I’m a tea drinker. I love a good cuppa to warm me up, but it can’t be too hot. It seems I have a pretty sensitive tongue when it comes to temperature. Stud can literally drink piping hot tea immediately after its been made and actually asks for it “extra hot” when he orders a coffee while we’re out. I on the other hand, have to let it sit for around 10 (sometimes 15 or 20) minutes to let it get to that “just right” temperature. Ok, I’m the Goldilocks of the tea drinking community.
I’m the same with soup. I love a good mug of soup in winter and they’re especially good if you’re watching your weight (ahem, me, ahem). So when the great peeps at Nuffnang asked me to partake in a Product Talk for the new Heinz Squeeze and Stir Soups, I was well up for it.
A week or so later I received the cutest little soup bundle in the mail and was happy to see that I have received two tomato soups – Rich Tomato and Basil, and Ripe Tomato and Vegetable. I was always a tomato soup girl when I was growing up. My mum would buy the canned soup, and I’d cook it all up and devour it with some fresh bread for dunking.
Using my spankin’ new mug, I ripped open the Rich Tomato and Basil to start with and squeezed it in. The rip off top was perforated so really easy. Don’t you find that sometime those rip off tops never work and you end up having to use scissors? Anyway, the actual consistency is like tomato paste. Maybe a little thinner. Maybe BBQ sauce? And you simply add boiling water and stir. I stirred for a good 45 seconds or so to make sure it was all dissolved and then let it sit for about 5 minutes (Goldilocks remember?) and in that time, it thickened up a bit so once I got stuck in, it was a velvety smooth soup and so flavourful! I pretty much downed it in 5 minutes and was really impressed with the flavour.
Wanting to compare the two side by side, I turned the kettle back on and prepared the Ripe Tomato and Vegetable. I have to say, although this one is also still really great and flavourful, the Rich Tomato and Basil had won my heart. The Vegetables in the Ripe Tomato and Vegetable were quite similar to that of a packet powder soup and I wasn’t too much of a fan of the texture. Plus they all sunk to the bottom by the time I’d finished.
I had both of these for dinner but you could really just have one as a snack or even serve with some crusty bread to make a hearty meal out of it. Next time I do my work shop, I’ll grab some for my desk drawer.
Individual Heinz Squeeze & Stir 70g sachets are now available for RRP$1.25 from all major supermarkets and independent retailers.