Product Type: Sarson's Oil / Vinegar
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Historical 18th Century Vinegar
Member Name: norton501
Advantages: Flip lid
Disadvantages: There are cheaper vinegars out there...
Sarson's vinegar is a product I have grown up with- my Mum used to always have a bottle in the cupboard and anytime we had chips (either homemade or from the chip shop) the Sarson's would come out. So I thought all vinegars were the same and they all came with a handy flip and shake lid...
I am glad you can still buy this as I class it as a bit of a retro favourite now. Mr Norton used a lot of vinegar on his food (on beans, on waffles, on curly fries, on fish fingers...) he really has a taste for vinegar on food, so we buy Sarson's in it's distinctive glass bottle with flip lid.
The product comes in a glass bottle with a burgundy plastic flip top cap. I love this feature as a lot of bottles of vinegar come without any sort of shaker cap. I have had several accidents where I have opened a bottle of vinegar and tipped it up to shake some vinegar on my food only to find there was no hole in the cap, instead it was just an open bottle neck and I filled my plate with vinegar. With Sarson's there is no risk of this happening. This is actually good attention to detail and does differentiate this from the value bottles.
Of course, if you need a quantity of vinegar it is easy to screw the cap off the Sarson's. Also, I often keep the empty Sarson's bottles and either refill them with the leftover vinegar from a jar of pickled onions or refill it with supermarket value vinegar when cash is tight (the value vineager is only 13p) and it is a while to payday or we are not due to trek to the supermarket for a while. Just to tide us over.
A standard bottle of Sarson's will cost you around 56p for 250mls. Sarson's also sell other varieties of vinegar such as light malt vinegar or distilled malt vinegar (clear). I was surprised to see this when I was last in the supermarket and actually noticed there was a range of vinegars on the vinegar shelf.
There are no nutritional values given for vinegar on the bottle- as it is a condiment like salt and I think if you are counting the calories in the vinegar you shake on your meal you may have a problem! The ingredients are: malt vinegar from barley and roast barley malt extract.
I can only describe the taste as vinegar!. It is vinegar- as it is like trying to explain how salt tastes this is not a review about the taste of vinegar. It is not too acidic or too sweet. Sarson's makes a good all round vinegar that is especially good on chips.
Overall, although you can buy cheaper vinegars and to me vinegar is vinegar. I cannot differentiate between the taste of cheap supermarket stuff and a brand name. I can tell the difference between the vinegar in pickled onions and Malt vinegar but that is about the limit of my palette when it comes to vinegar. The main reason I buy Sarson's is for the glass bottle with the very functional lid that makes sure you do not tip 100mls of vinegar onto your food by accident! Vinegar is always a great thing to have in your cupboards and for the look, tradition and history of Sarsons and the great lid, I think this is a great buy.
Summary: Great retro looking old favourite
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