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Comes in a glass jar with the Branston logo clearly seen in bold writing. I am reviewing Branston Original 360 gram jar. This product is suitable for vegetarians as it contains no meat derivatives, or flavours. Branston has been going since 1922. There are also other products available in the Branston brand that I am hoping to try very soon. This product is recyclable to help care for the environment.
More information can be found on their web site: www.bringoutthebranston.co.uk for further information on their products, and recipe ideas.
I have this either in a sandwich or with rice cakes or crackers. However the other night I made me and my best pal a plough mans supper and had this with cheddar cheese and wensleydale. This tasted absolutely lovely. I can taste onions , carrots and vinegar and a hint of lemon juice. This smells of balsamic vinegar and has a sweet taste to it not too strong or tangy at all.
This is nice to have with crusty bread as I had this with my ploughmans the other night. This is very flavoursome indeed I have had this with chicken cous cous and salad before and it went very well together much to my amazement.
I believe as the years have gone on that this product still remains it's same faithful self with the same texture and flavours that it had from as far back as I can remember. I know there are other varieties of this. I.E. small chunks to have in a sandwich for for those that don't like big chunks.
I highly recommend this product for all you pickle lovers out there.
When I was growing up we had two pickles in our house. Ideal Pickle, which my Dad liked and Branston Pickle which I preferred because it was sweeter. Our tastes were not so adventurous in those days and with the occasional foray into something exotic like Mango Chutney, that was about it on the pickle menu.
Then I went off travelling and ate all sorts of odd thing in odd places. Christmas Dinner on a run down freighter in Miami Docks (Very strange, the cook was from Peru ). Snails gathered in the mountains of La Mancha and rabbit that you had to spit the shot out of, but I still like my pickle.
Pickle : a food, especially vegetable preserved in brine or vinegar or similar.
I have tried other brown pickle, own brands and such but recently whilst wanderingr,through Morrisons, (that haven of happiness for British Ex-pats), in Gibraltar, I spotted Branston pickle on special offer. Memories!, into the basket it went.
It has had a bit of an update, the glass jar is now an attractive shape, rather chunky with the base a little wider than the top which is still the same gold colour as I remember. On the top is the slogan "Bring out the taste, bring out the Branston" and on the front is the traditional green and yellow label on which is written," since 1922" and," Original Pickle".
On the reverse is the list of ingredients,various fruits and vegetables, the second of which is that mysterious vegetable Rutabega which I have never found out what it is as I am worried about being dissapointed. It might be really boring , belying it's name. We are also told that it is made in the same unique Branston way since 1922 and there is a tip to liven up a Shepherd's Pie by adding a tablespoon of this delicious pickle to the pie filling.
The nutritional stuff is there as well but who eats pickle to be healthy, or in that quantity so we shall not trouble with that but it does contain sulphites so watch out for that if you are sulphite sensitive. It is suitable for vegetarians.
Open the screw top lid and you are greeted by a sweet and vinegary smell. Do not inhale too deeply like I have just done as it will make you cough. The colour is a dark, shiny, mahogany brown and the texture is a bit lumpy and thick. It will fall off a spoon rather than pour. It tastes like it smells, sweet and tangy but savoury and vinegary. Impossible to eat on its own for me but it brings out the flavour of whatever it is you choose to eat it with. You cannot distinguish which vegetable is which, even the Rutabaga blends into the tasty whole.
How do I eat it?
The top of my list and the one that I have chosen whilst writing this paean of praise to pickle, is a cracker on which is spread butter and then a lump of cheddar cheese topped by Branston. Happiness. It goes extremely well with Boxing Day turkey, not cooked in the Peruvian style, and cold meats of any sort. Pork pies and quiche and my particular favourite with crispy roast potatoes. So revive your taste buds if you like sweet and savoury pickles and Bring out the Branston!
5 out of 5 stars from me.
I paid around 1pound for a 360g jar of pickle on special offer. Readily available in supermarkets and grocery shops, the jar is recyclable.
Thanks for reading my review which may also appear on Ciao under splishsplash.
===Why I Got This===
I must admit chutney has been something I had not bought for a while - but when Christmas was on the horizon we bought a few different jars.
Crosse & Blackwell ihas been in existence since 1706.
Branston is a British food brand. It is best known for the original Branston Pickle, a jarred pickled chutney first made in 1922 in the Branston area of Burton upon Trent by Crosse & Blackwell. In 2004 the brand was bought by Premier Foods and production moved to Suffolk.
'The Original and Best.' Sweet pickle.
Made to the same recipe since 1922.
Comes in a glass jar with a gold screw top lid which has a safety button.
Long shelf life - mine is up to July 2014.
Cross & Blackwell Original Pickle.
Jar is narrower at the top and has a green red and yellow label.
520 grams and suitable for Vegetarians.
Allergy notice - contains sulphites.
15 grams = 70 calories
£1.85 for 520 grams at Tesco.
£1.39 for 360 grams.
£2.54 for 720 grams.
===Variations on Branston Pickle===
Small Chunk Pickle
Squeezy Small Chunk Pickle
Squeezy Smooth Pickle
Squeezy Mustard Pickle
Cranberry & Red Onion Pickle
Red Pepper and Tomato Pickle.
I think everyone know's that Branston makes pickle. Even back in the 1960s it was a staple in our home - especially at Christmas when it was eaten with the cold turkey.
These days most of our family is vegetarian and I have tended not to buy chutney - though husband wanted some at Christmas time and as it was on special offer as two for £2 I bought a jar for myself too.
The jar has changed slightly over the years and is now slightly narrower at the top whereas before it used to have straight side - but otherwise it has not changed much.
This chutney brings back lots of memories - as soon as you open the jar you have the lovely sweet and spicy smell that I remember so well.
The standard chutney has quite large chunks but you cannot tell what is what. The chutney sauce surrounding the chunks is a lovely rich dark brown.
I surprised myself really by enjoying the chutney so much. Not eating meat I did not have it with the usual cold turkey but what I love using it for now is either in cheese and onion sandwiches or else with cheese and onion on toast. It adds a lovely extra flavour to the snacks and is sweet without being sickly. The chunks are quite large and have a 'bite' to them without being rock hard. I have also bought the chutney now with small chunks which is equally as good and maybe slightly better for sandwiches - though I do not mind which I use.
This will be a staple in my cupboard from now on and I find my toasted sandwiches are 'bare' if I run out of my chutney now!
Looking through the list of ingredients I had never heard of 'rutabaga' and it turns out to be a sort of swede.
Pickle is a standard ingredients for any sort of Ploughman's Lunch and goes exceedingly well with cheese and anything else you care to team it with - as well as cold meats such as ham and chicken.
===Would I Recommend?===
Vegetables in variable proportions (Carrots, Rutabaga, Onions, Cauliflower, Marrows, Gherkins), Sugar, Malt Vinegar - from Barley, Spirit Vinegar, Salt, Chopped Dates (with Rice Flour), Apples (with Preservative: Sodium Metabisulphite), Modified Maize Starch, Tomato Paste, Colour (Sulphite Ammonia Caramel), Spices, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Onion Powder, Garlic Extract.
I know it seems strange that someone is writing a review on Branston Pickle but I want to share my love of it with the world. Branston Pickle is the greatest pickle/chutney in the world. It goes with absolutely everything and can turn something dull into something amazing. Branston goes well with nearly all sandwiches. Cheese and Pickle with a bit of ham is perfection. Also have it with Pork Pies, cold pizza or a jacket potato. Also it is really nice if you put a big spoonful of Branston in a saucepan of baked beans. Try it. I remember a few years ago now the Branston Pickle factory burnt down. For Christmas that year I was given about 6 jars of the stuff. It didn't last as long as it should have. For people who have never had this before please give it a go. Don't be scared. Make a white bread, cheddar cheese and pickle sandwich. Try it. Or maybe with melted cheese on toast. Please try it. You are missing out if you don't. Large Chunk not small!
This is the time of year when salads, jacket potatoes or just a nice sandwich are really fantastic to eat and it is also good to have extra little finishing touches to jazz them up and make them even better. One of these is sweet pickle and the most well known variety you can find in the stores is quite possibly Crosse and Blackwell's Branston which you can buy a 520g jar of for £1.79 with Tesco.
I personally love to use this to make my ham, chicken or other meat sandwiches taste just that extra bit nice but in addition to many meals it is a perfect accompaniment. I love the tangy sweet taste of this brown thick relish and the crunchy pieces amongst it make it not just brilliant in flavour but also a wonderful texture. When you eat this it is hard to recognise the little pieces of vegetable individually that make up the pickle but in the concoction you will find cauliflower, carrot, onion, marrow and gherkin amongst others but they all make up one lovely unique taste.
It makes my mouth water to think about this in combination with cold meats or on a jacket potato as the flavour is just so striking and the kind your mouth lives for as sometimes food can be a bit bland but with this there is no chance of that. It is only really a complement to other food or meals but nutritionally it is very reasonable with 100g containing roughly 109 calories and 0.2g of fat and that amount of Branston is a fair amount. In conclusion this is a wonderful addition to make a tasty meal even more mouth watering as the flavour and smell is great.
Really rather cross indeed, is the answer! More later.
Like so many of us, I love Branston Pickle. I have it in sandwiches with cheese, with ham or by itself. I also like some Branston on my Cornish Pasty. There are a whole host of ideas as to how you can eat your Branston on the greatlittleideas.com website - that's my next stop!
We normally buy the big jar when it's on offer and we try not to let ourselves run out of it. However, we did run out, for which I blame my wife and, knowing I was cross with her, she came back from the shop with a little plastic 400g squeezy jar of Branston Small Chunk Pickle.
I was temporarily in better mood and although I prefer the bigger chunks, it was the same lovely taste and after a week or so, I forgave my wife for her heinous crime.
But.....and it's a Big But (not my wife's, I hasten to add).... the problem arose when I neared the end of the jar, when there was not enough left in the jar to squeeze out. I had been worrying about this, but had been reassured to note that in addition to the 18mm aperture through which the pickle is to be squeezed, there was a screw off lid as well.
One evening last week, feeling a bit peckish I decided to hoover up a pasty that had been kicking around the fridge for a few days. In fact, it had started to move by itself, so I needed plenty of Branston to disguise the taste if it had gone off a bit. I knew that there was just enough Branston left in the jar for a measly but otherwise acceptable portion.
The situation deteriorated quickly. Unable to squeeze out what I could see was there, I unscrewed the lid which was all blocked up with pickle. I grabbed a knife and tried to scrape it out. I was able to access some of it, but the rest of it was firmly stuck up under the lid and I couldn't get at it. By now, my pasty was getting colder and I could feel the heckles rise on the back of my neck. In a fit of pique, I went to my tool box, grabbed my hacksaw and sawed through the plastic to get to the last bit.
Now OK, that was a bit over the top, but I HATE IT when manufacturers make it difficult to get the product out of their containers.
Like so many good things, the product is a simple one. It's just a vegetable pickle at the end of the day, but it's the tangy flavour that seems to endear it to the great British Public.
And have my adverse experiences with the inaccessible pickle put me off Branston?
Absolutely not! I will always love it, but I will be buying it in the big jar only from now on.
I like Branston pickle quite a lot, but go through phases where I eat it every day and phases where I virtually forget it exists. The other week however, I decided it was a bit much to have 3 jars of the stuff in the fridge and a tube of the squeezy smooth version. I figured it was about time I got to eating it to clear some of the jars! (I'd better say here that having 3 jars wasn't because we opened them without looking for another, it is because I cleared all the still useable food from my Gran's flat after she died at the end of January, and she had two open jars there).
For me, the best thing about Branston pickle compared to any other is the crunch and the spicey sweet flavour combined. I make my own pickles sometimes, and I choose flavours I like. I can get a similar flavour to Branston pickle in a more smooth sauce, but not at the same time as a good crunch. It's a shame because I could probably save myself a fortune if I could.
I like to eat this sort of pickle alongside something such as a good bit of ham, some nice cheese, or a bit of cold turkey. I don't really mind whether I'm putting them in a sandwich, or having them loose on the plate as part of a salad, either way, the combination works well in my opinion. One advantage I find to using it in a sandwich is that you can avoid using spreads like butter or margarine because the moisture of the Branston is enough.
A 360g jar of Branston Original will set you back around £1 to £1.20 depending on where you buy it. It does come in larger jars, and they do tend to work out slightly cheaper, but I find that if you keep a jar open too long even in the fridge it tends to dry out slightly so I do generally stick to a slightly smaller jar for this reason. I've said already I like the crunch this has, but the reason for the crunch is because of the amount of different vegetables that are in this: Carrots, rutabaga, onion, cauliflower, marrow and gherkin. There are also dates, apples, and a variety of spices and other ingredients, but it's these vegetables mainly that are the 'crunch' factor I think.
Branston pickle is slightly sweet as well as having that vinegary tang that all pickles have. I would imagine that as well as the sugar that's in this, the dates would also play quite a part in this sweetness, and I think from my own pickle making that they also contribute to that lovely rich brown colour that this pickle has. It's a very full flavoured pickle, and something I aspire to achieving in my own preserving. (Incidentally, on looking at the Jar today while writing this review, I noticed that they claim Branston pickle has been made the same way since 1922 so it's been going longer than I'd realised, I thought it was a 70's brand somehow!).
Branston do two other versions of their pickle that I know of, their smooth version which I'm not overly keen on - it's sort of as if they've liquidised good pickle to be honest. But my husband likes it, so a bottle lives in our fridge. Their other one 'small chunks Branston' is a kind of middle man between the two. It has lumps, but they are about a quarter of the size of any piece you'll find in a jar of proper Branston. It's designed to be more spreadable and I suppose it does work for that purpose, but because the chunks are smaller, they do lose their crunch and that just spoils it for me.
The date on this is a BBE - Best Before End - it means that this will be at it's best before this point in time. What it doesn't mean is that you have to use it all by this point or throw it away. It's not unsafe to eat, it's just no longer at it's best. I've eaten this when it's been beyond it's date a fair few times and to be honest the only thing I've noticed is that if kept too long open it dries up a bit, and also the chunks do lose a little of their crunch and go a bit more soggy. However, it still has all it's flavour and isn't bad to eat.
Overall, a great pickle and one I'll continue to buy until I manage to combine the flavour and the crunch in a home made pickle.
I have been a big fan of Branston ickle for as long as I can remember. It is one of our household classics that we use all the time and is a basic on my shopping list all the time.
Branston pickle has a really tangy taste and is very crunchy. The pieces are crunchy and the sauce is smooth, so when you have it in sandwiches you can use a bit more and omit the margarine and still the taste an crunch.
There are lot's of other, cheaper brands of sandwich pickle, which are ok, but none of them are as nice and tasty as Branston. Although it is probably the most expenisve brand of pickle, it is definately the best and is well worth the extra. I find with food shopping, the trick is to spend more where you get a better quality and to cut back where you don't or don't need a better quality like disinfective for example.
Branston pickle is a great, versatile product to keep in the fridge. The main, obvious use is in sandwiches, but there are so many more options. I like to have it as a dressing with salads. It adds a real tang and flavours the lettuce well. Also you don't need much, so it's good if you're dieting. It is quite high in sugar though so not a great one for the diabetics out there. I also like to have pickle on crackers with cheese or cheesespread. It's a different choice for a jacket potato, which I like, but is an aquired taste. It goes great with cold meats and cheeses and I even like to use it as a dip with breadsticks.
Again the wife and her bargain hunting. She got a huge jar of this in December for £1 out of Tesco. can't think of the size of it, but the right price is apparently £1.70. IT's the biggest jar i've seen of it.
Both of us normally take filled Sandwiches to work. Occassionally we will "splash" out and buy something at work, or I stop at a Bakers for a piece, but home made Sandwiches do ok for us. Although COld Meat is fine and all that, sometimes you just have to liven it up a bit, and that is where this comes in.
This is in a glass jar with the label wrapped around it. Easy to see how much you have used of this.
This is Pickle Chunks in a thicker Pickle sauce thing. Perhaps not explaining it that well, but i'm sure most of us know what Branston Pickle is. We've tried cheaper versions but nothing comes close to the taste of this one. The Chunks are a decent enough size, and although you now getva small Chunk version, the normal sized chunk one is good enough for us.
The taste of this is slightly sweet with a bit tang behind it. I normally put 2 teaspoons on a sandwich and spread it over, and this gives a good covering. You can put as much or as little on though just depends what you like.
A nice way to liven up your sad Sandwich.
Branston Original pickle has been around since I can remember, this used to come in one sort only but is now available in an array of different versions. This is a pickle which is maily used to add to salds or meats or cheese.
This is always pretty much cut into cubes, sometimes these may be small but I will review the original as I think this is the best, it is a pickled chutney of brown cubes also with some onion included, all this is a brown sauce
520 gram jar costs around £1.54 which will last you ages as you do not need a lot of this when you use it, this equates to 29.6p per 100 grams
About the Taste?
This is very onioney and is quite strong, bit like a pickled onion I find, the sauce is brown in colour and of a thin treacley consistency. The taste all round is sharp from the sauce to the onion / pickle. Once you bite into a bit a of pickle loads of flavours escape.
Theres quote a lot of salt and salt within this, the traffic lights are both red for this and the sugar is nearly 24 grams per 100 grams. No sat fat what so ever and fat is low, making these traffic lights green
Great tasting pickle, great addition to salds etc, very flavoursome
I've been away from Branston pickle for quite a while, having recently been trying other chutneys such as onion chutney and tomato relish. And nice as they've been I was missing that distinctive 'tang' that only Branston can give.
So on the last online shop, I popped a jar into my virtual basket and it arrived last week. I got a big satisfying 720g size jar of the 'small chunk' pickle and it's already two thirds gone.
If you've never tried Branston, you're missing a treat. It contains lots of crunchy vegetables: carrots, onions, cauliflower, marrow, rutabaga and gherkins all chopped up, in this case, really small in a tangy vinegary pickle. And you really get a whiff of that when you unscrew the lid. Yet don't be put off by the vinegar smell because it tastes much better than that.
The label suggests it's great with cheese, salads, cold meats and in sandwiches. I find it delicious to put in cheese toasties as a perfect quick snack on a cold day, though be careful to let it cool before tucking in as the pickle will get really hot inside!
It's pretty healthy too, better in your butties than mayo. 100g of pickle will give you 109 calories and just 0.2 g of fat. And it's a great way of getting extra veg into you if you're not that keen on carrots or cauliflower otherwise.
With Christmas coming up, a few jars of Branston in the cupboard I reckon are going to be pretty essential to team up with all the cheese, hams and turkey sandwiches we're going to be getting through.
And no doubt plenty more yummy cheese toasties, go on, try one today!
Thanks for reading!
Description: This is the popular Branston Pickle that everyone asks for. Use for sandwiches, salads, cold meats, or anything else you can think of!
This pickle has been around for what seems like forever - it comes in a see through glass jar with a gold metal lid and the logo on the label at the front. You can expect to pay around £1.00 for a 360g jar, bigger jars are also available. This pickle is available to buy in most shops and supermarkets.
What makes this brand better than its competitors is the fact that it has a very distinctive, tangy taste. It is a rich, deep brown colour and jammed with vegetables which are crunchy and piquant. It has both a sweet and a spicy taste and is guaranteed to add something special to sandwiches, salads and more.
I personally like this in a cheese toasted sandwich, it adds a delicious taste that is quite unique to Branston. They also do a smooth pickle which is equally delicious and perfect for this people who don't like "bits" but love the taste of the pickle!
Nutritional info (per 100g) is as follows;
Energy.... 109 Kcal
of which is sugars: 23.9
of which is saturates: 0.0g
Salt equivalent: 4
No matter how many others I try, I am always disappointed. Put simply, this is the best pickle available and everyone should buy it!
Branston Pickle is a staple that I must have in my fridge at all times! It tastes amazing and can turn a simple cheese sandwich into an amazing lunch (really good for the week before payday). Be sure to buy 'branston' though - other brands just arent the same.
This product has a very distinct pickley (as you might expect) taste, however it is very easy to eat and is not too vinegary. As a vegetarian, I mainly have this product with cheese as it is classic, however, my house mate who is a meet eater tells me that it is also a great accompaniment to cold meats in a sandwich.
One thing to be sure and do though, is make sure you get the original variety as the texture of this one is great with big chunks of pickle, gives the taste of a chutney rather than just a sauce which is what sometimes happens with the smooth variety - something I am strongly against (also because I have been known to eat this product directly from the jar with a spoon)
A wee tip you might not have thought of - I often add this to cooking Bologenise - not sure why but it tastes amazing in there!
Get yourself some today!
Branston pickle in my house is a firm favourite and we always have a jar in the fridge! We all love it and only purchase this brand of pickle as in our view nothing else competes with it in our opinion and I have in the past tried a few cheaper alternatives that left me rather unimpressed!
Glass jar with a gold, twist on/off lid to the top of it. On the front there is a green label and on that I'm told it is Crosse & Blackwell Branston 'Original' Pickle. On the back label I'm told a bit about the product, given a list of ingredients and allergy advice, nutritional information is listed as are contact details for Crosse & Blackwell. I'm told it is suitable for Vegetarians and the size and recycle symbol are displayed (in my case I'm sat looking at a 520g jar).
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Jar....
Made in the same unique Branston way since 1922, there's no mistaking Branston Original Pickle.
No artificial flavours.
Suitable for gluten free diet
The Pickle Itself....
Well it's a dark brown slightly wet liquid made up from malt vinegar and lemons and is very tangy and mixed with spices, onion powder and garlic to give it a really rich and distinguished flavour. It smells very rich and vinegary too and is slightly sticky and contains a good amount of sugar (opposed to nasty sweeteners!).
Within the 'sauce' and in variable proportions are cubed vegetables and fruit which are carrots, rutabaga, onions, cauliflower, marrows, gherkins, chopped dates and apples. All of which taste juicy and fresh and it's simply a very high quality and tasty product and in my opinion there are always more pieces of gherkin than anything else...but luckily I love gherkins!
Personally I love it on a sandwich and simply find it delicious though do watch out for heartburn if you eat too much of the stuff as it is rather vinegary to be honest and for me less is more when consuming this! Storing it easy too it lasts ages in the fridge!
Sometimes you can't beat the best and this product proves that sentiment is correct!
Nutritional Information Per 100g....
Energy.... 109 Kcal
of which is sugars: 23.9
of which is saturates: 0.0g
Salt equivalent: 4.0
I paid £1.25 for my size jar in Sainsburys and it's also available in a 360g and 720g sizes and is also available in a small chunk option!
" You never appreciate something until its gone" That is a phrase that rings true with this product, sounds a little dramatic I know but bear with me.
Now I live in the United States the things I took for granted are hard to get sometimes, one such thing is Branston Pickle, something that I would use liberally during my childhood and early adulthood on everything from Cheese sandwiches to Coldcuts and Salads, I don't think there's an Englishman alive who hasn't had a "Cheese and Pickle" sandwich at some point in their life.
Recently I got a package of things from home, such as Walkers Crisps, Pot Noodles and of course Branston Pickle, I made myself a ham sandwich and put a healthy amount of Branston on it and started to enjoy it, and believe me I was in heaven !!
Branston pickle was first made in 1922 by Crosse and Blackwell in the Branston suburb of Burton On Trent, it consisted of a variety of diced vegetables including, swede (rutabaga), carrots, onions, cauliflower and gherkins pickled in a sauce made from vinegar, tomato, apple and dates with spices such as mustard, coriander, garlic, cinnamon, pepper, cloves, nutmeg and cayenne pepper with sugar. Its sweet and spicy with a chutney like consistency and for years was a staple part of a "Ploughmans Lunch" which is a dieing menu item in pubs.
It also comes in the easily spreadable "Sandwich pickle" variety which tastes the same but has smaller chunks which enable it to be spread on sandwiches more easily, but for me the original is the best !!
Here is some nutrition information.
Energy: 465kj / 109kcal
Carbohydrate : 26.1g of which sugars 23.9g
Fat : 0.2g of which saturates 0.0g
Salt Equivalent: 4.0g
But quite frankly WHO CARES about nutritional value, it tastes great, makes some sandwiches come alive and is a British Tradition, but I guess like Marmite it is quite polarising, some will love it, some will hate it and I don't think there is much inbetween, me personally I LOVE it and will make sure I have a ready supply in the house at all times !!
This is the popular Branston Pickle that everyone asks for. Use for sandwiches, salads, cold meats, or anything else you can think of!