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Colman's Luxury Peppercorn Sauce Mix

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      07.05.2010 06:11

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      Thought the sauce would be fiery hot, but it's very subtle. Well worth paying the extra price. Loved the taste, easy to make up [don't use skimmed milk, as the sauce won't thicken, we've used semi-skimmed and 1% orange top]. Adding a dash of sherry - about a tablespoon, really does make all the difference. Next time I'm feeling adventurous, I may try splash of Brandy. For a great change, combine with Asparagus spears - steamed and Lidl's marinated turkey fillets. Pour over Colman's Lux sauce, or serve in gravy boat. Couple with either potato wedges - Sainsbury's TTD Maris Piper are our current favourite - or minted new potatoes. Impressed even my mother-in-law! A great looking meal on a sensible price.

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      16.02.2010 15:56
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      A very good packet sauce!

      If like me you enjoy a nice steak then I am sure you have at some point tried a peppercorn sauce with it, I have had peppercorn sauces in many restaurants and I have made my own from scratch but I have to say that I have yet to find a better one than Colman's Luxury Peppercorn Sauce Mix.

      I do prefer to make my own sauces but I just cannot get enough of this one and it is so easy to mix too that it just makes the whole steak cooking experience a very enjoyable one and the eating even better.

      A packet of this sauce mix will cost you around 50 odd pence, I have seen it at the ridiculous price of 89p but that was in a local store and you shouldn't really be looking at spending that much on it.

      To make it you simply empty the packet into a small saucepan, add 300ml of milk and bring to a gentle boil stirring continuously, simmer for a couple of minutes until thickened and then serve.

      The sauce is not too overpoweringly peppery and has a nice covering milky creamy taste too which a lot of peppercorn sauces tend to forget about and just go with the hot pepper taste, I have been known to make this with just over 260ml of milk and add a small pot of single cream to make it even creamier but that depends on taste.

      If you like a nice peppercorn sauce and don't know how to make your own or cannot be bothered then this is definitely the answer!

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        30.11.2009 11:26
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        Yummy But Not As Peppery As It Could Be

        I had steak for my tea last night and found this sachet of Colman's Peppercorn Sauce Mix in the cupboard so decided to make it up to go on top. You only have to mix the powder with milk and butter then heat it on the top of the cooker in a saucepan.

        The sauce looks very thin when you first mix it but it thickens lovely while it's heating and goes nice and creamy. It doesn't smell peppery when it's cooking but every now and again you get a bit of a waft of pepper.

        The taste is a bit disappointing because I would have liked it to be a bit more peppery. It's not bland exactly but I think the sauce is mega salty and that stops the pepper flavour coming through as strong as it should. It tastes creamy and the flavours went very nice with the steak, I reckon if the pepper had been a bit stronger it would have been perfect.

        I added some extra black pepper to the top of the sauce and that helped bring the flavours out a bit but it was still not as peppery as I would want it to be.

        The texture is nice and creamy, it hadn't gone sticky like another sauce mix I used recently. It's very pleasant to eat actually and I love how it moistened my steak, being a thick sauce it was easy to cut the steak so that some of the sauce stayed on the meat.

        What was left over I left in the pan and my dad reheated it later than night to go over his pork chop, it looked a bit past it by then to me but my reckoned it still tasted good so it must have been ok! lol

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        07.07.2009 18:31
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        Such a simple sauce to make!!!

        I love a good piece of steak with some home made wedges and peas, but sometimes I like a nice sauce with my steak, and I'm not one for tomato ketchup!! One day when I was quite young, we went out for a family meal to a lovely restaurant in Lancaster, and there was a gorgeous piece of steak on the menu, I was a little fussy back then, and when it came with peppercorn sauce I wasn't too impressed, but I ate it anyway and fell in love with it!!!

        So now whenever I'm making a steak I have peppercorn sauce covering it! I know that peppercorn sauce is very simple to make from scratch, but I don't own peppercorns and I always forget to buy them when I go shopping, and to be honest this is alot less messy than making it from scratch, so I just buy these packets which cost around 40p-£1.

        The sauce is extremelly easy to make, simply empty the sauce mix into a small saucepan. Blend in 300ml or milk and bring to the boil stirring continuously.

        Simmer for 1-2 minutes until thickened, and serve either over the steak or in a side dish!

        The sauce is deliciously tasty and tastes like it has been made from scratch which is great, it does get a skin on the top if not served straight away but this is the same with any sauces once they start to cool, so be sure to make this just as your about to serve the meal!

        I always serve it with steak, but it could be served with anything you like really, and is gorgeous to dip home made chips into!!!!!!!

        Definitely a must try for everyone!!!!!

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        11.04.2008 11:10
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        A beautiful creamy tasting sauce thats makes a perfect compliment to your steak

        I would love to be able to say that I make all my sauces for my dinners from hand with nothing but the freshest ingredients but unfortunately I work long hours and just don't have the time to have to cheat and buy them in packets!!

        Some of the best packets around in my opinion can be found in the Schwartz range. Last week I made a birthday dinner for my husband and as his favourite is steak, steak it was. I did however have a bit of a problem deciding how to cook it and what to cook it with as I have never cooked steak before So, after a quick browse in the Schwartz packet isle - they have just about every flavour and taste available, I came across thier creamy mild peppercorn sauce mix. The sauce contains whole green peppercorns, no hydrogenated fat, no added preservatives and no added MSG.

        Firstly it was very reasonably priced at 59p so I stocked up on a few as the beauty of these is that you can keep them for a very long time in you cupboard unlike ready made cream sauces that go off quite quickly.

        Secondly it solved my other dilema of what to serve with the steak as the picture on the front showed a very nice, appetizing plate with peas and potatoes, so peas and potatoes it was. The beaty of the sauce is that it can also coat these two ingredients and make sure the meal is not dry or bland.

        The sauce was very quick and easy to make (unlike the steak which I had a big problem with!!). All you had to do was add 300ml of milk and butter (which was optional, it's a bit healthier without the butter I find but the sauce is probably not as creamy - although still creamy enough without) heat and then it's ready to serve. There is also microwavealbe as well which is nice.

        In my opinion it's quite a healthy option too as per pack, 25g, it only contains 88 calories. The pack serves 4 people ( you don't get much each if you serve it for 4) but if you split it between two that's only 44 calories each, great.

        I found the sauce to be creamy, lovely tasting and definitely complimented the steak perfectly and my husband loved it so I can't say better than that.

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          07.02.2008 18:30
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          Give it a miss.

          I only discovered the joys of pepper sauce last week when I had some with steak. The sauce from my local butchers is divine but also very expensive so I decided to experiment with some different brands.

          Browsing the aisles of the supermarket, Colman's luxury peppercorn sauce mix caught my eye. Not only was it from a leading brand, it was also a luxury product and it was also on special offer at 34p. Thinking I was on to a winner, I grabbed a packet.

          The next night as my steak was sizzling nicely in a pan, I made this sauce. The lovely picture of a pale creamy sauce studded with peppercorns on the front of the packet only heightened my expectations. I followed the instructions and blended the powder with a little milk before stirring in the remaining milk, bringing it to the boil stirring continuously and simmering for two minutes. This is where it all started to go wrong. After adding the milk to the paste it went lumpy. I stirred it as vigirously as I could for the whole two minutes simmer time but it was not totally lump free.

          The sauce looked ok, despite the lumps. It was a nice pale colour and had a generous amount of peppercorns in it. I took a taste and it was vile. It did have a nice kick fom the pepper but this was totally overpowered by the taste of salt. When I bit into the peppercorns, they were still hard, not nice and soft like I would expect. They also had a nasty chalky texture. I was really disappointed.

          Looking at the list of ingredients, there is only 3.7% peppercorns in this sauce and a massive 10.3g per 100g (or 10.3%) of salt. No wonder the taste was so unbalanced. An 80g serving (or quarter of the packet) gives you 0.9g of salt or 15% of your RDA.

          When made as recomended, a serving provides
          66 calories-3% of RDA
          5.0g sugars-6% of RDA
          2.5g of fat 4% of RDA
          1.4g saturates 7% of RDA
          0.9g salt 15% of RDA

          As you might guess, I wont be buying this sauce again and will be trying out other pepper sauces till I find one I like.

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