Hollandaise sauce in a jar! And I got if for just under $3 at my local Superstore. I first had it at the PC Holiday Party but they served it over rapini which is so bitter, I could hardly taste the sauce. To really test it, I had to make Eggs Benedict.
Hollandaise sauce is mostly made of butter and egg yolks but this is what is in this PC Product:
“Water, canola oil, butter, cream (milk, cream, monoand diglycerides, sodium phosphate, sodium citrate, carrageenan), modified corn starch, frozen egg yolk, salt, concentrated lemon juice, sugar, seasoning, dried egg yolk, xanthan gum, spice extract (contains tocopherols), potassium sorbate, lactic acid, spice extract, beta-carotene, caramel colour.”
Not exactly the same. Before I saw the list of ingredients I wondered how on earth this sauce stayed together? It is so infamous for separating. Now I gather it is the corn starch that turns it into an unbreakable sauce which is quite clever.
The Product Testing
Wow, it was not easy getting that sauce out of the jar! It did not want to pour out of there and into my sauce pan.
It took a while but it happened. The sauce has a lovely thickness to it and the colour is quite lovely, perhaps because of the caramel colouring.
I referred to my post How To Poach An Egg because it had been so long. So silly! It is so simple to do, I think I might make my eggs like this from now on.
The sauce needs a low and slow heat. Too fast and it bursts into bubbles and forms a skin but with a little whisking, comes right back together again, unlike a homemade Hollandaise.
It really is incredible that they have come up with a way to enjoy Hollandaise sauce without the effort, the threat of the sauce breaking… PC Memories Of Eggs Benedict Hollandaise Sauce is perfect for the newbie cook who is too intimidated to make Hollandaise from scratch. So easy to just put it into a sauce pan, heat and then use.
That said, this does not feel authentic to me. Yes, it tastes pretty good, has luscious texture and makes life easier but it kind of feels like a cheat. As much as I resisted making Hollandaise sauce myself for fear of seeing just how much butter goes into it, I think I prefer to go that route than buy a clever knock off. Reg normally does not like Hollandaise sauce at all but liked this which again, makes me feel that it is not close enough to the real deal for me to be whole heartedly impressed.
I give this product three out of five wooden spoons. Great for those who would never make Hollandaise from scratch but for those who would, I say, make it yourself unless you are just too damn busy this holiday season.