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    • Corona
    • By Corona 15th Jul 17, 4:28 PM
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    Good alternatives to these branded products?
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    • 15th Jul 17, 4:28 PM
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    Good alternatives to these branded products? 15th Jul 17 at 4:28 PM
    Wondered if anyone could recommend cheaper alternatives (that still taste good) to the list below? I need to drastically cut my food bill and finding good alternatives to the branded products we currently buy is part of that:

    HP Sauce
    Hellmann's Mayonnaise
    Branston Pickle

    My first step was giving up Marmite, and, at the suggestion of a MSE poster, bought Sainsbury's reduced salt yeast spread - and really liked it, so I'm hoping for more good ideas

    Thanks
    Last edited by Corona; 15-07-2017 at 4:36 PM.
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    • prowla
    • By prowla 15th Jul 17, 5:22 PM
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    • 15th Jul 17, 5:22 PM
    I don't buy HP, since they offshored it; I like Chop'd and Sauces for Forces, but I'm not sure if I've sen them recently.

    I'm perfectly happy to use shop's own mayo. An option as well is to keep an eye out for offers (sometimes two smaller jars is cheaper than on larger one).

    As for Branston; that's very much a matter of taste; I'll happily get different chutneys & pickles.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 15th Jul 17, 8:57 PM
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    • 15th Jul 17, 8:57 PM
    For Branston pickle, Tesco's own works for me. The Aldi generic was rank, far too much vinegar. I don't eat mayonnaise or HP though.
    • Li0nhead
    • By Li0nhead 16th Jul 17, 6:42 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 6:42 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 6:42 PM
    For Branston pickle, Tesco's own works for me. The Aldi generic was rank, far too much vinegar. I don't eat mayonnaise or HP though.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    Oh great...Guess who decided to throw the aldi generic into his basket yesterday as a test purchase.....

    Will let the forum know once I try it but not expecting great things upon reading the above.
    The above comment was meant to be friendly and non-judgemental.
    • maman
    • By maman 16th Jul 17, 7:24 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 7:24 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 7:24 PM
    Wondered if anyone could recommend cheaper alternatives (that still taste good) to the list below? I need to drastically cut my food bill and finding good alternatives to the branded products we currently buy is part of that:

    HP Sauce
    Hellmann's Mayonnaise
    Branston Pickle

    My first step was giving up Marmite, and, at the suggestion of a MSE poster, bought Sainsbury's reduced salt yeast spread - and really liked it, so I'm hoping for more good ideas

    Thanks
    Originally posted by Corona
    Like others I'm happy with own brand mayo. Aldi tastes fine to me.

    That being said as all the products you've asked about are long life then do look for offers.

    If you have a Farmfoods near you they generally have all 3 on offer. Hellmans always seems cheaper if you go for a jar rather than a squeezy bottle same with HP.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 16th Jul 17, 10:55 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 10:55 PM
    Oh great...Guess who decided to throw the aldi generic into his basket yesterday as a test purchase.....

    Will let the forum know once I try it but not expecting great things upon reading the above.
    Originally posted by Li0nhead
    I returned the jar minus one tablespoon of content (to let the store manager know that it wasn't a good product) and unexpectedly got my 68p back. Usually my interactions with the store team are to sing it's praises. The store has been open for nearly 2 years, and from day 1 has been an efficient operation and pleasant to shop at.
    • Gnocchi
    • By Gnocchi 17th Jul 17, 12:28 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 12:28 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 12:28 AM
    I don't know if it's cheaper than Hellmann's but the Sainsbury's organic mayo is fine. Tesco pickle is bearable.

    If you use mysupermarket, you may find that you can stick up on branded products when they are on special offer.
    Last edited by Gnocchi; 17-07-2017 at 12:30 AM.
    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 17th Jul 17, 11:34 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 11:34 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 11:34 AM
    My parents like Asda's Smartprice pickle.
    • maman
    • By maman 17th Jul 17, 11:54 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 11:54 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 11:54 AM
    Iceland's often worth a try for offers on branded goods too.
    • robin58
    • By robin58 17th Jul 17, 5:25 PM
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    You can sometimes buy HP in the poundshops.

    As a question, what are Aldi and Lidl briwn sauces like?

    Just to give a helpful comparison, I do like Aldi's tomato sauce.
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    • MysteryMe
    • By MysteryMe 18th Jul 17, 7:38 PM
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    I've had the Aldi Bramwells brown sauce and that was fine.
    • mickeymouse303
    • By mickeymouse303 19th Jul 17, 2:02 PM
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    I recommend trying supermarkets' own brands - you can often be surprised!
    • robin58
    • By robin58 20th Jul 17, 12:54 AM
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    Iceland's often worth a try for offers on branded goods too.
    Originally posted by maman
    Funny you should say that, HP is on offer at present 450g for £1 at Iceland.

    I've also seen the 425g version for £1 in Home Bargain.

    So Corona you could save and keep the HP.
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    • so very confused
    • By so very confused 26th Jul 17, 1:08 AM
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    I love Aldis Bramwell mayo, better than Hellmans
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 26th Jul 17, 8:40 AM
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    I too am another who likes the Aldi's mayo its as nice as Hellman's but a lot cheaper. I love their caramelised red onion chutney as well. Don't eat much pickle and usually end up with left over christmas picalli that my Dds have bought
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    • wench02
    • By wench02 29th Jul 17, 4:50 PM
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    I've found lidl own brand mayo good, and they do an extra light version which helps when I have a bad habit of using far too much mayo on my meals!
    • ColinFishwick
    • By ColinFishwick 29th Jul 17, 5:42 PM
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    I stop using HP when it went abroad. I started using Branston sauce and now moved on to supermarkets own and I actually like its a fraction of the price of branded brown sauce.
    • pakokelso93
    • By pakokelso93 30th Jul 17, 2:06 AM
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    Tomato Ketchup - Aldi wins by a country mile. I don't do brown sauce.

    Pickle - Asda smart price is the best. Then after Aldi.

    Mayo - struggle. Occasionally M&S but pricey so kinda stick to Hellmans. Lidls is awful for me, Aldi is bland. Supermarket brands vary but not amazing in taste. If I had to stick my neck out and pick one - Tesco is not bad.
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    • fatbeetle
    • By fatbeetle 30th Jul 17, 5:13 AM
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    Mayo is so easy and cheap to make, I never buy it.

    Here's a recipe https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/basic-mayonnaise

    You can leave out the Dijon and/or add whatever flavours you like.
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    • MatthewAinsworth
    • By MatthewAinsworth 30th Jul 17, 6:14 AM
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    Don't you buy HP sauce in installments?
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