Author Topic: Cheap versus expensive  (Read 769 times)

Eccentrica Gallumbits

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Re: Cheap versus expensive
« Reply #25 on: November 10, 2017, 10:55:26 pm »
Anyone have a suggestion as to where to buy dried chickpeas by the way as non of the shops I have tried sell them.

https://www.spicesofindia.co.uk/acatalog/Beans-Lentils-and-Pulses-p1.html

Lidl fruit and veg is cheaper than Tesco, and often it's much better quality.
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citoyen

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Re: Cheap versus expensive
« Reply #26 on: November 11, 2017, 12:56:30 am »
I'm surprised to hear that tinned chick peas are so variable. Who wants to volunteer to do a taste test?

It's a phenomenon I observed when making a recipe that required two cans of chickpeas. We had one can of Supermarket Own Brand A in the cupboard and one can of Premium Brand B. When I tipped them out into the colander to drain, the contents of the two cans looked very different, so I tasted them and they tasted very different too.

Not that there was anything particularly wrong with the supermarket chickpeas, they would have done just fine in the recipe, but I definitely preferred the more expensive ones.

hellymedic

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Re: Cheap versus expensive
« Reply #27 on: November 11, 2017, 02:23:30 am »
OTOH KTC Creamed Coconut is flagged on my Shopping list as a Do Not Buy. Other KTC stuffs seem fine and are cheap & cheerful.

Some offerings from Fudco and Cofresh are VERY nice and are also cheap.

Ruff Nuts are my favourite.

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Re: Cheap versus expensive
« Reply #28 on: November 11, 2017, 05:53:10 am »
FudCo?  The Inappropriately-Named Businesses thread is over there <<<

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Re: Cheap versus expensive
« Reply #29 on: November 11, 2017, 08:50:29 am »
Yes, tinned chickpeas vary. Cheapo 'EastEnd' ones (or was it Aldi) have a grey tinge and a stale taste. The better ones are plumper with a more vibrant colour and flavour.

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Re: Cheap versus expensive
« Reply #30 on: November 11, 2017, 12:40:22 pm »
If you are close to York, then you could try Alligator.

Blimey is Alligator still going? I remember going there in the 1980s when that and the beer and cheese shop round the corner were the height of cool foodie stuff in York.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

hellymedic

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Re: Cheap versus expensive
« Reply #31 on: November 11, 2017, 12:49:42 pm »
FudCo?  The Inappropriately-Named Businesses thread is over there <<<

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Eccentrica Gallumbits

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Re: Cheap versus expensive
« Reply #32 on: November 11, 2017, 12:55:09 pm »
I try to get pulses and spices from the Asian shops as they have a wider variety, they sell bigger quantities for much less moneyvthan Schwartz etc, and I suspect the higher turnover means things are fresher.
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Re: Cheap versus expensive
« Reply #33 on: November 11, 2017, 01:36:56 pm »
The lack of Asians means a distinct lack of Asian shops in North Yorkshire unfortunately. Next time I am in Leeds I will have to have a ferret arround.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Eccentrica Gallumbits

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Re: Cheap versus expensive
« Reply #34 on: November 11, 2017, 02:18:20 pm »
I put a link in a post above for an online shop.
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ian

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Re: Cheap versus expensive
« Reply #35 on: November 12, 2017, 06:23:13 pm »
Don't they just stick some calcium chloride in cans of beans to firm them up – that might be the difference? It's what my gran used to do with marrowfat peas (and then dye them luminous green with food colouring that I suspect is now banned under several international treaties).

I generally opt to pay more for groceries not because they taste better but I figures it's less likely that someone or something got fucked over to put that product on the shelf. Or at least not fucked over quite as much.
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Re: Cheap versus expensive
« Reply #36 on: November 13, 2017, 01:03:43 pm »
I put a link in a post above for an online shop.

Thanks I had missed that.

Went to Morrisons at the weekend and they had dried chickpeas. Mrs Pcolbeck pointed them out and said I'm just useless at looking for stuff.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.