Product Type: Tesco Spices & Seasoning
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cheap, chopped tomatoes.
Tesco Value Chopped Tomatoes
Member Name: teafan11
Tesco Value Chopped Tomatoes
Advantages: cheap chopped tomatoes
Disadvantages: a bit watery and no ring pull.
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)
*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.
Summary: cheap cupboard staple