“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Meat „
Debbie & Andrew sausages now are part of Vion Foods and as part of a massive organisation, standards have dropped.
I bought the sausages recently, well in date, but the smell when the packet was opened was very off putting. In the oven liquid seeped out like pink mousse and the smell increased. When the sausages were cooked, my partner tried one and said they were clearly off.
Thinking that Debbie and Andrews was a small independent food producer, I sent an email to let them know just in case they had a production problem (did not ask for a refund etc).
I did not even get a reply so sent another email saying how surprised at the lack of interest and got an email back from VION Group, asking where I bought the sausages (even though I had put this in the first email), then asking for my address and they would send some vouchers..... sent the address and over a month later, had heard nothing.
I have sent a further email asking to make a complaint about their dreadful customer service..... no reply! This speaks volumns, no longer a small food company but a massive organisation pretending to be a small and caring food producer, which clearly they are not.
I normally buy the supermarkets extra special sausages which are mostly really nice but this week i thought id try something different. So i opted for debbie and andrews so called perfect sausages, which as it turns out are for from it. Whilst cooking them i noticed that there was barely any juices coming out and also found they did not colour very well at all, and when it came to the taste test they were very disappointing, the main problem with them is that they are so dry, when i eat a meaty sausage i expect them to be juicy but these were just bone dry they reminded me of vegetarian sausages, and the flavour was nt much better either tasted like a cheap value range sausage they also lacked that real meaty texture you expect from a premium sausage. I was really looking forward to these as i love most sausages but im affraid i wont be getting them again or be trying any of the other debbie and andrew varieties of sausages.
I bought theese sausages as tesco had a special offer, 2 packs for £4. I could tell as they were under the grill that they were not going to be nice. The texture and colour didn't look right and the smell of them cooking was not pleasent.When I bit into one I was nearly sick, it was the most foulest tasting thing I have ever had. It still makes me cringe when I think back to that taste.I had to check the date on the packet but it was still in a week of its sell by date. Its hard to describe the taste other than just plain disgusting. They went straight in the bin.In future I will be sticking to my porky white sausages. They can't be beat, a proper old fashioned meaty sausage.
I hadn't tried Debbie & Andrew's sausages before, having been not totally enamoured by the packaging of this product, which, with its cardboard sleeve picture of his-'n'-hers colourful wellies on a stone country-cottage doorstep, always struck me as too bloomin' well wholesomely-outdoorsy-Boden-catalogue by half.
How foolish I was to judge these utterly marvelous sausages by their slightly unfortunate marketing materials however, because I've missed out on years and years when I could have been eating these wonderful things instead of...whatever pork products I've been consuming that weren't Debbie & Andrew's sausages in the interim. It's not going to keep me awake at nights, but I do feel a slight pang that I've known about these things, but not eaten them, for so very long. Just goes to show you not to be too prejudiced though, dunnit?
So I picked these out at Tesco the other day as I was looking for a 'premium' type sausage made from outdoor-reared pork and this was all they were selling. Six sausages cost me £2.59 which I'd say was an outright bargain as they are brilliant.
The sausages are made with 97% pork shoulder (obviously this includes some degree of pork fat) and without the use of ANY rusk or grain-derived material, which I think is quite unusual for British sausages - even the poshest ones. I did see the ingredient 'grape must' listed as a flavouring on the ingredients list, which I - still in my prejudiced mindset at this point - thought was a bit pretentiously unnecessary, and almost put me off buying the sausages for a second time (this is because I grew up in a house with an obsessive and at the same time, incredibly frugal home-winemaker, and so I think I can categorically state from long personal experience that I know for a fact that most things intended for human consumption that you can add wine-must to as a flavouring are most definitely improved by NOT having any kind of wine-residues put anywhere near them).
Happily, I could not detect any trace of grape must in the taste of the Debbie & Andrew's sausages. They tasted like normal bangers, just really, really, incredibly good ones. They were meaty, salty and savoury and not overly herby. I thought they were brilliant.
The sausages have natural pork casings which split on the first batch I cooked (in the oven) and peeled back completely (and a bit alarmingly I have to say) quite early on during the roasting process. These sausages still came out very nicely to eat. I did better on the second lot, over which I placed a foil heat-shield from the start. These cooked slightly more slowly and stayed intact, and were done to perfection in the oven in less than half an hour.
As they are quite coarse-cut, almost pure pork sausages they are really 'meaty' - and consequently not quite to the taste of people like my four year old, who like their 'Walls'-bland sausages containing more like 80% rusk. The sausages are 'normal sausage sized' but them being so meaty, I'd say two at a time are quite enough for a serving for one person (with a normal appetite) - which means though they may be considered on the pricey side, the six-pack ekes out quite well.
Now I've had these, I may not bother trying anything else.
Please note, I am reviewing Debbie and Andrews 97% Harrogate Sausages.
I originally bought these sausages on special offer from Tesco at 3 for £6.00 They cost £2.39 currently instore. Not cheap at all, but read on.
I was drawn to these as I am not a fan of grisel or fat in meat or meat products. Not one to chomp on a chop, I cut ALL the fat off my bacon etc. So the fact that these sausages are 97% pork shoulder I was really keen to give them a go.
The packaging. They come in 6's in a fairly standard posh sausage tray and are 3 quarters covered in an attractive cardboard matt finish sleeve with a picture of wellies at a battered country style door at the top, and the brand 'Debbie and Andrews Harrogate 97% Pork Sausages' Written underneath. Really eye catching on the shelf in my opinion. Look like a quality product. It also tells you they are 'fresh really lean pork shoulder, well seasoned, with a dash of balsamic vinegar-spot on'
So what are they like.
I always bake my sausages in the oven. I work as a chef now and again at a gastro pub, and thats how we cook them to get a lovely even colour and no question that they are evenly cooked through.
They baked very very well, no fat at all came out to the point that I had to drizzle them with a little olive oil! They are soft, the skin is easy to cut through and not at all claggy like some other sausages I have had. The meat is very very even, no lumps or fatty bits, no fillers at all. I was concerned that they would be too meaty and dense, but they are simply not at all. The flavour is rich, and has a sweet undertone. Like you would get from a balsamic reduction. The seasoning is perfect. Not at all salty, just very well seasoned, no hit of pepper of any other dominant spice. The meat seems to have been perfectly balanced to get the best from it.
I would go to say that I will highly recommend these sausages, they are the very best I have tried and am a massive snob when it comes to any processed product!!!
They are Wheat free, gluten free and dairy free and British.
Stock up when on special!
5 out of 5 dispite the price. Worth it!
I first found Debbie & Andrews sausages at the food show in London. We go every year and it is great to try new products that are coming onto the market that under normal shopping circumstances you probably would just pass.
These are now our favourite sausages. You can really tell that they are made with quality products. They cook really well and you do not end up with a frying pan full of white salty water.
They originate from Yorkshire and one of the main supermarkets to stock them are Morrisons, although Asda and other shops are now beginning to stock them as well.
They come in 7 varieties:-
Great Yorkshire ( Apple & Sage)
Park & Apple
Park & Mustard
Harrogate (Pork,Herbs & Spices,Balsamic vinegar)
Perfect Little Pork ( just the right size for the kids)
I could not tell you which is my favourite because i love them all, it probably depends what mood you are in as to what flavour would suit.
If you have trouble finding them locally never fear!! you can also order them onlline, just go to firstname.lastname@example.org
My other half and I discovered this fantastic brand of sausages a couple of years ago at one of the country shows we like to visit. Never have we had such a great tasting, low fat, greaseless sausage!
We became hooked on these and now we try and stock up the freezer with the sausages whenever we can.
They make a variety including basic pork, one with Colman's mustard, one with Ale and a tasty and spicy Sicilian and a good old breakfast sausage.
They are crammed full of meat, don't tend to split and there is hardly any fat that comes out of them. In fact if you decide to fry them, you may have to add a little oil or something to get them going so they don't stick!
The taste is brilliant and the quality of the meat is superb. We often get a deal of 3 packs for £10 at the shows and once we got 4 packs for a tenner as the weather had been bad and they wanted to get back home!
These sausages are probably the best I have ever tasted. The fat content isn't too bad on some of them so those that can't eat high fats don't have to be completely disappointed!
They also freeze really well. When we buy packs we tend to mix up a selection then freeze half a dozen - a great thing to do as you never know what your next bite will taste like!
They also BBQ well and the smell of the Sicilian cooking will definitely get your taste buds going!
Really recommend these and am glad to see them slowly creeping into the supermarkets so we don't have to get Debbie & Andrew withdrawals!
Good value even if a few pennies more than your usual bog standard snag - however I firmly believe it is well worth it!
This morning I tried Debbie & Andrews Perfect Pork Sausages for the first time. They were absolutely superb, meaty without being over chewy, moist without the usual dribble of excess fat. They fried perfectly, devoid of the goo which we have recently come to expect and the skins remained intact so that their appearance on my plate gave my appetite a real edge.
You may well ask why am I waxing so lyrical over a humble sausage so I will explain.
Some seventy years ago I was introduced to a fantastic pork sausage made by the late, great, Edgar Parry of Abergavenny. Ever since then I have tried thousands of these meaty links from all parts of Great Britain. Some good, some mediocre and many downright awful. During this process I have naturally become something of an expert on quality, texture and taste and todays offering from Debbie & Andrew ticked all my boxes.
Sincere congratulations I am now hooked for life..
This is a new brand of sausage. I'll start by saying I'm really fussy when it comes to sausages I'm always aware that the higher the meat content the better quality the sausage, in this case it's 76% pork shoulder.
They come nicely packaged in a tray which is wrapped in a recyclable FSC cardboard cover with a picture of wellies against a door hinting the rural look.
It says on the carton 'All farms are personally approved by Debbie & Andrew' (which I find funny cos my cousin and his wife are Debbie & Andrew!) They are a Yorkshire couple so that's fine by me being a Yorkshire lass. On the rear of the box it states:
WONDER HOW WE MAKE OUR SAUSAGES?
Ever since we started making sausages on our Yorkshire farm our passion has been to make the most delicious sausages in the country.
The key is to keep it simple. We use really good quality, lean pork shoulder - the cut you'd have for your Sunday roast (minus the crackling)
We only ever use fresh British pork from high welfare farms. This does cost a little bit more but, as they say... 'you get what you pay for'.
We carefully mince our pork, add a little seasoning, fold in a handful of breadcrumbs and make into sausages.
Simple really... and you'll be amazed how little fat there is.
That's how we make them anyway, and our weekly family tasting sessions with the children help us ensure we continue making the tastiest, loveliest, most perfect of sausages.
It says for best results grill, but my grill takes forever so I popped them into my frying pan with a dash of oil and I was waiting for the usual amount of fat to run free but nothing came out, I just thought that they were bound to taste like cardbaord but they didn't , they were delicious, very tasty and also moist which was surprising given no fat came out.
I have since bought these regularly as I know it's a decent product, they're not the cheapest at £2.39 per pack but I'd rather pay that and know they're good quality.
Great with mash and loads of onion gravy!
Good on you Debbie & Andrew!