“ Brand: Loyd Grossman / Type: Sauces „
When it comes to cooking I admit wholeheartedly to being a lazy bones. I rather often pick up cook in sauces to help me make quick and interesting meals with and Loyd Grossman is a range that I simply adore. Currently on offer in Asda at 83p a jar these glass jars hold 350g of sauce and not only in this flavour but in many and I hadn't tried this one out before so i couldn't wait to try it out!
The Packaging is simple. Easy to open and we are clearly told what it is on the front and then on the back of the label ingredients and a full nutritional chart is stated and information on how to use it is also given etc.
The Sauce Itself:
Bright red in colour and when you first open the jar you can really smell the sweet tomatoes this contains along with a small hint of garlic. You can use this any way you want to of course. I personally used this as a stir in sauce to fried mince and onions and heated it on the hob till warm and thickened or you can heat up the sauce for a few minutes and tip it on cooked pasta...its a versatile sauce!
Through cooking this does thicken slightly though has a gloopy sort of consistency and sort of looks home made rather than brightly coloured and smooth like say a Dolmio sauce. It taste really of fresh tomatoes, with a hint of a mushroom flavour and you can slightly taste garlic in there to along with parsley and oregano. It's a well seasoned sauce, none oily and really delicious!
I love this high quality, tasty sauce, its easy to use and very versatile indeed and I wouldn't hesitate in purchasing this again in the future!
Nutritional Information Per 100g:
of which Sugars: 6.4g
of which Saturates: 0.7g
Salt Equivalent: 1.5g
Available in all good supermarkets and if not on offer costs about £1.49 a jar.
I normally buy own label pasta sauces from supermarkets like Tesco and ASDA but as the Lloyd Grossman varieties were on promotion at a pound a jar I selected a couple to try. The second one of these I used recently having already reviewed the other was Tomato and wild mushroom. The label on the glass jar is very professional looking and gives the impression that the contents inside will be of the highest quality. A quote on the label I assume from Lloyd himself states "I like the delicious blend of sun ripened tomatoes, wild mushrooms and garlic in this sauce"
After I fried my mince and onions I added this sauce and was impressed by the rich red colour and I could smell the mushrooms in the jar. It blended tremendously with the mince and simmered beautifully. The sauce tastes great and you can see lovely pieces of wild mushroom within it, these look very different to the normal mushrooms you might normally add yourself, their shape reflects that off a toadstool really.
A half jar contains 105 calories and I had to use just a bit more than half a jar to cover my mince even though I was just preparing the meal for myself. 100g of the sauce contains 3.4g of fat and for those who suffer with allergies this has gluten and wheat in it I'm afraid. The ingredients do seem to be natural though with 50% tomatoes and wild mushrooms weighing in at 5%.
I really enjoyed this sauce especially at the promotional price but because the taste is not tremendously different to the normal cheaper ones I buy I don't think I would purchase it regularly at the standard cost of around £1.66 unless I was entertaining or cooking for friends.
We've tried a few of the Loyd Grossman sauces and a while ago when there was a 2 for £2 offer on one of the ones we bought was this Wild Mushroom and Tomato version. These jars are normally about £1.60 each for a 350g jar that is supposed to feed 2-3 people so actually not so bad at full price but I always like to buy these when they are on offer.
The sauce has "sun-ripened tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic and oregano" and are perfect with pasta but you could add them to rice or meat too. This one is also suitable for vegetarians and for more information you can go to www.loydgrossman.co.uk.
I find Loyd Grossman sauces to be very juicy, they differ completely from alot of stir in sauces by the fact there is more of them so you do get a good amount of sauce per person which I find makes a better meal.
The nutritional statistics for 100g of this sauce are: 88 calories, 2.1g protein, 7.4g carbohydrates of which 6.4g sugars, 5.6g fat of which 0.7g saturates, 1.5g fibre and 0.9g salt. So you can see most of the carbs come from sugar and there's quite alot of fat in this! To be honest if you have this as part of your main meal along with pasta those statistics aren't particularly bad. After all we all need a certain amount of fat each day!
Upon unscrewing the lid you are met with a rich tomato sauce that smells decidedly garlicky, there is some oil floating on top but that's just because it's separated from the tomato base and it will mix back in. What I noticed was how many large chunks of mushroom there are in this sauce. If you're expecting little bits chopped up here and there think again! The chunks of mushroom are huge and some are a couple of inches long! Naturally there aren't many because there is only 350g of sauce to put them in but there was a good 7 or 8 large pieces of mushroom in our sauce.
The tomatoes are also plentiful and you'll find lots of large chunks of those too which are really juicy and tasty. The remainder of the sauce is mostly herbs. I have to say I didn't notice the oregano listed on the front of the jar when I bought this or I probably wouldn't have because it's one of the few herbs I'm not keen on but I'm pleased to say I couldn't taste it as it was overshadowed by the garlic.
We have these sauces with pasta and I've once made a successful pasta bake using one too by pre-cooking the pasta, adding the sauce and a third of the jar of water, mxing it round and topping with grated cheese before baking for 15 minutes in the oven. That's not what they're designed for but they do make a nice pasta bake if you fancy a change from just stirring them into pasta.
I used this sauce to feed two people but I cooked too much pasta and my partner ended up taking the remainder for his lunch the following day so it does easily manage 3 people.
Overall this sauce was very juicy, very tasty and had surpisingly large chunks of both mushroom and tomato in it so no skimping on the part of Loyd Grossman! I do recommend it and found it was a really delicious meal when added to pasta. Look out for offers on these sauces and stock up because they are a great item to have in for quick easy meals. A full 5 stars from me.
I bought this product simply because my local Tesco had the full range on half price so I only paid 79p for the jar. I guess that means that usually they retail for around £1.58 which seems quite pricey for this 350g jar but then I suppose with the name you excpect to pay a little more.
Anyway, I was intrigued to use it and so on saturday night I made a pasta dish with it, I did not use it as a straight sauce but added some chopped courgettes and mushrooms and some quorn pieces once it was in the pan and simmered for about 20 minutes before stirring into some cooked penne.
The taste of the wild mushrooms really came through the sauce so I was quite impressed with that as personally I do like the flavour of these and yet its quite delicate, even using dried ones in dishes it can sometimes be difficult to detect - yet in this you could taste them clearly. Looking at the ingredients list might explain this as the wild mushrooms are only 3rd on the list behind tomatoes and tomate puree. Overall the flavour was very pleasing and tasted of juicy tomatoes.
I had one issue with the sauce and that was the amount of oil that was in it. When I pulled the jar out of the cupboard and opened it the oil had already gathered in a centimetre thick layer at the very top. I tried to carefully tip this out of the jar without losing the sauce as personally that is too much oil for my liking, however, despite having tipped this away, a lot still came out of the sauce while cooking and on the plates after we had eaten was the telltale orange oil residue for all to see.
I was surprised considering the amount of oil I could see that the nutritional values werent worse - 100g contains just 88 calories and 0.7g of saturated fat although considering we ate half the jar each we can almost double these values. Still, lower than I expected.
Using this jar to serve two gave plenty of sauce and I would say that you could possibly stretch it to three smaller servings.
It does contain gluten and wheat so is not suitable for coeliacs but it is vegetarian friendly.
This is not a sauce I would rush to buy again, mainly because of the oil and the fact that I know I could knock up something similar from scratch, but if I saw it on offer again I might well buy it just to keep in the cupboard for a quick meal. I dont think I would bother at full price.