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I remember when my husband and I first got together, one of the things he loved to snack on was Bovril on toast. Now I had always been led to believe that Bovril was just a drink, as far as toast went, Marmite was my thing. Over time he has managed to convert me over to Bovril, and now all the household enjoy Bovril on toast.
Bovril, is beef extract which you make up into a hot drink (or just spread it on toast).
It comes in a dark glass jar, that looks black because of the 250g of Bovril you get inside. It has a red screw on lid, label on the front displaying the name and a label on the back displaying ingredients e.t.c.
The smell is a very strong beefy sort of smell (don't really know how else to describe it).
It's very thick, very sticky and leaves a horrible mess on your worktop.
For those who are interested the ingredients and nutrition Information are as follows:
Beef Stock (43%), Yeast Extract (24%), Salt, Colour (E150c), Waxy Maize Starch, Dehydrated Beef (1.3%), Flavour Enhancer
(Disodium 5'-ribonucleotides), Lactic Acid, Niacin, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Spice Extracts (contains celery), Vitamin B12.
per 12g serving:
Energy - 94kJ 22kcal
Protein - 4.7g
Carbohydrate - 0.6g - of which Sugars 0.2g
Fat 0.1 - of which Saturates - Trace
Fibre - nil
Sodium - 0.54g
Salt (based on sodium) 1.38g
Bovril comes in three different sizes, there is also a chicken Bovril and Bovril beef stock cubes.
For the 250g jar, it costs around £2.50 give or take a few pence from most supermarkets.
--A little Bovril history--
For more than 120 years Bovril has been giving us Brits the strength to go on.
Way back in 1871, Napolean ordered a hundred cans of beef for his hungry army, and the Scot, John Lawson Johnston, rose to the challenge with his invention "Johnstones Fluid Beef". This was renamed Bovril in 1886, and so the beefy drink that we all know and love was born.
Today, Bovril is as popular as ever, providing 3 and a half million jars of strength to Brits in need.
In the beginning I was reluctant to even try it. However, once I did I was pleasently suprised, I ate it spread over toast and margarine and was delighted with the strong, rich beefy Bovril taste. I didn't need to put much Bovril on, as it is very strong tasting. But I think eating bovril this way, is very much an acquired taste, a bit like marmite love it or hate it sort of thing.
As a drink, which I have tasted, once or twice, it tastes like thick beef soup (or maybe I just put to much Bovril in the cup) and the smell is very hot and beefy. I'm not over keen on Bovril as a drink but give me a slice of Bovril on toast any day of the week.
In our house we can't get enough of it, even my son who has an aversion to eating most things, unless it contains chocolate.
I recommend you at least give it a try on your toast, you'll love it or hate it, why don't you give it a go.
I give this product 4 stars because I love it on toast but I hate the mess it makes on the worktop.
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Bovril is a product not that similar to Marmite in looks anyway, although unlike Marmite it is make from beef extract and therefore isn't suitable for vegetarians.
I tend to use this product more in the winter because it can be made into a rich and warming drink which is both comforting and tasty. Basically to make this drink you stir in a teaspoon of Bovril into hot boiled water and wait for it to dissolve in while stirring it quickly. You will immediately be confronted with a rich meaty smell which tastes as delicious as it smells. I have to say that I do find Bovril to be a bit salty and so I tend to use slightly less Bovril than recommended.
It's really good to use Bovril if you are on a calorie controlled diet as one teaspoon of the extract is only 21 kcals and 0.1g of fat (only a trace of saturates). I find that after drinking Bovril, because of its meaty taste, I feel like I've had something nice to eat rather than just a drink (which is great on a diet!). Its also rich in B12 so is useful to prevent some forms of anaemia.
Because of its rich meaty taste and texture, I've found that Bovril is ideal to use in stews, casseroles and gravy because it really contributes to the depth of the flavour. I literally just add about half a teaspoon to the juice and stir it in. It also helps to give the gravy or sauce a rich brown colour.
Its an acquired taste and its probably not for everyone, but its worth trying if you like savoury drinks like Cup-a-soup.
I really got into drinking a little while ago now and for me it's a bit like Marmite in many ways and I think tastes a little like it too. It's a strong hot drink and if you don't like Marmite then you may not like this either to be honest with you. I love a drink of it in an evening, especially when the nights get cold.
Bovril is a thick salt beef extract and as stated is very similar to Marmite in texture look and taste. It has been around for many years now on our shelves and has always been popular with many. The different between this and Marmite is that this is not completely vegetarian.
Bovril comes in a jar that is the same bulbous shape as Marmite and comes in a dark brown jar with a distinctive red top and with a red label. It is very recognisable on the shelf in any store you go into so easy to find. The jars I normally get are either 125g and 250g and the latter normally works out at just over £2 which is not that bad when you consider this will last a while as it's strong. This means when you make a drink you should use it sparingly with just one or two teaspoons in a mug.
I love the tast of Bovril and I would imagine it wouldn't be to everyone's liking. As well as having it as hot drink I enjoy it on toast as well as a substitute for Marmite. You can definately taste the beef in this.
It is not that unhealthy if used in moderation either as each serving is about 21 calories. However, the salt contained is perhaps a bit above recommended levels.
Definately try this drink if you love marmite as I'm sure you will really enjoy it.
When i was growing up i use to do alot of swimming and use to have bovril when i finished. It was like a tadition. I havent had it in years and thought that everywhere had stopped doing the drink then i found the cups of it in poundsaver.
I usulay buy the powdered cups in pound saver but I was recently told that you can buy the jar and use just a small spoonfull with hot water to make the drink. so i bought some.
I bought a 125g jar, the jar is round and dark in colour with a red label and a red top. It states that it is "the original beef extract". On the back it tells you to add a teaspoon of bovril paste to a glass of hot milk and stir, as i am allergic to milk i could not do this and added it to hot water. There is also a list of ingredients on the back
It was horrid. It tasted nothing like the cups. It was far to salty and i did not enjoy the drink at all.
For those who don't know what Bovril is, it may sound odd! It is a thick, salty beef extract which was made back in the 1800s and is similar to marmite, although marmite is 100% vegetarian, and Bovril is far from that!
The Bovril comes in a jar similar to Marmite, but with a red label and lid. The jar is a brown glass jar and is bulbous in shape.
I buy my Bovril from Tescos and it is usually about £2.20 for a 250g jar.
Now, this is where I am different to most people...! Bovril is generally used for gravy and flavouring, and also the famous Bovril hot drink.
I do use Bovril for gravies and find that a good dollop can really flavour the gravy nicely.
I used to have Bovril drinks at my Grannys instead of a hot chocolate - the con cept does seem strange - drinking a beef drink - but I assure you, it is lovely, especially on a cold night!
The main use of Bovril in my family is on toast. That doesn't seem strange in itself, but we actually have it on toast with a bit of butter and syrup! It is definately an odd combination, but the mixture of sweet and salty is lovely!!
The taste of Bovril is quite salty and I wouldn't say it actually tasted of beef!
The texture is thick and gloopy if kept in the fridge, and more runny if kept at room temperature.
A serving is only 21kcal and so it is a great bit of flavour to have when on a diet, although a serving does contain 25% of your daily salt allowance - not so good!
Try some Bovril - whether in a drink or gravy, or be a bit different and have it on your toast with syrup like my family!
With the cold weather seeming to be on it's way back again after all the snow we had last year, I decided to get some Bovril in. Now where I am trying to lose some weight again, I don't want to use all my calories up on tins of soups which is something I like to have when the weather is so cold!.
For those of you who do not know what Bovril is, I will explain, it comes in a jar like Marmite and could even be mistaken for it, if it didn't have it's red lid and label. This is a meat extract that also contains yeast extract and can be used to make a very delicious hot drink. When you unscrew the lid and take it off it does look like marmite and comes in a thick dark brown paste that you put your spoon into and take a spoonful out and stir into hot water.
You will instantly smell a lovely meaty beef smell, which is very comforting in these cold days. You can also use Bovril to spoon into casseroles and stews to beef it up a bit. I also put a spoonful into any meat with gravy that I'm putting into a pie, to give it a nice kick!.
Now this was discovered in 1871 when a Scotsman named John Lawson Johnston won a contract to feed Napoleons Troops with his invention of "Johnston Fluid Beef" which then went on to become Bovril.
You can buy this Bovril in many different forms and they also do a Chicken version. Usually the most popular way to use this is to buy it in jar form. This comes in two forms a 125g jar that costs £1.21 or a 250g that costs £2.14. Also there are Bovril Beef Stock Cubes that you can buy in a box of 12 for 69p ( similiar to Oxo cubes!). The other way I buy these is to pop into my Poundland and buy them in a sleeve of 8, which consists of 8 brown plastic cups stacked on top of each other with a small amount of granules in, so all you have to do is pour hot water on top and you instantly have a hot drink!. I buy these for my Hubby to take to work so he can have a different drink other than tea or coffee, as this is less messy than mucking about with a jar.
These are great to have if you are watching your weight and want something that has a great taste to it for not many calories, each serving is one teaspoon and contains ( 12g);
The ingredients are;
Beef Stock (43%), Yeast Extract (24%), Salt, Colour (E150c), Waxy Maize Starch, Dehydrated Beef(1.3%), Flavour Enhancer (Disodium 5-ribonucleotides), Lactic Acid, Niacin, Thiamin, Ribloflavin, Folic Acid, Spice Extracts( contains celery),Vitamin B12
So if you fancy something beefy then Bovrils your man!.