I have recently been buying various brands of tinned fruit when I decided to try some of the supermarket 'budget' versions to see how they compared to more expensive versions. I recently purchased a tin of the "Pineapple Pieces in Light Syrup" from Asda's "Smartprice" range, with this review discussing my thoughts.
I was extremely impressed to note how 'purse-friendly' this product was, as I paid only 35 pence for the large tin, which is a generous 565g in size.
There is no ring-pull on the can, but once the lid had been removed, I was impressed with the appearance of the pineapple, as I had been expecting small, broken up pieces due to the product's price. Whilst some of the chunks ARE slightly broken and are smaller in size, there are plenty of 'whole' chunks too, and the fruit looks very tasty.
When using this fruit for blending into smoothies, I tend to spoon it from the tin into my juicer and store any remaining fruit in its syrupy liquid until the following day. I have found that the pineapple keeps very well when stored in the fridge this way.
I don't always find that 'budget' tinned fruit has the same consistency or 'bite' to it that more premium versions offers, but on this occasion, this wasn't really an issue as my intention was to puree and 'juice' the tinned fruit along with fresh produce such as bananas, berries and yoghurt. For the purposes of this review, however, I did try some of the Smartprice Pineapple Pieces on their own, and found that the fruit was juicy and flavoursome, with the syrup in the can being sweet and pleasant.
I couldn't say that the Smartprice tinned pineapple compared with fresh in terms of its flavour or 'bite', but this is always the case when tinned fruit is compared to fresh, and I can't say that I was disappointed with this particular brand, in this regard; neither my husband or myself felt that the Smartprice Pineapple Pieces were soggy or 'mushy' or were any different to any other brand of tinned pineapple that we buy regularly.
I've experimented with this particular fruit on quite a few occasions now, but my favourite way to use it has been alongside some fresh mango and a healthy dollop of natural yoghurt. I will occasionally add a small handful of berries to the mix too. The end result is quite delicious, and I have found that the Smartprice Pineapple Pieces add a lovely flavour to my drinks.
The Smartprice Pineapple has the following information on its can:
*1 of 5 per day per 1/4 drained can
*No artificial colours or flavours
*Suitable for Vegetarians
Based on the fact that I feel this budget offering from Asda's Smartprice range compares just as well to other brands of tinned pineapple that I buy regularly, I'm happy to recommend this product, having switched to this brand myself.
** Asda Smartprice Pineapple Pieces **
I lie quite a lot of the products in the Smart Price range. We usually alternate between supermarkets as we have a lot on our doorstep but since the last shopping trip was to Asda we picked up a range of items among which was a can of Asda Smartprice Pineapple Pieces in syrup.
My GF and I are very big on after dinner treats like fruit and ice cream. We already had some ice cream but we'd run out of canned fruit so a 100 gram tin of fruit for just 34 pence had to be right.
Opening up the tin revealed a nice stingingly sharp sweet aroma of pineapple. The pineapple pieces themselves had a very healthy hue to them and looked very juicy. We split the can's contents in half into 2 dishes and added a healthy dollop of ice cream too.
Biting into a syrup soaked pineapple chunk produced a slightly sour like taste that was a tiny bit overpowering and made it hard for me to appreciate the ice cream flavour as well. Once I got used to the sharpness of the pineapple taste I began to pick up on the sweetness of the syrup and the whole effect became quite enjoyable.
I realised than vanilla probably wasn't the best ice cream to twin with Asda Smartprice Pineapple Pieces it needs something a bit more distinct to hold its own against the overpowering flavour of the pineapple but it was the only ice cream I had in the freezer.
I enjoyed the Asda Smartprice Pineapple Pieces in syrup very much though. I just didn't realise the taste was going to be that sharp. It reminded me of when you go to the swimming baths jump in not realising the waters a bit cold. For a second it tales your breath away in shock but then you can enjoy swimming.
I think Asda Smartprice Pineapple Pieces are like that. The first mouthful blinds your taste buds to everything but the intense sharp taste but soon afterwards you can enjoy all the specrum of flavours that the syrup and pineapple pieces produce.
I think if I had added a more distinct stronger flavoured ice cream this would have been an even better after dinner treat.
** My conclusion **
I think I still prefer peaches to pineapple but this can of Asda Smartprice Pineapple Pieces was very enjoyable and great value for money I think.
Thanks for reading my review.
Asda Smartprice Pineapple Pieces In Syrup
Description: Manufacturer: Asda / Type: Fruit
Anyone who has read some of my earlier reviews (thanks so much, I really appreciate all the reads, rates and comments!) will know by now that I am a big fan of the supermarket ranges which save me money by spending less on posh packaging.
There was a time when I would walk past the "cheap looking" brands, assuming that the ones with fancy packaging would be better. Since then, I have been pleasantly surprised by how good some of the items in these ranges actually are. The packaging only gets thrown in the bin, so does it really make sense to spend extra money on it?
Of course, there have been things that I have tried which have been disappointing, but there have also been some really great buys, and in my opinion, these pineapple pieces are on that list.
A 100g tin of this pineapple will cost you £0.34 and like all items in the range, comes with the plain white label with green writing. You will need a tin opener for this tin as it doesn't come with a pull off lid.
The tin contains quite a lot of pineapple, which smells deliciously fruity and sweet. The pineapple is a delicious looking yellow colour and in cut into decent sized pieces.
The texture of this pineapple is really good, it is firm and just right to bite into. I have found tinned pineapple can sometimes be a little soft and this one was just right. The syrup is light and refreshing, and not too sweet or overpowering.
Compared to any other tinned pineapple in syrup, this is a tasty and cheap option which has proven time and again to be just as good as its competitors. It is delicious with yogurt or ice cream and great for desserts. If you fancy a treat then this product is well worth trying.