“ Brand: Aunt Bessie's / Type: Sauces „
I am a big fan of home made cooking and what I consider pub grub. I love tasty casseroles and pies, so when I spotted this Jar of Aunt Bessie's beef in ale sauce casserole cooking sauce I was quite excited. The jar claims to contain ale, carrots, onions and leeks so all that needed to be added was the beef. There are two ways to make this dish. The first is by simmering on the hob for 45 minutes or you can put in the oven for 1 ½ hours. The jar also suggests for an even richer flavour cook for 2 hours and as I wanted maximum flavour I opted to do this. I was slightly concerned when I initially poured the sauce over my stewing steak. Rather than having a runny consistency, it was gooey and jelly like. In fact it reminded me of dog food, but I figured the appearance and texture would change after cooking. After 2 hours and a rumbling tummy I was very much looking forward to my meal. I also cooked mini potatoes to accompany my meal and I am glad I did because they were the best thing about it. What I first noticed was the lack of any real aroma when I removed the casserole from the oven. The casserole retained its' gooey look and texture and really did not look appetising. Although, there was evidence of carrots, I saw no pieces of leek and it took a thorough inspection to find any onion. After being cooked for so long I really expected the sauce to marinate the meat but it did no such thing. There was only a hint of ale taste, but the strongest flavour came from stewing steak. I nearly offered to cook this meal for the rest of my household, but I am so glad I didn't because I would of felt hugely embarrassed. A meal like this should be hearty and full of flavour. I had high expectations but it just seems that Aunt Bessie is a fraud.
=========================================== AUNT BESSIES / BEEF AND ALE CASSEROLE COOKING SAUCE =========================================== On trial at my local supermarket I purchased Aunt Bessies Beef and Ale Casserole cooking sauce, the price was reasonable and it been a reputable brand thought I cant go wrong. Range......... There are 6 new flavours to this range, including, Shepherds Pie, Sausage Casserole, Chicken Casserole, Beef in Red Wine and Honey and Mustard Casseroles. Packaging........... The oval jar and bold blue label across the middle stand the sauce out from its peers, the size (500g) and shape looked adequate enough for a large meal. Overall I was impressed. Smell........... Open opening the Jar, the aroma was enough to heighten the appetite, you could smell the rich ale and beef bubbling underneath. The sauce looked really thick, a nice dark colour, and at first glance you could see particles of carrots, leeks and celery swimming around. It was apparent some effort had gone into adding extras into the sauce. Cooking........ Following the cooking instructions, I decided to use the Sauce on the Hob, cooking on a low heat, I still found the sauce sticking to the bottom of my pan, which meant it needed a lot of stirring. The Gluey texture remained throughout cooking, not a favourable texture at all. Taste Test...... Not impressed at all! The texture was much too thick, a real syrup type finish, that just hung off the fork and stretched. The sauce was pretty bland I could hardly taste any flavours, and although only 8% of the jar was apparently beef, could I find it? Nope. To make this mildly enjoyable I had to add a lot of seasoning, I still did not finish it!! Horrible. No way would I recommend this, stick to her Yorkshire puddings!. ==================================== COOKING INSTRUCTIONS ==================================== To Oven Cook (150oC / 300oF) : - Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in pan - Lightly brown 500g diced stewing steak - Pour into a casserole dish - Cook in the Oven for 1 - 1hr 30 - Pour over cooked pasta. On Hob: - Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in pan - Lightly brown 500g diced stewing steak - Add sauce - Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45mins ===================================== INGREDIENTS: ===================================== Beer (8%) water, concentrated tomato puree, cornflour, carrots (3) onion (3%) sugar, rapeseed oil, modified maize starch, lemon juice made from concentrate, leeks (3) celery (2) yeast extract, salt, vegetable oil, onion powder, herb extract, beef stock (0.8) sugar, vinegar, cane molasses, Worcester sauce, garlic puree, black pepper, garlic powder, ground cloves CONTAINS: WHEAT AND GLUTEN, MAY HAVE TRACES OF NUTS/ SEEDS ===================================== NUTRITION: ===================================== Typical values per 100g Energy 134kj/31kcal Protein 0.9g Carbs 6.7g Sugars 1.3g Fat 0.1g Sat Fats 0.1g Fibre 0.8g Sodium 0.3g =============================== PRICE / CONTACTS =============================== Can be brought at any local Morrisons or Tescos £1.89 www.auntbessies.co.uk