“ Manufacturer: Morrisons / Type: Condiments „
My girlfriend and I are huge fan of sauce...no I'm not talking Frankie Howerd in Up Pompei...I'm talking condiments!!!
Both of us love any kind of sauce and make sure that our kitchen cupboard is well stocked with them.
One of my particular favourites is and always has been Salad Cream. In my opinion it is far superior to Mayo (though there are odd occassions when mayo is definitely required - for example in left over turkey and lettuce sandwiches at christmas...). I do like the creaminess of Mayo but find it rather lacking is a lot of circumstances.
I think the key to Salad Cream is the fact that it is essentially a combination of the creaminess of Mayo with the lovely tangy flavour or a really nice oil dressing/vinegarette - though not as over powering as they can be!
On a salad it really is a great contrast to the cool crisp salad as it's thick and velvety texture exudes warmth in your mouth and creates a lovely mouthful that I personally find very nice to eat.
Over the years I have tried loads of different makes of salad cream and found that on the whole there is not a great deal of difference...with one exception, Heinz, which I personally do not really like, it is too gloopy and tastes rather waxy - not unlike their Mayo, which personally I can't abide for the exact same reason, it feel like eating a mouthful of waxy fat.
As a frequent Morrisons shopper, and a bargain hunter, I stick to a lot of their own brand goods as they tend to be good quality and good value. The Salad Cream is no different, though I have noticed you do need to be careful about which packaging to purchase if you want the best value!! Athough the prices do fluctuate a little, I find that it is often cheaper to buy two smaller bottles than it is to buy one larger bottle which you would imagine to be the better way to buy it!!!
The Salad Cream itself is a good consistency, not too thick and not too runny, it runs out onto your plate, bread salad etc at a nice pace making it nice and easy to get just the right amount (plenty). It is a light creamy yellow colour much like most other makes.
On to the taste, it is I suppose in some ways a bit of an acquired taste as it is quite tangy with a sort of creamy after taste. Personally I really like the combination of the two but I know some people are not keen. I think if you like salad cream, you will like this one. It doesn't suffer from a lack of flavour as some cheap brands do, nor does it taste overly ewaxy like I find the Heinz product to.
Once opened, it can be safely left in the cupboard for quite somewhile, so the shelf life is good - mine never normally lasts long as I really do love it!
I don't think this variation of Salad Cream is different enough to persuade non-believers over to the side of Salad Cream but for those that are already in the camp, it is a very good product and very good value!!!
This is a review of Morrisons EXTRA LIGHT Salad Cream only. It is made by Morrisons and is stood right next to the "Morrisons Salad Cream" on the shelves in store.
My Mum was constantly on a diet and as such drummed it into me to only every buy the lightest most low fat versions of sauces. Mr Norton loves full fat mayonnaise and salad cream but I shudder every time he buys it as I know how full of fat they both are and having suffered from various eating disorders when I was younger (am now recovered bar the odd bad day or week, but some things still freak me out like full fat mayo!) . I insist on buying Morrisons EXTRA LIGHT (not Light- this is hardcore EXTRA light!) Salad Cream.
It just makes me less anxious when I eat if I know i'm not piling 20g of fat into me (you will understand if you have ever had any eating problems and then recover- some things stay with you). This is on sale next to the other Morrisons salad creams for around 30- 39p for a 285g glass bottle. It is very cheap as in my opinion, I don't think Morrisons rate it very highly so they think not many people will buy it- so it is cheap. That is just fine by me. It is also fantastic if you ARE on a diet or trying to lose weight.
Whereas full fat salad cream can taste creamy and heavy this extra light version takes the creamyness away. So you get a quite acidic, vinegar like substance. I must admit it looks awful when you pour some of it out. It blobs out of the glass jar and it is a greyish light yellow colour. I eat this on a hard boiled egg I have sliced up and sprinkled a bit of Cayenne pepper on. As I find this goes PERFECTLY with egg.
I managed to persuade Mr Norton to try some of this on a piece of sliced hard boiled egg despite him being Heinz or Hellmans all the way, he agreed this is quite special and its vinegar like non creamy non sweet taste sets this apart from the full fat versions. He actually liked this which was a bit of a surprise but validated my beliefs that this extra lgiht version is actually nicer than the full fat version and not just something you force yourself to eat as it is low fat.
Per 15g serving you get a mere:
0.1g saturated fat
Compare this to full fat salad cream at per 15g around:
4g of fat
0.6g saturated fat
The extra light version means you can eat a litlte more of what you want as you are not filling yourself up with an over-rich sauce. If you have the extra light salad cream, you can then have a bit more cheese on your salad or something!
I would recommend this to people if you like salad cream on hardboiled sliced eggs or for on lettuce/ a traditional salad. You don't need a lot of it and although it does look unpleasant, it tastes much better and less creamy/ less sugary than full fat versions that I find can be heavy and overpower your egg/ salad. Even Mr Norton acknowledged this is very fine with egg and that is really saying something!! For 30-39p even if you don't like it then you are not losing too much money. If you find normal salad cream is too heavy or too creamy, go for this as an alternative.
It loses two points as it looks awful when it comes out of the bottle. It can all blob out in a massive gloop if you are not careful (I am trying not to put you off here, but this is what it does!) and one point as a lot of you will actually like the creaminess of normal salad cream which this does not have.
In Morrisons last week they were selling bottles of their own brand salad cream cheaply, I can't remember what I paid now but it was even cheaper than its usual price of 69p which should have set warning bells ringing I know but when it comes to salad cream I'm by no means an expert when it comes to salad cream as I don't eat it very often at all. In fact I cannot remember the last time I bought it and can only guess that it was made by Heinz.
The first thing I noticed when I went to squeeze some on my salad and my granddaughters' chips was how runny it is, it's not watery or anything like that but I was hoping for a more creamy looking salad cream. The colour is a nice pale yellow and it smells nicely tangy though so I hoped the thin consistency was a blip which could be overlooked.
It's awful, I'm sorry to say this so early on in the review but it really is a poor excuse for salad cream. I had mine over my lettuce and tomatoes and it's so vinegary tasting that I could barely taste the salad though the dressing, it also has a strange sweet flavour which doesn't go well with the vinegar at all and actually made me feel quite sick when I inadvertently picked up a piece of cucumber that had quite a lot of salad cream on it.
My granddaughters' both said it was sickly and they really will eat any type of sauce so this says it all. My eldest granddaughter commented about a sour taste in her mouth when she'd eaten her chips and her younger sister ended up scraping as much of the salad cream off as she could because she didn't like it one little bit.
I also thought it had a slightly hollow flavour despite the strong vinegar taste and this made it taste watery in a way that such a strong flavoured product shouldn't. I really don't know how Morrisons did this, but they did!
I won't buy this again, in fact it's put me off salad cream for life I think especially as I'm not a fan anyway. The bottle went in the bin as soon as we'd finished our meal and even if they were giving it away for free I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole, it spoiled my salad and is just foul.
Who can live without salad cream eh? I know I'll get a flurry of answers on this one lol Me though, well I love it! Course on salad but on chips, sandwiches anything really, I'm not fussy if I'm in the mood for it. I find I have to be in the mood of course and with such a huge variety of different sauces in my house I don't have this all the time. I like variety when it comes to my saucy choices!
When it comes to salad cream I've always held the opinion nothing beats Heinz. Up until recently we had nothing but Heinz salad cream come through the door. In recent times I think a lot of us are trying to tighten our belts somewhat and I have noticed when it comes to our weekly shop that occasionally slightly cheaper and stores own branded products (although not value...yet lol) are reaching our fridge, freezer and cupboards. To be fair I think when it comes to a comparison between shops own and a branded product a lot of times there is little or no difference. Though I won't drink cheap tea, coffee, coke or use cheap toilet roll or washing up liquid lol
So when I saw this in my cupboard (I live with my folks) I was a bit concerned about it. I won't compromise on taste for a few pence but then I'd have to go without if I couldn't get used to it or heaven forbid go out buy some myself lol
Squeezy, slightly squared (to the bottom) with a round neck, very almost see through plastic with white flip top lid to the top concealing a small hole. On the front there is a white sticky label and on that I'm told in light green writing that it's Morrisons Salad Cream and that 'salad's bland without it'. Under that there is a photograph of a piece of bread with ham, boiled egg and salad on it drizzled with the salad cream and under that there is an at a glance nutritional information chart and the size is stated which is 410g. On the back there is another white sticky label and on that I'm given a list of ingredients, allergy advice, nutritional information and advice on how to store it is all given along with size being stated again, I'm told it's vegetarian, contact details for Morrisons are listed, I'm told that the best before date is stamped up by the lid/cap and finally there is a bar-code on there. It's an ok usable bottle. Well ok it is when it's full or say half full. After that when your running low on the product the best way to store this is upside down cos it can be difficult to squeeze it out. All the information you may need is clearly stated and I do like the at a glance nutritional guide being on the front so I can be clear on what I'm consuming and overall it doesn't scream economy buy which I appreciate if I handed it to someone who popped round for a nibble. I don't want to look like scrooge after all lol.
Well it looks like salad cream in the bottle and when your using it really. Colour-wise it's the usual cream colour to look at. It's smooth but I think this is quite runny. Now I don't mean like water or anything horrifying and it doesn't need to be shaken before each use and of course I have already complained about getting it out of the bottle but when I complain about getting it out the bottle I actually mean how hard I have got to squeeze it and that it takes ages but that's because the bottle is quite big! However when it does come out it really doesn't strike me as thick as leading brands.
Smell wise It has that creamy, sweet, familiar smell to it that I think most salad creams have. When you do get it out it settles on food ok but put it near anything warm it does melt quite badly and doesn't hold it's body but other than that say on a cold sandwich or salad it holds and looks smooth and a bit shiny and appetising enough.
Taste wise it's ok it's quite sharp and my only big complaint with this is the sweetness it has. It really is sweet and for me a no no. It's far to sweet. Now if I could use just a bit of it then maybe I wouldn't notice the sweetness so much but the problem with this is for me because of the consistency it really doesn't taste all that much so I use loads to get some flavour going on and then of course I achieve it but it's to overpowered by a sugary sweet taste I feel a bit ill and then this stuff leaves an aftertaste I can't seem to shift no matter what I do for ages after lol.
Would I Recommend It?....
Not if you love your salad cream no. I know I harp back to Heinz salad cream here but they are poles apart and this in comparison is something like that is a poor relation and in my view your best to pay that few pence more for better quality. You need to use alot of this salad cream to get taste (so not all that economical in the long run) and the general consistency just isn't great coupled with the sweetness of it. I'm not keen and I'm getting some Heinz tomorrow lol
Nutritional Information.. Per 15g
Only available in Morrisons priced 69p.