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PremierLeague-News.Com- Birds Eye fish fingers are now near double the price of supermarket own brand versions - but how do they compare? We gave them all a good grilling
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Supermarket shoppers were said to be " falling to their knees " earlier this week at the price of Birds Eye fish fingers in Sainsbury's - at £7 for a pack of 30. Well you ain't seen nothing yet, shocked shoppers. For my eyes near popped out of my head when I saw they're now even more expensive than that down at Asda, Tesco and Morrisons - £7.50 and £7.49 respectively, would you believe, for the 30 finger "value" pack. The Birds Eye branded version are now near double the price of supermarket own brands in many of the UK's biggest stores, and if you shop via posh Ocado they're, gulp, £7.90. I admit I feel a bit stuck in some kind of 2019 blissful pre- cost-of-living-crisis bubble where food prices are concerned - and I balk at paying more than £2 for any box of fish fingers. I'd maybe push it to £3 for larger packs if I was feeling flush. Read more : Marks and Spencer issues nationwide BAN in all shops So to see a price of £7.50 for 30 fish fingers? Well, once I'd got up off the floor, I decided it was definitely time to start investigating the cheaper non-branded options. The price of fish fingers has been shocking some shoppers (Image: MEN/Dianne Bourne) As a mum-of-two our freezer is regularly crammed with the rectangular fish sticks. So I decided to give seven supermarket own brand fish fingers a test, up against the mighty marine titan of Birds Eye. And I also got the expert opinion of my six-year-old boy too, seeing as he's the one obsessed with eating the fishy rectangles way too many times a week. Here's how I got on... The prices For a fair comparison, I purchased each supermarket's own brand packet of 10 cod fish fingers, to compare to the Birds Eye cod version. The Birds Eye 10 pack can be found for different prices at different supermarkets - I purchased mine from Morrisons for £3.60, and they were also £3.60 at Asda and Tesco, while at Sainsbury's they were priced at £4. The cheapest supermarket deal we found this week for the branded box was at Waitrose, where they are priced on special offer at £2.95, down from their usual price of £3.70. As you can see with the prices below, the own brand version at most of the supermarkets was up to half the price of the Birds Eye version. I've put them in order from cheapest to most expensive. We bought supermarket own brand cod fish fingers and put them to the test (Image: MEN/Dianne Bourne) Aldi - £1.55 Lidl - £1.65 Morrisons - £1.80 Tesco - £1.85 Asda -£1.85 Waitrose Essential - £2.20 Sainsbury's - £2.25 Birds Eye - £3.60 (purchased at Morrisons) The cooking We give supermarket fish fingers a good grilling (Image: MEN/Dianne Bourne) All of the fish fingers said on the boxes they could be grilled, oven cooked or fried - bar the ones from Lidl which suggested oven cooking. But for the ease of this experiment, they were all going to get a good grilling. I admit my tiny mind was a little confused by just how similar they all looked. So I devised a sophisticated system of, erm, writing on some tin foil so I could keep a keen eye on which finger was which.
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. The Tesco one was indeed the first to be ready, its orange skin starting to crumple the quickest, so off it came. It was swiftly followed by the Sainsburys finger and the Waitrose one, both of which began to wrinkle up. The rest were all ready around the 15 minute mark and remained of firm and handsome figure, I thought. It was the Birds Eye one that looked liked it still needed cooking even after the suggested 15 minutes, perhaps because of a paler appearance that made it stand out from its bright orange fishy cousins. Most were fairly sturdy, but I found the Tesco finger the hardest to grapple and it looked like it was about to collapse in the middle when moved from grill to plate. The Birds Eye one was also also surprisingly floppy to the touch. The Lidl, Asda and Morrisons comrades were the sturdiest units after cooking, I'd say. The taste test
The fish fingers all cooked and ready to eat - but which will taste the best? (Image: MEN/Dianne Bourne) With a plate filled with golden fishy digits, it was time to dig in and see how they all compared for taste. Aldi was immediately a stand out for me, with a delicious fresh-tasting white fish interior. But I'm afraid the Lidl one was a big no from me, the innards tasted slimy and looked a tad grey, while the exterior was the brightest of bright orange. In order to be fair, I gave the Lidl fish fingers a second shot in the oven (as per the recommendation on the packet). But this did not improve the flavour in any way for me. The Sainsbury's fish fingers I found rather pleasant, but it was the Tesco finger, which, while a little floppier than I'd have liked, delivered a really stand-out fishy punch with a tasty thinner membrane than some of the others - I found it to be quite unusual and delicious. The Asda and Morrisons fingers were fine, but much of a muchness, there was no particular standout flavour but both a fair example of the genre. Perhaps the biggest shocker for me was that the Birds Eye original also didn't really stand out for me - I was expecting it to blow away the opposition. The biggest win of all though, was that they all passed the kid taste test - he was happy with pretty much all of them. The only one, would you believe, he vaguely gave a thumbs down to was the Birds Eye finger. He said his "favourite" was the fish finger from Aldi. I could have happily given him a fish finger high five at this point - given it's the cheapest one and that's what he's now going to be eating for the rest of his time under my roof. So, there you go. He could taste no difference between any of them really. So it's a no brainer for me to stick with supermarket's own brand fish fingers in future - at such a drastically cheaper price than the branded version. Want to save on shopping? Check out more of our consumer comparisons here: Heinz Ketchup, Diet Coke and other supermarket swaps shoppers say are saving them a fortune We compared Aldi versions of Pot Noodle, Nutella, McCoys and more to the originals - and some were even better than the real thing I pitted Colin and Cuthbert Caterpillar cakes against Asda, Tesco, Home Bargains, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons and found an unlikely favourite How I rated the fish fingers
We kept a close eye on which fish finger was which for the comparison. Aldi is top left, Birds Eye, with a much paler finish, is seen bottom right (Image: MEN/Dianne Bourne) So, my little boy appointed Aldi fish fingers the winner (and they were also the cheapest), but for me the taste test winner was Tesco. And hey, I'm the one with 40 years experience of eating fish fingers, so what I say goes. I was really pleased that the better value fish fingers were actually among the tastiest on our test. Although, as mentioned previously, my young 'un would have been happy served pretty much any of these lot. Here's my full ratings:- 1) Tesco - £1.85 : 5/5 2) Aldi - £1.55 : 5/5 3) Sainsbury's - £2.25 : 4/5 4) Birds Eye - £3.60 : 4/5 5) Asda - £1.85: 3/5 6) Waitrose - £2.20 : 3/5 7) Morrisons - £1.80 : 3/5 8) Lidl - £1.65 : 2/5 READ NEXT: Marks and Spencer extend Kids Eat Free deal for summer holidays Waitrose follow M&S and Tesco in making major change to fruit and veg aisle to reduce waste I spent £26.73 at Aldi to make the five failsafe family meals my kids always lap up The farm shop in Cheshire with a champagne deli bar and luxury lodges where you can stay over Shoppers angry as supermarket giant follows Tesco and Morrisons and issues label ban on 500 products