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At only 22p for a jar that has 411g, you cant really go wrong. I had a quick jaunt into sainsburys one afternoon as I was nearer there than tescos. I like to eat toast in the mornings and this caught my eye. I do like jam but thought I would try as part of the downgrade brand challenge.
It really tastes very nice, it is so lemony and the texture of the curd is not too thick, not lumpy and is very smooth. It spreads on the bread easily and does not taste like it cost 22p.
It comes in a plain glass jar, you can see the yellow curd inside. It has a sainsburys basic label and this also shows the nutritional value. As you can imagine this isnt great. It contains a lot of sugar and quite a bit of fat, therefore you shouldnt eat too much too soon I guess.
It only contains lemon oil and not any actual lemons, so this is the only fault really.
It works well in cooking as well, you can add it to things like cakes either before or after baking. It also tastes good on pancakes to add a sweet flavour without adding pure sugar.
This jar has lasted me about 6 breakfasts so far and a couple of cooking sessions, and its still not even half empty because the flavour is so strong you dont need to use too much.
Do try this as alternative to the normal lemon curd because I really cant tell any difference apart from the boring packaging.
Being a busy working parent to two young boys I rarely get the time to enjoy or savour lemon curd, jam and other preserves. In the morning they are quickly spread on toast and eaten whilst on the move and generally completing tasks around the house (I know it's not the best way to be but time is limited!). I see them as an easy way to brighten up my toast - my seven year old doesn't take much notice of the taste, he is usually busy power ranging or similar!
I had been spending in the region of £1.00 purchasing my usual brand of lemon curd so when I noticed that the Sainsbury's basics product was only 22p I thought I would give it a try.
The 411g clear glass jars can be found with similar products in the preserve aisle. They are simple packaged with a white and orange label and the Sainsbury's basics logo on the upper left hand side. The white lid is easily screwed off and can be resealed after use.
Once opened, there is very little aroma unless the jar is placed 2/3" from the nose. The curd itself is a dull yellow colour and is of a very thick consistency although it is easily spread on toast.
Surprisingly, the curd does taste very lemony! I had expected the taste to be less obvious but this is not the case. It is just sweet enough for me and has a slight lemon tang, quite refreshing.
A 15g serving contains 35kcal but I don't think that I use that much as the curd is still very tasty when spread quite thinly.
As with similar products, sugar content is quite high at 6.9g, there is a trace of salt and 0.8g of fat (of which saturates 0.4g).
Once opened the product should be refrigerated and consumed within six weeks, although I must admit the jar I have open at the moment is still absolutely fine and it has been open for a couple of months, it doesn't seem to have lost any flavour.
This is a great value for money product, tasty enough to brighten your taste buds in the morning.
Review of Sainsbury's Basics Lemon Curd.
Sainsbury's Basics Lemon curd was actually a bit of an impulse buy. It isn't a product we often have, but I spotted it loitering among the jams and marmalades and was tempted!
The lemon curd is part of Sainsbury's Basics range, the supermarket's own branded goods aimed at the budget conscious shopper. At 22p for a jar containing 411g, this is certainly a low price, especially when compared to other brands available.
The lemon curd is presented in a recyclable glass jar with a metal screw top lid. Along with all Basics items this product has plain, no frills style labelling, but with all the essential information consumers want to see such as ingredients, nutritional values and so on.
Once opened, this product should be stored in the fridge and be consumed within 6 months of opening.
The lemon curd is a pale yellow colour, it smells sweet and lemony as one would expect. The texture is fairly firm, yet soft enough spread on toast or bread without tearing it.
The lemon curd tastes surprisingly delicate and fruity. It is slightly tangy yet with a sweet after taste which I felt it was a little too sweet for my palate, but very pleasant as a change from marmalade on my breakfast toast. Where I think this lemon curd comes into its own is as a filling for a simple sponge cake. I made a plain sponge and sandwiched it together with lemon curd, it was absolutely delicious, the lemon curd complimented the sponge beautifully and gave an interesting contrast of textures to the cake. I remember as a child, my grandmother making lemon curd tarts, perhaps I'll try those next!
==**Ingredients, Nutritional Values and Dietary Warnings**==
Glucose-fructose Syrup, Water, Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat, Modified Maize Starch, Whole Dried Egg, Pectin, Citric Acid, Lemon Oil, Acetic Acid, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrates), Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid), Colour (Curcumin).
Nutritionally Sainsbury's Basics Lemon Curd provides per 15g serving:- 44 calories, 0.8g fat, 7.1g sugars and 0.1g salt.
Sainsbury's Basics Lemon Curd is suitable for vegetarians and as the product contains dried egg, persons sensitive to eggs should exercise caution.
==**My Thoughts and Conclusion**==
Lemon curd is one of those things that people seem to love or hate, my late father used to call it 'Vaseline' and to be honest I can see where he was coming from, as the texture is a bit like Vaseline!
I consider this to be very good value for money, Basic products can be a little hit or miss and this is definitely a hit in my opinion. I am on a tight budget and am always looking for ways of money saving on the grocery shop, so was interested to try this Lemon Curd. I can recommend it wholeheartedly to others as it is a very reasonably priced, tasty preserve.
After all, at 22p, if you try it and don't like it you have wasted very little money!
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 January 2011
N.B. My reviews may appear on other sites under the same user name.
For quite a while now I've been conducting an experiment whereby I buy a product in the Sainsburys Basics range and if I like it, I stick with it and if I don't like it, I try the next one up in the range until I find one I do like. This has resulted in my buying and using quite a few products from the Basics range which have proved to be every bit as good as the supposedly top quality products.
I bought the Sainsburys Basics Lemon Curd hoping for another money saving success but I was sadly disappointed.
I can't quibble about the price because as 22p for a jar, this compares very favourably with the top priced product, Sainsburys Taste the Difference at £1.09 for a smaller amount.
Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Water, Palm Oil, Maize Starch, Dried Egg, Pectin, Lemon Oil, Citric Acid, Acetic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Curcumin, Beta-Carotine
Nutritional Values (Per 15g serving):
0.8g Fat (50% of which is saturated)
As the word "basics" implies, the appearance of the jar is simple and uncluttered in the usual orange and white livery with the legend on the label "Not so tangy, still great on toast". Sorry, Sainsburys, but I beg to disagree.
On opening the jar there is a strong and definite lemon aroma but the appearance is rather off-putting, resembling yellow glue rather than an appetising spread. To my mind, lemon curd should resemble something akin to set honey only with a slightly softer consistency. The basics lemon curd has a gel-like consistency which is semi-opaque and not particularly appealing to the eye. However, it isn't fair to condemn a product without tasting it.
As Sainsburys promise, this isn't so tangy; instead it's sour! The fact that lemon oil rather than lemon juice has been used gives an artificial lemon flavour which leaves an almost metallic taste on the tongue and is really quite unpleasant. The flavour is thin, by which I mean it lacks a robust fullness which is present in lemon curd which is made with butter.
I know it's rather a lot to expect a commercially produced lemon curd to taste like the home made variety but this is so far removed from that taste as to be a completely different product. I've since tried the Sainsburys Taste the Difference Lemon Curd which contains lemon juice, butter and fresh egg, as opposed to dried egg, and you really can taste the difference between the two. Although, even the top of the range lemon curd doesn't quite come up to the standard of home made. I think I'll just have to spend some time in the kitchen and have a crack at making my own.
I now use quite a few Sainsburys Basics products but the Basics Lemon Curd, I feel, would be fine for using when baking, either for jam tarts or as a filling for a lemon sponge cake but for spreading on toast or bread, it really isn't fit for purpose.
We have been going through a phase of buying cheap ingredients to store at the back of the cupboard that Mr Norton can rustle up a cake or a lemon meringue pie or some form of biscuits with at whim as he is really enjoying home baking and has applied to college to start to be trained as a chef so baking is on the cards a lot in our house!
As part of the ongoing budgetting whilst trying out new ingredients that may be useful for baking purposes, we have been buying a jar of Sainsbury's Basics Lemon Curd for 23p for a 411g glass jar monthly for the past few months It is VERY cheap. 23p! It has the standard safety non tamper botton on the top of the jar and the labels are the normal white and orange Sainsburies Basics labels. The slogan this product comes with from the mouths of Sainsburies (printed on the front of the label) is "not so tangy, still great on toast".
Nutritionally: per 100g (quarter of a jar) 234 calories, 46g sugar, 5.3g fat, 2.4g saturated fat. So this is as bad as I expected!!
The ingredients are glucose-fructose syrup, water, palm oil, maize starch, dried egg, pectin, citric acid, LEMON OIL (0.1%),ascetic acid, ascorbic acid, sodium citrate, curcumin, beta-carotene. WHERE ARE THE LEMONS???
This product looks a little like an opaque lemon jelly. It comes out of the jar in spoonfuls which leave spoon indents in the rest of the jar- so it is not a runny substance. It is very very smooth to taste and does not seem to contain any bits of lemon peel as I was expecting. The taste is very sweet and not very lemon-y but once you put it on a slice of cake, it will work to give it a lemon drizzle taste. From the jar, now I have read the ingredients, I could not eat it on toast - only in a lemon tart or on a sponge cake.
Overall, for 23p you cannot go too wrong if you are using this for a quick baked lemon tart or to pour over a sponge cake or cup cakes as it does add that lemon curd flavour when it is combined with home baking. The lemon flavour is very mild and it just tastes of sugar if you try it from the jar. So if you like lemon curd from the jar or on toast- avoid this. For baking, you may need to add a squeeze of lemon juice or some lemon rind but it is still a great budget buy.
Sainsbury's Basics lemon curd - we see such a lot written about the supermarkets own value and basic ranges just lately. I can only suppose that those of us who live on the equivalent of a basic wage have to cut our cloth according to our means and make good use of those basic goods and that well and truly includes me.
But a Sainsbury's basics product is only a bargain if you as the consumer actually can enjoy eating it, if you buy basic and find it inedible then it ceases to become a bargain.
Sainsbury's do one of their own label lemon curds which if my memory serves me correctly costs about 70p and then there is the Sainsbury's Basics lemon curd which costs just 27p.
27p is just such a small amount to pay for a jar of lemon curd and that is when you begin to wonder how on earth can Sainsbury's ( or any other supermarket for that matter ) offer that product for such a price.
I always ask myself is it a case of swings and roundabouts ? Sainsbury's can put their jar of Basics Lemon curd on the shelf for 27p if they add a penny to a far superior brand to compensate for the loss on the basics product...maybe just my odd way of thinking !
Packaging ? Nothing new to report, Sainsbury's have the lemon curd dressed up in the well known orange and white label and the clear glass jar has a plain white screw top lid that is sealed with a vacuum.
When I think of Lemon curd I imagine a thick creamy golden coloured curd that has a strong smell of sharp citrus that sets the taste buds alive. In the past I have made lemon curd but I am the only one that eats it and home-made lemon curd doesn't keep for too long.
Sainsbury's have made sure that their lemon curd is a decent shade of lemon but I have to admit that the curd looks a little bit glutinous. The lemon curd is thick but it appears to be more `jelly` thick than `creamy` thick and rather than removing a spoonful from the jar you are semi-slicing a portion to apply to your toast.
But at least Sainsbury's have made sure that the curd has plenty of flavour, Yes, I queried the texture but I cannot really complain too much about the flavour.
The Sainsbury's basics lemon curd is sweet and does lack that certain sharpness that you could have expected but it still tastes fine.
One serving contains 35 calories and the basics lemon curd is high in sugar. It contains egg, so beware anyone who has an allergy to eggs. Sainsbury's state that the Basics lemon curd must be kept refrigerated once it has been opened and that it will keep for up to six weeks.
Many years ago fruit curds were very popular and they were regularly served at teatime along with the jam. Lemon curd makes a good topping for scones, fresh bread, scones and it tastes good in tarts too. A home-made lemon curd makes a first class lemon meringue pie.
Sainsbury's basics lemon curd is a world away from home-made lemon curd, the Basics lemon curd is fine for the odd piece of toast or scone and it would be a good filler if the children enjoy eating it. But good lemon curd has a much sharper edge and an intense fruity taste that this Basics product cannot possibly equal.
Sainsbury's have done their best to make the 27p experience a decent one.
Sainsbury's Basics Lemon Curd
I rarely go the Sainsbury's mainly because I find it is more expensive than Tesco, Asda and Morrisons but I have been a couple of times this week as it is local to where I had been visiting. I only needed a few bits on each occasion and knew that I would be able to get stuff from the Basics range without hurting my pocket.
While I was flying around the aisles I got a sudden urge for lemon curd on toast, which I have occasionally. I located the Basics Lemon Curd and was very impressed to see that a jar of 411g costs just 28p. The jar has a very simple basic label on, no frills, just the necessary nutritional information.
I was really looking forward to getting home for lunch and actually bypassed the pre-packed sandwiches, which does not happen often!
When I got home I popped a couple of slices of bread in the toaster and popped open my jar of lemon curd. I was met by a wonderful, sweet smell of lemons. I spread this on my toast fairly easily but it was far from an even spread, a bit like with marmite. I used three tablespoons on two slices of bread, which was probably a little excessive. The sweet and tangy lemon flavour comes through well, though it is not too sweet. It is quite sweet and ever so slightly artificially so, but not in an unpleasant way. There is no bitter aftertaste to this at all. I quite like this lemon curd and would buy again if I am around Sainsbury's ways at a time when I want some. It is not the most amazing lemon curd but for the price it is great. Each 15g tablespoon contains 43 calories; 0.8g of fat and 6.5g of sugar (so this is really high!)
I haven't enjoyed Lemon Curd since being a small boy. IT was something we had with our Tea on Sunday evenings. I've no idea why I haven't had it since then, it just seems certainly for me to have gone out of fashion. But the other week I read a review on here and I really fancied trying it again. So here is my review on it.
===About the Product:===
There are several Lemon Curd products on the market, from the Branded ones to the stores own. The price varies and you can pay up to £1.13 for a tin, The Sainsbury's basic Lemon Curd is significantly cheaper however at just 31p for a tin that weighs 411 g. I notice that Tesco also do this product in their Value Range this also costs 31p.
The tin has the distinctive Sainsbury's Basic design, simple but quite eye catching. It tells you the nutrition chart of what this Lemon Curd contains, advising also that it tastes great on toast. When I spin the tin I also find on the back of the label the Ingredients. It is in a clear tin with a white screw lid that has a safety button to keep the product fresh.
The product is fine for vegetarians but for those with egg allergies this product is not suitable and it is clearly advised on the label.
The product I bought had a before for date written clearly on the lid which allowed me nine months to use the product. But further down on the label I am also advised that once opened it should be consumed within six weeks.
This product can be stored in any shelf or cupboard but once it has been opened and the air has got to it it should be stored in a fridge.
I found the lid easy to open and it simply made a popping sound as it opened.
As soon as I opened the product I was greeting with a rich, sweet smell of lemons. It was strong, not overpowering but reminded me of my childhood days. It smelt sweet and I sensed sugar in the Lemons.
===Tasting the product:===
In the course of my research I will try the product on bread in a sandwich and on toast. Although I know Lemon Curd can also be used in cooking recipes such as cakes and tarts, I even have a friend who loves this product on crumpets.
When I put my knife into the Lemon Curd I found it was thicker and more solid than I remembered. I expected a sludgy substance but it was more like a solid substance. I could even stick the knife in it and it would stay upright in it.
I found it easy to spread, but I was left with chunks of it on some parts and little in others. I found the taste to be thick with lemon and very sweet. It wasn't unpleasant at all and did not have the bitterness that lemons have. That said it didn't in any way make my mouth water like chocolate does. It was pleasant rather than delicious, it certainly made the sandwich more interesting and tasty, with the tangy lemon flavour, that as the label correctly advises it is 'not so tangy'.
I found the same story, it was difficult to spread evenly and I struggled to see because of the colour clash where the product was not spread properly. The taste was the similar sweet lemon taste that I thought combined better with the toast and butter. It still had a distinctive lemon flavour but a little to sweet and sticky for my tastes.
For me this trip down memory lane was great. I feel sure this Lemon Curd is not as bitter or striking as the ones from my childhood. It has a sweeter lemon flavour that is rich in sugar and tastes great on toast with that hypnotic Lemon smell and taste. Certainly for me a nice change from Jam or honey.
Per 15g tablespoon provides:
Sat fat: 0.3g
Total Sugars: 6.5g
Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Palm Oil, Maize, Starch, Whole Dried Egg, Gelling Agent, Pectin, Citric Acid, Lemon Oil, Acetic Acid, Antioxidant, Ascorbic Acid, Acidity Regulator, Sodium Citrates, Colours, Curcumin, and Beta Carotene.
I really enjoyed experimenting with Lemon Curd and I for one will be buying this competitive priced product. I enjoyed the sweet lemon taste and will be using it as an alternative on my toast. My only concerns about the product were the amount of sugar in it and it is very sticky if you leave it on any surface.
COST: 32p for a 411g jar
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 15g):
- of which sugars: 6.5
- of which starch: 2.4
- of which saturates: 0.3g
- of which mono unsaturates: 0.3g
- of which polyunsaturates: 0.1g
- of which sodium: trace
Glucose-fructose syrup, palm oil, maize starch, whole dried egg, pectin, citric acid, lemon oil, acetic acid, ascorbic acid, sodium citrates, curcumin, beta-carotene
DIETARY INFORMATION & ALLERGY ADVICE:
Suitable for vegetarians
Sainsbury's Basics Lemon Curd is in a clear glass jar, with a screw-top that has a safety tamper-evident device on the white lid.
A white label circles about two-thirds of the jar, placed halfway down the length. This label shows the standard Sainsbury's Basics logo in orange, with orange lettering stating "Lemon Curd...not so tangy...still great on toast". There is a small pie chart style circle containing basic red, green & amber nutritional information, a drawn image in orange of a toast rack containing a few slices of toast, and the standard logo which shows the product is suitable for vegetarians. The rest of the label shows storage instructions, manufacturer's contact details, complete nutritional information, ingredients and allergy/dietary advice.
Lemon curd is something I'm rather fond of, but I rarely buy it - for some reason it just doesn't occur to me to load up with a few jars for "sugar hit" emergencies. A few weeks ago I happened to be close to the jams/preserves section of my local Sainsbury's, when I spotted this "basics" brand of lemon curd. It found its way into first my trolley, then later my kitchen cupboard.
Appearance-wise, Sainsbury's Basics Lemon Curd looks exactly the same as any other brand....a dull-ish yellow, jelly-like paste inside a glass jar. The lid opens with a slight "plopping" sound as the tamper-proof seal breaks; once the lid is off, a nice lemony smell creeps up from the jar - I must say that it did remind me a little of the smell of lemon washing up liquid.
I decided to go down the childhood route of having a generous smear of lemon curd on some buttered, all-purpose, trashy white sliced bread that comes from a plastic bag. On spreading the curd over the bread, I found the consistency to be uneven - parts of it were on the stiff side, and the other parts were somewhat gloopy, but it did spread well and the consistency evened out.
I really would liked to have completed the childhood thing of sitting cross-legged on the floor with a plate of lemon curd in one hand and my teddy bear in the other (I must have been feeling insecure that day lol), but my poor old bones and joints are nowhere near as flexible as they were five years ago, let alone when a child, so I stretched out on the sofa instead and did the adult version of the comfort food sugar hit.
On taking my first bite and performing the chew test, I noticed an odd syndrome in that the lemon curd seemed to be rather sharp yet extremely sweet at the same time. It felt very smooth in my mouth though, and slid down my throat a treat. Once I had finished eating, I sat and waited for an after-taste - but there was none. The whole experience, though a definitely too sweet, was rather pleasant - so I repeated it immediately afterwards, making a vow to ration myself to just one slice of bread and lemon curd per day, because of the rather high sugar and calorie content.
All in all, I'd say Sainsbury's Basics Lemon Curd is well worth the ridiculously low price of 32p - the same size jar of a more expensive brand can cost in the region of between 69p and £1.20.
I have a feeling that this lemon curd would make very nice tarts, or a cake - many years ago I used to make a lemon curd cake whereby you just make up a quantity of ordinary, plain cake mixture (to fill a 10" cake tin), then stir in a whole jar of lemon curd.....then bake as usual. The result comes out very lemony and very moist - a bit like lemon drizzle cake. With the next jar I buy, I might just try the lemon curd cake again after all these years.
Verdict: A good, tasty lemon curd....slightly sharp, but a little too sweet. Excellent value for money.
Thanks for reading!
When I was a child I used to love lemon curd although I have to say it is not something I think to buy these days.However the other day my two daughters wanted to make some cakes and the recipe required a lemon curd filling. My husband was doing our Sainsbury's shop so I added the lemon curd to the list and he came back with the Basics version.
As we were going to be using this in baking I thought that was fine but I'm not sure that I would have chosen it for a spread to put on bread. However, having made our cakes we had most of the jar left soI thought I would just try some on a slice of bread and I was so amazed because it was completely delicious.
The curd has a reasonably thick consistency and has a lovely lemony smell. The taste is very tangy and zesty and I have to admit - very moreish! I soon discovered myself trying just one slice more! Perhaps where it lacks slightly compared to other lemon curds is in the colour. THere's nothing wrong with it but it is perhaps slightly duller compared to others. I don't think this is too much to wory about though.
This lemon curd comes in a 411 gram jar and there are 284 calories in every 100 grams.This actually shows up as green which means it's fine for an adult's guideline daily allowance. However fat is 5.2 grams per 100 grams which is amber and unfortunately total sugar is 43.4 grams per 100 grams which puts it well and truly in the red!I have noticed that this sugar content is a lot higher than in the more expensive alternatives.
Sainsburys sell three lemon curds which are all their own makes.There's this one that costs 32 pence, their mid range one that costs 64 pence for the same size jar and then there's the Taste the Difference one that costs £1.09 for a smaller 325 gram jar. As you can see there is quite a difference in the price between the three and I feel sure that the Basics one must be just as tasty as the others. However, the high sugar content does really bother me so I think that even though it felt as though I might have found a bargain there is definitely a catch!
Although I love the taste I will have to think very carefully as to whether I buy this again especially as I do find it rather addictive! Maybe I'd best just leave lemon curd off the shopping list all together!
Great on toast.