“ Type: Meat „
Cost (@ 17.9.08) = 99p for a 125g pack which contains 10 slices
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving)
(NB: Though it isn't clear and not easy to work out from the weight on the pack divided by the calories in 100g of the product, I've estimated that Sainsbury's intend a single serving to be approximately 3 slices)
Pork (46%), pork liver (22%), water, modified potato starch, salt, onion powder, milk proteins (from cows' milk), wheat flour, pork fat, lactose (from cows' milk), pork rind, sugar. Stabilisers: Disodium diphosphate, sodium triphosphate. Spices: White pepper, nutmeg, coriander, cardamom, celery. Antioxidant: Sodium ascorbate. Preservative: Sodium nitrite.
Contains milk, celery & wheat gluten
Produced in the United Kingdom
Once opened, use within 3 days
Do not exceed the use-by date
Sainsbury's Liver Sausage can be found in the chilled delicatessen section, and comes in packs weighing 125g. There are 10 thin slices in each pack.
The square pack is semi-opaque plastic with a laminated plastic tear-off seal. A paper label is glued to the surface, the top half of which is coloured a sort of a sky-blue and in white letters bears the Sainsbury's lettering logo, and underneath there is (in a beige colour) a large number 10, and the words "liver sausage" in smaller print. Underneath the sky-blue section is all the nutritional information for the product.
I can never manage to pull these types of pack sealing open, so I attack the article with a sharp knife. Once the top of the pack has been ripped off in whatever way is easiest for anybody, the liver sausage inside is cut into circles, each slice being very thin. There is a moderately strong liver smell which mingles with a somewhat spicy aroma that is rather pleasing. The colour of the liver sausage is a gentle, pale-ish brown/pink, and doesn't have those gobbets of white fat inside that some other cold meat products are guilty of.
The taste of this liver sausage is mild and not too "offally" which I like, and it also has quite a pleasing spicy flavour. Some brands of liver sausage are so pungent that I can hardly eat them (as I am not a lover of offal), but Sainsbury's Liver Sausage has a delicate flavour that although it does definitely taste of liver, it is mild enough for me to find it extremely palatable.
The texture is good - firm without being tough and chewy - and it feels pleasant in your mouth. Because the slices are so very thin, you have to be careful not to break them when separating, but with a little practice you will find they pull apart easily.
For me, this is the best liver sausage there is, and I have to discipline myself into buying it just once in a blue moon, as I can easily sit and eat the whole pack on its own. That isn't good news for anything but my taste buds, as though this liver sausage has a reasonably low calorie and salt content compared to most other brands, it is rather high in fat.
As well as just gorging myself on the naked article, I also love to eat this liver sausage in sandwiches made with tomato and cucumber, or other salad items. It also goes great with chopped onion in a roll or sandwich, and is complimented greatly by a generous smear of sweet pickle.
I also love Sainsbury's Liver Sausage laid on a plate with the slices overlapping slightly in a semi-circle, and served with either mashed or boiled new potatoes and peas. It also goes very well with chips and peas or beans, and makes a great topping for a jacket potato when chopped up and mixed with beetroot and/or sweetcorn.
This product is a very good source of protein and has a lovely smooth, yet spicy flavour plus a very appealing consistency, and as far as I'm concerned, is definitely the best of the bunch.
Well done Sainsbury's....I can't fault your liver sausage at all.
Finely chopped, cured and cooked pork liver.