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A couple of weeks ago I sent my partner out to do the weekly shop, with a shopping list in hand. Though being a typical man, he didn't quite stick to it! One item on my list was Heinz Baked Beans with Sausages as my son really likes them - so he came back with the Tesco Value version as it was cheaper, I wasn't impressed!
Not one to waste food though I thought I would give it a go. My first impression of this product when I opened the can was the colour of the tomato sauce. It looked far weaker and far less rich than that of the Heinz variety which didn't exactly fill me with confidence. The beans themselves were quite small, though the small pork sausages were of a decent size. In this can there was eight pork sausages which didn't leave much room for the beans to be honest so there weren't as many beans in the tin as I would have liked. There was plenty of sauce though so at least the contents of the tin weren't too dry.
When served I have to say I wasn't overly impressed with these. Obviously they are a third of the price of the Heinz variety so they were never going to be fantastic, but they just didn't do it for me i'm afraid. I found them to be a bit bland and tasteless to be honest. The sauce, although plentiful was just far too weak for me as one of the reasons I like the Heinz one is that the sauce is quite rich for what it is. The sauce did have quite a thick consistency to it so it didn't feel too watery, but it certainly tasted that way. The beans themselves were quite soft, just as I like them as I have tried the Tesco value baked beans before and they were quite solid and not at all easy to chew and quite frankly they were pretty dire! Considering these are of the same brand, these didn't appear to be so bad.
For a 567g tin of these baked beans and sausages you pay just 35p, which is cheap in comparison to Heinz which will cost you 89p a tin. There is a very large difference in price, but there is also a big difference in quality too.
Nutritional Info (per serving) Calories - 146 Sugar - 2g Fat - 6g Saturates - 2g Salt - 1.3g
All in all the above could be worse and don't contain as much in sugar and fat as I would have thought. For those of you who suffer with allergies, these do contain wheat, gluten and mustard.
You will find this product in the tinned cans section in Tescos. Obviously with this being Tesco Value product, it is exclusive to Tescos. The packaging is very bland indeed, as is the rest of the Value range. The tin can has a plain white wrapper which bears nothing but the blue and red Tesco value logo and a small, rather plain and distorted picture of some baked beans on the front. Very unappealing indeed! The can is fully recyclable though. These cans do not have a ring pull top, so you do need a tin opener in order to open the can.
Overall I was quite disappointed in these and would not purchase them again in a hurry. I am quite a fan of the Tesco Value range as I believe they do some really good products at a very reasonable price, but this tin of baked beans and sausages was a bit of a letdown to be honest, and even my six year old son noticed the difference between these and his usual Heinz ones. They were cheap in price, but cheap in quality too but I believe in order to achieve a cheap product, Tescos have compromised far too much on quality.
These are far too bland and tasteless for me and for that reason I wouldn't particularly recommend them. I will give them two stars as they weren't vile, they just weren't that good either and obviously the cost along does get them a star.