“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Sauces „
I like horseradish sauce but am not mad keen on it when it's too hot. The Colmans one is too hot for me so I've been trying the different brands out to find one that's just as good quality but without being so harsh. I' m the only one in the house who eats it regular so the brand we get is completely down to me, I tried the Value one just because I was interested in what it was going to be like for such a cheap price.
I wasn't mad keen on it when I tried it with my Sunday dinner. It's not that there's anything much wrong with it but you can just tell how cheap it is and there isn't as much of a horseradish taste as I'd like. The sauce tastes proper vinegary to me and even though I was looking for a horseradish sauce that wasn't as hot I still wanted it to have a nice strong flavour of something.
It's a dead boring sauce and isn't a very good texture either. I think it was deffo a bit too thin because it spread out on my plate when I put the gravy near it, when we have the more expensive horseradish sauce it's thicker and will stay in a nice pile wherever you put it.
I don't think it brought the flavour of the beef out as good as horseradish sauce that has got a stronger flavour, by the time I'd wiped some of it onto the meat and the gravy had touched it I might as well have used a flavoured mayo because the horseradish couldn't even come through the meaty gravy very well.
It's got a madly one dimensionel taste, it's a bit creamy with a bit of a horseradish taste as well as a few other things that I can't identify. But that's all you can taste and every bite is exactly the same boring and mega bland flavour. It's just boring and that's the only bad thing about it, boring naff horseradish sauce that I shouldn't have bothered trying because I knew it would be crap! lol
A 165g jar costs 64p and looking at the website that's mad because the same size jar of their FINEST horseradish sauce is only 20p dearer and I bet it's loads nicer!
Horseradish is something you can always find in my fridge with a huge backup stock in the cupboard as well. I'm just addicted to it and use it on almost everything; be it a beef sandwich, roasted potatoes and parsnips and of course potato mash
My usual brand is Coleman's but after having several great experiences with Tesco Value I gave the own brand Horseradish Sauce a try.
Unfortunately it is a hit and miss with the own brand products and this here was more of a miss than a hit. For me the sauce was way too runny and didn't contain enough horseradish.
Look & Taste
Directly after opening I was surprised of how runny the sauce was. I actually checked the 'best use before' date to see if it was still ok. Well, it was so I tried it with some pork and roasted potatoes.
It was immediately clear that this was more a mayonnaise with bits of horseradish than a real horseradish sauce. I really missed this sharp taste and the spiciness that I'm used from my usual brand. If you are more for the mild variety this here could be your kind of thing but for me it was a bit too bland.
The texture didn't convince me too, it was too runny with rather big bits of chewy horseradish in the mayonnaise.
So my conclusion is that it was alright to eat but I just expected something else. I'm not going to buy the Tesco Value sauce again and from now on I'll stick to my Coleman's horseradish as the taste is just better and richer and it's not so runny.
Ingredients & Nutrition
For a horseradish sauce the Tesco Value sauce contains surprisingly little horseradish, only 5.8% in total. And unfortunately you can easily taste that lack too. The lack of horseradish is 'compensated' by a quite high amount of chemicals like preservatives, flavourings and colourings. I don't know if they are really needed in such a simple thing as horseradish sauce and I definitely prefer a more natural version.
* Water, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Spirit Vinegar, Horseradish (5%), Salt, Double Cream, Acetic Acid, Dried skimmed Milk, Horseradish Powder, Dried Pasteurised Egg, Stabilisers, Mustard Flour, Colour, Flavouring, Acidity Regulator, Preservatives
When I checked the nutrition values on the front of the jar I was literately shocked; a high amount of sugar, fat and calories was nothing that I expected from it. More Horseradish and less sugar would have been a good idea.
These are the nutrition levels for 1 tablespoon of the sauce ( roughly 15g )
* 20 Calories - 1%
* 2.1g Sugar - 2%
* 1.1g Fat - 2%
* 0.2g Saturates - 1%
* 0.5g Salt - 8%
Price & Value
The horseradish sauce comes in a 165g jar and will cost you about 60 pence; admittedly that is quite cheap given that the sauce lasts for ages. But unfortunately it wasn't my taste; I prefer more horseradish and less sauce to enjoy my roast dinner. It's not a bad product but as it was absolutely not my taste I cannot really recommend it. Give it a go if normal horseradish is too hot and spicy for you.
For me it's only 05 out of 10!