Sometimes I do miss the taste of butter in sandwhiches. I grew up always having butter with bread although margarine was often used in baking. I know that it is not the healthiest thing to do to eat butter daily so I have tried this Tesco Butter me up spread. This promises to have 80 per cent less saturated fat than butter. I does still have 6 per cent of the daily recommended max amount in only 10g.
The spread is 9 per cent buttermilk. Otherwise it is formed mostly from rapeseed oil but also a bit of sunflower as well.
Since Dooyoo posted the product picture the tub has changed a bit. It now has cheery buttercups printed on it. It is still a 500g size. In colour the spread is quiteca strong yellow in colour. It is not easy to spread on bread, easier than butter would be and actually easier than a lot if margarines that I have had over the years, especially really cheap ones though this one only cost me 89p. I enjoyed the taste on toast and in sandwiches. It us not easy exactly like butter but is one of the best pretend butters that I have tasted. It is a handy compromise between taste and health concerns. The pack says that it can be used for shallow frying, which I have had bit tried and for making sauces. I successfully made a white sauce with it. No mention is made of whether you could bake with it.
The packet also says that you can freeze the tubs for a month. I am not sure why you would want to do this because the shelf life of the product in the fridge usually seems about 3 months from purchase.
I do recommend it to others.
Yet another Tesco product from me!!!
This butter can be brought in full fat or a light version. This review is based on the full fat. Both types are made from buttermilk and taste very similar.
It costs £1 for 500g. The tub is bright yellow with the product name in blue sun, and a buttercup flower next to that. The nutritional information is printed on the front left hand side.
In my house we mainly use butter for sandwiches, toast and sauces and never spread it on thick so even if it isn't tasty I don't think we would notice. But we have no complaints with it's taste.
The main reason I like this butter is even after it's been in the fridge it is nice and easy to spread. Other cheaper brands I have tried are rock solid and when it comes to spreading it rips the bread.
The 500g tub lasts my household 3-4 weeks but that is with only 2 adults and 1 child eating it.
I would recommend this butter to anyone who has a need for butter, it's cheap and great for spreading on sandwiches and had a very creamy taste. I don't think anyone would even notice it wasn't a branded make.
The other night I was in Tesco and remembered I needed some spread. I love sandwiches and toast and the likes and the thought of having no butter or spread of some type in makes me shiver....dried bread...yuk!
I picked up a tub of this and it cost me £1.00 which I thought wasn't bad value for something called Butter Me Up and hoped it had a buttery taste without all the dreaded fat content!
This comes in a yellow plastic tub and on the top of it and on the sides of it we are told what it is and who it is by and other information such as an at a glance nutritional chart is given, the best before date is clearly displayed, we are told what it can be used for and there is a clove picture scene shown then on the base of the tub we are told that it is suitable for freezing, ingredients and allergy advice is given as is the size stated (in this case I have a tub that holds 500g of the product in front of me), a full nutritional chart is displayed and contact details for Tesco are given. Nice enough tub, the lid pulls on and off with ease and when you first get it you get like a white grease-proof paper over it that you simply dispose of.
The Spread Itself:
On the side of the tub we are told that it is suitable for spreading, shallow frying and to use in making up sauces and I have so far used it with a little cooking oil this morning for frying an egg in and of course for spreading on toast and sarnies and used it in mash potato.
I keep mine in the fridge to make sure it doesn't go to slop and am pleased with the appearance of the yellowy coloured block that it easy to spread even straight from the fridge. It isn't a sloppy or a greasy spread this one and holds itself well even on warm/hot toast though of course it melts!
Taste wise I really like this! It does have a buttery taste to it, it isn't oily and tastes to me slightly salty which is fine even with sweet spreads such as marmalade and jams, so I assume it is slightly seasoned.
This has 59% buttermilk in it and for a 10g serving of it contains 55 calories and only 1.8g saturated fat which when compared to others like this with the same sort of buttermilk content that really isn't bad and its worth it anyway as its so nice and creamy! Thumbs up Tesco I like this and will certainly buy it time and time again in the future and I love the fact I can freeze it too!
Only available from Tesco.
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Tesco have this on offer right now, three 500g tubs for £2 until mid June (2011). It's usually £1.26. The spread is low-fat and contains buttermilk.
I suspect Tesco frequently have this on offer as an own-brand but do check the price if you decide to try it.
It's a great deal at the current offer, but no I would not pay £1.26 for it. I think that about £1 a tub is the right amount to pay for this. The offer works out at 66p a tub and at that price it's fantastic if you're on a tight budget.
It isn't the easiest spread straight from the fridge, we use soft bread and rolls, and it does tear the bread unless you soften it with the knife first.
Colour-wise its a pale yellow so thumbs up there for not going overboard on artificial shades of yellow.
Taste isn't the greatest. It tastes okay, but it's really not buttery compared to other brands. It isn't horrible and I can say that when used to make sandwiches it's perfectly adequate, but it doesn't make your morning when spread on toast!
Packaging is fine, the outer carton is tasteful and looks pretty much like an expensive brand.
It has an amber light on salt content so not really great for low-sodium diets.
I would go with other supermarket own brands over this one, when it is not on offer.... but whilst it's at a low price, I'd say buy it if you need to watch the pennies.
Like many other products that I buy, I don't tend to stick to the same brands every week. I swap an change if there are offers, but Tesco Butter me up is something that I buy now quite regularly.
It is a low fat spread that contains buttermilk, this contains 35% less fat that than standard Tesco Butter-me-up. To be honest I can't taste the difference between the standard and the light. I paid £1 for a 500g tub.
It comes in a bright yellow plastic tub with 'Butter-me-up' written in blue. It has a lid to help keep the product fresh.
I must addmit, it is tasy and tastes quite similar to butter. I use it on sandwiches and toast. It is spreadable, even after being in the fridge-this makes my life easier as I don't have much time to hang about in the mornings! You don't need to spread it any thicker than any other brand.
100g tub lasts me a couple of weeks and is good value for money. If you tend to run out of spread every now and again, you can freeze this one, on the day of purchase and use within a month. It will defrost in approx 4 hours in the fridge and is suitable for vegetarians.
10g of Butter me up light contains 35kcals and 0.9g of aturated fat.
I have never really had any preference when it comes to buying butter. Usually I look round the shelves and pick the one I think I will get best value for money or and this happens more often the one on special offer or buy one get one free. As a result of this I have no loyalty to any brand or type.
This is the first time I had bought Butter me up, it was a BOGOF this week so that meant instead of getting one 500g tub for a £1 I got two instead. This price was paid at my local Supermarket Tesco and is subject to fluctuations in Diary prices.
I found this product very easy to notice and pick out on the shelf. It is a tub that is a thick yellow colour with blue writing on it. It did in truth not look the best design I have ever seen; more you're inexpensive but effective. The cover also told me this was a vegetable fat spread made with Buttermilk.
While on the longer rectangular sides the carton just has this 'Butter me-up' logo. On the end you have all the nutrition advice and on the bottom you have details of the freezing guidelines and a list of ingredients. The logo and the design reminded me of two of it's competitors within this market 'I can't believe its not butter!' and 'utterly butterly' but is a little cheaper than them.
Once the lid is removed you need to then peel away the foil cover to get at the butter beneath it. To me the colour and the texture was exactly what I expected a dull yellow colour
I carefully put my knife in the product and spread it across my piece of bread. It covered the bread quite well and the covering was good. In a couple of places it had taken a little of the bread with it but generally consider it came straight from the fridge the effect was very good.
Once I had spread the butter I thought I would try it on its own with the bread, this is something ordinarily I would never do as I usually add either jam or ham to make it into a sandwich
The taste was lovely it was a sweet creamy taste that I savoured in my mouth even after swallowing the bread. I was very surprised just how rich and creamy and milky it was and what a strong and enjoyable taste it was. Although I must admit it did feel strange just having bread and butter on its own.
It tasted really good and I found it especially on toast to be a great cover for it. I put some sardines on it and I found the taste to be every bit as tasty as the competitive brands and in some cases tasting better than them.
This was a very pleasurable experience, I found the butter to taste rich and creamy and exactly how I would hope a good butter would taste. It was a little on the sweet side maybe but when I looked on the side of the packet it had little in it. Although for me the fat and the Saturates seemed a little high.
I liked the way the butter was presented as it was basically no thrills but still looked eye catching and impressive. And while I do not think it spreads as well straight from the fridge as say Flora Margarine does it still works pretty well. The container is also very handy as once you have used it you can put it straight back in the fridge and there is no mess and no fuss.
I'm sure I will purchase these again as I've still got another tub to get through first. I think it is well priced within the market place especially when it's on offer as BOGOF. For my money is tastes certainly as good as those higher priced butters and it can be frozen which adds to its long life.
In hindsight maybe testing it on its own with bread was a little unfair, as I do not usually test my butter in this way. I would imagine as well as for spreading this would also taste very nice in cake recipes or when using for frying.
Each 10g contains:
This product does not contain Nuts.
It is suitable for vegetarians.
I think this is a lovely tasting butter. It is a little cheaper than its rivals but tastes every bit as good as them. It to me represents very good value for money and I'm sure if it remains as such I will be purchasing this product again. The only concerns I really have is with the Fat and Saturates levels within it seem very high to me.
Thanks for reading my review.
@CPTDANIELS October 2009.
Tesco Butter me Up Butter
In my quest of trying out supermarket's own brand I picked up this one last month. The packaging looks ok to me with bright sunshine yellow color and Tesco brand displayed noticeably. The tag line vegetable fat spread and made with butter milk does generate eagerness.
As soon as I reached home I wanted to try it out fast. Once you peel off the golden cover you get to notice the yellow Tesco butter. I find the butter quite soft and easy to spread. I was also satisfied with the taste also there is a glitch in terms of the salt content as I find it bit salty to my liking. Secondly I do not think it is matching other renowned brands in terms of creamy taste. It is also bit thin when you try to spread it on loaf.
The nutritional content of fat of 10.4 grams is little disappointing as it is on the higher side. Carbohydrates of 0.2 grams and energy 94 calories looks good to me. On the price front I find it quite economical as 500 gram box is currently in offer and 1 kg box is somewhere around £1.
Overall I can suggest you to try this out for sometime in place of your regular butter but it can not replace your favorite one entirely.
I don't like Margarine, and if I am using on toast or bread I always liked to use Butter in the past. I know Butter is really bad for you, and considering how I like my hot toast swimming with Butter, then I can imagine the fat and calorie content. However when I am Baking, most ingredients call for you to use Margarine. When I hear the word Marg, I automatically think of Stork, which was the brand my mum used when Baking all those years ago. Since then we have came on leaps and bounds with the Marg thing, and so many brands out there basically say they aren't Butter, but taste like Butter without being so bad for you. This is where this brand came it!
I was in Tesco doing a bit shopping and buying ingredients to make my lovely truffles and it called for some Marg to be used. I went to the section and was looking for a cheap one, since I was making a few batches. Unsure of how much 7oz was in g's I bought 2 of these tubs, as they are 500g for £1.15, or 2 packs for £1.50. As it turns out I had plenty with the 1 pack, but this has a long enough life on it, and myself and hubby like to use this kind ofproduct on bread anyway, so I knew it would be used up.
This is tesco's version of the popular Butter type spreads like "Utterly Butterly" and "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!", but a little cheaper
The tub is just a standard looking tub for the product. It is rectangular shaped and quite deep. The tub is a bright-ish yellow and all the writing on the tub is in Blue, so it stands out against the yellow. The lid lifts off easy enough and the spread is covered with a gold coloured foil. I just peel back at the 1 end, and always replace the foil before I put the lid back on.
Since this is a chilled product, you keep in the fridge, but it is really easy to spread from the fridge. I used this on soft Warburtons the other day and it spread well and covered the slice without any tears or holes.
The spread is a light yellow colour and I would say it is tasty enough, but not overly Buttery tasting. It has a hint of Milk and a general Butter taste, but i've found that the brand named ones do taste a lot better. Also with the pricing of it, it actually can work out quite expensive since the brand named can often be on offer for £1 or half price or that.
This was alright, and I will continue to use until finished. I wouldn't buy this again due to what i've noted above, but it does alright for home baking, as you aren't looking out for an overly Buttery taste.
Tesco Butter Me Up is available in two sizes. A 500g tub will set you back £1.05, or a 1kg tub will set you back £1.80 (currently reduced from £1.98). To be honest, I don't think it's the kind of value for money that I usually expect from Tesco. Normally, they're brand name takes on popular products are noticeably cheaper, but in this instance that's not really the case.
You can buy a 500g tub of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter £1.15, and a 1kg tub for £2. So yes you are saving a few pence by buying this marginally cheaper store's own version, but is it really worth it?
The first thing I notice about this stuff is that it's really quite easy to spread. On the one hand, that's a good thing, as it means I can spread it straight from the fridge without fear of ripping or tearing my bread. I can rely on this stuff not to get overly hard or hard to manage. But the trouble is, it's also very much on the thin side, which means I have to use a lot of this at any one time. So it's not great value for money when you think I have to use a fair bit more of this per sandwich than I would do a brand name product.
The taste of this isn't too bad, though I can't say it's particularly buttery or creamy. It tastes just like a regular spread to me in fact. I think it's certainly a step up from sunflower spread in the cream department, but it's nowhere near as buttery as I Can't Believe It's Not Butter is, or even Flora Buttery.
I don't recommend this simply because it's such poor value for money. If it was half the price it presently is, I'd think very differently. But for a minimal saving that works out to be a false economy, this just isn't worth the price tag.