“ Brand: Asda / Type: Sauces „
I love making stews and casseroles and thing like that but alot of the time I either can't be bothered to chop all the vegetables up or don't want to wait for hours for a meal to cook which is why when I spotted this casserole mix in Asda costing only 57p a jar I thought it may be a great idea to try it and maybe make a casserole up with a lot less fuss! The Packaging: 440g glass see-through jar and it has a twist on/off white lid to the top of it concealing a large hole and around the main part of the jar it has a white and light green label around it. On the front of the label I am told that it is Asda 'Smart Price' Casserole Sauce 'A tomato and red wine casserole sauce with onions and carrots with sugar and sweetener' and that it contains no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat, the weight is stated (as I've listed already) and there is a picture drawn on there of a tomato and an onion. Other information on the back of the jar includes being told how to use it, ingredients, allergy advice, storage details and a full nutritional chart are all given along with contact details for Asda. It is a cheap and rather economy looking jar but it is of good size (the only size in fact I have seen this particular product available to purchase in) and it is informative as it needs to be of course. Using It: Well I thought that this was a casserole sauce that makes a casserole. However this is more of a sauce in its own right and you can either heat it up in a saucepan on the hob for about 3 minutes or alternatively heat it up in the microwave and we are told to serve it with mashed potato. I was going to chop up a load of ingredients within this sauce but looking at it when I opened the jar up I quickly decided against that and did heat it up in the end in a saucepan and make some buttery mash and served it with some meat and vegetables. The sauce is gloopy, runny and sort of transparent and brown in colour and it has a sweet smell of tomatoes to it which actually I don't appreciate at all as it is really an overpowering fake smell. I can see batons of carrots and bits of onion in it and through heating this sauce it does go thinner and really runny. Taste wise I thought this was quite simply gross to be perfectly honest with you! Very artificial sweetened and rather sour, it is thin and the only good thing about this is that at least the carrots do taste of carrots and are al dente but the taste of onions overpowers everything and why an earth does this taste so sweet of tomato's in a really, overpowering and sour way?! Basically this is easy to heat up, looks horrid on a plate and is too sweet and therefore I won't be using this ever again sadly! Nutritional Information Per 100g Serving: Energy: 37kcal Protein: 0.5g Carbohydrate: 8.5g of which sugars: 4.7g Fat: 0.1g of which Saturates: Nil Fibre: 0.3g Sodium: 0.47g equivalent as salt: 1.2g Only available in Asda stores.