“ Brand: Mattessons / Type: Meat „
Because they haven't learned good table manners!
I joined Weight Watchers some time ago . That's fallen by the wayside now, but one of the habits they teach you is to try and substitute unhealthy foods for healthier options. As a big bacon lover, I decided to switch to Mattesons Turkey Rashers, which according to the packaging have less than 2% fat, and which can be found along side the bacon in any major supermarket .
There are two versions, smoked and unsmoked - I have generally used the smoked version. Now, looking at these, they aren't too visually appealing, a fleshy pink colour that doesn't seem to get any darker when cooked . I have a massive paranoia when it comes to cooking meat, and much prefer to eat overcooked than undercooked, and I think the fact that these didn't change colour when cooked might have led me to overcook these, which in turn may influence my thoughts .
Apparently, they only need a minute and a half or so on each side - a very quick cooking time indeed. I grilled mine, since naturally frying them would have defeated the point of saving on calories, and slapped them into a bap with a dollop of tinned tomato and a squirt of brown sauce.
I can't criticise the flavour - they do taste not only meaty and smoky, but very like bacon. I think they are a pretty bloody good substitute to be honest, apart from one thing - they are so incredibly lean . I admit that's sort of the point when you're dieting, but I somehow just missed the texture of bacon - the contrast between meaty bits and fatty bits , and although my sandwich tasted wonderful, the texture just was not quite right for me .
It's a little under £2 for 8 rashers of this, which is a pretty decent price really , and they can be frozen, so if you buy some then decide you don't fancy them, you can sling them into the freezer . Overall, I like them for themselves, but as a bacon replacement, they fail on texture, hence the rather middle-of-the-road 3 star rating .
My mom bought these the other day when she went out to do the food shopping specially for me because I really like the Mattesons chicken bites so she thought I would really like these. I dont think she realised they were turkey rashers and not normal bacon because usually I dont like turkey. But one morning while I was suffering with a hangover I really started to fancy a bacon sarnie and as we had no bacon but these were still in the fridge so I decided to cook these and hope for the best. I decided to cook all 6 rashers that came in the pack because in my house as soon as one person starts cooking everyone wants something so I decided to cook my little brother one as well.
Each Rasher Only Contains Around 53 Calories (Which If I Remember Is Less Than Normal Bacon)
6 Rashers Per Packet Which Will Cost You Around £2
They Come In A Smoked & Unsmoked (I Had The Latter) Flavour
Each Rasher Contains 845 Turkey
You cook these rashers exactly the same as you would with normal bacon that being under the grill or in a frying pan. Now I dont need to cook these for very long because I like my bacon to be really chewy but my brother left his to nuke under the grill for about 15 minutes and it came out proper crispy so I guess the cooking time all depends on how you like your bacon.
So when these were cooking I got out my bread and BBQ sauce and made myself a nice bacon butty. I wasnt expecting these to taste very nice if Im being honest but I was quite pleasantly surprised. I found that it didnt taste much like turkey at all and I doubt if I hadnt seen the packaging for these rashers that I would have been able to tell the difference between these ones and normal bacon.
I did try the un smoked version but even they do have a lightly smokey taste to them which I reckon tastes really nice with all the flavours of the meat. These tastes really very much like pork and I bet that if you put these in a sranie for your family they would not be able to tell the difference.
I think these are a great subsitute for ordinary bacon which are much higher in fat and calories and I think these are a great treat for dieters who are missing and craving a bacon butty.
I will definately be eating and buying these again and they were even a hit with my little brother who is a proper picky eater. To me they didnt taste that much different to ordinary bacon but they are better because they are lower in fat and calories so this product was definately a big hit with me. I highly recommend these rashers to veryone, especially dieters who are looking for a good substitue for their ordinary, fatty butties.
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I first came across these when I was dieting last year and I will be going back to them when the New Year's diet starts!
The great thing about them is that they make a good alternative to bacon because it is white meat as opposed to red, each rasher only contains 53 calories and they have less than 2% fat.
These rashers also contain 84% turkey. I am quite fussy about making sure my meat products have a decent content of meat, because a lot of cheaper products don't contain a lot of actual meat.
You get six rashers per pack that you will pay around £2 for, which is quite good value. However they do go off quickly once you've opened the pack, so you might want to freeze what you don't use (as they are suitable for freezing and they are easy to defrost).
You can choose either a smoked or unsmoked variety and personally I think they taste really nice as part of cooked breakfast, on toast or as part of a pasta meal.
They also cook very quickly, you only need to put it on the grill or in the frying pan for a few minutes.
If you are trying to cut back on your calories or fat content, but you are a fan of bacon then give these a go.
I buy these quite a lot because I love the taste of them, they are strips of turkey that you use in place of bacon. Turkey Rashers have less than 2% fat and I do think you can use them instead of bacon in most things you cook.
You can buy then in smoked or unsmoked, I always have the smoked because they taste most like bacon. I don't buy them to replace bacon but I sometimes prefer the texture of these because it's not as chewy and as long as you don't cook them for too long the meat goes lovely and soft.
I do mine in the George Foreman without putting the top down and a couple of minutes on each side is enough, if you grill them you can have them cooked ready for your butty in about 3 minutes.
They do taste quite like bacon. They are supposed to be lightly smoked but I think the smokey flavouring is quite strong, they don't taste like turkey at all and honestly do have more of a porky flavour.
I've eaten them loads of different ways, I have 2 rashers in a butty with ketchup or chopped tomatoes. On a sandwich it's only the texture of them that would stop you fooling someone into thinking it's bacon. I've put Turkey Rashers in quiche and mixed it with pasta and sauce too, again I am always surprised at how much like bacon they are in taste.
These are BRILL for people on diets who are missing bacon I reckon, they're obviously not proper bacon but the flavour is there and they are so low in fat that you could have 4 or 5 of these rashers for the same amount of fat as 2 rashers of bacon! There's no fat or rind on the edges of these either and that's good because the fat on bacon makes me sick.
They are quite expensive and 8 rashers is over £2.00 in Morrisons, they also go off very quick so make sure there are plenty of you around to eat them once you've opened the pack. You can freeze them so when I open them I freeze packs of 2 rashers ready to be defrosted when I need them and this saves any waste.
I do have difficult to get my son to eat meat with a meal he will pick while but generally appears to take the easy option of foods he doesn't have to eat so with myself trying to loose some weight and trying also to encourage My son to eat a little more meat when I saw Mattesson's turkey rashers I decided that the were worth a try. I bought the lightly smoked version but there is also an unsmoked version.
They were located at the end of the bacon section and cost £2.08 for a pack which contains 6 slices (150g)
It contains 84% Turkey
Per portion which is 2 slices it contains
0.4 g fat
Allergy information: does contain milk
These are very quick to cook. I used them for two separate meals on the first day I fried them as I gave my son 1½ rashers, fried egg with beans and sausages. I ate mine on a sandwich with spinach and mayonnaise.
The second time I cooked them on the George foreman and my son had 1½ slices, scrambled egg, and bread.
They are very easy to cook and only take about three minutes in total to cook dependant upon how crispy you want them.
On both occasions my son ate all of his which I was very impressed.
The rashers are all oblong shaped. The texture is very similar to bacon but without the fat strips. It also l does remind me more of the taste of bacon than turkey but much less salty.
I enjoyed it and would but was more pleased that my son was able to eat some meat. It certainly didn't feel like I was missing out on anything by having a low fat and calorie version of bacon.
I do also like the fact that it is white meat apposed to bacon which is red meat so healthier in more ways than one.
I do plan to buy this again. I am going to try it in carbonara. I do think it could have whole array of uses
Since starting my diet I have been hunting out lower fat alternatives to my favourite foods and one gem I discovered some time ago was Mattessons Smoked Turkey Rashers which I think are absolutely wonderful.
These are quite simply slices of turkey which have been shaped into long strips, they have been smoked and this scent is immediately apparent as soon as you open the plastic wrapper. I love the quickness of these, I can have them grilled straight from the fridge and on a sandwich within five minutes which is perfect when I'm in a rush.
When raw they don't look very appetising at all, and if I'm honest even when they're cooked they still look faintly raw but they taste absolutely lovely. The smoked flavour gives them the taste of smoked bacon, admittedly the rashers are a little bit synthetic tasting but I quickly got used to this and considering they are significantly lower in calories and fat than bacon it's a minor annoyance that doesn't actually annoy me too much.
You can't taste that these are turkey, in fact the taste underneath the smoked flavour is of bacon and I believe these rashers are also available in an unsmoked variety which are supposed to be very like unsmoked bacon according to a lady in my Weight Watchers meeting.
I have also cooked them on my George Foreman Grill, the key to this I find is to keep the lid open for the first couple of minutes and then turn the rashers and put the lid down. I usually have them for my breakfast on either a sandwich with grilled tomatoes or fill a toasted muffin with a poached egg and couple of these rashers, add a dollop of tomato ketchup and you have a much healthier (and tastier!) breakfast than those awful bacon and egg muffins from McDonalds!
There are lots of other uses for turkey rashers, whenever a recipe calls for bacon I always ask myself whether Turkey Rashers could be substituted to adapt the recipe to be kinder to my low fat diet. They were not successful in quiche but I think this is down to the amount of time it had to stay in the oven as the rashers do tend to go rubbery when overcooked, only to a point though as I have recently started deliberately overcooking them until they turn crispy and then crumbling them on top of my soup. Obviously you wouldn't want to eat them burned up like this but when the soup soaks into them they taste lovely, a low fat version of crispy bacon lardons.
I think these are a brilliant alternative to bacon, to the point that my weekly purchase of real pork bacon has now dwindled to the odd pack once every month or so and I have started buying this instead. Two rashers contain just 50 calories and 0.8g of fat, which I'm sure you'll agree is much healthier than bacon and a pack of eight costs £1.85. It's rarely on special offer, in fact I only remember once buying it while on promotion in six months and then it was priced at £1 in Morrisons. It freezes well so I bought several packets as this was a huge saving considering how much of this stuff I buy!