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Quorn sausages can now be bought from the frozen or chilled sections of most supermarkets. When buying frozen they used to come in packs of 6 in a cardboard box which was good for the environment as it could be recycled. Now the frozen ones tend to come in a bag which can not be recycled. I am not reviewing the newer sausages which are the hot dog style ones. I buy the frozen sausages and there are about 8 in a bag for £2. When you take the sausages out of the bag they are pink in colour and can be cooked by (well I have cooked them all this way) grilling, frying or putting in the oven. They are quite fat sausages so need to be cooked thoroughly. Once cooked they do go a bit wrinkly. I rarely fry them and when grilling because they are quite fat I cook them very slowly and they take at least 20 minutes as I have to be sure they are cooked, if I put them in the oven I cook at 200 and they take about 20 minutes. So I find it easier to put them in the oven as i can then get on with other things without worrying if they are going to burn. Once cooked these sausages don't go a real good brown colour and are quite light brown. I like the taste of these a lot more than I used to or that could just be because the other sausages I used to have, have changed and are not as nice. I think they have a nice herby flavour but can leave you with a bit of a dry mouth if eaten alone. There are lots of meals that these sausages can go with, I like them with mash, veg and gravy. I also like them cold with salad on a wrap. Each sausage contains about 70 calories they have herbs and garlic in which will be why they are quite tasty.
I've been a vegetarian for over twenty years and tried Linda McCartney sausages early on in my conversion to the veggie lifestyle. I had never really liked meat much and they were so like the real thing I was put off eating them. Later in life I adapted to the taste and texture of mycoprotein products and recently tried these Quorn Sausages. These come in a pack of six and can be kept frozen or kept in the fridge. Freezing them simply keeps them for longer and adds a couple of minutes to the cooking time. The sausages come in a little plastic pack which is wrapped in a cardboard sleeve which is printed with all the product information and cooking instructions. Quorn, the brand name of Marlow Foods Ltd, call these sausages "succuclent" and claim they make your "bangers and mash healthier". The 'Low in Saturated Fat' and 'High Protein' stamps are printed clearly on the front of the pack. There is also an easy read nutritional diagram showing the values per 42g sausage. These sausages are made from 47% mycoprotein and contain onion, herbs, spices and other savoury ingredients to flavour them. They are totally meat free and approved by the Vegetarian Society but they are not vegan. Each sausage provides 70 calories and 2.9g of fat. You can grill, barbeque or fry your sausages. I always grill them as you have to add oil if frying. When grilling I'm surprised by how little fat drips out of them like it does with real meat sausages. The sausages are pale mushroom brown in colour when raw and as they cook they gain a dark crispy brown skin. They look very appertising and I would not be able to distinguish them in appearance from real meat sausages. I find them very easy to cook as well. You put them on a medium grill and turn frequently for around 8 minutes. They never burn. These sausages are great for having with a Sunday Roast or simply as a snack in a sandwich with some ketchup. They have a great flavour which is not too herb heavy or onion influenced. The texture of the sausages is a little less rubbery than the texture of real meat but I still find there are strange globules of piped mycoprotein and savoury mix when I cut into the sausage which makes me think of real meat and which puts me off a little bit! I enjoy eating these sausages and will certainly be buying them again in the future as they are filling, satisfying and tasty. You can discover new and interesting recipes at the Quorn website: www.quorn.co.uk
These are a staple diet in our house! We are not vegetarians but do try to follow the Slimming World plan and these count as free food on a green day as they are plant protein. The sausages are frozen (although you can get fresh ones form the chiller cabinet in some supermarkets) so are great for keeping in the freezer for a quick and easy meal. The texture is quite dense and they don't fall apart on cooking like some other vegetarian sausages. I can't say they taste like real sausages (but the cumberland variety of the quorn sausages actually do strangely enough) but if you are like me and don't really like real sausages because of all the lumps and gristle then these are the way forward for you. I can't really describe the flavour, as it is quite unique but definitely quorn-y! They are pleasantly seasoned. My favourite way of cooking them is to chop them into bits, dry fry them with some onions and mushrooms, add a tin of baked beans and put in an oven proof dish. Cover with mashed potato and a bit of low-fat cheese, stick it in the oven for ten minutes and you have a nice warming, hearty meal. They are low in fat and low in calories, around 60 calories per sausage.
I am a vegetarian and I am always on the look out for new things to try, but I'm not a fan of meat substitutes like quorn chicken breasts, it's just weird, so I was reluctant to try the sausages, but they are actually great. I have since discovered that sausage actually refers to the shape, not what it's made from. (Little piece of useless trivia there!) There are a few different varieties and flavours you can get but the plain ones are pretty good. They are made from a mycro protein which is something to do with mushrooms and they taste quite nice. They do not taste like a sausage though, which I didn't expect or really want them to, so good for me, but not great if you are looking for a meat sausage alternative. I wouldn't recommend them by themselves as they are a bit plain tasting, if you were going to have them with mash or something like that I would get the flavoured ones, the apple ones are really tasty. They are healthier than meat sausages, as there is a lot less fat in them, so if you are trying to save a few calories then they are great. To cook, you just put them in the oven for 20-25 minutes and use them like normal sausages, I tend to add them to pasta but they would be great for hot dogs and stuff like that. You can freeze them, but you can't cook them from frozen, they have to defrost before you use them. The only thing to watch is that you don't overcook them as they tend to go a bit hard and chewy if you do. The only thing that slightly annoys me about these sausages is that they come in a pack of 5. I have no idea why this is, and it just leaves me perplexed, other sausages come in either packs of 4 or 6, so I have no idea why quorn chose 5. They cost around £2.00 but they are sometimes on offer in Sainsbury's for £1.00 and they very often have recipe ideas and coupons on the underside of the cardboard, which are quite helpful. Great as an individual entity, but if you are looking for a substitute meat sausage this is not it.
Now you often hear about the horrible stuff that goes into sausages and does put me off slightly, occasionally I will buy high quality high meat content sausages but these also come with a high price tag and high calorie content. I used to be vegetarian and always really enjoyed Linda McCartney sausages as they had a really meaty flavour and have also enjoyed other Quorn products so when I saw these I thought I'd try them. Price: I got these on offer recently for £1 and had a couple and put the rest of the pack of 6 into the freezer, so these are great if you're the only person wanting these you won't have to chuck them all out if you don't eat them within a few days. They're usually around the £1.90 mark though which isn't bad, it works out at just over 30p each. Packaging: (Different to the one shown above) These come in a black plastic container with see through plastic over the top so you can see the sausages before you buy them. There is then a recyclable cardboard sleeve over the plastic container where the Quorn logo is very prominant, there's also a picture of 2 griddled sausages placed on a bed of mash with some greens and gravy looking very nice. There is also nutritional information down the right hand side of the pack. The Product: There are 6 sausage in the pack, they're a decent size and I would say about the average size for a sausage and nice and thick. These are made from mycoprotein, naturally low in fat member of the fungi family. I have to say these don't look very nice in the packet, they're very pale in colour, but then I suppose what sausage does look nice before cooking? Cooking Instructions: They recommend you cook these on the hob but I find it hard to give these sausages all- over even cooking in a frying pan, I cooked one in a frying pan with a little oil for a sausage sandwich this morning and found it really hard to brown the sausage but once it started browning it did so quickly and I had to be careful as it burnt on one side and I only left it for about 20 seconds on a medium heat. I also found this was the case under the grill and found myself standing in the kitchen for the 10 minute cooking time as they would burn very quickly. I found the easiest way to cook was in a pre- heated oven for about 10 minutes at 220 degrees turning after about 5 minutes they cooked really evenly and no watching the oven! Taste: I'm not sure about the taste at all, I can't put my finger on what the taste is but it's just abit odd. It's slightly rubbery in texture but the inside is quite soft and it doesn't taste meaty. I smothered mine in ketchup, or gravy when I served it with mash and it tasted fine. They say there's onion in there but I don't think you can particularly taste it, but having said that there's nothing you can particularly taste in this sausage. Nutrition: Per Sausage: Calories: 51kcal Fat:1.6g Sat Fat: 0.3g Salt: 0.5g Allergy Advice: Contains wheat, gluten, eggs and milk. Suitable for vegetarians (obviously!) Overall: Although I wasn't a great fan off the taste it was fine when served with something else, and since cooking in the oven the un-even cooking hasn't been an issue either. I wouldn't recommend these to someone who loves meat but I'll definately be buying them again and when they're on offer again I'll be storing a few pack away in the freezer. The main reason why I'll be eating these again though is the calorie content, at just 51kcal per sausage you can't complain at all and it's a great alternative to high calorie meat versions.
Vegetarian friends are coming to stay. I've stocked the freezer with lovely homemade veggie lasagne; veggie chilli and roasted vegs for stuffing fajitas. Not a bad menu and in the summer months this can be supplemented with super quick salads and cheesie sarnies. But in this weather I struggle for the quick warm snack that doesn't involve a burger or a fish finger or chicken pieces.... Enter stage left- Quorn sausages Well, okay, I went to the shops and had a good rummage in the freezers and discovered the mysterious world of Quorn: Quorn sausages are apparently high in protein and low in saturated fat and grill from frozen in 12-14 minutes. 'Sound healthier and quicker than meat sausages. The quorn website: http://www.quorn.co.uk encourages consumption with the handy fact: Swap 2 pork sausages for delicious Quorn Sausages and save yourself 236 calories. That's the equivalent of a 35 minute jog! Ingredients: Mycoprotein (34%), rehydrated free range egg white, water, textured wheat protein (wheat protein, wheat starch), onion, flavouring (with colour: iron oxide), milk proteins, rapeseed oil, tapioca starch, gelling agent: pectin. Mycoprotein, my sleuthing tells me, is the main ingredient in all Quorn products. It's made from a member of the fungi family (like mushrooms and truffles) and is a high-quality meat-free protein that's naturally low in fat, with very few calories. It's high in dietary fibre (important for your digestive system) and has the essential amino acids your body needs, with no cholesterol or trans fats at all. Woopee! Curiously, though, the cooking instructions on the packet of quorn sausages recommend brushing them with oil before cooking. Surely this will add to the fat content? I guess if you use high quality vegetable oils you are ok but this took me by surprise. I have cooked the sausages without oil and although they cook well enough they don't brown and thus look less attractive and slightly less crispy. Taste and aesthetics: The sausages are uniform in structure and are quite dry on the surface. They brown up nicely when brushed and are attractive to look at. When you bite the sausage comes away neatly with an even texture. The interior texture is curious. It is has a slightly fluffy, slightly rubbery feel to it and is quite dry rather than the fatty texture of meat. The taste is fairly bland and the onion and flavouring are hard to identify. In this respect the sausages are a bit of a non-event. However, this can be an advantage as teemed with some rice and fresh veg the sausage is not overpowering and allows you to taste the veg or accompanying sauce. They allow you to adapt them for your audience ie plainish for the wary child and in a hefty wine and basil sauce for the more adventurous. Quorn do also make Bramley apple, Cumberland and Tomato and basil varieties so the tastier palates are catered for. Reading back I'm not making these sound too attractive. In truth, they are not regular sausages and if you approach them as a meat sausage lover you are unlikely to enjoy. If, however, you are looking to reduce or eliminate your meat intake and you see these as a product in their own right they are pretty edible and will fill a gap nicely. **Some questions for the curious: Where will I find them? Quorn products are always in the frozen section. You can cook them from frozen and so are handy to have in the back of the freezer. How much will they set me back? 250g or 6 sausages require you to part with: £1.97 tesco; £1.97 Asda; £1.00 special offer at sainsburys - go get it! Can anyone eat them? They contain egg, milk and wheat gluten so take care if you have allergies. I'm not a veggie so why bother? Well, they're low in saturated fat and therefore low in cals so can help on your latest healthy lifestyle attempts. The mycoprotein is completely free from cholesterol and studies suggest that it helps maintain and may even lower blood cholesterol levels, helping towards a healthy heart. Low in salt so good for the blood pressure. And a final plus:some studies have suggested that mycoprotein may improve levels of satiety -satisfying your appetite for longer on fewer calories. Got to be a good thing!
I have been a vegetarian for about 15 years now and have tried what seems like every vegetarian product under the sun. Quorn sausages are one of the products I stick with and still buy regularly. Quorn sausages come in a cardboard box, which is great for the environment as you can recycle it. There are six sausages in each box. The sausages are chunkier than other vege sausages I have tried. They are light brown in colour and are to be kept frozen until you cook them. You can cook them by grilling, in the oven or frying. They take quite some time to cook, I'm convinced they take longer than it says on the box!! The dont emit any oil or greese or a smell like meat sausages. It is hard to make them go brown, but they do go harder and as you eat more of them you learn to tell how cooked they are by touching them (without burning yourself!) In my opinion Quorn sausages taste delicious. It has been so long since I have tasted meat that I cant make a direct comparison, but I have tried plenty of other vege sausages and these are up there at the top. I would definitely recommend these sausages. I think they are a little costly but worth the price. They are low in calorie, much less than meat, so even if you are not vegetarian but on a diet it is wortha try!
I have been a vegetarian for around 20 years now so have seen vegetarian food options expand from "Linda Macartny" to many many options. One staple which is always in my freezer is Quorn vegatarian sausages. They come in boxes of four (frozen), value bags which contain around 10 (frozen) or packs of 5 (not frozen). The cost varies from £1 ( for 4) to £1.50 for 5 and £1.60 for 10 in my local Asda store. Prices will vary from store to store though. Where are they stocked? Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury, Waitrose, Somerfield What are they made of? Micro protein is how they are described - but a closer look at the ingrediants reveals that they also have egg white, water, pectin, starch and onion plus flavour. So really there is nothing too nasty there. Nutrition Veg sausages are much lower in calories and fat than meat sausages so are always being recommended on diets! The quorn website recommends that if you swap two pork sausages for two quorn ones you save 236 calories which is the equivalent of a 35 minute jog! Calories per sausage = 51 with 1.6gram of fat and lots of protein. The salt content is also pretty low so generally a healthy option. Taste Now not eating meat I cant tell you how they compare - my husband is an avid meat eater and enjoys Quorn sausages sometimes - he can taste the difference but says that they are pleasant. To me the texture is just right and there is enough flavour. Cooking Fry / grill or oven bake - I tend to cook from frozen so wack in microwave on "quick defrost" for 2.5 minutes then grill - takes less than 5 minutes to cook. I think that it would take longer - perhaps 15 in the oven. THey can also be barbequed safely and taste great. How to eat Nothing beats a fresh bread sausage sandwich with ketchup or BBQ sauce. I have also used in countless recipes from sausage casserole to spaghetti and "sausage balls"! And of course sausage and chips is a great favourite too (well if you are saving all those calories then why not!) Overall I think that these are a high quality product, cheap to buy and easy to make. Very versatile, healthy and yummy. Probably not quite as good as high quality meat sausages but great for dieters or veggies!
Of late I have been eating alot more healthily and although I'm not a Vegetarian what appealed to me about these sausages was that on the box I'm told they are high in protein and what with working out at the gym alot lately they seemed a good and healthy addition to my eating plan! The Packaging.... Oblong orange box and on the front there is a picture of the sausages and I am told they are Quron '6' Sausages 'Deliciously succulent Quorn sausages perfectly seasoned with onion' and that they are low in saturated fat and as I mentioned previously they are high in protein and then I'm clearly told they are Vegetarian society approved and that the whole product weighs 300g. On the back of the box I'm told a bit about the food, instructions are given on how to cook them, ingredients are listed as is nutritional information and allergy advice and there is bar-code on there. Nice informative looking box...this is. A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Box.... Mealtimes are too important to have to choose between cooking something healthy, tasty or quick. Now you don't have to make that choice. With Quorn foods you can simply have all three. How To Cook Quorn Sausages.... Cook from frozen. To Fry.... Fry sausages in 1 tbsp pre-heated oil over medium heat for 12-14 minutes, turning regularly to cook evenly. To Grill.... Pre-heat grill at medium setting, brush sausages with oil. Cook for 12-14 mins, turning frequently. To Bbq... Once Bbq coals have turned white, brush sausages with oil. Cook for 12-14 mins turning frequently. My Thoughts.... I absolutely love these and have a new 'healthy' addiction to my diet and believe me as I cooked them I really didn't have high hopes for enjoying these at all as usually I find so called healthy food rather bland! However these cook really easily. Quite small and pale prior to cooking with a whiff of onion to them I have grilled mine and fried them so far and either way is fine though I personally prefer them with quite a bit of oil in a frying pan because these are rather dry as they are so low in fat content and by frying them I get a little moisture to them and a crispiness I approve of. Taste wise I simply love them. Filling, healthy and well...meaty these really are. Made of course from mycoprotein (a substance made from fungi) these are not only high in protein, low in fat but are also high in fibre. I find them so sausage like the only give away to me that they are not meat is that they have a taste of healthy about them due to the loss of fat and grissle. Well seasoned, I like the slight onion flavouring giving them a great flavour and of course you can eat them any way you want to and they make a great addition to say a sausage casserole etc as they don't melt down to nothing but stay firm and bouncy! I really do recommend these as an alternative to meat, they are tasty, reasonably priced, easy to cook and incredibly versatile! Lovely! Allergy Advice.... Contains Egg, Milk & Wheat Gluten. Nutritional Information.... Per Sausage.... Energy.... 61 Calories Protein: 7.5g Carbohydrate: 3.4g of which is sugars: 0.2g Fat: 1.9g of which is saturates: 0.3g Fibre: 1.7g Sodium: 0.2g Salt equivalent: 0.5g I bought my box of 6 in Sainsbury's priced £1.29 a pack and they are available in most good supermarkets etc!
If you have read my other review on Quorn Cottage Pie, you will already have read that I am not a vegetarian but do enjoy the taste of veggie food and really enjoy the health benefits, those being its low cal, low fat and its not red meat!! Quorn is a mycroprotein made from a member of the funghi family. It is naturally low in fat, high in protein and has no cholesterol making it a popular choice not just for veggies but for those on a bit of a health kick. I am a fan of many quorn products such as mince, grills and "chicken" but the sausages are disappointing to me. They are sausage shaped. That's where the similarity ends. The colour is very pale and doesnt change that much when you cook it. The texture is fairly dry and spongey for want of a better word. And the taste is bland and overly herby for my liking. I wouldn't eat it on its own like I would a sausage as its not that flavoursome (apart from the herb overload) but if you cook with it, use a sauce or dip it in barbeque sauce for example then its not bad at all. If you fry it to use in a veggie sausage sandwich for example you will need to use a little oil as there is insufficient fat in the Quorn sausage to prevent it from burning the skin. I have said before that the trick for me is not to compare it to meat as if a product tastes good on its own merits, then it shouldn't matter if it does or doesn't do a good meat impression. I just think that those trying Quorn for the first time might not be encouraged to persevere if this was their first taste. Benefits are undoubtable especially compared with non veggie sausages. Firstly you know whats in it! Lets face it they might taste great but the ingredients of many bangers are dodgy to say the least! Also you dont get a mouthful of gristle which can really turn my stomach. And secondly a Quorn sausage contains a mere 45 calories and 1.6g fat. I suppose it depends on your priorities - sometimes if I am on a real health drive I don't mind not eating the tastiest things in the world. Othertimes, only a real fat laden banger will do! But I guess we all have those days....
I call them my diet sausages, I'm not a vegetarian,but whenever we have a bar-b-que I always get my Quorn sausages out for my daughter(who is a vegetarian of 12 years) and myself. I must admit that the normal Quorn sausages are very bland and cardboardy, but was I pleased when I found their other varieties.They have so much more flavour where they have had black pepper and herbs added plus the different fillings. There are 4 that I know of, they are as follows: Bramley Apple : Calories 59 per sausage Protein 5.8 g Carbs 3.8g of which sug 1.5g Fat 2.3g of which satur 0.3g Fibre 1.5g Sodium 0.2g salt equiv 0.5g Red Leicester and Onion: Calories 72 per sausage Protein 6.5g Carb 5.0g of which sugar 0.3g Fat 2.9g of which satur 1.9g Fibre 1.5g Sodium 0.2g Salt equiv 0.5g There is also Leek and Cheshire Cheese Cumberland Sausage I don't have the nutritional figures for those I'm afraid, but you can see why I call them my diet sausages! I have found that if I go to Farmfoods they seem to have a large variety of different Quorn items that I have not seen in any of the other supermarkets. For example last week we discovered a large family sized Quorn beef and onion pie for £1.50 also they do a very nice Quorn mince taco mix. I'm starting to eat more and more Quorn now which is great if you are trying to lose weight,being there are over 100 different quorn items be it Chilled or Frozen there is always something healthy I can eat.
1a.m its cold and rainy, I'm driving home from work after a long 12 hour shift. I'm also feeling extrodinarily hungry as my mind works through the various items in my cupboard trying to find something that appealed to my ravenous appetite, suitable for eating before bed. Then my mind hit the jackpot. Which is where this review originates. I have long been a fan of the humble quorn banger. Coming in at a little over 50 calories per sausage and only 1 1/2 weightwatchers points per pair and listed as a "sin free food" in slimming world, They are the ultimate in speedy, filling, and amazingly succulent vegetarian foods. Incredibly versatile, they make an excellent and healthy salad accompaniment, fried in stock and onions to make an exceptionally tasty hot dog, mixed with sauce in a pasta or even for an excellent veggie version of toad in the hole. My one and only criticism.. They are far too filling! I have yet to beat 3 in a sitting. "Quorn" is a trade name of mycoprotein, meaning simply "protein from funghi" long since hailed as a "good food" by its makers it is suitable for all except suffers of egg gluten and wheat allergies. The sausages are a strange pale colour that changes little during the cooking process, making it hard to tell if they are cooked through initially. frying is certainly a speedier process than grilling. Microwaving isnt recommended, yet my rebellious side is saying "try it!!" just for scentific research purposes you understand! Cutting the sausage open we see a smooth, tightly packed interior with succulent onion peeping through. The sausages loose nothing of their size and shape during the cooking process nor do they split as their meat filled cousins are apt to do. Sold in 300g boxes (usually a pack of six) the price varies between supermarkets but is usually between £1.30-£1.70 per box. completely preservative and GM free i would have no trouble in recommending these to anyone. And so, at 0130, wet, weary, and worn, I stumbled to the sofa clutched in my little mits was a plate of 3 quorn sausages and a cup of nice hot tea. Within seconds memories of my stressful tiring day evaporated and i was transported into a quorny, oniony, heaven. Followed very shortly by a restful nights sleep...
I love quorn products. I first discovered these when I bought my first flat 5 years ago and had to do my own grocery shopping for the first time. The quorn sausages were on offer at a £1 for a box and seemed like a decent bargain. What is quorn? quorn is made from Mycoprotein, related to mushrooms and truffles from the fungi family. Its a naturally occuring substance which is grown by the makers of quorn under controlled conditions and then processed into products such as burgers and sausages, mince etc... Quorn sausages are sold in both chilled and frozen packs of 5 or 6 sausages for around £1,50 depending on where you buy them from. They contain less than 60 calories each and are very low in fat which is perfect for me watching my weight. Quorn sausages taste better than "normal" meat based ones in my opinion, I like them baked in the oven until they go crisp and then served with a mountain of mashed potatoe and baked beans. I also like them chopped up and added to a vegetable soup of stew to add some substance without stodge or fat. The sausages can be a little bland for some peoples tastes but this can easily be solved by adding them to a dish with plenty of other flavours, such as a spicey casserole. For a cheap, low fat supper they're worth a try and of course are fantastic for veggies who fancy something different.
I first discovered Quorn sausages a few months ago when I joined slimming world. I have eaten Quorn in place of mince beef for as long as I can remember but had never tried the sausages. So firstly what is Quorn? Well basically Quorn is made from mycoprotein a member of the fungi family. Quorn sausages also contain rusk, onion and herbs. It doesn't sound too appetising I admit but when compared to what is in your average sausage I think I far prefer the Quorn variety! Quorn sausages look like a pale version of the meat variety. They come in a cardboard packet and can be found in the chilled or frozen section of most supermarkets. They are easy to cook and can be fryed with a little oil, grilled or even cooked on the BBQ. Unlike meat sausages there is little smell when they are cooking. They only take a few minutes so are idea as a quick and healthy snack. Next for the all important taste test. These sausages are nothing like the meat variety. The texture is different too, with no hard outer skin to bite through. Quorn sausages are very moist inside but not in any way soggy. They have a nice onion, herby sort of taste if that makes sense. I really don't like the thought of eating bits of intestine and goodness knows what else with a meat sausage so the Quorn ones, for me, are great! I like to make sausage and fresh pineapple on cocktail sticks using cut up cooked Quorn sausage. Quorn sausages are also great with mash or in a roll with tomato sauce. They are really low in fat to and each sausage only has 58 calories. Quorn sausages come in packs of 6 and cost around £1.79. At the moment they are on offer in Tesco for just £1 per pack so I will be stocking up! Quorn sausages can be frozen so will keep for ages. If you have never tried Quorn then the humble sausage might be a good place to start! At least you will know what you will be eating!
It?s no secret that I?ve been a vegetarian for over 15 years and am a bit of an avid cook however like anyone holding down full time work convenience food often creeps it?s way on to my menu! Many a carnivore may chuckle at the idea that us vegetarians bother to eat a meat free version of the sausage but believe me bangers and mash or a roll and sausage of the meat free variety offers a hearty, tasty, convenient meal. For those not familiar with Quorn it derives from mushroom protein (Mycoprotein). Quorn products are widely available in most supermarkets and offer a great alternative to a vegetable based diet and can also be a great substitute to meat in general. Quorn is also very low in fat. There are both fresh and frozen products within the range including a selection of ready meals. Quorn Sausages are available in packs of 6 both fresh and frozen. Now I?m a non meat eater first and foremost because as a child I couldn?t stomach the taste of meat so when a vegetarian product boasts to be ?Onion and Pork? flavoured (as these sausages do) I normally avoid like the plague but for some reason these made their way in to my trolley whilst on a recent visit to the supermarket. Packaged in the Quorn trademarked packaging of a white sleeve with an orange logo the frozen variety are boxed whilst the fresh sausages arrive in a plastic tray with a white and orange sleeve ? you can?t miss them on the shelves! Sausages are something that often stay in my freezer for months coming out when the cupboards are getting bare. The fresh variety of these can be frozen but even kept refrigerated often have an expiry date of over a month. Cooking from frozen can take up to 12 minutes either grilled or fried whilst cooking times for the fresh refrigerated sausages is halved to only 6 minutes. I often fry Quorn sausages in a little oil along with some fresh onion and seasoning of salt and freshly ground pepper. I find that the suggested cooking times are normally pretty much spot on. Quorn sausages can be served as a substitute meat sausages ? I often have these in a roll with relish or with mashed potato and onion gravy and have used them in some more exciting recipes which require sausages. So okay I?ve given you the basics but how do the sausages actually fair? To be honest I?m not overly impressed. Like many meat free products the sausages don?t hold any fat (like meat does) so grilling can make them very dry ? if grilling I recommend you spread a little oil on the sausages first but I still recommend frying. The sausages don?t brown very well whilst cooking and so you are quite often left with an anaemic looking sausage. Now I did mention the ?Onion and Pork? flavour claim but on biting in to these I don?t see the resemblance ? yup they have tried to create a sausage like taste but if you ask me have failed! The sausage flesh is also pink in colour again obviously to resemble it?s meaty counterpart. So I don?t like they way they look (anaemic with pink flesh) but unlike some other brands of vegetarian sausage these are a decent size and believe it or not didn?t taste too bad at all although if anything they were a little tasteless. If eating in a roll I always smother these with a tasty relish or an onion gravy if serving with mash and I must say I always find them tastier when I?ve added onion and seasoning to the frying pan. So to conclude these aren?t my favourite vegetarian sausage (Linda McCartney?s Sundried Tomato variety or any of Caldron?s fresh vegetarian sausages offer a better feed) but if your supermarket is as poor as mine with its vegetarian offerings you may find that on occasions these are the only vegetarian sausage available. Cooked with care and a little inspiration they?re not bad but another downfall yet to be mentioned is that they retail at £1.30 for 6 fresh sausages or £1.10 for 6 frozen. Please note I have not found there to be any difference in the quality or taste of the fresh sausage to that of the frozen. Keep your eyes open for special offers on Quorn products as they are often included in promotions in most of the larger chain supermarkets. The BORING STUFF: Ingredients: Mycoprotein* (32%), Rehydrated Egg White , Rehydrated Textured Wheat Protein, Onion, Flavouring, Partially Hydrogenated Rape, Palm & Palm Kernel Oils, Milk Protein, Tapioca Starch, Gelling Agent: Pectin, Natural Colours : Iron Oxides, *Mushroom protein. Not a GMO. Free From Genetically Modified Ingredients. Free From Artificial Preservatives. Suitable for Vegetarians. Contains egg so not suitable for Vegans. QUORN INFORMATION SERVICE: Quorn Freepost SEA 4093, Croydon CR2 6UZ Freephone UK 0800 174 966 Visit the Quorn website www.quorn.com