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After having a great success with my previous casserole mix I decided to make it again but they did not have the same brand as I previously bought so this is the one I decided on. Coleman's is quite a well known name so I was expecting good things from it and I have to say it did not let me down.
The casserole mix comes in a sachet. The front of the sachet has the Coleman's logo on the top and below this is the product name. It is a golden brown colour and at the bottom there is a picture of a chicken casserole covered in the made mix. The back of the sachet is again golden brown and has the product information and there is also a recipe for making a chicken casserole.
~~USE AND RESULTS~~
The mix is very easy to use and this can be done in two ways. The first way is to follow the recipe on the back of the packet. I am not going to include the recipe as you can get it for yourselves by buying and using the mix. The second way it to mix the contents of the sachet with 425ml of boiled water and then add to your casserole pot. I prefer to make my own casserole instead of following the recipe as it means I can just add the vegetables which my hubby and boys eat. There is no difference to the end result of the mix which ever way you choose to make it.
To open the sachet it is very simple and you just have to tare the top off. Inside there is a good amount of dry powder which needs to be poured into a jug or dish so you can add the water. I did notice that there was a lovely rich smell to it which did intensify when the water was added. Now I have to confess to not being the best at making mixes or gravy and usually end up with lumps but luckily this did not happen. I found that adding just a small amount of the water to begin with and giving it a good stir and then adding the remainder helped. The mix was a good rich brown colour and there were noticeable bits in this which looked like herbs. I could smell the parsley and sage most of all and it did smell lovely.
The mix covered all of my ingredients and there was again the noticeable herbs on top of the meat and vegetables. It did actually make it look very nice and I was just then left with the wonderful smell which was making me very hungry for the cooking time.
When it finally came to the taste test I did not mention to either hubby or my boys that it was slightly different to the last one used but all of them commented on how good the food all tasted. For my youngest I have to drain all of the mix off the food before putting it on the plate but they were still able to taste it as it gave the chicken a very rich flavour. The chicken was also a lot more tender and easier to eat. The vegetables had a good hint of the herbs and tasted wonderful. I personally like hubby enjoyed having some of the mix poured onto my plate and mop it up with a slice of bread and doing this meant I got to taste all of the flavours from the mix much more, it was here that I could taste the onion and further herbs.
The mix comes in a sachet size of 40g. Once made it makes just over 425ml of liquid and I find it covers a chicken casserole which is big enough to feed a family of 5. There is only one serving in each packet.
The ingredients for the casserole mix are:-
Corn flour, Salt, Flavourings (contains wheat), Dried onion (5%), Yeast extract, Dried tomato, Sugar, Paprika, Wheat Flour, Barley Malt Extract, Dried Parsley, Dried Sage, Vegetable Oil, Dried Lemon Juice, Dried Thyme, Dried Marjoram.
There is a notice on the back of the packet that this mix does contain traces of egg and milk. There are no artificial colours, no added Msg or preservatives in this mix.
The nutritional values for this mix are:-
Energy - 311Kcal
Protein - 6.7g
Carbohydrate - 68.5g
Of which sugars - 9.9g
Fat - 1.2g
Of which saturates - 0.3g
Fibre - 2.7g
Salt - 13.70g
The sachet needs to be stored in a cool dry place and use in before the expiry date. My sachet which was bought last week has a shelf life of over 1 year so t can be kept in the cupboard for emergencies.
~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~
I bought my mix from Tesco but this is a well known brand so it is available from all good supermarkets and general stores. It is priced around 60p which I think is very good value.
I do recommend this casserole mix as it tastes great and made the food all very tender and a pleasure to eat. The price is great and well worth trying if you too like your casseroles, definitely one for a cold winter evening meal.