I buy a couple of own brand products in every shop to see what they are like and to see if there are any bargains to be had. HP sauce that my boyfriend has with his weekend brekkie was on the list last month so I bought some Tesco Everyday Value brown sauce for his highness to try which was only 30p. He was not impressed by the idea but now it's him that asks me to buy this sauce again
He wasn't happy because we had already tried the Sainsbury's Basic brown sauce and it was not very nice. It tasted too strong and vinegary and was a bit runny as well. The Tesco own label one is definitely better and one where I can't taste a lot of difference between this and the more expensive ones. The bottle is basic and so you can tell something this boring is own brand which might put some people off but it's not like I am going to display it. It is a squeeze bottle which is handy for a sauce like this as it comes out without too much shaking. This sauce is quite thick so it is perfect for dipping your chips or sausages in, but you can stir it into sauces easily as well.
If you take the sauce out of it's bottle it looks just the same as any other ones. It is brown of course, nicely thick, and with a good spicy smell. The taste is tangy but it doesn't stick in my throat and make me cough like the Sainsbury's one did because it isn't so vinegary. The after taste is a bit more acidic than the HP one but I actually like this.
I like to add a big splodge to my cottage pie because it makes the sauce really yummy and richer tasting. Don't tell my mum but this is a quick and easy cheat to make the meal taste even better. I also like the brown sauce on with baked beans. Pop them on a jacket potato and the taste is lovely for an easy lunch. It makes the beans go a dark colour but the taste is great, I promise you.
I would recommend this to a friend because it is really good value for money. It tastes almost the same as the expensive brown sauce but costs a lot less. It is a bit more acidic but then I don't use quite so much so maybe it is better that way.
NB: This product is now sold as '''Every day value brown sauce''' and is packaged in a squeezy bottle
Why I bought it
I have been a bargain hunter all my life, and am always happy to buy own brand products if they are of a good standard. Tesco Every Day Value Brown Sauce easily fits into this category, allowing me to save money without affecting my lifestyle.
The Packaging and Price
This is now packaged in an "upside down" squeezy bottle. Containing 560g of brown sauce, the bottle is rectangle in shape with sligtht indentations for the hand- The bottle is clear, so you can see how much sauce you have left and it sits quite sturdily on its wide white plastic flip-top lid, with the predominantly brown coloured label pasted on upside down too.
I like to keep my sauces in the fridge once opened, and as the bottle stands 18cm tall, I find I have to store it in the lower shelf of the fridge door next to the milk as it will not stand anywhere else in my fridge.
I have had my latest bottle for a few months now, and to be hones, t I have purchased these so often, just chuck it in the basket without checking the price, but a quick look at Tescos website tells me that i am currently paying just 29p for this product...as I said I like a bargain.
So what does it taste like?
Honestly...it tastes liek brown sauce! I really cannot tell the difference between this and a bottle of heinz or Daddies. Perhaps it is my taste buds, but I really cannot tell the difference. Of course this does not compare to HP sauce, which has it's own special flavour.
It is quite thick, and as I squeeze a blob out of the samll dispensing hole in the lid onto my finger, it hold it's shape well. The colour is a mid to dark brown and has a glossy sheen.
The flavour is initially a sharp vinigary tang, quickly followed by a richer smoky flavour....exactly what I want for my chips, and an essential on my bacon sandwich.
For 29p I think this is an absolute bargain, especially when other brown sauces in the same shop range from 65p all the way up to 2.49. It gives me exactly the sharp tangy flavour I am looking for to enhance my food, and is absultely never going to break the budget....Yeah Tescos!
Whenever I can save a few pennies I will certainly do so. With rising costs of everything at the moment I am aware I am not alone in doing this. For years I bought HP Sauce convincing myself it was the best however in the past few months since cutting back there is only one I have been buying often and its this Tesco Everyday Value Brown Sauce.
This comes in one size as far as I am aware of and thats in large plastic see-through bottle with a bottom opening white plastic flip top lid to it and it holds 560g. On the front label we are told that it is Tesco Everyday Value Brown Sauce 'Tasted And Approved By Customers', there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown along with little pictures of sausages and eggs and so on and a photograph of a fried looking breakfast. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes ingreidents and allergy advice is given, storage advice is given, a full nutritional chart is listed, the size is stated (as I have listed already) and contact details for Tesco are clearly given. I like the bottle this sauce comes in and the way you can squeeze the sauce out of the bottom of it with ease and there is also a slight curve to the large bottle which makes it easier to handle.
Dark brown, glossy and easy to squeeze out of the bottle I really like this particulary on my sausage and my bacon sandwiches. The sauce has a slightly fruity, malty and sharp taste to it which is really tangy and rather strong in flavour. I can taste a vinegar taste to it, feel it is very well seasoned and what is good about it is that when it is popped on warm/hot foods it doesn't go all runny like brown water and it holds itself very well indeed!
I really like the quality of this and can't believe the price of it for such a large bottle is only 30p and with only 12 calories and just a trace of fat and saturates per tablespoon it isn't bad on the old hips either!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I always keep a bottle of brown sauce in the cupboard as its so useful for just spicing up a simple dish. I've been trying a lot of Tesco Value products recently and their value brown sauce is the latest thing I've bought. It costs just 30p for a 540g bottle compared to HP brown sauce which is £1.68 for a 425g bottle, so quite a bargain.
The sauce is only sold in a glass bottle, there's no squeezy plastic one but at 30p you don't really expect there to be. It has a simple twist top lid with a safety button on it so you know your bottle hasn't already been undone. The label has the Tesco value logo and a red banner across the front with brown sauce written across it. There is a picture on the label giving a serving suggestion along with the GDA's which are given for 1 tablespoon:-
The rest of the label gives a list of ingredients along with a couple of allergy warnings. Tesco cannot guarantee that this sauce has come from a nut free factory although it doesn't actually contain any nuts and the sauce contains wheat, glutton and Soya. There is also a more detailed nutritional list for those who are interested.
The sauce is suitable for vegetarians and the glass bottle can be recycled.
The sauce is the same rich brown colour as branded brown sauces and is reasonably thick. It smells lovely very rich and spicy and as far as appearance and smell go the sauce is appetising. Of course the taste is the important thing and Tesco brown sauce doesn't fall down in this department. It tastes like it smells, rich and spicy, not too hot, its got a bit of a kick but there's also a slight sweetness to it which stops it being too sour and sharp. I was impressed, this 30p bottle of brown sauce certainly stands it ground when compared to the more expensive branded sauces.
Of course this sauce makes a nice accompaniment to a meal as a dipping sauce on the side of your plate but I also find this is very useful in cooking. A good blob of this added to baked beans makes all the difference, it gives them a bit of spice and heat and certainly brightens up beans on toast, its also great on toast with melted cheese. I often add this to a mince dish whether its vegetarian mince or regular mince. It just seems to add a richness to meaty dishes.
This makes a good BBQ sauce, we just baste it over the meat on the BBQ while its cooking ( veggie meat and regular) and it adds a lovely flavour to the food.
I'm pleased with my value brown sauce, I have used it as a simple dipping sauce but mostly in cooking. It tastes just as nice as expensive sauces and adds a little bit of a kick to your food. It is certainly one I will be using again.
I have a lot of parties and BBQ's, I like to entertain my family and friends a lot because I love it when we all get together and have fun and catch up etc. I usually buy the branded sauces because they are nice and tasty for my parties and I know my guests will enjoy eating it with their burgers or food which needs a little sauce added to give that little extra kick. I have seen this sauce many times but never tried it before, so I decided to buy it and try it myself first to see if I thought it would be suitable for my guests, so that I didn't disappoint them.
It comes in a large, transparent glass bottle with a screw off top. The top is very easy to open. The bottle is very basic looking with just a label on the front with a picture of sausages and chips and the usual colours from the Value range from Tesco. The bottle is quite a bulky one, it is quite chunky, it is not that easy to hold if you have problems gripping bottles as I do. I cannot grip so well sometimes and find this size of bottle a little more uncomfortable than a more slimmer one. It is however absolutely fine if you can grip well and do not have any problems holding more chunky bottles.
The sauces inside is a dark brown colour, the sauce is very easy to shake from the bottle too. I have found it comes from the bottle well, even when I reached the last bit of sauce when the bottle was almost empty. Like all bottles of sauce it does need a few more shakes to release the last bit of sauce. I found this sauce to be quite rich, it is not at all runny as I first imagined it would be for the cheap price of just 30p 540g. It has a really nice smooth texture to it and a nice spicy smell. The smell is quite a pleasant one too and not sickly at all. It is not too overpowering. I think the amount in the bottle is a super amount and a lot for a cheaper brand.
The sauce is quite a spicy one, it tastes really nice and I like it a lot. It is not at all bitter or sour, it is not too sweet a sauce. It does not taste at all bland in my opinion, it is a strong flavour and I have eaten it with chips, sausages and lots of other foods that I eat which I like to eat with some sauce over the top. The bottle can be placed in fridge once opened for up to six weeks or so, so quite a long time. It can be stored in a cool, dry place unopened for a couple of years because the one I bought recently and using at the moment has a use by date until May 2013. Which is good because it means it can be bought well in advance and stocked in a cupboard for when it is needed to be used.
It is also suitable for vegetarians.
It contains Wheat, Gluten and Soya but no nuts.
Each tablespoon contains 13 calories, 2.1g of sugar and a trace of fat.
I really do like this sauce for the amazingly cheap price, I have found it tastes really nice with the food I eat and it is not at all a sickly taste as I thought it may have been. It is one that I am going to buy for my parties because I think it is one that my guests will enjoy. It is so affordable for any budget. The quality is excellent and it is super value for money. I would say it is one that I think Tesco have worked hard to achieve a good taste with a value sauce. I think if you have a large family and lots of children who love sauce, then this one is a good one because of the size of the bottle and a little goes a very long way. Only a small amount is needed to give a nice kick to enhance the flavour of the food. I do highly recommend this one for anyone to give it a go, because I just think you would not be at all disappointed in the taste. It gives me all the taste that I expect from a cheaper brand of brown sauce in my opinion.
What an amazingly good sauce for just 30p, it is a give away price in my opinion.
I give this one 5 stars.
Also on Ciao under my username Pinky50.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
I do not mind this sauce, it is not too bad for the price 28p,, and it is in a very large thick glass bottle and a strong easy twist off top.
Each tablespoon contains:
Fat a trace
Saturates only a trace
It is very tasty but it tends be quite spicy but not too strong but it has a lovely flavour and it is not a bland one.
It is lovely on chips and is good for the children, it is from the value range in come in the usual blue and red stripes.
It can be found on the sauces and pickles isle and it can be kept in a fridge or a cupboard.
It does not contain any nuts and so is also good if you have a nut allergy, it does contain wheat, gluten and soya.
It is super for BBQs in the summer and a good product if you are on a low budget and are looking for a drop down brand to your usual.
It is not my favourite of all time but considering we are all on a budget most of the time, it is not a bad one to choose, I do buy others from time to time but this is exellent value and I intend to buy it along with the value range on the products I like and this is one of them.
Give it a try and see how you find it.
I have always been a Brown Sauce person rather than a Ketchup person ever since I was small. My dad always had it on his dinner and it smelled so nice I used to ask for it on mine too. Hence I am really glad now a days that I can get it in the Tesco Value range as it is really cheap to buy and tastes just as nice as anything else I have ever tried.
The bottle is quite big really and contains 540g of sauce. the sauce bottle looks like any other common or garden glass sauce bottle with a white lid and the normal white Tesco Value label on the front. It only costs 30p a bottle and that works out to 5.6p per 100g and if you use 15g at a time this is give you 13 calories and you will get 36 servings in a bottle. I must say I think I use more than this on my dinner depending on what I have but a bottle usually lasts me about a month.
The ingredients in the sauce are suitable for vegetarians and the allergy advice is that it does not contain nuts but they cant guarantee it is nut free, it also contains gluten, wheat and soya.
I like to have this sauce mostly on a roast dinner (saying that I dont have meat with my roast but a vegetarian option or fish of some kind but all the other trimmings that come with a roast) and meals like veggie cottage pie and that kind of thing as I think the taste goes better with those dinners. I also think it tastes lovely in a sausage sandwich (veggie sausages these days) but I couldnt eat it with eggs.
I use it also as a flavouring when I am cooking cottage pie for my OH and my daughter (beef mince) although I dont tell them I use it as they are both anti brown sauce people, OH being a ketchup person and daughter liking mayo on everything. They love the cottage pies though and on the odd occaision that OH makes it for himself he always mentions how it doesnt taste the same as mine.
You can also use this to clean things as well as eating it, it cleans up things like coins and door handles that kind of thing. I use it on ours at home and they come up a treat.
I wouldnt pay out for the more expensive brands as I think this tastes just as nice.