“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Curds „
This is the very basic Lemon curd I bought from Tesco for want of something sweet. The outer labelling has recently changed but the Lemon curd I bought was still of the Value range. The new and improved labelling is quite plain with a white label with orange writing across it detailing the fact that it indeed comes from Tesco and it is of their everyday basic range and Lemon curd.
Simple concise packaging with clearly visible lemon curd in the jar with a nice bright orange lid.
Nothing special about the packaging keeping this item as cheap as possible at 23P.
Wonderful so far then, no quibble about the jar or price I take it home and try it on toast, I am assailed with flavour, a pungent aroma of lemon, a taste which is tart and sweet at the same time and very lemony. In fact quite delicious despite the very cheap price. I was surprised, as I thought it cannot possibly taste very good being such a low priced item and most lemon curds from jars that cheap taste awful. But to it's credit it was not at all bad. I have now made a lemon curd tart to have with my tea and of course sneaked a little taste test. Yes ! Brilliant just as I was hoping for it worked well in that too.
OK so it is never going to be as good as the homemade version which I have to admit I love but haven't for one reason or another made in a while. Sadly something I will have to rectify at some stage. But with this little wonder working so well and so cheaply is there any reason too other than the ultimate taste challenge.
This little jar of wonders is going to find it's way back into my cupboard, as a standby for when I am just too lazy to make the real deal, but as it tastes really nice and lemony with a sharp backbite I am not sure when I will be making the real thing.
There are a few foods and drinks that prove that taste buds change over the years and lemon curd is one of them. I have never liked lemon curd at any stage of my life, as a kid, a teenager, middle aged, never, then a few months ago as a very old man I go and try some for no particular reason and it hits the spot.
I have since been eating it regularly and really enjoying it but I almost found a way to put myself of it the other day when I tried Tesco value lemon curd, this stuff is very cheap but also very, very nasty to go with it and I certainly won't be using it again.
Brand named lemon curds have a nice consistency, not to thick yet not too thin but this stuff was very thick and a bit gloopy for my liking, it didn't spread well and it didn't taste good either.
The lemon flavour I was used to with the two brand named versions I have tried had all but gone in this and it was far too sugary for my liking too, all lemon curds are sweet but this was sickly sweet and not at all enjoyable.
The nutritional values in this are about the same as the branded versions and pretty much what you would expect, they say a serving has 55 calories and 6.2g of sugar and just less than 1g of fat, I am unsure what they class as a serving but I am guessing at enough to cover a slice of bread.
If you like lemon curd then please do not be tempted by a jar of this just because it is only 23p, you can get a jar of asda lemon curd which is slightly bigger for only 58p and it is very good or you can spend a bit more still and get a jar of Gales lemon curd for around the 78p mark and it is delicious!
Tesco Value Lemon Curd is ridiculously cheap at the moment. I'm sure it was selling at around 40p a jar until recently, which I already thought was pretty cheap. But now it's showing up on the Tesco website as costing just... 23p! Yes really, 23p for a 411g jar of preserve!!
You might think that is too cheap to be any good, but this stuff is truly really nice. When you open the jar, you're greeted by a really thick curd which has just the kind of consistency I expect from a lemon curd. It's not just thick, it's smooth and perfectly blended too. It spreads really easily on bread or toast and sinks in just a little when put in a sandwich which I like.
The flavour isn't as powerfully lemony as it is with some of the premium brands, but it is distinct and very pleasant. This is really sweet stuff too, which I love, and it's sweet without being overly sugary. I like that this is just savoury enough, thanks to the lemon, that I can eat it for lunch in a sandwich and feel like I've had something more than just a sugar fix.
The nutritional content isn't terrible when you compare it to jams and similar in general. According to the label, a serving contains 55 calories, 6.2g of sugar and 0.8g of fat. When you compare it to something like a meat and salad sandwich it's terrible though considering the ingredients are literally just a mixture of oils and additives. It tastes so good, and it costs so little, that I just can't make myself care about that though.
Any regular readers of my reviews will be aware by now that I am actively trying to save some very much-needed pounds on our weekly shop, as my partner and I recently booked our wedding day and are busy saving like mad! With this in mind, we have been actively trying out some cheaper, supermarket-own brands, such as the 'Tesco Value' range of products.
One such product that has recently been given a trial by us is the "Tesco Value Lemon Curd". The jar of lemon curd is obviously only available to buy in Tesco stores, and it cost in the region of 40-odd pence, if memory serves me right.
The lemon curd looks like any other lemon curd I have bought in the past, as the thick consistency is the same, and it has the right sort of colour - bright yellow!
It is easy to establish what appearance the lemon curd has as it is supplied in a clear glass jar. The jar has the type of lid with the safety button in the centre, so that you can easily determine if the seal on the lid has been interfered with in any way.
The smell, upon opening the jar is absolutely perfect and the lemon curd smells exactly like I remember it... very sweet and, well, very lemony! My mouth instantly starts to water greedily as I sniff the contents of this jar... ooh yummy!
My particular preference when eating lemon curd is to have it spread on some delicious hot toast! :-D The Tesco Value version certainly lives up to my expectations for this snack and is on a par with any other lemon curd I have bought in the past.
The nutritional information on the 411g jar of Lemon Curd informs me that 100g of it will contain 350 calories, and 5.5g of fat. The lemon curd is suitable for vegetarians, although Tesco cannot guarantee that it is suitable for allergy sufferers.
The taste of the lemon curd is probably a bit tarter than others I have bought in the past, although this is probably the only down side to the product. I feel that it is one of those things where you 'get what you pay for' and in this case, I'm happy to sacrifice a bit of the quality (or taste, to be specific) of the product to save a little money. I would point out that I used to regularly pay over a pound for a jar of lemon curd, before I started buying this alternative version.
Overall, I thought the Tesco Value lemon curd served its purpose, and I would definitely buy it again... It's a reasonable value product all round!