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Sainsbury's Vine Ripened Tomato & Jalapeno Salsa

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      11.09.2009 23:13
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      Tangy and tasty but not hot hot hot!

      I do love a good salsa and I like it with a breast of chicken to pep it up a bit or to use with crisps as a dip and things like that. I do prefer a fresh salsa though as I find stuff in a jar far richer in taste usually and a bit faked and too smooth for my liking so when I saw this priced at £1.17 a tub in my local Sainsbury's store I simply had to give it a go!

      The Packaging:

      The salsa comes in a clear plastic round pot that is 200g in size and it has a red and white sleeve that you simply pull off it. On the front of said sleeve there is a picture of some of the salsa on what looks like a piece of chicken and I'm told it is Sainsbury's Vine Ripened Tomato & Jalapeno Salsa 'Try topping onto crispy bruschetta' there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there, I'm told it's medium in hotness and suitable for Vegetarians, I'm also told to keep it refridgerated and the display and use by dates are displayed well. Other information on the the back of the sleeve gives me a full nutritional value breakdown, ingredients are listed (no allergy advice is) and contact details for Sainsburys is given. nice informative packaging this is.

      The Salsa:

      Well when you peel back the film off the top of the container you are met with what actually looks like fresh salsa. it has a viney tomato smell to it and looks quite chunky however I felt it did look a bit too runny. It's red in colour being made up from 40% vine ripened tomatoes and 31% tomato and added tomato puree and you can really mostly see tomato though look hard enough you can see a few flakes of onion in here too (9%). The tomatoes taste like tomatoes, not too squishy or too hard but juicy and very flavoursome. The flavour in the liquid is tangy and slightly sweet as it's made up with adding a bit of honey and lime to it which brings out the tomatoey flavours. It's well seasoned too with salt and black pepper, paprika, cinnamon, clove and coriander and of course it has added red chillie and jalapeno peppers in there to to to give a bit of heat.

      However although I found this to be fresh tasting and as I said quite chunky I only got a slight detection of the chilli in this salsa. Don't get me wrong either I'm not overly fond of too much chilli and blowing my last brain cell out of my head but although I think it's mild and appreciate that I did find it a bit too mild! Saying that though it did allow me to taste the other ingredients in the salsa.

      Verdict:

      As fresh as you'll get compared to making your own in the taste stakes and I found that it stored well in my fridge once opened for a couple of days though my only issue with that was that it kind of split and I ended up with loads of juice at the bottom of my carton. It's nice enough, just a little too runny for me and I could do with Sainsbury's turning up the heat just a notch or two!

      Nutritional Information Per quarter Of A Pot:

      Calories: 40
      Fat: 2.3g
      Saturated Fat: 0.2g
      Salt: 0.10g
      Total Sugars: 2.5g

      Only available in Sainsburys stores.

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