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While doing my search for natural products which are not harsh on the environment and also good for my well being I discovered this in one of my trips to Holland and Barrett, funny enough they also stock this in supermarkets but for one reason or the other I nerver noticed it!! For your information this product has nothing to do with washing up and plastic gloves but because of the name I could not refrain myself for hinting at it in the title!!
The good thing about this product is that it does not contain preservatives, artificial colourants and monosodium glutammate, the ingredients are all natural and they have two versions a salted one and a low sodium too, not bad at all if you are watching your daily salt intake or suffer of high blood pressure! In their website they claim they are loved by celebrity chefs such as Delia Smith and Nigella Lawson. This product comes in a cylinder shape container made of carton with a plastic lid and a metal bottom: you will be able to recycle them if you take these pieces apart.
Marigold is yeast free, gluten free and nut free but contains lactose (milk sugar) therefore keep away if you are intolerant to it.
HOW DO YOU USE IT? ********** You can compare this to a powdery version of stock cubes therefore much quicker and easier to melt in water whenever needed. Some people like it as a warming drink in cold winter days and therefore you would need to mix a spoonful of this in a mug with hot water, adjust quantity depending on strength desired, you can also add a few spices like chillies or pepper to make it fiery or a touch of cinnamon or a bay leaf to make it more warming and relaxing.. add a few veggies just to make it a bit richer.
Another way to use it is in risottos, casseroles or you can add some to the water where you could cook tortellini and once done serve the tortellini in a bowl with their own soup and some parmesan nicely grated on top and voila' "Tortellini al brodo", Italian speciality!
Marigold is also great on cous cous. Just add it to the hot water you would use for your cous cous and it ends up tasting that nice you might end up eating it on its own or making a salad out of it with nice cold veggies like corn, carrots...
NUTRITIONAL VALUES *********** For 100g of the Vegetable Organic version: Energy 843kJ/205kcal, Protein 18.2g, Carbohydrate 18.1g (of which sugar 5.4g), Fat 6.4g (of which saturates 3.2g), Dietary Fibre 0.7g, Sodium 19.0g
PRICES ********** According to the Tesco website these are the available versions and prices:
As you can see they have options available for everyone so not bad at all but looking at their website I could also spot they do have a wider choice, for example they do have the organic version in the reduced salt too! And they have a wider variety of products which include: -Braised tofu in a can -Liquid Aminos seasoning -Bouillon Miso -Yeast Flakes -Bouillon Cubes
They claim you can find their products in all good health shops then Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Fresh and Wild, Planet Organics Sainsburys, Tesco, Waitrose, Safeways, Morrisons, Asda, Budgens and if you wish to purchase them online you should go to yogamatters.com. If instead you only want to know a bit more about Marigold then go to marigoldhealthfoods.com
MY OPINION ************ I feel this is a quality product you should invest on plus it does last much longer than an ordinary box of stock cubes anyway, I would probably say it is an equivalent of three packets of stock cubes. It is really tasty when you smell it, even better when you eat it, you can really recognize the vegetables inside and especially carrots and onions. It is definitely a product you should have in your larder.