Blind Tasting PREMIUM Ingredients vs BUDGET Ingredients | Where Best to Spend Your Money? Ep. 3

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We love any excuse to blindfold our normals, Barry and Jamie, and in this episode, we’re challenging them to taste-test a bunch of everyday food products to see if they can pick the premium option. This is our weird and wonderful experiment to uncover where it’s best to spend your cash, and where it’s worth tightening the purse strings!
Hit play, watch the expensive champagne flow and get ready for delicious pancakes covered in streaky bacon and maple syrup!
You can find out more about the ingredients we've reviewed in the links below. Just so you know, a couple of these are affiliate links, which means if you buy something from the store after clicking on
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Fortnum and Mason’s 100% Ultimate Dark Chocolate:
San Cristobal’s Dark Hot Chocolate:
Cathedral City Cheddar Cheese:
Neal's Yard Dairy from Borough Market Hafod​ ​Cheddar Cheese:
Les Pionniers Champagne:
Dom Perignon Vintage 2008 Champagne:
Moet Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne:
Air dry-cured Smoked Streaky Bacon Rashers:
Ginger Pig Streaky Bacon:
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  • SORTEDfood
    SORTEDfood个月 前

    Get ONE MONTH FREE to the sorted club: ​

  • Niño Samson

    Niño Samson

    11 天 前

    @kitube14 That's the standard for subscription-based . Even video viewing platforms (such as Netflix, heck CNboth) uses this.

  • Catherine Potamousis

    Catherine Potamousis

    25 天 前

    @kitube14 That's a bit hard. I also wouldn't give my card details but they post a lot of good quality clips for free on CNboth. I get paid for working, don't you?

  • kitube14


    个月 前

    it seems you guys insist on card details anyway, so no its not free and iam disliking the video because of it. You guys are getting kind of greedy...

  • Sheri s Art

    Sheri s Art

    个月 前

    I will check out the one month free as I have been pondering it for a few months now. I would also be very interested in parmesan taste test, cheap to expensive, reggiano rock wedge to proper cut wedge(not as long aged) to parmesan petals to powdered all of which I find offer very different taste profiles at least here in Canada they do.

  • none of your business

    none of your business

    个月 前

    Use spent more time on cheese 😂🤣 than the video

  • Andy M
    Andy M23 小时 前

    Go Barry!!!! Barry has always had a very good pallet, and it's only gotten better with time. He has learned a lot from both chefs and experiments on his own as well. He even nailed the butcher of the bacon!

  • Zeraglud
    Zeraglud天 前

    Favourite moment of this video is definitely when Jamie said, "oh no, I fucked up" 😂

  • John Smith
    John Smith天 前

    Well I'm never buying a bottle of dom

  • jnjw258
    jnjw2589 天 前

    Chaps, according to the people at Moët, you pronounce the ‘t’. It’s a hard-sounding Moe-et. Thought you’d want to know, as this channel is alarmingly professional considering its fun tone!

  • The SpelCheq

    The SpelCheq

    8 天 前

    Was looking for this comment! You are correct... it’s Mo-ët, not Mo-ay.. Apparently it’s even commonly mispronounced in France as well!

  • Rhythmia / Ren Quion
    Rhythmia / Ren Quion11 天 前

    3:18 I cannot UNSEE the cocoa powder RUBBER DUCKY FACE!!!!! D: so cute

  • superbadgirl82
    superbadgirl8211 天 前

    Can you do blind taste testing with just alcohol please.

  • Mary Bell
    Mary Bell12 天 前

    I feel as an American I have been cheated on good bacon !!

  • Marc Gràcia
    Marc Gràcia12 天 前

    Dom and Moet, even being brut, they are both on the sweet side. I presume A is dryer. People with a dryer taste will find it better. Jamie will love Catalan cava bruts, made of white grapes and quite dryer than champagne and with a huge variety.

  • Tessa
    Tessa16 天 前

    here's a question. In your intro where Barry says we are sorted. What are those 2 dishes and teach us how to make them? The second is obviously chicken, rice and cucumber?

  • Dougal McTavish
    Dougal McTavish16 天 前

    I think we need some new head to head to head battles, seems like the lads have learned a fair bit since the last ones. As for themes; most pretentious dish? Best cafe lunch? Most hipster recipe? Environmentally sustainable ultimate battle? Most expensive recipe? Exotic food? Modern fine dining? Pack lunch battle? I miss the battles and the banter, and sure I’m not the only one.

  • bnenomore
    bnenomore16 天 前

    Y'all are mispronouncing Moet. It is French but in this case the t is pronounced..... To quote Joe Dirt's father, "Don't try to church it up son!"

  • Major Production
    Major Production19 天 前

    I love you guys so much!

  • Meldra Rinkeviča
    Meldra Rinkeviča20 天 前

    You could do it for smoked salmon

  • ida svehla
    ida svehla21 天 前

    Love the video but does ANYONE know the names of plants in the background??!!

  • Fairy Fox
    Fairy Fox22 天 前

    little kitchen story here. One time I chopped up a lotta dark chocolate because I wanted a ganache for some popcorn but I added too much milk and just ended up with a carton of hot chocolate and no chopped chocolate for ganache

  • Tammarik Farrar
    Tammarik Farrar23 天 前

    Does it seem like James has a much stronger palette than he did a couple years ago to anyone else?

  • Ess Ay
    Ess Ay23 天 前

    This is by far my favourite series of yours! Cheers and can't wait for more!

  • nen ben
    nen ben23 天 前

    13:35 You eat bacon with utinsils? You scare me.

  • Chamois
    Chamois23 天 前

    You actually can get the Cathedral cheddar here in Germany as a almost regular product in supermarkets. It's definitely a step above other cheddars you can get here

  • Jordan Kennedy
    Jordan Kennedy23 天 前

    I rarely go to London, but when I do I always go to Neal's Yard. Love that place!

  • Sometimes Food Snob
    Sometimes Food Snob24 天 前

    Its pronounced Mo-wett The name is actually Dutch, even though the champagne is french :)

  • Vivian Leung
    Vivian Leung24 天 前

    Try olive oil, honey and bars of chocolate??

  • Ash Rowan
    Ash Rowan24 天 前

    I abhor champagne I've only ever had it on new year's eve and it's just so gross my flute is always filled the least because I won't drink any more than that

  • Maartje Timpers
    Maartje Timpers25 天 前

    The way Jamie gets excited over cheese, makes me think he is (part) Dutch... ;) we love our cheese(s) here.

  • beglaflight
    beglaflight25 天 前

    Claude Moët (founder of Moët and Chandon), must be spinning in his grave for how much his name was mis-pronounced in this video. He's a Frenchman whose surname is of DUTCH descent, hence Moët is pronounced Mo-eT and NOT Mo-eY.

  • Cameron White
    Cameron White26 天 前

    Can I get an essential condiment recipe video?

  • Mrs. Marken
    Mrs. Marken26 天 前

    I’m all tucked into bed and now I want a grilled cheese.

  • Saf Hammed
    Saf Hammed26 天 前

    I am here for James cursing..... and flexing god bless

  • PrecookedEagle
    PrecookedEagle26 天 前

    How about focusing on spices, herbs, and/or sauces specifically? (all on the same items, but different price ranges)

  • lulur
    lulur26 天 前

    i actually love the cafe direct hot chocolate lol, it’s v good if you put tuaca in it too

  • Digitalstorm007
    Digitalstorm00727 天 前

    Barry: Is this house decoration? (Wine Bottle)

  • Ruby C.B.
    Ruby C.B.27 天 前

    Moët isn't a French name, you pronounce the T.

  • Maria Kramer
    Maria Kramer28 天 前

    Is it just my screen or is the premium cheese slightly... florescent?

  • 5il3nc3r
    5il3nc3r28 天 前

    When you do more of these in the future, I'd be interested to get you guys' opinion on Maple Syrup. Maybe not compared to "Fake Maple Syrup", but just cheaper vs premium. I'd even gladly ship you guys a bottle from Canada for this if you want xD (although that might make it hard to get the proper price comparison) Other ideas: Comparing Dried herbs (in a dish) vs fresh herbs. How much of a difference does it make in the taste? Also, comparing seafood (you guys have plenty of great options for fresh, quality seafood, but how does it compare to "premium" seafood?)

  • AxelVoitier
    AxelVoitier28 天 前

    Hello, guy from Champagne region here. So, basically: 1- Moet is the typical over-marketed shit we just sell abroad. It's horrible. It tastes green, acidic, and give you stomach and head ache. (pro tip: real good champagne does not hurt you, regardless of the price) 2- A typical goto "all-purpose" champagne bottle we would go for is priced somewhere between 13 to 20 euros (12 to 18 pounds). More than that is just marketing rip-off. Don't put more than that unless it's a very special occasion. (But you may have to adapt that price range to your local import taxes) Side point, by goto all-purpose champagne, I mean a non-vintage one, made of the blend of grapes of the current and past year(s). Something you have to understand from this class of champagne: while it is deemed to be the "lowest" one because it's not vintage, it actually corresponds to an always-the-same never-changing taste from year to year. Every year, the "chief-blender" will (secretly) assemble the various juices such that it match its target flavour (which is quite remarkable as he/she does that based on non-matured juices that just taste like green acidic stuffs :D). That clearly corresponds to your bottle A, "consistent year in year out". You can be pretty sure once you find one of that class that you like, it will always taste the same through the years. It is also the most standard way of doing champagne as obviously not every year is worthy of being vintage, and we have to do something of those grapes anyway. 3- Some of the best goto all-purpose champagnes can very well be from cooperatives or supermarkets. No shame in that. You don't need a "castle" to make good champagne. In France, some supermarket champagnes (from Leclerc or Aldi) also got awards, and they are indeed good affordable stuffs.

  • SORTEDfood


    28 天 前

    Some great points, well made! There is definitely a stigma in the UK around 'supermarket' champagnes which is a shame. As you say, in many blind tastings, they win! The non-vintage element for consistency is also cool to here about! Thanks.

  • Alexander Sandstrom
    Alexander Sandstrom29 天 前

    Barry needs to try Almond Sparkling Wine. It's definitely better for those of us that don't like standard sparkling wine

  • Louis Roden
    Louis Roden29 天 前

    He said Moët wrong made me sad

  • 1337azaltuth
    1337azaltuth29 天 前

    Video; says "BUDGET" The boys; BUYS "STANDARD",.............. standard is not budget. i am very disappoint.

  • SORTEDfood


    29 天 前

    True - you can certainly get hold of cheaper items. But it's important to balance ingredient sourcing and nutrition too.

  • Luis Geara
    Luis Geara29 天 前

    DR representing

  • Andy Sutcliffe
    Andy Sutcliffe29 天 前

    You should try doing this with proper bacon, not that american muck 😀

  • Andy Sutcliffe

    Andy Sutcliffe

    29 天 前

    Bacon... Back bacon is assumed, rather than the thin streaky crud they like in America.

  • SORTEDfood


    29 天 前

    Back bacon?

  • jjaus
    jjaus29 天 前

    I enjoyed the food tests. I would be all over that. But champagne? I've had it all. I don't get it. 5th avenue cold duck or crystal. Meh.Give me a beer or a great Burgundy any day.

  • SORTEDfood


    29 天 前

    Burgundian wine is gorgeous! Love a decent Pinot Noir.

  • connorwgtn
    connorwgtn个月 前

    Being from New Zealand champagne is often replaced by méthode traditionnelle, particularly Lindauer Brut. I'd be interested to see some actual champagne up against some good, and presumably cheaper méthode. (Bless copy and paste from wikipedia for the accent)

  • OldDann
    OldDann个月 前

    Can we get a revamp of the mystery box?

  • Jonathan Bowen
    Jonathan Bowen个月 前

    I have had Neils yard Cheddar. It is indeed excellent.

  • Jelleybean18
    Jelleybean18个月 前

    A comment for the algorithm :)

  • Tom'sTechHD
    Tom'sTechHD个月 前

    Burger mince would be good, also biscuits

  • Lou Slade
    Lou Slade个月 前

    I will never stop smiling at the fact Jamie puts his glasses over the blindfold.

  • Robyn Lee
    Robyn Lee个月 前

    Omg a dom is wasted 😭😭😭😭

  • ShadowedSteel
    ShadowedSteel个月 前

    More please

  • D Bone
    D Bone个月 前

    Why do they call it streaky bacon? Are there other kinds?

  • kitkat James
    kitkat James个月 前

    When you already think cathedral city is pretty premium...

  • Pierre Mikhael
    Pierre Mikhael个月 前

    Chapeau to the sophisticated and advanced palette alla barry

  • Guido de Vries
    Guido de Vries个月 前

    What about in battles if someone leaves their hob on they get a reduction in cooking time

  • urmintrude
    urmintrude个月 前

    Ben it's Moet! Not Moet! Say the T!

  • Samira Peri
    Samira Peri个月 前

    Hmm, Colombian dark chocolate and... that white other stuff?

  • silknfeathers
    silknfeathers个月 前

    Not read every comment, so it's probably come up before, but stop calling it "moway"...

  • Patrio Graysmark
    Patrio Graysmark个月 前

    Perhaps some 'side dish' offerings, while there's points to compare say a supermarket steak and a butcher cut steak, what if you used the nicer cut for both A and B, but battled the side salad or mash, see if the equal 'main star' falls flat when the supporting plate cast isn't in the same class.

  • Edward Villarreal
    Edward Villarreal个月 前

    Is it possible to use an avocado pit in a recipe?

  • cfwraith
    cfwraith个月 前

    compare sauces. Ketchup, mustard, salsa, ect

  • Rodimus PrimeX
    Rodimus PrimeX个月 前

    A+ on your product selections. Too many of these comparisons test extremes which is almost virtually useless.

  • kitube14
    kitube14个月 前

    @SORTEDfood iam dissapointed Ben, I expected more from you. Maturer is completely correct, either form is fine, more mature is more common nowadays but in the past maturer was much more common.

  • Theodore Cossitt
    Theodore Cossitt个月 前

    Well done! As an American, I find some of the things you lot eat for Breakfast questionable (Baked beans, blood pudding), but I certainly wouldn't turn my nose up to it. I would love to see you try your hand at a traditional Southern American Breakfast. Fried eggs, bacon (you call it "streaky bacon" I believe), breakfast sausage, biscuits & Gravy (Sawmill gravy preferred), pancakes (with Maple syrup and butter), hash browns, grits, toast, coffee and a large glass of whole milk to wash it down.

  • Lord Ikka
    Lord Ikka个月 前

    So, is now the time for a normal "Premium" mystery box battle? All three normals, with a set of premium mystery box ingredients- they have to use the ingredients in the best way possible.

  • simplegirl206
    simplegirl206个月 前

    how about premium vegan/vegetarian products and ingredients??

  • Dave Legg
    Dave Legg个月 前

    Do a "level up" episode devoted to pub grub classics

  • Ross Burrow
    Ross Burrow个月 前

    Advent calendars please! Id love to buy one for my family but which ones are actually good?

  • Joanne Harries
    Joanne Harries个月 前

    Can you do a branded chef or celeb backed sauce or meal etc vs other or supermarket brand.

  • Jeremy Sims
    Jeremy Sims个月 前

    ben said Moet incorrectly

  • Zulfa Muhsonah
    Zulfa Muhsonah个月 前

    I'm confused. I don't drink but like how can champagne be dry if it's a liquid?

  • Amanda Does

    Amanda Does

    个月 前

    The yeast has consumed all of the sugar, so it isn't sweet. It has a slight tartness to it

  • Philip Sheridan
    Philip Sheridan个月 前

    Fun fact, yall said Moet incorrectly actually. You actually say the T

  • Khimaera
    Khimaera个月 前

    I would love to see you guys try a red sauce with no tomatoes (or other nightshades) for people with allergies. I love your recipes but I cannot eat tomatoes anymore :(

  • Mohammed Suhail
    Mohammed Suhail个月 前

    where is mike.?

  • DJRanbo
    DJRanbo个月 前

    If you guys ever visit Miami Florida. I recommend going Arbetter hotdogs. Best hotdogs in Miami

  • romaneeconti02
    romaneeconti02个月 前

    Dom perignon is really not good champagne normally. It's expensive but normally not great. The only cases that it is are usually in good vintages that have been aged a long time. 2008 is in that category, but it's still way too young - probably 10 years too young

  • SORTEDfood


    个月 前

    And this is why, when it comes to wine, we're all normals.

  • BurningSpooon
    BurningSpooon个月 前

    Little Tip: if Your cocoa is too sweet for you you can just add extra cocoa powder to it (just finely ground cocoa beans without any sugar, in germany its called "Backkakao"(baking cocoa) i dont know if this is available in britain) makes your cocoa extra choclaty

  • Tooway
    Tooway个月 前

    Sorry guys want to look at subscribing to the sorted club, the monthly cost is just much for people in south africa. please look into your pricing model for us.

  • Christian Philip Esguerra
    Christian Philip Esguerra个月 前

    I love you guys so much please keep making videos

  • Tooway
    Tooway个月 前

    Premium spices versus store bought, to much for the normal's to handle?

  • subculturenz
    subculturenz个月 前

    MO - ET not MO - EH

  • AppleCatJunkie
    AppleCatJunkie个月 前

    Neal's yard is my Christmas cheese treat 😋

  • SORTEDfood


    个月 前

    And what a treat it is!

  • Waples_
    Waples_个月 前 yeah it turns you on mate xD

  • marinamkd
    marinamkd个月 前

    You boys cheated on the cheese. Even someone uneducated (such as yourselves, fine mosh of men) couldve recognized that the triangular piece comes from a higher end piece 🤷🏽‍♀️

  • marinamkd


    个月 前

    @SORTEDfood that was actually quite thoughful, we thank you 🙏🏻

  • SORTEDfood


    个月 前

    We did consider trimming it - but felt it was a helpful tip for those that don't know. Or who might see cheese in a deli.

  • chimairaxpsycho
    chimairaxpsycho个月 前

    How old is Ben's kid Tyrone now?!?!

  • SORTEDfood


    个月 前

    Almost graduated probably!?! Ha

  • Charlie Foxtrot
    Charlie Foxtrot个月 前

    Barry - B is my favourite, followed by A then C Revealed C is the most popular brand Barry - It's the most popular because it's delicious.. But it was your least favourite? 🤨

  • transylvanian
    transylvanian个月 前

    "In both cases you can DIY it yourself much cheaper" ... "DIY it yourself"... "Do It Yourself it yourself"... Unnecessary repetition repeating unnecessarily ...

  • SORTEDfood


    个月 前

    "Unnecessary repetition repeating unnecessarily ..." Hero!

  • Re Clinger
    Re Clinger个月 前

    Suggested ingredients: - Flour - Cinnamon - Oat Milk - Vanilla - Tofu

  • SORTEDfood


    个月 前

    This is super helpful - added to the list

  • Jenny Honda
    Jenny Honda个月 前

    gluten free flour

  • rdizzy1
    rdizzy1个月 前

    They have a far different definition to the term "budget ingredients"than I do. When it comes to cheese, getting cheese from a deli at all isn't budget, budget is the 2 dollar bricks you get at walmart.

  • rdizzy1


    个月 前

    @SORTEDfood I was thinking more along the lines of Asda/Walmart/Aldi store labelled brand cheese that is 4-5 british pounds per kg. But yeah, that does seem to be "in the realm of budget", I'm an American so the prices being in british pounds per kg initially threw me off with the prices.

  • SORTEDfood


    个月 前

    The cheaper cheese option was a supermarket 'block'. Still not the most basic... but we believe some food should still have a strong production supply.

  • Victoria M
    Victoria M个月 前

    I’m making bacon as I was watching this 😂

  • Chamomillionaire
    Chamomillionaire个月 前

    I’d really enjoy an alcoholic vs NA beer taste comparison, especially with so many more NA beers coming out and people like me who don’t do alcohol.

  • dswnysports
    dswnysports个月 前

    Still disappointed by these comparisons. It should be an imposter item that is trying to trick the consumer by claiming its as good as the expensive. Still providing to the guys completely different items.

  • Jamey Anderson
    Jamey Anderson个月 前

    Hi! I love you guys and have been watching for a while. I'm not super into the pop editing style. It takes away from feeling like I'm a chef hanging with my chefs and normals. Just a personal preference. Love y'all though!

  • Patrick Rose
    Patrick Rose个月 前

    Suggestion: how to easily cook what we in the US call London Broil. I have been trying to reproduce what my mother did when I was young: crispy outside, red rare inside. Other twist- for a single person.

  • rob 2406
    rob 2406个月 前

    don p and brandy and cointreau make the best cocktails 😍😍

  • M Row
    M Row个月 前

    This reminds me of one of the American new shows, they had all the hosts try Champaign and some people like the cheaper while others preferred the more expensive. Same when Mythbusters did filtered vodka, Adam liked the very cheap stuff but Jamie and the vodka expert liked the more expensive stuff.

  • Tara M
    Tara M个月 前

    I love the guitar riff sound that you guys have in this video, you have it start around 12:40 when the Subscribe notice comes up. Is there a whole version you could share?

  • Damir Secki
    Damir Secki个月 前

    fruits next....mangoes, bananas and premium strawberries... and the apples... I don't know why such a big difference in price

  • Hez_am_i
    Hez_am_i个月 前


  • Nick Gorrell
    Nick Gorrell个月 前

    Bacon, cor I miss that. You could do the same test in Australia between a premium bacon and the inside of a well used Macintosh raincoat and have difficulty calling it