Product Type: Tesco Spices & Seasoning
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Cheap and very, very cheerful
Tesco Value Chopped Tomatoes
Member Name: cerys82
Tesco Value Chopped Tomatoes
Advantages: Cost peanuts, surprisingly good quality for the price
Disadvantages: Perhaps a little watery but this can be easily remedied with a little extra cooking time
Chopped tomatoes are possibly the sole tinned goods that I MUST have in my kitchen and whihc I always have on my online grocery order; in fact I often purchase up to 5 at a time.
Why? - just their sheer versatility.
They act as a vital ingredient for a wide range of recipes, and are exceptionally easy to cook with - for the most part just requiring heating and integrating in the other ingredients.
Depending on the specific recipe you may be cooking from - you can use these tins in a massive variety of recipes for example - risottos, soups, curries, macaroni cheese variations, pizzas, dips, stews and casseroles, pasta sauces (particularly), lasagnas, chillis, enchiladas....the list goes on.
They add slight flavour, yes, but often texture and liquids depending on the other quantities of ingredients. There are a substantial number of brands of chopped tomatoes on the market - so what makes this particular own-brand from Tesco so special? Well, to be frank, because for such a useful product at 35p a go, this represents such good value for money. Ultimately, if you do want to get Napolina or another branded version at 99p, then you always can but for the supposed jump in quality alone, that extra cost just simply is not worth it.
This version does largely avoid the metallic type flavour the tin stored tomato deriveratives such as puree can have. Any excessive bitterness can be easily counteracted by adding a small amount of sugar.
As a rule, this cheaper version can be a bit more watery in texture than the more expensive brands, but this is easily solved by cooking off some of the water or adding or removing liquid elsewhere. However, I have to admit myself that this extra liquid is not excessive and unless you are working to an extremely tight balance of consistencies you probably will not find it to be an issue at all.
Most usefully - most recipes that you come across will require a 400g tin as standard, thus reducing any potential waste.
In conclusion, thsi will and always will be an essential part of my list of storecupboard essentials and for the price, really - what do you have to lose!
Summary: Essentially essential
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