“ Brand: Morrisons / Type: Sauces „
As you may already know if you have a store near to you Morrisons are at the moment offering some excellent buy one get two free promotions, one such deal has been on King Prawns retailing at £3.99 a pack. This promotion has now ended unfortunately but my local Morrisons must have a massive surplus of these in store as they have now been reduced to 85p, never one to miss a bargain I bought a couple of packs today. I'm not overly keen on prawns by themselves and like to have some seafood sauce over them to give them a different taste so bought some of their own brand name Seafood Sauce but in the Reduced Fat variety and this is what I will be reviewing here.
Contained in a clear glass jar with a label around the middle my sauce comes in a 170 gram jar and cost 79p. The label informs me that this is a reduced fat sauce and has an illustration of what looks like a prawn cocktail salad on the front and has a golden screw top cap.
Being a see-through jar you can see the sauce through the glass and it is of a salmon colour, not exactly pink and quite dull really, I can't say it looks all that appealing if I'm being honest, but it's the taste that matters after all. Opening the jar you immediately smell the vinegary sauce, a tomato aroma is evident and the sauce itself is of a nice thick consistency. Spooning some out of the jar to put on top of the prawns you notice that the sauce is thick and gloopy and not as runny as you would imagine an own brand to be.
With the prawns smothered it's down to the taste and the first thing you notice is the strong vinegar flavour that has a tomatoey hint to it. Certainly not unpleasant but strong all the same, the sauce nicely coated the prawns and even though is very flavoured wasn't overpowering. There is an aftertaste though that is slightly bizarre which reminds me of when I've eaten chips with vinegar on from the chip shop. As this sauce is the reduced fat there are sweeteners added and I think it's this that give the strange after taste, whilst not horrible it is there nevertheless and I must admit that I have tasted nicer seafood sauces than this before.
Nutrition wise a 100 gram serving will provide 270 calories, 20.8 grams of fat - of which 1.4 grams are saturates and 17.2 grams of sugars. Ingredients reveal that as well as water, egg yolk, tomato paste and spirit vinegar there is also sodium saccharine as the added sweetener included. Allergy information warns that the sauce contains egg.
I can't say I loved this sauce, and in hindsight I wish I had gone for the full fat variety rather than the reduced version as the original may have had a better taste. It served its purpose well and overall it was okay but very sharp leaving a strange aftertaste. I don't think I would buy this one again but would try the other choice before dismissing the Morrisons brand completely. Certainly cheaper than the big brand names but not a great choice and from me they only rate as 3/5 Dooyoo stars.
I just adore seafood sauce and get through rather alot of it to be honest cos I love seafood! Whether it be salmon or crab sticks or prawns or basically any other kind of fish I'm the one with me snout shoved into this as I'm a saucy madam lol.
500g glass see-through jar with a gold twist on/off lid to the top of it and a white label around the middle of the jar with prawns and lettuce on it to decorate. I'm told on the front that it is Morrisons Seafood Sauce. Other information on the jar gives me a list of ingredients, allergy advice and a nutritional rundown, I'm told how to store it, contact details for Morrisons are given, I'm told it is Vegetarian, the size is stated (as I've listed already) and finally there is a bar-code on there. Very straightforward jar this is and you can of course see the sauce through the glass.
The Seafood Sauce Itself...
When you open the jar it smells vinegary and looking on the list of ingredients one of the main ingredients is indeed is spirit vinegar! It's a good consistency, peach coloured and creamy looking sauce and smells worse than it tastes (vinegar again lol).
It's rather sour although quite sweet as well. It has a slight taste of tomatoes to it, is rather creamy (so it's completely smooth) and also has a hint of garlic to the over-all flavour. It's ok but for my taste-buds a bit too heavy on the vinegar, overpowering the whole creaminess of the sauce a bit too much for my liking making it all taste rather cheap really. It really isn't awful and as I mentioned earlier does have a rather nice consistency to it not being runny or anything and at £1.29 for such a large jar it is quite an economical product so if interested it's worth giving it a go in my humble opinion!
Contains: Celery, egg and mustard.
Nutritional Information....Per 100g....
Energy: 515 Kcal
of which sugars: 14.7g
of which is saturates: 3.6g
Salt equivalent: 1.3g
Only available in Morrisons stores.