I have been on a mini mission this last 5 months. Everytime I have been at a supermarket I have been looking for decent pickled onions and pickled beetroot. It is hard to find in Melbourne.
I have too major gripes with the pickles I have come accross.
1. They ask to be refridgerated after opening because .. (point 2) They do not contain any vinegar! (Instead sugar water and food acid)
I thought the whole point of pickling was to preserve said food and I also niavly expected pickled onions or beatroot to contain vinegar. Last week picked my own. I’d reccomend this as it only took me about half an hour to make 6 jars. (below is one)
Food acid is in so much stuff.
For instance it is in the “peters” lemon “Icy pole”. I was eating one of these a while back and read the label.
“All Natrual ingredients” then the ingredients read
on the Nestle website it says
Key nutritional benefits
- 99% fat free
- Gluten free
- All natural colours and flavours
What’s in an icy pole then?
“Water, sugar, food acid, natural colouring, natural flavouring”
I had two questions about this
1. How is “food acid” natural
2. How can a lemon icy pole with all natural ingredients contain no lemon???? Was lemon juice one of the “natural flavourings” on the ingredient list?
I called the nestle number on the packet to ask for more details. They could not tell me what food acid was. When I asked what was the “natural flavourings” I was told that this was a trade secret and if other companies knew then they would be at a competitive disadvantage. So it doesn’t take an Einstein to work out that these lemon icy poles have never been anywhere near a lemon.
Food labelling – what a load of nonsense!