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).
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.