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Homepride Beef In Ale Sauce

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      03.12.2011 12:56
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      A grown up gravy from Homepride.

      I'm a lazy cook I'll admittedly say so. I work full time and quite frankly when I get home if I'm doing something with a bit of sauce it's more likely to come out of a jar or a packet.

      Being also a bargain hunter and lucky enough to pick up some beef for a mere 34p in Tescos I browsed for a beefy sauce and Tesco had all their Homepride sauces for a £1 so I picked up this one,, I do quite like their red wine one so was hoping this wouldnt be too bad. It's in a glass jar so you can see the contents, of course all you can see is some brown stuff and the odd orange strip which may be pretending to be a carrot but we'll soon find out!

      It's basically a beefy sauce (e.g gravy) with ale, and added onions and carrots.
      I always find the amount of meat they recommend isn't enough, so for the 3 of us some beefy sausages, more onions and mushrooms got added. The sauce isn't too thick and tends to thin out as it heats up. There's plenty of sauce to cover everything even when I put all the extras in, this does annoy me somewhat, especially when trying to take plates to the table and ending up with a thumb covered in gravy whilst trying to make sure it doesnt spill everywhere.
      You are supposed to put it in a casserole dish and put it in the oven for an hour and a half but I just didn't have time so cooked off all the meat and put it on the hob for about 30 mins.

      I wouldn't say it looks exceptionally appetising, it just looks like gravy with tiny bits of onion and little strips of carrot.

      It has a good taste though, often these sauces really do just taste like the gravy you could get out of a tub. With this though you really can taste the ale. It adds a kind of roughness to the sauce rather than a slurpy gravy. It doesn't overpower though, you can still taste the beef. In fact it adds to the beef, with the price of the beef you can tell it was a cheap cut and I really wouldnt bother using an expensive cut as it would just be a waste of money. The onions and especially the carrots are inconsequential in the matter of taste.
      It's perfect cold weather comfort food and will accompany anything. For example we had it with roast potatos and the remainder on jacket potatos the next day. Equally good with rice, mash, cous cous, etc.

      I think though that this is not going to be for everyone, its what I would call a 'grown-up' sauce. I really don't think most children or picky eaters will like it.
      However I think its quite delicious. I've already made plans for the next time we have it which includes mash, peas and lovely crusty bread!


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        26.08.2011 11:19
        Very helpful



        See review.

        This is a product that was one that was originally given to me by my son, he had bought 2 jars at the time and he didn't like them and so he gave offered me the one he didn't want, so I thought I would take it and make use of it. A freebie doesn't come my way very often and so I snapped up the offer immediately lol.

        It comes in a tall, transparent glass jar with a screw off lid, the lid I found to be quite easy to twist with this one because these kind of products have lids that can tend to be quite hard to twist but I found this wasn't the case with this jar. Inside the jar it is a dark brown sauce, it is a thick, rich sauce with a really good consistency. The texture is a nice smooth one too.

        It is a sauce which is designed to make a Beef and Ale pie, it is simple to use and all that is needed is to lightly brown some stewing steak or some red meat of your preference and then just place the meat into a oven proof dish and pour in this sauce and cook in an oven for around an hour and a half. Then take it out of the oven and place your pastry over the top and place back into the oven for another half a hour or so until the pastry is cooked. I browned my meat and I added some left over vegetables into the dish with the meat to give it some extra filling because the dish I was using was quite a large one. The sauce does actually contain very small pieces of carrot, onion and tomatoes.

        Once the pie had been cooked it was the testing time to see if I actually liked it since my son told me it wasn't nice at all. I actually loved this sauce with the pie crust. It tasted really delicious in my opinion and it goes to show how peoples tastes are so different. Because this sauce is quite a thick one, I found the pastry sat well onto the filling and did not soak into it and make it all soggy etc. the combination of the pastry and this filling tasted really nice. The sauce is not sweet and I could taste a slight taste of the Ale but it is not one that is strong that it tastes of beer, it is quite mild but is apparent.

        It can also be used for a casserole and the same method used as with the pie recipe but without the pastry topping. I chose to use it for a pie because I fancied a pie the day I used this sauce and since I love meat pies, this is the reason I used it for the pie filling.
        For a quarter of the sauce it does contain, 65 calories, 0.1g of fat and 0.5g of fibre. Considering it a rich sauce I do not think the calorie content etc is too bad.

        The size of the jar is 500g but I do not know how much this actually costs because as I said earlier in my review I was given it by my son. Homepride is a brand that has been around for many years and so I would think this product is reasonably priced. The quality of the sauce is really good too.
        It tells me on the label on the back of the jar that it contains Wheat, Gluten and Barley for anyone who may suffer with allergies to these ingredients.

        It also tells me on the label that I can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days once opened or any unused sauce can be placed into a container and placed in the freezer. Ideal if you only want to use half of the jar and then none is wasted etc.

        I have since bought this sauce a couple of times because I really do like it, it is not a sweet one or one that does not have a bland taste. It is really nice and I highly recommend it for anyone to give it a go if you are looking for a nice, tasting sauce for a pie filling or for a casserole with a different taste.

        I am pleased my son gave me it to try because I probably wouldn't have bought it otherwise and I am happy with the taste and it does give me all that I expect from this kind of sauce.

        I give it 5 stars.

        Also on Ciao under my username Pinky50.

        Thank you for reading my review.


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          13.05.2010 08:12
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          Tasty And Healthy Sauce

          Having tried Homepride's Sausage Casserole and Chicken Casserole I decided to see what their Beef In Ale was like too.


          The sauce comes in a standard glass jar with a screw top lid. The label covers around one third of the jar and has the Homepride logo and the front along with a star giving a website address "greatlittleideas.com". The rest of the label contains the ingredients, nutritional information, cooking information and the contact details for HL Foods who are the owners of the Homepride brand.

          You can visit the website at: www.homepride.co.uk

          The product is described as:- "A rich and hearty sauce for Beef and Ale casserole made with ale, tomato, carrot and thyme"

          Nutritional Information per 100g {per 1/4 jar: 125g}:

          Energy kJ: 233kJ {277kJ}
          kcal: 52kcal {65kcal}
          Protein: 0.7g {0.9g}
          Carbohydrate: 12.0g {15.0g}
          of which sugars: 6.2g {7.8g}
          Fat: 0.1g {0.1g}
          of which saturates: <0.1g {<0.1g}
          Fibre: 0.4g {0.5g}
          Sodium: 0.24g {0.30g}
          Salt Equivalent: 0.60g {0.75g}

          Tomato (38%), Water, Onion (7%), Carrot (6%), Sugar, Corn Starch, Ale (4%), Spirit Vinegar, Flavouring (Contains Wheat), Salt, Yeast Extract, Barley Malt Extract, Thyme, Bay.

          Allergy Information
          Contains Barley, Barley Malt Extract, Gluten & Wheat


          At time of writing Asda are charging £1.00 for a jar of this sauce.

          Taste and opinion:

          This is as easy to cook as both the Sausage Casserole and Chicken Casserole dishes that I've already reviewed on Dooyoo. Brown the beef, sling it into an ovenproof dish and slam it into the oven for 90 minutes. I've also chopped some mushrooms and red onion to go into the dish as well.

          Opening the jar I can see that it's a brown reasonably thick sauce. It's not as thick as the Potato Bake sauce I used recently (to be reviewed on Dooyoo shortly) but it's off a similar consistency to the Sausage and Chicken Casserole sauces I've used recently. In the sauce I can see decent sized thin pieces of carrot. The sauce pours out of the jar fairly easily although, as expected I need to use a spoon to get the last few remnants out. I take a taste of some of the cold sauce and find it to be very nice indeed with a distinct taste of ale. I think I could actually eat this direct from the jar! But I digress, into the oven it goes whilst I go and read some more of my book.

          Once this is cooked and I remove it from the oven the first thing I notice is a really pleasing aroma which gets your taste buds going. I'm pleased to say that you can still smell the ale and that this hasn't vanished during the cooking process. I also note that, unlike the Potato Bake sauce I tried recently this one hasn't stuck to the bottom and the sides of the ovenproof dish in quite the same way. That's not to say that there isn't a little bit of "stickage" just that it doesn't appear to be quite as bad as the Potato Bake sauce was.

          I've also done mashed potato to go with this so once it's all on the plate I take a quick look before I start eating. I can still spot the carrots in the sauce and there seems to be quite a few of them. There are lots of little flecks of green which are presumably the thyme and the bay and the sauce is plentiful enough to ensure that all of the meat is covered. This isn't a really thick sauce that clings to the meat. It's more of a gravy-like consistency so you can also use it to dip your mash, chips, wedges or whatever else you're having with the beef into.

          Tastewise I was really pleased with this. It's got a distinct tang and the ale taste is really pleasant. It's strongly flavoured enough so that you can taste the ale but not so strong that, if like me you don't like beer / ale it's going to put you off eating it. Perhaps it could have done with a little more carrot but that's a minor quibble. The ingredients used combine well together to create a really taste sauce but they've not used too much onion, vinegar or anything else so that you get one taste dominating all of the rest.

          On the nutritional front this sauce is exceptionally low in fat and, at just over 6% even the sugar content isn't too high. There are no nasty E numbers, artificial colours, stabilisers, artificial sweeteners and anything else with scientific sounding names. It's about as close to natural as you're going to get with pre-prepared products today.

          This sauce is ideal if you're looking for a tasty, healthy, warming sauce to use as part of a main meal for the day. If you haven't sampled it yet, give it a try.


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