Product Type: Sainsbury's Meat / Fish
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Sainsbury's 'Basics' 8 Pork Sausages
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Sainsbury's 'Basics' 8 Pork Sausages
Advantages: Very cheap, very tasty, cook up a treat, no jelly bags!
Disadvantages: They look and smell unappetising, may not appeal to those who prefer low cereal content sausages
SAINSBURY'S "BASICS" THICK SAUSAGES
COST: 48p for 8 sausages
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per sausage, presumably uncooked):
- of which sugars: 0.3g
- of which starch: 8.9g
- of which saturates: 3.3g
- of which mono unsaturates: 3.6g
- of which polyunsaturates: 0.7g
Pork, water, wheat flour rusk, pork fat, pork rind, salt, sodium triphosphate, disodium diphosphate, dextrose, spices, spice extracts, sodium sulphite, herb extract herb, ascorbyl palmitate, alpha-tocopherol
Contains wheat gluten and sulphites
Sainsbury's "Basics" Thick Sausages are wrapped in a stiff polythene pack, the front of which bears the standard Sainsbury's "Basics" logo. There is a pie-chart giving very basic information at the top of the pack, a description which says "8 Sausages....Made with British pork, bang on", a little union jack flag, and a sign indicating the product is freezable. The back of the pack gives more detailed nutritional information, ingredients, cooking instructions, allergy advice, manufacturer's contact details, and an apology that the packaging is not recyclable.
The appearance of these sausages is tired, depressing and decidedly uninspiring. At first glance, the only thing inspiring about them is the price. They are coloured a dull, grey-ish pink (more grey than pink), are quite thick, and uniform in size.
Before I put a pack of these in my trolley when last in Sainsbury's, I examined the visible part of the sausages through the transparent parts of the packaging, and satisfied myself that at least on the surface, they appeared not to contain any gobbets of gristle which I refer to as "jelly bags". That's not to say the sausages inside aren't riddled with "jelly bags" though.
The proof of anything, not just puddings, is obviously in the actual eating.
I decided to be decidedly unhealthy, and have a meal of fried sausages, baked beans and fried egg with lots of bread and Flora. I usually grill my sausages, but on this occasion I thought to hell with cholesterol - let's have some fun!
The pack of Sainsbury's Basics Thick Sausages has to be opened with scissors, as it is sealed at both ends. I took out 4 sausages, and put the rest into a freezer bag (then in the freezer) to save for another time, and decided that if they were completely inedible, next door's cat would be the smug recipient of yet another treat. The sausages sort of fell out and plopped onto my wooden chopping board, and the appearance wasn't enhanced by removing the packaging. They were of uniform size, and I gave closer scrutiny than I had been able to do in the shop, my radar well and truly up regarding any of those evil "jelly bags" which lurk - if I find even the merest hint of a "jelly bag" in a sausage, I just can't eat any more and I never buy that brand again.
Usually I find, on the rare occasions that I fry sausages, they ooze enough fat to cook themselves in, so I didn't put any oil into the frying pan. I assumed that these sausages would be riddled with the stuff (fat!), because of them being a budget range brand - but - imagine my surprise when once the pan had heated up most sausages by then start to leak fat, these didn't. I left them a little longer, in case they were slow movers in the fat department, but still no seepage - so, I had to add a tiny bit of oil.
Whilst the sausages were cooking, they didn't smell too appetising - somewhat reminiscent of a greasy spoon type cafe which fries things in the same glob of oil as they did on their opening day in 1956! I thus wondered if I had made a mistake in buying these budget sausages, but nothing ventured nothing gained. They looked bad and smelled dubious - the skins of the sausages took a long time to brown, too.
Everything cooked as close to perfection as I can manage, I doled the whole meal onto a plate, sat myself down, and performed the taste test.
My knife prickled through the brown, somewhat crispy part of the cooked skin, and pierced the flesh inside, sliding through nicely. I dubiously lifted my fork to my mouth, shut my eyes, prayed for England, and chewed - praying that there would be no hidden "jelly bags".
Mmmmm Mmmmm Mmmmm - I continued to chew - wow, no jelly bags at all! A lovely taste-burst of lightly "herbed" sausage flavour caressed my taste buds and slid down my throat with a tasty zing. I wanted to repeat the experience, and before I knew it, I'd scoffed the whole lot. They were bloody delicious, despite looking and smelling quite unpleasant.
These sausages aren't meaty at all, which is good for me as I like a sausage to have a high cereal content, and that's probably why there was no fat seepage during the early stages of cooking - but on the other hand, the nutritional information on the pack states that each sausage contains a stonking 7.6g of fat, so where the hell was it? The only thing I can assume is that it was absorbed by the cereal in the sausage, so maybe ultimately that's a less healthy way of eating them, as a large amount of fat from meatier sausages will seep out during the cooking process.
All the same though, these sausages are delicious and taste like a top of the range brand. They didn't shrink at all during cooking, had a beautiful slight herby/spicy flavour, and not a jelly bag in sight.
10 out of 10 to Sainsbury's for yet another excellent "basics" product, and I certainly shall be buying these again, despite the non-apparent high fat content. I can't wait to eat the next lot, and I strongly recommend these sausages to anybody who prefers a higher cereal to meat ratio. Eight big fat ones for 48p!!!
Thanks for reading!
Summary: Almost as heavenly as chocolate!
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