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      24.11.2013 16:01
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      Try making your own!

      I love houmous. I've been searching for a top quality version available in supermarkets for a long time now, and as this version by Sainsbury's had some positive reviews on here I decided to give it a go. Unfortunately, once again the offering was a bland, textureless paste that was only marginally better than similar versions from Tesco, M & S and Waitrose.

      The ingredients are pretty much the same as the usual store bought houmous' - Chickpeas, Sunflower Oil, Tahini, Garlic, Lemon Juice, Salt. Bar the sunflower oil - I much prefer the use of olive oil for flavour and nutrition - this is the basic recipe for any houmous. So where does it go so wrong? The recipe lacks invention for one. Why not spice it up by adding a little paprika and red pepper? Or some fresh coriander for a more middle eastern feel? The texture is soulless - why not throw in a few whole / half chick peas for some contrast?

      What makes it better than the other shop bought versions? The flavour is richer and more authentic. It doesn't have the artificial taste found in the Waitrose version either (the worst of the lot.) However, it is still 'slop in a pot,' churned out on an industrial scale by factory machines. It's about time someone bought a handmade, small batch produced version to the table.

      The sad thing is, for people who haven't tried a decent houmous, they resign themselves to the fact that they should all taste this way. But there is a reason millions of people have made it staples in their cuisines for hundereds of years. I've had many delicious houmous' in various restaurants - Leon, and, aptly, the Hummus Brothers in London, both make a fine version. My good friend, of Lebanese origin, makes one that tastes like it has been sent from the heavens. Unfortunately, this is a closely guarded secret family recipe, and she won't let me get anywhere near it.

      So, to summarise, I'll be giving this Houmous one star for being marginally better than the alternatives from rival supermarkets. I'm giving it another for being organic. Unfortunately though, as the title of my review states - its just the best of a bad bunch.

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        31.05.2009 20:03
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        A nice organic houmous

        In my opinion houmous in general is pretty wonderful, Sainsbury's So Organic Houmous is exceptionally good, and take it from me, houmous is my thing!

        The packaging is appealing and looks good quality reflecting the quality of the product inside. The packaging consists of a plastic tub covered in a cardboard sleeve. Bit of a shame, as maybe they could just label the tub and save a bit of cardboard. I'm all for ditching unnecessary packaging.

        The houmous cost £1.29 for a 200g tub. A larger version wasn't available. I have seen 400g tubs in other supermarkets, although not necessarily organic. I think this is good value for an organic product.

        For those of you not familiar with houmous, it is a middle eastern dip made from chick peas, tahini (sesame paste) garlic, lemon juice and oil. It is delicious and versatile. Great as a dip or used in sandwiches. Best of all is probably to scoop it up with warm pitta bread. This particular houmous has a nice texture, not too smooth, not too coarse, and has a nice sesame flavour. It is possible to buy reduced fat houmous, but this tends not to have such a great texture.

        50g of this particular houmous contains 152 calories, 13.5g of fat (1.8 saturates), 0.53 g of salt and 0.3 g of sugar. Pretty healthy really, and chick peas are a great source of protein.

        Of all the houmous I have tried, this is one of the best.

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          09.04.2009 10:57
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          almost as good as homemade

          I'm still on my mission to save on my shopping bills but decided to pop a few extras that I don't normally buy as it's Easter.

          One of things I bought was a tub of Tesco Organic Houmus because my eldest daughter is home this weekend (yay!) & hubby loves it as well.

          The plastic tub has a good strong lid on it plus a thin plastic seal inside which keeps the whole product fresh - it's also packaged with an attractive cardboard sleeve as shown in the picture.

          I used to make a lot of houmus at home but it was always so time-consuming & there was often a lot left over so I now buy it as a treat & this Tesco one has a lovely taste & texture.

          When opened there's a lovely blend of smells including lemon, garlic & sesame seeds & the texture is, in my opinion, just perfect as it's not too oily & a little coarse.

          The colour is a little paler than the ordinary houmous - possibly because the ingredients are organic & there are no additives.

          The taste is really good - slightly roasted - & the flavours blend well together. No one ingredient overpowers the others as I've noticed with other types - eg I've had cheaper versions that taste too garlicy or too lemony - Sainsbury's seem to have go the blend perfect in this houmus & it reminds me so much of Greece!

          It's a great vegetarian dip to use on pitta bread or with carrot sticks, bread sticks, Doritos etc - I know some people like it in sandwiches & I can see why
          because it's so tasty & quite filling.

          The ingredients include crushed chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice & tahini paste (made from sesame seeds).

          It's not too healthy if you, like me, are watching your weight, but then you tend not to eat too much at one go I've found.

          One quarter of a pot provides the following -
          - 152 cals
          - 13.5g fat
          - 0.53g salt
          - 0.3g sugar

          summary
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          - good price for such a nice quality product.
          - versatile food.
          - neat & attractive packaging.
          - lovely authentic taste.
          - perfect texture in my opinion.
          - great for a treat.

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            29.01.2009 17:43

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            try iit

            Ok, let me just start off by saying that I hate organic stuff and I dont really care about my health, I bought this stuff because it was on special deal once, and organic or non organic this is not good for health any ways see for ur self:
            Calories: 152
            Fat: 13.5g
            Saturated fat: 1.8g
            Salt: 0.53g
            Total sugars: 0.3g not to bad? well thats just 50 grams which is quarter of a tub.

            But lets get to the taste, well If you know your humus, you would like this stuff, it has got every thing a good one should have, I just cant stop eating it once I have started, price Is a bit lower than a pound and its quite filling, so that's al right.

            In case you don't know what humus is, its chickpeas, tahini garlic and oil. A mixture. nice to go with arab food but you can eat it on its own, trust me you need to try this stuff if u never have before. Lovely

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            19.01.2009 22:07
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            I'll carry on eating this until I can make better

            I haven't written a food review in ages but I am really addicted to this stuff so thought I should.

            Originally, I only bought the organic version of Sainsburys Houmous as it was 2p cheaper than the normal version and I knew it would be slightly better for me.
            This 200g tub cost me 98p, this is the only size it's available in; I'm glad they don't do a bigger one as I always scoff the whole tub in 1 sitting and am pretty sure I would irrelevant of the size!

            Houmous is made with chickpeas and tahini (a sesame seed paste) garlic and oil.


            Packaging
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            The plastic pot is in a cardboard sleeve which is dark green, this is the colour for all of the 'So Organic' range at Sainsburys. There is a little picture of a plant with roots which I'm guessing is a chickpea plant?? though I've never seen one before so can't be 100% sure.
            "Organic chickpeas are raised in Turkey, so they grow in radiant Middle Eastern sun. So its not only bouzoukis that will be playing on your taste buds" - This is written at the side of the plant pic in small white writing. The packaging looks posh and classy as I would expect from an organic product.


            Nutritional Info
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            On the top of the cardboard sleeve there is also the 'traffic light' colour coded pie chart which shows the amounts of fat, sugar etc. For this product the amounts are per ¼ pot; 50g so for me I'll quadruple them.....
            Calories: 152 (orange)
            Fat: 13.5g (red)
            Saturated fat: 1.8g (orange)
            Salt: 0.53g (orange)
            Total sugars: 0.3g (green)

            Red = less healthy choice, eat in moderation.
            Orange = ok choice, enjoy occasionally.
            Green = healthy choice, enjoy.
            So overall this is an 'orange' product so I can enjoy this occasionally (if I stuck to a ¼ pot that is.....) Oh well, I've never calorie counted and I aren't about to start now!

            This houmous is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. There is an allergy advice box which informs you that it contains sesame seeds.


            Ingredients
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            Cooked chickpeas (46%) Sunflower oil, Tahini 14% (from sesame) Water, Concentrated lemon juice, Sea salt, Garlic.

            Sounds simple and it has no rubbish or additives in it!
            It would be healthier to make my own but I've tried that and it was too much hassle and didn't taste anywhere near as good so I'll stick to this one, unless someone has a tasty recipe I could try??
            It being organic also means the chickpeas and other ingredients were grown without the use of pesticides so in the long run it's better for me and the environment.


            The taste
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            Mouth wateringly good!
            The main taste for me is garlic and of course the smooth mild flavour of chickpeas. The texture is really good, smooth and just thick enough; the perfect consistency for dipping.

            I eat my houmous with tortilla chips; usually the cheese variety and the two tastes compliment each other beautifully. If I have some chilli or lime tortillas I add some soft cheese to the houmous and this works really well and tastes better than shop bought cheesy houmous.
            I eat a lot at a time and my tortilla is literally bending under the weight of houmous! It does taste just as good if you have a small amount as the flavour is strong enough to hold its own but I just can't get enough!

            It's also really great enjoyed with warm pitta bread, again dipped in.


            If you hadn't guessed by now I really recommend this! I have tried other brands and more expensive versions, different flavoured ones, etc and this is the best by a long way. It's also an advantage that its organic and affordable too.

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              07.12.2008 22:37
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              Lovely!

              Sainsbury's Organic Houmous is the best I have ever tasted. I did literally live off it for two years and I'm still here to tell the tale!

              It costs about £1 for an average sized tub. It used to be just a plastic tub with a lid with a cardboard sleeve, but more recently they decided to give it a sealed thinner plastic layer which you pull back - for safety or freshness, I don't know.

              The houmous is thick and creamy and just lovely. You can really taste the flavours. I love to toast some pitta and eat it with that, but it's also great with carrot sticks. I even used it instead of spread in sandwiches - turkey salad sandwiches with houmous are lovely!

              Proof that this is amazing is the fact that if you went to Sainsburys in Nottingham on the wrong day (i.e. the day before they got new stock in), it would all be sold out (and no it wasn't just me buying it!).

              I've tried the regular Sainsburys version and it pales in comparison, being thinner and more tasteless. This is also true for Tesco houmous.

              That's the main disadvantage to it (other than the calories and salt) - once you've tried this you'll be hard pressed to find another kind you can eat again! I'm not near a Sainsburys now and I'm having withdrawal symptoms.

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              06.12.2008 03:06
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              This could have been made in a Greek farmhouse kitchen. Superb.

              Ever since my first Greek holiday, I have loved the taste of houmous. A vegetarian dip composed of crushed chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and Tahini (a paste made from sesame seeds), it is a deliciously healthy addition to anyone's diet.

              It's easy to make your own houmous, and this is what I tend to do. The shop bought versions often skimp on the most expensive ingredient - the Tahini - and in addition are too finely blended for my taste. I like recreating the lovely coarse, nutty flavour I enjoyed so much in the Med. And never more so than at this time of year, when there is ice on the car and the clothes are hanging in stiff, frozen rows on the washing line. One scoop of my favourite dip and I'm transported back to warm summer beaches - divine!

              On the occasions when I haven't got time to make my own (the run up to Christmas, for example) Sainsburys reduced fat version is a good alternative. It has a less oily texture than their regular version, and less salt than other supermarket brands I've tried. And they generally have it in stock.

              Not so tonight, however. Perhaps everyone is on a pre-party health kick, because when I popped into my Sainsburys Local for a post-gym treat to dip my Doritos into, the shelves were empty of everything except their premium range SO Organic version. The calorie count was quite high, but since the superior taste would probably mean I ate less of it, I bought a tub. I'm not a great fan of organic foods (I don't think they taste any different) but it was that or salsa.

              Back home I examined the label carefully. Everything was labelled as organic except the plastic container itself. I was pleased to see sesame seeds placed quite high in the list, and the olive oil was extra virgin so any fat I consumed would be reasonably good for me. There were no added preservatives or flavour enhancers.

              Popping the lid off, it was plain the manufacturers had bent over backwards to recreate the native product. Somewhat coarse in texture, with a pleasing swirl on top, this had a slightly paler colour than I was used to - probably because of the lack of chemicals. It had a nice lemony scent that wasn't too garlicky, and was speckled with pepper and herbs. But it was the taste that did it for me - this was the nearest thing I'd tasted to the real McCoy.

              I make my own humus from tinned, non-organic chick peas, which are totally tasteless on their own. Now, for the first time ever, I could see what chick peas are meant to taste like! Straight away the Tahini flavour came through, followed by layers of subtle taste and texture - fresh organic lemon juice, fresh garlic, just enough oil to make it palatable and ... something else as well. Oregano, maybe? There was a slight roasted flavour, which wasn't unpleasant and may have been the Tahini used. (I always notice an odd aftertaste, reminiscent of mould, after eating Sainsburys BGTY humus - probably due to artificial lemon juice or overuse of flavour enhancer)

              Despite its higher calorie count I'd definitely rate this way above any other humus I've tried, including the version I normally buy. This was Greek food as it should be - rustic, simple fare that is bursting with texture and flavour.

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