“ Brand: Napolina / Type: Tomato „
Some time ago I was at my mums house when she was kind of enough to give us a few bags of free food. One of the items was a 4 pack of these Napolina Tinned tomatoes and I still have 2 tins left!
The chopped tomatoes come in a black 400g tin with a ring puller so its easy to open and I don't need to battle with my rusty tin opener to get at my tomatoes! The packaging is quite attractive, with some juicy looking tomatoes across the label and it doesn't look or feel cheap.
These tomatoes are Italian and the tin states they are grown there by local farmers under the "Italian Sun". Guess their sun is better than English sun!
Inside, the tomatoes are really plump and juicy, nicely chopped and with a good ratio of sauce to tomatoes as sometimes there can be a lot of tomato flesh and no sauce and vice versa. They are a really rich red colour, with an authentic smell, not as natural as fresh tomatoes but just as appealing. I tend to use chopped tomatoes for dishes like arrabiata or spaghetti bolognese instead of tinned sauces as it always taste much fresher to me, by just adding some basil, garlic, onion and seasonings.
I really like these tomatoes, as they are very flavoursome and delicious and can be used in a variety of ways without compromising taste. I am a big advocate of tinned tomatoes as they can have a long shelf life and be used to make a quick meal, and best of all cheaper than fresh tomatoes!
The only downfall is looking at the price of these, in Tesco they retail at £4 for 4 x 400g tins which I actually think is outrageous and I would never pay this price! Sure, they taste nice, and are a really rich quality but i think they are really overpriced and so I probably would never pay for these in store.
Overall these tinned tomatoes are great, taste wise, really filling in a dish and its easy to use some of the can, and store the remainder in a container for use another day (although bear in mind, the can says once opened, use within 2 days.) I would recommend them, but they are probably a bit out my budget at the moment!
Apologies to prog rock fans - this isn't a review of the 1978 album, but it was the best tomato pun I could think of!
Actually its quite apt as for the most part I would give Napolina tinned tomatoes a big YES!
YES - thanks Tesco!
I usually bought the standard budget tinned tomatoes, as I use loads of them for cooking and if I don't have at least four spare tins in my cupboard I panic! I supposed that as a tomato is a tomato there wouldn't be any difference between budget and fancy brand. However on one Tesco delivery I was "upgraded" to Napolina tomatoes (Tesco is good like this - I often get nice surprises in my substituted products) and the quality was vastly different!
YES - quality!
There was a much greater tomato/juice ratio in the tin - the label says 70% and the budget brand was just 60%. However it seems like more as the tomatoes are chunky and firm and the juice is rich and thick. Before when I made a bucket of chilli or bolog I'd use loads of budget tins and have to get it boil for hours to get rid of the watery contents, but since Napolina is such better quality I've found 2 or 3 are enough - and don't have to have hours and hours of boiling!
YES - customer service!
I once got a tin with a stone in it - it wasn't anything offensive like a toenail or something, but if I'd have missed it it could have meant a broken tooth or maybe a nasty choking, so I emailled the company and popped said stone in the post. I got a nice apology plus a voucher for 10 tins - so I did a bit of PR for them and gave lots of my friends a tin each.
YES - price! (but only on an offer)
I know good quality is worth paying for but I always wait until these guys are on offer before I buy them. At the moment a pack of four tins would sting you a whopping £4.89 at Tesco - no matter how good they are that's just too steep, so as soon as they are down to half price I'll replenish my stocks! I did battle with my conscience whether or not to deduct a star as I would never pay over a pound for a tin of toms, but they are regularly on offer in one store or another so I thought I'd be kind - especially because of their great customer service.
So, all in all its YES to Napolina - no "Drama", I'm a "Relayer" of good news, and if you're "Going for the One" tomato choice make it Napolina.
Just shoot me now, eh!
Thanks for reading!
I make a lot of meals from scratch and tinned tomatoes are a handy essential in my cupboards. Tinned tomatoes are very versatile and I usually use them in soups and stews to bulk the meal out a bit as well as to add flavour. When it comes to tinned tomatoes I have never been too fussy, however as I felt that the value brand that I was buying prior to this brand wasn't the best quality, I decided to try the Napolina tomatoes as they were recently reduced by quite a substantial amount and although I do think the full RRP is a little overpriced, I was happy paying the reduced price as these tomatoes are well known to be good quality and tasty.
Napolina tinned tomatoes are available from all good supermarkets. I picked up a pack of four of the 400 gram tins from my local Tesco and paid a very reasonable £2 - a bargain in my opinion as the RRP is a hefty £4.89! I will definitely be picking up another multi-pack while they're still on offer as it works out at just 50p per can - not much more than a can of the value tinned tomatoes and the individual 400 grams of these exact tinned tomatoes retail at £1.23.
These tomatoes can be purchased either in packs of our or individually. There are a range of types including plum and chopped, and plain or with added garlic. I was going to get the garlic as I thought it'd save me adding my own garlic to meals and it thought it'd be very handy, however the shelf with this particular type was sold out and I ended up getting the plum tomatoes which have been peeled and are in a rich tomato juice - on a side note these tomatoes seem to be really popular and sell out quickly when on offer.
These tomatoes are described by Napolina as 'the best quality fruit, ripened and sweetened under the Italian sun.' The ingredients is all natural and there are no nasty sounding chemicals or flavourings - the ingredients in one can of the plum tomatoes is tomatoes (65%),tomato juice and citric acid. The packaging is minimalistic but easily recogniseable, the four cans come packaged in a row of two and are packed into a cardboard box with a black colour scheme along with white font clearly written on both the top and front of the packet. This simply states the brand and what the packet contains. There's a picture of a row of plump, juicy tomatoes along with an Italian flag. The cardboard packet is easy to remove and can be recycled.
The tins have an identical colour scheme and each tin is 400 grams which is a very generous amount. The tins have a ring pull so are quick and easy to open and can be recycled. The contents of the tin is simply plum tomatoes in a thick tomato juice. The tomatoes are large and have been peeled. I suppose the only downside to this particular type of tomato is that it does need blending a majority of the time although if you are making a chunky curry then obviously this isn't necessary.
I usually transfer the contents into my blender and blend until smooth, which does not take long at all. I then transfer it into soups, chilli concarne, stews, curries and so on, or I alternatively chop it into smaller chunks. I suppose people will wonder 'why didn't you just buy the chopped ones?' but as I said before, these were the only ones left on the shelf as the brand sells so quickly when on offer. The tomatoes look and smell fresh and have a rich smell to them rather than the sweet tomato type of smell that ketchup smells like. The sauce is not watery or thin, it has the consistency of tomato soup meaning if you did what to make it into a soup all you would have to do is blend and add a bit of cream - a very quick and healthy meal!
The tomatoes cook well, and even if they're in the slow cooker with fish or veg for a few hours they don't go soggy. I have found that they add a lot of thickness and texture to meals too. They taste lovely and fresh and the texture is just right. You can tell that they are good quality and the taste is rich so you don't need a lot of them, meaning one can will last for separate meals. These tomatoes are handy for a lot of different recipes and meals - These tomatoes are handy for a lot of different recipes and meals - in fact me and my boyfriend made homemade pizzas yesterday and we puréed a tin of the tomatoes in the blender and used it as a base as it was thick enough and it tasted amazing!! was concerned when buying these tomatoes that because they were whole they may have hard pips or skin on them, however they are completely peeled and I've not had any issues with excessive amounts of pips.
Health wise, these are very good for you and have lots of nutrients and vitamins. They are also low in fat and have just 0.5 grams of fat per 100 grams. Calorie wise, there are 23 calories per 100 grams which is very low considering how tasty and filling a portion is! Overall, I do recommend this brand of tomatoes. They are very handy for anyone who makes meals from scratch and I am impressed with the quality. Although I wouldn't pay full price (almost a fiver for four!!), I am certainly going to stock up while they are on offer!!
Tinned tomatoes are a must in every kitchen cupboard. They are incredibly versatile and I like to use them as a base sauce for most things - whether that's for vegetables, meat, or fish. They compliment all of these things without fail. You really can't go wrong with a juicy tomato sauce - and to top it off they are healthy to boot. They are classed as a 'Super food' and rich in antioxidants, not bad!
Napolina's chopped tomatoes are particularly good - in that they are authentic Italian tomatoes grown and picked for their richness in flavour, from the region of Puglia. They don't taste like the watery, fresh tomatoes at all - they really taste delicious and rich, and already very saucy! After heating up some olive oil, I add them with some sea salt, garlic and black pepper - and have it simmer on the hob until it's at a consistency I'm happy with. Again, from this simple seasoning you can make just about anything tasty (even green beans!)
You get a 400g tin and prices vary depending where you shop, but you will find they are the most expensive brand - but as mentioned above, with reason. Often there are deals on, so take advantage of them fully when they come - and be sure to stock up. You can never have too many lasagnes and chilli's!
Having tried many different brands of tinned tomatoes, I can confidently say that these are the best that are readily available. You can certainly save some cash by buying cheaper alternatives, but they are cheaper for a good reason - they are far less flavoursome and far more watery.
The type I most often use is the Napolina tinned plum tomatoes. We normally have at least a couple of tins in store as they are used so often in our kitchen. They are great in everyday tomato-based sauces. Certainly don't think you have to use fresh tomatoes for these: for far less hassle, you'll get something at least equal to the fresh version and often better as the quality doesn't vary.
Why so good? The sauce is thick and rich, yet unflavoured by added ingredients, with plenty of plump tomatoes. I find ten minutes on a moderate flame is enough to reduce one tin to a consistency that can be used for a huge variety of sauces. I like to chop the tomatoes into fleshy pieces with a spatula, though blending with a stick blender is good for smoother sauces. If using the former method, you may like to remove the rather hard ends of the tomatoes.
(A suggestion - fry a tin with a little olive oil and chopped garlic for 10 minutes, then season and stir in mascarpone to taste. Serve with parmesan. Much, much better than the watery supermarket version!)
I have also used the cherry tomato tins and have found these of a similarly good quality. They aren't as versatile as they have a distinct, sweet flavour, but the Napolina version is perfectly good for recipes that call for this ingredient.
Napolina packs of 4 tins usually cost just under £2, but Tesco frequently sells them for half price. It's well worth stocking up if you use tinned tomatoes regularly and see this offer. Occasionally, the individual tins are priced more cheaply - always compare to be sure.
As we're having spaghetti bolognese tonight I've been down to get my preferred choice of tomatoes. These ones are ideal and are of good quality.
Purchased from ASDA for a small sum of 78p, they are a handy addition to any meal. the main benefit is that they are packaged well, and come in a standard tin. The main benefit is that they taste nice, and I do find that, there is something extra that they offer compared to the value low priced tomatoes that most supermarkets sell.
Secondly, they have a long sell by date. I bought mine today and the expiry date is December 2011. I know in that case that it's worth buying them on most shopping trips because even if I don't need them immediately then there will be an instance where I could make something with them nine months down the line and know that I have them. They are a handy addition to have.
Another benefit is that they have a ring pull can in which to open them. Most own brand supermarkets lack this and require the use of a can opener. If you're like me and you're hap-hazard with your meal preparations then when it comes to a case of you having ten seconds to put the tomatoes in or the food will burn then the last thing that you need to be doing is having a three minute long battle with a can opener. With this method you can just pull it open and add it to the food in less than ten seconds. The person who invented the ring pull can deserves eternal recongnition!
I struggle to think of any downsides as they are basic tomatoes. I suppose compared to own brands that the price is considerably higher, but then again you are paying for value and they were shipped all of the way over from Italy, and not a greenhouse in North London over the space of a fortnight so perhaps it is excuseable and you are paying for quality. That aside, it's a great product and worth the extra pennies for adding a significant amount of flavour to a meal.
These tinned tomatoes are very nice. I am a bit picky when it comes to tomatoes - the more processed the better! I find raw tomatoes really disgusting, and tinned tomatoes are the closest to a real, fresh tomato I am willing to get. I enjoy canned tomatoes in a lot of dishes, I find they are great for making a meal go further by adding extra vegetables, especially in bolognaise sauces and chillies. I also enjoy canned tomatoes with a fried breakfast - when I eat it like this I'm really concerned about the taste of the tomato when I'm eating it like this as you can't hide it with spices or other ingredients.
These tomatoes have a lot of flavour. They are not too sweet or too sharp, but just right. They are slightly tangy, and taste natural, despite being served from a can! The tomatoes are really red and the sauce is a similar bright colour, of a thin yet pleasant consistency. While it is quite runny, there's not too much of it (some brands of tomatoes have a can with far too much sauce and not enough tomato!).
The addition of these tomatoes to my meals adds a really good flavour. They are high quality and very tasty. They're fairly expensive, but are sometimes on special offer at the supermarket. I usually buy them in a pack of four 400g cans.
Napolina Tinned Tomatoes
Description: Manufacturer: Napolina / Type: Fruit / Vegetables
I bought these tinned tomatoes for £0.66 from my local supermarket, this was for a 400g tin (though there were bigger tins available, I am not sure how much they retail for).
The tin has a black label with pictures of bright red tomatoes on the front. I normally buy the supermarkets own brand of tinned tomatoes but they had ran out, so I decided to give these a go. It was Mr Siamese's birthday yesterday, so I planned to start the day with a nice lie in, followed by a decadent breakfast in bed (bacon, eggs, sausages, tinned tomatoes and toast, just in case you are interested!).
Upon opening the tin (which needed a tin opener, for the price, I would have expected a pull lid!) I immediately noticed that they were in a rich bright red tomato sauce. This did seem a lot richer and thicker than the sauce that supermarket own brands come in. I could also smell it and it did smell delicious.
I put the tomatoes into a jug and popped them into the microwave for 2 minutes (stir half way through and cover with cling film or a lid). Again, I could smell them as they cooked, which was quite appetising.
When they were ready, I put them on a plate with the rest of the breakfast foods and we began to eat. I must admit that I was impressed. They seemed bigger, juicier and also had more flavour that the cheap ones that I usually buy. They were a delicious and made a great addition to our breakfast.
Ingredients are as follows;
tomatoes (70%), tomato juice and citric acid.
Nutritional information (per whole tin) is as follows;
14g of carbohydrates of which 13.2g sugars
1.6g fat of which there is a trace of saturated fat
Trace of sodium
Often when I use tinned tomatoes, it is in a casserole and I think that in that case, I would probably just buy the cheaper ones again, simply because of the price difference (I usually pay around £0.30 for a tin, which is less than half the price of these). Having said that, if I am planning to eat the tomatoes alone, or with a breakfast then I will certainly purchase this brand again, because they were really good and definitely had more flavour that the cheap ones.
So, if you are planning a full English anytime soon, stash these tomatoes in anticipation, you will be glad that you did!
We used chopped tomatoes a lot at home as they are tasty and healthy and can be used in allsorts of dishes...
Recently 'Napolina Chopped Tomatoes were half price at £1, 94 for a multi pack of four.
I think that is still expensive compared to Morrisons own brand nut my mum says these are the best quality tomatoes there is...
The tins are 400g per one and have a black label with ripe tomatoes showing on the front and back. It says on the label 'in rich tomato sauce' and it really is red and thick.
Produced in Italy in the Puglia region grown by local farmers and inspected by Napolina to see if each fruit is ripe and sun-ripened sweet.
These are gluten free, rich in lycopene and suitable for vegetarians of course.
The best before on our tins is Dec next year so they last ages in the cupboard.
I would say these are expensive because of the real richness of the tomatoes, you can really tell the difference in the consistency of the juice, it is like a thin sauce it is that rich and deep in colour.
Calories are only 22 per 100g and fat is 0.4g. The chopped tomato pieces are really small and uniform and there are no nasty skin pieces or stalks left in the product.
The tomatoes are cooked and soft in texture but quite chewy on the outside. Full of flavour if you love this fruit like I do you can beat this brand!
Five stars from me - worth the tasty extra I think! :)
Can anyone tell me why Napolina tinned tomatoes are so expensive (99p in Sainsbury) What makes them so special that they are three times the price of others. I have tried them and they're just tinned tomatoes of which there is usually such a glut they're nearly giving them away. Profiteering? I think this is the case. Snobbery factor of buying Italian tomatoes. Do me a favor! What happened to the Cirio brand. They used to be every bit as good as Napolina. Anyway, the cost seems to have shot up, or is that in my imagination. It just means that I will shop around. I use tinned toms all the time for spaghetti, stews, hot pots and chili etc. I even like them on their own on toast with lots of salt and pepper. Incidentally they have no calories whatever, or just about. Perfect for that diet. I'm convinced the pricing of them is just a scam. Who's in charge of that, Gordon Brown?
I always go into a slight panic if I don't have sat at the side of my baked beans in the cupboard.... Some tinned chopped beans! The ones that I recently purchased were Napolina, although this was mainly as they were on offer making them slightly cheaper at £3 for 4 tins instead of around £3.89. I was also intrigued whether they tasted any better than my usual Tesco's own (about 40p a tin). My conclusion being that they weren't and I will definitely be sticking to the cheaper option in the future.
However, I don't regret paying the extra money to have them available in my cupboard. I generally use them as a base sauce for meals such as chilli and pasta bake. Just adding the relevant spices. But also add them to my favourite spaghetti bolognas sauce to bulk it out making it feed all the family. They are also yummy on their own, as a healthy option to have with vegetables etc. I personally like to season them with salt and quite a bit of black pepper to give them a bit of a kick.
When it comes to tinned tomatoes in my house these are the only one's allowed through the door. Sure we have tried value and economy options (etc) in the past and although for a tin of tomatoes, my Mother (who does most of the shopping in the main) moans about the price of these she also insists you can't beat them!
400g tin with a ring pull to the top of it and around the main 'body' of the can there is a black label and on the front of that there is a picture of really nice red and juicy looking fresh tomatoes. I'm told on the front that they are Napolina Peeled Plum Tomatoes In A Rich Tomato Sauce and that they are produced in Italy. On the back of the tin I'm told a bit about the product, ingredients are listed and storage instructions are given, nutritional information is listed, contact details for Napolina Limited are given, size is stated, the best before date is displayed and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice looking packaging which is informative enough and I do appreciate the sturdy ring pull to the top of the can for ease of use!
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Can....
Plum tomatoes in rich tomato juice. Napolina plum tomatoes are grown in the sundrenched region of Puglia by local farmers. Each tomato is carefully inspected, which means that we only get the ripest, sweetest fruit ever to have seen the Italian sun.
Rich in lyopene
Suitable for Vegetarians
Well you have to heat them up of course for about 5 minutes on a moderate heat in a saucepan. Not rocket science it has to be said lol! The tomatoes themselves are full instead of broken up looking pieces and in as promised a rich red tomato sauce in abundance.
These are fabulous because during cooking they don't turn into mush. The sauce is rich and thick containing a few tomato pips that blend well into the said sauce and they are great to eat on toast with a little seasoning but we like these added in lasagna and spaghetti bolognaise to add richness to the dishes and things like that. I find these really don't need extra seasoning as they taste great without it!
For me you can really tell they are not a cheaper brand, tasty and good quality they are really full of flavour and as I mentioned don't turn into mush no matter what you do to them and personally I couldn't even contemplate adding cheap tomatoes into something I've lovingly created and took time over to prepare. The difference being that I feel cheaper versions of this have a watery sauce where as these really don't!
Worth paying extra for in my book, truly delicious and authentic tasting tomatoes!
Nutritional information...Per 100g
Energy: 23 Kcal
Expect to pay around 99p a 400g tin or £3.89 for a pack of 4 tins. Also available in chopped tomato option and in organic varieties and are available in many supermarkets etc.
Napolina chopped tinned tomatoes are something I don't buy...I always buy the budget range tinned tomatoes. However, my husband bought these the other day so I used them to make bolognaise and compared them to the tomatoes I would usually buy.
Firstly, the cost. Apparently they cost around 80p for a 400g tin. I am used to paying around 40p, maybe a bit less, so we are talking twice the price. I have seen Napolina Tomatoes in multi packs and have also seen them on special offer. If they were down to my usual 40p I have to say I would buy them instead of the budget range tomatoes.
I like the label on the tin, it is black with the Napolina logo and a picture of some juicy looking chopped tomatoes on it. It tells me these tomatoes are in a rich tomato juice, and looking at the ingredients I see that tomato juice has been added. This is where they differ from my usual tin of tomatoes. You may have guessed, these tomatoes are Italian, and I am also told on the tin that they are grown in sun drenched Italy by local farmers ensuring that we get the best quality fruit ripened and sweetened under the Italian sun. So, it's all sounding pretty impressive so far!
When you open the tin these tomatoes do look vastly different from those I am used to. Because of the tomato juice (I think) they are a really rich red and smell lovely. I have to say, the budget range tomatoes are quite watery looking when you open them and not all that appetising.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating so they say, so I went ahead and made my bolognaise. It certainly looked a lot richer than usual, and I didn't need to add any tomato puree. It also smelt more tomatoey when it was cooking. As for the taste, I have to conclude that maybe, just maybe it did taste a little bit nicer! It was richer and had more sweetness. However, it didn't taste good enough to turn me away from my 40p tin! As I said before, if they were on offer and at or near the same price as the budget range, I'd buy them.
I only use tinned tomatoes in pasta dishes, chilli, curries etc. If you are someone who like tomatoes on toast, then these are probably worth the extra money.
Nice......but not that nice!
Tinned tomatoes are not something I used to eat at all really, not because I don't like them but because I never really thought about it! Then, a few months ago, I saw someone at my work having tinned tomatoes on toast and with me being the culinary genius that I am, I'm always on the lookout for other options other than beans and eggs for my toast. As a result, I now always maintain stock levels of at least a couple of tins in my cupboards - Napolina chopped tomatoes being my tin of choice. I had tried other value tinned tomatoes and there is definitely a much better taste with Napolina's.
As some might guess, the product originates from Italy and comes in a 400g tin with a ring pull lid allowing easy and quick access with little fuss. In my opinion the tin is quite attractive with the striking red image of the chopped tomatoes standing out from the predominantly black label.
The contents are pretty much as you would expect with the ingredients being tomatoes (70%), tomato juice and citric acid. The nutritional information (per whole tin) shows 88 calories, 14g of carbohydrates of which 13.2g sugars, 1.6g fat of which there is a trace of saturated fat. There is also a trace of sodium.
I'm not the most scientific but I know that the lycopene that tomatoes contain is seen as a good food for preventing cancer. Tomatoes are also an excellent source of vitamin c.
Whilst my expertise in the kitchen is limited, my girlfriend uses tinned tomatoes in various sauces for pasta and usually adds them to bolognaise or a chilli. I think they work well in sauces as the juice within the tin is not watery and is quite thick - again not something that you find with all tinned tomatoes.
I do find tomatoes in general quite sweet but the Napolina tinned ones seem particularly sweet. My personal touch to deal with this when having them with a breakfast or on toast is to add a generous amount of worcestershire sauce. I find the little bit of spice combats the sweetness slightly.
The tomatoes take a couple of minuts to heat up in a microwave and if you don't polish the whole tin off you can store them in a suitable container in the fridge for up to two days.
The tins cost on average about 95p however I have just stocked up in Tesco's where they currently have them half price at 49p.
Napolina are a company who provide a range of fine tinned tomatoes, you can have tinned whole tomatoes or tinned chopped tomatoes.
Napolina - As the name suggests the company was originated in Italy although it has been selling products in the UK since 1965.
Plum and chopped tomatoes
Chopped tomatoes with herbs or garlic
Organic chopped and plum tomatoes
All of these ranges can be used very much for the same things, they are packaged in 390g tins with black and red packaging displaying the name and showing pictures of the product. Napolina are available at all good supermarkets, you can buy the tins on their own or in packs of 4, at the moment I buy from Tesco where a tin currently costs only 49p, although there are also often offers on 4 packs at Tesco and Asda.
My View: I find these tinned tomatoes to be the best quality and therefore use these a lot at home, they are great to simmer down, add a whole onion and simmer for an hour, you can then remove the onion and pour over pasta having a lovely onion infused tomato and herb sauce.
You can also use the tomatoes as the base for sauces for Bolognese, Chilli Con Carne, Lasagne and a lovely tomato soup I like to make. they are also great with spices, heated and poured over tacos before throwing in the overn. I find these tins invaluable as a cooking tool and they are a cut above other brands I have tried. The quality of the tomatoes is very clear and there is a nice range of products, this is an ingredient or the main part of a meal and is the brilliant base for budgeting with your shopping as four tins can prove to be an inexpensive base for four seperate meals.
The quality is clear, it is well packaged, tastes great and does seem to be authentically Italian.