“ Packed with vegetables, Uncle Bens Sweet & Sour Sauce is a great off the shelf sauce. Whilst it is slightly more expensive than other alternatives, it tastes great and is make for high quality ingredients. „
When I moved in with my now husband almost 10 years ago I was surprised to find out that he actually liked sweet and sour as he was quite a fussy eater and tended to prefer plainer foods. This was when I first started to purchase the jars of Uncle Bens sweet and sour sauce and have been buying them ever since as both my husband and I really love the taste and it makes a quick easy meal.
My last purchase of the Uncle Bens sweet and sour sauce was from Tesco where it was on a half price special off at just £1.00 for a 500g jar which I thought was excellent value. Most supermarkets tend to have this sweet and sour on offer quite often so I will tend to purchase a few jars at a time when it is. You can also purchase this sauce is larger 750g jar which would be ideal if feeding a family or cooking for a group of friends.
The sauce comes packaged in a clear glass jar which has a twist off metal lid. There is a button on the top of the lid which pops up when the jar is opened, it is always advisable to check that this button is not raised when you purchase the sauce to ensure that the jar has not been tampered with. Around the centre of the jar is a paper label which not only shows a picture of a serving suggestion for the sauce but also lists all the product information. This includes ingredients listings, a description of the sauce, nutritional information, storage instructions, cooking instructions and company contact details. It also states that the jar is recyclable.
The sweet and sour sauce is described on the jar as being 'a tangy sauce with crispy vegetables, juicy pieces of pineapple and bamboo shoots'. As the jar is made from clear glass it is easy to see the pieces of carrots, peppers and pineapple contained in the orange coloured sauce which in my opinion looks really appetising as it is nice to actually be able to make out the real ingredients.
What I really love about this sauce is how quick it is to make a meal from it. Working full and part time often restricts how much time I have to cook especially during the week so this sauce is just perfect as within 20 minutes of walking through the door at home I can have a meal on the table. I simply brown a couple of diced chicken breasts in pan then add the jar of sauce and cook for a further 5 minutes and serve it will some long grain rice. Alternatively I have also used pork instead of chicken and obviously the sauce can be eaten without adding any meat or quorn if preferred which would make it suitable for vegetarians too.
On the jar it states that this 500g of sauce feeds 4 people with a 125g serving containing 106 calories, 0.3g of fat and 20.3g sugars. This of course is just for the sauce and doesn't include the addition of any meat or rice etc. This to me appears to be very good but then I have to double this amount as my husband and I will have half a jar each as I think it would be pushing it a little to get 4 portions from this sized jar, but maybe we are just a little greedy!
As far as the taste is concerned I really do love this sauce it is as described quite tangy and has a lovely balance between the sweet and the sour with also the addition of being able to notice a very slight spiciness. The sauce is a lovely consistency with it being fairly thick but also a little sticky which makes it go perfectly with rice. I also love the addition of the pieces of vegetables which add a brilliant colour and texture, especially the little strips of carrot which do have a lovely crunch to them making it feel less like a sauce from a jar.
Overall this is one of my favourite cooking sauces, it makes a quick and easy meal and tastes rather authentic. The only downside in my opinion is the high sugar content but as with any foods if eaten as part if a balanced diet is fine. I will certainly continue to purchase this Uncle Bens sauce and would recommend anyone who likes sweet and sour to try it.
Sometimes after a long day at work, coming home to stand in the kitchen for an hour is really the last thing I want to do! This Uncle Ben's Oriental Sweet and Sour sauce is one of my favourite quick recipes to make that our family love!
I bought the 350g jar for £1.36 which for us makes enough to do a serving for 2 adults (me and my partner) and a little one (2 year old daughter.) It comes in a clear glass jar (so beware of dropping you will find yourself in a big saucy mess!) with an orange screw top lid and the Uncle Ben's label goind around it.
The contents are simple, it is a reddish-orange sauce, of quite thick consistency (although nowhere near as thick as when I order sweet and sour chicken from my local Chinese takeaway) and has a generous helping of carrots, onions, pineapples, celery and peppers. It has mainly pineapples and these are sweet tasting and compliment the sauce heavily. The other vegetables taste quite natural and are filling.
On days when I am rushed my easy recipe, is to boil some simple white rice, and quickly pan fry or grill some chicken breast pieces which have been lightly seasoned in garlic, black pepper and paprika and then mix the chicken all in with this sauce on the hob and it is good to go! It tastes lovely, is really filling and doesn't require a lot of concentration and skill in the kitchen area! I do love this sauce, but have always used it with chicken which I have pre-seasoned so in a way I have added a bit of flavouring to this sauce, but I would definitely recommend this sauce to anyone wanting a nice simple dinner! It also goes well with pork so there are lots of recipes to experiment with :)
Ingredients: Water, Tomatoes (17%), Sugar, Onions, Pineapple (6%), Vinegar, Carrots (4%), Cornflour, Red peppers (3%), celery, green peppers (3%), bamboo shoots (2%) Tamarind juice, Salt.
I love cooking and I've tried before on a couple of occasions to make my own sweet and sour sauce but I've never done a very good job as I've never managed to get the flavour right. For a while now we've been buying Uncle Ben's Sweet and Sour Sauce, it's available in pretty much every supermarket and usually costs about £1.50, however, it's regularly on offer for just £1. The sauce serves 3- 4 people when mixed with some meat/ meat alternative or some extra veggies which makes it a very reasonably priced product.
The sauce comes in a glass jar, which can of course be recycled; the branding on the jar is very clearly Uncle Ben's with the mid section being covered by a label enabling the consumer to see what they're getting with the sauce through the other sections. The label contains the Uncle Ben's logo with a bowl of sweet and sour and rice, looking delicious of course. The jar is topped with a screw top lid, one opened the contents needs to be refrigerated and eaten within 3 days, when the seal isn't broken it just needs to be stored in a cool, dry place though.
On opening the jar I'm met with a wonderfully sweet and slightly spicy oriental fragrance, I'm always pleased with how thick and filling the sauce looks. It's clear from just opening the jar the amount of different ingredients in the sauce, there's chunks of onion, carrot, pineapple and peppers along with bean shoots a great base with plenty of flavours.
To cook I like to fry off some chicken in a pan, as there's plenty of vegetables already in the sauce I find a large chicken breast is enough for two people making this an even better value meal. I then add extra peppers and sometimes extra pineapple to the sauce and cook these off for a bit. I add the sauce into the meat and let it heat up whilst I cook some rice of noodles. I also like to use this sauce added to a pack of stir fry vegetables for a quick, filling and healthy meal.
The taste is lovely and sweet and a very authentic Chinese style flavour, the chunks of vegetables are perfect and still retain a bit of crunch which adds real texture to the sauce. The sauce itself if quite thick and very filling it's got a nice tang to it and the pineapple really compliments the sweetness of the sauce. It certainly tastes very high quality and I can tell it comes from a well- known and trusted brand as it's obviously been through high quality control tests to taste this good.
Nutrition per 100g (500g in the jar):
Energy - 88 kcal
Protein - 0.4g
Carbohydrate - 20.9g
of which sugars - 18.0g
Fat - 0.2g
of which saturates - 0.0g
Fibre - 0.8g
Sodium - 0.17g
I really do love Uncle Ben's Sweet and Sour, it's tasty, cheap and really quickly to make into a meal. Nutritionally it's not bad at all, obviously there's quite a lot of sugar but it can be easily chucked together with a load of veggies for a healthy quick meal. Everything about this product is of a high stand, the taste is perfect and so flavoursome, it's filling and full of vegetables already, great for anybody who loves Chinese food.
I was really excited when this sauce came out as I love sweet and sour chicken and I usually like Uncle Bens products. I didn't find it in my local supermarket so when one day I did, I happily grabbed a jar but thankfully I didn't get over excited and grab many.
The jar is 500g and has cooking instructions on the side. I find that helpful because although it is easy to guess the instructions, it is always good to have conformation if you are not a regular cook. I think one jar is enough to cook for 4-5 people.
The sauce was thick and had big chunks of vegetables you would normally find in a sweet and sour (green bell peppers, pineapples etc). It took little time too cook and it looked beautiful on the plate and exactly how you would expect it to be with perfect consistency and colour. The taste was nice but it was overly sweet and after a while I couldn't have more as the sweetness was ,to me, very off putting.
I never tried any other sweet and sour sauce to compare it to but comparing it to what I usually have in restaurants I'd say it's a bit too sweet. Such a shame as I thought I can have one of my favorite meals as often as I liked without worrying about costs too much.
I am a huge fan of a sweet and sour chicken from my local chinese, so decided to give Uncle Ben's sauce a go as every other sweet and sour sauce I have tired to cook at home has never been the same as a take away!
The sauce comes in a glass jar with a screw lid, it can be bought from every supermarket and you can normally pay up to a couple of quid for it.
The sauce is quite high in sugar but if you have it occasionlly then it's fine.
I personally like to cook the chicken add the sauce and then add some additional mushrooms and onion, there is already onion in it but I like to add some extra! There is also chunks of pepper, pineapple & celery in it. Uncle Ben's also does an extra pineapple and a lighter jar which i personally think you can't taste the difference!
The best thing to serve along side this sauce with chicken is either uncle bens rice or some chips or both if you fancy a big meal!
It isn't as good as a take away chinese but it is the closest I have found to it and is very tasty!
Uncle Ben's is a brand name owned by Mars Inc. and is based in Houston, Texas. They make a large variety of parboiled rice and sauces, which make your life that bit easier and bring some added flavour to your meals.
I have used many of their products over the years and tonight my family and I enjoyed Sweet & Sour chicken style Quorn, with boiled rice. It was a complete success, which ended with five very clean plates.
This Sweet and Sour Sauce, is part of Uncle Ben's Oriental range. It comes in a glass jar, with an orange, metal twist off lid. The label around the jar in mainly coloured in orange and white, with a close-up picture of a bowl of sweet and sour chicken, with rice. Before even opening the jar, you can see that the sauce is packed full of generous sized pieces of vegetables and it does look like a quality product.
Removing the lid, you are met with a sweet, tangy aroma, which is very attractive. As you pour out the contents, your eyes are drawn to the large quantity of ingredients, including red and green peppers, bamboo shoots, carrots, onion and pineapple. I love all these ingredients, except pineapple, which I shoved onto my husbands plate.
Oddly enough, I do actually love pineapple, but only when cold, not warm in a sauce. Yuk!
When making my sweet and sour, I always brown my chicken-style quorn pieces, then pour my sauce on and warm it through. I then serve it with plain, white boiled rice.
The meal really was delicious and this really was down to the flavour and texture of the sauce. Uncle Ben's sauce was rich, thick and full of both sweet and tangy flavour. The vegetables were fresh tasting and had a lovely crunch and I especially enjoyed the bamboo shoots. The only tiny complaint my husband had, was he would have liked the ingredients to have included water chestnuts too. This would have been nice, as they do add an extra special crunch, which is hard to beat. All in all though, this is a quality sauce, filled with generous sized pieces of vegetables and is very well flavoured.
*Nutritional Value Per 100g*
Energy - 88 kcal
Protein - 0.4g
Carbohydrate - 20.9g
of which sugars - 18.0g
Fat - 0.2g
of which saturates - 0.0g
Fibre - 0.8g
Sodium - 0.17g
This product is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. It is suitable for vegetarians.
Uncle Ben's Sweet and Sour Sauce is available from Tesco in a 350g jar for £1.26, a 500g jar for £1.58 (this size is on special at 2 for £3 until the 18th April) and a 750g jar for £1.79
I purchased the 750g jar and it proved to be a generous amount for five people. I do love mixing my rice in with the sauce, so this was perfect for me.
Uncle Ben's sauce may not be the cheapest on the market, but if you are looking for a great quality, which is full of flavour, it really can't be beaten.
I do try whenever possible, to stock up on it when on special offer, but I feel it is also worth the higher price tag, as it adds so much to the meal.
A lovely 5 star sauce, which I would happily recommend.
Sweet and Sour isn't my favourite flavour in the world, but I do like it on the odd occasion. It's not that I don't like it, more that there is so many more nicer ones out there.
I picked up a jar of this when I got the Chilli one from Uncle Bens. I think this normally costs around £1.50, but there was a 2 for £2 on the range, and since the best before date is forever in the future then I tend to buy things like this when on offer and I always have a few jars kicking around the cupboard.
The jar is how you would expect it to be. It is a clear jar and you can see the medium coloured red liquid through it. It is a medium thickness as well, as I shook this about a bit - for research purposes of course. The wrap around label was alright. It was colourful enough and had a little picture on it and the Uncle Ben's labeling in clear view.
I just cooked some Chicken, then Poured this over it in a frying pan and cooked for about 5 minutes. This allowed the Sauce to heat up, and coat the Chicken slightly. I would say this got a bit thinner when warm, but not that much to be honest. It stick to the Chicken well enough.
This has plenty of little chopped up Vegetables through it. There is Water Chesnuts, Onions, Red Peppers, Green Peppers, Carrots and Pineapple.
I liked the taste of this, as it wasn't too tangy, and a more subtle take on Sweet and Sour. It still had plenty of flavouring, and tasted quite rich but not too sickly, and this made a nice fresh tasting meal.
I have tried cheaper Sweet and Sour Sauces, but this one wins by a mile. It is far better than all the rest of them out there.
Uncle Bens Sweet & Sour Sauce
Sometimes when I am in a hurry, I like to use jars of sauces which can be added to stir fried chicken to create a quick meal. This sweet and sour sauce is the best one in my opinion and has a good mix of ingredients. The sauce comes in a clear glass jar with a screw on metal lid and can be found in most supermarkets. There are other varieties in the range too so it is worth having a look to see which you like the sound of.
The sauce will usually cost around £1.65 for a 500g jar but can sometimes be found on special offer.
Using the sauce is easy and convenient, simply stir fry the chicken pieces (you can also use pork or prawns if you prefer), add the sauce and cook for around 10 minutes. Serve with rice or noodles.
The sauce is very thick and has a deliciously sweet taste which is distinctive to sweet and sour. There are plenty or chunks of juicy pineapple and peppers, carrots and bamboo shoots too and the sauce coats the chicken well. It is well seasoned too needing no salt or pepper added.
This sauce is a great colour too, a rich dark orange with brightly coloured vegetables, it looks and smells really appealing and tastes even better than it looks. If you have to make sweet and sour from a jar then this is definitely the sauce that you should use.
This product 89 calories per 100g and full nutritional information is clearly marked on the label.
I`m not a great fan of sweet and sour sauce I must admit, and purchased this purely to give to my daughter to satisfy her.
I personally like Uncle Bens products have bought other varieties. I like the fact that you can see what you are buying.
On opening the jar I found the Sweet and Sour sauce to be a rich red colour, on pouring the sauce out of the jar, I found it was packed with vegetables, pineapples and bamboo shots and looked very appertising.
I fried some chicken up in a seperate pan and added the sweet and sour to it, it smelt delicious, I thought it looked good too.
After simmering for for approx 10 mins for the juices to fuse with the chicken, its ready. I served it on a bed of rice, and I must say I was impressed.
It contains no artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives and has 88 calories per 100g
The dish looked so good on the eye and was so easy to make that I just had to try it, I served it for three of us, using 4 chicken breasts and rice. It was more than enough.
I must admit I`m a convert, I love it, its so easy to make and usually like to make things from scratch, but as the sweet and sour sauce has a long shelf life its great in the cupboardfor a quick appertising meal.
I`m impressed and have one in the cupboard as we speak,at £1.85 I think the value is ok as it is a main meal for 3-4, but if you purchase them when they on offer, its a great buy, often they`re 3 for 2 in the larger supermarkets.
And in home bargains they sell short dated ones at 50p a go so theres one to watch out for
Enjoy, I certainly did
I love sweet & sour and this Uncle Bens sauce is one of the best I reckon, it's a mega thick sauce but even after you've simmered it for a few minutes there's still loads of sauce and it hasn't all boiled away.
That suits me good because I like a lot of sauce when I have sweet and sour or stir fry for dinner and even though I like them little Blue Dragon sachets there's never enough sauce for me by the time I've cooked it.
Like I said this sauce is thick but it's not creamy and has got a wicked sweet and sour texture I think. There are some strips of carrots and peppers mixed in with the sauce as well as onion and chunks of pineapple. I think it's got a yummy taste because of it being lovely and tangy, it's perfect actually because the sweet and sour flavours deffo come through but they work proper nice together instead of one overwhelming the other.
I remember using this sauce a couple of years ago and wasn't so keen on it then because I always thought it had a bit of a sticky texture, they've improved this though and I think it's perfect now. Even if you're like me and like loads of sauce don't be tempted to put too much of this on your plate because it can get a bit sickly if you go overboard.
I usually use this with either chicken or king prawns to make my sweet and sour but I've also used beef strips before and I know my mum used a jar of this with some of the left over turkey from Xmas. It's versatile and goes with most things, I reckon even people who don't eat meat would still enjoy this because if you add plenty of veg to it then you've got a wicked vegetable stir fry.
I think this is wicked sweet and sour and so easy to use because all you have to do is add it to the cooked through meat and let it simmer for a few minutes.
Some times I try and still enjoy the things that I love from the takeaway without spending quite so much money so I recently purchased an Uncle Bens Sweet & Sour sauce (750g) on offer for just £1.00 in my local corner shop (current price in Tesco is £1.86) so I thought this was a bargain that I just couldn't resist.
The sauce comes provided in a glass jar with a paper label which shows all the usual nutritional information, ingredients, calories, company information etc as well as displaying the use by date of the product. There is nothing amazing about this jar really but at least I can see inside to view the sauce within as there is nothing worse than opening something up to see an almost toxic liquid inside that can be very off putting.
The sauce is a fairly deep orange/red colour and contains lots of vegetables within, it pours nicely out of the jar rather than just dropping out in one big lump of sauce like some of the cheaper ones I have tried in the past. The smell that I am first aware of is a vinegar kind of smell which is a little tangy on the senses but overall the sauce does smell just as I would expect a sweet & sour sauce to smell.
The sauce is very easy to use just fry up some chicken, beef, pork or whatever you fancy and then pour the sauce over the top. You will need to simmer it for around 10 minutes or so until it is ready to serve and the meat should have a fairly generous coating of sauce. I usually make this with chicken and then serve the dish with rice and a naan bread or two as I love naan breads with rice whenever I can have them. It does work well with other meats but chicken is just my personal preference.
Ingredients: Water, Tomatoes, Sugar, Onions, Carrots (6%), Vinegar, Pineapple (5%), Green Peppers (4%), Celery, Red Peppers (2.5%), Modified Maize Starch, Bamboo Shoots (2%), Salt, Colour (Paprika Extract), Spices, Flavour
The sauce is quite tangy and has a deliciously sweet yet sour taste to it that compliments meat very well. You will see from the ingredients that there are lots of vegetables in the sauce and the only thing that I don't personally like much is the addition of pineapple but this really is needed to give the sauce an extra kick that I love and I can just pick the chunks out as they are a fairly reasonable size. The sizes of the vegetables is perfect in this sauce, big enough to see, identify and pick out if you want to but not so big that you have entire mouthfuls of vegetables which is not something I am keen on at all.
The size of this jar is ideal for serving the whole family and if there is just two of us eating we have an extra large portion each and then save some to put in the fridge for the following lunchtime. While this is not quite as delicious as the sweet & sour chicken I get from my local Chinese it does save me a few pennies as I always get lots of extras from the Chinese and this way I help my waistline and my shopping budget.
The sauce is pretty nice when compared with cheaper ones I have tried in the past and I got lots of lovely mouthfuls with vegetables in that were nicely coated and this is a great way to get a few more veggies in to little ones as they won't hardly notice them at all this way and if they do notice they always taste nicer with a thick sweet & sour sauce on them.
Per 100g of sauce there is 88 calories, 0.4g protein, 20.9g carbohydrate (18g of which sugars), 0.2g fat, (0g of which saturates), 0.8g fibre & 0.17g sodium so overall I don't think this sauce is too bad at all as long as you don't slather it all over your plate on Chinese food night!
I would not recommend this sauce for dipping but for cooking meat it works very well and is a welcome addition on my dinner table any night of the week.
Deciding against a Sunday roast today preferring to wait until next Fridays Christmas Dinner we wanted something hot but different to eat today. As fresh chicken breast have been on offer in Morrisons recently at half price and we had stocked up on some we decided that as we had this Sweet and Sour sauce in our cupboard we would have this today for a change.
Coming in the glass jar with an orange screw lid as illustrated in the picture above the sauce in the jar has an orange colour and you can see chunks of various additions included. This really is cooking at its simplest and allowing the chicken to cook by itself for a few minutes it's just a case of adding the sauce to the meat and allow to cook through and simmer.
Opening the jar to reveal its contents you notice the bright colouring and a fragrant aroma, the sauce is quite thick and gloopy and when decanted from the jar coats the chicken nicely. Up close you can see the added inclusions of red and green peppers, onions and nice sized chunks of pineapple. After allowing to warm through you begin to notice the smell of the sauce which to my nose was fruity and had a sweet tang to it. Once cooked through with the chicken it was just a matter of serving up to see what it tasted like.
To me, the sauce had a tasty combination of sweet and sour flavours, the pineapple and peppers are very evident and it's the chunkiness of these ingredients that lift what could have been quite a boring sauce. The liquid of the sauce was rich and thick and although not overly sugary was indeed sweet. It coated the chicken well and added that extra bit of flavour needed to make the chicken interesting. We served our sweet and sour chicken with plain, boiled white rice and the sauce even managed to give that a good coating to bring extra flavour to that too.
Nutrition wise a 100g serving will provide you with 89 calories and only 0.2 grams of fat with no saturates at all. The Traffic light warning system does reveal that the sugar content is high and gives a 'red' warning, but as this was our main meal of the day I was not overly concerned. Allergy information warns that the sauce does contain Wheat, Soy Beans and Soy Sauce so these who have issues with these ingredients should be aware.
I did enjoy this sauce and to be honest I have had it many times in the past preferring to make my own sweet and sour chicken meal rather than buying in a Chinese takeaway. I wouldn't say this was comparable to a takeaway as the ingredients and cooking methods are different but for what the sauce is it does provide exactly what it says it will do.
An honest rating from me would be 4/5 Dooyoo stars only losing one because the sauce isn't as nice as an authentic Chinese takeaway one; although to be fair it probably doesn't contain the amount of sugar and fat that an authentic one would. I do buy this in regularly and will continue to do so unless something tastier comes along.
Definitely recommended by me and available in the usual supermarkets. The size of the jar will determine the price you pay and you can expect to pay around £1.60 for the 500 gram jar.
After doing my shopping at Asda online I decided to purchase uncle Bens sweet and sour sauce as I knew I was having roast chicken for tea last night and therefor would have some leftover and so I could have sweet and sour chicken with rice for tea tonight.
Uncle Bens sweet and sour sauce is from their oriental range of sauces and is a great product that can be kept in your cupboard for when you need it as the use by date is normally around a year from purchase.
I bought two of these from Asda for £3, they are normally £1.57 per 500g jar so not a huge saving, but it all helps. You can purchase smaller jars if you prefer, but I find the larger ones better value and you can always freeze the rest in a container for another time, otherwise make sure you use it within three days after opening. Each jar can feed up to four people quite easily though.
The sauce comes in a glass jar with bright orange and purple colours and also has a picture of the product with rice on the front. I always buy the sauce with extra pineapple as I find this one a little sweeter and you get loads of pineapple chunks inside, this jar is just orange in colour.
The taste and texture:
This is delicious, the taste is spicy, tangy and sweet and has a slight sour taste which is very similar to what you get at a chinese takeaway. You get lots of chunks of pineapple, green peppers, red peppers, carrots, celery and bamboo shoots so the texture is soft from the pineapple yet crunchy at times from the different vegetables and all in a lovely rich sauce which is slightly sticky. I tend to have this with chicken but you could also have pork or beef or even with extra veg if you prefer as the sauce is ideal for vegetarians. I usually serve on a bed of rice too. Yummy!!
This product 89 calories per 100g so it is pretty healthy. It contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
The glass jar can then be recycled after use.
I always keep a jar of this in my cupboard for when I fancy somethng different and quick for tea, this makes a tasty meal which is pretty healthy too and my daughter enjoys it too, and I would recommend this product to anyone.
Thankyou for reading.
I am not much of a cook I'm the first one to admit. I do try though and I would say I am getting better all the time. One meal I can make, is a lovely Sweet and Sour Chicken, with Rice and Chips. Well actually a lot is actually done for me already by this guy called 'Ben'. He always pops around when I'm going to do my Sweet and Sour. To be honest he really is like an Uncle to me, he helps me out so much!!
Well how do 'we' do it? Well first I get the leanest chicken I possible can and I cut them into small strips or cubes. This usually sets me back about a fiver or so. I always remove any excess bits of fat, but like I say I get healthy chicken anyway. Once I've done that messy job they get thrown in the frying pan. Before I do anything else Uncle Ben reminds me to get the rice on the ready. I get a pan and fill it with water adding the rice. This will take about 20 minutes or so. So it gives me good time to heat through the chicken and then pour over the Sweet and Sour Mix.
The Sweet and Sour Mix I have found to taste really nice. The one I used tonight boasted it had extra pineapple, which is always welcome in our house. Quite often if we get the standard bottle I'll add extras myself. To be honest it isn't actually needed but it shows an effort on my part if I add extra pineapple, baby sweetcorn, peppers etc. It is also another way of getting extra vegetables into the kids.
The sauce we had tonight already had the following in its ingredients:
Red Peppers (2.5%)
Modified maize starch
Bamboo shoots (2%)
Colour (paprika extract)
So we know what is in the sauce but what does it taste like? Well it does have a little bit of a vinegar taste to it but is not as strong as some you get from the likes of the chip shop. In fact the amount of vegetables in there actually sweeten it quite a bit more, and for those who don't like the vinegar taste you can add more 'natural sweeteners' if you like. However my children have never actually complained. In fact it is one of their favourite dinners. Often I cook a tray of oven chips at the same time!!
Nutritional Values per 100g
of which sugars 18.3g
of which saturates 0.7g
No Artificial Colours, Flavours or Preservatives
I would highly recommend this sauce and have given it 5*****
Uncle Ben's Sweet and Sour sauce is a product in their Oriental range.
Uncle Ben's is actually owned by Mars Inc. They have been making rice since 1943 and according to an article I read was the top selling rice in the United States from 1950 until the 1990's! They also produce a range of related food products as well. I like the range of sauces they do and the one I am reviewing is their Sweet and Sour sauce. I am probably quite well placed to review it as my husband and I seem to have this for dinner about once a week.
Sweet and Sour sauce originated in China and is the reason why this product can be found in Uncle Ben's oriental range. It is name sweet and sour becasue of its production and ingredients. In China, the product is generally made using honey or sugar (ie something sweet) with vinegar or soy sauce (ie somthing sour). There are many different recipes and types of sauces out there and I think Uncle Bens have done well in capturing a nice flavour and offering a good product.
Their sweet and sour is described as a tangy sauce with juicy pieces of pineapple, crispy vegetables and bamboo shoots. The sauce is a lovely orangey/red colour. It has lots of bits of carrots in it and green peppers. I'm not the biggest fan of bamboo shoots but they definitely give this sauce a bit of texture and crunch to it. The shoots are long and flat. The best part of all is that there are lots of pieces of juicy pineapple in this sauce, my favourite. You can also buy Uncle Bens Sweet and Sour sauce with extra pineapple which is also very good.
There are lots of different ways of using a sweet and sour sauce. A lot of time in oriental cuisine it is used as a dip but I prefer to use mine as a covering sauce as part of my main meal. The sauce is incredibly easy to use. I just brown some chicken and then pour the sauce over it and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes. On the jar Uncle Ben's also give you some tips about how to spice up the dinner by adding chunks of mango or prawns. I haven't actually tried either of them but I think I will give the prawns a go as that sounds lovely. I serve my chicken and sauce over white rice and voila, a perfect, quick and easy dinner.
The jars I usually buy are 500g and definitely enough for 2 people but I think it would be a bit of a stretch for 4 people. The jars cost £1.60 which I think is a really good price. Per 125g, ie a quarter of the jar there are 110 calories so if you eat half of this that's only 220 calories for a main meal, quite healthy in my opinion.
All in all, a nice sweet and sour dinner!