“ Brand: Aldi / Type: Pickles „
My mum brought this Crinkle Cut Beetroot from Aldi because we were having a salad that night and we were in Aldi anyway. I think it was 59p a jar but could be wrong about that because I don't take a lot of notice of prices when I'm shopping! It looks nice and the jar is a lot better looking than most of them in Aldi, the beetroot looks like it's been cut quite thick but I thought the vinegar was a bit pale looking compared to the one we usually buy in Sainsburys. I'm dead greedy with pickled beetroot and put loads on the plate with the salad, I didn't eat it all though because some of the slices were very hard and some others felt slimy and a bit mushy in my mouth. The beetroot tasted nice, the good slices had the perfect texture and because the vinegar isn't very tangy I could actually taste the beetroot instead of just the vinegar. That's ok for me because I like the taste of beetroot but my dad spat his out and said it tasted too muddy for him. The vinegar hasn't got very good spices in it and I thought it tasted more like normal vinegar than anything, it's a bit sweeter obviously but it still tasted like malt vinegar to me. I can't recommend this beetroot because out of the 3/4 of the jar we've used about a third of this has gone in the bin because it's either been too hard or too mushy. I'm glad we tried this early because my mum was on about buying some of our pickles for Xmas from Aldi, I reckon she'd have been gutted if she'd done that though because it would have spoiled the Xmas buffet.
When it comes to beetroot, in my home we all love it. Whether it be on a salad or in a sarnie makes no difference to us at all we simply get through jars of the stuff on a weekly basis! My Mother, fed up of this loss of jars of beetroot has been trying us all out on cheaper brands and a couple of weeks ago this popped in for a visit. Retailing at about 59p for a jar it appears to offer good value for money. But does it taste it? lol. The Packaging: 520g glass jar with a black screw on/off lid to the top of it. Around the front and back of the jar there is light blue label and on the front on that I'm told it is Bramwells Crinkle Cut Beetroot and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. Other information on the jar includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, storage instructions are listed, there is a full nutritional rundown chart shown and contact details for Aldi are given. It's a nice enough in appearance jar, easy to open etc and doesn't look at all cheap and/or nasty AND is informative enough! The Beetroot: The slices of beetroot are stored in lots of dark burgundy malt vinegar and the only ingredients in this is beetroot, water, sugar, barley malt vinegar and salt and the only people this will upset (unless you don't like the taste of course) is people suffering with barley or gluten intolerance's. The beetroot itself is of course crinkle cut, not too thick and sort of oval in shape and there is plenty of large slices in this jar. All saturated with vinegar they are slightly soggy but a bit of bite still remains to them. Taste wise well the slices of beetroot taste very rooty and slightly earthy. There is a hint of sweetness to them that comes across in a very natural way and a slight sourness that gives them a bit of a kick. All in all I rather like this beetroot but feel it is a wee bit flat on flavour. I like all of the above qualities it has but my taste-buds can't fail to notice that there are no subtle herbs and spices in this and that it really is just an every day sort of plain tasting beetroot! Not bad and it sure is a very economical product! Nutritional Information Per 35g Serving: Calories: 11 Sugar: 2.0g Fat: 0.1g Saturates: Trace Salt: 0.35g Only available in Aldi stores.