I use a lot of sauces as I do a lot of cooking, I tend to like to make my own sauces from scratch and in the main I am quite good at it but I cannot for the life of me make a good mint sauce to go with my lamb dishes so I always turn to Baxter's mint sauce.
Baxter`s mint sauce is lovely tasting sauce and it also has a good consistency unlike some of the cheaper brands and shops own mint sauces which can be quite awful, a mint sauce has to be just right and Baxter`s one is.
The jar is a 250ml one and it costs just under or just over one pond depending on where you shop for it, it is clearly marked with the Baxter`s name and looks every bit as attractive as it tastes nice.
The immediate smell on opening is a mixture of mint and a slight hint of vinegar, the colour is dark green and the sauce just looks right and smells right, some mint sauces have a very coarse texture but not this one.
Some cheap mint sauces just taste minty or slightly salty but this one has the perfect blend of mint and vinegar and just enough of a sweet edge to take away the bluntness associated with other mint sauces.
There is a small amount of colouring in this sauce but otherwise it is just white wine vinegar, sugar and dried and fresh mint, it contains protein and has 90 calories per serving. It is the best mint sauce available so unless you are lucky enough to be able to make your own then this is what I would recommend.
We had lamb for dinner today and my mum remembered a jar of mint sauce she'd brought for Xmas dinner and forgotten to use. We usually have any cheap mint sauce but this one was Baxters and you can tell it's brill quality and worth paying extra for.
It's a dark green mint sauce and you can see that there are loads of mint leaves in it because the sauce looks so bumpy, it's not watery and the main smell is mint and not vinegar.
Even though the sauce is mega thick a little goes a long way and you don't need a massive amount to make your lamb even tastier! 2 heaped teaspoons will do most dinners I reckon and only that much because it's so yummy on the potatoes as well.
The mint sauce is a bit sweet and that makes it perfect I think, a lot of cheap mint sauce have got a major vinegar taste but in this Baxters one the vinegar just brings the mint flavour out better. I think the sugar in this mint sauce makes it go even better with the lamb than other ones we've had, the Colemans mint sauce is usually my fave because that's quite sweet as well but this one is even nicer.
The mint went proper nice with the joint of lamb we had. I know all mint does but this one tastes extra special and is such brill quality that it seemed weird when I had a fork of lamb that had no mint sauce on it! Everyone who had some loved it and my mum put some in the gravy as well to give it a different flavour.
I reckon this would be WICKED mixed with yogurt to go with chicken, I make minty yogurt dressings quite a lot and it's yummy with cheap mint sauce so it would be gorgeous with this!
I usually have fresh mint growing in the garden & have tried over the years to make my own mint sauce without much luck I'm afraid - I just can't get the taste which you get with the choice of mint sauces on the supermarket shelves.
I've tried cheaper makes such as supermarket ones but always go back to Baxters because it's ideal for our family's tastes.
We go through a fair amount of mint sauce in our house - not just to have with lamb roasts but also because I make a lot of yoghurt dressings - just add itbsp of mint sauce to a bowful of plain Greek youghue=rt, a little salt & a big handful of diced cucumer - very refreshing.
The attractive 250ml jar has the famous Baxter's logo & the colour of the jar makes it unmistakeably mint sauce (although I think they also produce mint jelly?).
On opening the screw-top lid there's a lovely smell of mint & vinegar which is truly mouthwatering. The colour is dark green &, in my opinion, the texture is just right as it's not too coarse nor too fine & defintitely not watery.
I think Baxter's have the got the combination of flavours exactly right because there's the sharp taste of vinegar combined with just enough mint yet there's a little sweetness as well.
The list of ingredients & nutritional information is clearly marked on the label which is also telling me that it's suitable for vegetarians & vegans as well as being gluten-free.
The ingredients seem to be mostly natural & include white wine vinegar, vinegar, dried & fresh mint & sugar but also stabilisers & colouring.
The nutritional values surprised me a little as it contains a little protein & fibre & is only 90 calories per serving although it has 20g carbohydrate.
I just love this stuff & at 99p per jar it doesn't break the bank so will continue to buy it & would recommend if, like me, you're a mint sauce fan.
- attractive jar which reseals to keep contents fresh.
- great combination of flavours.
- ideal texture.
- I've tried a number of mint sauces & this is my favourite - recommended.
There is nothing quite like the taste of roast lamb, given the choice of cut I would prefer to buy the shank end of the leg, it seems to have plenty of flavour.
It is such a shame that lamb has become such a luxury, but if you are truly going to enjoy lamb you certainly need to invest in some good quality mint sauce.
Baxter's are purveyors of the finest condiments, relishes, sauces, pickles and preserves.
In 1869 George Baxter borrowed the sum of £100 from his relatives and opened a small grocery shop in Fochabers, which stands in the Laich of Moray, Scotland.
Georges wife began making jams and jellies in the back of the shop and their superb quality ensured that Baxter's reputation continued to grow.
Baxter's do a delicious variation, Organic Balsamic and mint sauce.
A sauce that is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, it is organic and also gluten free. I would describe it as a discerning taste, maybe one for the grown ups.
One thing I really don't like to see is a bright green coloured mint sauce, it always smacks of additives and colourings.
This mint sauce has a sweet yet subtle taste.
When you make your own mint sauce you chop the mint finely and add some sugar, Baxter's add cane sugar. Then after that you add the vinegar, usually I use a malt vinegar but Baxter's add Balsamic vinegar. So that is more than likely how they get a sauce that tastes so good!
Once I have opened a jar I always store it in the refrigerator, I suppose it is a habit more than anything. But I do feel that being kept cold the mint sauce keeps better for longer.
Mint sauce isn't high in calories, around 62 calories in one serving. It is very much seen as a British Tradition, say lamb and mint sauce goes hand in hand with it.
The Ancient Greeks used mint in their bridal wreaths, the Romans thought that mint improved intelligence and the Cuban use it in cocktails. The French hate the thought of mint being put near lamb.
We may have much humbler uses for mint here in British kitchens, but lamb without mint sauce is like Easter without eggs!
I very much enjoy my Baxters mint sauce, if we have a Sunday roast at one of our local carverys then we would always ask for mint sauce, it enhances the flavour of the lamb beautifully.
I am not a huge fan of adding condiments to my dinners and there are only a couple of things I ever use. One of these is Mint Sauce.
Traditionally Mint Sauce is meant to couple lamb and a gorgeous Sunday roast dinner of lamb is delicious with a dollop of mint sauce nestled nicely on the plate next to the meat. However, although beef is traditionally meant to be shared with Horseradish Sauce, I can think of nothing fouler, and therefore like a nice teaspoon of mint sauce with my beef as well. To be honest we eat far more beef than lamb when it comes to Sunday roasts so my jar of mint sauce is nicely used up.
Some people like theirs to be a little less thick than it comes in the jar, and my mother in law is one of those. She likes to spoon hers out and add a few drops of vinegar to a little bowl to mix it up in. The mint sauce is vinegar based anyway, so all this does is make the sauce thinner and there is more "sauce" in comparison to mint leaves.
I love mine straight from the jar though and simply spoon out and plop on the plate.
The mint leaves are a dark green and very rich colour and aesthetically they are very appealing. If you are posh enough to want to design a pattern with the sauce on the edge of the plate it can be quite stunning but I am more of a dolloper and like it in blobs across the top of the meat, mixing in with the gravy. It actually ends up looking quite disgusting but the taste is divine.
The taste is what makes me buy this of course and thinking about it, I have come to the conclusion that it is the vinegar flavour as much as the mint that makes it so appealing for me. It is a very strange mix to be honest because I would never dream of adding splashes of vinegar straight from the bottle to my Sunday Roast Beef, yet I am more than happy to splash it on if it is mixed with some chopped mint leaves.
The mint is a definite mint smell and taste, but it is not reminiscent of chewing gum or polos. You won't be chewing on your meat thinking of blowing a bubble, however the mint is certainly there in the forefront of the flavour. They have got a very good balance in terms of mint and vinegar and the strength of both because whatever you have added it to will still be able to infuse its own flavour through too.
Why Baxter's Mint Sauce instead of any other? Well I have found that it is the most preferred one I have come across in terms of size of chopped mint leaves and the thickness of the vinegar it is added to. It has a kind of quality to it that really does show though in the taste and for this reason I do tend to plump for this version instead of any other. I have tried Colman's and Sainsbury's own version, and while I would buy Sainsbury's own again I was not really struck on Colman's.
For 99p a jar, roughly, Baxter's Mint Sauce is my favourite and it will easily last you a good few months, unless you start adding it to your vegetables every night (I went through a stage of this) especially peas, which is simply delicious.
Not had mint sauce for a while? - buy a jar and try it on your roast dinner next time - it will open up your taste buds again!
Ingredients: Water, Vinegar, Sugar, White Wine Vinegar, Mint (9%), Dried Mint (5%), Salt, Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum), Flavouring, Colours (Quinoline Yellow, Green S).