I should first of all start this review with expressing how much of a 'Tracklements' addict I really am! They are a good, honest company from a village just down the road from me called Easton Grey in Wiltshire, England! They make all sorts of condiments ranging from sauces, relishes, jellies, chutneys e.t.c and this product is one of my favourites- among many others which I will hopefully be reviewing very soon!
As this is only a smallish company, there will not be a huge amount of stockists- you can order online though and you can check if you have local stockists by entering your postcode onto the Tracklements website here http://www.tracklements.co.uk/stockists/index.html
So, on to the Chilli Jam! It is a little expensive but for the quality it provides, and the fact that it is practically handmade, I think it is definitely worth it. I actually bought this particular 250g jar from a stand at Badminton Horse Trials for £3.22 but you can probably get it for a little cheaper if you shop around.
If you look at the label from other similar products you are likely to find a huge long list of ingredients including lots of preservatives/colourings that you really don't need. This product literally has this ingredient list:
Raw Cane Sugar, Red Chillies, Red Peppers, Vinegar, Onions, Garlic, Lemon Juice and Salt!
(It is also gluten free if that applies to you!)
Even thought it has no preservatives- the best before end is actually not until May 2011 which is surprisingly good!
I really like the packaging as it looks fairly professional but keeps the idea of being a homemade and natural product with a traditional font and sticking to a plainish palette of soft red and a creamy colour. Just how a jam jar used to and still should look like- it doesn't try to be too clever!
When you open the lid, you can instantly smell the mouthwatering mix of sweet sugar and spicy chillies and see the bright red (and NATURALLY bright red) colour of the jam. The word jam is misleading in the way that it makes it seem like a sweet product, but it is actually gorgeous as a savoury product.
The jar advises it to be used with fish, meet or cheese and also can be used in dips and sandwiches. I also think it goes with pretty much everything! I often shake it up with a bit of olive oil which makes a gorgeous sweet and spicy dressing for a salad or green veggies. Additionally, I sometimes put it on pizza bases with the normal tomato sauce to spice it up again which makes it a bit different and really tasty.
The jam is the consistancy that you would expect from a 'jam' it is easily spreadable and has some small lumps of chilli and pepper which gives it a little bite! I find that although it is a relatively small gar (250g) you don't need to use that much at once so it lasts for ages.
I absolutely love this product and I end up eating it with nearly every meal- I think that even younger children may like this with their chicken dippers as it would introduce them to the taste and kick of chilli but with a sweet tint on it so that it is not too spicy for them! If you can get your hands on this brand of product I would highly recommend you to buy it!!