making poached pears with Welch’s juices

March 27, 2013 at 9:45 pm 3 comments

24-3-13 - Welch's juices 4B”Would you like to review some new varieties of Welch’s juice?’‘ is not the sort of question that requires much thinking.  I hadn’t come across Welch’s Juice before but I never say no to free food!  We were pleasantly surprised when we received 3 different flavours to try: White Grape and Raspberry, Rose Grape light and Purple Grape light (with 50% less sugar).  Flavour wise we enjoyed them all – the Rose in particular would pass very nicely as a non-alcoholic wine with a little sparkling water or lemondate added.  As with all juices we watered them down so they weren’t as sweet (just our personal preference) and this was especially important as unlike pure juices these varieties have added sugar and sweeteners.  The upside of that is anyone following a calorie controlled diet can enjoy a 100ml glass of Welch’s light juices for just 24 calories.  I’ve been dabbling with the 5:2 diet (see Jac’s Tinned Tomatoes post about what it is and some delicious calorie calculated recipe ideas) so on a fast day a 50% watered down glass of Welch’s would barely make a dent at 12 calories.
mosaic - poached pearsI wanted to create something to eat with our juice and plumped for poached pears having made them recently using up a bottle of mulled wine from several Christmases ago.  I poured a litre of Purple Grape light into the slow cooker, added a sachet of mulled wine spices and 6 peeled pears and left it on high for 6 hours.  As they were non-alcoholic I didn’t need to add any sugar and E was able to sample them.  They turned out really well and E liked them despite finding it tricky to hold the slippery juice soaked pear.24-3-13 - E eating poached pears 4B

I don’t think I’d choose to buy these particular varieties as I tend to steer clear of anything with added sugar or artificial sweeteners.  But having enjoyed the flavours I’d certainly look out for Welch’s 100% juice range next time I’m in the supermarket, with Rose at the top of my list.  If you’re interested in the chance to win a case of Welch’s juices take a look at their twitter page @Welchs_UK for competitions, recipe ideas and all the latest news.

Entry filed under: in the kitchen, reviews.

me and mine {February family portrait} me and mine {March family portrait}

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jacqueline  |  March 27, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    What a good idea and I am doubly excited now I know the calories! Thanks for linking to me 🙂

  • 2. bilbowagginsBilboWaggins  |  March 28, 2013 at 10:08 am

    That’s an excellent review and thanks for the heads-up about the artificial sweeteners. Aspartame by any chance?

  • 3. Nip it in the bud  |  March 28, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Jac – my pleasure, you’re my go-to-gal for all things 5:2 :o)

    Bilbo – thankfully not aspartame as they certainly wouldn’t have been opened and drunk. It’s sucralose and the smallest ingredient listed. I doubt there’s much in it judging by how sweet it tastes (600 times sweeter than sugar and 3 times sweeter than aspartame) but I still generally prefer not to have such additions in my food.


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