Product Type: Ocean Spray Sauces / Soups
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A little pot of juiciness!
Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce
Member Name: hypno06
Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce
Advantages: The perfect accompaniment to cheese and meat.
Disadvantages: Goes mouldy if not eaten soon.
When I ran the London Marathon, we were given two goody bags - one when we registered and collected our running number, and one when we staggered over the finishing line. Those bags contained various things, from energy bars, through to a can of beer (not sure where that fits in the fit and healthy image of the Marathon - it must be something to do with the social side of the event and all the spectators out on the street!)....but one of the things that was in my goody bag was a jar of Ocean Spray cranberry sauce.
Ocean Spray is a brand that is synonymous with cranberries - cranberry juice, dried cranberries and cranberry sauce are all popular Ocean Spray products. This sauce is actually manufactured by F Duerr & Son Ltd, the excellent jam-makers, so it has a bit of a pedigree behind it!
This cranberry sauce contains just cranberries, sugar, and water.....simple, and just like making homemade but without the effort! It is gluten free and suitable for both vegetarians and vegans, so it ticks plenty of boxes. Cranberries are also a bit of a superfood, packed with anti-oxidants, so a very healthy little berry there.
The sauce is not so much a sauce, more a sloppy jam. The cranberries are generally whole berries, so you get a lot of substance in each spoonful. The colour is a wonderful, urm, well, cranberry-colour.....deep red and it looks genuine, if you know what I mean ie it doesn't look to be artificially enhanced in any way (which the ingredients confirm, which is good!).
The sauce itself is deliciously fruity and sweet, but not over-sweet. It works really well on the side of the plate for turkey and chicken, and if you have lamb but no redcurrant sauce, you can sneakily substitute this sauce in a label-less jar, or pot, and no one will bat an eyelid!
My favourite way of using this sauce, however, is in sandwiches with brie. Or even better, with brie and bits of almost-but-not-quite-crispy bacon. Ooh my mouth is starting to water just at the thought of one of these beauties....especially on malted bread.....yum!!!
There is little point in worrying about calories etc when you are only looking at a dollop or so of sauce, but if you really really want to know, then half a jar (which would be a whopper of a dollop) gives 156 calories and absolutely no saturated fat, so a spoonful with your roast dinner is hardly going to have an impact, calorie wise, on your day!
Keep this in the fridge once open, but use it fairly quickly if you can. Although it has a long "use by" date, in my experience, it will develop a fur coat if you don't use it once it has been opened for a few weeks.....and it would be a shame to waste it.
All in all, a great little pot of juiciness to add a bit of sweetness and yumminess to your food.
For more information, recipes and so on, you can go to www.oceanspray.co.uk
Summary: A superb little superfood!
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