When it comes to breakfast I'm pretty much a creature of habit really. I love toast particularly covered in butter in marmalade first thing with a cuppa! The other day in Asda I knew I was running out so I decided to try this. Usually I go for orange marmalade with shred in it but this only costing a pound a jar was more reasonably priced than many other offerings on the shelves so I decided to try it out.
The jar is glass and holds 454g of the marmalade and it has a black an white stripped twist on/off lid to the top of it and around the main of the jar there is a dark green and orange label on there. On the front of the label we are told that it is Golden Shredless and is Robertsons 'Smooth Sweet Marmalade and there is a picture of Paddington bear on there and a small picture of oranges too. Other information on the back of the jar includes ingredients, nutritional information, the size is given (as I have stated already and contact details for the manufacturer are also listed. Nice enough jar this is and easy to open and close etc.
The Marmalade Itself:
Well this is a rather runny marmalade if not stored in the fridge and goes to almost water if left out in room temperature so I suggest popping it in the fridge big time!
Its a golden, off orange n colour transparent looking jelly with a sweet aroma to it opposed to a zesty, orangy one. I can spread it easily and thinly and even when I use mine straight from the fridge it has a watery, thin texture to it.
Taste wise well it tastes lightly of oranges but like he fragrance it is missing the zesty orange flavour. In fact its more sweet and syrupy than anything else to me and I struggle to find a flavour of orange within it at all. I miss the peel for texture but not only that this is just a very lightly flavoured gooey marmalade that lacks inpact in my opinion.
Nutritional Information Per 100g:
Energy: 252 Kcal
Available in all good supermarkets etc.
Meet the Shredless Wonder
*****Robertsons Golden Shredless Orange Marmalade*****
I have always been a big fan of marmalade. Juicy, fruity, fresh. Like thick sweet jelly, it tastes sublime on toast and crumpets and teacakes. What I dont love, never have and never will, is the bits. You know, the slices of orange peel that punctuate a jar of good quality, Jamie Oliver standard Organic Orange Marmalade. Bits. Hate them with a passion.
Growing up in the presence of some superior marmalade makers (my mum and my Auntie Liz, all hail to the greatness of their marmalade making skills!), I put a great deal of hard work into developing the fine art that is known in our house as picking out the bits, and earned a reputation for being a picky eater and for playing with my food. Ahem.
So you can imagine my joy, upon entering the fair new world of student living, which involved to my great joy being responsible entirely for my own food shopping, a certain shelf in Sainsburys lovely Southport store which contained (drum roll please), jar upon jar of SHREDLESS marmalade. I vowed that sunny seaside day that I was, and would forever more be .a shredless wonder.
Well its sublime. It is a treat for all marmalade lovers, full of citrus flavour, sweet but not too sickly, and with an overwhelmingly good, strong aroma of oranges. Certainly its the orange tang that hits your taste buds first, with the sweetness following later. Not too sharp, not too sweet, just a perfect marriage of sugar and fruit, it will leave you in no doubt as to the quality of the marmalade youre eating.
I love marmalade on toast. Wholegrain, thick sliced, with lots of grainy nuts and seeds in it is the best, with (real ) butter and a nice big mug of strong, milky coffee. Add to that a Sunday morning, a couple of newspapers and my latest edition of Gardeners World Magazine, and I am one happy girl!
Marmalade tastes great on toasted muffins, crumpets, toasted teacakes and even bagels. It can be used as a glaze for the top of cakes, by adding a little warm water and whisking it up, and you can even make an orange cake or muffin mix using marmalade. Recipe to follow soon!
Well, as you would expect, its mostly sugar and fruit, but here are the ingredients as listed on the side of the jar:
Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Sugar, Oranges, Glucose Syrup, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Cane Molasses, Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator, Orange Oil.
The marmalade is both vegetarian and vegan friendly, and has absolutely no artificial colours or flavours in it, which is very good.
A 20g serving is 51 , calories, with only a trace of saturated fat, and a trace of salt, so its not hugely bad for you! I wouldnt, however, suggest you eat a whole jar in one sitting .!
*****How much will it cost?*****
I buy my marmalade at the Co-op, where it cost me about 67p for a 454g jar. You can buy it as a smaller jar, which is ideal if you live alone, or dont eat a lot of it. Depending on where you buy it, youre looking at anything from 60p about 80p roughly.
*****What I think*****
I really enjoy this marmalade, and having tried a lot of different brands in my time, always picking out the bits as I go, I have to say this is the best one yet, and its a brand Ive been loyal to now since that sunny day in Southport almost 10 years ago! I still love my Auntie Lizs marmalade the best, and wish she would maybe sieve me a jar one of these days, but overall, Robertsons is a great tasting, good value marmalade, and one jar can last me months if I keep it in the fridge.
Thank you for reading, Kate x