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We normally have a fresh bulb of garlic in the cupboard plus some garlic granules but recently when I tried to replace these items I found the supermarket didn't have either! Unbelievable I know and I didn't have time to traipse round to another shop so I decided to go for a bottle of this garlic sauce instead.
Lea and Perrins are well known for their Worcester sauce but in recent years they have expanded their range to include a number of other cooking sauces. This garlic sauce is called "Cook's Helper" Garlic Sauce and boasts "no need to chop" on the front. It is a 150ml bottle with a flip lid that reveals a rather basic hole to dispense through. You should just shake the bottle and sauce drips out. Not very precise but you soon get used to it!
The sauce itself is an off white and runny with little bits of garlic in it here and there. It certainly smells of garlic and seemed like a good idea. I like helpful kitchen items that reduce the amount of time spent in there because as some of you already know I'm not a very good cook nor am I a particularly interested cook! Anything that will reduce kitchen time is good in my eyes!
On the side of the label it tells us to shake the bottle before use because the contents may separate and there's also a recipe for spaghetti bolognese on the back too. Not all supermarkets sell this sauce at the moment and I bought mine from Morrisons for just over a pound which is very reasonable as you don't need much to get that garlic flavour.
There are instructions on the back to use one tablespoon of this sauce in place of each garlic clove but I can tell you for a fact that is wrong! If you were to use a whole tablespoon of this in a recipe it would taste of nothing else but garlic, that is a huge over-estimation on the part of Lea & Perrins. More like a proper teaspoon equates to a garlic clove in my opinion. Don't make the mistake I did of believing you need to use a tablespoon or you will end up with a ruined recipe!
The taste of this is of course garlic but there's also another flavour in there, I can't find anything on the ingredients which would explain this but it tastes a bit like it has fenugreek in it. It doesn't have fenugreek in it but it's got that slightly bitter and nutty kind of taste in there as well as the garlic. I don't mind this but it isn't what you get with fresh cloves or garlic granules so just be aware there is a different taste to this than other forms of garlic.
Overall though I rather like it, it does replace fresh garlic quite well and a few splashes are enough to flavour your food. It keeps for 8 weeks after opening and should be stored in the fridge once open but 8 weeks is a pretty good lifespan. It doesn't give any calories or fat on the bottle but it has a sunflower oil base so there's going to be quite a bit of fat in this.
Would I buy it again? Yes if the other two options I normally use weren't available. I wouldn't choose this over fresh garlic or even granules but if they weren't available I'd head straight to the sauce aisle looking for this. It's tasty and convenient but you just can't beat fresh garlic can you! Recommended as a store cupboard standby.