“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Other Spreads „
I really like houmous, and have tried a variety of different ones from the supermarkets, as well as making my own sometimes. It is easy to make, using a tin of chickpeas, some Tahini (Sesame seed) paste, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and seasoning. I usually roast the garlic and olive oil in the oven, to soften it, then blend with the other ingredients. Sometimes, I make variations on a chickpea dip, adding onions, peppers or chilli. Houmous is very easy to make, but often it is easier to just get it ready made. The Sainsbury's Basics Houmous costs 75 pence for a tub containing 200g. The packaging is the usual Sainsbury's Basics white and orange, and is nothing particularly exciting. It states that there is 'less tahini, still great for dipping'. Tahini is quite expensive, so using less in this product will help to keep the price down. When the cardboard outer layer is removed, the houmous is contained in a round plastic tub, with a thin Sellophane lid, which you can't replace properly. It could always be put into a plastic box with a rigid lid, to store until it is eaten, though. The smell and taste are quite garlicky, which I like, and so do my husband and daughter, who eats this on wholemeal toast. The texture is fairly thick, but very smooth, and it spreads really well. I will buy this again, as we enjoyed it, and it is great value for money. The nutritional values per quarter pot are - 146kcal 2.8g protein 4.5g carbohydrate 13.0g fat (1.3g saturates) 3.2g fibre 0.46g salt It is quite high in fat, but as it is suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans, the levels of saturated fat are very low, as it contains no dairy products or eggs. The high amount of fibre comes from the chickpeas and sesame seeds, which also provide some essential Omega fats. To summarise, I think that this houmous is a great budget buy, especially if you enjoy a houmous with a strong taste of garlic.
Knowing that I like houmous my husband brought me home some Sainsbury's basic houmous to try. First impressions of packaging were pretty much the same as other basic products, it was only after removing the cardboard sleeve that I realised it didn't have a lid to reseal. It only has an initial plastic cover which you rip off; this can be really annoying if you don't plan to eat the product all in one go, in our house it's only me and my little girl that likes it so to keep it fresh I would have to put it into a Tupperware container. However this was irrelevant to me after I tasted it, as put it this way, I didn't want to save any for later! To me it tasted like creamy garlic mayonnaise, there was no other real taste to it. It also had a really smooth texture no small lumps that you get with houmous normally .I did try and perceiver with it but only got as far as my second oatcake and my daughter who loves her houmous refused to eat any more than one. As for price it was cheaper than the normal Sainsbury's houmous but not cheap enough for me to choose it again, it didn't have enough taste for me.
I absolutely love and adore Houmous! I love it with crudites, on sandwiches... all-sorts rally! I saw this 'Basics' one in Sainsburys priced at 75p a tub and was intrigued to try a 'cheap' version of it but right up until the last minute I almost set it aside and didn't purchase it to be totally honest with you cos I did think it would be gross being so cheap! The Packaging.... Clear plastic, round tub with a white cardboard 'sleeve' that slides on and off it. In white and bright orange writing on the top of the sleeve I'm told it's Sainsbury's Basics Houmous 'Less tahini still great for dipping' and there's a scribble in orange of what I assume is meant to be chick peas! There is a display till and use by date on there and I'm told to keep it refrigerated and there is an at a nutritional chart on there for ease of glancing at and purchasing if you approve! On the back of the sleeve I'm told how to store it, contact details for Sainsbury's are given, a full nutritional rundown is there, ingredients and allergy advice is also listed, I'm told it is Vegetarian and Vegan and finally there is a bar-code on there. Yes this is very cheap looking packaging but once the sleeve it thrown away all your left with is a plastic pot with no labeling on it so no one would know your a cheap skate type of thing! lol. The Houmous.... I'm shocked I'm telling you this but I really loved it! As I mentioned before I actually didn't hold out much hope for it but this is a fabulous economy buy and just...well... really tasty! Appearance wise it looks a bit like stiff porridge! Creamy beige in colour, rather smooth as a stiffish paste, smells heavily of garlic and doesn't appear oily at all but simply moist. If you dip into the pot or take some houmous out it is really is of great consistency. Quite moist so it's spreadable and I like the way it isn't all lumpy! The whole thing is moist with a hint of lemon to it and a nice amount of garlic added and it's all very well blended. Like I said this isn't an oily houmous but if you like it that way add a little olive oil or something to it! Tasty and easy to eat this is and for me it lacks nothing at all, particularly flavour and I thoroughly enjoyed this cheap offering I can tell you that much! Allergy Advice.... Contains Sesame Seed. Nutritional Information Per Quarter Of A Pot.... Calories: 146 Fat: 13.0g Saturated Fat: 1.3g Salt: 0.46 Total Sugars: 0.4g Only available in Sainsbury's Stores.