I'm a tomato sauce lover - I get through it like crazy, so have to often buy whatever I can get cheaply.
Iceland currently have the 720g bottle of tomato sauce for £1 - that's a lot of sauce! In tesco the 460g bottle is £1.55, so the iceland price is a bargain.
The bottle is the now fairly standard upside-down type, so even when low down it's easy to get out. It has a fairly basic label on the front and the ingredients etc are on the back.
The sauce is prepared with 153g of tomatoes per 100g of sauce It is 116 calories per 100g. This compared to heinz at 132/100g and 103cal/100g - not a huge difference.
Thickness wise, this is more like the hellmans sauce - I find it thicker than heinz, which I do like. I also never get that watery separation.
VERY tomatoey. Lovely rich, strong flavour - not the strongest I've had, but not far off, and very very lovely. It contains beetroot powder, which could be what gives it the slight kick! But it doesn't taste of beetroot to me.
At £1 for 720g, it's the best value sauce I've had - and I'd choose it over heinz at the same cost. Overall, it gets 5* from me - it'd take some beating at any price!
After getting hooked on branston's baked beans we spotted that they were selling tomato ketchup when it was on offer and thought we would try it.
I would advise anyone who normally buys leading brand ketchups to give this a try. It comes in two sized bottles which are both upside down with a squeezy cap, this makes the sauce easier to add to any meals, It also means that when the bottle is nearly empty you wont have to try and stand it upside down and wait for the sauce to come to the top meaning that there is less wastage. It also help the kids to enjoy it as its easier for them to squeeze rather than the glass jars.
The ketchup does have a seal under the cap to keep it tasting as fresh as possible so please remember to remove this before getting annoyed because your sauce isnt comming out.
the sauce itself is a very rich and flavoursome which really does bring out the tomate flavour needed and although it does have that tang you get with vinager i dont think it is as over powering as some cheaper brands.
I enjoy this better then the leading brands because of its thickness, i find alot of cheaper brands are simply watered down with a vinagery substance which dont taste the best either.
The sauce does go with most meals and weve had it with things such as chips, burgers, mash potato, chicken and even pizza.
I find that it is a very competative price in most supermarkets and normally costs around £1.50 for a 720g bottle compared to about £2.00 for heinz.
I had never seen let alone tasted this before, but we were at a friends house on saturday for an inside bbq kind of thing and this is the Tomato Sauce they had.
I always associate branston's with Pickle, so I always imagined their products tasting Pickled, but they don't and are actually quite nice.
This was in a squeezy bottle. Not sure if you get this in a glass bottle. Not sure of the price of this either, but I will be checking it out when we next go to the shops. The squeezy bottle was quite thick but a bit of a squeeze on the bottle and a good enough dollop came out.
When this came out it was thick enough and had a slight tang to it's smell that I wasn't quite sure what it was. I wouldn't say Vinegar, but there was some kind of tang there.
Although you get the nice Tomato taste from this, it doesn't seem quite as rich as heinz. Then again you can taste a few different flavours in this and not just Tomato. There is seasoning and a slight spice to this, but just a dash.
I've since found out that this cost my friend £1 for the 465g bottle. Weather that was on offer i'm not sure, but for a squeezy bottle then the price is alright.
We will buy a bottle of this for in the house. It is nice and tasty and livens up Burgers nice.
Having tried Branston's attempts at producing their own brand of baked beans and been impressed with it, I bought this ketchup, their own version. Branston have branched out over the past few years with various other products, and they seem to have transferred the quality of their pickle over to these newer lines, giving something slightly different each time.
This ketchup comes in a squeezy bottle, with a flat top lid so that you can stand it up like this. Often, squeezy bottles have poor design, and the dispensing element of it is too powerful. The resultant effect is ketchup spurting everywhere. However, this bottle requires just a slight squeeze, and it dispenses it quite smoothly, not too strong. It made it so much easier to put where I wanted it.
The ketchup itself has a very strong aroma. It almost smells of worcester sauce when it's added to tomato juice, but a quick look at the ingredients doesn't reveal it to be present. It's just the balance of tomato puree and spirit vinegar, that gives off this strong smell. It's not altogether unpleasant though, in fact it's quite nice.
The taste is also pleasant. You get a rich and full flavour of ketchup that isn't that much different to Heinz' brand. This does have the slightly different taste that the smell suggests it will, but again, this is not a bad thing. In fact, it's nice that there's a slight difference. I liked it for all its uses, whether it be in a sandwich, or on the side of a plate with a meal. Perhaps it's the milk flavouring in it that makes the slight difference. I don't know. Either way, it makes it a nice product.
Looking at the prices, it compares very favourably to other leading brands, and is actually slightly cheaper than Heinz' own squeezy bottle. It cost around the 90p mark for a 460g bottle. Nutritionally, it's not something I would often look at with a ketchup, but for info, a 100g serving has 116 calories, 27.9 carbs, 1g of protein, 1.2 of fibre, amongst others. They boast no artificial colours, preservatives or flavours, and is low in fat. It uses real tomatoes, even though they are used in puree form, and perhaps the magic ingredient is a little bit of beetroot powder. Who knows? All I know is that it tastes nice.
I recommend this product. It has something slightly different in terms of taste, and is good value for money. The easy dispenser also makes it favourable against its competition. It's widely available, and is also often on special offer, although even at this price, it's well worth it. Recommended.
We usually buy Heinz ketchup but a few weeks ago I brought a bottle of this Branston version because it was on special offer in Morrisons for 69p. The sauce comes in a plastic squeezy bottle and that's always easier for us because it means my younger sisters can use the ketchup without sending it all over their plates and wasting it.
It's got a lovely rich flavour, I love how tomatoey the ketchup is and also the nice vinegar tang to it. I think the taste of it is at least as good as Heinz and I reckon it actually goes better with some food than the Heinz because this one isn't so sweet.
It's got a very thick texture and that makes it wicked for a bacon or sausage butty because the ketchup tastes so much like fresh tomatoes under the yummy ketchup flavour. We've had it with chips too and it's just as good as Heinz, the best is with chips from the chippy because this ketchup tastes soooooooo nice with the hot salty chips. Jeeeez, I'm dribbling now! lol
Even at the normal price this ketchup is cheaper than Heinz so I reckon you should at least try it because if you like it you'll save a few quid over the year. There's 5 of us in our house and 4 of us eat ketchup regular so a bottle only lasts us a week, this one doesn't last any longer but because it's so thick you don't need quite as much with some foods and if you do put too much on then I reckon you'd find it a bit sickly.
Generally im of the opinion that the well known brand names you associate with a product is going to be the best. Take Ketchup for example, you think of Ketchup and automatically think of Heinz. A classic condiment that is always delicious on chips, burgers and everything else you have ketchup with.
You reach into your cupboard and get your bottle out, add with your meal, enjoy and not really think much more about it. Heinz = Ketchup, right?
Well, not anymore, certainly not the the Rooster household, in a bid to shave a few pounds off our grocery shopping we decided to give another brand a try, and because it was on offer we plumped for Branston.
Branston by Crosse and Blackwell is normally associated with pickle and has been around for decades, it seems to make sense that they diversify their range and go into the sauce market, its not that far removed from what they are most famous for and to me theyve pretty much got it spot on.
Packaged in a see through plastic bottle the first thing you notice is the colour, a dark, blood red. Cleverly the bottle stands on its cap so the sauce is ready to dribble out just by opening the lid and with the bottle being plastic you can squeeze it to make sure you dont waste a single drop.
The label tells us that is is Tomato Ketchup and boasts "The Thick (this is in bold lettering) Rich taste"... and on the other side of the bottle we are informed that the sauce is prepared with 153g of tomatoes per 100g. Those with Allergens are warned that the product contains milk, but those of us who can tolerate Milk can be advised that the product contains No Atrifical Colours, Preservatives or Flavours and that it is low in fat.
In fact the GDA information lists the sauce as containing:
of which sugars 23.7
Sat Fat Trace
Salt equivalent 2.2g
All in a 100g serving. Now you'd have to put a healthy dollop of sauce on to equal 100gs, the whole bottle contains 460g and unless you love Tomato Sace *that* much to add just over a quarter of the bottle onto 1 meal I feel that it is perfectly acceptable to add to your own taste and not feel that gullty about using it.
So now the most important part: the taste. When squeezing the bottle you are reassured that the sauce oozes out rather than being a runny mess and you can smell sweet tomatoes immediately. It has no acidy after-taste and if anything tastes sweeter than other brands. It has a nice thickness to it and I find that I dont use as much as I used to do as it could quite easily overtake the other flavours of your meal.
We have now made the decision in our house that when buying Ketchup it will be Branston every time. You will find it in your usual supermarkets on the condiment aisle, and seems to always be on offer at round about £1.00 a bottle. Check for offers as this is usually sold alongside Branstons brown sauce.
4/5 for me, a really nice sauce but dont dollop too much on your plate!
After being accused over the last couple of weeks of having ketchup with everything, I thought this brand of the red stuff deserved a quick review as it is currently has pride of place in my fridge.
It is presented in what nowadays seems to be the typical ketchup bottles, in a plastic container with a reseal able white lid. I believe these new designs of bottles have meant to be easy to extract the sauce. This have to say is successful in the fact that unlike the traditional glass containers you do not risk emptying have the bottles contents onto your food to make it into an undesirable tangy tomato soup. However, I find once you get to the end of the bottle it is incredibly difficult to get the last of the precious sauce out. The bottle in my fridge contains 720grams although I believe it is available in a variety of sizes. The packaging is fully recyclable for the environmentally aware.
It contains the following ingredients: Tomato puree, Sugar, Spirit vinegar, modified maize starch, salt, flavorings, beetroot powder. It is suitable for vegetarians and is available at all decent supermarkets.
It has the following nutritional values, per 100g, but unless you are actually drinking the stuff by the pint full it is not something I would worry too much about it having to much carbs or salt etc:
Energy 116 cals
Of which are sugars 23.7g
Branson's claim that their ketchup has "The Thick Rich Taste...", however I must say it tastes like any other ketchup that I've ever tasted. I cannot say I was disappointed when it tasted like tomato sauce. It is best consumed within 6 weeks, however I am sure in the past I have eaten 6 month old sauce and been none the worse for wear.
As for whether I have it with ice-cream, even I draw the line at that!
My mum introduced my twin toddlers to sauces the other day with their chips, now they seem to want sauce with every meal they have. Although I did quite like the Sainsburys basics tomato ketchup I seem to want that little bit better for my sons. While in Iceland the other day they had a large basket full of Branston sauces for just £1 a bottle.
The bottle is quite a large 720g see through plastic upside down bottle. The screw off and flip up plastic cap is at the bottom of the bottle allowing for easy squeezing and pouring of the sauce. The see through bottle enables you to keep an eye on the amount of sauce used and left too!
The front of the bottle is stamped clearly with the green and yellow banner logo of Branston so no mistaking what brand this is. Tomato Ketchup it says on the bottle as well as The THICK Rich taste!
Each 100g of this sauce contains;
As you've probably guessed the sauce is a red in colour, now as Im probably going to be comparing this to Heinz mostly I'd say the red is a deeper, darker shade of red not the bright shiny red that Heinz provides!
You can smell the tangy tomato scent as soon as you flip up the lid and more so when you squirt it onto your plate. It has quite a thick and smooth consistency and remains it's deep dark red colour. It definitely tastes of tomatos but alot more tangy than most sauces, it has a subtle sharpness to it that I don't find comes with Heinz sauce. This tangy bitterness of the sauce for me however was not unpleasant in anyway and actually provided a bit more oomph as a dipping sauce for my fries. For me this sauce provides more oomph and flavour, it has a rich tomato taste which I find very enjoyable. The vinegary tang may put some people off but I'd reccomend trying this if you enjoy the pickly pang of vinegar and rich tomato flavours.
Now I love ketchup on pretty much anything, it's so gorgeous and yummy, even though I don't like tomatoes on their own I can eat them in a sauce, weird eh?!
We usually have Heinz Tomato Ketchup at our house but apparently this Branston was on offer at half price for 67p so that swung the deal, lol.
Made by Cross & Blackwell this sauce is advertised as 'The thick, rich taste...' on the front of the upside down squeezy plastic bottle.
Weighing 460g and prepared with 153g of tomatoes per 100g it loos really red and delicious :)
This product contains no artificial colours, preservatives or flavours which is great plus it's low in fat, although it contains milk for anyone who is allergic...
Branston say to keep the ketchup in the fridge and sue within six weeks -as if it would last that long! I use it on chips, cheese, sandwiches, sausage rolls, and allsorts really ;)
The calories per 100g are 494 which is really high, I didn't realise it was so high although there is only trace amounts of fat in it the calories come from the carbohydrate sugars as usually fresh or tinned tomatoes are really healthy for you.
It still wouldn't put me off using it though; I love the rich taste and the smooth thick texture of ketchups although some are too vinegary unlike this brand which has just the right amount.
The smell is really nice too, reminds me of fish and chips on the seafront! It smells very natural, I can't smell anything yucky in it, but I was surprised to see beetroot powder in the list of ingredients - must be for the colour!
Their beans sauce taste similar to this but not as strong so it must be used as a base for the baked beans I would think?
I think this is an awesome sauce and just as good as Heinz so five stars from me for this review as the taste is really rich and good quality with pureed tomatoes without the awful pips ;)
There is a few things that I never like to run out of, one of them is Wine and another is Tomato Ketchup. I was just about out of the ketchup so I added it to my shopping list and the next day headed up to Morrisons.
I always like to see whats on offer and I noticed at the end of the aisle there was Branston Tomato Ketchup which I have never tried before so thought I would give it a go.
The packaging is a plastic see through squeezy bottle with a white flip lid that opens at the bottom. Once opened the sauce will not come out as it is tightly sealed but once squeezed it comes out quite fast. The bottle opening is great as theres never any leakage. In the bottle there is 460g of tomato sauce containing Tomato Puree, Sugar, Spirit Vinegar, Modified Maize Starch, Salt, Flavourings and Beetroot Powder.
The front of the bottle says 'The Thick Rich Taste...'. I was actually quite surprised by the consistency of the sauce, with it being Branston I assumed the sauce would be much thicker but it wasn't. Although it wasn't too runny either. The Tomato ketchup is prepared with 153g of Tomatoes per 100g. Now I could definitely taste tomatoes which was a good start but I found the sauce to be a little sweet but not unpleasant.
Branston Tomato Sauce contains no artificial colours, perservatives or flavours and is low in fat. It is suitable for vegetarians and the bottle is recyclable. In each 100g of sauce there is 116 calories, 1.0g of protein, 23.7g of sugar, 0.1g of fat, 2.2g of salt equivalent.
It states on the bottle that for best results keep refrigerated and once opened consume within 6 weeks. Theres no way a 460g bottle of sauce would last 6 weeks in my house so theres never any waste. I also dont keep my sauce in the fridge, for some reason I prefer to keep it in the cupboard. I think its because the idea of putting cold sauce on my food just doesn't appeal to me.
I bought my bottle of sauce for £1.00 which I thought was pretty reasonable and if its on offer again I will more than likely buy it. The sauces also come in different sizes and they can also be bought in glass bottles so it depends which one is to your liking.
Being a real fan of Heinz tomato ketchup last week when I went to grab a new bottle of it out of the cupboard I was gutted to see my Mother had purchased this Branston Tomato Ketchup instead! On questioned as to why she'd do such a thing her response was if you don't like it go buy your own and that it was on offer! lol. So I held my tongue and splodged it on my fish and chips without another word.
Well you can purchase Branston Tomato Ketchup in glass bottles and plastic bottles alike in various sizes of course. Ours is a 460g squeezy plastic bottle that is see-through and has a large white flip top to the bottom of it concealing a small hole of which you pump the ketchup out of, of course. On the front of the bottle I'm told it is Crosse & Blackwell Branston Tomato Ketchup 'The Thick Rich Taste...' and that is that. On the back of the bottle I'm told the ingredients it contains, nutritional information is given and I'm told it contains no artificial colours, preservatives, flavours and is low in fat. I'm also given contact details for Crosse & Blackwell, I'm told that for best results to keep it refrigerated and use it within 6 weeks, size, the recycle symbol and the vegetarian symbols are all displayed and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice enough informative packaging this is and very like Heinz Tomato Ketchup in it's layout really.
The Ketchup Itself....
Dark red and with a really good consistency. It's not too runny and not too stodgy neither I find it very easy to use indeed. Smells of tomatoes well enough (well it should do it contains 153g of tomatoes per 100g) and basically...well it's ketchup with no distinguishing features really lol.
However taste wise this doesn't do it for me and it isn't so well blended and tasty and smooth as Heinz is to me. Yes it tastes of tomatoes which is an excellent start and it has a nice natural sweetness to it however I find there is far to much spirit vinegar in this making it really too tarty for me and overpowers the rest of the taste of the ketchup. It's well seasoned and again in my view maybe a little overly so as it's quite salty if you eat too much thus making you a little thirsty after consuming it.
Not a bad ketchup and no one can actually argue that this isn't quality and if you like slightly sour sauces then give this a go by all means but for me ....I'm back to the Heinz which in my opinion will always be the original and the best to my taste-buds!
Tomato puree, sugar, spirit vinegar, modified maize starch, salt, flavourings (contains milk), beetroot powder.
Nutritional Information Per 100g....
Energy: 116 Kcal
Protein : 1.0g
of which is sugars: 23.7g
of which is saturates; Trace
Salt Equivalent: 2.2g
My Mother paid £1.20 for our size in Sainsburys.