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      17.11.2013 18:24
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      This is a sweet jam but a bonus for rice pudding.

      Everyday Value Tesco Strawberry jam is another of my value try outs. It only costs 29p for 454g of jam, a lot cheaper than Tesco own brand which is 90p for the same amount.

      It comes in a standard jam jar with a metal lid and beige label with red fruit pictures on it, updated from the above picture.

      The jam contains less fruit per hundred grams than other jams, 35g as opposed to 45g in Tesco own brand, but about the same calories- 37 per tablespoon.

      On opening it smells like any other strawberry jam, it looks different however. The jam is smooth almost like jellied puree, which I suppose it is. Whenever I subsequently open it it needs stirring as a bit of red syrup accumulates on the top. There are absolutely no strawberry pieces or seeds in this, I don't mind though as I prefer seedless jam anyway.

      The jam tastes okay, it does taste like strawberry jam but is very sweet. Usually I use jams in rice pudding and this one goes nice in it, the smoothness of the jam mixes well, it's also fine for toast and a butty.

      I've no complaints really, maybe it's a bit too sweet but I can live with that. Plus if I liked strawberry lumps or seeded jam this wouldn't be for me.

      4 Stars from me

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      28.11.2011 22:08
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      Recommended.

      Most mornings my kids have cereal and toast.....and believe me that's about all I can manage in the morning!! I have bought Tesco Value Strawberry Jam to go on their toast on many occasions - and I usually grab a piece of toast and jam as I'm running through the door! With 3 growing kids and 3 adults in my household, we go through quite a lot of jam and I'm always willing to buy a bargain when I see one. The Tesco Value Strawberry Jam costs 35p for a 454g jar - which is incredibly good value.

      The jam comes in a typical glass jam jar so you can see the contents through the jar and I think it looks quite appetising and how you would want strawberry jam to look. It has a metal screw top lid which obviously ensures that the jam is kept well sealed between uses and so the jam lasts about three months (not that it would ever last that long in my house!). The labeling does detail the ingredients and the nutritional value.

      As I said, we tend to use the jam to go on toast - and this jam works very well. It looks and smells like strawberry and it has a rich deep colour which looks inviting and tasty. While the jam is quite runny, the consistency is nice to spread on toast. It doesn't have any lumps of fruit in it which I know you can find with the more expensive brands, but actually I don't mind that so much because I like the jam spread quite thinly on my toast and I'm not a fan of the lumpy consistency. The flavour is rich and strong and does taste like pureed strawberries. It is sweet, but not overly sweet, especially as the consistency seems to promote the jam not being spread too thickly.

      Overall, I recommend Tesco Value Strawberry Jam and think it's a great bargain that I will continue to buy.

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      07.03.2011 11:14
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      A cheap little temptress that can have me any time she wants, don't tell the wife.

      Times being hard for some time now I have been sampling the delights of various supermarket value brands. I always have the sneaking suspicion that somewhere in the world child slave labour is employed in the manufacture of these products in some 'free trade enterprise zone' but what can a poor boy do.

      One thing I think you can be certain of though, very few strawberries were harmed in the making of this jam. Having said that the jam itself has a fairly generic jammy quality and is quite acceptable on a piece of toast, or plopped into some rice pudding.

      This little pot of tooth aching sweetness contains 454g, which is a little bit more than brands such as Duerrs which I was surprised to find contained 340g, some other brands such as Hartlety's family jam contain the same quantity as the Tesco value brand. The Tesco jam contains 250 calories per 100 grammes (about 37 per tablespoon), and despite my claim of strawberry safety about 35 gms of 'fruit' are used for every 100 gms of jam - I feel that fruit rather than strawberries may be a slightly enigmatic term for which can only leave me as the consumer wondering. At 35p in comparison to approximately £1.35 (7.03.2011) for similar products this is a great bargain. I have read that by paring down the ingredients of value products in order to keep costs low an unintended consequence is that some of these value products are actually healthier for you than some of the branded 'higher' quality ranges. In terms of this specific jam the calorie content is about the same, but the fruit used per 100g is less than many other brands for example in Hartleys best strawberry jam it is 45g per 100g, so I presume that this is where the main savings are made and that the more healthy tag is not necessarily true in this case.

      The jam pot itself and the labelling are as you might expect spartan, with the distinctive value branding. One of the problems I found with this, and perhaps this is just me, is that if you have more than 6 value brands in your trolley, you give off the wrong signals to anyone you might accidentally bump into that knows you, and even those that don't can sometimes look askance and make assumptions that your liquidity is not what it might be (in my case they would be right), I've taken to hiding them under other things, and going to obscure supermarkets in the hope of avoiding anyone I know.

      Like all jars if you are having trouble opening it either pierce the top to even up the internal and external pressure, or give the rim of the jar a quick sharp whack against the work surface, this is usually enough to let some air in and even out the pressure and the lid comes off nice and easily. This method has one main pro and one main con, the pro is that you don't make a hole in the lid so the jam is less likely to dry out, or go off prematurely (it doesn't last long enough in our house for that to happen), the pro obviously is that you might miss whack and break the jar, or crack the rim, in all my 53 years of whacking this has never happened so is my preferred method (use at your own risk).

      The jam is nice and smooth, I must admit that I prefer my jam chunky and full of fruit and seeds, but the rest of the family find this barf worthy so more of a jelly consistency - which this has - is perfect for a family jam in our house. The texture is nice and thick not at all watery, and spreads like most other seedless jams. The colour is a nice strawberry red/deep pink, and while the jam is sweet it isn't as sickly as some cheaper jams can be. You can use this in every situation where you would use any other jam, including to stick toast firmly to many surfaces, including the dog.

      All in all this is a great budget buy and while I still fancy a fancy pot from time to time this is one of the value brands that has become a family staple, I would not consider paying two or three times as much now for an everyday jam.

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        08.08.2010 20:10
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        Good quality and value for money.

        I love cooking and baking and if I say myself I am not too bad a cook or baker lol but my family and friends agree and so I must be because they eat what I cook lol, my grandma taught me how to cook many years ago because she had so many children and passed some of her baking tips onto us all and I have lost a lot of weight recently and so I am able to start having a few more treats now.

        I buy this jam on a regular basis from Tesco and it is from the Value range of their own branded foods and it comes in a basic glass jar with a screw off lid, and it only cost 38p for a 454g jar, which is a very good price.

        The jam is quite a good consistency, it is not runny as I first imagined it would be when I first started buying it, and the texture is nice and smooth and a very good quality, it has a nice sweet taste but not sickly and it is basically just the jam with no seeds in it but the taste is very good and the strawberry taste is very apparent with this one and it is not bland at all for the very cheap price and it does not have so much smell as the branded ones but it is still quite strong for the price.

        I use it for the centre of my cakes with cream and I also eat it with scones and with toast and it is very enjoyable, and my grandson likes it with bread and with any other foods that need jam to make it taste a little bit better.

        I always use some of this with porridge or ready brek as it give it that little extra taste and it is very good melted for when I use it for other dishes such as a syrup topping and I quite like it with rice pudding too and especially home made rice pudding and semolina too.

        It is very easy to scoop out of the jar with a spoon or a knife and it spread quite well but not as much as a branded one but it does not break the bread or scones and when I use it to spread over cakes etc or any foods that I think may tear, I just place a little in a bowl and place it in the microwave for a couple of seconds and it spreads much easier but that is just for the very delicate food I use it this way.


        Each tablespoon contains 37 calories, 7.3g of sugar, and a trace of fat and for 100g it contains 250 calories, and a trace of fat.

        Once I open it I just keep it in the fridge to keep it fresh and it says on the jar it is recommend to use it within 6 weeks but it normally does not last that long in my home lol.

        Also on the jar it tells me the recipe has no nuts but it cannot be guaranteed nut free and the factory it is manufactured has no nuts, I do not have a nut allergy but lots of people do and this is what it states on the jar for people who have this allergy.

        I highly recommend this jam for the good quality and value for money and also for the excellent taste and it is a very cheap jam with good taste.

        I give it 5 stars.
        Thank you for reading my review.

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          21.07.2010 11:37
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          Smooth and tasty Jam

          Jam is my childhood favourite food. As a child my sister would eat spoonfuls of jam on a go. I always have a bottle of strawberry jam in my fridge. I usually buy some Tesco own products and strawberry jam is one of them and I am very impressed with the product.

          The jam comes in a glass jar with white twist off lid. The jar has a safety button on top which makes it tamper evident. The expiry date is mentioned on the lid. The lid is recyclable steel. There is a label in white and red colour around the jar and Tesco value is mentioned on the label. The words strawberry jam is mentioned in big letters. Nutritional information, ingredients and allergy advice information is mentioned on the label. The beautiful bright red colour jam can be seen clearly inside the glass jar. The jar is recyclable glass.

          The jam comes in a 454 gm glass jar and costs 38p.

          Once we open the lid we can see the thick dark red jam. We can smell the sweet aroma of strawberries. The jam is smooth and has no fruit bits and we find it easy to spread. The jam tastes too sweet and a bit of strawberry taste can be felt. The jam should be kept refrigerated once opened. I find sugary water being built up on the top of jam even though kept in fridge, of course this can be mixed with the jam before using.

          Ingredients used are Glucose-Fructose syrup, strawberries, Gelling agent (pectin), Citric acid, Acidity regulator (sodium citrates). The jam is prepared with 35 gm of fruit per 100gm jam. Total sugar content is 62 gm per 100gm.

          Each table spoon contains 37 calories which is 2% of GDA, 7.3 gm sugar which is 8% GDA. Fat, saturates and salt are only a trace which means less than 1% GDA.

          This Jam is suitable for vegetarians. They mentioned in recipe that no nuts are used and the factory uses no nuts but they also mentioned cannot guarentee nut free.

          I recommend this Jam for its cheap price and good taste.

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            11.06.2010 14:11
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            Worth buying even without bits!!!!!!

            TESCO VALUE STRAWBERRY JAM

            I buy jam mainly for my fiancé or to use in cooking. Last week I was on a bit of an "economy drive" so I opted for Tesco value Strawberry Jam. At just 38p for a 454g jar I wasn't expecting too much!
            The jam comes in the standard glass jam jar with the twist of lid which has the safety button in it. The label is mainly white and red with the Tesco Value Logo. On the front there is a picture of a scone with strawberry jam in it. The front of the label also has the GDA's which are per tablespoon:-

            37 Calories
            7.3g Sugar
            trace Fat
            trace Saturates
            trace
            Sodium

            The jam has the ingredients listed on the label and a more detailed GDA list. The jam is suitable for vegetarians and is prepared with 35g of fruit per 100g.

            The Jam smells like strawberry jam, maybe not as fruity as the more expensive brands but you can definatly tell it is strawberry flavour. The colour is a dark reddish colour as you would expect but when it comes to the appearance of the Jam this is where you start to see that it is not one of the more quality jams. I could not actually see any pieces of fruit, never mind a whole strawberry (which was very important to my Granddad.) The jam does look more like a jelly with a few pips thrown in.
            The taste of the jam is fruity and has quite a sharp kick to it, the consistency is what I would describe as "mushy", but not unpleasant. It makes a very good filling for cakes and sponges.

            I would defiantly recommend this Jam, for the price it is excellent value for money. It has a good flavour, it's just a shame the consistency isn't a little better and a few bits of fruit would improve it. But on the whole it is one of Tescos better Value products.

            ADVANTAGES
            Price
            Good tangy taste

            DISADVANTAGES
            Mushy consistency
            No actual fruit pieces.

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              09.06.2010 16:49
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              A cheap but great tasting strawberry jam

              As I am always trying to cut down the cost of my weekly food bills my latest penny pinch was buying the Tesco Value jam as it is mainly only used when I make the boys jam tarts so I thought this would be a good cheap alternative. I can say it was one successful buy and the boys did not even notice the different when they had a bit on their morning toast!

              ~~PACKAGING~~

              The jam comes in a clear glass jar which allows you to see the red jam inside, I like this design as it means I have a clear indication as to how much I have left. There is a black metal lid which is very easy to remove after the initial opening. Around the middle of the jar is a white label with the usual Value logo on and the product name n the middle. Around the sides and the back of the label you can find all of the relevant information regarding the contents.

              ~~USE AND TASTE~~

              When opening the jam, which I have to say was quite hard the first time, I noticed what a good colour and smell it had. It is a nice dark red colour and smells just like strawberries.

              When using a knife to get the jam out I found it very easy. The jam is a good consistency and not too thick which makes it hard to spread and it was quite soft. There are no lumps in this jam which is a big bonus in my house. The jam was also very easy to spoon out and place into the pastry cases for home made jam tarts and gave a good end result.

              The jam has a very pleasant taste and reminds me just of strawberries, there is no after taste from eating and I did not find it was too sweet or sickly. When cooked it tastes just as good if not nicer. Hubby and my boys did not even notice that I had switched to this cheaper brand and tucked into their jam on toast and jam tarts quite happily and said that they tasted good.

              One thing I found when using the jam was that between uses I keep it in the fridge and when opening for the next use there s a small fluid build up on top of the jam in the middle but this is easy to remove or use around.

              ~~INFO~~

              The jam comes in a 454g jar and this last around 2-3 weeks in my house. The jar must be stored in a cool dry place and once opened kept refrigerated.

              The nutritional values for a tablespoon (15g) of the jam are:-

              Energy - 37KCal
              Protein - trace
              Carbohydrate - 9.2g
              Of which saturates - 7.3g
              Fat - trace
              Of which sugars - trace
              Fibre - trace
              Sodium - trace
              Salt Equivalent - trace

              The ingredients for this jam are:-

              Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Strawberries, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator (sodium Citrates).The jam has 35g of fruit per 100g

              This is suitable for vegetarians and although the recipe does not contain nuts Tesco cannot guarantee this has been made nut free, howe3ver dumb that may sound as they say it has been made in a nut free factory!

              The glass jar and metal lid are 100% recyclable.

              ~~PRICE AND AVAILBILTY~~

              As this is a Tesco Value product then it is only available in their store. It is priced at just 38p which is less than half the price of the named brands.

              ~~RECOMMENDED?~~

              This jam gets the full 5 stars from me and my family. It is cheap, tastes great, spreads easily and is very easy to cook with. Why pay more when this is just as good and tasty?

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                30.05.2010 01:29
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                A jammy goodness!

                Tesco value strawberry jams...

                I get through so much of this stuff! I love it.

                I don't really see much point in spending loads on a branded jam when tesco do a wonderful jam for a fraction of the price! The last time I checked this jam was selling at about 48p... A bargain!!

                Each tablespoon contains; ....
                37 calories
                7.3 grams of sugar
                a trace of fat and saturates
                a trace of salt
                So that is quite a lot of sugar....which could put a few people off. Not me however! I love the sweet taste in this jam and to be honest, I don't think you'd be able to find any other jam which has healthier sugar content.

                The smell; ... I love the smell of this jam; it's very fruity and tempts me even when I'm not hungry! It has a very pleasant smell however it's not as strong smelling as other more expensive jams I've tried.

                The taste; ... Very sweet... what else do you expect from its high sugar content? Haha. This jam has a sort of watered down strawberry taste. The jam could be improved by having a stronger strawberry taste. The jam tastes wonderful on scones or toast with butter and I love the way it melts onto warm toast!
                There are 35grams of fruit per 100grams used in this jam.

                The packaging; ... The sticker on the jam jar has been improved from the one shown in the image on dooyoo. There is now an image of jam on what looks like a scone to me behind the text. I think this is a big improvement from the old boring cliché Tesco value labelling!
                The jam is packed in a jam jar of 454g. The lid is a little hard to take off when first using so I sometimes need to pierce a hole in the lid which eliminates the pressure thus making it easier for opening.

                The texture; ... When first opened, the jam is densely packed and looks like a very thick jelly to me. I've found it really helps by taking a clean knife or spoon and mixing the top of the jam into a smoother lighter spread before using this, this way it is easier to spread and it also avoids the chunky jelly feel to it when eating it.
                There aren't any strawberry seeds in the jam meaning it's smooth and suitable for children who don't like bits in their jam.

                I find this jam can be used on various foods! Sandwiches, cobs, breakfast bagels, breakfast muffins, scones and even the homemade cake! I also love to add a little of the jam to my porridge instead of sugar and it's also nice to try with weetabix.

                This jam is perfect to keep in the cupboard for when you fancy a sugar rush or just want to enjoy a lovely jam sandwich!

                I would definitely recommend this product.

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                  17.03.2010 20:25
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                  good value at good price

                  From as far back as I can remember I have eaten jam, when I was a child my grandma and grandad said to me, you will not starve all the time you have bread and jam, and those words always stuck in my mind.

                  I use jam on and with lots of things, I use it on toast and it is delicious, it is perfect for using on cakes and with cream it is excellent together, its is good with scones and cream, and I love it on my porridge and rice pudding.

                  The taste of this Value range jam is good value for the price of 48p for a 454g jar, the jar has a twist off top and inside the jam is nice and firm when opened and then when it is used it is nice and soft and the smell of the strawberries is revealed on opening.

                  There is a lot of taste considering it is a lower brand and it is a nice fruity taste and the texture is nice and light, it is nice on cream crackers or ryvita and oat cakes. My grandson likes it on bread.

                  You cannot beat the old traditional bread and jam sandwich.

                  I think it is well worth value for money and if you are on a budget and trying to keep you shopping bill lower, changing to this lower brand will certainly help.

                  I recommend it and rate is a 5 star dooyoo rating.

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                    09.11.2009 14:12
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                    38p bargin - perfect for baking with

                    I bought this the other day in tesco as I wanted some strawberry jam to put in my victoria sponge cake. It cost me 38p so I thought bargin - its going in a cake so even if it doesn't taste amazing there is cake and cream to go with it (i can be a bit cheap sometimes!).

                    After having bought it you open the jar and it smells just as good as other strawberry jams it has dark colour which is promising as many value jams have a brighter more luminous fake colour to them, I though I would try some for myself so I got my tesco value scones (told you I was cheap) and had some with that it was TASTY!

                    It was a bit difficult to spread quite thick and gloopy making it difficult to spread evenly especially on the cake, I would say that this is the only real downside to it as its tasty a its only a little more effort in spreading to get a saving!

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                    24.09.2009 16:36
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                    It's ok if your on a budget!

                    When it comes to strawberry jam I have a real thing for it! I love nothing more than thick slices of white bread covered in butter or jam or toast with lashings of the stuff on it. Usually I have branded jams as I appreciate quality but running out of my usual stuff before out next shop (due to scoffing it so much!) I decided to buy this hoping that not only would it be cheap but somewhat cheerful too and tide me over so to speak!

                    The Packaging:

                    454g clear glass jar with a screw on/off lid to the top of it. Around the middle of the jar there is mainly a white label and on the front of that there is a picture of the jam on some scones and in red, white and blue writing (in typical Tesco Value style) I'm told it is indeed Tesco Value Strawberry Jam and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. Other information on the jar includes being given a list of ingredients and allergy advice being given, I'm told it is suitable for Vegetarians, there is full nutritional chart listed and contact details for Tesco are given. It is a cheap and economy looking jar but it serves it's purpose and is informative enough.

                    The Jam:

                    Dark burgundy in colour and when you first meet the jam it is set well with a really sweet aroma of strawberry's. When you spread it it looks rather gloopy and it is sticky of course and it spreads quite thickly. You'll see dark flecks of seeds though they aren't crunchy and they are smooth and go with the rest of the jam.

                    Taste wise it's ok really. It tastes of strawberries well enough and is rather sweet but naturally so really. It doesn't leave a nasty after taste or anything to it either! Just for me the consistency is a little stodgy looking and a bit offputting.

                    Verdict:

                    Not awful but it lacks body. There are no strawberry pieces in here and it's like spreading a strawberry jelly on your stuff but hey it's economical if nothing else but it just won't rock your world I'm sure lol.

                    Allergy Advice:

                    Recipe: No nuts
                    Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free
                    Factory: No nuts

                    Nutritional Information Per Tablespoon Contains:

                    Calories: 37
                    Sugar: 7.3g
                    Fat: Trace
                    Saturates: Trace
                    Salt: Trace

                    Only available in Tesco stores priced at 38p a jar.

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