Family owned since 1880, Opies produce a fantastic range of high quality products. Central to their range are store-cupboard staples that can be pulled out to transform a wide range of dishes:
For Barbecues, lunch boxes, alfresco dining and picnics:
Cocktail Gherkins: no burger is complete without a generous topping of gherkins! Opies gherkins are hand-picked and delicately steeped in vinegar to preserve the crunchiness.
Widely available from Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons. RRP £0.89 227g.
Cocktail Onions are sweet and crunchy and perfect for salads or snacking. Available from Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons. RRP £0.89 227g.
Organic Capers are perfect added to homemade potato salad, with freshly baked fish or just to accompany charcuterie boards. Available from Morrisons, Waitrose and Ocado £2.39.
For summer drinks:
Cocktail Cherries,andSliced Lemons are store-cupboard essentials and can transform drinks. Once opened they can be kept in the fridge, meaning that they’re always to hand but have less mess and waste. Cocktail Cherries 225g £1.49 Sliced Lemons 350g RRP £1.49
For quick and easy desserts:
Opies sweet, succulent Black Cherries with Kirsch make an excellent filling for a roulade, meringue or Black Forest Cheesecake. Available from Tesco, Waitrose and Ocado RRP £3.99 390g
Did you spot the Summer Berry Compote meringue smash in the wine glasses? This is a super-quick dessert with layers of meringue, compote and cream – and really yummy! The compote includes strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, redcurrant and blackcurrants and is also great in bakes, on porridge – or even spread on toast! Available from Waitrose and Ocadp £2.49 400g.
For baking fun:
Opies is famous for ginger and pack succulent, soft Chinese Stem Ginger in Syrup which is delicious in home-made bakes. The syrup can also be used in drinks and cocktails, so there’s no wastage! Available from Tesco and Asda. Crystallised Ginger adds a crunch element to bakes – and is good as a digestant and also a welcome relief for morning sickness! Available from Tesco. £2.35
Linghams have been makingchilli saucesince 1908 during the British Colonial era, Linghams was specifically aimed at the English palette to provide them with a unique, versatile, sweet and spicy sauce. The same secret recipe is used today and is derived from a secret blend of just 4 ingredients – red chilli, sugar, vinegar and salt. Popular with ‘celebrity’ chefs who have named checked the brand in recipes (Jamie Oliver, Mark Hix amongst others). The versatile sauce can be used as an accompaniment such as slathered on burgers or hotdogs, as a marinade for chops or as a dipping sauce for chicken wings or crudités.
Available from Morrisons, Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys, Waitrose and Ocado RRP from £1.65 280ml
Barry Norman Pickled Onions: This Victorian family recipe of Writer and Broadcaster Barry Norman for traditional pickled onions are described as “the only pickled onion with a homemade flavour”. These pickles have a loyal fan base and are available from Tesco and Ocado.