“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Dip „
. I simply love my Dips! I really enjoy eating snacky type food in the evening; in fact, if it is just me to cook for then sometimes I will just eat snacks rather than making a proper dinner. Not that I would recommend that on a frequent basis! There are various dips I like but this one is definitely one of my favourites . The reason for this is not simply the taste; it is also because this particular flavour goes really well with all sorts of snacky foods. In regard to the actual taste and texture; its quite thick and you can taste the chives in it; it has a great flavour. What I also like about it, is that it is not runny; I hate it when you sometimes get dips that are too runny. This particular dip I feel goes well with things like Breadsticks, Carrots, Celery, Crisps, Popodoms and Indian snacks like Onion Bhaji. In fact myself and my partner were hungry today and didn't know what to have for lunch; so we popped into my local Tesco and bought this dip and Tesco's Mini Indian selection; which has Onion Bhaji, Vegetable Samosas and Pakoras in them; I found this dip went really well with all of these foods. This sort of dip is great for parties too and my kids even like dips sometimes. Ingredients *********** Soured Cream 56% (Mayonnaise, Onion, Vegetable oil, Chive, Double cream, Cornflour) Mayonnaise contains Vegetable oil, Water, Pasteurised Egg, Spirit Vinegar, Cornflour, Salt, Sugar, Citrus Fibre, Rice starch, Potato Fibre, Dried Egg White. Allergy Information ***************** Contains Milk, Egg; Whilst this product does not contain Nuts it cannot be guaranteed to be Nut Free. It is suitable for Vegetarians On the inside of the packaging there is a Recipe. I don't know if the Recipes vary from tub to tub but the one on this tub is Smoked Salmon & Soured Cream Pate. It sounds pretty good actually and I think this is an added bonus giving you extra ideas of how to use the Dip. Tesco Soured Cream & Chive Dip comes in a 200g Tub and costs £0.95pence; currently there is a special offer where you can mix and match with other dips on a 3 for 2 offer. This a lovely dip which im awarding 5 Dooyoo stars
Sour cream is a traditional product made of cream usually it contains 12 to 16 per cent butterfat and gets its 'tang' from lactic acid created by the bacterial process. Commerical sour cream contains thickening agents such as gelatin, rennin, guar and carrageen. Because it's a product that isn't fermented fully it requires refridgeration. It is a traditional topping for baked potatos. In mexican foods its an accompanyment to nachos, chilli con carne, fajita's, taco's and the like. It is seen frequently as an ingredient in many hungarian dishes is and is most known for being in Beef Stroganoff. As a dip it is most common to be seen with chives. Tescos serves it in 200g tubs (there is also a light option available) it's price changes depending on the store and the offer but is usually 88pence per 200g. Ingredients Soured Cream (56%), Mayonnaise (30%) (Vegetable Oil, Pasteurised Egg, White Wine Vinegar, Water, Sugar, Salt), Onion, Chive (3%), Vegetable Oil, Cornflour. Allergies Information: Contains Eggs & Milk; May contain Nuts Per 100g cal 355kCal fat 36.4g sat fat 8.5 g Sugar 2.4 g salt 0.8g This product is value for money, delicious and creamy and wonderful as a snack with dipping elements such as crisps and breadsticks or as an accompanyment to chilli or jacket potatos. I frequently buy it when it's on offer and can't really eat chilli or mexican foods without it. I prefer the Tescos product to many other supermarkets as it has more flavour and is a better price. I have also found that the lower fat options lack flavour so always go for full fat despite the calories.
My partner and I have been sampling some Mexican themed cuisine of late, with everything from nachos to burritos being cooked and munched. One absolute MUST HAVE accompaniment to any successful Mexican dish - in my humble opinion, anyway - is the addition of some salsa and sour cream on the side. I have opted to 'make' my own soured cream in the past which is fairly easy to do using a small carton of cream, however as we usually end up in our local supermarket to buy ingredients and accompaniments to our Mexican meal, for quickness and my convenience I usually just pick up a sour cream style dip to use instead. As our local supermarket is a large Tesco store, it is of course the Tesco branded "Soured Cream and Chive Dip" that is purchased on such an occasion. Costing around the 85 pence mark for the 200g tub, I find this convenient accompaniment is a fairly low cost addition to my meal. The 200g tub comes packaged in a cardboard outer sleeve which can be removed easily. The tub itself is made of recyclable plastic and has a lid on the top to keep the dip fresh between uses. The dip should be stored in the fridge when not in use, and I tend to use up any remaining dip within a day or two of it being opened... Maybe I am being paranoid, but I don't think dips and other similar dairy products have a very long life once they have been opened. The 200g tub is a generous size and is more than sufficient for my partner and myself as an accompaniment to our nachos or other Mexican dish. I tend to spoon a generous 'dollop' onto each of the two dinner plates, and there is generally a small amount left in the tub for 'dipping' with tortilla chips later that night. The dip itself is very easy to 'scoop' from the tub, given that the texture is not at all 'liquid' or watery. The dip is denser, similar to a thick cream substance. The appearance of the dip is attractive; I can see that there are small 'flecks' through the dip which are green in colour, although the dip looks textured or a bit lumpy, so I am quite certain that there are small pieces of something else in there. A quick scan of the back of the packet confirms this with its ingredients list and I can see that there are small pieces of onion contained in the dip too. Now that I am aware of this fact, I can detect a slight 'onion' type flavour when eating the dip, although to be honest I'm not sure I would have been able to pick it out beforehand. That said, I don't find that the Tesco dip is at all bland or lacking flavour, I find the taste to be quite rich and of course very creamy. The small pieces of chive add to the dip in the sense of adding a bit of 'bite' to it which is a nice contrast to the creamy overall taste of the dip. I do not find that the dip tastes overly salty, which is a significant problem I have found with similar products that I have bought before, so this was a welcome surprise for me personally. I can see from the packaging that the Tesco soured cream and chive dip is suitable for a vegetarian diet, and there is sufficient allergy advice given too. The 200g tub of sour cream dip will provide 27.4g of fat per 100g, as well as 280 calories, which is no big surprise given the main ingredient is cream. Hmm, perhaps not a good choice for you weight-watchers out there, though? Overall I would highly receommend this dip, either for dipping with crisps and snacks or as an accompaniment to a Mexican meal. I find that the product is very good quality and a reasonable price too so I am happy to buy this again.
Tesco Soured Cream and Chive Dip is usually 86p for a 200g pot. I picked it up the other week when it was on offer for slightly less than this, and now it's on offer again at present with two tubs available for £1.50, which makes them 75p each. That's not bad given how expensive soured cream is in the first place, let alone once they've added extras to it. My first impressions of this were decent enough. Inside the cardboard wrap I found a little plastic tub with a re-sealable lid on it. Great for storage purposes I thought, as we weren't going to use the whole tub in one go. When I poured some out onto our meals though, I quickly realised that this is runnier than the standard soured cream is. Normally, soured cream needs to be spooned or at least partially spooned out of it's container, but this stuff just runs right out on. That's not traditional soured cream consistency to my knowledge. Taste wise this stuff is okay, but I did feel it tasted as thin as it looked. There are plenty of chives throughout this dip, but I do feel that this dip tasted like it should have had garlic in it, or at least a dash of lemon. There was something fundamentally missing from the watery, thin flavour. I wouldn't say it was a bad taste, just a very weak one. On checking the product information, I find that this dip is only 56% soured cream, with 30% of the dip being mayonnaise and vegetable oil and cornflour having been added also. Perhaps that explains the unusually thin texture which I did not expect from a soured cream product? I wasn't keen on this, and I don't think I'd buy it again. It's very thin and watery, and not even lower in fat and calories than standard soured cream or soured cream and mayonnaise dip products are. I think in future I'll stick to buying standard Tesco soured cream or Hellman's mayonnaise. If I want to create a dip, I'll do it myself without watering it down.