“ Brand: Oxo / Type: Sauces „
I think this is the tastiest instant beef gravies. So why can't I find it for sale in any of my local shops - Tescos, Sainsburys, Co-op, - anymore? Why have the stopped stocking it? Can anyone tell me where I can now buy it?
A few nights ago I decided to spoil us and cook steak for tea. I wanted to get a nice sauce to go with it, but the colemans pepper sauce sachet I used to buy seems to have dissapeared from the shelf in the co-op, but I soon spied this sachet, with the word 'Beef' jumping out from the center of the packet. I had a quick glance, saw 'winter berry and shallot' and the OXO branding, thought it sounded quite posh (I know, it doesn't take much to impress me!) and popped it in my basket. It wasn't until I was about to make it that I noticed it was actually gravy!
As I couldn't get a photo of the product when I suggested it, I will loosely describe the packet for you. The front of the sachet does actually read 'Beef gravy with a hint of winter berry and shallot flavour' but in my defense, the line 'gravy with a hint of' is in smaller type! The picture on the top shows what looks like a steak dinner with OXO stamped in the middle of it and the rest of the packet is coloured dark brown, with the text all in white so it stands out. There is also a little yellow 'flag' to the side which really stands out, telling you it's 'ready in 30 seconds'. There is also a picture of three shallots in the bottom right corner, although no sign of the winter berries, maybe they are a secret?
Ah, maybe not, on the back of the packet, along with all the usual directions, nutritional info, ingredients and customer care, it tells me that it's actually a 'hint of blackberry' and goes on to give some useful advice on how to cook the perfect beef roast. Very helpful, although if you're like me, it might be a little late as tea was practically cooked by the time I got this gravy out of the cupboard.
It was very easy to make, boil the kettle, leave it a minute, pour granules into a jug, pour over water while gently stirring (I did this with a fork as I don't have a whisk) and voila, lovely gravy with no lumps! The instructions say to use three quaters of a pint of water, but I used less, I think it would be quite runny if you used the whole amount. There was enough gravy to go around the three of us, but my son is only 6 and doesn't have much and my hubby would really have liked more than he got, but it was definitely enough to add some more flavour to the meal. Larger families who like gravy as much as us would need a couple of sachets.
The gravy itself looked lovely, glossy dark brown with a faint burgandy tinge and had a few little white flecks in it, shallots maybe? I'm not sure, but it smelled and tasted lovely. The shallot flavour was distinct but not overpowering. The berry flavour was delicate, I knew it was there from reading the packet, but to be honest, if I hadn't known I would have thought just a touch of red wine had been added. It was different, a little richer, just enough to know you weren't eating regular gravy.
I will definitely buy this again, but probably not too often as at 65p for a 30 gram sachet it's not really cost effective.
Useful info: Contains wheat and gluten. Produced in a factory which handles milk powder. 23 calories and 0.3g of fat per 100ml serving (425ml when using the full three quaters of a pint) - so not bad!