“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Peas „
Mushy peas are the kind of thing I can't get enough of - preferably I like to get dried peas and steep them overnight, but I don't always have the foresight to this in advance, and therefore find myself reaching for a tin instead.
I used to buy the popular branded Mushy Peas, but once in the supermarket the cashier winked at me and said "If you like these get the Tesco Value ones - they're better & cheaper". Now, the store wasn't even a Tesco, so I thought I was getting a genuine opinion and a good tip here and I decided it was worth a try.
That was about six years ago and I have been buying Tesco Value Mushy Peas ever since.
Like all the Value products it has now been rebranded to Tesco Everyday Value.
The first thing to note is the price - 15p and this compares favourably to the current price of 49p for the branded variety. As with the branded mushy peas the tin contains 300g.
The tin does not have a clever little ring pull so you have to open it the old-fashioned way with a tin opener!
There is a little bit of water (about a tablespoonful) on top of the peas which will have risen during settling (which I pour off) and the contents are a bright green mixture of completely mushed peas with quite a few partially intact. The peas are really thick and dense, especially with the extra water drained off, and I warm mine in a large mug in the microwave for about three minutes, stirring occasionally to distribute the heat evenly. It's best to cover them, since peas and beans tend to explode in the microwave. You can also heat them in a saucepan on the hob. The cooking instructions advise not to boil (likewise microwave cooking time is advised at 2 ½ mins) but I like all my food as hot as it can be so mine are boiled or blasted so I'll always give it a bit longer!
Once heated the texture is a lot runnier but still very thick. The taste is great - as good as the branded variety - and I always add a few squirts of vinegar.
The can boasts that they have "No artificial preservatives, flavours or colours" and the ingredients listed are:
Processed Peas (90%),Water ,Sugar ,Salt ,Colours (Mixed Carotenes, Copper Chlorophyllin Complex)
Artificial it might not be but "Copper Chlorophyllin Complex" sounded a bit dodgy so I Googled it and got:
"Chlorophyll is present in green leafy vegetables and reaching levels as high as 5.7% in spinach. As a food colouring agent, copper complex chlorophyllin is known as natural green 3 and has the E number E141" - from Wikipedia.
Should have paid more attention in Biology - Chlorophyll - plants - Doh!
Actually, I'm quite glad the colour is there - once I got a similar budget supermarket brand and the mushy peas were the colour of vomit - yuk! They did taste ok but I as I had no copper complex chlorophyllin around to add I couldn't bring myself to eat them!
The mushy peas are suitable for vegetarians and the can is "widely recycled".
These peas are great value and fine quality and I would recommend them as a cheap and perfectly adequate alternative to the expensive branded variety. Steeping peas overnight is still my method of choice, but since I usually only remember that I didn't do this at teatime, these are a great alternative!
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The price has just gone from 4p to 12p a can, but Tesco do cycle the prices around on their value range like this. 4p is hardly a sustainable price and must be loss making. Anyway, I find these quite acceptable, nice with chips or a jacket potato. I have noticed differences in consistency from can to can, some thicker than others.
I am a huge money saver, I do a monthly shop, I stick to a budget, I meal plan, but generally I like to cook meals from scratch. I do buy tinned and packet foods, too, however, to help out with 'lazy meals' or when there just isn't time to cook something elaborate. I do buy Tesco 'Everyday Value' instant mash and I think it's great, so when I saw these Tesco Everyday Value (the new name and branding for Tesco Value with the red stripes) Mushy Peas on the Tesco website for a frankly unbelievable 3p (how do they sell them for 3p?! surely the tin and the label cost more than that!?) then I thought I'd take a punt and went for a tin to try.
So, a week or so on and it's a lazy meal night, oven chips, some battered cod and mushy peas. Chips and cod in the oven, I get out a pan and open up the tin of Tesco mushy peas. They don't have a ring pull, but what do you expect for 3p!? I must say, if houses have kerb appeal, these peas definitely don't have tin appeal. They're oddly bland coloured and a little watery on the top. I turned the peas out, they landed in an exact tin shaped jellyish lump, including the ridges, into the pan. Hmm.
The peas are a very odd bland colour, a bit grey, and not at all appealing. I mean, you could argue that some tinned peas might have colour added... but peas are green! There is no reason these peas should have the colour of cardboard, and it's not an appetising sight. The smell is a bland, off-pea smell.
I have to admit now I wasn't looking forward to this experience but I cooked them up anyway thinking they might taste better when they were warm. I was wrong. They taste like mushy peas which have been bulked out with something stodgy and bland, really unpleasant.
They never did make it to my plate and luckily I had a 'spare' tin of peas to hand, the very lovely Lidl Mushy Peas at 22p a tin - try them, they're really nice and a bigger tin, too. So our dinner wasn't ruined, and for 3p I didn't waste much, after all some Everyday Value items are worth it and I use them often. Obviously I will never buy these peas again!
I can't recommend these at all, they really are a waste of money, really it's just proving the point that things can be TOO cheap (remember the 90s 'bean wars' where tins of watery beans were on sale for 1p!?). It's sensible to try cheaper brands but these peas aren't for me and I can't see how anyone can enjoy them. At the end of the day when I was a student I'd spend 9p on some instant noodles as a full meal which I didn't mind rather than 3p on some peas which are only an accompaniment and especially not these as they're rotten!!
Overall - awful. Shame I can't give them zero stars. Don't be put off value brands, but do avoid these peas!
My Mother-In-law and her end of the world cupboard strikes again.
It has been noted that most of us have a different idea of what we would need at the end of the world, but my Mother-In-Law would have plenty of Toilet Roll, Bleach, Fabric Conditioner, Shampoo, Salt and Coffee to name but a few items she has bizarrely excessive amount of stored away.
I personally deal with possible shortages by keeping my chest freezer as full as possible, a good supply of tinned produce and a nicely rounded wine rack.
A couple of weeks ago my Mum-In-Law decided to add to my perfectly good stock of tins by buying me 10 tins of Tesco Everyday Value British Mushy Peas, what an extravagant present I hear you cry. . .Maybe so? But these little tins set her back 4 pence each, and a quick look on Tesco.com tells me they now retail at 3 pence a tin. These could possibly be the bargain of the century and just the thing to carry you through Armageddon cheaply.
The tins are quite nicely packaged for a value product; there is a tempting looking bowl of the mushy peas and a nice patriotic British flag adorning the can. The boring bit on the side of the can tells me that half a can contains 125kcal and a few other nutritional facts that can be found on Tesco.com. The tin quite predictably contains 90% Peas and Water, Sugar, Salt, Colours (Copper Chlorophyllin Complex, Carotenes).
Upon opening the tin with my trusty tin opener I am presented with a can of wishy washy, camouflage green coloured, fat peas, floating in some bubbly green liquid (quite possibly Grott Bags' bath water) a quick sniff and I get a nostril of what can only be described as flatulence, not a promising start.
I tip the peas into a microwavable jug (possibly Pyrex) using a spoon to round up a few lingering peas from the bottom of the can. My Microwave is 850 watts so the recommended heating time is only 1 and 1/2 minutes with a quick stir halfway through. During cooking a distinctly mushy pea smelling aroma starts to escape the microwave vents.
Once cooked I tip half the contents on to my plate and the other half onto my other half's plate, we had chosen to eat the peas as part of our fish and chip dinner. The peas still look rather tragic, floating in a pool of hot green liquid, not a mush in site. In all honesty the peas resemble my childhood enemy Marrow Fat Processed Peas.
I gamely spoon the peas into my mouth; they taste like mushy peas although a bit watery and powdery. I add a bit of salt, the peas perk up slightly. I add a squirt of tomato sauce, now they are palatable. Tomato sauce makes most things edible though.
I finish my mushy peas but Mr H has pushed his to one side, with a rather disgruntled look on his face he asks me where I got them from. I explain they are from his mum and that they are 4 pence. He requests I never put any item of food on his plate that costs 2 pence a serving ever again and complains of stomach ache for the next 24 hours.
In conclusion I personally have nothing against supermarket value products; in fact I am usually more than happy with them as they make my weekly food budget go that little bit further. In the case of 4 pence mushy peas I would say I am inclined to leave them on the shelf, personally I think they are too cheap, surely it costs more to make a can then what they are selling them for, I know they are described as loss leaders but I think Tesco may have cut one to many corners on the production of these.
As for the remaining 9 tins, I gave them to my step-son, who was more than happy to give them a home. As a side note the peas are not my worst present; my Grandma once gave me a set of 6 teaspoons for my 30th birthday.
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I've been buying these for a couple of years, and how I love them. I'm quite fussy about mushy peas as there are plenty out there that lack flavour (so disappointing when you go to a fish and chip shop and the peas are bland and lumpy) but these aren't among them.
They're tasty and pretty thick and can be heated on the hob or in the microwave. After heating them up I give them a quick mash with a fork and it gives them a better texture as they can be little chunky otherwise. Each tin is 300g which is enough for two to four people (depending how much they like mushy peas!)
They have added salt and sugar but the nutrition panel shows it as 0.2g salt and 0.8g sugar per 100g which is pretty low. They also have added colouring but this is natural.
I prefer these to the more expensive brands as I think they have more flavour, I find other brands often lack taste. At the moment they're only 6p so I'm stocking up and recommend giving them a try as you won't find a better price for such tasty mushy peas.
From a young age I have always liked mushy peas and whenever we used to have anything from the chip shop as a treat I would always have a portion of mushy peas with mine. On occasions we would buy them from the supermarket to have at home but more often than not they would be from the chip shop. Recently when my husband was having a take away I suddenly thought that I hadn't actually had mushy peas for literally years and got him to get me some, they were just as I remembered. After that I decided I was going to try some shop bought ones as I enjoyed them so much, whilst doing my shopping at our local Tesco I spotted that Tesco did their own version of Tesco Value Mushy Peas or as they are now called Tesco Everyday Value Mushy Peas, anyway I decided to give them a go, they were much cheaper than the other brands available and after all a mushy pea is a mushy pea, there couldn't be a lot of difference.
The Tesco value Mushy Peas come in a aluminium tin, with a white label wrapped around the whole thing, you cannot fail to see that this is a Tesco Value product. The Tesco Value logo appears at the top of the tin and there is a large red strip running around the whole tin containing the words Mushy Peas written in white. The rest of the label is taken up with a picture of a bowl of the mushy peas themselves, I have to say the picture isn't very appetizing, however I do always think that they are a bit of an unfortunate colour, but this didn't put me off, the only other information is the product information on the back of the tin such as the ingredients and nutritional information. Despite the packaging being basic I wasn't bothered, the information you needed to know was there so that was the main thing, there was no need for there to be anything else present. The tin the peas came in had no fancy ring pulls on it to open it you simply have to use a regular tin opener to get inside the tin.
When I purchased the Mushy Peas I was keen to try them to see if they were as good as the chip shop ones, I think I may have even tried them that day. When I opened the tin the contents was the mid green colour I expected, to start with they did look rather runny like there was a lot of juice and nothing else, however a quick stir soon sorted this out, the tin had obviously settled on the shelf, the contents looked just as those from the chip shop and there were plenty of peas in the tin, not just juice as I had first thought. I spooned a small amount out of the tin into a bowl ready to heat, I personally just heat mine in the microwave until they were at a suitable temperature, however the actual cooking instructions do appear on the tin. When I spooned the mushy peas into the bowl I did notice that the sauce/ juice was a bit on the runny side, however once the peas were fully heated up this thickened up to the correct consistency as I expected it to be so again this was not a problem. I wouldn't say there was any real smell from the contents of the tin, when heated they just smelt of mushy peas, there is no other way to describe them, the smell wasn't particularly strong and was just as I had expected it to be.
The cooking instructions are for both the microwave and the hob depending on how you prefer to heat them.
You simply cook on full power for 1 to 1 and a half minutes, then remove and stir, you then place them back in the microwave and heat again for 1 and a half to 2 and a half minutes. The timing depends on the power of your microwave.
To heat on the hob you simply empty the contents of the tin into a saucepan and gently heat for 3 to 4 minutes whilst stirring, you must not let the product boil.
The heating/ cooking instructions are very easy to follow, personally I did not read these and simply heated mine in the microwave until they were hot enough for me, however you do need to stop and stir half way through otherwise you end up with a mushy pea covered microwave.
The nutritional information is clearly labelled on the back of the tin and includes
Per Half Tin
* Calories - 115
* Protein - 8.0g
* Carbohydrates - 19.5g
* Sugars - 1.7g
* Fat - 0.5g
* Fibre - 3.5g
* Sodium - 0.3g
* Salt Equivalent - 0.7g
When I studied the nutritional information as I do with most products I was a little surprised at the calories content, it was a bit higher than I expected, although I didn't really expect the calories to be as low as those in a portion of fresh peas, however I was pleased to see that the fat content was low. Also this is not a product I would eat every day and would certainly not replace fresh veg with it so I wasn't too worried, as a one off now and again this wasn't too bad, also this was per half tin so you did get quite a large portion.
Obviously this is a Tesco own brand product so is only available in Tesco, however it was the price of this product that attracted me to it, the 300g tin cost me just 8p, personally I thought it was excellent value for money, also I found that one tin lasted me a while as I tend not to have a whole half a tin at a time so get about 3 or 4 meals from one tin. The Tesco Value Mushy Peas were a lot cheaper than the other brands that were available and they were all pretty much the same when you examined the information, with a lot of them you were just paying for the name.
Although I had my doubts about this product when I first opened the tin, I was actually quite impressed with it. When I tried the Mushy Peas for the first time I was pleased to discover that they were in fact very tasty, and whilst they were not exactly the same as the ones you get in the chip shop I did really enjoy them. They had a lovely flavour to them and were of a good consistency, not too runny as I had first thought. I was even more impressed with the low price of this product and in my opinion this did not reflect in the quality. I will definitely be purchasing these again in the future, they are no substitute for fresh vegetables, but as a lover of mushy peas they do make a nice alternative from time to time and at such a low price they are not going to break the bank. This is certainly a product I would recommend to anyone who like me enjoys mushy peas.
I was a bit wary when I shook the tin in the store and it sounded very liquid. Never-the-less, I gave it a go, but you can't expect a lot for 17p. I'm used to a thick, pasty mushy pea. Chip-shop style. Many of the competitors' products are good in this respect; a thick paste, juicy, fat soft textured peas but this! This didn't come close! I opened the can and all that was visible was a green soup. I drained what I could and salvaged some the peas below by scooping them out with a spoon and letting the liquor drain back in to the can. There were split and whole peas and they were hard. Like undercooked dried peas.
All in all, I tipped them down the lavatory and went back to a budget store's own brand. Some value ranges are good but this is definitely a no-no. Mushy pea connoisseurs beware!!
I love mushy peas and love them with fish dishes and faggots and things like that so when I spotted these in my local Tesco store costing a mere 18p a can I simply had to try a can out as that seemed so very cheap to me!
300g can with a white and red label that goes around it and there is a photograph of the mushy peas on the front and I am told that they are Tesco 'Value' Mushy Peas and that they have a low GI and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. On the back of the can other information listed includes being told how to heat them up, ingredients, storage details and a full nutritional chart is shown and contact details for Tesco are given. This has no ring-pull to the top of it and the labelling does look a bit cheap and tacky however it does display all the information you could possibly need to be fair to it.
The Mushy Peas:
You can either pop these in the microwave for about 2 and a 1/2 minutes or in a saucepan on the hob for about 3-4 minutes. The mixture is green and gloopy looking with lots of mushed up processed peas within it and when heated through the whole mixture goes really thin and wet looking so when I cooked mine I did sieve them slightly to rid some of the juice from then.
Taste wise though I liked them and I thought they were of decent quality although a bit wet before drained slightly. They were well seasoned and mushy without bits of pea skin in them or anything like that and I would certainly purchase them again in the future for sure.
Nutritional Information Per Half Can:
Only available in Tesco stores costing 18p a can.
I just love Fish, Chips and Mushy peas, they are delicious and I used to buy the ones that used to have to be soaked over night in a bowl many years ago and then cooked them until soft and then they were available in cans and I had to just try them and see if I liked them and when my wife bought these ones from the Tesco Value range I could not believe how nice tasting they were.
They come in a can and have the usual colours of red and blue of the lower range and for a 300g tin they were priced at only 18p, they are a very light green in colour and the texture is very smooth tasting and the taste of the peas is quite good for the cheap price and they are delicious with chips and I often eat them with croquettes and fish fingers and I sometimes add a little mint sauce from a jar and mix it into the peas and it tastes absolutely delicious.
They can easily be placed into a pan and simmered for a minute or so and the smell of the peas is quite good, there are not runny as with some other brands, they are a good consistency and when cooked they are nice and smooth.
I have tried some other lower brands of mushy peas and they have had full peas in the can and very pale in colour, almost white and they have been a very hard texture but with these they are an excellent colour and texture as well as very good quality.
They are very cheap for anyone on a budget and the amount of peas in the can is quite a lot compared to some other brands in my opinion.
Overall I recommend these mushy peas for anyone to give them a go and for the price they are excellent value for money and I will continue to buy them and stock my cupboards.
I rate it a star.
Tesco Value Mushy Peas
Well isn't it safe to say that mushy peas are mushy peas, whether the can cost 40p for branded ones or only 18p for these Tesco ones, don't they all taste pretty much the same?? Well I decided to find out.
Times are hard at the moment in our household so I now have tightened my belt when I am doing my weekly shop and I will always try to go for the cheaper options, like the shops own brands and the value ranges. I have to say it isn't always successful, and I have made a few mistakes, but this tin of value mushy peas were just fine and I would most certainly be sticking with these in the future.
~~~ Packaging ~~~
These mushy peas come in a tin with the familiar Tesco Value range packaging, a boring white label with the typical red and blue Tesco value logo. The reverse of the tin gives us all the nutritional information, the ingredients and the cooking instructions.
~~~ Contents ~~~
When you open the tin the contents are surprisingly not as 'fluorescent' green as some of the branded names are which to me was a little reassuring as I don't like the idea of too many additives and colours in my foods. The consistency seemed very good, being packed full of the peas and only a little liquid floating at the top. When I tried to pour the peas out I had to get a spoon to scrape them out of the tin which pleased me as I thought there were lots of peas for the money.
~~~ To cook ~~~
These are so very easy to prepare ...... you can either cook in the microwave on full power for 3 minutes or you can do as I do and gently heat them through on the hob stirring occasionally and not letting them boil. I prefer to do it this way as I honestly believe that microwave cooking impairs the flavours of foods.
~~~ The Taste ~~~
Well yes they taste like peas ........ but it is a nice pea taste, there is no bitterness to them or nasty back taste, in fact they taste quite sweet and natural flavoured.
~~~ Opinion ~~~
I cannot honestly find any fault with these peas they taste exactly as you would expect mushy peas to taste. When served up with your steak and kidney pie and chips or some lovely fish cakes or fish fingers, they make a very tasty and quick and easy meal. And at only 104 kcals for one serving of half the tin, they are ok for the waistline too. So for value for money I cannot find any reason to return to the more expensive brands that taste just the same anyway, after all ...... why pay more than you have to!
~~~ Cost ~~~
These are available in Tesco for a mere 18p for a 300g tin ...... a real bargain!
Thank you for reading my review!
The humble Mushy Pea is what fish and chips and pies and gravy were invented for. Mushy peas are usually availlable in tins and also I have seen them frozen in packets, which I imagine you would have to chisel a bit off when you wanted some. You can make your own version of mushy peas by "steeping" dried peas in water overnight with the addition of some baking soda which helps to soften the peas, the peas are then boiled until they start to break down. I have never tried as it seems rather time consuming so I just buy a tin.
I used to buy Batchelors Chip-Shop ones which are usually around 35p a tin where as these Tesco Value ones are a mere 18p. The ingredients are Processed Peas, water, sugar, salt and the colours Copper Chlorophyllin Complex and Carotenes.
The first thing that strikes me when I look at these peas is that they are nice and green (that'lll be the artificial colouring), the second thing is they are nice and gooey, you have to bang the tin to get them out into the pan.
The peas cook very quickly, 3-4 minutes on the hob or 2 minutes in the microwave, It is important not to overcook them in the microwave as they have a tendency to explode.
These peas have a nice flavour, not too sweet and are nice and soft as they should be. I have tried the Asda Smart Price variety too but they are very runny and rather anaemic (I dont think they add colouring to them).
All in all I think they are great value for money and I now always buy this brand.
As I've just reviewed Tesco Value Fish Fingers I thought I'd review the mushy peas I had with them. Whereas I bought the value range fish fingers to save some money I actually buy value mushy peas most of the time as I prefer them to more expensive brands.
18p for a 300g can. Another reason to love these apart from the taste, cheap and cheerful.
Plain and boring as always. Tesco's trademark value range packaging, predominantly white with blue and red.
68 calories per 100g. We usually split a can between us so I don't think 104 calories is too bad.
The texture and consistency of the peas tends to be different with every can. Sometimes they can be mostly mush with hardly any pea, sometimes they're really watery and the peas are almost still whole, it's just the luck of the draw. The colour is always the same though, a pale greyish green. If you look at the ingredients it does say they contain colours - Tartrazine and Green S - but I'm sure there can't be much in there as they're not as green as some mushy peas I've seen that practically glow in the dark.
If you're unlucky and get one of the cans that is very runny then you'll mostly taste water with a hint of pea. If you do get a good can though they taste really nice. I'm not a fan of marrowfat peas if they're not mushed as I just think they're weird but as soon as they're mushy the flavour seems to improve. I prefer to add a little mint sauce to my peas as it enhances the flavour but even without it these are still appetising. It's hard to describe the taste of mushy peas - they just taste like peas!
A lot of people would prefer a more well known brand but for me cheap and cheerful is best, You just have to risk getting the odd bad can.
It's not often I go to Tesco's and to be honest I'm beginning to wonder why not. I happened to be in town with my daughter who is on a budget as she rents a nice house and has more expenses to meet than me and we went shopping in Tesco's.
I usually go to Morrison's which I find quite reasonable but after looking in Tesco's at their prices I was quite surprised and their value range seemed to be very cheap. I like quality in my food brands and tend to buy the one's I am used to, so as we were having fish and chips for tea, I popped a Tesco Value Mushy Peas tin in my daughters basket , just to try . It was only 15p which surprised me as you can't buy much for that price in any other shop. I'm not sure if it was on offer as it seemed really cheap to me and I was wondering if what you pay for is what you got. Seeing as it was only 15p it could have been really awful, but at 15p I thought I'd take a risk.
The tins was really plainly wrapped, which I thought probably added to the price cut, with less fancy packaging there would be less cost to the brand. The tin was a white with blue and white stripes at the top and just the words Tesco's mushy peas written on it in red letters, very basic. The other Tesco brands were the same design, so you could recognise them easily on the shelf and I suppose if your on a tight budget these prices are a god send. I was beginning to think maybe I was missing out on something, but time would tell as the product hadn't been tasted and tested.
At home I cooked the tea and opened the can of mushy peas, expecting a watery mess I was surprised to see that there was a good mushy pea consistency to my can. The colouring was a little pale but that was alright, after all I wasn't expecting alacarte.
Happy with the texture and consistency, I heated up the mushy peas which cooked nicely and were served with the fish and chips. They take about 5 minutes to cook in a pan, you can also cook them in the microwave for about 2 minutes if you prefer.
Now, being a Lancashire lass, I was practically raised on fish and chips and mushy peas, so these Tesco Value Mushy Peas had a lot to live up to. When they were taste tested, they came out a little on the wishy washy side. A little bland but edible. They had the right consistency but lacked the taste.
So, in comparison to the mushy peas I usually buy, they got a six out of ten. For value wise they were great, consistency was great but they let you down at the crucial moment when you needed the taste.
I don't think I would be buying these again as even though the price is great, they just didn't cater for my taste. They were however, free from artificial flavouring and Tartrazine, which is another plus side to them, but if you don't have the taste then you don't have nothing. Having said that though, if you are a on a budget these are great value and kids would probably love them as I think your taste develops more when your older and you get a little more fussy about what you will and will not eat.
Mushy peas - one of life's simple pleasures. I love mushy peas every so often, and I've tried a few brands. To be honest, they are all much of a muchness, and none quite beat what you'll get from the chip shop.
Tesco Value Mushy Peas come in a 300g tin, which is about standard. The nutritional information is shown for half a tin, but I think this could just about serve three people. The label is like the other value products, though it has been updated since the picture shown on dooyoo - it now has a photo of mushy peas on the label, and it's actually quite an accurate depiction of what's in the tin.
So, what is in the tin? The mushy peas are quite thick in consistency. When I tip the tin, about a third pours out, but the rest has to be spooned out. By the time I get to the bottom, it's quite stodgy. The peas are bright green - which would probably put me off if they weren't such a comfort food! You can cook these in the microwave or on the hob - I always do these on the hob because I think they come out better. The tin says not to let them boil, but I prefer the consistency when they have been boiled and stirred for a bit. They become a bit thicker and mushier.
They're a bit of a confusing one, these mushy peas. Are they healthy or not? They are peas, after all, which definitely count as a vegetable and one of your five-a-day. But these peas are, in Tesco's words, 'Mushy processed peas with sugar, salt and colours added'. All those things we're told to watch out for. In particular, these contain as colourings 'Carotenes', which are derived from vegetables - usually carrots - and something with the scary name of 'Copper Chlorophyllin Complex' which doesn't sound at all good for you. A little bit of googling, though, and it seems that this is extracted from nettles, grass or alfalfa and gives these peas their bright green colour. Neither of these colourings (E160a and E141) seems to be of particular concern, and E141 is actually used in medication to reduce body odour!
That just leaves the added salt and sugar, but I really don't think the levels are anything to be concerned about unless you are watching your overall intake. I would say that the main difference between these and the chip shop mushy peas is that these are much less salty.
I am happy to count mushy peas as a vegetable, and after this little bit of reading I don't have any concerns in continuing to enjoy them on a regular basis. You don't get many things that are cheap (18p a tin), comfort food and healthy all at once! The tin also states that these are Low GI, which is great.
In summary, if you love mushy peas, the Tesco Value brand is definitely worth a try. I don't think there's much difference between the brands, so you may as well try them and see if you can save a few pennies.
Tesco Value Mushy Peas!
My first thought was, yack the label looks very economy so what would the taste be like? At a price of under 50p per 300g tin, I thought it was worth a try.
I got these home and within a few days I found the perfect meal for them. Considering the rest of my family hate mushy peas (you either love them or loathe them) I had them alone with a nice piece of battered cod, chips and gravy. Yes I know gravy is a bit weird but I love it! (See my Bisto review!)
As you can see from the above image the tin looks very cheap, there is no pull gadget so you have to use a can opener which I hate because it can get so wound up with those things.
Health wise, Per 100g there is 70kcal ,Protein 4.4g, Carbohydrate 11.7g and Fat 0.2g. This is not too bad but if you were going to have to whole tin too yourself, it would be a bit fattening.
Upon eating these peas I encountered some minor hitches.
1) They are green in colour which is perfectly normal but the peas are very fat and look extremely processed.
2) They are very watery not like the normal image I get of mushy peas.
3) They do not taste of anything!
The good things about these peas are:
1) They smell great, really give of a good 'pea' smell!
2) Very cheap but not good quality
Overall I would rate these 3/5, I would pay the difference to get a better taste!