One thing that I buy very often in my weekly shop is kidney beans. I buy them to make a mixed bean casserole up (which is high in protein!) and to make either a veggie chilli up or one with meat.
The last few cans that I have been using lately are these ones from Tesco and a 400g tin costs just 21p which is why when I was last in Tesco I bought a few cans of them.
This is an economy looking can in my opinion and it has cream coloured labeling and on the front of that we are clearly told what they are and who they are by and there is a photograph shown of the kidney beans and then there are little pictures depicted of a colander, a saucepan, chill'is and so on and then on the back of the can other information listed includes ingredients and nutritional advice, as well as heating guidelines, the weight (400g but less than that once drained) is stated and contact details for the manufacturer are given. This can has no ring-pull to the top of it........not that, that matters really as most of us own can openers anyway!
The Kidney Beans:
What you get is lots of shiny, dark burgundy coloured beans mostly quite large and plump looking in a murky looking water and they contain nothing artificial including colour. To cook them you can simmer them on the hob and in a saucepan for a few minutes, in a microwavable dish or add them to dishes you are creating and let them simmer in that mix which is what I always do.
I don't find them to shrink or anything else adverse and they actually look rather nice in dishes I find.
However taste wise I am not all that keen on these as I find them lacking a bit in quality to be honest. The outer skin is rather tough and chewy no matter how long I cook them for however the inside is soft and cream in colour and once you get that bit they actually taste rather nice to be fair. They are not greasy or seasoned and apart from the outer 'shell' they taste nice enough but that outer skin really is too firm for my liking!
They are not awful and and per 240g of drained kidney beans (the whole can) they only provide 280 calories and 0.2g of saturated fat and plenty of protein so they are not a bean that I would avoid buying in the future to be fair but I have bought in the past than these however they cost considerably more so for the price I do think that they are a reasonable buy!
Only available in Tesco stores.
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I would say chilli con carne is one of my favourite meals. Not only is it easy and relatively cheap to cook if you use the right ingredients it can be a good nutritional low calorie meal.
I have always used Tesco value red kidney beans and last bought a tin this morning as I intend to make a chilli tomorrow night when I get back from work. I paid 21p for these but think they may have recently gone up as I seem to remember paying less than 20p for them the last time I bought them. The tin weighs 400g net weight and 240g when drained and is fully recyclable.
The tin doesn't have a ring pull as a lot of value tins don't but it is no hardship to use the tin opener and it opens easily with one. There is quite a lot of water in the can which is salted and contains starch from the beans. They should be drained and rinsed before use but I usually just drain them and stick them in the pot with the chilli ingredients. As with all tins if you don't use all the contents in one go you should transfer the remainder into a suitable container and not put the tin back into the fridge once it is open. They don't smell particular pleasant when you first open the tin but this disappears when they are drained.
Tesco do another tin of their own brand kidney beans but these are not the value brand and cost 62p. They also sell a brand by East End which are 39p and which are currently on offer for 3 for £1 until 08/08/13. I have tried other brands in the past but to be honest I can't tell any difference in the taste although I only ever use them in chilli's and they are soaked with the chilli mixture.
I like the texture of these beans, which are soft and fluffy on the inside when you bite into them. I have tasted them on their own and would describe the taste as some sort of vegetable, not unpleasant but not something I really like. I know some people put them in a salad but I have never eaten them this way.
I have recently been cooking the chilli from a recipe in the Hairy Dieters book which if you follow all the instructions only contains 305 calories however if you have it with rice or jacket potato it is obviously more.
I can't think of any reason why I would pay more money for kidney beans when I don't think there is hardly any difference in the taste or quality, and I will continue to use Tesco value kidney beans. If you haven't tried them then give them a go - you won't be disappointed.
These tesco value kindey beans are very good value, for only 18p for a 400g tin the cant be beaten on value! Next brand up (tescos own kidney beans, not value) are 49p for a 400g so more than double the price!
The kidney beans come in a metal tin which is plainly decorated. The tesco value range has recently been re-branded as "everyday value" so the packaging has changed slightly. The tin is now a sort of off white colour, with a nice colour picture of some kidney beans. The tin says "everyday value red kidney beans in water" and states that half a tin counts as 1 of your five a day (should have 5 portions of fruit and vegtables a day). Half a tin contains
The kidney beans tin needs a tin opener to open, would be nice if you had a ring pull on them but I guess you need to pay more than 18p to get that! The beans can be just cooked by themselves, either in the microwave or on the hob or can be added to meals (need to be drained first). I use them mainly for adding to home made turkey and beef burgers or for chilli concarne. The beans are a nice dark red colour and taste really nice!
Once opened the kidney beans should be used within 2 days and should be kept in the fridge. You should transfer the beans to a non metallic container and put in the fridge if you are keeping them.
Over all I would recommend these kidney beans, I have been buying them for a while and have never had any problems with them, why pay more when you can only pay 18p!
Kidney beans - called such due to their resemblance to the organ - are useful little beans that can be used in a variety of dishes, most notably chillis and in vegetarian bean dishes. Their versatility means that they are a regular addition to my kitchen cupboards. The fact that they can be bought quite cheaply helps too!
As a quite simple ingredient and my successes with the brand before, I thought I would try the Tesco Value kidney beans a go. At 21p for a 400g can I can hardly complain as this will last me 2-3 meals. Bargain!
** Kidney Beans **
Kidney beans account for one portion of your recommended 5 a day. The skin is smooth but the inside has a slightly coarser feel. The beans are enjoyable in a range of dishes. I use them a lot in my quinoa/ cous cous salads.
Nutritionally kidney beans are very good for you.
Per 177g (or 1 cup)
Vitamin B1: 18.6%
Vitamin K: 18.5%
And per 100g
Carbohydrates: 17.8g (of which sugars: 3.6g)
Fat: 0.6g (of which saturates:0.1
** The product **
When buying anything from a value range I would expect some degree of lessened quality but with this product I was impressed with the quality of the beans. If you ignore the few that are not as kidney-shaped it would be difficult to distinguish these from the next brand up.
On opening the can, as with any can of kidney beans, the scent is not the most pleasant. I will be honest when I say it sort of reminds me of dog food. However, don't let this put you off. The beans can be a great addition to any meal (thats a human meal, not a dogs).
** Cooking and Storage **
As the beans absorb surrounding flavours really well they are ideal to use in dishes that are left to simmer to best soak up the flavours. Or you can place them in a saucepan on their own to cook and add to a meal later; they only take a few minutes to cook. As they are canned in a thick liquid, just rinse them out before cooking. When something is this easy to cook there is no excuse not to try them at least once or in a variety of dishes.
Any leftover beans can be stored in an air tight container and placed in the fridge. The beans must be used within two days.
** Overall **
I can't recommend this product enough. You can expect to pay about 16p for a 400g can which can last a few meals. Even the Tescos can is 70p (of which the difference just seems to be in the packaging than anything else). The beans are of good quality and would not hesitate to buy these - whether on a budget or not.
Plus the health benefits and versatility make these a very handy bean to have around.
Kidney beans are always a staple of most of my rice dishes whilst I'm at university, so I'm guaranteed to go through one tin a week. Therefore I want to use the cheapest brand possible and so Tesco Value is the best solution for me.
I have to stress that these kidney beans are an amazing price- 16p for 400g! For comparison within Tesco the next brand up is 47p for the same amount (or 32p for 220g), meaning that's three Value tins for the price of one. For families this is certainly enough to mix in with mince or rice as I do to feed 4 or 5 people, but even for those eating solo like myself it's still excellent value considering you could use half the beans in one meal and keep the rest in the fridge or freezer to use up later in the week.
Packaging is typical Tesco Value fare: mainly white background with red font and image of beans that gives some basic information and cooking instructions. It's plain but that doesn't matter much here. The beans come in salted water so they preserve their taste and aren't dried out. You open them with a tin opener and pour the lot into the pot (or microwaveable dish).
In my humble opinion the kidney beans don't taste that different from any other brand I've had. They take only 5-10 minutes to cook on the hob and once cooked they are chewy and fluffy on the inside. They didn't taste at all salty despite the supposed higher salt content compared to the Tesco brand.
Overall this is a great deal for tinned kidney beans. Maybe well-known brands of kidney beans taste much better and are healthier for you but at 16p this is a steal for a regular-sized tin that tastes fine.
I love cooking and trying lots of different dishes as I was taught to cook by my grandma many years ago and so I often do the cooking in my home as I find it enjoyable and rewarding, I have a large family, I often hold dinner parties too, and I like to experiment and use lots of ingredients to enhance the dish so my family and friends enjoy their meal.
These kidney beans I use on a regular basis and they are from Tesco Value range and usually priced at around 19p for a 400g can, the can is very basic but the beans inside are a very good size, the shape does vary as they are a cheaper brand, some are round and some in the shape of a kidney, each one is a good size and I would say they are just a little bit larger than a baked bean.
The beans are in water and I just rinse the beans under running water and use them in my dishes, they taste nice and I think they are a very good quality and excellent value for money, I use them in my Chilli Con Carne dish and Casseroles, and also Curries, I like to also eat them with a meal as my vegetable as I love kidney beans, and they can be part of the 5 a day healthy diet, although I do eat a lot of junk food and snacks, I do eat healthy meals too.
These are easy to chew and swallow and when used in a dish they soften very nicely indeed, they taste delicious and enhance lots of dishes to make them more tastier, I think for the price they are excellent value for the money, I use them all the time and my guests and family cannot taste the difference between a branded variety and this one and I have never had anyone say they do not like them at all, which is good as they are affordable.
Half a can contains 125 calories, 4.3g sugar, 0.7g fat, saturates 0.1g and a trace of salt.
They are a deep burgundy colour and not pale at all, they hold their colour too in the cooking and on the plate, there are a lot of beans in the tin and once opened with a can opener, the amount is not half way down the can, they are near the top and so they are worth the money for my liking as some cans contain half the amount in water and not many beans, but this brand is the opposite, the amount is just right.
They are ready to eat from the can without soaking them or cooking them separately, which can save a lot of time for many people and myself, as it is just open, heat and serve, and the can be recycled too.
I recommend these highly for anyone to try in any dish they want to use kidney beans or just as a vegetable as they are super value for money and excellent quality, and I think Tesco have it right with this product and I will use them as I have for a very long time.
I rate these 5 stars.
** Tesco Value Red Kidney Beans **
We buy a lot of spuermarket cheap home brands to make our shopping budget go a bit farther. Tesco's cheap home brand as you are probably aware is called the Value range.
One of the tings we bought this morning was a tin of Tesco Value Red Kidney Beans. I don't do much proper cooking if I can help it but my girlfriend does and so she twisted my arm and made me put the beans in the trolley. I'm not that keen on kidney beans but I don't mind them.
The can itself was just a normal tin can of 420 gram size. Surrounding it was the label which was set out in the Tesco Value range no frills label colours and design: a white label with the Tesco logo like you would see on a carrier bag and a half hearted picture of the kidney beans.
The Value labels never inspire me with confidence but the products are sometimes but not always surprisingly decent.
Luckily I didn't have to do the cooking but I was helping my GF out slightly in the kitchen during the cooking of our evening meal. Opening the Tesco Value Red Kidney Beans was simple enough though there is no ring pull on the top.
The beans were packed in juice and actually looked quite appetising and succulent. I can take or leave kidney beans so this is compliment coming from me.
MY GF heated the Tesco Value Red Kidney Beans in a saucepan and if anything they looked even better when cooked.
To eat they were actually quite nice. They remained relatively firm so had a satisfyingly substantial taste that you could chew into. They tasted quite juicy though not much different from any other meal involving kidney beans I've eaten.
** my conclusion **
I must say though that I enjoyed the Tesco Value Red Kidney Beans a lot more than I thought I was going to so they get my vote. I wouldn't want kidney beans too often but when I do I would be quite happy for those beans to be the Tesco Value ones.
Thanks for reading this review.
I have recently tried out the Tesco value tin of kidney beans and this is my review.
I have been trying out some of the items in the Tesco value range to see if I can save a few pence on my weekly shop and I have found that some of them are very good value but other items in the range are not that good and I will not get them again.
The packaging is very plain but this is cos it is a Tesco value item and all of the items in the Tesco value range are basic products and you are paying only for the products and not for any fancy packaging. This does not bother me to much cos I am more concerned with the item and not what packet it comes in as this goes in the bin anyway.
The tin of kidney beans has a label on the front that is mostly white in colour and it has the usual Tesco value colours of red and blue on the label as well as the Tesco value logo. The tin has all the info I need such as nutrition info and ingredients. The Tesco value kidney beans do not have a ring pull on top of the can and so you will need a tin opener to open the can.
The value kidney beans are in a thick juice in the usual way that tinned kindey beans are and so you need to give them a good rinse in a seive under a running tap of cold water before you use them in your cooking. This is easy to do and it only takes a minute.
I use the Tesco value kidney beans in a few dishes such as in Mexican food and chilli con carne. I also have used them in five bean chilli for a vegetarian friend I have and I do not find there is any difference between this cheaper brand of kidney beans and other tins of kidney beans I have used before so I would buy them in the future again for sure and have found there are no problems with this cheaper brand.
Other brands of tinned kidney beans I have used before cost around 80 pence for the tin and this is a decent enough price but the good news with the Tesco value kidney beans is that they only cost around 20 pence for the 400g tin which is a great price. I have another tin of 'usual' branded Tesco kidney beans and these cost me 70p for a 420g sized tin so you can see I managed to save a good few pennies by swapping my brand.
I will not buy the usual Tesco branded kidney beans again and instead I will be buying the Tesco value kidney beans.............. They taste the same, they look the same and they cook as well as other brands so why bother with dearer brands? I am very happy I tried out this cheaper brand and I would suggest giving them a try yourself.
I'm a recent convert to kidney beans i always remember as a child hating them though having tried them recently there great.
Tesco value red kidney beans come canned in water much the same as others do the packaging has changed recently to incorporate a lovely close up of the beans on the front of the tin which looks a lot more appetizing.
It still has the usual red white and blue Tesco value logo on the front and as with most value products it is usually located right on the bottom shelf and is not the easiest thing to find in store.
Though these come in a 400g can the drained weight of the beans is 270g and are priced at an amazing 19p.
The beans are of a good size and texture and taste as good as any other brand of kidney beans that i have tired.
I use these in a variety of ways though mainly for making chilli con carne and bean salads. They are also great to stick in soups stews and any Mexican based dish.
These are a great source of fibre, half a can can be counted as one of your five a day, they are a low GI food and are suitable for vegetarians.
The ingredients only number 3 which is great red kidney beans, water and firming agent (calcium chloride).
Half a drained can provides.
saturated fat 0.1g
Overall a great tasting value product.
One of my fave things to make is chilli con carne and I only like home made versions of this meal because out of a packet, tin or box it doesn't taste the same. It's mega simple to cook and now I've found out how good these Tesco Value kidney beans are it's loads cheaper than it used to be too!
These cost 19p for a 400g tin, they come in water so when they're drained you'll get 240g of actual beans but I use some of the water to make the chilli sauce up so I get all the goodness that has leaked out of the beans while they was being stored.
The beans are a good size, they're not all a standard size like in the more expensive tins but that doesn't bother me because they're going to be mixed in the chilli anyway. They have got a nice deep colour and look glossy, actually they don't look any different from tins of kidney beans that you pay loads more for except for the different sizes of the beans.
I'd never eat one before cooking it but that's just me, my mum added the leftover ones to a salad the other day and she said they was just as good as any other kidney beans. There was something soooooo disgusting about watching her eating cold kidney beans that I went into the other room until she'd finished! lol
In the chilli these were wicked. They've got a firm but soft texture, in the tin there was a few dodgy ones that were either too hard to squidgy inside and that put me off a bit but for the price I reckon I'd half expected that. I will deffo carry on using these cheapo kidney beans for every day cooking but I think if I was cooking for a visitor or special meal I'd buy a branded tin because the texture of the beans is more consistent.
These cook through good and don't dry up or anything, the taste of the chilli sauce got into them and gave them a yummy flavour. Like I said I wouldn't eat these beans on their own so can't tell you EXACTLY what they taste like, they're wicked in chilli though and next time I do a bolognese I'm going to throw a few in to give it a bit of an extra texture.
Recommended...... dead cheap and why not?????
I have recently been converted to buying many of the items in Tesco's Value Range. I mean, it seems silly not to save money when you can get the same quality products for a lot less money than other brands. One example of this is the Red Kidney Beans that they sell for only 19p per tin.
The packaging of the beans is different from the dooyoo picture nowadays and slightly more appetizing. It still comes in a tin with the value label on it but there is now a big close-up photograph of kidney beans on the front instead of the little drawing. This makes the product more appealing but at the same time it doesn't look as nice as some of the other tins of beans on the shelf. I think this is done on purpose to put you off buying cheaper ones if you can afford to get the prettier, pricier ones. So I've learned to look past the packaging and give these types of things a try.
The tin the beans come in doesn't have a ring-pull top so you'll have to get the tin opener out for this one. Once you get it open, you'll see that the beans inside look fat and juicy and ready to use.
I like to rinse the beany liquid off my beans a bit before I use them because I think it looks unpleasant but I'm not sure this is strictly necessary. I then add the beans to all kinds of things but mostly to dishes with a tex-mex flavour. I love them in fajitas instead of the chicken (I'm vegetarian, but think this would suit non-veggies as well as beans are so much less expensive and such a good source of protein).
One very quick and easy recipe I make with these is chili. Fry up an onion and a couple of cloves of garlic, add a teaspoon each of dried coriander, cumin, and chili powder, stir in a tin of tomatoes and a tin of beans and add some frozen corn. Simmer for 5 minutes and voila - dinner! Great with a spoonful of plain low-fat Greek yogurt (or sour cream if you're not watching the calories) and warm tortillas.
Half a drained can of these beans contains just 125 calories and constitutes one of your five a day. They're suitable for vegetarians and are an excellent source of fiber.
I really don't notice any difference from regular name brand beans and so I recommend these very highly.
Tesco Value Red Kidney Beans
Description: Manufacturer: Tesco /Type: Vegetables.
I am a convert to the supermarket no frills ranges which offer me savings by spending less on fancy packaging. The items in these ranges has left me pleasantly surprised on many occasions with the quality of the goods.
Like all items in the Tesco Value range, the metal tin is covered with plain white wrapping with red and blue writing. A 400g tin cost me just £0.17 from my local store.
Red kidney beans are a must have ingredient for chilli con carne and mixed bean salads, both of which I make quite often. The price of these kidney beans is quite a lot less than the competing brands so I always purchase these ones as they are definitely just as good.
You will need a tin opener to open these beans as there is no pull off lid.
The beans should be drained and rinsed before adding to meals. I have them cold with mixed bean salad and just add them into chilli with the other ingredients before simmering (a tin of baked beans in tomato sauce goes really well in the chilli too). If you want them warmed, they just need a couple of minutes in the microwave.
The beans are quite plump and soft but also have a nice firm texture, in my opinion, they are just as good as any other tinned red kidney beans that I have tried. They don't have a very strong taste which is why they work well in other dishes as they absorb the flavour.
Per 200g serving, these beans contain;
0.7g of fat
If you are buying tinned red kidney beans and see these on the shelf then you should definitely try these in place of the more expensive brands. I am giving these beans a resounding five Dooyoo stars, well done Tesco!
We have been having 'Chilli Night' on a Thursday for a good few months now and these kidney beans have become a regular ingredient!!
Kidney beans can be used for all sorts of things and they add that little bit of extra flavour into a meal.
There are lots of different brands of kidney beans, but we tend to buy these because they don't really differ that much.
Tesco Value red kidney beans come in a 400g metal can which does not have the lid with the pull hook. Therefore, you have to use a can opener. You usually see the pull hooks on the more expensive products nowerdays.
On the front of the can there is a different label to the one of the above image. The logo is still the same but there is a background image of the kidney beans in colour with a small section of nutritional information.
On the back of the can there is cooking information and detailed nutritional information. When you drain the kidney beans the weight plummets to 240g.
How to cook
These take around 2 and a half minutes in the microwave. 1 and a half, then stir and recover, then a further 1 minute. They take 4-5 minutes on the hob then they may be eaten hot or cold.
Half a can (drained) contains 125 kcal, 0.7g of fat and trace salt. This is not too bad considering it is probably going to be added to a main meal.
Price and Place
You can buy these from Tesco only and they retail for no more than 50p!
These taste like any other kidney beans, they add that little extra flavour to chilli's and other meals. They are not too salty and they taste soft when you bite into them. Almost like a baked bean but larger in size!
In my opinion I would rate this product 5/5. This is because they are cheap, they taste like popular branded kidney beans, they are great with lots of foods and they do not take long to cook. If you are making a chilli, just add these into the pan with the mince when simmering!!
This is another basic staple of your cupboard.
Contents and nutritional information
Red Kidney Beans, Water, Firming Agent (Calcium Chloride).
In a single serving of these beans you will get 8.3g of protein, 21.4g of carbohydrate, 4.3g sugars (this is a natural sugar found in the bean) and 7.4g of fibre.
It is interesting to note that the protein content is higher than the fibre (what beans are mostly associated with). Because I am a vegan, so many people ask me, "What do you eat for protein?" A closer look at beans show that protein is really not a problem.
Tesco value kidney beans come in the regulation white value can with the blue striped value flashing and the other red bits. The can states that it weighs 400g but in reality the contents weigh 240g (clearly stated on the can). When opened with a tin opener (no ring pull) a reddish liquid is seen containing the fairly smallish kidney beans. When these are drained and rinsed (they look much better after a quick spruce up), they look much the same as every other cooked kidney bean on the planet; deep red and glossy.
Cooking with kidney beans
I often cook up a hasty concoction which I lovingly call 'splodge'. This is when I have run out of ideas and am tired but I want to eat something that is healthy and makes me feel good because of it. Typically, this is after a long, horrible day at work.
Cue convo in our house:
"What's for tea?"
These beans are great to sling into a sauce with onions, peppers, carrots, garlic and tomatoes. You can even (obviously) chillify the splodge with the addition of some chillis or chilli sauce. Flavour this well and it is great with cous cous or brown rice. It is very likely that you get all of your five-a-day in one go. The splodge always goes down better than people think it will. If everybody ate 'splodge' we would be a healthier nation. Maybe I should start a campaign, 'Eat splodge for health!'. I digress. Other interesting ideas to explore are mashing them up and adding flavours and some bulking agents (like breadcrumbs) to make kidney bean burgers.
The beans are firm on the outside and nice and soft on the inside. because of the great texture, tinned beans are much easier to add to food than preparing dried beans. Hydrating dried beans for hours and then boiling them for what seems like hours rarely makes kidney beans feel as soft on the inside as the ones in the value tin.
A tin of value kidney beans will set you back 25p. The non value Tesco (no added sugar or salt) brand is currently selling at 55p as it is on offer from the usual price of 61p. This shows that the value brand of beans is less than half the price of the regular beans - even when they are on offer. The value brand tin does not have any sugar or salt in it anyway. However, I must note that the non value brand tin is ever so slightly larger at 420g. That might be three extra beans!
With this particular product, it is difficult to see why anyone would fork out for the more expensive brand. They defiantely are excellent value for money.
Tesco Value Red Kidney Beans
I'm very much a fan of kidney beans, they pick up the flavour of whatever you put with them, they have a fabulous soft but slightly grainy texture, and they add a bit of colour to dishes as well. Oh, and if you're in need of additional fibre, these are an excellent source for that too.
This particular brand is good and cheap too which is a real bonus, and to be honest because of the nature of the kidney bean and the fact that it picks a lot of it's flavour up from whatever it's put with the cheaper the better in my opinion.
This can is a 400g can which when drained comes to about 240g. I find that you do need to give these a rinse under the tap before adding them to a dish as the liquid that they sit in (water) does pick up some starch from the beans which means it's quite thick and gloopy. The rinsing also gets rid of any little bits of bean skin etc. that are floating in there.
These beans are maybe a little smaller than some more expensive brands, and possibly they've not been rinsed quite as well, as you do get little bits of skin etc. floating in there sometimes, and the occasional bean that's broken up, but they are very good value for money at just 25p for a tin.