“ Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Type: Condiments „
Review of Sainsbury's Redcurrant Jelly
Sainsbury's Redcurrant Jelly is presented in a recyclable clear glass jar with a black screw top lid. The lid has a gold coloured disc in the centre and on this can be found the use by date. The jar has a wrap around label which is basically red in colour, carries the usual ingredients, nutritional values, storage advice and company information.
The jar contains 340g of the redcurrant jelly and costs in the region of 82p.
Redcurrant Jelly is of course, traditionally served with meats such as lamb, poultry or game. I am a vegetarian and I tend to eat Redcurrant jelly with almost anything that requires a condiment! I dislike anything made with vinegar, which means I don't care for pickles, chutneys, ketchup and similar sauces, therefore I find Sainsbury's Redcurrant Jelly a life saver to slightly bland meals.
==~~Appearance, Taste and Texture~~==
The Redcurrant jelly is a rich, ruby red colour, it is translucent and has a really glossy appearance. It smells deliciously fruity, almost wine-like and the consistency is similar to a jelly marmalade, although there are absolutely no bits in the jelly. The jelly is fairly soft, yet it holds it's shape when added to your plate. The jelly should be stored in the fridge after opening and the lovely cool jelly makes a very good contrast to a hot meal.
The over riding initial taste of the jelly is a tangy sweetness, yet there is a sharp after-taste, it almost tingles on the tongue and the redcurrant flavour really comes through. Delicious!
My other half (who eats meat) sometimes adds a spoonful or two to his gravy when he has cooked a roast lamb meal, he says it adds a bit of a kick to what can be a fatty meat.
==~~Nutritional Values, Ingredients and Warnings~~==
100g of Redcurrant Jelly contains:-
270 calories, 0.9g fibre, 0.4g protein, 67g carbohydrate, all of which are sugars.
Sainsbury's recommend the average serving to be 10g so this equates to a calorie content of 27. That doesn't sound quite as bad does it?
Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Redcurrant Juice, Sugar, Gelling Agent: Pectin; Acidity Regulator: Sodium citrate; Citric Acid.
This product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It is gluten free.
Obviously anyone with a sensitivity to any of the ingredients should exercise caution.
Sainsbury's advise refrigeration after opening and that the redcurrant jelly should be consumed within 6 weeks of opening.
Further information about the product can be found on the company website:-
or by ringing the Sainsbury's customer care line on 0800 636262
==~~My Thoughts and conclusion~~==
I have only ever seen this for sale in Sainsbury's supermarkets, other chains may well stock it, but in all honesty, I have not looked very hard as we find the Sainsbury's Redcurrant Jelly suits us very well.
I simply love this stuff, it goes with so many different things it is so very versatile. We always keep a jar in the fridge and it gets used regularly. I particularly enjoy this with a vegetarian nutroast or lentil bake.
In fact, it is a firm family favourite, even my three year old granddaughter enjoys it with her roast dinners.
As for value for money, the cost is in my opinion, very reasonable and I would heartily recommend this to others.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 October 2010
N.B. My reviews may be found on other review sites, under the same user name.
In my home we have a few roast dinner type dinners every week! My Mother is pretty hot at them actually (the only thing she is any good at cooking in my opinion but shhh about that lol) but for me they can get a tad boring. I love roast chicken and gravy adore lamb but get fed up of mustard and that so when I saw this redcurrant jelly I simply had to buy it. I remembered a few years back having it in a posh restaurant with lamb and that sealed the deal as I took it through check out with me lol.
340g glass see-through jar with a black twist on/off lid to the top of it and on that the best before date is clearly stamped on. Around the jar there is a red label and on the front of that there is a picture of redcurrants and I'm told it is Sainsbury's Redcurrant Jelly, the size is stated (340g) and I'm told it is suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans. Other information on the back of the label includes ingredients, nutritional information, storage advice, I'm told it is traditionally served with lamb, poultry and game and contact details for Sainsbury's are given. Decent large size jar and it's informative enough.
Well its dark burgundy in colour and set like jam. It it transparent and has no bits in it though when you do use it (this is best stored in the fridge by the way so it doesn't melt) it does come off in lumps of jelly type of thing. When put onto hot food it doesn't melt but holds firm too which I found a really good point to this!
Taste wise well it tastes lightly of redcurrants but in the main it's just very sweet. This isn't actually a complaint from me I actually like that against my meats!
It's tangy but you don't want to use too much if this or it can get a bit sickly! Of course it is advised you use this with lamb , poultry or game but if your Vegetarian/Vegan you could always add this to gravy and cover your meat substitutes with this and of course us meat eaters amongst us can do the same (as my Mum likes to).
This is a nice product and very versatile and just adds a little sweetness to your meals!
Nutritional Information Per 10g Serving:
Less than 0.1g fat
Only available in Sainsbury's costing 85p a jar.