“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Vegetables „
I am currently trying to be as frugal as possible, and in line with this one of the decisions that has had to be made is trying the basis/value/smart price selection of supermarkets. I was in my local Tesco recently and when thinking ahead of meals to make for the week, one of the items (which I rarely actually buy) that I wanted was coleslaw. When I saw this tub for only 25p for a 250g tub, I was more than happy to give it a go!
The coleslaw comes in a circular transparent tub, with the writing across and you can see inside at the quality of the product. Visually it looks different to the more expensive ranges of coleslaw, more harshly chopped, and the white of the mayonnaise doesn't look as appealing, as it is slightly more of a blobby thick consistency but this didn't put me off! The pot is handily sealed with a strip which needs peeling off to first get into the tub and it opens easily.
Opening the tub I am greeted with a thick, chunky looking coleslaw that reminds me of the type they throw at me in KFC (snide comment on KFC customer service rather than the quality of the coleslaw lol). There is predominantly cabbage in here, with the odd splash of orange colour (carrot) and a heaped amount of mayonnaise. It is clear that the padding out of the coleslaw is mainly cabbage, although the odd onion too can be discovered. It smells very coleslaw ish - heavy on the veg and mayonnaise and not a whiff of vinegar in my opinion.
I usually have coleslaw with some BBQ chicken, roast potatoes and rice or I will make some sweet chilli chicken, and with leftovers I like to have it with some coleslaw in a baguette. I have had this coleslaw in both ways and have found the taste to be lovely and no complaints from anyone in the house! It could be that the meat and carbs masked the taste of this, but I have not found anything wrong with it and it's good enough for me and great value at the 25p. It isn't bitter, although nor is it sweet, but it has a nice chunky bite to it and is yummy enough as a side dish.
On the whole for the price I paid, the quality and taste wise it has been perfected and suited my needs to a T. I know that not everything cheap will be a bed of roses, but you never know until you try and I have tried this and will be sticking with it for sure!!
Coleslaw only keeps for a couple of days once opened and it never all gets eaten in our house, so I occasionally buy Everyday Value at at cost of 25p for 250g. The coleslaw is half the price of even Tesco own brand. It says it's been improved but the only difference I can tell is that the cabbage is chopped smaller than it used to be.
It comes in a flimsy see through plastic tub with minimum labeling, not the best lid but adequate. The coleslaw is full to the brim and dirty white looking. You've only two days to eat it once open, and obviously by the use by date.
I've just looked it up and am surprised to see that the calories per serving are 75 as opposed to Tesco coleslaw which has 140 cals for the same amount- the fat content in the value one is less than half that of Tesco own. I shouldn't be that surprised though because it's not a creamy coleslaw.
The main ingredient is cabbage (58%) followed by mayonnaise, carrot (16%), double cream and onion. You can certainly taste the spirit vinegar listed in the mayonnaise ingredients...
The coleslaw is jam packed with small chopped up bits of cabbage, bits of carrot and tiny pieces of onion mixed together in a thin white vinegary (which is the over riding flavour) 'mayonnaise', there's an emulsion paint sort of smell to it- that's the only way I can describe it. The texture of the veg isn't limp just small. It goes 'just' okay on a butty with cheese if you don't use much, but not too good on the side of the plate with salad or pizza for example, as it's too bitty.
I'm not keen on it but undecided in view of the fact that the fat and calorie content is so much lower than average coleslaw. That's swayed me to buy it again.
Still only 2 stars though.
==Tesco Value Coleslaw==
This was one of the latest Tesco Value products that I decided I would give a try just to see if it was any good and worth buying instead of the more expensive types of coleslaws that I would usually opt for.
The Tesco Value Coleslaw costs a mere 20 pence for a 250 gram tub and I do known that there is a larger pot of 500 grams for 46 pence. So even if you did like to eat this coleslaw, buying two small ones would mean you would be getting more coleslaw for your money which is pretty crafty of Tesco!
The packaging of the Tesco Value Coleslaw is really what you would imagine it to be, basic. The blue stripes of the value range are on the lid and the pot itself and the overall design is not very appealing visually. The pot however does give all the information that one would need such as nutritional information, ingredients, allergy advice and storage instructions.
The lid of the pot is sealed onto the pot with a small bit of cellophane which keeps the lid solidly in-situ until first opening and even once this has been removed the lid fits the pot well and stays firmly in place.
On opening the coleslaw the aroma that is revealed is indeed very coleslaw like and there is a strong smell of vinegar which on the whole is not that appealing. The look of the coleslaw is rather dry and it has a slight grey tinge to it. You can see all the pieces of cabbage and carrots which the product is made up from and these have all been apparently chopped up very roughly as the chunks are all different in size and thickness. The main thing I did notice was the lack of mayonnaise type juice contained in the coleslaw but I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and include it in my meal.
So once my wonderful honey and brown sugar glazed gammon was ready I dished it up with a jacket potato, chopped tomato and this Value coleslaw.
The meal was lovely but the major let down was of course the Value coleslaw! The taste was not very nice at all as it has a very bitter taste and is generally very dry which is not how I like my coleslaw to be. The cabbage was nice and crunchy which was really the only good thing that it had going for it. The overpowering taste of vinegar was far more than my taste buds could handle and in the end I had to add an extra bit of Heinz mayonnaise just to give my meal a bit more moisture.
I wouldn't recommend this Value coleslaw in the slightest and can honestly say that I have thrown the rest of the tub away and gone out and bought a Morrison's one today in the hope that this will be more coleslaw like.
The nutritional information for this Tesco Value coleslaw is not too bad but considering the taste is so awful you would think it would be calorie and fat free! Per tablespoon there is 65 calories and 0.7 grams of saturated fat. It states on the pot that they cannot guarantee that the product is nut free and as it is supposedly mayonnaise, it contains mustard, milk and egg. Therefore people with allergies should steer clear and really anyone else should too as it is a terrible product that in my mind does not give any value for money.
1 out of 5 star rating and a STEER CLEAR recommendation.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.