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Too many Plum related Puns!! Just don't be snooty about the packaging, try these little bargains!
Tesco Value Tinned Plum Tomatoes
Member Name: paulie1975
Tesco Value Tinned Plum Tomatoes
Advantages: Lovely flavour, good price
Disadvantages: Packaging looks cheap
As I've become a bit more money conscious during the recession, I've realised that shop bought pasta sauces are a bit of a swiz. At around £1.50 for a tomato based sauce surely it is better to make your own and use it or freeze it as you see fit, thus feeling like the meal is entirely of your own creation and saving money into the bargain.
In accordance with this, tinned tomatoes have become an absolute staple of my weekly shop, from the quality of Napolina tomatoes I've also tried out cheaper alternatives and these are about the cheapest I've tried, I'll let you know they are well worth using as an ingredient for a meal and provide a tasty option at a very competitive price.
Ok this isn't going to surprise anyone, but this product is only available at Tesco's so don't go looking for this on the shelves of your local Waitrose!!
The tin looks horrible, a cheap looking white paper label with the wording 'Plum Tomatoes' in red and a picture of a plum tomato. There is the Tesco Value sticker in the corner, they only look bad in big groups where the paper labels seem to rip easily and make the product look very cheap and expendable.
31p for a 400g tin, this is great value as generally one tin is more than enough for a sauce for two. It is easy to buy 4 or 5 at a time for under £1.60 and feel like you have ingredients for at least five meals in the house.
Ok so you open the tin and out pours a tin of plum tomatoes, my initial reaction on first heating them was the deep red colour, but this is no different to other brands, there is also a sourness at first taste to the product but when you add onion, garlic and other ingredients this actually adds to the flavour and provides an excellent counter balance to other flavours.
I've used this product to whip up Pasta sauces, by heating the tomatoes through and then whizzing them with a hand blender on many occasions and also used it for Patatas Bravas and home made Salsa sauce, as well as part of a lovely fry up breakfast. It has come good every time and I do get a bit of extra satisfaction feeding it to others without telling them where the product is from as I believe sometimes we are influenced by price and this would stand equal in taste tests with pricier alternatives.
Tomatoes (60%), Tomato Juice, Citric Acid.
There are 18 calories per 100g so a tin has 72 calories in total, this is great being a tiny amount of your daily recommended intake. The product doesn't appear to have added artificial ingredients other than citric acid and appears to all intents and purposes to be a cheap, healthy ingredient.
Versatile, very cheap, easy to find in Tesco, this is a winning store cupboard ingredient that can be used in all manner of sauces. It tastes fresh and has a slightly sour edge which is a nice contrast to whatever your making it with. It is a 4 out of 5 product because of its price and is something I have no issues using in daily meals.
Summary: Too many Plum related Puns!! Just don't be snooty about the packaging, try these little bargains
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