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I normally go for supermarket own brand tinned tomatoes, but as a pack of four cans of Heinz Chopped Tomatoes were available in Tesco for £1.89, I bought these instead.
The tin is certainly more attractive than most tins of tomatoes. It is covered all over with tomatoes and leaves, presumably to promote the description of the tomatoes as "grown outside and sun-ripened on the vine". The tin has the Heinz logo and "Est. 1869" on it. The ingredients list is simple enough: tomatoes (65%), tomato juice (35%) and citric acid. The tomatoes are suitable for vegetarians and for a gluten-free diet. Half a can is only 33 calories - great for us dieters!
To cook, simmer on the hob for 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally, or add to tomato-based dishes. Now personally I can't think of an occasion when I would want to eat these tomatoes by themselves, but each to their own. Any remaining tomatoes must be kept in the fridge and consumed within 2 days.
I think you can definitely tell the difference between these tomatoes and cheaper brands. The tomatoes are cut into large chunks and generously portioned. There isn't too much sauce but it is thick and tasty.
I normally make a cheap pasta sauce from these: fry onions and garlic in a pan, add half a can of these tomatoes, a little tomato paste and some basil and oregano, heat up and pour over cooked pasta. It's simple, and a lot cheaper than normal pasta sauces.
I really like these tinned tomatoes, but as long as I'm a skint student I'll be sticking to cheaper brands unless these are on special offer. They are nice though so when I get a proper job I might start buying them regularly!
I didn't know Heinz did tinned tomatoes until I saw them in Morrisons the other week, they was on special offer and only cost 49p for a 400g tin so I brought a couple of tins to try because I'm going off the cheap tinned tomatoes big time.
These are delish and it makes sense for Heinz to bring their own version out because their tinned food is always tasty. You can tell the difference between these tomatoes and the cheaper brands because the sauce has got a lovely rich taste and texture, it's not as thick as you get in the Napolina tomatoes but deffo tastes dead fresh and rich.
The tomatoes are chopped into quite big chunks and I was glad there wasn't many end bits of tomato in the tin, I counted 2 small ends in this tin and they were cooked proper nice so that they wasn't hard or green at all. I still took them out though because I'm a bit funny about the ends of tomatoes but I don't think anyone would notice if you slipped an end onto their bacon and tomato butty!
The sauce has got a lovely fresh colour and goes proper nice with the chunks of tomato, I think the tomato has got a perfect texture because there's a bit of bite to them but they are also soft and fresh tasting.
I have had these on bacon sandwiches and also used a tin to put into a stew to make it a bit more exciting than just having a meaty gravy. In the stew they was delish because they kept their shape good and the juice gave the gravy a nice change of taste.
I thought the juice was a bit salty tasting but that doesn't bother me that much because I usually drain most of the juice off, especially when I'm having tomatoes on a sandwich.
I reckon these are proper nice tinned tomatoes, a zillion times better than the cheap supermarket tomatoes and not that much more expensive while they're on special offer! I prefer the thicker juice of Napolina though so will still buy those sometimes if I need something where I can use both the tomatoes and the juice.
Recommended..... better than Tesco Value!!!