“ Brand: Branston / Type: Sauces „
Branston does a fantastic range in relishes and the one I am about to review is Branston Relish - Sweet Chilli with Ginger. This product is 395g and costs about £1.64. It can also be purchased at Tesco as part of the any 2 for £2.50 deal, which is valid until 1/08/10. This product comes in a plastic bottle, which curves in and out at the middle of the bottle and at the bottom it has a flip lid for easy dispensing of the product. It has a simple picture of chillies and ginger on the front label. Once this product is opened it should be stored in the fridge and should be used within 6 weeks.
The relish appears as a red gooey paste with bits of what I think is onions, chillies and ginger. It gives off a vinegary smell along with hint of ginger. Taste wise it feels warming as the ginger has a kick to it, slightly spicy and tangy flavour. It's a bit vinegary but not overwhelming. It's well combined to produce a relish to liven up food and taste good. I had it with some yucky chicken burgers from Birdseye and it seemed to mask how bad the chicken burgers actually tasted on their own. This is also great in a cheese sandwich as it give it a kick and makes it taste so much better. This product is even versatile as it can be used in a prawn stir fry as mentioned on the back of the product and on the Great little ideas website.
Ingredients include: sugar, water, spirit vinegar, onions, cauliflower, tomato paste, modified maize starch, ginger (1%), soy sauce (water, soy beans, wheat, salt), ginger puree (1%), anchovies, garlic puree, carrots, salt, concentrated lemon juice, red chilli (0.5%), dried chilli (0.1%), mustard seeds, dried red peppers, preservative (potassium sorbate).
I assumed that this product would include chillies, ginger and some sort of seasoning, I never would have though a cauliflower and anchovies would even feature in this product at all. In fact I never actually realised that this product many contain fish until I read the back of the label. Allergy wise this product contains gluten, wheat, fish, anchovies, mustard, mustard seeds, soya, soy beans & soy sauce.
According to the Food Standards Agency traffic light system this product is high in sugar, medium in salt and low in fat and saturated fat. Per a 100g of this product it provides 163 kcal and 691 kJ of energy.
Overall a great relish, really glad Branston has come out with a whole range of different ones. Ingredients combination is a bit weird but it seems to work perfectly.
When the weather starts getting warm like it has we always start having bbqs so I got in early this year and have been buying different sauces and relishes to stock up ready for the bbq season. I quite like the different Branston pickles and relishes so when I saw this Sweet Chilli With Ginger Relish I brought a bottle to try.
It comes in a bottle that is more or less the same as the photo Dooyoo have got up but the top (the top that is on the bottom!!!! lol) is wider and that's better because it stands up in the fridge easier.
It's a mega thick sauce and sort of blobs out of the bottle, it's also a different colour to what it looks like in the bottle and is more of a gingery colour than the red relish I was expecting. You can put it on burgers and butties or just squeeze a dollop out onto the side of your plate to dip whatever you're eating into.
It's got a proper nice flavour but I reckon it's best if you just put a thin layer on your food because it's a bit over powering if you have too much. You can taste the chilli in it but it's deffo a sweet chilli flavour even though it's still got a bit of a kick, the ginger is in there and even though you can't always actually TASTE it it makes the sauce lovely and warm. The main flavour is deffo the sweet chilli though and I think it's delish.
I've had it with loads of different stuff since we first brought it and it tastes different with different food. The relish is wicked with steak and it brings the meaty flavour out stronger but if you have it on a burger in a bun you can taste the relish big time and it tastes a bit hotter. The sauce is proper versatile and everything I've tried it with has been wicked.
Recommended.... a bit of a gloopy texture but tastes wicked and brings out the flavours in your food.
Loving chilli sauce the way I do when I saw this relish I couldn't wait to purchase it and try it! I hadn't seen it before and it has to be said I do like trying out new products as often as I can!
395g plastic squeezy see-through bottle which is slightly curved to the middle of it for ease of handling and at the bottom of the bottle there is a black plastic flip top lid. On the front label which is black I am told that it is Crosse & Blackwell Branston Relish 'Sweet chilli with ginger' and there is a photograph on there of some red chillis and ginger. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice, a full nutritional rundown chart, the size is stated (as I've listed already) and contact details for Premier Ambient Foods are also given(the manufacturer of the product). Nice enough packaging and it's all informative as you would expect it to being a Branston product.
Orangy in colour it is transparent and you can see small chunks of red chillis throughout it in the main. Taste wise it's incredibly but naturally sweet (so it is sticky and a bit gloopy) and really does have a rather sour taste to it as there seems to be a hefty amount of spirit vinegar added to this relish.
It is sweet but in a nice and natural way and the sourness counteracts the hotness and it is rather hot and you can really taste ginger, lumps of carrots, peppers cauliflower and anchovies.
It is tasty and pungent though sadly as it is so strong in flavours people will complain about your honky breath after consuming it lol. Eat this in any way you choose, I like this on a cheese sandwich and a burger best and feel this really is very high quality indeed and in small doses I enjoy it!
Nutritional Information Per 100g:
Energy: 163 Kcal
of which sugars: 33.6g
of which saturates: 0.1g
Salt equivalent: 1.0g
Available in all good supermarkets etc costing about £1.58 a bottle.