Monday, 31 March 2014

Flavour Pots

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When my monthly shop was delivered this week, it included a free sample of one Knorr flavour pot. It was a Mixed Herbs version.

I was intrigued by the amount of items in said pot because when I use herbs in a dish, I use just the herbs. Intensity of taste can be personalised, as can the herbs, making fresh/dry herbs quite versatile.

Herewith the ingredients: Water, glucose syrup, salt, spirit vinegar, palm oil, sugar, thyme, oregano, citrus fibre, rosemary, basis, gelling agent, natural flavourings!

I try very hard never to use palm oil or palm sugar in anything, rain forests are being decimated to grow the stuff, and lots of wildlife dispersed in the name of farming the stuff.

Each pot contains 23g which is about 1 tablespoon and they are priced at £1.89 for 4 pots (although currently £1 as a starting trial in Mr. T).

GOOD GRIEF!

Several blog's have written about them in a positive manner but I am afraid we can't.

We used our free pot instead of a stock cube in our favourite risotto. If we had been using it with a stock cube, apparently we would need to use half of it for our quantity of rice. Anyhow, it was stirred in, taste tested and seemed quite mild. So far, so good.

Risotto was duly served up and eaten. We both found it over-powerful, indeed, it was difficult to even taste the risotto ingredients. The taste lingered in our mouths long after eating. We had previously tried a free stock pot - chicken I think it was and we didn't like that either, weird taste and quite greasy.

Sorry Knorr, you can keep your flavour and stock pots, we'll keep using fresh/dried ingredients from our cupboards and garden.

I don't know about you, but I think 46p per pot, a ridiculous amount of money to pay for a short-cut in taste and time.

15 comments:

  1. I don't like this one either DC. As you say they leave an after taste. I do however use the chicken and beef ones and find they are okay. I only buy them when they are on offer though. Quite often you can get two for the price of one pack of 8.

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    1. Well, if the 2 free ones are anything to go by over the months, we wouldn't buy any.

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  2. Thank you for writing this post. We haven't tried the herb ones, to be honest I just cant bring myself to pay such exorbitant prices for a pinch of herbs! especially when I grow and dry my own, but we have tried the B!sto Chicken Stock Pots....horrible! We bought some from the mill shop 3 boxes for £1. We found them far too salty with a definite aftertaste and not something I will ever buy again. I am pleased you got to try yours for free but a shame it spoiled your meal.

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    1. The price is exorbitant isn't it. So much easier to go into the garden and pick your own!

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  3. I never buy anything like that - put a few onion peelings, water, celery tops and carrot, a bay leaf and some black pepper on to simmer - better than anything and cost next to nothing. I m afraid that packet you received would have gone into the bin....

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    1. We don't buy any either Lizzie. Both examples have been free and both would have been better off in the bin!

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  4. I've never seen them but thanks for the review. I find a lot of pre mixed things far too salty for my taste too.

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  5. I've seen other bloggers mention them too, but didn't have a clue what they were! I have tunnel vision when I shop, so I haven't seen them on the shelves either. Thanks to your post I shall know not to use them if I ever receive a free sample!

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    1. If I ever get another one, it will either be given away or put into the bin, even though I detest wastage.

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  6. I fresh or dried from fresh is always better. I love growing my own herbs!

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  7. I liked the taste of chicken and beef ones that I tried when they first came out and were on offer, but since we started travelling two years ago, we are a lot more sensitive to salt and now find them all far too salty. Even regular oxo cubes are very salty (to us) but I would never buy the herb pots, I have a pot or two of fresh herbs with us most of the time, but use dried for the rest; at least you can choose which herb and the quantity to add.

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    1. We do use Knorr stock cubes when needed but also prefer to make our own vegetable stock.

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  8. They haven't reached Cornwall but thanks for the advice!

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