Now I'm not a big fish eater, I'll have the occasional fish finger or pre-battered cod fillet from Adsa, but I do like the odd salmon paste sandwich, espescially if I've got a bag of cheese and onion crisps going spare. Salmon paste and cheese and onion crisp sandwich, now there's a combination that shouldn't work, but strangly it does. But enough of my strange dietry habits.
I normally buy shop's own brand salmon paste / spread as I only eat it occassionally I don't want to have to pay a fortune for it, so when I saw that Poundland had a pack of three 75g pots of Princes salmon paste for sale I grabbed myself a pack and seeing as they had a long expirey date on them October 2015, they would keep me going for quite a while.
The pots came packed together in thin plastic and once seperated each glass jar is encased in blue plastic which also covers the twist off lid so that you can immediately tell if a jar has been opened because the seal would be broken. The picture on the jar is slightly different from that shown it now shows a slightly open breadcake which has been spread liberally with the paste and is now surrounded by green salad leaves. The remaining information on the jar is as shown in the picture.
When you open the jar you are not immediately hit with an overpowering fishy smell, it does smell fishy, but not enough to put you off tasting it, if like me, you're not a lover of fish. The paste its self is sort of a burnt orange in colour and can seem a bit crumbly when you first get it out of the pot, perhaps this maybe because I tend to keep it in the fridge I don't know, as if it's not going to spread evenly on your bread, but after just a couple of seconds of spreading, the paste does seem to "melt" almost and softens into an easy spreadable paste which quickly covers the slice. The taste is great too, again it's not overly strong, but you can taste salmon in it. One jar seems to cover about 5 average slices of bread, but then again I do like to put a thick coating on each slice.
This paste is great for putting on bread or bagels, my other half loves it on plain bagels with cream cheese, and makes a tasty alternative to say ham in your sandwiches. Why not give a dull cucumber sandwich a boost by adding a touch of salmon paste.
I bought this product mainly out of curiosity when doing a quick shop in Lidl, I felt the need for a bit of safety I think, what with all the unfamiliar brands etc lol. Im not a huge fish lover and have never actually had salmon in my life but thought it must be worth a try as it only cost approximately 43p.
** Packaging **
This product comes in a 75g glass jar. The jar is wrapped in blue plastic containing the brand name and a picture of the product on the front, which I have to say looks very appetizing. The back contains the nutritional information, ingredients and and a bit about their quality guarantee. The lid is one of those designed to let you know if the jar has been open so if the button can be depressed then obviously don't use it.
** The product **
The product is a salmon paste with minced cod. I think it is mainly used for sandwiches and bagels although would be interesting to know if any of you use it for anything different.
** The taste **
Firstly as previously stated I have never actually eaten salmon so I don't really know what it is meant to taste like, however this product smells and tastes fishy lol, but its pleasant, my only reservation is that its texture can be a little bitty im not sure if this is normal but it can be at times off putting. I used this as a sandwich spread and added some cucumber although the texture wasn't great it wouldn't put me off buying again the overall taste was quite nice.
** Nutritional Information per 100g)
** Ingredients **
Minced Salmon (67%), Water, Rusk (Wheat Flour, Water, Salt, Raising Agent (E503)), Soya Protein Concentrate, Minced Cod (3%), Barley Malt Vinegar, Potatoe Starch, Concentrated Tomato Paste, Salt, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Sugar, Yeast Extract, Colour (Paprika Extract).
** Overall **
Overall I would say that although not perfect, this is a very reasonable product. This is a simple sandwich filler, which isn't too high in calories and is definitely different than having the usual tasting sandwich. For the price I cant really complain and I think the product offers good value for money.