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      25.09.2013 21:18
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      This sauce comes with a big recommendation from me!

      I am always looking for quick (and cheap as chips!) dinners to make, what with taking my daughter home from school, on the days I work we aren't home until 5 so a dinner I can whip up asap is right up my street! I was in Tesco recently when I spotted this jar of Tesco Everyday Value Sweet & Sour Cooking Sauce. It was only 26p and although in the past I used Uncle Bens, I saw the price and thought how bad can it be? Even if it is awful I figured to just throw in some seasonings and I can afford to waste 26p!

      The product is updated compared to the picture above as it comes in a clear glass jar with a white screw top lid and the simple Tesco label going around it, which looks quite nice actually as there is a picture of some sweet and sour chicken on a bed of white rice on a plate which actually looks appetising and not vile! Through the top and the bottom of the label, you can see the orange-red sauce which looks quite thick and chunky with assorted pieces of carrots, peppers, onions and pineapple as expected with any sweet and sour sauce.

      I cooked this on Monday, by frying some diced chicken breast from the freezer (courtesy of Asda, I really do shop everywhere although Sainsburys is usually my specific choice). I had thrown in some of my own seasonings, garlic, black pepper, all purpose seasoning, paprika and some mixed herbs and when the chicken was cooked through I poured over this sauce. Opening the jar the sweet and sour aroma hit me straight away, although not in a pungent way but a nice enticing food smell. Pouring it, it came out really thick and nicely, and for a portion for 2 (just me and my daughter that day) I probably only used about 1/3 of the jar. The jar says to simmer for 10 minutes, which I did whilst the rice was finishing up.

      Taste wise, this sauce was just as I expected, and nothing I would have had any hint that it only cost 26p if I was an unsuspecting eater. My daughter loved it, and I ate it happily and to be honest it tasted great! Thee are loads of vegetables and pineapples in the sauce to compliment the sauce and the chicken and it was really filling and delicious. I have only ever been boring when cooking this meal, but the jar says it goes well with prawns and diced pork and I most certainly am going to give it a try as I have since been back to Tesco and bought 3 more jars to stock up!

      Reading the small print on the jar, I couldn't see any awful nasties or E numbers which would suggest this was awfully bad for me - so for the price and the taste Tesco have done really well with this one! For any food fans who usually use Uncle Bens and want to save a good bit off the weekly shop I would definitely recommend this sauce as it tastes great, makes easy, quick meals in no time and best of all - costs less than a packed of crisps!

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      01.12.2011 04:28
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      Quick and easy to open and use.

      I like to try a different sort of meal now and again,C and do like to eat a lot of rice dishes, so find that a chicken sweet and sour, or sweet and sour Pork goes down a treat with some cooked white rice.

      Having usually brought the expensive sweet and sour sauces and being on a bit of a budget what with Christmas falling quickly upon us, I have decided to try my new supermarkets Tescos value range to save a few pennies for the endless Christmas presants i have to buy each year for my four children, and eight grandchildren.

      This Tescos Sweet and Sour sauce, isnt that bad considering I only paid 25pence for a jar full.

      The jar is part of the Tescos value range and has the traditional red label across the centre of the tin, the pull ring makes this a easy can to open, and inside is a orangey coloured sauce, with little pieces of vegtables inside it.

      Taste:

      Well not too bad, palatable, taste sweet and sour, and has little pieces of vegtables in it. The sauce is medium thickness and the taste is quite pleasant.

      Calories 150.
      fat.0.8grams.
      saturates : trace
      Salt 0.9grams


      I usually cook my chicken breasts first, then add the sauce pop into my electric oven 180 for approximately twenty minutes, giving it a stir half way through. I usually serve this with rice, makes for a quick and easy meal for those cold winter evenings.

      Suitable for vegetarians.

      I didnt feel that this sauce was awful by any means and would recommend it for a cheap sweet and sour sauce.

      Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.

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        23.10.2010 18:59
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        So so...

        I love sweet and sour and pork or chicken and usually make my own sauce concoction up from scratch but the other day I was out shopping and feeling pooped in Tescos I decided to cheat and so bought a can of ready made sauce. At 25p a can I have to admit to being slightly worried by the price tag alone however I was amazed at how cheap it was and as it was in a cheap packaged can that very obviously appeared cheap but I thought the product inside it may ok and curious to try it out I purchased a can.

        The Packaging:

        The can holds 405g of the sauce, has a ring pull to the top of it and a white and red label around the middle of it. On the front of the label there is a photograph of the sauce and we are told that it is Tesco 'Value' Sweet& Sour Sauce, that it is suitable for Vegetarians, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there and the weight is stated (as I have listed already). On the back of the can other information given includes ingredients, allergy advice and a full nutritional chart being shown, storage details are given and there is a recipe suggestion given on how you could use this and finally contact details for Tesco are listed too. It really does look like an economy can this one and very much in line appearance wise with other Tesco 'Value' products and I do like the ring-pull to the top of it for ease of handling.

        The Sauce Itself:

        Well it is a very runny bright orange slightly glossy sauce and within it you can see some slithers of carrot. I failed to spot the red and green peppers or onion this is listed as having in it though and just felt really that apart from the carrot it was a runny sauce though smell wise it did smell like sweet and sour with a hint of ginger and tomato (puree) within it. Basically you can heat this sauce through and eat it dribbled over something or you can fry off ingredients and add this to it...... the choice is of course yours. Personally I cooked up some diced pork and then tipped this sauce over it and left it for a few minutes to heat it all through and then served it with rice!

        The sauce thickened slightly and parts went a bit gloopy and it was all rather sticky. Taste wise however this was simply ok, not vile but not amazing in taste either. I have found that with cheaper options of sweet and sour sauce I have dabbled with in the past that they have been slightly too vinegary and/or far too sweet for me to tolerate however this does contain vinegar but doesn't smell of it and doesn't taste of it but I do know its there within it and that is what is giving it it's sour taste. The sugar used in this is real sugar and along with the pineapple juice and pineapple pieces /chunks (though I couldn't find those neither) did give it a naturally sweet but not too sweet flavour!

        The carrot was well cooked and not hard but this did lack 'bits' in it for me and was rather plain looking and tasting but saying that the sauce wasn't bad and it was ok quality. I wouldn't go out of my way to deliberately purchase this again in the future but I wouldn't say at the same time I'd avoid it like the plague!


        Nutritional Information Per Half A Can:

        Calories: 150
        Sugar: 34g
        Fat: 0.8g
        Saturates: Trace
        Salt: 0.9g

        Only available in Tesco stores.

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        02.11.2009 10:11
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        An ok Sweet and Sour Sauce

        I love sweet and sour dishes from a Chinese restaurant or take away where ever I go it never disappoints but when I make it at home it's never the same. I've tried expensive brands and the very cheap and still it doesn't taste as good so I'm always disappointed. I've tried the Tesco value sauce and would say that it's ok, definitely as good as the branded names but never as good as a Chinese restaurant or take away.

        The Tesco value sweet and sour sauce costs just 28 pence for 405g which is much cheaper than the leading brands such as Uncle Bens costing £1.58 for 500g. The value sauce comes in a metal can with a pull top to open the lid which I find makes it quick and easy to open and because it's in a metal can then it can be recycled.

        The sweet and sour sauce has vegetables (mainly peppers) and pineapple pieces although not always a generous portion. It's a very easy dish to make taking about 20 minutes to cook. Firstly fry skinless diced chicken until lightly brown and then add the contents of the can, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes stirring frequently until the chicken is cooked. Serve with rice and thats it, very quick and easy. You could alternatively use pork, prawns or turkey in this dish but chicken does it for me. The sauce itself is suitable for vegetarians.

        When pouring the sauce out of the can it seems to be a lot thicker than other sauces and is very sticky. It's a very sweet sauce and you can really taste the peppers and pineapple (if your not a fan you will not like it) but compared with other brands I've tried it tastes ok (not great).

        Ingredients:

        Water, Tomato puree, sugar, red and green peppers, vinegar, pineapple juice from concentrated, carrot, pineapple pieces, modified maize starch, onion, maize starch, salt, ground ginger, colour.

        Nutrition:

        Haha just noticed that it says on the label that this is for half of a can.
        Calories 150 - 8%
        Sugar 34g - 38%
        Fat 0.8g - 1%
        Saturates Trace
        Salt 0.9g - 15%

        Overall, I just don't think that it is possible to have a good sweet and sour dish unless you get it from a restaurant or take away. As far as this sauce goes, I suppose it's good for the price you pay but not the best but does deserve 3/5 dooyoo stars as it's ok.

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          28.10.2009 23:13
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          Not Recommended

          Tesco Value Sweet and Sour sauce seemed like a good bargain buy alternative to try with our weekly shop last week. A 405g tin costs 42p according to the website, though I have to say that I'm quite sure it cost more like 35p just last week when we bought it! Either way, it's a little bit cheaper than the better known brands like Uncle Ben's (£1.58 for a 500g jar) and Sharwoods (£1.36 for a 195g jar).

          I have to say first of all that I'm really surprised to come to write this review, and find that two people have already rated this product as being five stars! I guess everyone's different when it comes to food though, and the main reason I don't like this is down to the taste.

          When I opened up a can of this stuff, I was greeted with a very cheap looking hunk of orangey-red sauce. I say sauce, it's actually more like gloop. Anyway, the second thing I noticed about this sauce was the overwhelming scent of peppers - red and green ones I think. I couldn't smell anything remotely sweet, sour or tangy - I could only smell peppers. And guess what? That's right, I'm not their biggest fan.

          When it came to tasting this stuff, all I could taste was (yes you've got it) peppers. In with the powerful peppery taste, there was a mix of tangy sourness which was equally unpleasant. There was no hint of pineapple juice biting through the gloop (I mean sauce), and there wasn't anything remotely sweet in any of the flavours I could taste in this. But then in fairness, I really could only taste peppers pretty much.

          Do I recommend this then? No, in a word. I think it's cheap and nasty. I think it looks repulsive, it smells funny and it doesn't taste a whole like I expect sweet and sour sauce to taste. In future I'll dig deeper into my pocket for a jar of Uncle Ben's.

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            20.10.2009 00:53
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            One night during the week I was walking in a Costco and came across some fantastic pieces of Turkey Breast. They really do have quality food there. So I popped them in my trolley, with other bits and bobs, and headed home. That evening when my wife came home, the first thing to come out of her mouth was 'what's for tea'. I get used to it in our house. I mean I work from home. She works in an office. Therefore it goes without saying; I have all the time in the world to make tea each night - not! When I explained that I had bought some nice Turkey Breast, and then popped into Tesco on the way home to buy Sweet and Sour Sauce, she looked quite disappointed. So I quickly explained that the Sweet and Sour was for me and the eldest daughter and I was doing curry for her. Her grimace turned into a smile, and after asking for Cup of Tea, whilst she waited for her tea to be cooked. You just can't win with Women can you?

            So I made her a quick cuppa and popped into the kitchen. I had a tin of curry (another review) so it only took a 15 minutes or so to grill the breasts. In the meantime I had one pan doing Tesco Value Sweet and Sour Sauce, another doing Curry and another doing rice; quite versatile aren't I for a man:-0)

            Anyway moving onto the Sweet and Sour Sauce. The tin itself is nothing spectacular. It has Tesco Value emblazoned across the front, with Sweet and Sour Sauce worded above a bed of rice with a meat dish. One positive thing about the tin is that it had a ring pull on it so no messing about with my 'dodgy' tin opener (I must get a new one). It also says that it is suitable for vegetarians. Upon opening the tin I did get a distinctive vinegary smell. I could immediately tell that this sauce was going to centre on the Sour, rather than the sweet, although it did contain very small amounts of Pepper, Carrot, Pineapple and Onion. The sauce bubbled away quite nicely and shortly afterwards I was pouring the sauce over some very tender pieces of turkey, that I had cubed. In the meantime pouring the curry over my wifes.

            So what did I think about the Sweet and Sour Sauce? What did my daughter think? Well we are both very keen on Sweet and Sour Sauce from the chippy and have tried many different types. It often puzzles us how one chippy can be so different to another. This sauce definitely lacked the sweet, in my opinion. It really was quite 'tangy', but funnily enough we both enjoyed it very much. What we did say to each other is that next time we'd chop an onion and a couple of peppers, as well as opening a tin of pineapple to add to it. That way we think it would really make it top notch. The tin is only really enough for 2 people, as it is 405g. The amazing fact I've actually missed out is that it only costs 28p for a tin. Really good value in my opinion.

            Ingredients

            Water, Tomato Puree, Sugar,Red and Green Peppers (4.5%), Vinegar, Pineapple Juice from concentrate, Carrot (4%), Pineapple Pieces (3.5%) Modified Maize Starch, Onion (2.5%), Maize Starch, Salt, Ground Ginger, Colour (Paprika Extract).
            Nutrition (per ½ can)
            Energy 150kcal
            Protein 0.8g
            Carbohydrate 34.0g
            Of which sugars 34.0g
            Fat 0.8g
            Of which saturates trace
            Fibre 1.2g
            Sodium*0.4g
            *Salt equivalent 0.9g

            Summary

            A great sauce. Quite tangy, which won't suit everybody. However I really felt it was quite delicious. The price is good. I would recommend this, with caution, that it won't suit everybody!!

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              18.10.2009 14:10
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              Very tasty

              Another fantastic cooking sauce from the Tesco Value range, I originally found this product in the Tesco cooking sauce isle right next to the incredible 4p Tesco Value curry sauce which I have previously reviewed on Dooyoo. I am a regular purchaser of the Tesco Value Chicken breasts which often need a sauce to add some flavour and this sauce completes this task adequately.


              It comes in a standard steel can of 405 grams quantity, with an easy open ring pull lid. The sauce itself is very tasty and contains small quantities of vegetables within it, including sliced carrots, pineapples, red and green peppers, and onion which add a little extra flavour. I tend to add a large amount of my own vegetables to the sauce when cooking as well. The sauce requires a little bit of reducing when cooking unless you are a fan of very runny sweet and sour sauce, but one can easily seems to serve two adults.


              The price is a definite plus point about the sauce as it costs only 28p per can and comparing that to any of the other branded cooking sauces available on the market, with exception to the Tesco value curry sauce, is very very cheap! And is just as tasty as the other sweet and sour sauces available including Uncle Bens, which costs £1.59 or Sharwoods, which costs 99p.


              The calorific content of the sauce is fairly low as sauces go, being only 300 kCal per can with a very low fat content of 1.6g per can which is less than 1%.


              Overall, its a fantastic sauce for a very reasonable price, I always try to keep at least one of these sauces in my kitchen cupboard as they are very quick to prepare and as they are canned, last for several years without going off. I give this product a Dooyoo rating of 5 stars out of 5. A great product all round!

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