brands, they have rich, intense flavour and colour and good consistency. The only difference I've found is that the juice is slightly more watery.

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                  17.11.2011 14:40
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                  A great buy and handy to keep in the cupboard

                  Tesco Value Chopped Tomatoes in tomato juice.

                  I have been trying to cut down the cost of my weekly food shop by downgrading to 'Value' products where possible. I had been planning to make spaghetti bolognaise and Chilli during the week, and needed to buy some tinned tomatoes as a base for my sauces for these dishes. They are a lot cheaper than the branded tins and at the time of writing this they cost 33p for a 400g tin. This is a great price when compared against other brands which can cost up to £1.25 per tin!

                  The packaging

                  These tomatoes come packaged in a bog standard tin. No frills - so you'll need a tin openner. The labelling is the recognisable Tesco Value colours with red, ble and white.

                  The label around the can contains an image of the product inside, which isn't particularly clear but I'm sure everyone knows what chopped tomatoes look like! As with most food products these days, the tin also displays the calorie, sugar, fat, saturates and salt content. There are 68 calories per 400g can so if you wanted to have these on toast as my partner likes to do, it's a low calorie meal. They are also suitable for vegetarians as you would expect.

                  There are also directions on how to cook the product, along with ingredients and storage guidelines. Once opened the tomatoes can be kept in the fridge for up to two days, which is handy if you do not need to use them all at once.

                  They have a long shelf life of approximately a year.

                  The contents

                  The tomatoes inside have been roughly chopped and are covered in a tomato juice, which adds to the flavour as well as keeping the tomatoes fresh. The juice is a little runny and can spill if you open the tin too roughly so watch your clothes!

                  They have a nice a pleasant fresh taste to them and not at all bitter, they are also very red in colour and don't look pale.

                  My opinion

                  Tesco Value chopped tomatoes (in tomato sauce) have proved to be extremely versatile and can be used as a base product for so many meals. Due to this, they are a great buy and I don't see why you'd want to spend more when you'd normally be adding your own herbs to them anyway.

                  The tin, like most, can be fully recycled which is a bonus for me as I like to recycle everything I can.

                  Overall these are a great buy and a cheap addition to many meals. I always pick up a couple of tins whilst shopping and will continue to do so.

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                    31.10.2011 18:30
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                    I've only stopped buying these recently and am paying more fo better quality!

                    When it comes to tinned tomatoes they are something I buy rather often really. I make a lot of dishes requiring a can such as spaghetti bolognese and chilli con carne and the likes and for years now I have been using 'economy' brands of them (till more recently!).

                    The Packaging:

                    The tomatoes come in a white, blue and red labeled can with no ring pull to the top of it and on the front of it there is a photograph of some tomatoes on there and we are told that they are Tesco Value Chopped Tomatoes and that they weigh 400g and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown too. On the back of the can other information listed includes the ingredients, storage advice is given, nutritional information and advice on how to heat them p is stated and contact details for Tesco are listed too. This is a basic looking can but of course informative as it needs to be.

                    The Tomatoes:

                    What you get is plenty of largish chunks of bright red fleshy looking tomatoes with no skins on them and a few yellowy looking pips in a very thin, watery but still red liquid. You can either boil these up, microwave them or add them to other ingredients which is what I do to make a dish up.

                    For me these arnt too bad when mixed with other ingredients say in a spag bol or something like that however it does make the mix a little watery so I need to use a little cornflour usually to thicken the sauce up a bit. However the taste of these is fairly good, however they lack a sweetness I'd appreciate and don't taste seasoned at all. However they have no skins on them, are not too finely chopped up and don't go to slush through cooking though I wouldn't eat these alone and say on a fry up or anything like that as they do lack a little flavour that way and are a little too watery for my tastes. Not bad though at only 33p a can!

                    Nutritional Information Per Half Can:

                    Energy: (34kcal)
                    Protein: 2.0g
                    Carbohydrate: 6.0g
                    Sugars: 5.6g
                    Fat: 0.2g
                    Saturates: Trace
                    Fibre: 1.4g
                    Sodium: Trace

                    Only available in Tesco stores.

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                      18.10.2011 14:44
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                      A store cupboard staple

                      As a full time mum of two girls, and wife to a hungry husband, I am always looking for ways to stretch the family budget as far as I can. I also try and only cook one meal every night for all 4 of us, otherwise I cook for myself and my husband, and the girls have the leftovers the next day, if we aren't eating together.

                      Some of our favourite meals are shepherd's pie, beef stew, spaghetti Bolognese and meatballs in tomato sauce. All of these recipes I use Tesco Value chopped tomatoes for.

                      These tomatoes retail around £0.30 mark for a 400g can. The tomatoes have been roughly chopped and the can contains a good amount of juice. For us this reduces the amount of prep for a meal, as I don't have to chop the tomatoes myself, and the juice adds to whatever stock I am using to make a tasty base for most recipes.

                      The can itself is the usual Tesco Value design - white background with a red image and the classic blue and white stripe logo, which lets you know you are getting the lowest priced but not necessarily lowest quality product.

                      I know from experience that not all Value or Basics branded products are very nice - you really do have to pay the extra for some things in my opinion - like ketchup and tea. However, for me, it isn't worth paying double or maybe three times the cost of this can, just to make a base for my family's recipes. The tomatoes themselves are sweet and juicy, don't have an acidic aftertaste, and really are worth the money.

                      I even use these tomatoes to make a good quality homemade tomato sauce for pasta for my kids - just by adding some herbs, garlic, onion and a little tomato puree, cooking down and blitzing in a blender, we have a very economical and versatile accompaniment to many pasts dishes.

                      All in all a good quality and very reasonably priced store cupboard staple - I always have at least 5 tins in my house at any one time!

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                        04.10.2011 22:23
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                        Save money and switch to these!

                        I normally buy Tesco's normal brand tomatoes however they had sold out on a recent shopping trip so I decided to get the value equivalent as I had read good reviews on here. A tin of these these tomatoes costs just 33p for 400g.

                        The tin is pretty basic it has a white label with the red, white and blue Tesco value colours.

                        The ingredients are listed as tomatoes 60% and tomato juice.

                        When you open the tin they look the same as the more expensive brands of tomatoes. There is the right consistency of tomato to juice. I normally use tomatoes to mix in with herbs in pasta or in a bolognaise or chilli, for this purpose these tomatoes are great. I can honestly say that I haven't noticed any difference in the taste compared to other brands.

                        Once opened any unused tomatoes can be stored in a non metallic container for up to 2 days in the fridge.

                        These tomatoes are also low in fat and calories 200g contains 34 calories and 0.2g of fat.

                        I would definately recommend these tomatoes, why pay more for branded products when these taste just as good. They may not look as nice in the kitchen cupboard but they certainly taste equally as nice.

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                        Good value for money!

                        I love cooking! My family likes eating my food! But like any other busy mum, I have to count the pennies, especially in these difficult times, so any saving I can make when shopping, I do. I used to buy brand names when I was first married, thinking that they must be somehow superior to things like value brands, but as I have got older I have come to realise that you are just paying for a label. That is why I like Tesco Value range. They save on the labelling but still give their customers a good product. Their chopped tomatoes are one such product.

                        The tomatoes come in a 400g tin, which is a suitable size for amost family meals. If I am cooking less I usually put the half I don't use in a plastic container and freeze them. They keep really well like this and do not lose their flavour when thawed. Having the tomatoes ready chopped is a great time-saver. You just open and pour...what could be more simple! Having compared these tomatoes to other more popular brands, I have to say that these taste just as good. Really fruity and the juice is quite thick. Makes great pizza toppings and pasta sauces!

                        I buy an awful lot of thse tomatoes and they never fail any recipe I use them in. No fuss, no work....just open and pour and savour the end result!

                        A really good product!

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