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Like many people I buy food for Christmas that I wouldn't normally buy during the rest of the year. We like to eat turkey for our family Christmas lunch and I always buy a jar of Baxter's cranberry sauce to accompany the meat.
Baxter's are probably best known for their range of delicious soups, but they also make a range of pickles and preserves that are well worth trying. The company was founded in 1868 by George Baxter in Fochabers, Scotland. From small beginnings in a single grocery shop the company is now a multi- national affair although still likes to maintain a family run business image! It is possible to visit the Baxter's factory in Fochabers where you can learn about the history of the company and sample some of the products on offer. There is also an extensive shop and café. There are a few other visitor centres in Scotland to visit and if you would like to know more take a look on the Baxter's web site.
Baxter's cranberry sauce is as you would expect a deep cranberry colour. On looking at the ingredients list I see that the sauce contains 29% cranberries. The main ingredient is water followed by sugar. This sauce is not a healthy food with its high sugar content. However it is fat free. If you are watching your calorie intake then you should be aware that each 100 grams of sauce will cost you 180 calories!
I only buy this sauce at Christmas, mainly as an accompaniment to the turkey. However it is also god to eat with chicken and goes well with cheese. It tastes fairly sweet but is not as sweet as its main rivals. I like the whole cranberries found in this sauce too as I think it helps give it a home made look and taste.
I think I paid around £1 for my 250 gram jar of this sauce but haven't seen it on any supermarket shelves since Christmas, so I'm not sure how easy it is to get hold of. Overall I would recommend this cranberry sauce as I think it's the next best thing to making your own!
This is my favourite cranberry sauce by far. It has a 29% fruit content and is not over sweet. It has a nice consistency without being too much like a blob of jelly. The taste is just right without overpowering the food you're having with it and the natural food colouring added brightens up any dull roast! It's been strained well and isn't bitty. It's gluten free and suitable for vegetarians so don't think of it as just something carnivores slap on a turkey! I use it on crackers with various cheeses, on the side of salads, I throw it into noodles when I'm stir-frying with some soya sauce, garlic and chillis and whatever veg I'm using that day. I also add it to Paxo with a knob of butter as I find making stuffing and adding my own sauces preferable to buying the ready made variety.
But most of all, the best thing about it is that it is absolutely fat free!
Ingredients: Water, Sugar, Cranberries (29%), Citric Acid, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Natural Colour (Anthocyanin), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate).