“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Sauces „
I stopped eating meat a few years ago and thought I would try out some of the vegetable gravy granules available to see what they were like. Seeing that we do most of out shopping in Tesco I tried out there version first.
The gravy comes in the standard packaging for most gravy granules, with the metal bottom and the cardboard sides and then a plastic lid on top. This kind of packaging seems to work fine with gravy granules as I have never found it going hard or lumpy in the pack, it is always fine and grainy like it should be. The packaging is coloured green in keeping with what most companies use to show that something is for vegetarians so it is easy enough to spot on the shelves in the supermarket.
The gravy is easy enough to make up. We never eat together in our house as my Other Half works shifts and my daughter comes and goes as she feels and eats when she wants to so I usually cook all our dinners ready to go in the morning then we just hot them up later in the day when we want to eat them. This means I only have to make up enough gravy for my own dinner. The way I do it is to use a normal mug and then I place a desert spoon full off gravy granules in the bottom of the mug and pour on boiling water from the kettle to fill up the mug to half way. After a quick stir the gravy turns nice and thick, just how I like it and there is plenty to go on my dinner as I like quite a bit of gravy with my meal.
Now to what it tastes like. I find it really nice, I can't really make out any special tastes from the gravy but the flavours all blend together to make a delicious taste. The gravy looks a lot lighter than the beef gravy I buy for the others in my family but you do get used to seeing the lighter colour on your meal after a while. I much prefer the taste of the vegetable gravy to what I remember of the other kinds. My daughter eats both kinds and she prefers the vegetable gravy too, and will only eat the beef one if we have run out of everything else. My other half though will not even try the vegetable gravy, not sure whether its just not manly enough for him or whether he thinks it will go against his principals but even if we have run out of any meat gravy, he will not have the vegetable one.
Now for the ingredients, it contains the following - Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Potato Starch, Salt, Sugar, Wheat Flour, Dried Glucose Syrup, Flavouring, Dried Onion, Flavour Enhancer (Monosodium Glutamate), Colour (Ammonia Caramel), Carrot Powder, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Dried Parsley, Sage Extract. The fsa traffic lights for the product are all green except for the salt which is yellow.
You can currently buy this product for 69p and you get 200g in a pot.
---Why I Buy This---
With both myself and my son being vegetarian we have tried various vegetarian grvy granukes and cubes over the years before fnally settling on this one as being one that we both enjoy.
---What is Gravy?---
Gravy is generally thought of as a sauce made form meat juices - but vegetarians enjoy having gravy too - without having to make vegetarian gravy from scratch with roasted vegetables etc.
The vegetable gravy granules come in a round cardboard container with a metal base and green plastic pull off lid.
When purchased it is security packaged with a clear plastic strip around the seal of the lid which has to be either pulled off or cut.
The container is a dark emeral green which matches the lid.
The front shows an attractive plate of yorkshire pudding, carrots, muchrooms and broccoli.
The front states 'just add boiling water'.
The product contains no artificial colours, flavours or flavour enhancers.
70 mls of the grabules contains just 23 calories.
On the reverse of the carton are the instructions for use (see below).
The granukes are suitable for vegetarians.
Allergy advice - cannot guarantee nut free.
Contains wheat, gluten, soya, celery and celeriac.
Made in U.K. for Tesco.
Also comes in beef and chicken varieties.
69p for 200 grams.
* Place 4 x 5 ml (4 x heaed teaspoons) of the granules into a jug.
* Make up to 280 mls (half a pint) with boiling water.
* Stir well and serve.
* For a thicker gravy simply add more granules.
Over the years we have tried other brands but this is the one which we prefer.
The granules made good thick gravy - and you can adjust the sonsistency by just using more or less of the granules.
As soon as you open the lid you have a lovely oniony gravy spicy smell - hard to describe.
We follow the instructions on the box and it is just right for us - a reasonably thick consistency.
You just stir the granules as you pour the boiling water in, leave for a minute or two and stir again and its done.
I find you have to stir as the water is going in or it goes lumpy - so you have to pour with one hand and stir with the other.
I even use this for Christmas dinner and the meat eaters have it too and no one notices.
For everyday use I make it in a mug, which is half a pint size - so four teaspoons in the mug is all that is needed - then fill up with boling water and you have it.
We have the gravy with roast dinners and I add it to a mixture of vegetables to make stews.
As you only use 20 mls per half pint of gravy you get 10 servings out of the carton - more if you make smaller amounts.
Tonight I have used just two teaspoons with half a mug of water to go with a plateful of vegetables and that was more than sufficient for me.
---Would I Recommend?---