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I have to admit that I really like cooking in fact I wish I had more time and money to allow me to cook some of the dishes that I really want, some days as I am sure you have gathered from my previous reviews I have to just thrown a ready meal into the oven or have a quick fix tea but when I have a little more time on my hands I do enjoy being creative with food and over time I am happy to experiment with flavours and to try different dishes with different combinations.
If you were to take a look inside my kitchen cupboards then you will see quite a collection of various herbs and spices, I used to have a spice rack but after using some on a frequent basis and others hardly never it is more economical to buy those that I do use, the majority of my collection is from the Schwartz rang of spices however when in my local Tesco a few weeks ago they had not got the ‘mixed herbs’ refill so I spotted the Tesco Value Dried Mixed herbs and decided to give them ago.
These herbs are located on the bottom of the shelf in Tesco and are quite hard to spot which probably explains why I have never noticed these before. The 18g plastic pot that the herbs come in is priced, quite remarkably at just 19 pence. As I am sure you are aware I am a big fan of many of Tesco Value products and I was hoping that this was going to be one to add to my collection.
The white plastic pot that the herbs come in can be recycled when empty; it is also worth noting that the pot is a little smaller than those that herbs normally come in. The design work on the pot is very minimal. There is the Tesco Value logo in red, white and blue writing as well as the name of the product. As I previously mentioned the packaging is very basic however as long as what is inside is ok then that is all that matters!
When you first go to open the herbs you need to remove the cellophane that has been wrapped around the top of the tub. This is there for safety reasons as well as keeping the dried herbs fresh. As you open the lid, this simply flips open you will reveal a large space where you can pour the herbs out. I find that rather than sprinkling the herbs out they do come out to quickly from this space so I prefer to pour the amount into my hand and then into the dish that I am cooking, this way you eliminate any waste.
The herbs are very small and are all various shades of green, some being lighter than others and those included are the following: ~Thyme ~Marjoram ~Oregano ~Parsley ~Sage ~Basil
The herbs are quite fine but a little will go along way. I first used the herbs whilst cooking a spaghetti bolognaise and they did flavour the meal, I then went to use them whilst cooking a lasagne and they also helped flavour this meal. The herbs also make the meal look attractive and I have often sprinkled them onto salads. Considering I had not spotted these before I was really pleased with how they worked with various dishes and meals.
In summary, I would have no hesitation in recommending these herbs; they do make the dish tasty and add a little something extra to the dish. If you have never tried them before then I certainly think they are worth giving a try. The herbs are such a great price as well. I don’t think the flavour is as strong as other brands of dried herbs and this does mean that you have to use more when it comes to the Value product but this really is the only bad point I can find on these herbs. I give them 3 out of 5