I tested supermarket chopped tomatoes and one 28p can tastes the best

GONE are the days where you can throw a cheap tin of tomatoes into your curry or pasta sauce for dinner.

Comme le Plus que SEMAINES pour vous assurer d'obtenir un rabais de 150 £ sur la taxe d'habitation takes hold of the UK, some 400g tins will set you back 60p and prices continue to rise.

Lynsey Hope cooked up a storm to try all the tinned tomatoes options on shelves

Lynsey Hope cooked up a storm to try all the tinned tomatoes options on shelves

You don’t have to spend a fortune though and some supermarchés sell tins which are great value and taste just as good.

We asked mum-of-three Lynsey Hope to try out some own brand chopped tomatoes to see how they compare to market leader Napolina. Here’s what happened.

Sainsbury’s Hubbard’s Foodstore Chopped Tomatoes – 28p

Lynsey says: “I Loved these chunky Sainsbury's tomatoes which are perfect for cooking and I tried them in a variety of dishes. They have a lovely consistency and are not at all watery.

They are an absolutely bargain at 28p, cheaper than both Aldi and Lidl, and I can’t see why anyone would want to pay more for a named brand.

Why would anyone pay more, asked Lynsey

Why would anyone pay more, asked Lynsey

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You do have to use a tin opener which is a bit of a faff. I prefer a ring pull top.”

  • TASTE: 10/10
  • VALUE: 10/10
  • OVERALL RATING: 10/10

Napolina Chopped Tomatoes – 60p

Lynsey says: “I had high hopes for this top brand as Napolina claim to be ‘the UK’s No.1 tomatoes brand’.

“En fait, I found them quite acidic. They are pricey toocosting more than double my winning tin from Sainsbury’s.

The top brand did not top Lynsey's taste test

The top brand did not top Lynsey’s taste test

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If you buy two tins a week, swapping to the Sainsbury’s tomatoes could save you £33.28 on your shopping bill a year. You’ll barely notice the difference.”

  • TASTE: 7/10
  • VALUE: 3/10
  • OVERALL RATING: 4/10

*All prices for 400g tin

Lidl Freshona Chopped Tomatoes – 38p

A good budget option came from Lidl

A good budget option came from Lidl

Lynsey says: “There was quite a lot of basil in this tin, which I liked, but it might not be for everyone.

The tomatoes were small and there was quite a bit of pulp and skin.

They tasted nice though not to acidic or watery. I thought this was a great budget option for Lidl."

  • TASTE: 4/10
  • VALUE: 8/10
  • OVERALL RATING: 7/10

Aldi Cucina Chopped Tomatoes – 38p

Sun online feature where selected products will undergo a consumer taste test. picture David Dyson

Sun online feature where selected products will undergo a consumer taste test. picture David Dyson

Lynsey says: “Basic tin of tomatoes from Aldi. The tomatoes looked paler than the others but they smelt nice and sweet.

There was a good amount of tomatoes in the tin but the consistency was a bit watery. Not sure I’d go back for these given there are cheaper options out there.”

  • TASTE: 3/10
  • VALUE: 5/10
  • OVERALL RATING: 3/10

Tesco Italian Finely Chopped Tomatoes – 45p

Tesco tomatoes were on the watery side

Tesco tomatoes were on the watery side

Lynsey says: “As it says on the Tesco tin, these are ‘finely’ chopped tomatoes so are much smaller than other options.

The taste was good when I used them in pasta sauce and in casseroles.

There were hardly cores or bits of skin as you sometimes get. Perhaps a little on the watery side, but not much to complain about here.”

  • TASTE: 6/10
  • VALUE: 5/10
  • OVERALL RATING: 6/10

Morrisons Chopped Tomatoes – 49p

Delicious but pricey, says Lynsey about Morrisons

Delicious but pricey, says Lynsey about Morrisons

Lynsey says: “Great tasting tomatoes from Morrisons with a ring pull for convenience. They were quite chunky with a lovely consistency, inviting aroma and a nice taste.

“Je ai été impressionné. They are however still quite priceycheaper only than Waitrose and Napolinaso using these won’t save you as much on your shopping bill. Delicious though.”

  • TASTE: 9/10
  • VALUE: 7/10
  • OVERALL RATING: 8/10

Asda Chopped Tomatoes – 38p

Lynsey preferred the pull ring tins for ease of use

Lynsey preferred the pull ring tins for ease of use

Lynsey says: “A great quality product from Asda that does exactly what it says on the tin. Nice flavour, not too watery.

Nothing at all to complain about and they are the same price as tomatoes from Aldi and Lidl. Great value option from Asda.”

  • TASTE: 8/10
  • VALUE: 9/10
  • OVERALL RATING: 9/10

Waitrose and Partners Chopped Tomatoes – 55p

Cheaper than branded, but not the best value option

Cheaper than branded, but not the best value option

Lynsey says: “Lots of lovely tomatoes in this tin from Waitrose and not too much juice.

None of the horrible skin or pulp you get in cheaper tins.

I’d definitely use these again in bolognese or curry sauces and whilst there are cheaper options out there, these will save you a few pennies if you usually buy a branded tin and small savings add up.”

  • TASTE: 9/10
  • VALUE: 7/10
  • OVERALL RATING: 8/10

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