Disclaimer: The prices I quote are based on the price I paid when I most recently bought the product, so they may have changed by now. Also this post was entirely made by me and is not affiliated with or endorsed by Tesco in any way. I just merely wish to share the love I have for these products with other people.
As you all know I am a big fan of ‘own brand’ products. In fact I would go as far as to say I am an own brand snob in that if a cheap own brand version of a product is available I will nearly always buy that.
In celebration of the BBC TV Series ‘Eat Well For Less’ being back on our screens (although it does end this week) here are my top own brand products from Tesco.
#1 Tesco Chocolate (Various Types)
Let’s start as all good things should start with chocolate.
Tesco have various different types of own brand chocolate bars available, including some fruit and nut versions of this type and also an economy brand which is even cheaper then these. But I choose this bar as it is supports the Rain Forest Alliance and also it gets big bonus points as unlike some cheap chocolate bars it doesn’t contain Palm Oil.
The milk chocolate is lovely, the white chocolate is very sweet, and the plain is perfect for a deep decadent hit and it is what I usually use in my chocolate recipes.
RETAIL FACTS – 75p for 150g
#2 and #3 Tesco Everyday Porridge Oats and Tesco Skimmed Milk Powder
Why did I put these two together?
For the simple fact that in my house they are always together.
I got this tip from Jack Monroe’s second cookbook where they explained if you mix milk powder with porridge oats and then add boiling water to a bowl of the stuff then BAM – instant porridge (no need for those fancy ass ready made pots).
So I tip both the milk powder and the porridge oats into a cereal container, give a mix and BOOM – instant porridge. When I use porridge oats in my baking it is always from this pre-made mix so I get a creaminess from the milk powder as well.
There is simply no need to spend loads of money on porridge oats.
RETAIL FACTS – Porridge oats 75p for 1kg, Skimmed Milk Powder £2 for 340g.
#4 and #5 Tesco Anti Bacterial Wipes (Lemon) and Washing up Liquid (Lemon)
Another dynamic duo. I chose these products as I have this belief that you should always buy cleaning products in a citrus scent as citrus fruits are usually used in old style cleaning methods, so I believe you get extra bang for your buck.
Speaking of bang for your buck, the prices of these are some of the best I have found.
RETAIL FACTS – Wipes 120 for £2.50 and Washing up liquid 740ml for 70p.
#6 Tesco Everyday Value Low Fat Cottage Cheese
I chose this because I want to highlight the difference between marked up products.
There is a certain brand of ‘Healthy’ Cottage Cheese that is about £1.20 for something like 63 calories per half container.
This is admittedly more calories…it contains 64 calories per half container, but it is 64p.
I think I can live with the extra two calories per tub more then I can live with the near double mark up on the other product.
It is great in my Macaroni Cheese.
RETAIL FACTS – 64p for 300g.
#7 Tesco Healthy Living Tikka Masala Sauce
One way to bring down the calories in our Indian ‘Fake Aways’.
RETAIL FACTS – 89p for 400g
#8 Tesco Everyday Mushy Peas
Cheap and tasty, better than Morrison’s own brand equivalent. An easy way to one of your five a day.
RETAIL FACTS – 20p for a 300g tin
#9 Tesco Everyday Passata
The boy refuses to eat pasta if it is not drenched in a disgusting sugar and salt enhanced ready made pasta sauce, but I can sneak this past him. Another one of your five a day.
RETAIL FACTS – 35p for 400ml
#10 Tesco Tomato Puree
Perfect for pasta.
RETAIL FACTS – 50p for 200ml
#11 Tesco Soya Mince
This is another great product that is always on my monthly food shop. High in protein, tastes fantastic, the boy (who is a meat eater) will happily eat this without complaint, and a bargain price.
RETAIL FACTS – £1.75 for 454g (There are frequently multi buy offers though)
BONUS ITEM – Tesco Dried Soya Mince also is a staple in my cupboard, it’s something like 400g for £1.90, and the 400g makes up about 1200g, so bargain bargain bargain.
#12 Tesco Gold Coffee Refill Pack
Despite the fact I drink something like 10 cups of coffee a day, I am not a snob with roasts and things like that.
This is lovely though. And it comes in a handy refill pack which not only is cheaper but cuts down on it’s carbon footprint in terms of less lorries and the road and all that.
RETAIL FACTS – £4.15 for 300g
#13 Tesco Cocoa Powder
Perfect for baking, perfect for smoothies, I use it all the time.
RETAIL FACTS – £1.99 for 250g
#14 Tesco Healthy Living Mayonaise
Love mayonaise but don’t want to turn into a human vat of it?
This is only slightly more calories per table spoon then a big brand ‘lighter then light’ mayonaise, but a darn sight cheaper.
RETAIL FACTS – 75p for 450ml
#15 Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne
The boy, who has zero interest in cooking, needs simple things he can heat up when he has painting class (by the way, ‘the boy’ is how I refer to my boyfriend, but I realise I have made him sound like a 7 year old). This keeps him happy and out of trouble.
RETAILS FACTS – £1.50 for 400g
So there you have it, my favourite own brand products from Tesco. I plan on doing one for Morrisons as well as I am a supermarket slut and will shop nearly anywhere for the best deal.