“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Jam „
I don't normally write a lot of food reviews, which is surprising considering how much of a foodie I am! However this item deserves drawing some attention to and a review of its own.
The most important meal of the day is breakfast. I really believe that having a good, healthy breakfast sets you up for the day. On most weekdays my breakfast will consist of a bowl of cereal and a fruit smoothie but on weekends I like to take a bit more time and have some toast perhaps with an egg alongside. Now you can't have toast without jam and I am quite fussy when it comes to the type of jam too. I like mine to be as fruity as possible and not too sweet. I also tend to prefer berry jams than the likes of orange or apricot. If it's got bits and seeds in it then that's a bonus in my book! After trying many different varieties on offer in the supermarket the Tesco Finest Raspberry conserve has become a firm favourite.
The jam comes in a glass bottle with a black lid. On the front of label there are some pictures of some very juicy looking raspberries. The description states that this jam is made from Williamette raspberries which are handpicked when they are perfectly ripe for their sweet and fruity aromatic flavour. On opening the bottle you are greeted with a deep red, almost purple coloured jam. It is quite clear even without taking a bit out that this jam is filled with crunchy seeds. It has a more homemade look than some of the more processed jams out there. Compared to these this jam has quite a runny consistency and I find that using a knife to scoop some out is no good. I usually have to resort to using a small teaspoon, which actually works quite well because other members of my family have the annoying habit of using the same knife that they've spread margarine with in the jam, leaving small flecks of margarine around. As this jam is quite runny they can no longer use a knife and so I have clean jam all the time!
I usually spread a teaspoon of jam on a slice of toast. The runny consistency means that this jam spreads very easily, unlike some of the other jams on the market which have a jelly like consistency. As you spread it you can start to smell the tanginess of the raspberries, which is mouthwatering! Taking the first bite I was surprised to note how fresh and fruity it tasted. I could actually taste raspberries as opposed to just the sweetness which I find with most other jams. The raspberries are wonderfully tart but are undercut by the sweetness of the sugar. It tastes home-made and looks like something I could whip up in the kitchen if I had the time or the inclination. This is not a criticism but a compliment. With each bite you also get the crunchiness of the seeds which I love!
It really does taste delicious and often I find myself reaching for another slice of toast just so that I can have some more jam! This has become a firm favourite in our household and a jar of this will only last just over a week (split over 4 adults who like to eat toast everyday)! Luckily this jam can often be found on offer at 3 for the price of 2, so we tend to keep a stock handy. Ordinarily a bottle of jam retails at £1.49. I've also tried using this when making a sponge cake and the results were delicious! Similarly it goes really well with rice pudding.
Overall I cannot praise this jam enough. We've been eating it for the best part of a year now and have not looked back. There are other fruit varieties in the finest range and although we've tried these the raspberry jam is one that we continue to return to. If you've yet to give this a try I highly recommend that you give it a go!