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I am a huge fan of cheese sauce and I usually buy Asda's own cheese sauce in sachets mainly to pop over cauliflower and pasta and things like that however I spotted this on offer in my local Tesco store and it only cost a pound so I simply had to try it!
This comes in a blue and yellow cardboard cylinder shaped tub with a blue plastic pop on/off lid. On the front of it we are told that it is Ahh! Bisto Cheese Sauce, that this size I have makes up 23 servings and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown then on the back of the tub other information given includes being told a bit about the product and how to make up the cheese sauce, the ingredients are given as is a full nutritional chart, the weight is stated which in this case is 200g and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Nice, informative tub this is.
You get lots and lots of largish, cream coloured granules and all you do with those is take 4-6 dessert spoons of the granules and mix it with 250ml of boiling water. If you want it to be thicker sauce add more granules, less for a thinnner sauce and if you like it thicker add boiling milk to it instead! Its so simply to make this up believe me!
The sauce is lovely and this does offer 23 servings of it for a mere pound, its a great store cupboard product this one. The sauce tastes mildly cheesy, slightly seasoned and rather creamy. Its a moist sauce, I make this up rather thick and pop it on pasta and add grated cheese to it and bake it in the oven and I do love my cauliflower cheese and baked brocolli made with this as when it gets hot it doesn't go all runny and tasteless.
At only 41 calories and with only 1.6g of saturated fat per 50ml serving this also isn't bad on the old hips and really does make food alot more interesting!
Available in all good supermarkets.
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I should probably begin this review by explaining that pre-prepared cheese sauce is one of those things that makes my mother cringe when she sees me buying it but unfortunately, I have never been able to make my own. I use exactly the same recipe as other people and yet it manages to taste floury and lumpy with a strange texture so instead, I cheat and buy packets or ready made which are usually guaranteed to be okay.
Having said that, there are many different varieties around and trial and error has led me to realise that they are of varying standards. Some can be excellent and some can be really poor and unfortunately, I find this one to be quite disappopinting.
This product comes in a cardboard tub very similar to the Bisto gravy ones except it is blue and cream. The plastic lid is sealed on with cellophane to ensure freshness. A 200g tub will cost around £1.30 and can be found in most supermarkets.
To prepare, you simply add the required amount of boiling water and then stir. The sauce immediately thickens and is ready to serve.
When ready, you can smell the cheese from the sauce but unfortunately, it smells slightly artificial and not quite what I expected. The taste is also artificial, it has a little bit of a weird aftertaste and isn't creamy as I had hoped for either.
The sauce also went a bit watery quite soon after putting it onto a plate. I tried mixing it through pasta and also serving on top of meat but didn't find that it was particularly enjoyable either way. The sauce tastes synthetic, smells weird and the consistency quickly becomes watery, there are much better instant cheese sauces on the market so I recommend giving this one a miss.
Nutritional information is as follows (per 50 ml serving
2.3g of fat
One day whilst doing my supermarket shop I saw Bisto's cheese sauce granules and thought I would give them a try. I have used Bisto's gravy granules for many years and have always been pleased with the results. Although nothing beats a homemade sauce for taste, I find that sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day to do everything you want. This includes making cheese sauce. My husband and I both love cauliflower cheese and were pleasantly surprised with the taste of this sauce.
**How to make the Sauce**
For the two of us I put 4 heaped dessert spoons of granules in a measuring jug and add boiling water. I use a balloon whisk to mix together as I find it makes a smoother sauce and you don't end up with lumps. Trust me, undissolved granules are not a pleasant taste! Although it gives you the ratio of granules to water on the packaging, I find trial and error is the best method as everyone likes their sauce different. We prefer quite a thick sauce so add less water than is recommended. I know some people prefer to add the granules to the water but I never seem to produce a smooth sauce when I mix it this way round.
As long as you don't think it will taste like homemade sauce you won't be disappointed. It has quite a strong taste of cheese but with a slight artificial flavour. However, don't let this put you off. Once you have poured it over your cauliflower or other vegetables you won't notice it. It only takes a minute to prepare so make sure the rest of your meal is ready before making the sauce. I have found that it cools and congeals really quickly so I now plate up the meal and make pouring on the sauce the last thing I do before serving. It is fine on vegetables but it is not something I would use if making macaroni cheese. I just don't think it's consistency would be up to the job.
The granules come in a 200g cardboard tub and a 50 ml serving, if made up as directed on the pack, contains 41 calories and 2.3g of fat. A 200g tub is approximately £1.25 in Tesco but a cheaper option would be the 300g tub which I have seen online selling for £2.49.
If you are looking for a time saving method of making cheese sauce then I would recommend these granules. They will not, however, replace homemade sauce by a long shot.
I have been using a variety of Bisto products for many years now and I always find them excellent quality. Bisto Cheese Sauce is no exception. I must admit that it is not quite as good as the homemade variety. It does, however, make a good stand-in, as sometimes I just don't have the time to start a sauce from scratch.
When making a sauce from scratch, I must have a good half hour to spare. I can make a Bisto cheese sauce in a matter of minutes. It is so simple, just boiling water and some powder and hey presto, you have a
I like to add my sauce to pasta. I usually fry onions, peppers and Quorn and mix them all together, tossing in some sweetcorn and a few herbs. This is a favourite, simple dish of mine and all my family love it. I also love to slice par boiled potatoes, cover them in Bisto cheese sauce, throw in some fried onions and bake for a while in the oven. This makes a nice accompaniment to any main meal.
Bisto Cheese sauce can be made to any thickness you want. I usually pour boiling water into a jug and shake the granules in, stirring as I go along. I can then easily decide when it is thick enough. The most important thing is to stir constantly. If you don't, you will end up with an incredibly lumpy sauce which is completely inedible and a waste of time and money. If you do make yours successfully, you will end up with a lovely cheesy, creamy sauce.
*Nutritional Information for a 50ml serving*
Calories - 41
Protein - 0.6g
Carbohydrate - 4.4g
of which sugars - 1.2g
Fat - 2.3g
of which saturates - 1.6g
Fibre - Trace
Sodium - 2.6g
Whenever I have the time, I will always choose to make my cheese sauce from scratch. There are times, though, that this is just not possible and Bisto Cheese Sauce does the job well. It is good value at £1.25 for 200g and keeps well in the very airtight packaging.
This is definately a product that's worth keeping in your store cupboard.
Bisto cheese sauce is a convenient way to quickly throw together a pretty tasty cheese sauce.
I like to use mine when making a quick lasagne I will mix half of this wih half of the white sauce granules so it doesn't taste purely of cheese sauce.
Cardboard tubs with plastic lid, stating that each tub makes 31 servings, also making up instructions, nutrition and ingredients.
Beige coloured granules, they taste better than they look.
You can make to your own desired consistency. For 4-6 servings put 4 heaped dessert spoons in a measuring jug and add boiling water up to the 250ml mark. Stir until it thickens - and that's it, simples! You could always use 250ml of boiling milk instead of water but I have only ever used water and found it to be more than adequate.
Easily gets smooth, and I have never found any lumps in it after making it up which is good, very smooth and easy to make as thick or thin as desired.
Not particularly cheesy, it taste like fake cheese if that makes any sense. Very smooth taste and a bit creamy, very mild cheese must have been used in it's making, but I like the fact that it is not overpowering at all and nice and mild.
Value for money=
I consider to be excellent value for money, cheaper than buying a load of cheese to grate up and hugely cheaper than the ready made jars which can usually be bought for about £1, and the sachets which make one serving at about 60p, therefore this is an excellent choice to keep in the kitchen cupboard.
It is somewhere between £1.40 to £1.80 and when you compare how many servings you get between the different products then this one comes out on top.
Ingredients= (there are a lot, maybe nicer to make your own on second thoughts!!!)
Vegetable Oils, Potato Starch, Maltodextrin, Dried Cheese Powder (9%), Modified Waxy Maize Starch, Dried Glucose Syrup, Salt, Flavourings (contain Egg, Milk), Sugar, Acidity Regulator (E331), Whey Powder (Milk), Flavour Enhancer (E621), Mustard Powder, Yeast Extract, Milk Proteins, Emulsifier (E322) (Soya), Stabilisers (E340, E452), Spice & Herb Extracts, Onion Extract.
I would like to say here and now that I am quite capable of making a cheese sauce from the original ingredients - milk, cheese, flour etc. - but when the convenient version tastes this good I just can't be bothered! Yes, I know it contains additives that would not be present in home made sauce, but it's not something that we eat very often so I'll risk it!
So what exactly is it then?
Well it is Bisto Cheese Sauce. So, if it's made by Bisto, we're should to be onto a winner.
It comes in a blue cardboard, tube shaped container with a blue plastic lid - it's the same size and shape as the Gravy Granules container. Obviously the whole packaging is very easy to recycle which I think is important.
There is a picture on the front of a meal using cheese sauce which looks very appetising and there is the now familiar basic nutritional information expressed as a percentage of recommended daily allowance.
When you first remove the plastic lid there is another seal keeping the contents both airtight and tamper free. This is then ripped off and discarded so that the sauce can be used and the plastic lid will be enough to reseal the pot ready for the next time.
The pot contains 200g of the sauce in a dry powder form, which makes about 23 servings, and it currently costs £1.42 in Tesco's. There are other sauces in the range - parsley, white and chip shop curry - and there's often an offer on in Tesco's of two for the price of one.
To make the sauce all you have to do is put 4 - 6 tablespoons of the powder into a measuring jug and add boiling water up to the 250ml mark. You then stir it until it thickens and there you have your sauce. I will say at this point the water must be boiling and you must stir the sauce continually until the powder is dissolved and the sauce thickens, otherwise you will end up with a lumpy sauce!
If you follow the instructions, and let's face it - it isn't rocket science, you will end up with a nice smooth sauce. It only takes a couple of minutes so it's easy enough. As the mixture blends and the sauce thickens there's that lovely smell you associate with cheese sauce. Of course you can adjust the amount of powder you use to get the sauce just how you like it.
The final result looks great with just the right amount of cheese blended in a smooth, creamy sauce.
I use the sauce mostly when I make cauliflower cheese and it tastes delicious. In fact I know I said that I could make it myself from scratch but I doubt that it would taste any better.
A 50ml serving made to the instructions given has the following nutritional values:
Of which sugars 1.2g
Of which saturates 1.6g
All in all I would recommend this sauce to anyone. It's easy to make, smells good, tastes good and you can make as much or as little as you like. What more could you ask?
Mind you I expect my grandmothers would be horrified to think I made cheese sauce using granules, especially the one who a cook in service! Sorry Nan!
Bisto cheese sauce has become an essential item in my house at the moment. I find that bland food such as rice and vegetables can get boring, but this sauce really helps put some flavour back in.
It is one of the many sauces that Bisto have started to do, including white sauce, parsely sauce and chip shop curry sauce. It comes in a cardboard container with a plastic lid, the same as the gravy variety.
It is very easy to use - it is granules like the gravy and all you do is boil the kettle and pour it over the granules. The instructions on the back are:
For 4 - 6 servings put 4 heaped dessert spoons in a measuring jug and add boiling water up to the 250 ml mark. Stir until it thickens.
It also says that if you want it to be thicker to add the 250 ml of boiling milk instead of water. I haven't tried this, but it sounds very good!
Because I only make up enough for one person I tend to guess at the measurements and play with adding more granules and water until it is the correct consistency. It does get thicker as it cools, so if you find it is too thin then leave it for a while to see if it becomes thicker.
As mentioned, I can't live without this product. I do know how to make a cheese sauce using milk, flour and butter, but this is much simpler and just as tasty. It is really cheesy and makes vegetables taste so much better.
I haven't tried it for things like cauliflower cheese because I don't think it would work as well as making it from scratch. Even if you put extra cheese on it I don't think it would work as well in the oven as home made sauce, but hey, I suppose it's worth a try?
I would really recommend this product, even if it sits in the cupboard and only comes out when you really fancy something cheesy and you just can't be bothered to make the sauce from scratch. It is really convenient and easy to make up, there is just no reason why not!
Bisto to me is gravy but there on the shelf was Bisto Cheese Sauce. Aah.... I thought, that looks quick and easy to do, so I bought the container.
The container is a cheese sauce colour with a nice blue lid and a picture of cauliflower and broccoli covered in the sauce. It weighs 200g and costs around £1.42. Open the container and peal off the lid and you will see a container full of little whitish granules.
So what is it made of?
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Potato Starch, Maltodextrin, Dried Cheese Powder (9%), Modified Waxy Maize Starch, Dried Glucose Syrup, Salt, Flavourings (Egg, Milk), Sugar, Acidity Regulator (E331), Whey Powder (Milk), Flavour Enhancer (E621), Mustard Powder, Yeast Extract, Milk Proteins, Emulsifier (E322 (Soya)), Stabilisers (E340, E452), Spice & Herb Extracts, Onion Extract.
No good if you are allergic to eggs, milk, mustard & soya.
I didn't bother looking at this information but now looking at the label I see that it is high in fat and salt, which I guess is no real surprise.
Per 50ml serving:
41kCal, 2.4g fat, 0.4g sugar and 0.6g salt.
So how do you make it?
It's easy you simply put 4 heaped dessert spoons into a jug and pour on 250 ml of boiling water. Stir until it thickens then serve. It claims that this is enough for 4-6 servings.
Really easy to make only I hadn't read the instructions properly so made enough sauce for 4-6 servings when it was just for 1!! I firstly used it over some broccoli and it was OK. Not as cheesy as when I make it from scratch but it was edible and made it minutes with no mess or fuss. So how much sauce was left over? Enough for another 5 servings? Aah no. I needed it all even though it wasn't a huge portion of broccoli!!
Its not as good as making it from scratch I'll admit but if you want a quick and easy sauce and are prepared to compensate slightly on the taste then give it a go.
I like cheese... I like sauces... This alone should mean that I'm going to have a wild night when I put this Bisto cheese sauce on my dinner.
Bisto (obviously of gravy fame) have introduced other granulated sauces into their range (makes sense for such an established brand).
In my Tesco pootle, despairing at the prospect of a boring dinner, I come across a pot Bisto Cheese Sauce. Success! A cheesy delight in store for me...
The pot contains 200g of granules, is exactly as shown on the dooyoo picture, and thus is fairly easy to spot amongst its gravyish cousins.
At a cost of £1.25 per pack, I thought this was good value, as most other instant cheese sauces can easily cost around £1 for a sachet. Considering Bisto claim you can get 23 servings out of one pot, I was blatantly on to a winner... OR WAS I? [cue dramatic music].
Per 50ml serving, the sauce contains:
So it's a little salty, but unlikely to send you to to a cheesy-clogged-artery death.
There is nothing revolutionary in the ingredients (& appears to be suitable for veggies), but does contain milk, mustard, soya & possibly wheat.
**Lets get saucy**
I'm not going to insult people with instructions on how to make instant cheese sauce... but you can make this with boiling water (as I did), or the pack mentions to add milk if you want a creamier sauce (I did not do this, as I will explain shortly).
On opening the pack, the granules are a bit whiffy (as I'd hope for with cheesy products), and a lot smaller than I expected... not quite a powder, but not 'standard' size granules.
I have made this sauce on two occasions:
Following the pack instructions first time round, the consistency of the sauce wasn't as thick as I'd want. The sauce itself mixes up very easily and with no lumps. Although it was rather pale and watery-looking, I decided to try it as instructed... after all looks aren't everything.
I poured the sauce over my dinner and gave it a couple of minutes to stand and thicken up (which it made a pitiful attempt at).
So I take a forkful of my broccoli tree smothered in cheese gruel and waited for the party in my mouth.
The taste was foul (and no, it was not broccoli related). The initial first taste was OK, cheese is present, but then it turns into a strong processed chemical flavour, with hints of mustard. There is also a strong salty undertone mixed in to all this. A car crash of flavourings.
I decided to give another couple of mouthfuls, but all I can taste is this strange, strong flavour that is not reminiscent of any cheese I've ever come across. Similarly, I struggled to get over the smell which was becoming as equally off-putting as the taste.
The texture was no better; even though the sauce was mixed properly and looked perfectly smooth, it had a powdery/floury feel in my mouth.
A bowl of broccoli ruined.
The second time (I thought I'd give it one more go), I decided to throw caution to the wind (I'm wild like that), and add as many granules as I saw fit to make the sauce thicker.
In doing this, it still mixed up perfectly; thickened up properly (but also still stank).
I'm sorry to report that this did not help the taste... in fact it was worse if anything (far too strong).
Hence I decided against using perfectly good milk to be ruined alongside this cheesy nightmare. The sauce itself is smooth enough, so I don't feel adding milk will do a great deal other than maybe thicken it oh so slightly. Either way, I doubt it will do anything to mask the foul taste of the sauce.
Well I'm afraid to say that although I am a fan of their gravy, Bisto have missed the mark on this sauce. I will not be buying this again... or even finishing the pot for that matter!
Apart from the rancid taste, I am at a loss as to how each pack is going to provide 23 servings of anything that isn't gruel, or simply a tiny dollop of sauce on your food?! I made this sauce twice, and a quarter of the pot has already gone!
Not for me.