“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Spices „
Most supermarkets now stock a value "dried mixed herbs' product, and over the last few years, I have bought the value mixed herbs from Tesco, Morrisons, Asda and Sainsbury's. I have found them all to be the same - in the same cylindrical white plastic container with the pop off lid. This is a real no-frills product- but the is not a bad thing.
What you get is a mix of oregano, basil, thyme, marjoram, parsley and sage in an 18g pack for 18-19p depending upon the supermarket you are buying it from. The lid comes off entirely and is normally affixed with a sticker covering one edge. The product is easy to open. Inside the tub is 3/4 full and the herbs are thoroughly ground up- as there are six different herbs, and all herbs are different, they have actually ground these down so you can't really tell what the individual herbs are from looking at them.
I now swear by these herbs. I buy these to replace buying the six individual herbs and I use heaps of these when I cook lasagne, spaghetti bolognese or even if I am eating tinned spaghetti hoops- I find a good sprinkle of mixed herbs and some cheese and another minute in the microwave finishes off dishes and just gives them a little lift.
I have looked online and the closest premium brand equivalent of a tub of mixed herbs around about the same weight as this product is £1.86 a tub. So you are saving £1.67 on buying essentially the same product from a premium brand. If you were to buy the six herbs individually, it would set you back at least £5. For less than 20p, I find this a great budget buy. I've had no problems with this product and would recommend it to anyone as a nice little budget buy for your cooking.
I don't use a lot of herbs and spices and yet I have a huge rack full of them in the kitchen. I mainly use chives in my home made chicken and sweetcorn soup or in mash while using rosemary on chicken breasts. However I found that when fresh chives weren't growing in the colder months that even the cheap dried equivalent were retailing at almost £1 a tiny pot which was lasting for just 3 pots of soup and increased the price per pot and per bowl up much higher were they not included and so I decided to have a go with some mixed herbs to see if they were any better. While browsing the shelves there was a huge abundant choice of herbs to choose from but mixed herbs there wasn't such a huge choice maybe 3 pots with the very cheapest being Tesco Value dried, mixed herbs for a mere 19p, with the other retailing at over 4 times the price I decided I had nothing to loose and threw a pot into my trolley.
*~* Packaging *~*
The 18g of herbs come packaged in a small white tub that is very plain and simplistic, it reminds me of the old camera film tubs that you used to take to the chemist to be developed only on a bigger scale, a little higher, a lot rounder but the same idea. The outside of the tub is very simplistic with the regular Tesco label with the name of the product in red.
The tub is very simplistically packaged which is therefore reflected in the price. I would much rather have a product that was cheap yet done the job without over the top packaging increasing the price I have to pay which ultimately ends up in the bin anyway.
*~* Inside The Tub *~*
To get inside the tub you simply use the small flap of plastic that overhangs the top of the tub to pop the lid off and get inside. The first thing I noticed when I opened the tub was the very pungent smell of the herbs which gave me good hope that these weren't going to be bland and tasteless. I could definitely pick out the oregano and the sage but the others weren't so easy to identify individually. The back of the tub states that included are:
There is a good mix of the herbs here but as I said there may be more of a couple of the herbs than other, perhaps they are cheaper or perhaps they just have a stronger aroma, I'm not entirely sure.
The herbs are all green with some having a lighter colour than others but honestly there seems to be a good mix of different shades (I admit I didn't inspect them under a microscope but they seemed to be even enough).
The tub was very easy to use and I found that the opening was more than wide enough for me to be able to take a good size pinch using my fore finger and thumb, it did become a little more difficult when the tub was starting to get empty but I was able to easily tilt the tub to get some herbs to slide out into the pot of soup.
*~* Using The Herbs *~*
To use these herbs I simply took a good sized pinch and threw them in a medium sized pot. When I gave the soup a taste I could definitely detect them but there definitely wasn't enough so I resorted to having a good 2 sized pinches in the pot which didn't really make much difference to the pot. I found that this was more than enough to provide my soup with a nice almost meaty flavour which probably sounds very strange but they had a lot of depth to them, it didn't feel like I was eating a bunch of chopped up green stuff that was exceptionally strong they gave a very delicate flavour that really enhanced the flavour of the soup. I also started to use this alongside other meals and found that the herbs that were mixed tasted much better than the individual herbs I had been using. I also feel that although they were very fine I much preferred this to large lumps that can have a very strong and unpleasant taste.
*~* My Opinion *~*
Overall I would most definitely recommend these herbs to anyone. The pot I first had was used within a couple of months but the more recent one has been sat for a good few months yet when I pop off the lid I still get the very fresh, pungent smell. For 19p you could use a whole tub of these per meal and it still would barely increase the price per portion/per meal which I am incredibly happy with as I don't really want to be spending money on something that although increases the flavour drains my pocket at the same time. I found that I was able to get numerous pots of soup from just one small tub which I feel is excellent value for money. Definitely one to give a try, realistically what do you have to loose?
I love to cook and I think seasoning is very important when creating something good to eat. During the summer months I used fresh herbs from the garden, but this isn't always possible in the depths of winter when they have all died down. Then, I have to resort to dried herbs.
When you shop for dried herbs there are many to choose from at all ends of the price spectrum. For something like mixed herbs you really need not pay through the nose for them and it is worth giving Tesco Value herbs a try as they are not at all bad!
Just because they come in the usual Value Brand package does not mean they contain an inferior product. I have used these herbs for a while now and they always add a good flavour to everything I use them for.
The herbs in the mix are: Thyme, Marjoram, Oregano, Parsley, Sage and Basil....all the most popular herbs, and are packaged in a large 18g drum. They last for ages, as you don't need too much to get a good flavour to your food, and at 19p they are really well worth buying.
You don't need to pay over the odds for dried herbs anymore! If you want good dried herbs at a good price, give these a go!
I cook a fair bit, and most of its things that are cooked reasonably slowly over a couple of hours or more. Because of this, I find that using dried herbs is just as good as using fresh would be because they have plenty of time to rehydrate in the cooking process, and to impart their flavour into the dish. For me, mixed dried herbs are one of those things which it's important to always have in the house. I use them in stews, bolognaise sauce, and many other things too, and without them none of these dishes ever taste quite right to me.
Tesco value mixed dried herbs are great. They fit the bill of being mixed dried herbs, and they're exceedingly cheap compared to other brands like Schwartz. They come in an recyclable plastic tub and as I have large glass jars for my herbs and spices, I don't really care what the packaging is that a herb or spice comes in (many of my spices I buy through the internet and they come in clear plastic bags so really it doesn't matter to me as long as it's not over packaged).
The cost of these is just 19p for an 18g tub. Having large containers at home I do tend to buy two or three of these tubs at a time when I'm refilling, but I still find this cheaper to buy than a larger pack from elsewhere. (I stip the lable off the tub and reuse the pots to store seeds and things in out in my garden shed).
The mixture of herbs in this are: Thyme, Oregano, Marjoram, Parsley, Sage and Basil, and they've been dried and finely crushed so that they sprinkle into a dish nice and easily. I would not recommend using them dried in a dish that's not being cooked for very long, or adding them to something already cooked - a pasta salad for example. I don't think that they would have a chance of rehydrating if you did this, and all you'd have would be a slightly gritty taste rather than a nice herby one. It is possible however to rehydrate them in a little water overnight for use in this sort of dish, so I find it best to do that.
I use these rather than mixing my own herbs because - well it's just easier isn't it. We like all the flavours and unless I'm making a dish where I just want sage, or just oregano flavour then I find mixed herbs to be much simpler to use. A couple of spoonfuls of this rather than fiddling with a quarter teaspoon of this or that just makes more sense to me.
I honestly don't find any flavour difference between these and the more expensive brands, and I expect that in reality there isn't actually much difference - it could just be branding, or it could be that their slightly milder or something I don't know, but as I say my palette just isn't capable of noticing the difference and I doubt seriously that most people's would be. Because of this I recommend them to everyone really as you might as well get these and save a few pennies as not.
We get through quite a lot of mixed herbs because even though I cook a lot out of the freezer, my mum tries to make as many of our meals as possible from scratch. She likes to try a lot of the cheapo supermarket ranges and when she brought this pot of Tesco Value Dried Mixed Herbs she also brought a jar of her usual brand because she wasn't expecting this one to be much good.
The 18g pot only costs 19p and that's a big difference to the Schwartz mixed herbs she usually gets because that costs £1.05 for a 9g jar.
When I opened the tub and poured some mixed herbs out I saw straight away that it looks a lot dustier than the more expensive mixed herbs and the smell isn't as strong or fresh either. A bit of dust flew out of the tub when I first opened it and when I gave it my mum to have a sniff she said she would use it in one small bit of the stew she was making because she didn't want to wreck the whole thing in case the herbs were really bad.
This tub of mixed herbs contains thyme, marjoram, oregano, parsley, sage and basil and I think that's about right compared to what is in other brands of mixed herbs. I don't think any one of them stands out in either the smell or the taste but they are blended a lot better than I thought they would be and the herbs don't taste harsh or anything like that.
The first time my mum used it she added the same amount as she would any other herbs and even though the stew tasted a bit different you could still tell that she'd used mixed herbs in the gravy. The only problem for me is that even though the herbs taste nice with these the flakes of herb are a lot smaller so you can't see them in the stew..... that's a shame because I think the stew gravy always looks a lot better when you can actually see the herbs floating about in it.
I recommend these mixed herbs for the price, I know that they are probably the left over herbs that Tesco don't want to use in their more expensive jars but apart from them being dusty there isn't much difference between the 2...... apart from the price!