“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Puddings „
I'm reviewing our Tesco everyday Value rice pudding.
It costs 15p for generous 400g tin.
This contains milk ,but for all other allergy info please read the tin carefully or check online.
Suitable for vegetarians.
***WHY THIS ONE***
When I first took on responsibility for the two children that I look after daily, their mother would drop off shopping bags of their favourite foods etc and, while this was a great idea and very helpful, I found it rather repetitive and decided to add to their boring menus, introducing things their mother didn't usually buy. One of these things was tinned rice pudding and bearing in mind that they might not like it I opted to try them out initially with a cheaper brand . Seeing this in Tesco at just 15p I picked up a tin to experiment with. If they didn't like it then not a great loss financially.
***WHAT IT IS , USING and MY OPINION.***
The tin has the everyday value logos on, and it contains 400g of rice pudding.
The can does NOT have a ring pull , so a tin opener is needed for this one.
This can be served cold OR heated and is suitable for heating via microwave.
Not suitable for freezing at all.
I have to admit I was wary of this one because I use rice puddings occasionally, but only the more expensive Ambrosia one ,so I was unsure if this Tesco Value one would match up to the dearer one as regards quality.
In all honesty it doesn't but I found it satisfactory.
Before opening the tin you should give it a really good shaking. Think shaking Maracas and really give the tin a good workout because if you don't you will find the rice coming out of the tin in a solid dollop of congealed rice with some vaguely creamy liquid floating on top, and while this might be no big deal it does look a bit off-putting.
You heat this through for 4 to 5 mins in a pan on the hob/gas ring but don't allow it to come to the boil.
Alternatively you can microwave it in a non-metal microwaveable container. This takes between 3 and 4 mins, depending on the power of your microwave. The guidelines are on the tin, but do remember to stir the rice roughly midway through .
The first time I offered this to the toddlers they were eager to try it out , and I think the addition of sliced banana and apple made it look much more appealing to them . I suspected a rather simplistic bland looking offering might put them off and first impressions count a lot, so I let them cut some banana into slices (with a plastic knife obviously) while I sliced an apple . Once the rice was heated and dished up I added the fruit to it and gave it a very light stir/fold through.
I needn't have worried, they loved it and cleared their dishes.
Since then it is a regular on my shopping list and on the toddlers lunch table and their mother is very impressed to find them trying something different yet inexpensive .
During the summer this was also served cold as a lunch for the toddlers and us two adults (two tins needed for this). Again I added fruit but also would add a spoonful of strawberry jam to the children's dishes . The jam added more flavour AND turned the rice a nice appealing pink which tickled Holly a lot.
So how does it taste ? As far as I'm concerned not bad at all .
It isn't as richly creamy as the more expensive tinned rice , but then it isn't advertised as creamed rice, but a more simple "rice pudding" . And in reality that might be a plus for those watching their weight .
The rice itself is fine too. The rice grains seem just a bit less plump and tasty than Ambrosia, however I only noticed this because I was mentally comparing them, but it wasn't that obvious in my opinion, and adding fruit or jam adds to the over all flavour and takes the 3 star rice up a little notch .
Would I recommend it ? Yes I would actually. Especially if you are feeding little children. It is inexpensive, reasonably healthy and can be a way to get more fruit into their diet.
For adults on a tight budget it is filling and really inexpensive served as a lunch .
This costs an amazingly low price. Just 15p, while the more expensive variations cost from 50p to just under £1.
I've never noticed this on offer , but at 15p I really don't think it needs to be put on special offer.
I think 3 stars fair for this product. It won't blow your taste buds or your budget, and can be upgraded easily by adding fruit or jam.
So I'm happy to give this product 3 stars, and I hope my review was helpful.~~~myloh.
Ever since I was a child I have always liked rice pudding so when my Son Jayden had been easting solids for a while I decided to try him on some. I decided to buy a tin of Tesco Everyday Value Rice Pudding to let him try, after all if he didn't like it I could always finish it.
When I opened the tin of Tesco Everyday Value Rice Pudding it looked just like any other brand of rice pudding I have tried in the past, it was of quite a thick consistency with a creamy white colour to it.
The pieces of rice were of a good size without being too small and there was just the right amount of milky liquid without the whole thing being too runny, this is something that I thought may happen with buying a value brand of rice pudding.
When the tin is first opened you do find that the rice has settled slightly and it does need a stir, but again I have found this to be the case with other brands. The rice pudding doesn't really have a strong smell to it when you open the tin, but it does have a creamy, milky smell when you get up close to it.
I decided to try the rice pudding first before giving it to Jayden and I was pleasantly surprised, the rice pudding has a lovely creamy taste to it, it is sweet but without being sickly sweet and over the top, I was also pleased to discover that the pieces of rice were nice and soft, not hard and chewy, if this had been the case I think my Son would have struggled with this.
Tesco Everyday Value Rice Pudding can be eaten either hot or cold, if you want to have it hot you can simply warm it up either on the hob or in the microwave, I personally use the microwave if I warm mine up, I do not have a strict time I put it in for I just set the timer and them just keep testing it and stirring it until it is at the temperature that I want. However most of the time I leave it cold as Jayden seems to prefer it this way. If you want an exact time for heating up your rice pudding this can be found on the side of the tin, or alternatively on the Tesco website where full details are given, for example the time needed depending on your microwave strength.
When it comes to the nutritional information this product isn't too bad at 90 calories and 0.7g of fat per 100g, however it is quite high in sugar at 8g of sugar. When I give this to Jayden he only has a small amount so I'm not too worried about this, also it is not something he has everyday of the week. I was also pleased to see that this product is suitable for vegetarians meaning that should I wish to have a bowl of this I can.
Obviously this product is only available from Tesco as it is part of their own Everyday Value range, this 400g tin cost just 20p which personally I think is a real bargain. In my opinion this is an excellent quality product for such a low price.
We have been buying Tesco Everyday Value Rice Pudding for a while now and it is something we all enjoy, despite being so cheap to buy the rice pudding still has a lovely creamy taste and is of just the right sweetness without being over the top.
The actual quality of the rice pudding is excellent and in my opinion is as good as some of the more expensive brands you can purchase. I was pleased to see that all of the product information was clearly written on the label on the tin so should I require any information about the product is was readily available to me.
Jayden loves this rice pudding and if he is having this for desert I actually have to hide it until he has finished his meal otherwise he refuses to eat it and only wants his rice pudding. Personally I find this rice pudding very versatile, you can have it plain straight from the tin, but you can also add a range of things to it to make it a bit different, one of Jayden's favourites is to have a banana added to it, I use slightly less rice pudding and then add a mashed up banana to it. This product is excellent value for money and is definitely something I would recommend and also continue to buy.
===Now in Tesco Everyday Value blue and cream packaging===
This rice pudding comes in a standard tin which you have to open with a tin opener - no pull-off lids on the Everyday Value range.
The label is a beige background with blue images of churns, spoons and bowls. There is also am image of the rice pudding in a bowl with some red jam on top.
No artificial preservatives, flavours or colours.
Half a tin has 175 calories and 19 grams of sugar.
Can be eaten cold or reheated on the hob or microwave.
Shake well before opening.
850 watt microwave would take 3 minutes and it recommends 4-5 minutes on the hob. - do not boil.
400 grams in tin and produced in Belgium for Tesco.
Suitable for vegetarians.
Once opened store in another container in the fridge and use within two days.
Long shelf life - mine was until August 2015.
20p but I paid 15p.
Compare this with Tesco Creamed Rice Pudding 400g 50p - more calories
Ambrosia Creamed Rice Pudding 94p - also more calories.
I bought this rice pudding on a whim just to see what it was like. I purchased it for 15p but looking online now it has gone up 33% to 20p over the last four days.
The product does in fact look exactly like it does on the image on the label. It is a creamy colour and quite thick. The tin is packed full and I would say that one tin would serve two people with a reasonable helping - or one if you were really hungry Of course with younger children this might serve three.
You can in fact eat this cold so it is a great stand-by product to have in your cupboard. With a long shelf life on the contents before the tins are opened it pays to keep a few of these in storage - great for when you fancy a midnight snack, or the power goes off or you are feeling ill and do not want to cook.
Equally nice either hot or cold - it takes just as long to re-heat (5 minutes) as it does for me to make my breakfast porridge from scratch. Remember to keep stirring or it will catch and burn.
It is nice and creamy to eat and the rice is soft and well cooked. Maybe a little sweet for my personal taste but as I'm weaning myself off sugar a little that is more to do with my preference than the product.
I usually have half a tin at a time - and will often eat it cold as it is just as good.
Not quite as nice as home made but it does not have masses of artificial ingredients as some processed foods do and so I do not feel too bad about eating it occasionally.
Comparing this value product with both Tesco's more expensive version and also Ambrosia the contents are pretty similar - but the calories slightly less - and there is a big difference in the price.
For comparison the Tesco Everyday Value rice pudding contains 9% rice - the same as the Ambrosia version but the Tesco Creamed Rice Pudding only contains 8% so the ingredients compare favourably with the other brands.
Not one I would want to eat every day exactly but nice to have for when I am fancying something sweet - and we all get those cravings occasionally. It is very nice cold with some sliced banana.
Also good now winter is coming as you have something to eat quickly and easily if the power goes off - or you are laid up with flu and do not have the energy to bother cooking and just want to grab something quick and go back to bed.
A tasty inexpensive treat.
===Would I Recommend?===
Skimmed Milk, Water, Whole Milk, Rice (9%), Sugar, Whey Powder, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Carbonate).
If you fancy a tasty tin of rice pudding then it may well be worth while trying out Tesco's for just 15p per 400g tin. Do not be confused though if you are looking for the one featured in the Dooyoo picture because as you probably all know they have re-vamped their Value range to Everyday Value and this tin has a blue theme. It has a picture of a bowl of rice pudding with a dollop of jam which takes up half the front label then there are random illustrations of spoons, pans, dishes, bowls and trays and it states on the label 'no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours'.
On the side of the can there is a list containing nutritional information (based on half a can) which I won't list but just to say there are 175 calories, 16g of sugar and only 1.4g of fat so is not that bad if on a slimming diet because I find it quite filling. On the back of the can there is tons more information including an even longer list of nutritional values, microwave and hob directions for warming through, allergy advice, ingredients, storage, addresses plus I am told the can is metal and 'widely recycled'.
Phew! Well what does it taste and look like?
I was very pleasantly surprised because, for the small price I was expecting a runny rather lumpy and overly sweet pudding but I was wrong. It really is a nice creamy rice pudding which is not thin and watery because it has a decent texture and there was no watery residue when I opened it. The colour is good too although it looks more white than a home-baked rice pudding would look.
I have only eaten it cold but it tastes delicious and it is not too sweet nor does it taste of artificial flavourings which sometimes deliver an aftertaste. I found half a can was ample at filling in a rather large gap in my tum and I really enjoyed it eaten on its own without any jam etc.
I really cannot believe the price of this pudding - I would say it is not as good as other more well-known brands nor anywhere near as good as a home-baked rice pudding - but feel it is great for 15p and will definitely re-stock.
5 stars from me as it ticked all the boxes as far as I am concerned.
I am on a serious budget at the moment as I have just changed jobs and so pay is out the window.
So I have tried to buy my whole weeks shop with the tesco value range, including this rice pudding to give a sweet end to a meal.
One tin can feed 4 if you are having a small portion for pudding, although I took some for my lunch to heat up and ended up eating half a can just me. It costs 15p per can, and I think that is an absolute bargin, considering the next tesco brand up costs over 50p. It contains 175 calories per serving so its not really that good for you, and theres quite a lot of added sugar already. I find it not quite sweet enough on its own so add a teaspoon of value jam to make it to my taste.
It comes in a tin can, with a very plain label in white and blue of the tesco value brand. It states all the nutritional information, and also a serving suggestion. Once its already opened put the remaining pudding into a non metallic plate and put in the fridge.
The consistency is quite thick, but not too gloopy, the sauce is nice and although not hugely sweet it could be enough on its own for some people. The rice is soft and when heated up it tastes just like the next brand up.
Why buy a more expensive brand when you can have this one, its filling, really cheap, and although its no replacement for fruit and vege, it fills a sweet craving for those on a real budget.
It may seem strange that I am writing a review on rice pudding considering I cannot stand the taste of the stuff, my kids however absolutely love it and so I always have a tin or two of it in the cupboard. I do prefer to buy branded products for my children but money has been a little tight recently meaning I have had to make a few cutbacks and buy a few more store brand products. I spotted Tescos Everyday Value Creamed Rice Pudding at just 15p for a 400g tin it was substantially cheaper than my usual choice (Ambrosia Creamed Rice Pudding - 425g - 47p) and so I decided to buy it for my children to try.
Tesco must have recently updated their packaging as it is completely different to Dooyoos picture above, it is now part of the Everyday Value range. The creamed rice pudding comes in a metal tin (which can be recycled after use), with a paper label wrapped around it which shows the blue Tesco logo, product name and a picture of the rice pudding presented in a white bowl with a nice big scoop of added jam.
General information is given on the back including nutrition, ingredients, storage, allergy advice and guidance on how to cook. The product is suitable for vegetarians but does contain milk. Tesco cannot guarantee that it does not contain nuts, however their are no nuts in the recipe nor in the factory.
Annoyingly there is no ring pull on the can, so a tin opener will be needed, although I guess this is something to be expected from a value product.
The rice pudding itself can be cooked in the microwave or on the hob, we don't have a microwave so the latter it is for us! Still, all the information is on the label so the consumer can easily decide for themselves.
On opening the can I was met with a rather watery looking rice pudding, I used a spoon to empty the contents into a saucepan and found that the product got a lot thicker towards the bottom of the tin, with most of the rice sitting at the bottom. Once in the saucepan, I began heating it up and was quite relieved to discover that the product was not quite as watery as I first expected, although it didn't quite have the creamy texture that the bigger brands do.
My daughters shared the rice pudding, my eldest daughter opted for a blob of jam whilst my youngest preferred to have it plain. They both really enjoyed it and don't think they really noticed any difference, if they did they didn't mention anything to me anyways. Both bowls were scraped clean and left in the sink for me to wash.
I will certainly be buying Tesco Value creamy Rice Pudding again as my children simply didn't notice the difference, so why pay more?
My flatmates are always making fun of me because I am forever getting weird food cravings that simply refuse to disappear until I give in and allow myself to indulge. The other week I was very suddenly struck with an intense desire to eat some rice pudding. I dutifully took myself off to Tesco knowing that it would be easier to just get it out of the way instead of dragging it out for the next week and a half.
In the past I have always been loyal to the brand Ambrosia but when I got to Tesco I was outraged to discover that they only seemed to stock the low fat version! Now I don't know about you but when I am treating myself I like to go all out. I like to know that I am being a little naughty and low fat will simply not do! The only rice pudding on the shelf that didn't seemed to be aimed at dieters was this Tesco Value version and so in my basket it went.
Now, I have to admit I wasn't expecting a lot. I paid under 20 pence and got 400g can of rice pudding, which is slightly smaller than the other cans on the shelf. It featured the typical branding of the Tesco Value range, which makes heavy use of the colours red, white and blue. Usually this doesn't really bother me but for some reason I just found the packaging to be very depressing on this particular product. It just did not inspire me and in no way made me excited to try the can's contents. In fact, I was so uninspired by the packaging that it actually made my cravings disappear (just to make it clear, this has never happened before) and so the can sat in my cupboard for a few weeks before I bothered to try it.
Once I finally got over my package snobbery and got the lid off the can (you will need a can opener, no fancy ring pulls here) I was pleasantly surprised. The contents looked and smelt very similar to what I was used to from Ambrosia, lots of puffs of rice in a nice creamy sauce. I do prefer rice pudding to be warm and so I decided to heat up half the can.
I followed the instructions on the back of the can for microwave heating and when I took the bowl out the microwave I noticed quite a difference in the consistency of the rice pudding. The creamy sauce had thinned out dramatically and the ratio of rice to sauce was just ridiculous. Each spoonful only had a few grains of rice accompanied by a lot of liquid, which I found to be very runny and actually quite difficult to eat. In the end I just gave up and threw away the remainder of the rice pudding!
Later I decided to try the remaining half of the can without heating it up first and I was slightly more impressed. This time the consistency of the rice pudding was a lot more like what I was used to and you got a decent amount of puffs of rice per spoonful. The rice itself was nice and fluffy, which I was quite pleased to find, and had a generally good texture. I quite liked the taste of the rice pudding and didn't find it to be too sweet and so I was able to swirl in some jam without causing sugar overload!
My only complaint taste wise would be that it wasn't incredibly creamy tasting. I do like rich and creamy rice pudding and this isn't something that really delivered in those aspects. After a little more investigation I discovered that this rice pudding is actually made with skimmed milk so this probably explains a lot!
Overall I couldn't help but be a little disappointed by this product. I had wanted a creamy, indulgent treat and that isn't really what it delivers. Also, the whole thing seems to go to pot when heated up. However, I don't think that this product should be discounted entirely. It is generally quite pleasant tasting and definitely great value for money. It seems to be more similar to the low fat rice puddings I had been trying to avoid and so would be great value for someone who does buy those products. Unfortunately, what I want from a can of rice pudding is definitely not low fat and so I won't be buying this again.
That distinctive stripey packaging might not be too pleasing on the eye but in my opinion this ugly duckling rice pudding completely turns into a swan once the tin is opened! One taste will not send ripples of nostalgia tingling through your taste buds of what your nana used to make but it certainly is quite pleasing to the pallate.
The rice is quite soft and fluffy, not soggy and over cooked and there is masses of it, at a rough guess possibly three quaters rice to one quater creamy custardy sauce (perfect) and also completly contradictory to the ingredients list thats states only 9% rice. The actual "sauce" is nice and thick without being too dense and stodgy and has a really creamy consistency and creamy taste. It's sweet but not tooth rottingly so, just a subtle hint of sweetness.
My only critisism and it really is the only one is that it is a tad on the bland side. Vanilla is not listed as an ingredient on the tin and I think Tesco would do well to add a little vanilla extract or essence to the mix just to give it that little lift of flavour and then in my opinion it would be near perfect (with the exception of my nana's which it could never compete with!)
Serving Suggestions (mine anyway!)
I like to eat mine either straight from the fridge (not the norm I know) or I warm up slowly on the hob with a dash of that important and sadly missing vanilla essence. Warmed through with a sprinkling of cinnamon or nutmeg, which is just perfect on the run up to Christmas on a cold night!
Skimmed milk, water, milk, rice and whey powder
Sugar 15g, fat 2g, saturates 1g, salt 0.5g and 190 calories (per serving of half can serving)
Would I reccommend this, oh yes! I love it but tend to only eat during winter leaving always one slightly unloved can in the cupboard over summer! A 425gram tin (recyclable of course) costs just 17pence, a very small price to pay for a traditional family favourite!
This is yet another of the Tesco value products that I think is really superb, and from a quality perspective comparable with the other leading Brands that are putting tinned rice pudding on the shelves.
The packaging of course is failry simple and unattractive, but that of course helps keep down the price of these Value products. This comes in a 425g tin, which is the same size as other producers, but the price is a mere 17p only. What a bargain!
And, it tastes great. I haven't seen any different in quality between this value product and the others on the market. The rice pudding is well textured, creamy and above all, delicious. It can be cooked on the stove, or heated in the microwave. One tip, and this is just personal preference, is to just add in an extra few drops of fresh milk whilst heating, just to ensure that it keeps moist and doesn't dry out and become stodgy.
Overall, I recommend this. Great quality at an incredibly cheap price.
Since moving to my new house last November (wow that's gone quick) I have been shopping more often in Tesco's as it is closer and easier for me to get to with the twins. Whilst shopping here I have been trying out their Value products as I have been impressed in the past with sainsburys basics range.
One product I usually have stocked up in my cupboards is Rice Pudding as me and my twins eat it, in fact they love it and have done since I began introducing them to solid foods over a year ago now. However the 'top' brands are a little expensive to keep stocked up. I'd already tried Sainsburys Basics rice pudding and I was quite pleased with it so when I seen Tesco Value rice pudding for just 18p a tin I made sure I grabbed a few.
Tesco Value rice pudding comes in your typical 425g tin, without a ring pull so make sure you have your tin opener ready. It's not the most attractive tin, but it's eyecatching surprisingly and tells you what you need to know. It can be clearly recognised as a Tesco Value product thanks to the red and blue colour theme to it. It clearly tells us on the tin it is Creamed Rice Pudding with a background picture of a bowl of rice pudding next to a pot of jam.
Half a can Contains;
Now for me nothing beats home made rice pudding but usually if you want something close you'd usually head for the likes of Ambrosia, you know them reputable brands for your foods. This however has really impressed me. After being so pleased with the sainsburys basics version, eating this was like turning back to ambrosia again. It is considerably thick (unlike sainsburys basics which is actually quite runny.). The rice isn't overly soggy, yet not hard either it has just the right texture, along with the cream it also has the right thickness to. It is creamy and tasty, although it doesn't taste sweet or over indulgent. It actually lacks that naughty sweetness that comes with a rice pudding which is a shame as it looks like an appetising rice pudding when poured into a dish. It has the perfect texture and does taste good to. For 18p though I'm not complaining and would reccomend it to anybody who enjoys rice pudding, it just may need a few personal touches if you want it to taste more indulgent and like a real, home made rice pudd.
Having been on the prowl for sweet things for several days now my cupboards had been stripped of everything chocolate, biscuity, or cakey, so I was delighted to find a tin of rice hidden at the back of my savoury shelf... the only reason it had escaped scoffing.
I don't eat rice pudding very often as despite my sweet tooth I'm not really one for desserts, I'm more of a one track chocolate girl. However now and then I do like a nice hot bowl of sweet creamy rice. I normally buy Ambrosia or make my own but as this was more of a desperate sweet craving I couldn't be bothered to take the time to bake so this was a nice solution.
We have been trying lots of own brand products lately being on a bit of a tight budget and my husband had bought this on his last solo shopping trip, it cost the princely sum of 17p! The packaging as with all the Tesco value range is fairly uninspiring but not quite as bland as some I've seen. It has the Tesco value logo at the top with a red band around the middle stating proudly 'Creamed Rice Pudding'. There are two pictures of a bowl of rice, (I think this looks messy, one would be enough) and a bowl of something which at first I couldn't identify, it kind of looks like giblets. Why I wondered would you serve chicken innards with your rice, my daughter then kindly pointed out it was jam. Not being a fan of jam I didn't realise that a lot of people like to add this to their rice. My husband chipped in 'yes I like it like that, why do you never do that for me'? The polite version of my response was to smile sweetly point at the jam, and tin opener, and say 'there you go darling, knock yourself out'.
I notice that the bullet point style basic nutritional information on the front of the can (see at end of review for full nutritional details) states that these are for half a can, I know I'm a bit of a greedy devil and always eat the whole can, but I don't know anyone else who would actually eat only half the can either, it may be enough for someone on a permanent diet or child, but for a 'normal' adult a whole can is going to be the order of the day. So it would be a good idea to take into account the doubling of the calories etc. which would be 380 per whole can. I know this is high and you can have a whole savoury meal for fewer calories, but those of us eating a rice pudding are probably aware that it's not going to have the calorific value of an undressed salad. The back of the label gives cooking instructions for hob and microwave (4 or 5 minutes for hob, and 2 minutes with a stir in between for microwave), and that it can be eaten hot or cold, we are advised that we shouldn't allow the rice to boil...Oops.
The can is made from recyclable steel, and the rice is suitable for vegetarians, nice to know they haven't gratuitously added lard, or mince or something, and we are told the recipe contains no nuts; the factory does not deal with nuts, but that it cannot guarantee that the product doesn't contain any. I can only assume that this is an 'eat at your own risk and don't come crying to us if you have a reaction to the one nut one of our employees dropped into the mix from the packet of dry roast they were scoffing whilst leaning over the cooking vat', clause.... It's a long clause. The tin contains 425g. If for some strange fetishistic reason you feel you need to know more about the product it gives the web site as www.tesco.com
At last to the actual rice, on opening the tin - laboriously with an almost defunct can opener, this can does not have the convenient ring pull that most do now (I like the ring pull cans even though it often springs off and flicks the sauce of the product cheekily in my eye) - I was met with a dark buttery looking rice, which is the colour most home made rice puddings have. It looked wrong initially as with tinned rice I'm more accustomed to the light cream look. The rice plopped easily into a saucepan; with other brands I have bought I've had to lever or scrape some of the rice out, so I suspect this had slightly more liquid to rice proportions, which probably goes somewhat to keeping the price down. So far though my impressions were quite good, despite being a little darker, and very slightly 'thinner' than other makes I have tried the texture of the rice and smell of the cold product was the same.
As I heated the rice I took a taste, I was determined to eat it as Tesco intended as I had a feeling I might write a review. However before I'd dished it I'd thought to hell with it I want it to taste just how I like it, justifying my 'weakness' with the though, I usually fiddle with my tinned rice anyway (oo err missus). My first taste when the rice was still cold and not completely heated, it tasted not very different to any other tinned rice I have tried, but did have a slightly thinner creamy texture, it was sweet without being sickly, however the sweetness did have a kind of saccharine like 'tang' to it, rather than the saliva gland milking hit of real sugar. This was where my fiddling became almost irresistible, I like my rice a little sweeter than it comes in the tins, but I controlled myself until I had tasted a few spoonfuls in its unadulterated heated form too. Although the texture is quite thick, and the rice is very nicely cooked, no hard undercooked bits, but not mushy with no texture either, there is something missing at the back of the tongue. It seems a little insubstantial, as though the creamy taste is an illusion and is created by a skimmed milk powder substitute. The rice grains were discernable in the 'sauce' so it wasn't stodgy and porridge like, and the smell rising from the pan was very appetising.
Despite the slightly 'shallow' taste the difference isn't huge between this and more expensive 'standard' (non luxury) brands, creamy with a very slight salty underbelly. This is where my fiddling urge could be held back no more, whilst this rice is tasty and as good as most canned rice I have tried it doesn't really have the richness and depth of flavour that home made rice has, but then I wouldn't really expect that from any canned rice. I added a small blob of butter, a teaspoon of sugar, and a teaspoon of thick cream, sloshed it around with a spoon, and allowed it to simmer for about 5 minutes. The thing is though I do this with Ambrosia rice too, so I can't say that I had to do it with Tesco's rice because of any shortfall in flavour, it is just a personal preference (which is why I'm fat). When I served it into a deep cereal bowl it looked lovely, and smelt even better, it had no skin of course (but I personally always thought that was yucky) if you're being posh you could even add a dusting of nutmeg, but as I was facing up to a bowl of 17p rice I thought that might be a bit pretentious. To me it tasted just as good as most tinned rices I have tried. I think I may give Tesco's own brand standard creamed rice pudding at 40p for 425gs a try, just out of curiosity to see how they compare.
All in all I would say that Tesco's value creamed rice is a very passable product, and I won't be bothering to buy more expensive brands unless it is for a special occasion (or for comparison purposes), actually I'd probably make my own then anyway.
Typical Values 100g contain Half a can (212.5g) contains
Energy 355kJ (85kcal) 755kJ (180kcal)
Protein 3.1g 6.6g
Carbohydrate 16.0g 34.0g
Sugars 9.1g 19.3g
Fat 0.8g 1.7g
Saturates 0.5g 1.1g
Fibre 0g trace
Sodium 0g trace
Salt Equivalent - trace
Calcium 101.1mg (13% of RDA) 214.8mg (27% of RDA)
When I was first married I was not very good at cooking and at that time I could cook vegetables etc but not some things and puddings were my worst I could not make and so I used to just buy tins of food to give to my husband and rice pudding was one of my favourites. I am much better now at cooking as I used to be a cook in an old peoples home and childrens nursery.
I saw this product on the shelves many times and I used to buy the branded ones but a couple of years ago I decided to go a down a brand from my normal one and this was one of them I tried, I found it perfect for me, it is very good value for the money priced at 18p from the Value range at Tesco and for a 425g tin.
For half of the tin it contains:
35.5 carbohydrate of which sugars 19.1g
and a trace of fibre.
On opening the tin it has a little bit of the creamy milk on the top, which is not a bad thickness for the price, and I just stir it in the tin and then pour it out and it is fine, I use it hot or cold and it is nice tasting, it is quite creamy and soft and it is nice used with jam on the top for a pudding or with treacle, I sometimes give it to my grandson as a little treat for a desert and he can eat it quite well. I have used it with a little bit of icecream and with fresh fruit on the top for extra taste. It is very filling and although I went down a brand, I found this product very good for me and my family.
If you are on a budget and have alot of children to feed, the cost of 2 tins of this product is less than 50p and can give your little ones or adults a pudding at a value price.
I recommend it to try if on a budget.
I give it a 5 star
I buy this rice pudding regular and it is lovely, it is creamy and light, the amount of cream in the tin is exellent for the price of 18p.
425g tin contains
Half tin amount :
Store in cool place and once opened can be stored in the fridge in a plastic container and covered in cling film.
It is very good value for money and can be found usually on the fridge counter and sometimes it is near the pudding and milk selection isle.
This is lovely hot or cold with jam, it is also nice with treacle and I have used it with icecream too, it can be used with lots of other puddings, I love my food and I try lots of different varieties.
The tin is be recycled which is good and it is easy to open, it does not have a pull ring at the moment but I am sure in time that will be available when the manufacturers decide all product will have pull ring.
It come with the usual blue and red log of Tesco value brand.
The sell by date on this product is very good and it is usually between 2 or even 3 years which is exellent to keep in a cupboard and use when needed, best to use by 2 days though if opened and in a fridge.
I like to have a tin of rice pudding for tea sometimes when I am not in the mood to cook anything or I have had a meal out lunch time. I usually buy the Ambrosia Creamed rice but spotted this Tesco Value tin whilst shopping and thought at the price of just 18p a tin I would give it a try.
The tin is the same size as any other normal size tin of rice pudding, it says on the tin that its 425g. The label is the normal white Tesco Value label with the little blue lines at the top and red band around it.
On opening the tin you can see that the pudding comes right up to nearly the top of the tin which is good for a value tin and you can also see the rice at the top, not like the value baked beans where the top half is just sauce.
It smells nice and creamy and when you tip it out into a bowl it is really thick and looks like there is a lot to it. I don't think I could eat a whole tin so am just going to try half for now.
It says on the back of the tin that you can hot it up in the microwave if you place it in a microwaveable bowl and coer it but leave a vent. I put some cling film over mine and pierced a hole in it. Then you have differnt cooking times depending on what power your microwave oven is. for 650 watts, heapt on full power for 1 1/2 mins then stir and recover and heat for another 1 1/2 mins then leave it to stand for 1 min. For 750 watts heat on full power for 1 1/2 mins then stir etc and heat again for 1 min then let it stand for 1 min. For 850 watts hear on full for 1 min then stir etc and heat again for another 1 min then let it stand for 1 min.
Our microwave is more powerful than 850 so I just put it on for 30 seconds, then stirred and did another 30 seconds and let it stand and it was hot enough.
If you don't have a microwave or just prefer to use the hob then you can tip the rice pudding into a sauce pan and heat it up gently for 4 - 5 minutes stirring frequently. You musn't let it boil.
You could of course just eat the rice pudding cold which is lovely in the summer with some fresh fruit like peaches.
On tasting the hot pudding I found it to be nice and creamy and with a good consistency. It was very filling and I was glad I hadn't hotted up the whole tin at once.
The blurb on the tin says it contains no nuts but they can't guarantee it to be nut free. It also contains milk. It is suitable for vegetarians. The nutritional information for half a can is that it contains 190 cal, 19.1 g sugar, 1.9g fat, 1.1g saturates, 0.3g salt.
All in all I was very impressed with this pudding and will certainly be buying it again.
I tend to do most of my Shopping at Tesco purely because the are my nearest supermarket. Also as I'm a Yorkshireman who likes to save the pennies where ever I can, I regularly buy products from their value range.
There tinned Rice Pudding comes at the bargain price of 18p per tin of 425 grams. Now I know that for that price a lot of people may think that the contents are rubbish. Anyone thinking so would be very mistaken.
Opening the can you will see the rice & the cream inside. Naturally the rice sinks to the bottom more than the cream, but even with this you see that there is a good deal of rice inside & it comes very close to the top of the tin. If you're very lazy feel free to eat it cold straight out of the can. I used to do this when I was a lazy student!
Most people will choose to have it heated. Stick it in the microwave for around 3 minutes depending on your microwave or put it in a pan & heat on the stove for 10 minutes.
Once cooked, the pudding has an even consistency. Is very thick & creamy. It tastes very nice too. Creamy & not too sweet with a nice texture. Any of the name brands that I have ever tried have never been good enough to justify their price tag of double or triple the cost of this one.
For the price you will pay this is a very good quality & good value item. I don't think that many people will try this & not like it. I recommend it to anyone. Plus, I reckon it's cheaper than making your own home made pudding.