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List any particularly good products you've bought at the supermarket. Ideally with a picture, the name of the supermarket where you can get it from and what it costs (at least roughly).

 

Tesco Finest Sable Grapes

Tesco

£2

These are the best grapes you can get in a normal supermarket imo. Nice and sweet, skin is a bit firm which some people might not like.

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Smoked Salmon and soft cheese

M&S

£2.50

Easily the best sandwich filler I've ever had. Combine this with some nice bread, maybe a bit of lettuce and some lemon juice and you have an awesome sandwich. 

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Tean's Gourmet Chicken Curry Paste (Tumisan Kari Ayam)

Most Asian supermarkets

~£1.70

Asian pastes are SO much better than anything you can buy in a Western supermarket. I just fry this one off with some chicken and onions. Top up with water. Let it reduce for a bit. Add any veg you want, potatoes, green beans etc, and then add a can or two of coconut milk.

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Dunn's River Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asian supermarkets (usually bigger western supermarkets in the world food aisle)

£2

I've mentioned this stuff before, but it's amazing if you like spicy food. Super flavourful. I mix it with a bit of barbecue sauce and sometimes honey or sugar to tone it down a bit. Marinade some meat and then put it under the grill, or even better on the barbecue.

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I've considered starting the same thread before now, but never got around to it, so cheers for making up for my laziness. So many products are just OK, it does make me want to celebrate the ones that are genuinely great. Here are a couple from the top of my head:

 

Clay Oven Naan breads - specifically the large garlic and coriander ones.

Morrison's

£1.50 for 2

 

These are the best naans I've had outside a restaurant. Huge, tasty, and a great texture. Proper nom!

 

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Naked Glory vegan sausages

Tesco, Morrison's Sainsbury's, probably others...

~£2.75 for 6

 

TBH I rate Moving Mountains vegan sausages slightly higher flavour-wise, but they're ruinously expensive, so I'll plump for these. They're really very good. There aren't many meat substitutes I'd happily recommend, but these are one of them. You'd fool meat-eaters with these, you really would. (On sale right now at Sainsbury's for £2.)

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Sainsbury's Taste the Difference artisan malt and sunflower seed roll

Sainsbury's (obvs)

45p each

 

Having a bread machine, I don't buy much bread, but I make an exception for these. I think it's the nicest bread you can get from a supermarket. Seriously tasty. One of these filled with a bit of really good strong cheddar and some onion is one of my very favourite things to scoff.

 

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Custard Choux buns

M&S

£1.75

The choux pastry isn't perfect, but considering it's sitting in the fridge and from a supermarket, these are pretty good. The custard filling is nice and it's a good level of sweetness imo. Also considering it's M&S, the price is very reasonable. I'd expect this kind of quality from an average patisserie in the UK.

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Tesco Finest Lemon Curd

Tesco

£1.90

I love this with Greek yoghurt. This is the kind of thing that would cost £5-£6 in a fancy jar in Borough Market.

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Tesco Finest Sweet & Fiery Beetroot 180G

Tesco

£1.50, sometimes £1 if on offer

If you like vinegary/pickled things, these are really good.

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Onken Cherry Yoghurt

Tesco

£1.30, sometimes £1

I find the Onken yoghurts noticeably better than the Yeo Valley ones. I've decided the cherry one is the best, the mango and passionfruit one is also good.

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Tesco Finest Hollandaise

Tesco

£1.20

Doesn't really taste like fresh hollandaise, it's got a much more concentrated flavour. I've made Eggs Benedict with it multiple times though and I think it's good. Pretty shelf stable too (which the fresh version most definitely isn't).

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2 hours ago, MarkN said:

I've considered starting the same thread before now, but never got around to it, so cheers for making up for my laziness. So many products are just OK, it does make me want to celebrate the ones that are genuinely great. Here are a couple from the top of my head:

 

Clay Oven Naan breads - specifically the large garlic and coriander ones.

Morrison's

£1.50 for 2

 

These are the best naans I've had outside a restaurant. Huge, tasty, and a great texture. Proper nom!

 

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This looks interesting. Most packaged naan breads are terrible. I never go to Morrison's though...

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2 minutes ago, stephen129 said:

 

This looks interesting. Most packaged naan breads are terrible. I never go to Morrison's though...

Available at Tesco too, I've just found (will have to check my local Metro, but I'm guessing I'd need to go further to the large store near Warwick). I was looking for the Morrison's review page because it's at 5 stars. I found the Tesco one instead: Again 5 stars.

 

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2 minutes ago, MarkN said:

Available at Tesco too, I've just found (will have to check my local Metro, but I'm guessing I'd need to go further to the large store near Warwick). I was looking for the Morrison's review page because it's at 5 stars. I found the Tesco one instead: Again 5 stars.

 

I've never seen these at my local Tesco. Would they be on the bread section or Indian section in world food? 

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1 minute ago, stephen129 said:

I've never seen these at my local Tesco. Would they be on the bread section or Indian section in world food? 

In Morrison's they're in the bread aisle. I will look out for them in Tesco when I'm next there. It's possible they're only stocked by certain stores, I guess?

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Here's a new one. If I wanted a plant-based milk for cooking or tea/coffee I'd use Oatly whole, but as just something nice to drink or for cereal I'd now go with this:

 

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It tastes like the best milk left over at the bottom of the cereal bowl - like it's had Shreddies stewing in it for a few days, so it's really malty. I was planning on mixing in some Camp coffee to make milkshakes, but it really doesn't need it. I found it in Sainsbury's, but I'd imagine it'll be elsewhere too since it's made by Arla.

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On 20/09/2020 at 15:35, MarkN said:

I've considered starting the same thread before now, but never got around to it, so cheers for making up for my laziness. So many products are just OK, it does make me want to celebrate the ones that are genuinely great. Here are a couple from the top of my head:

 

Clay Oven Naan breads - specifically the large garlic and coriander ones.

Morrison's

£1.50 for 2

 

These are the best naans I've had outside a restaurant. Huge, tasty, and a great texture. Proper nom!

 

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I bought some of these. Pretty solid. Much better than the shitty own brand ones you normally get which are completely the wrong texture. These are quite fluffy, I think if you put them put them under the grill on high or onto a really hot cast iron, it would mimic that intense heat you get from a tandoor. 

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14 hours ago, Gotters said:

I do love this aged basmati rice that Sainsbury's do, definitely tastes better than the normal basmati we've tried

 

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I'm not a basmati expert by any means, but I would usually assume the Indian brands would be better? Have you compared?

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8 hours ago, stephen129 said:

 

I'm not a basmati expert by any means, but I would usually assume the Indian brands would be better? Have you compared?

 

I don't get thru a large amount of basmati, had the usual Tilda stuff and a couple of different bags of giant basmati grains from the wold food aisle - the aged stuff has a nicer less 'white' taste, a very mild nutty quality to it. Only tend to use it in my go to curry rice side dish which is part veg stock & water with a bit of butter to toast the rice in and some saffron.

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Thought of another one. This Alvalle Gazpacho is one of my very favourite things. I tend to use it like fruit juice and have a small glass each morning. It's one of the few things where every time I have some I think "Oh crikey, that's so nice!" all over again. The ingredient list is about as good as you can get (and you can taste every single one of them), although the salt content is quite high: Tomato (59%), Red Pepper (12%), Cucumber (12%), Onion (9%), Extra Virgin Olive Oil (2.6%), White Wine Vinegar, Salt, Garlic, Lemon Juice. Reading that list, it's almost like it has no right to taste as good as it does, but it's that classic Mediterranean thing of something simple done very well. It's quite pricey mind, so I only buy it when it's on special offer, but it's worth waiting for that to come around.

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On 20/09/2020 at 15:35, MarkN said:

Clay Oven Naan breads - specifically the large garlic and coriander ones.

Morrison's

£1.50 for 2

 

These are the best naans I've had outside a restaurant. Huge, tasty, and a great texture. Proper nom!

 

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These are spectacular. Filled the freezer with them now. Thanks @MarkN - the family asked if I'd made them or got them from a restaurant!

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11 hours ago, Stopharage said:

These are spectacular. Filled the freezer with them now. Thanks @MarkN - the family asked if I'd made them or got them from a restaurant!

Hehe! Glad you like them. It's probably a good plan to stock up - the supply has been less reliable since the pandemic started. I find I can get them maybe 50% of the time, so usually grab some whenever I see them (they usually have a couple of weeks use-by date too, so will keep until I've figured out what to use them with).

 

I've actually been using the plain ones as pizza bases recently - they work quite well. Not very pizza-like texturally, but still much nicer than any of the other ready-made bases I've tried (also much larger too, which is a bonus).

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I make naan on the wall of my kamado which are great but they're way more labour intensive than sticking a couple of those in the oven/toaster. Thought the 2 pack would be perfect for a family curry but the eldest will demolish one on his own. He now asks if we can have naan's with all manner of dinners. 

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On 28/02/2021 at 09:07, MarkN said:

Hehe! Glad you like them. It's probably a good plan to stock up - the supply has been less reliable since the pandemic started. I find I can get them maybe 50% of the time, so usually grab some whenever I see them (they usually have a couple of weeks use-by date too, so will keep until I've figured out what to use them with).

 

I've actually been using the plain ones as pizza bases recently - they work quite well. Not very pizza-like texturally, but still much nicer than any of the other ready-made bases I've tried (also much larger too, which is a bonus).

 

A few of the corner shops round my way seem to sell them, including one a few minutes walk away from my flat. It's handy when the walk to Morrisons is too much of a chore!

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8 hours ago, Lovelyman said:

You know this but dried fruit is basically sugar cubes

I think it's fine if you remember what it once was. I've just sliced a whole pineapple and stuck it in my dehydrator. When it's done that'll last me ages because I'll just eat a slice or two each day. It would be pretty easy to scoff the lot because it reduces so much, but you just have to think would I scoff a whole pineapple in one sitting? Same for anything else. It would be easy to eat a dozen dried apricots, but you'd never scoff that many fresh ones in one go.

 

On 07/03/2021 at 19:24, stephen129 said:

The best dried fruit I've managed to find. They're both really juicy rather than other brands which are often tough and chewy.

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More on topic - I'm not a big fan of mango usually, but drying it helps by taking away the nasty slimy texture. I keep meaning to get one just to chuck it at my dehydrator, but keep forgetting because it's something I've never bought before. I'm not sure if Sainsbury's still stock it, but there was an upmarket brand of dried fruit (pineapple, mango and papaya IIRC) that was so much nicer than anything I've tried before. It was kind of surprising - you think it's one of those things that's fairly standard, but then someone just goes and does it so much better than anything you've had before. I'll look out for these.

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you know what would go nice with that pineapple (I love stuffing loads of fresh pineapple in and my gums going all tingly as the acid hits)

 

this, I think it's my favourite cheese from a supermarket rather than a specialist cheese hut.

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7 hours ago, Gotters said:

you know what would go nice with that pineapple (I love stuffing loads of fresh pineapple in and my gums going all tingly as the acid hits)

 

this, I think it's my favourite cheese from a supermarket rather than a specialist cheese hut.

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Aldi sell this too, worth keeping an eye out if you shop there.

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On 07/03/2021 at 19:24, stephen129 said:

The best dried fruit I've managed to find. They're both really juicy rather than other brands which are often tough and chewy.

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Forest Feast's range of nuts are fantastic.

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these are the best onion rings going - so light and crispy and other than some I once had in a posh fish and chips place in Dartmouth nothing comes close.

 

in my Ocado order every week

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Bought these on a whim today, after spotting them when someone ordered the product next to them. They're fairly hot, so avoid if that's not your thing. But I'm a big fan of the other spices they've used, and they're not massively over vinegary. Really tasty. I'm, going to go through these at an alarming rate, I think. 

 

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