“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Dressing „
I love salad cream and usually buy Heinz salad cream, especially when its on offer. However of late and like many of us I am trying to save a few pennies here and then which has led to a lot of own stores more economy offerings. This costing me 50p for a glass jar of it seemed alot of salad cream for the money so I have to admit I was a little dubious about how good it would be however I am always of the ilk you have to try something before judging it so I got myself one!
The glass jars holds 560g of the salad cream and has a white, blue and red coloured label to the front of it and a photograph of the salad cream dribbled over a salad on there and we are told that it is Tesco 'Value' Salad Cream 'With Sugar And Sweetener' and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. Other information towards the back of the jar includes ingredients, allergy advice and a full nutritional chart is shown, the weight is given (as I have listed already) and contact details for Tesco are listed. The lid is a white twist on/off style concealing a huge hole and all in all this looks economy but still informative enough packaging to be fair to it.
The Salad Cream Itself:
Light yellow and rather runny as soon as you untwist the jar lid you get a tangy fragrance of malt vinegar. The consistency of this, like I have just mentioned is rather runny but not watery or anything like that though it does seem to melt rather badly when put near or on hot foods. The taste of this though is simply superb and i love it. It tastes slightly of egg and tangy with the taste of vinegar and slightly sweet though not of sweeteners although this contains them. This is lovely on a sandwich or on a salad and the likes and apart from the consistency of it not being so thick as I'm used to I do rather like this one and wouldn't hesitate in purchasing it again in the future though saying that this is such a huge tub its hard to get it used up anyway!
Nutritional Information Per Tablespoon:
I Paid 50p in my local Tesco store for this and it is also available in a squeezy 520g size too!
Supermarket value ranges allow you to have a relatively decent shopping basket for a much reduced price. I prefer many of the big brand names and would sometimes rather go without something else to purchase one of these items. However lately we have had to tighten the belt considerably and after tasting many value ranges from many supermarkets we have come to a compromise and have found little difference in quality with many items. There are only one or two items now that we would rather go without than swap to another brand (for eg Heinz baked beans). Tesco Value salad cream however is one we rather like. If we could afford big brand versions of those little extras that make a meal pop such as Heinz salad cream would I still buy the value one, probably not, but I certainly don't feel too deprived having this instead.
The value salad cream as always with the value range has minimalist packaging, and comes in a screw top large clear glass jar containing 560g; which if it doesn't get smashed first is handy afterwards for keeping random screws, fuses etc. in.
The colour through the packaging looks very much like the Heinz version, perhaps a little more yellow. The main difference for me is the texture, the value cream looks but doesn't taste a little lumpy, it is thicker than some value brands of salad cream and it holds is shape a bit when dolloped on. I don't find this very appealing, as it doesn't smoothly spread out much like my personal gold standard Heinz does (I have no idea what home made or 'gourmet' salad creams are like). The taste is very slightly more acidic than the more expensive versions, and even tastes very subtly 'bicarby' though there is no mention of this in the ingredients. The eating experience which is the most important thing is very pleasant. If you told me this was a slightly higher end brand I would have no reason to question you.
This salad cream currently costs only 50p, as opposed to £2.37 (at Tesco) for a 600g bottle of Heinz.
On opening you are meant to store this in the fridge, and eat within 4 weeks.
Ingredient comparison of the Value brand to Heinz. I am including this as it illustrates what I was pleasantly surprised to find, that the value brand is better for you.
Water, Spirit Vinegar , Vegetable Oil (7%) ,Sugar ,Modified Maize Starch ,Mustard Flour, Pasteurised Dried Egg Yolk ,Salt , Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum) , Sweetener (Sucralose) ,TempText3.
Spirit Vinegar, Vegetable Oil (25%) ,Water ,Sugar ,Mustard ,Pasteurised Egg Yolks (3%) ,Modified Cornflour ,Salt ,Stabilisers - Guar Gum and Xanthan Gum ,Colour - Riboflavin
The main difference that jumps out at me is that the Heinz version contains and awful lot more oil, and slightly higher percentage of egg yolk (going by the position in the ingredients list, they are listed from highest percentage to lowest), so you could argue that the value brand is better for you. The ingredients do not appear to be wildly different.
Neither of the brands I'm talking about is a low calorie version but there is a massive difference between the two. The value brand comes out at only 127 calories per 100g, while Heinz is 336 calories for the same quantity! So as the vanilla household errs to the chubby side the value brand is better for our waistlines and our pockets.