“ Brand: Loyd Grossman / Type: Sauces „
Whilst there are times where I will happily make my own tomato-based pasta sauces, I do keep a couple of jars in the larder at home for 'stand-by' occasions, or for times when my husband has to prepare our evening meal instead of myself; I suffer with mobility issues and have several health conditions that will often see me feeling unwell and terribly fatigued, and at these times the responsibility of meal preparation falls to my husband. Due to him working full time, the meals prepared by my other half when necessity strikes are always very quick and easy to prepare, and pre-prepared pasta sauces are ideal for these times. We have tried out several of the sauces from the Loyd Grossman range, with this review outlining the "Bolognese" variety, which my husband and myself prepared together recently.
We purchased our jar of Bolognese Sauce online at www.tesco.com, but you can also purchase in store in branches of Tesco, or indeed, within other supermarkets including Asda and Sainsbury's. I do find that the price of this particular range of sauces will fluctuate greatly at times, but I generally pay in the region of £1 - £1.50, as I usually take advantage of some promotional offer or other. At the present time (September 2013), the jars are actually priced at £2 in Tesco, which I will admit I do feel is slightly excessive. I don't recall ever paying this amount for a jar of pasta sauce from the Loyd Grossman range, and recommend keeping an eye out for special offers and promotional deals.
The jar is pretty standard for a product like this one; it is quite tall and made of glass which can be recycled. There is a slight 'curve' in the glass jar's shape near the top which I find allows a steady grip to be maintained throughout the time the jar is in use. The jar is 425g in size, and from this we can usually obtain three 'medium' portions, when the pasta meal is served with bread or a mixed salad in our house, but of course this result may vary a little, depending on your preferred serving size etc.
Instructions are provided on the jar's label, and whilst these are short and concise, I found they were also simple and self-explanatory. To use, I simply had to 'brown' my mince (veggie, in my case, but you can also use beef) and I then had to pour the sauce over the mince, allowing it to simmer until the 'meat' was cooked. This didn't take too long at all, and I cooked my spaghetti at the same time, whilst popping a small garlic baguette in the oven as an accompaniment to our meal. As the sauce and mince mixture cooked, I was aware of the most delicious scent of tomatoes and garlic filling the kitchen. I was surprised to note that the tomato scent felt very 'authentic' and fresh, as if it were fresh tomatoes that were cooking, rather than being those from a jar of pasta sauce.
Serving the meal took just a moment, which suited us down to the ground as we were rather hungry at the point of serving, thanks to the delicious mouth-watering aromas that had filled the kitchen as the sauce bubbled on the stove. Spooning the Bolognese Sauce and mince mixture onto a bed of fresh spaghetti, I noticed that there was quite a lot of 'watery' liquid lurking in the depths of the saucepan, so I opted to use a slotted spoon, which worked well at draining this excess liquid off and leaving it in the pan. The rest of the sauce looked quite thick and was not at all sloppy.
Settling down to our meal, I was impressed at its appearance; small chunks of vegetable appeared to be within the sauce itself, which had kept its glossy sheen and rich, 'robust' red colour, irrespective of the amount of time it had been simmering. I liked too how there were small pieces of herb 'flecked' through the sauce, and didn't feel this looked to be excessive. I actually thought the sauce looked very home-made and quite authentic compared to some others that I buy regularly from other brands.
I find this particular sauce has a lovely 'balance' to it, that is without any distinct 'sharpness' in the tomatoes' flavouring, and this is something that I have found is very disappointing with other brands of pasta sauce that I have bought in the past. Similarly, I find that this Bolognese Sauce is not overly sweet, which is another issue that many rival sauces often have. I find that home-made sauce can be quite bitter, particularly if plum tomatoes are used in its recipe, but a small amount of sugar is usually enough to counteract this which is quite a simple adjustment, really. It never fails to amaze me, therefore, that so many shop-bought sauces are ridiculously sweet or extremely bitter. To my relief, the Loyd Grossman sauces seem to be extremely balanced in comparison to other brands, and the Bolognese just tastes quite tomato-like, with a delicate sweetness present that is balanced with the sauce's herbs and seasoning.
I found too that those little vegetable chunks that I noticed as the sauce was being cooked were difficult to miss among the sauce as it was consumed, but I did like how they did not feel overly soft or 'mushy', and in all honesty I felt they added a little more 'bite' to the sauce's texture. The chunks of tomato that were in the sauce too, were not mushy or overly soft, and, again, I did feel that the whole taste and texture of the Bolognese Sauce was very similar to that of my own home-made sauce.
The nutritional information on the jar's label informs me that 100g of the Loyd Grossman Bolognese Sauce contains 55 Kcal and 2.5g fat. There is a claim on the label informing me that one half jar serving equals "1 of your 5 a day." There is also information pertaining to food allergies printed on the label's reverse, along with a small logo indicating that the sauce is suitable for a vegetarian diet.
Taking everything into account, and considering how much my husband and I both enjoyed our pasta Bolognese, I do think I would repurchase the Loyd Grossman Bolognese Sauce again in the future, and it therefore comes with my full recommendation. In saying that, however, I do feel that the normal purchase price is verging on being excessive, and so am deducting one star to reflect my disappointment of this.
I'm reviewing Loyd Grossman's bolognese sauce.
It comes in a glass jar containing 350g
Nutritional info per 100g,
Energy-75Kcal......Protein-2.0g.....Carbohydrate-10.2g(of which sugars-7.4g).....Fat-2.9g(of which saturates-0.4g).....Fibre-1.4g.....Sodium-0.6g.....Salt equivalent-1.5g
Allergy info. Contains celery ,which is a common allergy (who knew!).
"Nutmeg" is an ingredient,but that isn't a nut derivative despite the name. However they do advise that the sauce is prepared in a factory where nut products are also manufactured....so if your nut allergy is extreme then best just avoid this altogether.
Loyd Grossman has been a name in cooking for some time ,so I daresay his bringing out a range of sauces was an inevitable move and they have been available now for a few years. Grossman boasts on the jar that he has been making pasta sauces for more than 20 years ,so we can assume he knows his trade.
*****WHY I BOUGHT IT*****
That's easy to answer. I'm a lazy cook sometimes & I like having quickie items in my cupboard for busy days where cooking dinner is too much of a chore after a long day. This is one such item.
Also there are occasions when one or more of the needed ingredients for a good bolognese sauce just aren't at hand. In fact more often than not, once you discover one ingredient has run out you tend to find another one unavailable as well.....infuriating.
I bought this to try out when it first came on the market & thought it a really decent substitute for home prepared-from-scratch bolognese sauce ,but it wasn't cheap,and that was prohibitive to me using it much.
However, it seems to pop up regularly on special offers & when it does then I stock up.
I like the simplicity of just needing to do the very basics & then chuck in a jar of this sauce and for my family's taste he seems to have got the ingredients just right.
(They are...Tomatoes (44%),Tomato Purée ,Red Wine (6%) ,Celery ,Onion ,Carrot ,Garlic ,Sugar ,Sunflower Oil ,Sea Salt ,Extra Virgin Olive Oil ,Concentrated Lemon Juice ,Oregano ,Basil ,Black Pepper ,Thyme ,Nutmeg ,Ground Bay Leaf).
I do it with spaghetti or some other pasta, and those part-baked baguettes you pop in the oven for just 10 mins. The warm freshly baked baguettes are great for mopping up the sauce and are really cheap as well.
There really isn't much more to say on this sauce. You will either like it or not, and purist chefs/cooks will possibly be deeply offended by it,but it is a good stand-by product,and I'd say grab a jar when you see it on offer & give it a try......you might be pleasantly surprised.
There was 'an issue' regarding one of his sauces last year (or thereabouts) ,but in a way I now find that a positive since there is no way they'd take a chance on it occurring again. But best I mention it.
I bought four jars of this in my local TESCO just yesterday for £1 each,but oddly enough the TESCO online site fails to mention this offer being available & they list it at £2 per jar ,so it might be just a local offer in my area. Strange. But look at the end of aisles & you may see it there on special offer at some point along with a couple more varieties of his sauces.
Thank you for reading ~~~myloh
Having had a few Loyd Grossman cook in sauces (and rather liking them!) in the past when I spotted this one recently in Asda, on offer for a pound a jar I couldn't resist buying it. I think the Loyd Grossman stir in sauces are great as a rule and really excellent quality.
The sauce comes in a glass jar and there is a label around its middle. On that I am told it is Loyd Grossman Bolgnese 'I enjoy the way the juicy sun ripened tomatoes blend with red wine, basil and oregano in this sauce' and there is a photograph of the man behind the sauce on there too. Other information listed on the jar includes being given an idea how to use the sauce, ingredients of the sauce and a full nutritional chart is displayed, the size is stated (which is 425g in this case) and contact details for Chivers Hartley Ltd (the manufacturer of the product) are given. Nice, classy and well presented this is and you simply twist on/off the reddish coloured lid to the top of it to use the sauce.
The recipe suggestion on the jar is simple. Just fry off some mince till its browned and then add the sauce and let it simmer for a few minutes. Course if like me your a bit more adventurous then you can use this with other ingredients and just fry them off first. So me, I fried off a variety of vegetables and some mince and made up the bolognese and then stuffed a marrow with it lol.
It makes a nice thin reddish sauce with lots of flecks of herbs in it. It isn't really a thick sauce so you do need to use plenty of ingredients or to use less of the jar for a slightly less runny meal.
This sauce is just simply yummy! Really tastes of fresh chopped red tomatoes which you can see within it and a hint of red wine flavouring to it which gives it a tanginess and with a hint of garlic, oregano and basil its simply a really rich and posh sauce! Even better than I can make from scratch myself!
It coats and clings to the ingredients you use and looks really authentic and from now on I won't be faffing about any longer trying to create an Italian style sauce....I'll simply buy it...this is beautiful and well balanced in flavours and not only tastes amazing looks it too!!
Nutritional Information Per 100g:
of which sugars: 7.4g
of which saturates: 0.4g
Salt equivalent: 1.5g
Available in all good supermarkets etc and if not on offer at around £1.49 a jar.
I have purchased this bolognese sauce on several occasions - especially when it has been on offer at Tesco's. I like this sauce and really feel it makes a meal like spaghetti bolognese even more tasty. The consistency of the sauce is good,it is not full of big bits of vegetables, mushrooms and so on, like some sauces can be, and I feel that it heats up well and adds that extra kick of falvour to a meal. I must say though that I dont think you get alot of mixture for your money, not as much as you would in say ba jar from other leading bolognese sauces, this however is the only disappointment for me. The rest is all good. The packaging is simple, and you get what you pay for which is good tasting bolognese sauce. I always find one jar is more than adequate for a person serving but this of course depends on how much spaghetti you cook. A little more expensive than other sauces at around £2.00 but well worth the money
As pasta with tomato sauce is a staple for us in this house, we stock up whenever good sauces are on offer. Tesco was recently doing Lloyd Grossman sauces for 82p, so we got a couple of jars to try.
On opening, the sauce gives off a lovely strong, tomato-y smell, and on pouring into the saucepan has a lovely consistency - a thinish sauce with lots of mashed and chopped up tomato and vegetable bits - so it's not thick like a sauce such as Ragu, which is mostly smooth, but it's thick with texture and bits. You can see the herbs in it too, and as it cooks it begins to give off an even richer smell - you can really start to tell its been made with a bit of red wine and some well-picked herbs!
The cooking results in a lovely textured sauce with spreads nicely on pasta, and with mince in it also works well. The taste is FANTASTIC - so rich and full of different veg3etable bits and textures. I have one little gripe though - because the sauce is made with real herbs, you often get a stray bit of bay leaf or other hard, dry herb in there that catches in your mouth and you have to pick out. It kind of ruins the eating experience!
However, when on offer I'll definitely buy these sauces again, as the taste really is superior to other brands, and the sauce seems to go a fair way. Because of the delicious taste, I also don't need to layer loads of cheese on top either, so marks for inadvertently being healthier, too!
What a sauce! Its rare that I deviate from my standard Dolmio favourite but for 87p in Tesco this week there really was no reason not to try it, that and I had been influenced by the advert which featured some very satisfied Bologna residents. In fact we've been back since to stock up! At that price you cant make it cheaper yourself.
The sauce packs a punch in terms of flavour and unlike other Bolognese sauces that can often be lacking that killer ingredient Lloyd's sauce seems to have it all. To pin point the exact flavours is tricky but it has a richness which I can only achieve at home with half a bottle of red wine. The tomatoes are an intense, deep red and the whole jar when added to your invention is so fragrant is fills the kitchen. The cubes of carrot and well diced onion are a great addition and throw in some mushroom and courgette it goes a long way. I recently used the sauce with mince as the base for a lasagne and the added flavour made all the difference.
The product is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and is also gluten and lactose free and would be terrific on its own.
The Ingredients: 34% diced tomatoes in juice 24% tomato puree, 8% red wine 6% onions and then Celery, Carrots, Celery Puree, onion Puree, Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Salt, Garlic, Sunflower Oil, Extra Virgin olive Oil, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Vegetable Bouillon (Yeast Extract, Water, Salt, Vegetable Powder, Carrot Extract, Celery Extract, parsley Extract, Garlic Extract, Onion Extract), Oregano, Basil, Black Pepper, Bay.
The product is easy to cook and just requires it to be heated on a hob, I recommend a bif of parmasan cheese to finish it off.
I recommend buying it whilst its on special offer as at £2 normal price it's a little steep and I honestly think they could be onto a market leader if they reduced it to match competitors. Also if you go onto the Lloyd Grossman website and tell them you liked the product (you have to have a product code) you get a free voucher to try one of their other sauces and free entry to their competition to win a trip to Italy. Yummy
We saw this sauce on offer in our local Tesco and thought at the price it would be too good to be true, but we were very surprised!
Very nice, really complements a bolognese, without the meat!
The sauce alone is very tasty and has everything from onion to carrott to spices and herbs in a lovely combination!
I've noticed that lots of supermarkets are doing their own sauces now, and we normally also get them, but thought should try something else!!
We normally would always have th Dolmio sauce so it is nice to have a change and to find that there is something in our opinion nicer! There are many different sauces to choose from, we have as yet only had the bolognese but will try the others as and when as with the rating of this sauce to go by, it cant hurt to try the others!
Lloyd Grossman have a long reputation for providing us with excellent sauces that can be used with a wealth of recipes. If you're deciding to cook up a particular recipe that involves some sort of sauce, then you may want to save yourself some time. Creating a sauce from scratch can add alot of time to your recipes, and sometimes it's just as easy to pick up a jar of Lloyds Grossman's from your local supermarket.
The sauce in question for this particular review, is of the Bolognese variety. I have recently ventured into the cooking arena and find the variety of ready made sauces from these guys very useful. This sauce is your standard flavour of Bolognese, but with a twist. It contains cube-cut Carrots for that extra flavour! It's a well known fact that any good Bolognese should contain Carrots. They really bring out the other ingrediants to give you a rich tasting sauce, with whatever you decide to cook with it. This sauce very easy to cook too. Add it to a pan and heat for a maximum of 20 minutes on high heat and your sauce will be ready in no time at all.
So what kind of meals can you use it with? Well, just about anything! Be creative. The number one rule of cooking is definatly to just try different things. Strictly speaking, this sauce should be used in Bolognese (hence the name), so you might cook it with meat, then add your pasta or rice. That's if you want to be traditional. However, it is a very standard sauce and will go with just about anything. Gone are the days of set recipes. We live in a time when experimental cooking is the norm - so give it a try. What's the worst that can happen?
It's also very cheap. A jar will set you back £2 or maybe a bit more if you live in the southern parts of the country, and may vary from one shopping chain to another. The only downside I can attribute to it is perhaps that one jar tends not to be enough for one meal. I always end up using 1 and a half jars for a meal, which is a bit annoying. Some people will be able to manage with the one jar though, so it's only a minor gripe really.
Lloyds Grossman's Bolognese Sauce is a vital companion to any kitchen. Dispense with creating sauces from scratch, it's just as easy to grab one of these from your shelf and throw it on your stove. It tastes great too, it's almost too easy to use one of these rather than go through the process of making one yourself - unless you enjoy that sort of thing! Lloyd Grossman's Bolognese Sauce is the way to go, and great for beginners especially!
Who makes a sauce like this??
Another day, another Loyd Grossman pasta sauce and this time it's the turn of the simple yet very tasty Bolognese. Bolognese is generally a meat based sauce for pasta originating in Bologna, Italy, hence the name. However, as this sauce is suitable for vegetarians it has not meat in it.
The sauce is described as a classic sauce packed with carrots, celery and red wine. . It's a really lovely golden red colour and quite thick. The sauce has quite a nice consistency, thick without being too chunky. You can definitely tell that there are a lot of chopped vegetables in this sauce and it is definitely not bland. It is obviously a tomato based sauce and the tomatoes in this are blended but quite chunky too so you get a lovely thick taste. To me the best part are the tomatoes as they are lovely and juicy and ripe. The ingredients list the tomatoes as 34% so quite a lot of the sauce is tomato based which is nice.
You can definitely taste the wine in the sauce but it's not overpowering or too strong which is nice, it just gives it a nice rich flavour. The ingredients list the wine content as only 8% so not too much really. They are lots of little bits of carrots too chopped up which look and taste nice and fresh and are still quite crunchy which I like. My only compliant with this sauce is that it ahs little bits of dried oregano in it that are quite sharp and often get stuck in your throat and I always end up picking them out of the sauce which is quite annoying.
Each jar serves two people I would say, when you pour it over pasta or mince. I think it makes a wonderful spaghetti sauce. The great thing about this sauce is that it's quick and easy, all you have to do is cook some meat or pasta, throw over the sauce, heat it up and you are ready to go.
The jar itself contains 425g. Per 100g there are only 75 calories which I think is quite a small amount. Like I said above if you have half a jar, say 200g, then that's only about 150 calories for your portion which in my opinion is not that bad and definitely better than some other ready made sauces out there. The other great thing about this sauce is that as well as being suitable for vegetarians it is also suitable for vegans, gluten free, lactose free and wheat free so just about anybody can eat it.
The jar itself is quite snazzy looking, I think it's got quite an upmarket look. It has a picture of Loyd tasting the sauce and a statement from him which reads, "I love food and believe great food comes from care and attention to detail. That's why I insist on tasting every recipe until it's just right." I definitely think he got this recipe just right so well done Loyd.
The nice thing is as well is that Loyd has a website linked with his sauces where you can find recipes and product information plus more which definitely helps in cooking and planning meals. The address is www.loydgrossmansauces.co.uk
If you're looking for a quick and easy sauce in the evening that is also healthy then you have found a wonderful product with a great taste. I recommend you try everything else he has on offer!