Advantages Low-fat, low salt, moist and tender, vegetarian protein option
Disadvantages Contains milk, gluten, eggs
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When I was a little girl, I gave my mum a hard time eating my meals.
Unlike most children who despise eating their veggies, I ate mine cheerfully, but always gave back the meat untouched, which always made my mum a miserable and unhappy parent! She always attempted and struggled to alter my way of eating and to persuade me to eat meat and chicken by various ways. She tried adding colourful and appetizing sauces to meat; she offered chocolates for afterwards as a reward . . . sometimes I gave in and ate it but most times, all her hard work was of no use and totally a waste of time!
Consequently, I grew up with a slightly different diet than the rest of the family. I was eating more fruits and vegetables while replacing the lack of protein by eating pulses and beans. Sometimes I craved a burger, so I went for a veggie, chicken or bean burger, but as for sausages, I stayed away from them, as I could not stand the smell of even the vegetarian options!
All Quorn products are made from mycoprotein, a versatile and wholly vegetable protein (a complete alternative to animal proteins).
Mycoprotein are from the fungi family, which includes mushrooms; it's nourishing, healthy and low in fat. What's more, it's high in fibre and high in protein; therefore, it's suitable for vegetarians. I have tried most of their range and I like their sausages in particular. They have quite a few sausage varieties that I am going to discuss shortly.
These are new to the Quorn range. This pack contains five succulent and juicy sausages and unlike the old 'veggie' sausages (that are mostly very dry, chewy and soggy) each sausage is quite firm, but tender and moist. These are good-sized sausages with easy-to-cook instructions.
What I liked about these sausages was the presence of the tomatoes; the tangy tomatoes gave it a slight sharpness, and surprisingly it was well seasoned with basil and oregano: two pungent and strong herbs to neutralise the acidity of the sausages.Having the first bite, I quite liked the flavour: luscious, succulent and tender . . . the sausages didn't taste like cardboard or rubbery. I detected a barely significant tinny taste and some bitterness (I'm sure that was nothing to do with my cooking technique though!)
I can give it 8/10 (not too bad)
Lovely succulent and tender sausages, these can be found in frozen and sometimes (rarely) chilled section; they come in a pack of 250g-300g.Again, the sausage was seasoned well, with a mixture of aromatic, slightly strong smell and flavour, herbs like thyme, sage, parsley and chives (which have an onion-like smell and flavour) all in the quantities to accompany the Quorn's normal dry and tasteless nature, giving it a fresh, herby and encouraging smell and taste. You can really notice the difference once you cook it.
I liked the smell, before cooking . . . a very aromatic and reassuring smell of herbs . . . but I smell more thyme this time, which is not too bad, also a concentrated smell of onion (maybe because of the combination of onions and chives). I wasn't so comfortable with the prevalent scent of onion but I wasn't so offended after cooking . . . I could still smell the wonderful herby bouquet and the smell of onions was slightly faded.
Nice and tasty sausage (8/10)
These sausages were also new to the Quorn family, with a slightly different recipe; using leeks and Cheshire cheese this time. I think meat lovers will enjoy this sausage.
To be honest, the smell had really put me off, even though the look wasn't too bad. I like all cheese varieties so I encouraged myself to have a little bite, maybe the cheesy taste will make me forget about the other smell and I did try it!However . . . having the first bite (and holding my breath) I wasn't that happy! There was a slight metallic taste, the sausage was rubbery, chewy and had an awful lot of leeks! I hardly tasted any cheese there (the rubber?) and it was definitely meaty in smell and flavour therefore I could barely finish half the sausage before abandoning it. If you want a low-fat option which tastes like porky meat (even though it isn't!), go for it, otherwise, steer clear from it (that was what I did!) . . . not nice at all to me!
In my non meat-eater opinion this only rated a torturing 3/10.
A considerable 7/10 from me.
Low in fat and low in calories, one sausage contains between 52-70 calories, less than the calories in one apple! Therefore, it is the healthiest option for dieters and people who want to change their eating habits. Because it is low in fat, it is low in saturated fat (only 0.1 %) as well, so it is not for diets only for that reason, it can be eaten by high cholesterol sufferers: they can enjoy a fat free meal that tastes a lot like meat.
It made out using only free range eggs High in protein
High in Fibre Low in salt
Time saving with easy-to-cook instructions; it can be deep fried, shallow fried, steamed, cooked in the microwave and BBQ as well. Can be served with vegetables and gravy; it can replace the normal sausages in a traditional casserole dish, or simply be eaten at breakfast with eggs and beans exactly like the normal sausages but with less mess and less fat!
It is frozen so it can be stored for months. Suitable for vegetarians
1. Contains eggs2. Contains Gluten and wheat in view of that it is not suitable to gluten-intolerant people.
3. It contains milk and milk proteins so it is unsuitable for lactose-intolerant people as well.4. It is not suitable for vegans because of the milk, eggs and cheese contents.
Apart from the above stated persons, however . . . it is appropriate for other consumers (if they like them).
Fortunately it is available in most supermarkets and other smaller shops; it is available worldwide as well, but I have to mention that for some products, the ingredients and packaging may vary from one country to another due to differences in regional tastes.
Thank you for reading
I'm done now, the rest is up to you, whether you like Quorn or hate it! If you never tried it . . . well, why not!
© Karimkha ~~~ January ~~~ 2009
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