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Breakfast is my most favourite meal of the day. This is why it is worth having the most delicious food you can get (hopefully with some healthy stuff too). A good marmalade on a slice of toast is hard to beat.
Silver Shred has always been a breakfast favourite of mine. My taste buds seem to zone in and out of flavours; one week I'll want a strong orange marmalade, another I'll yearn for the clean bright citrus taste of a lemon or a lime marmalade. Over the years I have eaten quite a lot of this!
From Tesco, a 454g jar of this will cost you £1.29. This certainly does not make it the cheapest option of marmalade and you can usually find quite a decent supermarket's own brand of lemon marmalade. The question is though - do I want to always buy the supermarket brand? The answer is - not always.
The jar is good and solid with plently of viewing space to see the marmalade. It has the stylish lid with the striped rim which contains best before info and a tamper button. The label is an eye-catching design of yellow famed by blue with pictures of lemons.
I am pleased that Robertsons have finally dispensed with the trademark 'gollys' on the jar. For many years they still depicted them even though the tide of politically correct opinion was against them. As a child, I also indulged in the poitically incorrect activity of saving labels as my nan used to collect the pin brooches for me and I remember laying them all out to see which one we needed to collect next. I recall that my nan liked the golfer 'golly' because it was her favourite sport. I can't really remember the rest of the designs. You could also get necklaces with a 'golly' on.
Sugar Solution, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Glucose Syrup, Lemons, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Citric Acid, Lemon Oil, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Natural Colours (Curcumin, Beta-Carotene)
These ingredients are labelled as vegan, the setting agent in jams and marmalades always being pectin (derived from fruit).
Lemons are fourth on the list of ingredients, the first three being various forms of sugar - indicating that there is much more sugar in this product than fruit. This is bourne out in the manufacturers information which details that there is 20g of fruit per 100g. When I make jam at home, I use a 50/50 % of fruit to sugar and I know it is possible to use even less sugar. This is why the taste is given some clout by the addittion of lemon oil.
Open the lid and you will see a lovely clear pale yellow jelly like substance. There are thin slivers of lemon peel suspended in the marmadade.
Taste and Texture
Dig a spoon into the marmalade and you will find it is a good consistency - fairly firm but not hard and resistant to the spoon. Spreading it is easy and the marmalade stays put - it is not 'mobile' like some spreads which drip off the toast on to the plate.
The marmalade tastes very sweet ( not surprising really) but also very lemony (thank you lemon oil). As long as I don't whack a huge amount on my toast, I find eating this enjoyable and am always keen to have another slice of toast with it on. I resist this impuse though.
I am not keen on the 'bits' of lemon rind though. I am aware that this is a question of taste and some people truly love those bits. I prefer no bits in lemon marmalade and this is why I am sometimes tempted to buy a 'no bits' supermarket brand.
Generally, I think this is a lovely marmalade and I am always happy to spread it on my toast (having picked the 'bits' off in the process). As with all products that contain mostly sugar, it should be eaten in moderation.
The other day my Mum made a really welcome mistake. In charge of the weekly shopping she always gets me marmalade but in a hurry she picked this up and when I went to use it I was absolutely gutted! I'm such a fan of orange marmalade on toast that when I saw this I felt like tantruming big time lol! I stopped myself though, sulked a bit and slapped it on hotly buttered toast not too happy about it at all!
As far as I'm aware this only comes on one size (though don't quote me on that!). The size I have in front of me is 454g jar (costing 80p in Asda) and is glass and see through with a white and black twist on/off lid to the top of it and on that I'm told it's Robertson's and the best before date is stamped on and there is a safety button on there too (to let you know if it's been used or tampered with before you buy it).
Around the middle on the jar there is a yellow, orange and blue label and on the front there is a picture of lemons and I'm told it's 'Silver Shred' Mrs Robinson's and that it's Lemon Marmalade. Other information on the jar tells me a bit about the product, ingredients and nutritional information is given and contact details for Premier Foods Group are also listed (the manufacturer of the product). It's a nice enough jar and informative enough and I liked being able to see the marmalade through the jar.
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Jar....
In Paisley, Scotland, James and Marion Robertson created a unique marmalade recipe which they called 'Golden Shred'. Around a century ago, consumers tastes the unique flavour of Silver Shred for the very first time. using a special blend of lemons to create a fresh and zesty flavour, Silver Shred remains a family favourite to this day.
My Mothers mistake was so welcomed, I couldn't believe how gorgeous this is and it's now a firm favourite of my families and is now a permanent additive to our shopping list!
A very pale yellow in colour and light jelly like in consistency this is truly amazing! It spreads on anything with ease and doesn't melt onto hot things but holds well. Scattered throughout is real small slashes of lemon peel which are not bitter but juicy and add a slight texture to the otherwise smooth marmalade.
Not only does it smell zesty, lemony and sweet it tastes it. Not harsh on the palette at all, not crammed full of nasty sweeteners it's just beautiful and well blended.
I love the way the zest isn't fermented and soggy, I love the light consistency of this marmalade and ease of using it but most of all I love the versatility of using this. Great on toast, sandwiches, I even like a blob on pancakes! It really is just incredibly tasty and a delight to eat!
Nutritional Information...per 100g
This product contains no artificial colours or flavours.
Vegan and Vegetarian friendly
Refrigerate once opened and consume within 6 weeks
Available in all good supermarkets etc!
Robertsons as we know have been going since the year dot, so it is no surprise that they keep turning out superb jams and marmalades and other products.
This Silver Shred lemon marmalade should be given a gold star as it is the most tangy lemony marmalde I have ever tasted. It is a well known brand name and doesn't dissapoint in flavour or texture in my view very much underrated.
Like I said before a strong lemon taste is found in this jar amongst the jelly like consistancy of the marmalade a good dollop of shreds, finely shredded bits of lemon peel which give the whole thing a bite. Slightly tangy, but not rip your head off tangy, just right in fact not too sweet not too sharp.
The Jar is a simple one which Robertsons have been using for years nothing outstanding in the shape with a simple blue and white lid stiped on the edges with the name on it. the label on the fron has a blue background with Silver shred written on it with lemons under it to give pleasing look to whole thing.
At £1.52 or thereabouts for a 1lb jar 454g I thought it not badly priced.
Also sold by this company is Golden shred the orange variety marmalade and golden shred light, and the shredless variety.
It can be difficult to find on the shelves as it seems to have a distribution problem at times but if you look hard you can find it.
I like this product on toast first thing in the morning with my cup of tea I think it sets me up for the day.
I like to make my own marmalade too but sometimes when I cannot be bothered I buy this product instead.