“ Brand: Asda / Type: Sauces „
Asda Sauce Mixes - Chilli Con Carne
We all need a helping hand occasionally don't we with our culinary skills, especially when time is very short and we need to get food cooked very quickly. So occasionally It is very useful to have a few packets of sauce mixes that you can just whip up a nice tasty meal from.
On one occasion such as this I had decided to use an Asda Chilli Con Carne packet sauce mix to help out.
The sauce or I should say powder mix, comes in a packet approximately 6" x 4" with a lovely appetising picture of a dish of a made up chilli with two little red chilli's resting on the top of it. The title of the sauce is written in black bold letters across the top of the pack, and at the bottom is a little logo with 2 chilli's on it indicating the hotness of the product, alongside is a little box indicating that this packet mix is also suitable for vegetarians.
On the reverse of the packet we can find the ingredients, the nutritional values, the allergy advice, and the storage details. Also on the back it gives instructions on how to cook with this product, but they advise that these are to be used as a guide only.
Nutrition : Per 100g
of which sugars 1.4g
of which saturates 0.1g
equivalent as salt 1.0g
and for those who have allergies :
Contains gluten, wheat and barley. Also may contain traces of nuts and/or seeds.
Once I made this meal up I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The sauce came out to quite a nice consistency and it actually tasted quite nice. While cooking I always do a taste test and although it did taste quite good I had to add a spoonful of extra hot chilli powder to the dish as, being Brummies, we tend to like our spicy food to be very hot, chillies or curries or whatever, we have to have it extra hot. But having said that this applies to any sauce mix that we have ever tried in the past and is not a particular complaint about Asda's packet sauce mix, it is just our personal taste.
This sauce is one I would recommend to anyone who needs a packet sauce to add to their cooking for extra speed. It is quite a good sauce I couldn't really find any fault with it. It mixes well with the water to make into the sauce, does not go into horrible clumps that take an age to smooth out into the sauce and the flavour and hotness of it would be fine for most people.
This can be found at Asda for (at the moment) £2.00 for 4 packs of any sauce mix which is actually very good value compared to some of the branded names that can charge a £1.00 per packet.
All in all I was quite impressed and I would deffinatley buy these again to keep in my cupboard on stand-by for future use.
Whilst on holiday with my mate in a caravan we still try to eat a varied diet. She's Vegetarian and tries to eat fairly healthy and me, well it's easier to take part than cook separately in such a small space and I enjoy cooking lol.
I bought this in Asda the other day because it was on offer with any other Asda Sauce mixes for 4 for a pound and we fancied a veggie bolognese that night!
Paper, square sachet with a photograph of bolognese on the front we're simply told it is Asda Bolognese Sauce Miz and that it is suitable for Vegetarians. On the back of the sachet other information stated includes ingredients being listed as well as allergy advice, recipe ideas are given and there is a full nutritional chart on there, the best before date is stated and contact details for Asda are given. It's a nice easy to open sachet and I like the fact it's foil inside to keep the powder fresher for longer too!
Well this mix is meant to be blended with a pint of cold water. For a bolognese of course you use all the ingredients required so in my case I fried off an onion and Quorn mince (you can use meaty one if preferred of course!) and then I added mushrooms and then when all that was cooked I added this mix within the water required and a can of tomatoes and allowed it all to simmer up for about 30 minutes.
The powder itself was light pink in appearance and of course dried and well....powdery lol. Very fine I could see a few dried mixed herbs scattered through the mix and of course when I added the water to it, it became a light pink slightly clumpy mix although I gave it a good stir before adding it.
However through the cooking process this really did thicken up though I'd say watch how much tomato juice you add to it cos it is a tomatoey flavoured sauce already and of course you don't want your ingredients to float!
Taste wise though I thought this mix was simply ok. For me I'd of liked a few more herbs within it and I felt there was no real Italian herbs in this and on the ingredient list much to my surprise Oregano and Basil are not stated at all and although mixed herbs are they are not herbs that came through in the flavour of our meal at all.
However it wasn't a bad sauce, is Vegetarian friendly (which keeps my bud happy!) and of course if your aware of the lack of herbs and the high tomatoey taste this has then you can of course add your own flavourings to the mix to try it to the flavour you want it to be!
Nutritional Information per 1/4 A Pack:
Energy: 37 Kcal
of which sugars: 1.7g
of which saturates: 0.1g
equivalent as salt: 0.9g
This is only available in Asda stores and usually priced at 30p a sachet.