“ Brand: Asda / Type: Sauces „
Gravy, something we all love in our house! My husband particularly loves it and his plate is completely swimming in it whenever I've russled some up. We do our weekly shop at Asda and in the past have gone for Bisto but over the past couple of years with having children our shopping budget isn't as much as it used to be, hence trying the Asda brand.
We buy the 500g tub that costs £1.30. The granules come in a red tub with a red sort of pop off lid. The packaging shows a picture of a yummy roast dinner on the front with the words 'just add boiling water for a rich gravy'. This size tub contains 100 servings.
To prepare the gravy put 4 heaped teaspoons into a measuring jug and add 280ml boiling water then stir well.
*Allergy advice-these granules contain gluten, milk, wheat and soya.
*A look at the ingredients tells me there are no meat products in the granules, however nowhere on the tub does it say this gravy is suitable for vegetarians so I would assume they are not.
*No artificial flavours or hydrogenated fat.
These granules are as good as the leading brand. They are easy to make, though I rarely follow the instructions and just have an educated guess. It is easy to make this gravy as thick or runny as you like too, and I rarely get any lumps as long as I stir well from the moment I pour the water in.
As far as taste goes, great. I've found this gravy suitable for all meats and is particularly yummy for your bangers and mash! It doesn't taste too salty aswell which is a pet hate of mine with bad gravy.
Overall I'd give this gravy 5 out of 5. Great price and great taste. Definately recommend if you want to reduce your shopping bill without buying bad alternatives!
One thing I really do love is gravy. I get through alot of the stuff because I do make alot of casseroles and things as I have a slow cooker and love the fact meals are so simple to create with minimal effort. However I get through a lot of granules and cubes and things like that and so the last time I was in Asda I decided to purchase these as they are cheaper than my usual branded ones and fancied saving a few pennies!
Red cylinder cardboard tub with a red plastic lid to the top of it. On the front of the tub there is a photograph of a cooked dinner with gravy on it and I'm told that they are Asda Gravy Granules for Meat and that they are an improved recipe and contain no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat and that they weight of the granules is 200g (in my case). On the back of the tub other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice, nutritional information and information on how to use the granules and contact details for Asda are given. Pull off the lid and you have a silver foil that you need to remove to get to the granules.
Small and brown with lots of light brown and white powder coated all over them. They smell meaty and slightly malty. Now I can't see any meat ingredients on the ingredient list which is on the tub but no where on the tub does it say that these are suitable for vegetarians either so I assume that they are not.
To use the granules all you do to make 280ml of gravy is to mix up 4 heaped teaspoons into a bowl or jug and top with boiling water and give it all a good stir until dissolved which doesn't take alot of effort at all to be fair. Of course this makes a plain thin gravy but can do as I do and make it up this way, add meat juices to the mix, substitute the plain waters with vegetable water or make it up and pop it in a casserole etc.
I find these easy to use granules, they dissolve fast and providing you do use boiling water and mix well I never have seen any unwelcome lumps appear. Like I said though if using plain water you do get a very, very thin dark brown gravy and if I'm simply doing that I will add a little cornflour to it just to give it a little bit of body. In a casserole it does thicken up nicely over time and all round this is a beefy tasty gravy that looks glossy and smells good.
I can't complain about these granules at all. They are easy to use, stay fresh in the tub for absolutely ages and I don't need to use loads of product to get flavour either. I like them best in a casserole or in a stew as they thicken up nicely with no need to add oxo or anything!
Will buy these again in the future I'm sure!
Nutritional information per 100g:
of which sugars; 1.3g
of which saturates: 13.8g
equivalent as salt: 16.0g
Only available in Asda stores costing 54p for a 200g tub or £1.28 for a 500g sized tub.