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• Gluten free
• No refined sugar
• No artificial sweeteners
• Made in New Zealand
• Refrigerate after opening
Sweetened only with pear juice concentrate, this is a great option for anyone looking to actively reduce their refined sugar intake, without compromising on taste.
In fact, once you start eating our spreadable fruit (99% fruit), you may find it hard to go back to regular jam!
I have always enjoyed barkers products. When I saw that I could give this wildberry jam a go I jumped at the chance as I'm not really a fan of jam but my daughter LOVES jam, of course when I opened it it smelt pretty good, like berries (funny that right). I thought it looked a little runny when tilting it, it wasnt set like other jams.
I got a spoon out so I could keep it gluten free for my daughter, as I put the spoon into it, it slipped in right away, if I let go it would of sunk to the bottom as there was nothing holding it there, not always an issue. When putting it onto my toast it was very runny, now I thought this was because it was warm and I just took it from the bench and used it. As I at it there was a strong wildberry taste and very tart, there was not sweetness to it, which made it not sicking. I found this pretty enjoyable. I decided to pop it into the fridge and use it again tomorrow to see if it thicken up.
The next day I gave it another go on my toast and again it was runny, putting it into the fridge didn't thicken it, the taste was pretty much the same but I feel the coldness took some of the tartness away as it didn't feel the same. My daughter had a taste and didn't like it (more for me I guess) she said it tasted to sour, which makes me feel better that I used a gluten knife in it the next day.
Overall, the jam is tart which means you don't put as much on to get a taste, it doesnt taste like sugar which is a great thing as I don't actually like jam. Its runny so when using a knife you don't get much on this can be a bad thing or a good thing depending on how much jam you like on your toast or bread, use a spoon otherwise. This jam would work perfect in biscuits or put into a cream for a cake. Depending how long this last me the price will be reasonable, so far I think it will last a bit since its only me using it and its runny so can't get a lot on the knife. Good work barkers for making something that isnt full of sugar and taste so sweet.
Since having children I tend to pay more attention to what my children and I eat, especially things we eat on a daily basis. My children go to a school with a nut ban so we had to adapt what spread they would usually have on their sandwiches. When I saw that KIWIreviews had some of the new products from Barker's of Geraldine, which was a new range of Spreadable Fruits, I thought they sounded ideal and the fact they are made in New Zealand was an added bonus.
After being lucky enough to receive a jar of Wildberry Spreadable Fruit, I decided to make some sandwiches for my children to see if they liked the taste or not. I grabbed some wholegrain bread and spread a decent amount on each piece. The colour was a gorgeous dark red/burgundy colour and was a nice spreadable consistency. This product smells incredibly fruity and I instantly recognised the scent of blackcurrants. I decided to make a sandwich for myself too as the smell had my mouth watering.
After taking my first bite I took time to enjoy the flavour, it wasn't sweet but wasn't overly tart either which was nice but next time I won't spread it so thickly. I think that the combination of fruits including blackberries, boysenberries, blackcurrants and strawberries works well together, and no particular flavour was overpowering. When I asked the children what they thought they said the flavour was too strong and they weren't fans of the lumpy bits of fruit.
I personally quite enjoyed tasting this product and would happily purchase for myself in the future. I intend to use some of the remaining product to sandwich some homemade Shrewsbury biscuits together, I can guarantee the children will eat them with no complaint.
I've gotten the seedless bramble berries spread from this range before and I am so loving that flavour, I get it all the time and have to manage my self control so I don't just eat the whole jar. With different ingredients to my favourite, I was keen to try this though I was dubious about the seeds as that's something that I never really like in my foods or drinks. This one has blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and blackcurrants and 99% of this is fruit with no added sugar which is a big plus, especially as my kids like to mix a spoonful of jam with their morning yogurt.
I gave them this to try in their yogurt and my two youngest enjoyed the flavour but my eldest didn't. I then tried some straight from the jar and found that while it had a nice flavour it tasted almost identical to my preferred BUT with lemon... I couldn't taste the strawberries or blackcurrants which was really dissapointing. My girls both loved it straight, they're big lemon fans, however my son and I didn't like the taste as much, which my daughter was happy with as to her that meant 'more for me!'.
I didn't enjoy it as much as I hoped, the lemon was a little too strong in taste and I just didn't like the seeds however with two out of the four of liking this, I'm happy to get it again for my girls and let them have at it, after all, all fruit and no added sugar makes mumma a happy mum.
I was intrigued by the name! This time I read the label before tasting the contents. (Usually it is the other way round.) Was this going to be a new fruit, possibly a hybrid of different berries? Or was it to be a berry mixture? It became apparent that the ingredients included pears, blackberries, boysenberries, blackcurrants, strawberries, and lemons, so it was a real fruit salad of flavours. I then tasted it, and found that the overall flavour was quite delicate and very pleasant. Despite containing only fruit and other natural ingredients with no added sugar, the jar has a shelf life of 12 months (although the contents do need to be refrigerated once they are opened).
Because the main sweetening component is pear juice, and we had a tree full of ripe pears ready to hand, we decided to serve it with sliced pears and some soft cheese. We had a recipe for a melted brie and fruit compote dip, so we adapted it to suit the wildberry fruit mix. We started by warming the whole brie in the oven for ten minutes, then added a generous amount of wildberry on the top before returning it to the oven for the fruit to warm through. We had melted a little manuka honey in a separate dish and added some chopped walnuts, and these were poured on top when the cheese and wildberry dish emerged from the oven. We placed pear fingers around the edge of the plate to dip into the cheese mixture.
The first time we made it, we did not heat the cheese quite long enough, and I thought we needed more jam to add a fuller flavour. But the second time around it was just perfect. The cheese needs to be completely melted in the middle, otherwise you end up having to attack it with a knife! This second attempt was streets better than the first and was popular with everyone who tried it. Although it would make a good party dish it does tend to be a bit messy so next time I make it I won't have so many people to share it.
The berry flavour came through better the second time too as we substituted clover honey for manuka, which had overwhelmed the berries to some extent. This variety has a much gentler flavour than Barker's other preserves, and it is important to be able to taste it. We tried it drizzled on to a pavlova and also as a decoration around the edge of a plate. Both were greatly admired, not only for the taste, but also for the lovely rich red colour.
We have lots of other plans for this product. It would be delicious added to ambrosia, and also as an ingredient of home-made muesli or a smoothie. Given time, I am sure I will think of lots more ways to use it.
I'm a big lover of toast and Jam for breakfast but as I'm munching down on my toast I'm always thinking about how much sugary goodness I am eating. When I saw the Barkers spreadable fruit jam I jumped at the chance to try it out. I'm a big fan of the Barkers brand and have tried many sauces and chutneys in the past which were always good so knew this would be also. I also liked the fact that it stated it had no refined sugar in it so I decided to compare the sugars on the nutrition information on my normal branded jam which has 60.5g per 100g whereas the Barkers only has 28.2g per 100g that's amazing and it's also gluten free which would suit a lot of people.
The jar is about half the quantity compared to my standard jar and slightly more expensive but when I consider how much less sugar I'm digesting I'm quite keen to change to Barkers.
The consistency is slightly runny and does actually taste quite sweet considering how much less sugar is used. I like the taste of this Wildberry flavour and with the traditional Barkers packaging, I am very keen to start buying Barkers from now on. I think everyone should give this a go.
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