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chickenstu

Economy range foods

You know the stuff- Tescos Value and Sainsburys Economy- or the other way around.

some of it is alright- well actually- more than alright.

Anyone got on any tips on what food stuff is ok in these ranges?

We tried tescos value yoghurts once- they were rancid!!!

But sainsburys value hot chocolate is smashing, the vegtables are superb as they are only cheap because they are mis matched sizes.

Any tips?
aseel

value foods

tesco value biscuits arent bad and the little mini swiss rolls are ok and jaffa cakes we get these all for the kids aswell as loads of the value fruit and veg
Gareth

I like:

Lidl's: Fruit & Veg, Fairtrade tea, Wholemeal bread, Jam & Marmalade, Chocolate, frozen Fish, Poultry (which includes; Quails, Pheasents, Goose and Guinea fowl), Flour, Orange Juice, Grape Juice, and especially the Black Pudding.

Asda Roll Back: Honey (around 50 lbs a year), Gold label Coffee, Orange and Apple Juice, Brown Sauce, Tomato ketchup, Olive Oil, Biscuits, Golden Syrup, Cider & Perry (made and Bottled by Westons')

Co-Op: Milk, Oatmeal bread, fairtrade Chocolate, Fruit & Veg, co-op tea; and you get your divi on it all.

QD Stores:  Sugar; the cheapest silverspoon in Norwich @ 58p/kg

Sainsbury's: Frozen Veg and Frozen Berries, Westons' Cider and Perry.

Waitrose: Skippy Peanut butter, Westons' Cider and Perry.

Budgens: An excellent selection of Cheeses, but slightly over priced on the rest.

Morrison's: Good butchery and Fish counter, Excellent cold Meats and I like the Peppered Steak pies and Sausage rolls.

Tesco: I wouldn't step through the door (although it is Lois favoured place to shop).

Marks & Spencer's: I wouldn't step through the door.

John Lewis: I can't afford to step through the door.
MrsWW

Sainsbury's Economy Unsalted Butter is good for cakes  

Lidl are good for chocolate bars - think Mars/Twix/Snickers type things for OH's lunch box.  They're also good for the bars of dark chocolate.  The dog likes their doggy salami sticks too - in fact she turns her nose up at any of the brand named ones from elsewhere.
LynneA

Sainsburys Brown Sauce   Thick fruity and tasty.  Even liked by wood mice.

Waitrose do a value unsalted butter - not always the cheapest butter, but the cheapest unsalted.
Seabird

The greek yoghurt, in a small BUCKET from Lidl, is to die for.
I bought their cheap butter for cooking and found it perfectly acceptable on my toast.
The cats also like their cheap cat food (amazingly, as they normally only eat the mega expensive stuff)
Captain_Dingbat

Asda's economy cheese is obviously scrapings off the floor and best avoided.......

debbie

tesco organic tomato sauce.  knocks spots off the normal stuf - not nearly as vinegary as the most popular one and not so many e'sso doesn't upset our tummies - the only sauce we buy - rest is homemade stuff I am afraid.  Darcy loves the value sausage rolls for some bizzare reason and he loves their bourbon biscuits,,,,,,, honestly, you try to educate them butt they still go for the rubbish  Having said all that there is nothing wrong with the value baked beans (for putting in shepherda pies, chillis etc) tomatoes for cooking with and kidney beans.  also if I haven't bought everything in the market veg wise then value/market value  veg is excellent.
Big Phil

We often wander the isles of the local Co Op af an evening to pick up the 'going out of date' stuff. The some times have offers on chicken and such which I know is not approved of by the organic fair trade animal liberation front but it feeds the kids.

Other than that we hunt through the isles of the local Morrisons (scrap ends of cooked meats for pizza), Sainsburys (rescent offer on New Zealand shoulder of lamb), Aldi and Netto looking for bargain  foods and consumables.

Bit of a way of life really.

Even road kill finds its way to the plate on as regular basis as we can.
MrsWW

Feeding the family is what it's all about Phil  

I have a Sis in Law who is used to shopping in "exclusive" places such as Fortnums, Harvey Nicks, Waitrose, etc, but due to the fact that Hubbie has been out of work for well over a year, she's finally taking advice about where else she can shop and still feed her family more than adequately.

PS - She's someone who will not darken the door step of charity shops either yet I think they're fantastic places for picking up bargains.
tilly

Waitrose basic/ economy or whatever they call them frozen peas are outstandingly good .... just avoid the wine dept as excessively expensive
Captain_Dingbat

Big Phil wrote:
We often wander the isles of the local Co Op af an evening to pick up the 'going out of date' stuff. The some times have offers on chicken and such which I know is not approved of by the organic fair trade animal liberation front but it feeds the kids.

Other than that we hunt through the isles of the local Morrisons (scrap ends of cooked meats for pizza), Sainsburys (rescent offer on New Zealand shoulder of lamb), Aldi and Netto looking for bargain  foods and consumables.

Bit of a way of life really.

Even road kill finds its way to the plate on as regular basis as we can.


Those scrap ends from Morrisons are great, we like them in soups too...
Captain_Dingbat

MrsWW wrote:
Feeding the family is what it's all about Phil  

I have a Sis in Law who is used to shopping in "exclusive" places such as Fortnums, Harvey Nicks, Waitrose, etc, but due to the fact that Hubbie has been out of work for well over a year, she's finally taking advice about where else she can shop and still feed her family more than adequately.

PS - She's someone who will not darken the door step of charity shops either yet I think they're fantastic places for picking up bargains.


I agree with you on the charity shops, I once found a lovely blouse for a couple of quid to go with some trousers I had, and didn't have anything to go with them....I'll be going on my hunt again in a few weeks when the Easter holidays are here....all the way up the High Street, visting them all!
Bazzer

Tescons Value Beans.
Try a taste and if too watery just add some Ketchup or Purée.
LadySlip

......bullet beans
LadySlip

sorry......that really wasn't very helpful
Tesco value tinned tomatoes &  kidney beans for me
Bazzer

The ketchup/puree bit is from work when we add too much water to dried up beans being nuked.
Left overs from day befores breakfast service.
LadySlip

......that's why i order poached eggs for breakfast when away
Bazzer

Never go in during the first hour of Breakfast Service.
Even Cold Buffet has probally got some items from day before.
Poached, Scrambled, Boiled Eggs, Kippers, in fact anything that can only be cooked to order.
WhatCameFirst

Sainsbury's Basics chocolate is very good, the dark especially so. Waitrose butter.  Waitrose tonic - half the price of Schwepps and nicer in  my opinion.

I understand that the cheap flour is exactly the same as you would get in a bag of branded flour, so we've only used cheapy stuff for years now.  Sainsburys is especially cheap.
Bazzer

Don't know about now but a few years back Sainsbury's Own Brand Bitter was actually Ruddle County and their's and M & S Tea Bags were Twinnings.
Big Phil

How do you find out who makes 'Own Brand'  products?
Bazzer

I worked at the printers doing the packaging and Twinning for instance was our customer so we got to see the variations.
Twinnings.
Sainsbury.
M & S.
Budgens.
All to same delivery point.

To answer your question I would lay a £ to a pinch of **** that there's a web site around somewhere.
Christine

Re: Economy range foods

chickenstu wrote:
You know the stuff- Tescos Value and Sainsburys Economy- or the other way around.
Any tips?

You have to try them and see which ones you like and which ones you don't. Never buy more than a couple of anything first time around then you won't have so much to throw if you find it's puke to eat.

I'll eat own brand from most supermarkets, usually leave the value ranges from experience and don't usually bother with "upmarket" brands. Don't do upmarket supermarkets either. I'm more of a look round the reduced shelves to see what I can get on offer and see what I can do with it.
Pilsbury

LadySlip wrote:
......that's why i order poached eggs for breakfast when away


a bit off topic but thay might be from the day before as well, during a busy breakfast service for egg benadicts and the like we would poach the eggs lightly and then put into iced water to chill quickly, then they can just be popped into simmering water for a couple of minutes and served......

back on topic, we get the value tomatoes, they are fine in stews and the like, beans, kidney beans and sweetcorn all find a way into our trolly
Bazzer

Think the value ranges would go well in any Stew, Casserole, long cooked dish. I fact anything that would need added bulk rather than flavour.
Seabird

I normally get the 'value' tinned tomatoes too for bolognese sauces, pizza toppings, chilli con carne etc.

Tinned tomatoes is one of my store cupboard essentials - we had a thread on that a while back didn't we?
Pilsbury

just had a look and we have the value soups in there as well, not so much as soups but they make quick and easy bases for pie fillings and pasta dishes, a can of chicken soup, 1/2 a can od sweetcorn and some bits of chicken pulled of the carcass after stock making only needs a pastry or potato topping to make another meal in less than 10 mins
oxtail, vegetable, tomato, chicken soups all make quick meals easier
Big Phil

I ran some experiments with the dried soups as bases for other things, stews and such.
Without exception I found them all to be  
Seabird

take a look on here:

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=23002

the forum covers allsorts, not just food, but very interesting......

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