A review of Stokes Sauces tasty real mayonnaise and range of sauces and details of how you could win a foodie trip for two to Greece. Post sponsored by Stokes.
Have you heard of Stokes Sauces? I have to admit that I hadn’t until I was sent some to try, but I’m now a new convert to them, particularly their Stokes Real Mayonnaise which is the best mayonnaise from a jar that I have ever tried!
Stokes Sauces are a small, Suffolk based company, and their products are available from Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Ocado and Booths as well as independent stores, farm shops and delis. They focus on unique recipes prepared in small batches with great ingredients and absolutely no cutting corners. Like Tomato Ketchup made with juicy Italian tomatoes, creamy Real Mayonnaise made with extra virgin olive oil and free range eggs, and a traditional British Brown Sauce built on a healthy splash of real date puree.
Mayonnaise has very few ingredients; just eggs, Dijon mustard, salt and oil, which means that in order to get the very best flavour you have to use the very best produce to make it. Stokes Real Mayonnaise is made with:
- Whole Eggs – mayonnaise is often made with just the yolks, but the white contains lots of nutrients and trace elements so it makes sense to use it. The eggs come from Higher Welfare Standard British Free Range hens for the best possible quality.
- Dijon Mustard – Stokes make their own so of course they use that!
- Salt – after much testing of many varieties of salt, Stokes decided that only the best would do. So, without compromise, they import salt from the Dead Sea which is natural, full of flavour yet without the harmful effects of sodium. And they can and do use less of it than they would other salts.
- Rapeseed Oil – They only use British oil. The rapseed oil provides the base of the mayonnaise, for a good flavour that is not too rich.
- Extra Virgin Koroneiki Olive Oil – the olive oil makes up just 5% of the mayonnaise, but that is enough to give it a really special flavour. Koroneiki olive trees produce a small olive but in abundance. It creates an intense, rich green oil with a uniquely exquisite flavour. They have some of the highest polyphenol content possible, boasting powerful health benefits. (Polyphenols are natural antioxidants. They’re high in HDLs (so called ‘good’ cholesterol) and low in LDLs (the baddy of the cholesterol world)).
You can read more about the mayonnaise and it’s ingredients here. And If you would like to win a trip for two to Crete to see the Koroneiki olive trees for yourself, and learn what makes their oil so special then hop on over to Stokes and enter the competition. (T&Cs apply).
Stokes don’t just do mayonnaise, they make a huge range of ketchups, sauces and chutneys. With products like a Bloody Mary Ketchup, Curry Ketchup, Real Ale Chutney and Blushed Tomato Mayonnaise, as well as all of the classics, they really are a condiments company with a difference.
The other products that I have tried are an incredibly good, thick, sweet and intensely tomato flavoured ketchup, a rich and spicy brown sauce made with date puree and black treacle, a sweet chilli sauce which was well balanced and perfect for dipping, and a sweet, rich, sticky red onion marmalade that is fantastic in sandwiches or with cheese.
This post is sponsored by Stokes Sauces, thank you for supporting the brands that allow me to continue doing what I love – playing with food and making a mess of my kitchen.