Product Type: Hartley`s Spread
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"Oh Yeah, we're Jammin'"
Hartley's Best Strawberry Jam
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Hartley's Best Strawberry Jam
Advantages: It's delicious and versatile
Disadvantages: High calorie content
Everyone who knows me will agree that I am a terrible cook. Luckily my other half is a fantastic cook, he enjoys cooking and prepares most meals in the household, however, on Wednesdays, my day off, I normally have a go at something culinary, more often than not it ends in disaster. This week my son has put in a special request for jam tarts knowing full well that, surely, even I can't go wrong with such a simple recipe! I won't bore you with the details but, basically, it went wrong, my pastry was inedible so went in the bin and out came the ready rolled shop bought pastry and, the essential, Hartleys Best Strawberry Jam, then in the oven they went!
HARTLEY'S AND US
Hartley's were a grocers founded in 1871 by Sir William Pickles Hartley, one day a consignment of jam they were waiting for failed to turn up, with orders to fill they had no choice but to make their own, thus Hartley's Jam was born. With such a long pedigree it is hardly a surprise to find that it is a top quality product, in fact their Jam is so successful that each year they sell enough jam to spread over 300 million pieces of toast
We always have some of this in the house, it is a favourite and I love its versatility. It is nostalgic for me, I remember my Mother using Hartley's and it tastes as good now as it did then. There are many varieties but this Strawberry one is our favourite.I like it best spread on hot crusty toast but my son is rather partial to crumpets with his, Mmm, delicious!
SO IS IT REALLY THAT GOOD?
Everything about this jam, to me, screams quality. The award winning, recyclable jar itself is simple, understated but solid, and the Hartley's logo stands out on the shelf, it has an easy to open twist off lid with the usual nutritional information on the back and a simple heart/strawberry shaped label on the front, the minimalistic labelling means you can see exactly what you are getting and how much you have left during use.
On opening the delicious, strawberry aroma hits your nostrils immediately, it is not too sweet or cloying and I think it has a far more 'natural' strawberry smell than some of the cheaper alternatives.Prepared with 45g of fruit per 100g This deep red coloured jam is very thick in consistency with plenty of whole strawberries, there are seeds in this and, whilst they are barely noticeable to myself, if you have dentures then you may experience some problems with this.
Due to its consistency, in my opinion, you really don't need to spread it too thickly at all, it spreads evenly and easily on your hot buttered toast and perfect for sponge cake fillings and tastes - divine! It tastes substantial, sweet but not overly so, the natural taste of strawberries comes though without any sourness that you sometimes get in jams and there is no aftertaste. All told, a fresh, natural strawberry flavour and utterly delicious.
Like most things delicious it is also sinful, there is a high calorie content, typically 244kcal per 100g, and a high sugar content of 61g per 100g - but it is fat free (small consolation). Suitable for vegans and vegetarians but not (obviously) diabetics, however if you have other allergies it would be best to consult the website below for further details.
I won't bore you with all the ingredients but among them you will find: Whole Strawberries, glucose, pectin, sodium citrates, citric acid.
Once open this will keep for up to 6 months in the fridge.
I bought my 340g jar from Tesco express for £1.55, I think that is quite good value, it is slighly less at Sainsbury's at the moment but Tesco was closer and it was raining!
You can use this in so many different ways:
The filling in Cherry Bakewells
Victoria Sponge filling
As an addition to rice puddings, ice creams etc.
Crusty bread topped with banana
And of course Jam tarts, so how did mine turn out? Well apart from the fact that I hadn't realised I was using puff pastry, the first batch were delicious, the second batch are now in the bin, but I blame Ciao as I was writing this and forgot they were in the oven!
For more information and recipes visit the website: www.hartleysfruit.co.uk
In the words of the late, great Bob Marley " I hope you like Jammin' too!"
Summary: Delicious and versatile but not so good for the waistline!
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