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      29.10.2011 17:46
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      Not for me these!

      Before I get stuck into writing this review I feel I must point out that although I am reviewing Sainsbury's baked beans I that I am reviews the 'Basic' variety and Dooyoo have told me to post my review here! I am not a huge fan of baked beans of any type to be honest, however if I do eat baked beans I usually opt to pick up a can of Heinz though with feeling a bit poor and hard done to lately and so I have been trying out far cheaper brands of things and that is why I ended up getting a can of these! The Packaging: Like most of the Sainsbury's 'Basics' products they look cheap and scream economy with orange and white labelling all over them. The can holds 420g of the baked beans and on the front of it we are told that they are Sainsbury's Basics Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce, 'Different sauce, same on toast' and that they are suitable for Vegetarians and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. On the back of the can other information listed includes ingredients, a full nutritional chart is shown, we are told how to cook them (In a microwave or on the hob for about 5 minutes) and contact details for Sainsbury's are given. There is no ring pull to the top of this can and there is a picture on the front that is an orange scribble really of beans on toast which really does make this look cheap and nasty in my humble opinion! The Baked Beans: Well open up the can you get lots of rather thin orange liquid which is supposed to be tomato flavoured and lots of smaller than average beans within it which are a beigy colour. To cook them is simple and I like beans on toast so that's how I had mine. However I really wasn't very keen on these at all. The sauce was oddly sweet and salty with little flavour to it really and a watery consistency. I couldn't really taste tomatoes which this is meant to contain 32% of as well by the way! The beans were hard though adequately cooked and again, rather flavourless. I had to really chew them and to be honest after a couple of mouthfuls I gave up as I didn't like them. I think these would be ok within dishes such as sausage casserole and the likes maybe though I personally wouldn't use them just in case they added no real flavour to a much needed dish and spoilt it! Nutritional Information Per Half A Can: Cal: 103 Fat: 0.6g Sat Fat: 0.2g Salt: 1.0g Total Sugars: 8.6g Only available in Sainsbury's stores costing 27p a can.

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      02.11.2010 14:33
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      Tesco Value beans are much more worth my time

      Sainsbury's Baked Beans I used to shop in Sainsbury's for all my weekly shops, though a number of years ago I changed to Tesco's due to both the range and price. Yes, Sainsbury's do have their own branded cheaper things, though personally I prefer Tesco's value products and on my recent trip to pick up a couple of bits in Sainsbury's for convenience, I was reminded of why I had changed in the first place. I picked up a pack of Sainsbury's baked beans for £1.74 for a four pack (the price being the reason for buying them!). I always pick up Tesco Baked Beans and am happy with them so hoped that I would feel the same about these beans. I was very wrong! Unlike the Tesco Baked Beans, these beans did look more appetising, with a good amount of juice with the beans, though not overflowing with it. They did not have a very strong tomato smell at all, though the juice did seem that much thicker and so I hoped they tasted more tomato-y than they smelt. The juice was lovely. It had a thick texture and was quite filling alone. It did not drown the dinner plate or make the bread soggy when I made a dinner sandwich with them and other food items. The beans, however, is a different story. Although many people seem to love these beans, I must have had a dud tin because all I thought when eating the beans was whether I would break my tooth on them! OK, a little over-exaggeration there, but seriously, these beans were so hard. They were not even the chewy-hard texture that you get in some tins. I took one mouth full and spat it out. The taste of the beans without the juice was so bland as well, and the fact that they were hard really put me off of them. Yes, they are cheap, though I will certainly be going back to Tesco cheap beans from now on, convenience or not!

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      16.08.2010 12:00
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      Nice beans

      We probably have beans 2 times a week. Our favourite brand is Branstons but these are quite expensive and as we are trying to save money at the moment we often have to have a lower brand if Branstons are not on offer anywhere. So far we have tried Tesco and Asda so when we were shopping in Sainsbury's yesterday I decided to pick up some of their own brand beans as we had run out at home. We paid £1.74 for a 4 pack of these which works out at just over 43p a tin. The design of the tin has had a slight revamp since dooyoo got their picture but the tin does look pretty much the same. It might be worth noting that Sainsbury's also do a reduced sugar and salt version which has a predominantly blue tin. So we decided to test these out with our tea last night. I got a tin out of the cupboard and I was very pleased to see that it had a ringpull! Own brand beans (and even Branstons) usually come without ringpulls so I was glad that these had one as it just makes it that little bit easier for me. So I heated these up on the hob like I ususally do for around 4 minutes like the tin told me to. They can also be heated in the microwave but we are yet to buy a microwave! The beans looked appetising and they had a subtle tomato smell to them. The sauce looked thick and not at all runny and the beans themselves were all of a good size and there were no discoloured beans in the tin. Serving them up I was eager to try them as I usually find own brand beans are a bit hit and miss! I was pleased with these beans as they tasted really nice. The sauce was thick and rich and the beans were nice and soft. The tomato sauce had a really nice flavour and was quite subtle - it wasn't too tangy. I really enjoyed the beans and I was really impressed with the quality. Half a tin of these beans provides you with 178 calories, 9.7g sugar, 1.1g fat (0.2g saturates) and 1.65g salt. Now the only thing to watch out for here is the salt as it is quite high but I have found this to be the case with all baked beans. Overall I thought these beans were really good. They tasted nice, were inexpensive and they represented really good quality. Recommended.

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        03.08.2010 01:12
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        a student essential

        As a student I've grown to learn the baked beans market in quite some detail, and in this time I've also grown to love these Sainsbury's tins of bean goodness! Most baked beans are runny (I'm looking at you Heinz), with a thin sauce which drips out of the can like water, leaving all of the beans stuck to the bottom. This is fine, but I'd prefer the sauce to be runny, and having to scrape away 75% of the beans from the can base is an annoyance. These beans succeed where others fail in this respect. The beans are sauce combine to form a lucious gloopy thick sauce which pours gracefully out of the can in one piece usually, leaving only a rougue bean or two. I like my bean sauce thick so these are perfect. After a gentle simmer over the hob, so to the taste. The thickness of the beans and sauce make these a real comfort on texture alone, but the taste enhances these further. Heinz beans I find rather sweet, to their downfall. These however are much saltier and savoury, forming a taste hard to describe but undeniably much more mourish than rivals. A real student essential. 4 pack around 1.20 once a week, can't go wrong there. The science---- (rather salty) Calories 165 Protein 9.5g Carbohydrates 30.5g Fat 0.6 g Fibre 6.7 g Sodium 0.8 g Salt 2.0 g Stuff : Beans (49%), Tomatoes (27%), Water, Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Salt, Onion Powder, Paprika Extract, Chilli Extract, Black Pepper Extract, Pimento Extract, Parsley Extract.

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          03.02.2010 14:25
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          a good slightly cheaper alternative to Heinz

          Tesco beans a good if not at the higher standard of Heinz baked beans. Now everyone out there eats beans if my experience down that particular isle is anything to go by and I've noticed how everyone goes for Heinz but should we? Well product wise we shouldn't as the product is basically beans in tomato sauce. Sainsbury's virtually identical product costs only 48p per tin compared to Heinz which costs around 65p a tin, and with money tight I thought I'd give it a go and save a few pennies. The packaging is quite basic with a red background and white writing in a blue border, with a picture of some beans on the front. Now I must mention the basic range beans which are really horrible which come in a mostly white label with orange writing and an orange border around the top as all Sainsbury's basic range products do), so Heinz looks better than Sainsbury's own brand's. The tin weighs 420g so there's plenty of it and you'll be full if you have the whole tin for lunch. They are quite healthy at 370 calories a tin (about the same as Heinz) and they are low in fat too. So is the product as good as Heinz'? No, it's not as good but there's not a lot in it. The beans were slightly harder and the tomato sauce not as thick or tomato-y (is that a word?). Yet Heinz' beans aren't twice as good as their reputation would suggest, we buy Heinz (I think) because of its image and after years and years of eating Heinz we have been brainwashed. So give them up you'll taste the difference sure but not for long and if you don't like them improvise, add them to a shepherds pie, or sausage casserole then go back to Heinz. Give them a try its only 48p a tin If you have any questions feel free to message me Tony

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          07.12.2009 21:18
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          Delicious and healthy baked beans

          I usually tend to buy own brand baked beans nowadays, and have tried quite a few different ones. I find that the Basics or Value beans are not too bad, but they tend to be quite watery, with a thin sauce, and not too many beans. Sainsbury's Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce are not from the Basics range, but the next one up, and cost around 29 pence for a tin containing 420g. I think that this price may have gone up recently, as I have just ordered a pack of four as part of my online grocery shopping, and they cost about £1.74. I think that the taste of these baked beans is really good, and they are comparable with brands such as Heinz, but quite a bit cheaper. There are plenty of beans in the tin, and the sauce is much thicker than the cheaper variety. They can be microwaved or cooked on the hob. I usually use the microwave, if I am just doing them for myself, or use the hob, for a larger amount, for the whole family. These baked beans have proved to be popular with my husband and daughter, too, so I shall continue to buy them, as they are a storecupboard essential. We usually serve them with potatoes, fishfingers, vegetarian burgers, sausages or Quorn products. They are also great on toast, with a cooked breakfast, or in a hotpot, stew or chilli. Half a can of baked beans contains - 170kcals 10.9g protein 29.2g carbohydrate 1.1g fat 9.7g fibre 1.58g salt Apart form the salt levels, these beans are quite healthy, as they are high in fibre and protein, and low in fat. They are excellent as part of a balanced diet and I always keep a few tins in my kitchen cupboard, as they are so versatile and popular with the whole family.

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            23.11.2009 00:35
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            Delicious Versatile Baked Beans.

            I purchased 4 X 420g cans of Sainsburys Baked Beans from my local store recently for £1.74, not a bad price at all when you consider how much a 4 multipack of the branded product is (around £2.20 on average in supermarkets) so a nice saving of over 10p per can which is always appreciated! The design of the can is very straight forward and simple, an aluminium can with a red label and the Sainsburys logo, nutritional information, ingredients etc, the standard stuff you would expect really. I pour the beans out in to a saucepan and cook them on a gentle heat on the hob whilst stirring continuously, they take just a few minutes to begin bubbling up and be cooked all througout the pan. You can also put these in a microwaveable dish and microwave for between 2-3 minutes (depending on your microwave), I personally prefer to use the hob so that you don't get splatter marks all around your microwave (although this could be prevented by putting a plate over the top of the bowl of beans. Once I taste the beans they are fantastic, as good as Heinz beans the only difference seems to be the sauce, it is a little less watery with these beans and a lot more tomato flavoured, I prefer these to Heinz baked beans. (I never thought I'd say that!). There are 170 calories per half can and 1.1g fat 0.2 of which saturates. 51% of this product is made up by beans, 33% by tomatoes, the rest is water, sugar, spices etc. I would definitely recommend giving these beans a try, I prefer them to Heinz but my other half still prefers Heinz beans, these tend to be on special offer a lot more than Heinz and I believe that Sainsburys and other supermarkets are slowly increasing their share of the market as more and more people look for cheaper alternatives to branded products. The beans go down a treat with baked potatoes, as a side to dinner or even just thrown on to hot buttered toast as a quick snack, the can can be recycled too so no mess no fuss really! Go on, get out today and try them, it'll save you a few pennies on Heinz's prices and you might just be surprised by how much you like them! I am rating these beans 5/5 as the price is cheaper and the taste is fantastic, there really is nothing compromised by paying a cheaper price with these!

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            16.11.2009 13:57
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            Definitely as good as heinz

            I am a great believe in quick simple meals, our lives these days are far too busy to fit in cooking fine meals with 3 courses taking hours to prepare. Baked beans area a great quick fix for snacks, quick meals or an add on to a meal to make it go further. I thought I would try these baked beans from Sainsburys at 48p a can and with quite and attractive label on with lots of colour unlike a usual supermarket label with plain store colours on I was really tempted. Opening the can there was really much aroma to speak of, the can was full to the brim with beans and it wasn't gloopy like lots of supermarket brands they tend to put more 'juice' in with them this was consitent with a heinz make so I could tell straight away you get more beans for your money. They tasted really good actually, I one meal on toast then saved half the can in a container (can be stored in a plastic container for up to 2 days in a fridge) then I had a meal with a baked potato. They really impressed me because of the texture of the beans were just perefect soft enough to eat easily but not so soft you feel they are over cooked. The tomato taste was great and I really enjoyed both my meals. Having half a can for each meal gives you a balanced protein meal but you should probably add some veg or salad in too. These are a definite winner for me so I think I will try the basics soon also to see what the difference is and let you know. But these beans get a thumbs up from me!

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            04.11.2009 21:07
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            try them

            If you read some of my reviews you know that I like cooking and baking. A few days ago I cooked Chilli con Carne. I know that there are ready made cans of it but I wanted to do my own version. I went to Sainsbury's to buy beans and meat. I hesitated between Sainsbury's own brand and Heinz beans but finally choose Sainsbury's. Price ------- I bought two different Sainsbury's Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce a normal one and a reduced sugar one. Both of them contain 420 g of beans in sauce and cost 0.48 pounds. The reduced sugar one has thinner sauce and is less sweet but it is difficult to realise the difference. The Heinz beans can contains 315 g of beans in sauce and costs 0.55 pounds. Package ----------- The beans come in a steel can which has a ring-pull on the top. The label on the can is red and in a dark blue square it is written with white Baked Beans and with yellow in Tomato Sauce. Above this square is the Sainsbury's logo. Below this square there is a plate with beans in tomato sauce. I have to say that it looks inviting. The reduced sugar one looks similar but its wrapper is light blue. These Baked Beans are not from the Basics series. First impressions ---------------------- It was easy to open the cans and I like that they are recyclable. The two types of beans looked very similar. It was dark already when I opened them but at the light in my kitchen the normal one looked a bit more orangey. The Haricot beans are about medium size beans and were baked very well. The sauce of the normal one was thicker a little bit and was sweeter than the reduced sugar one. I liked them both but I think I will use the normal one in the future. Their smell was very nice the tomato smell dominated mostly. Ingredients: --------------- Haricot Beans (51%), Tomatoes (33%), Water, Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Salt, Seasoning (Salt, Onion, Paprika, Rapeseed Oil, Clove Extract, Cinnamon Extract, Paprika Extract, Natural Chilli Flavouring, Capsicum Extract, Garlic Oil). Nutritional information per 100 g ----------------------------- Energy: 81kcal Protein: 5.2g Carbohydrate: 13.9g Sugars: 4.4g Starch: 9.5g Fat: 0.5g Saturates: 0.1g Fibre: 4.6g Salt: 0.75g Sodium: 0.30g My chilli con carne ------------------------- I bought pre-packed beef meat that was already cut in small cubes. I spiced the meat with chilli con carne spice mix then fried it quickly on a little oil. When it became brown all over I added a little water I covered it and cooked it ready. Then I added the baked beans and cooked them for 5 minutes. I had to add some further chilli con carne spice mix to it. I served it with fresh bread and decorated the middle of the plate with a bit of sour cream. My opinion --------------- I tried Heinz and Sainsbury's own brand of baked beans and I found that the difference is very little. Probably the Heinz beans were cooked even more. I will stick to the red labelled baked beans of Sainsbury's in the future. It was easy to open, it was delicious and most of all ready made. I have to find some further recipes so that my sons could it them as well. My chilli con carne is too hot for them. I recommend you trying them.

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              29.07.2009 00:45
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              Good all round flavour, and great to accompany any main meal. My grandchildren love these.

              Sainsburys baked beans. A great snack, at any time of the day. The can ********* Well Sainsburys now being my local supermarket, alongside two other companies, but Sainsburys now being my nearest and dearest, ive just brought a can of these beans in tomato sauce. Comes in a red coloured can with baked beans in tomato sauce written on the front, of a blue background, and of course a picture of a few on these delicious beans. Suggestions********** You can cook these beans on a hob, in a saucepan, they dont take too long, on a medium heat, and you must keep stiring them so they dont burn. Great if you melt and stir some of Sainsburys cheddar into them, i love cheesy beans. Great to pop onto a piece of toast as we all know and love, and offering a cheap snack. Also i like to pop them into a couple of slices of bread and, then butter the outsides of the bread, and pop into a sandwich toaster, and you have beany toasties, they are lovely, dont over fill or you will spend ages cleaning your sandwich maker, hence i try not to overload the sandwiches, they are nice and crispy and have a very hot filling, so be very careful, when you eat them, as they can be extremely hot in the middle. Great to add with a plate of Fish fingers, chips and beans. Sasages, mash onions, and beans, and of course onion gravy. Beans on toast. Egg, Chips and beans. The great British Breakfast, fry up with beans. Just to name a few, Sainsburys beans are about 40p a can, they are not their basic range, but they are just a little step up, and not so hard, but they are nearly as good in my opinion as Heinz. You can buy these in a four can pack too, hence saving money, but i just brought the one can as i wanted to see how they tasted, before i committed myself to the four can pack. Good source of Energy and Protein, and contain little salt, which is good. The Taste ********** Well i liked them, having tried them in a toastie i think that the Beans were good quality and i really liked their tomato flavour not too spicy. I find that half a tin is ample for myself, and this made two toasties, and the rest i put into a plastic airtight container, in my fridge, as dont like to store these in a fridge in the can, because of bateria developing. Anyway, i shall be buying these beans again.

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                20.06.2009 13:36
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                Better value than Heinz and just as good.

                I'm a huge fan of baked beans (and I seem to be immune from the 'musical fruit' effect!). I'll eat them hot in toasted sandwiches or on lazy days (*ahem* so most days then?) I'll just eat them cold! As a student I'd grab a fork and eat them straight from the tin as it'd mean no cooking or washing up! ...Ok, I admit I'm far from being a student and I still do this! Anyway, onto the actual review! This is about Sainsbury's own brand baked beans but not their Basics range. You can buy these in all Sainsbury's shops in the tinned vegetable aisle and a single 420g tin costs 41p (Heinz are 64p) while a four pack costs £1.38 (Heinz are £2.17). They come in a ring-pull can which is perfect for me as I always seem to struggle with any sort of tin-opener. When you open the tin they look and smell exactly like Heinz, I doubt even a bean expect could tell them apart. They're really easy to cook either on the hob or in the microwave but make sure you remove them from the tin first (I know it sounds daft but the first time I ever cooked them I just put the opened tin in the microwave...I learnt the hard way!) Whether they're eaten hot or cold, they taste great! There's very little difference between these and Heinz. There's a very slight taste difference that's hardly noticeable unless you've been living on Heinz for years, but if you compare the ingredients lists of both they're nearly identical; Heinz just use slightly more beans and tomatoes while Sainsbury's probably use a bit more water. As for the taste, there's a good balance of beans and sauce and they're not too tomato-y or spicy. And they're not too salty either (as the nutritional information proves), I actually think they're less salty than Heinz. As you would expect they're suitable for vegetarians, vegans and even coeliacs (they're gluten-free). Overall, these are a fantastic product and I happily buy them instead of Heinz every time as they're better value for money and taste just as nice. Ingredients: Beans (49%), tomatoes (26%), water, sugar, modified maize starch, salt, paprika, onion powder, flavouring. Nutritional information: (per ½ can) Energy - 706kj/166kcal Protein - 10.5g Carbohydrate - 29.2g of which sugars - 9.2g of which starch - 20.0g Fat - 0.8g of which saturates - 0.1g Fibre - 11.3g Salt - 1.5g of which sodium - 0.6g

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                  15.06.2009 20:22
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                  The best beans I have tasted out of all the supermarket brands

                  If your English you are sure to have tried Baked Beans at some point in your life, if your anything like my boyfriend then you are what I would call a Baked Bean addict, he has them with most meals apart from roasts and he likes to add beans to any meal that he can whilst cooking it. Luckily he doesn't suffer from the side effects that this product can offer though. So I myself eat a lot of baked beans too as its easier to just have them if he is. Over the six years we have been together we have tried many varieties from the leading brand to value beans, he isn't really bothered what I put in front of him as long as its in a red sauce and is bean shaped, I am now quite fussy about my choice of beans and now that the prices of value beans is only slightly less than that of normal ones I have started buying the next range up. Last week in Sainsbury's I purchased 4 cans of there own brand Baked Beans for £1.38 so 34.5p per can, the value tin is 29p so in my opinion you might as well go for this option. My first impression upon opening the can was a good one, you could actually see beans at the top of the tin with some brands you can only see sauce and when you tip them into a pan or bowl it takes a while for the beans to follow the sauce. Once I had emptied the can into a bowl I was pleased that the sauce was generous and thick as well instead, it was like a watered down ketchup. Once the beans had been heated and on my plate I was impressed again, they were nice and soft to chew but had a lovely flavour and the sauce was thick enough for me to dip other food items into it. I won't use ketchup with a meal if I have beans with good sauce and these satisfied me so I didn't need too. I will definitely be buying these again, I had some Heinz Beans last night and much preferred the Sainsbury's ones and at 75p cheaper than Heinz it makes them even better. Nutritional Information per half can is as follows: Calories 165 Protein 9.5g Carbohydrates 30.5g Fat 0.6 g Fibre 6.7 g Sodium 0.8 g Salt 2.0 g The Ingredients are as follows: Beans (49%), Tomatoes (27%), Water, Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Salt, Onion Powder, Paprika Extract, Chilli Extract, Black Pepper Extract, Pimento Extract, Parsley Extract.

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                    11.02.2009 11:48
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                    I purchased a tin of Sainsbury's Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce last month during a trawl through Sainsbury's aisles with Mahvash Mozhgan Mahnoosh - my loveable Iranian fiancé. She'd only recently arrived in England and I was trying to impress her with the culinary wealth our great nation has to offer. As everyone should know by now, baked beans represent a low fat, high fibre food, packed with nutritional value. Sainsbury's Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce are a reasonably priced item given the fierce competition of the tinned bean market place at present. There are cheaper brands out there, but at around 40p per 420g tin, they're a value buy. Beans are good for you, even in a tin. Weight for weight your average bean contains more protein than prime beef. In the United Kingdom most commercial tinned baked beans are made from haricot beans, originally known in the USA as 'navy beans' or the 'Boston Beans', a variety of Phaseolus vulgaris. In Britain they are usually sold stewed in a tomato sauce. Unfortunately canned beans have always contained substantial quantities of sugar and salt mixed in with the traditional tomato juice - for as far as taste is concerned, the humble haricot bean is a rather dull and bland affair. Excessive salt content is now being addressed somewhat with its reduction in many brands. There is only a smidgeon 3g of salt and over 18g of sugar in a tin of Sainsbury's Baked Beans, which is about average. A tin of Heinz Reduced Sugar and Salt Baked Beanz contain only 4g less. More importantly you will get a whopping 20g of protein per can and roughly the same amount of fibre. Sainsbury's Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce are one of the better supermarket brands I've ever tasted. The tomato juice has a slightly thinner consistency when compared to Heinz but there is more of a fruity tomato flavour, whereas Heinz, and I'm guessing here, seem to rely more on their hidden herb content for flavour. The individual beans are well formed, firm but not hard and there is not an abundance of 'soggy bits' that you often find in the cheaper brands. I should mention that last week I tried a tin of Sainsbury's 'Basics' labelled tins of beans for 30p a can. I found little difference in terms of taste and quality between these and the more expensive Sainsbury's Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce. It seems that the only real difference (look closely at the protein content) is that the cheaper variety seem to contain slightly less beans per tin and more sauce. So you're paying slightly less for less. Makes you wonder why they bother. It's all about marketing of course. So in conclusion Sainsbury's produce a quality value bean, and with Valentines Day coming up, what could be more romantic than preparing a lovely plate of beans on toast for you loved one. I know my Mahvash is in for a big surprise.

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                      I just wish I'd tried these years ago

                      SAINSBURY'S BAKED BEANS IN TOMATO SAUCE - 420g, 41p - £1.49 for a pack of 2 NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per half a can serving): Calories: 166 Kj: 706 Protein: 10.5g Carbohydrates: 29.2g - of which sugars: 9.2g - of which starch: 20g Fat: 0.8g - of which saturates: 0.1g Fibre: 11.3g Salt: 1.5g - of which sodium: 0.6g ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sainsbury's Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce come in a red tin bearing the yellow standard Sainsbury's logo. On the front of can is a dark blue panel containing the words "baked beans" in white lettering and words "in tomato sauce" in yellow. Underneath is image of a dish of beans with a forkful suspended above. At the bottom is a small pie chart containing basic nutritional information, and the background colour of the can is red. The rear of the can has a yellow background, and in black & white (with dark blue headings) is the detailed nutritional information, ingredients, cooking instructions (conventional and microwave) storage instructions and manufacturer's contact details. There is also a statement that the product is high in fibre and gluten-free. A lot of years ago, I read somewhere that Sainsbury's own brand of baked beans are even more popular than Heinz. I have always taken that statement with a few pinches of salt, plus until recently, I never myself bought any brand of baked beans other than Heinz. Lately, I've (due to a serious economy drive) been trying out more "basics" brands from supermarkets, plus their own make of various products - with mixed fortunes; these beans I'm reviewing aren't from the Sainsbury's "Basics" brand offerings. A week or so ago and somewhat grudgingly, I resigned myself towards realising that Sainsbury's Baked Beans are noticeably cheaper than Heinz, especially if you buy a twin pack. I was wary, after having tried Cross & Blackwell's baked beans and finding them pretty inedible, so I hoped Sainsbury's could come up with something more palatable. Later on that day I decided to do the eating test on Sainsbury's Baked beans, so took one of the cans from the twin-pack and opened the ring-pull on the top. The small beans (I had needlessly feared they would be too large) rested inside of the can in a bright orange sauce, and there to me was no noticeable smell wafting up. I had a little stir around with a teaspoon, and was pleased to see that there were very few stray husks floating in the sauce. The first half of the beans tipped out well into the saucepan, but the second half remained wedged to the bottom of the can, and I had to lever them out with a wooden spoon....putting them in a plastic container ready for refrigeration, as I only wanted to eat half the can. Because I am so lazy and like as little activity in my life as possible, having to put in the effort of scraping stuck beans from the bottom of a can, is viewed by me as a disadvantage, yet is non-prejudicial as regards my review. The ratio of sauce to beans I personally found to be ideal - sometimes I find Heinz are a little too heavy on the sauce for my own taste. Once in the pan and on the cooker hotplate, the beans heated through and bubbled very gently, plus I noticed that the sauce didn't evaporate too easily and cause a nasty dried gunge at the bottom of the pan (I was called away to the phone for a couple of minutes whilst heating the beans, and was pleased on my return to the kitchen to see they hadn't spoiled, whereas another brand may have done). My chosen meal on this day was a simple snack of beans on toast. The toast was ready and buttered, so I tipped the heated beans evenly over the 2 slices I had prepared. I was pleased to see that during the heating process (with a little stirring before the phone rang!), most of the husks stayed attached to the beans, contributing (along with the nice, bright-orange coloured sauce) to the whole effect of the beans on toast having a very good, appetising appearance. Then came the taste test. I cut a small corner of the beans on toast, lifted to my mouth and shovelled it in - chewing gently. Much to my surprise, I found these beans very tender....maybe not quite as soft as Heinz, but certainly far softer than the Cross & Blackwell variety (which to me are like rifle bullets). The sauce wasn't too sweet, and had a very pleasant, slightly tangy flavour, plus it wasn't at all gloopy. My teeth very quickly got used to the oh so very slightly harder texture to the point where I didn't notice that I needed to chew these beans a bit more than I do Heinz, yet the overall flavour was markedly different to that of Heinz. There was something very satisfying and substantial about the taste of Sainsbury's Beans In Tomato Sauce, and I found the more I ate, the more I loved them - they are very moreish. Happy, I scoffed the whole lot, and even contemplated having the remainder of the tin an hour or so later, but then decided against it.....concluding that would have just been sheer greed. I have since eaten the 2nd half of the can I opened, plus the other one from the twin pack. They seem to go particularly well with fish fingers, for some reason. I definitely will use Sainsbury's Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce again, and I'm sitting here mentally kicking myself for not taking the plunge and trying them before now. OK they aren't the same as Heinz, because the beans are just a smidgeon harder, plus the sauce tastes distinctly different, but overall I'd say that they are actually no worse than Heinz (plus are up to 20p a can cheaper); and they are light years better than Cross & Blackwell. I can't fault them at all really - and I don't consider my loathing of having to scrape some beans from the bottom of the can as a fault, because it is a personal neurosis, all of my own. Overall verdict: Good tasting sauce, sauce to bean ratio is perfect, sauce has a good consistency and isn't runny or gloopy, beans aren't unpleasantly hard, husks mostly stay attached to the beans, considerably cheaper than the more "quality" brands. A good, high fibre, low calorie, high protein, cheaply priced product. Thanks for reading!

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