I recently wrote a review on some pickled onions. We always buy that particular brand and never divert from our them. However these were the result when my Mother went shopping without her glasses on! Never do we eat any other pickles and when we noticed we thought oh well Branston are a well known brand they've got to be nice type of thing lol My Step-Dad was all ready to jump in the car with the and take them back to the store and Mum said they had to be worth a go and it became a major debate! So we kept them!
454g glass see through jar with screw on/off gold lid. On the lid I'm told in dark blue writing 'bring out the Branston' and around the rim the best before date is stamped on. The label on front tells me it's Crosse Blackwell, Branston, Malt Vinegar Pickled Onions. On the back label I'm given a list of ingredients, allergy advice, nutritional information, contact details for Premier Ambient Products (the manufacturers of Branston), and then told they are hand peeled, Grade A onions and have a special blend of vinegar. I'm then told they are suitable for vegetarians, the recycle symbol is there, size is stated as I've listed already) and the bar code is there too.
I was quite looking forward to sinking my lips into a different pickle to be completely honest! Excited, I was!
When you first see the pickles you can see them packed into the dark brown vinegar. Open the lid and the smell of vinegar and onions is rather strong and not all that pleasant. The onions themselves are very large and dark brown looking like mouldy eyeballs. However...
I had a problem as soon as I stuck my fork into a pickle and the skin came off. By the time we had all took some pickles out of the jar most had lost there outer skins in the vinegar and the jar didn't look nice at all.
Not to be easily put off by the smell, size or floating skins in the jar I bit in. Yuk! I was disgusted to be blunt.
They are cheap and nasty tasting. The smell hit my nose and I bit in and vinegar dribbled and squirted everywhere. The vinegar is sharp, bitter and cheap. The pickle was incredibly soggy, messy and very chewy. Now this product says it contains some spices but my taste-buds couldn't detect this and neither could my nasal passages. The aftertaste is very sweet and lasts ages and they stink the house out too.
Everything is horrible about these in my view. Too big, too sour and all round nasty looking and tasting things. Very disappointing indeed and not recommended from me I wouldn't give them house room! Yuk!
Onions, Malt Vinegar, Sugar, Salt, Spice Extracts and Roast Barley Malt Extract.
My Mother paid about £1.54 for our jar in Sainsbury's and they can be found in all good supermarkets.
please any one out there. i cant find branston onions any where, i have tried every shop big and small. they are the best onions ever i just love them. i eat them whenever i get peckish, they are so morish. please someone help me out and put me in direction on these onions . hopefully maureen , southend essex
I was just wondering what to write a review on and it suddenly occured to me - Branston Pickled Onions.... well what made me want to write a review on these I hear you ask!?! - well being a few months pregnant I'm sure you will understand these wierd urges I have for certain foods!
Branston Pickled onions are available in most supermarkets and grocery shops! They are easy recognisable by the well known and easily identifiable Branston label bering the Crosse and Blackwell logo. They are in a clear jar (although the vinegar makes it look brown!!) which is wider at the bottom than at the top. The lid is a gold screw top one. The jar is 454g and mine cost me 39p from Home Bargains although they do range in price up to about £1.65 from Sainsbury's (Tesco and Asda are slightly cheaper!) They currently have the jars with 33% extra free on sale.
Most important now - what do they taste like!?! Well of course they are pickled onions so the main tastes here are vinegar and onion! If any of you are familiar with Branston Pickle then I'm sure you will instantly recognise that famous Branston tang! Tastes very similar to the pickle - hard to describe I know! They have quite a sweet flavour to them. They taste like homemade ones that have been pickling for a long time!
These pickles have a certain crunch to them - not as crunchy as some available, but very easy to chew! They are a perfect size to just eat one at a time whole! Not sure exactly on the size but they look around the size of an eyeball!
The boring bits - there is no nutritional information on the jar it just lists the ingrediants:onions, malt vinegar, sugar,salt, spice extracts and roast barley malt extract.
I just love these! If you haven't tried them before try them and if you have then I'm sure you'll agree they are lovely! The only downside to them is I now (after eating half a jar!) have heartburn. I guess this would be usual though for eating lots of these...
Go on be a devil and bring out that branston tang!
How could I resist something that combines two of my favourite things? When I saw them sitting there in their odd shaped jars, looking all round and brown, I simply had to buy them. And as soon as I got them home I had to try one (or 3). Yes, I ate them strait from the jar, before they even managed to get to the cupboard. You see I do love my pickled onions. And these are no normal pickled onions either, these are more like those ones Aunty used to make and keep in jars for years until they went soft. You know the kind, brown vinegar, brown onions, slightly sweet but still pickled. Homemade pickled onions. Yum! Not only is there the homemade taste there is also an underlying twang of pure branston pickle, sort of malty, sweet pickle. If you have ever had any branston pickle you will know that taste, it is a bit too hard to put in words, but it is the flavour of the vinegar these little babies have been pickled in and gives these onions a remarkably different flavour but still keeping the pickled onion taste. I know I am not making much sense but you try explaining a pickled onion! The onions themselves are small, none of the giant Heywoods onions in here, that need a chisel to cut them, or those tiny white silverskin onions, that are almost too small to taste. These are more the size of a twenty pence piece (if a 20p was round and spherical) some are bigger, but never much bigger than a 10p piece (spherical again). They are crunchy though? well crunchier than the ones my Aunty used to make anyway! still not in the Heywoods league for crunch either, but crunchy enough to make people wonder what you have in your mouth while you are sitting at the keyboard typing! They do cut easily, not that they really need cutting as they are just the right size to pop in the mouth, but I had to check for the sake of this op! I seem to have got carried away telling you about the onions and completely forgot about the jar they
come in! They come in 240g jars (or 325g if you get the ones with 33% extra free like I did). The normal branston symbol is across the front and it tells you it contains pickled onions in branston vinegar. What more could you need to know! There are no nutritional info bits on the jar, apart from the ingredients, and I should just point out that it seems the only people these aren't suitable for are diabetics as sugar is quite high up on the list. No mention of nuts, and no meat type stuff mentioned either. I have seen them in Asda for 90p each or buy 2 for £1.50, and in Tesco for about 89p for the 33% extra free jar. Branston have also bought out some pickled beetroot and piccalilli pickle which are happily sitting in my cupboard waiting for me to start on them, but with these onions about they are not getting a look in at the moment. Overall they are lovely pickled onions, I highly recommend them to any one that likes pickles. I do not recommend that you sit there late at night eating them while typing out an op as they start to make your mouth feel a bit hot after the 5th one. No doubt like all pickled onions they will disappear as soon as Christmas is over, so stock up now for the next 12 month. Oh and try not to breath on anyone shortly after eating.. Good job I am single :oP Happy Munching Sarah :o)