“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Jelly „
Have you ever been given a handful of change from a shopkeeper? Maybe a 5p, a 2p a couple of 1ps, you wouldnt think twice about just slipping it into your pocket or hand bag and forgetting about it, would you? Or just popping it into the charity box, right? However, all of these flippant desicions would be absent-mindedly made no longer. What is you knew that for the very same amount of money as you would cast away so nonchalantly you could buy a whole block of jelly- that with water, will produce an entire bowlful of the wonderfully wobbly food stuff, perfect for a kids party or country fete.
Thats right. For only 9p, a whole penny under a silver coin, you could get a block of Sainsbury's Basics Jelly. And this is where we come to the main selling point of Sainsbury's Basics Jelly. You may have though that the above was merely rambling nonsense. However, it illistrates the main point of this jelly perfectly- IT IS SO CHEAP. Furthermore, the flavour is fine, the consistency is fine and the colour is fine. in short, this is simply a perfectly fine jelly for much, much less than one could buy it anywhere else.
Quality: 1/5 Value: 5/5
I love jelly and when I seen this in my local Sainsburys for 9p a go, I just had to have some, so I picked up a handful and have been pleasantly surprised ever since.
This jelly comes wrapped in a plastic wrapper and on opening the pack you are immediately struck by the aroma of strawberries, the pack contains 128g of solid jelly. You break the jelly up into cubes (I usually use a scissors to do this) mix it with 1/2 pint of boiling water to dissolve the cubes , (stirring until cubes have disappeared) , then top up to a pint with cold water. Pour into serving dish and pop in the fridge to set. Simple. And the texture and aroma is excellent
You can also use a microwave which takes a couple of minutes depending on your microwave output.
It usually takes a couple of hours to set but if you make in the morning with your morning cuppa it will be set by the time you want to eat it.
Also if you make up in the morning, you can then make the custard up around lunch time using the instant variety at 9p a pack, and then top with dream topping, makes a lush trifle at the fraction of the price of a boxed make yourself variety.
I also find this jelly is good enough to at on its own, with ice cream, or if you want a sandwich and your on a diet , how about jelly and cucumber which is a particular favourite of mine.
A cheap filling I think you`d agree for any sandwiches....mmmm jelly sandwiches, well you`ve had jam sandwiches havent you ?
Now for the boring bit,
Typical values :-per 100g made up
Fat - Trace
So although it doesnt say fat free, with 54kcals and a trace of fat, it is low in calories
I personally love jelly, this is a cheap product but it is of excellent quality and no one can taste the difference between this and a superior jelly especially if its in a trifle.
Sainsbury's basic range even included a jelly. Although it's only available in a strawberry flavour. But that's my favourite to it suits me well. At only 9p I though it's worth a try. I normally purchase the Hartley's branded jellies but money seems to get tighter and tighter each month. For the price of one branded Hartley's jelly I can buy 4 of the Sainsbury's basic's jellies. And still have a few pennies left over.
The Jelly itself isn't as full of flavour as other leading brands, but I have found rather than following the instructions of adding a half a pint of boiling water, stirring and then adding another half pint of cold water. If you add around 200ml of cold water rather than another half pint, it makes the jelly thicker which makes it fuller of flavour and set with a thicker consistency. And it then tastes great. Although I think that this is another great product from the Sainsbury's basic's range I'm only going to rate 4 out of 5 as the instructions aren't to what I believe they should be. Overall another great product for the Sainsbury's basic range.
I do love jelly (it must be the kid in me lol) and when I saw this in my local Sainsburys priced at 13p a packet I couldn't resist buying it and giving it a go! Please note from what I am aware of this is the only flavour this is available!
Oblong white plastic packet with orange writing on the front. I am told that it is Sainsbury's 'Basics' Strawberry Flavour Jelly and there is a rough scribble of a jelly on there and I'm told that it has 'less bite more wobble' and there is a nutritional at a glance pye chart on there. On the back of the packet (this time all in small black writing) I'm given a list of ingredients and told it is suitable for Coeliacs, nutritional information is given, I'm told how to make the jelly up, given contact details for Sainsburys, told the weight (128 grams) and given the best before date and finally there is a bar-code displayed. Cheap, economy packing this is but it's product that counts eh!? lol.
Directions For Making The Jelly Up....
Break tablet into cubes and place into a measuring jug. Add boiling water to 285ml level. Stir until dissolved. Make up to 570ml with cold water and stir well. Pour into serving dish or mould and refrigerate to set. To make a firmer jelly use less water.
Break jelly into cubes and place into a microwavable measuring jug. Add approximetely 50ml of water and heat on high power for 1-1 1/2 minutes. Stir until dissolved. Make up to 570ml with cold water and proceed as above.
Me And The Jelly....
I opened up the packet (which was easy) and was faced with 12 sightly perforated but still in a block of dark red translucent wobbly jelly squares with hardly any fragrance to them at all and when I handled the jelly it wasn't too sticky.
So I pulled the jelly apart into pieces (which was easy once again and I added 285ml of boiling kettle water over the top of it in a Pyrex measuring jug. I stirred and I stirred for ages and believed after a while that the red liquid (still with not a lot of fragrance to it and looking a little oily) was completely dissolved so I added the rest of the cold water to it, gave that a good stir and flung it in a glass bowl, fridge bound.
However.. I notice that even after all that stirring I had little glassy lumps of undissolved jelly in it so I shoved my bowl in the microwave after trying to manually stir in the lumps for a bit to no avail. I only banged it in the microwave for about 40 seconds and the problem was rectified simply. So if you are just making this in the conventional way be warned.... you have to watch it and really blend it incredibly well (but it still may not dissolve so be warned lol).
I then put in my runny liquid in the fridge. I kept looking to see if it had set.. but it took hours and hours lol! It took over 8 hours for mine to set and when it did it looked ok but I was surprised to the colour of it. To the middle part yes it was a rich red translucent proper looking jelly that was set. However the edges look like ice that was melting and when I shoved a spoon into it, it collapsed, had not colour and possessed no taste at all part from cold water.
The middle of the jelly was no better really. Had a sweet taste, a slight tang or strawberries sure but more than anything it was simply like cold tasteless wobble! lol.
Not great. I can't call it disgusting due to lack of taste it has and to be fair although it doesn't have a lot of flavour it isn't over sweetened with nasty sweeteners either however for me it's simply too bland and I wouldn't buy it again!
Saturated Fat: Trace
Total Sugars: 11.7g
Only available in Sainsburys stores