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Uncle Bens's Medium Chilli Con Carne
I love spicy food and will often not only make my own recipes but will also buy-manufactured sauces when I am short of time. One of the sauces I have brought is Uncle Ben's Medium Chilli Con Carne sauce.
The sauce is contained in a clear glass jar with an orange lid and colourful paper labelling. The clear glass jar enables you to see the sauce before you buy and I have found that the kidney beans, tomatoes and onions can be clearly seen. I have also found that I have been able to judge the consistency of the sauce by a little shake of the bottle.
The label has the Uncle Ben's logo in navy blue type on orange background. I found that this style of packaging helps the sauce to be easily identified.
The rear of the label shows Guideline Daily Amounts information, Nutritional values, recipe suggestions, tips from Uncle Ben, list of ingredients and Quality assurance. The Jar I brought also indicates a 2-year shelf life which seems pretty good.
** The sauce**
The label describes the sauce as a 'rich blend of tomato, cumin, coriander, kidney and pinto beans with Jalapeno peppers'. This gives the sauce a warming rich red appearance.
From the amount of sauces I have brought I have found Uncle Ben's Medium Chilli sauce thick and often leaves a little bit in the jar. A little swill around with water helps remove any leftover sauce from the jar.
The sauce is easy to cook, for chilli just add to browned beef and cook for 4-5 mins.
I have found the smell and taste of the sauce is not particularly spicy or strong, however as a bit of a fiddler when I cook I tend to 'taste test' the sauce as I cook and add additional chilli/peppers if need be.
I enjoyed the taste and texture of the sauce, when it has come straight out of the jar and when I have adapted and found it does not leave a bitter aftertaste in the mouth.
Some people may find this product a little bland especially if you are used to making your own hot chilli. However, a little additional herbs and spices will help sort that out or buy the hot version.
**Adaptability of the sauce**
As with most sauces, you can add extra ingredients, such as tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, peppers, beans. I have found this quite handy especially if you have unexpected guests which you need to wizz up a snack or if your prefer a veggie meal.
The Uncle Bens websites do list various recipes, which this sauce can be used. I must admit the Chilli Beef with Nachos and Roasted Peppers with Chilli filling are among my favourite, but it is also nice if you mix it with mashed potatoes and use Nacho's for dunking!
Red Kidney Beans
Modified maize starch
Salt Cocoa powder
Guideline Daily Allowance,
Each 125g contains
BritishFooddirect.com price listing as £2.00 for 500g, a little expensive!
I have seen this product in local supermarkets between £1.70 - £2.00
This is a good versatile product ,which can be used as is or adapted to suit individual needs. You will find it in my cupboard.
Further information on Uncle Ben's products can be found at http://www.unclebens.co.uk/UncleBens/en-GB/
This review can be seen on both my Dooyoo at dooyoo .co.uk (Trish70) and Ciao at ciao.co.uk (Yocal) accounts.