“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Dairy „
I first tried the Tesco Soured Cream over well over a year ago now and I have never gone back to the more expensive branded versions available on the market. It is an ingredient that I have used in a variety of different meal options whether it be with salads, jacket potatoes or in my favourite option, which has to be as an addition to Fajita wraps whenever I cook them, which is fairly common. The Soured cream not only adds a lot of flavour to the Fajita wraps but also acts as a method of dulling down the spice in the wrap, stopping your mouth being burnt to a crisp.
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The shelf life of the Tesco soured cream is not all that long, lasting around about 2 weeks until it starts to go off. For this reason, I generally only buy the smaller of the two size options available, this being the 150ml version, there is also a 300ml version which comes with a plastic lid top for storing rather than just the standard peel-off lid with the small size. The cost of the smaller 150ml pot of soured cream is 51p at the moment (November 09) which is pretty reasonable, but if you do use a lot of soured cream, the larger 300ml size pot costs only 89p for twice the amount.
If you are more interested in the healthier or lower fat content of your soured cream than I am then there is an option available under the Tesco branding, being their 'Healthy Living' range. This is a 300ml container of soured cream and costs 89p which is the same as the standard version of the soured cream, but in my own opinion, soured cream is not meant to be healthy, its supposed to be a treat and not eaten everyday and the flavour of the standard version is better, but I'm sure you could make your own mind up about it what ever your preference is.
For nutritional information, the standard soured cream per 30ml (about a dollop) provides 60 calories and 5.6 grams of fat. This is compared to the Healthy Living version which only contains 35 calories per 30ml and 2.6 grams of fat (less than half the standard amount).
Overall, I think this product has a great flavour to it and is fairly cheap to buy. I will continue to buy this for the foreseeable future and think its worth giving a go if you haven't tried it yet. I give this product a Dooyoo rating of 5 stars out of 5.
Sour Cream; you can use it for a range of purposes - from salad dressings to baked potatoes, as a chip-dip, or something you can put on desserts. Personally, I like it best on top of a delicious chili con carne - especially when accompanied by some nachos.
Price and Availabiltiy
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Although there are loads of different brands of soured cream available, I generally just opt for the bog-standard Tesco brand, which costs 89p for the 300ml container. You can also purchase a smaller 150ml pot, which retails at only 51p.
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Now I'm not the world's leading expert on sour cream, but I know what it should and shouldn't taste like. Luckily, this stuff tastes pretty good, with a fairly thick and creamy nature - I know it has the word 'sour' In its title, but actually, the best sour cream in my opinion has the least sour taste. This Tesco version is just about right, with a smooth and pleasing aftertaste without any of the overly-sour overtones which I have detected in other brands.
The cream comes packaged in a plastic purple container, with a peel of lid, and a further outer plastic lid. The design makes it quite easy to pour, and the double lid system ensures that it stays fresher for longer.
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I highly recommend Tesco's own brand sour cream as a great accompaniment to whatever you choose to use it with - the price is reasonable, and the flavour is pleasant - what more can I say!
Nutritional Info Per 100ml
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Saturated Fat: 11.4g
Tesco Soured Cream is a decent little product, though it has to be noted that there isn't a lot to compare it to in store. In my local Tesco, and on the website, I can't find any other fresh soured cream besides their low fat version. I think it's a shame because the only other shop bought one I've had is Sainsburys, and now that I no longer shop there, I have only this one option to choose if I want soured cream!
Still, I can't complain too much because this is a perfectly acceptable product, for a perfectly acceptable price. 142ml costs 51p usually (presently it's on offer for 45p) and 284ml costs 89p. I think they're very reasonable prices given the cost of dairy products in general, cream in particular these days.
The most common purpose for soured cream is of course as a topping on jacket potatoes, and that's what I tend to use it for. I tend to find that the larger tub does well to serve the whole family if we're having spuds for dinner. I think it's important to consider how many servings you're going to use when you buy this, as the pot only stays fresh for a couple of days after opening it.
On jacket potatoes this stuff is really nice. It's got a lovely thick, rich texture to it that requires being scooped out of the pot rather than poured. I find it runs down to fill my potato nicely as it melts a little, but that it retains its refridgerator coolness towards the top. I like this about soured cream in general because it gives a nice contrast in temperatures when you're eating.
Taste wise this stuff tastes as thick and creamy as it looks. I've had a home made soured cream before in a pub that had a really bitter and sour edge to it, which I really didn't like at all. Perhaps that is how traditional soured cream should taste, but it's not to my liking. I like that this stuff has a creamy, savoury taste without any sour edge. It's almost sweet to an extent, but in a creamy way rather than a sugary one.
This is a great little soured cream that we happily buy on a regular basis.