“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Meat „
In our household we are firm fans of a nice fry up, or an oven up as it's known here. We try and buy the best quality ingredients that we can and this usually means buying taste the difference sausages from Sainsburys; the range is full of different flavours to try and there are high quality amounts of meat in each and every one, some being higher than the others. These sausages are made using 75% beef and are filled in to natural lamb casings, obviously some of the 25% is filled up with things I am not sure of (absorbic acid) but the vast leftover ingredients are dried onion, salt, cracked black pepper, rosemary extract and other things. I like to know that the meat content of my sausages is nice and high because I don't want a product filled with rusks and water.
These sausages look fairly standard but they are a little bit darker in colour due to being made from beef. They come provided in a plastic tray which has a film wrapping and then a cardboard insert over the top which shows the usual nutritional information & cooking guidelines, it's a shame that the film and tray are plastic as they can't be recycled but then if it was cardboard it'd get saturated with meat juice so you have to bear that in mind.
The sausages can be cooked, like most, under the grill, in the oven or shallow fried. I tend to cook mine in the oven and usually prick them three times on each of the four sides and places them in the oven for about 30 minutes while I cook up the other ingredients for our 'oven up'. These sausages are a lovely dark colour and they don't emit lots of fat when cooking. As I cook these on a grill tray but in the oven I find that they get a nice even cooking and I only have to turn them once during cooking. There is a fairly meaty smell released in to the air and these are ideal as an accompaniment to potatoes and gravy for a main meal.
These sausages are very meaty, succulent and moist. The are particularly good when enjoyed for dinner but even with a breakfast they are pretty taste. I love the beef flavouring and each mouthful feels like it's packed with good quality beef. The dried onion, salt and cracked black pepper can be noticed but they aren't overpowering at all. The black pepper is the most distinctive flavour that comes through for me and it does add a bite to the sausages. These are definitely a little different but this just makes them more popular in our household as after a bit of time it's easy to get bored of pork sausages really isn't it, regardless of the amount of herbs they are pumped with!
If you are looking for something a little different with your breakfast or your potatoes and gravy then why not give these a try? The flavours are strong but none of them are overpowering and the beef adds a different flavour that's almost a little unexpected from a sausage. Each sausage contains 96 calories, 3.6g fat, 1.4g saturated fat, 0.69g salt and 2.1g total sugars. Obviously that's high but then it is a sausage after all and I never expect them to be very healthy!
These sausages are currently available for £2.69 for 6 and are on a frequent special offer of 2 for £4.50 from Sainsburys stores and online at sainsburys.co.uk
Sausages is one of the foods which I don't mind spending abit of extra money on, especially after seeing programmes with horror stories of sausages with ridiculously low meat contents. I tried Beef Sausages for the first time about 2 months ago from Tesco and when I saw these at Sainsbury's I just had to buy them as I love anything with black pepper.
Price: These sausages are £2.59 for a pack of 6, which is quite expensive but believe me it is worth it. They're often on offer too, at the moment they're buy 2 packs for £4.50, not a huge saving but they're worth stocking up on as you can freeze them as well.
Packaging: The packaging holds the Taste the Difference logo, a picture of sausages and mash and nutritional information on the cardboard sleve which covers just under half the plastic container the sausages come in. The sausages are cling wrapped in the plastic and look like your regular sausage, the meat's darker though, obviously because it's beef.
Cooking: I grilled these sausages for sausage and mash and they came out nicely, I couldn't wait to eat them when cooking as they smelt so good! I usually prick sausages but I forgot with these but they didn't burst so it isn't nessecary. I have also fried a couple of these sausages though for a breakfast but you don't need to use much oil at all, literally only a dash.
Taste: This is where the sausage really excels, the taste is lovely, very meaty and certainly fills you up. We had 2 each on a sausage and mash dinner which was plenty, sometimes with cheaper varieties we find we have 2 each to get full but because of the high meat content these do the job nicely. I love black pepper and you can really taste it in the sausages however, it isn't too much which is nice. You can really taste the difference (no pun intended) as this is a really high quality product.
Ingrediants: Each sausage is Aberdeen Angus Beef which makes up 74% of the sausage, other ingrediants are onion, black pepper and herbs.
Nutritional Information: Each Sausage contains:
6.7g of fat 9.6%
2.6g of saturates 13%
0.90g of salt 15%
These aren't too bad compared to other sausages especially seen as they're so meaty and filling, however the salt is quite high, but at the end of the day it's a sausage and everyone knows they aren't the healthiest thing to eat.
Overall: I will definately be buying these sausages again, especially on offer as they freeze so well. The price is well worth paying especially as they're so filling and have a high meat content which is always reassuring with sausages. Best served on a bed of mash with nice thick gravy!
We usually have Richmond sausages but sometimes my mum will get these Taste The Difference ones from Sainsburys and when they were on offer last month she stocked up on them because they freeze well.
My faves from this range are the Aberdeen Angus And Black Pepper ones because they have a lovely meaty flavour and the pepper doesn't stand out too much because I'm not mad on stuff that is too peppery but this one is just right.
I think you can taste that they have used Aberdeen Angus beef in these because of the meaty flavour and it tastes loads better than just plain beef. There are roasted onions in the sausages and they give it a wicked sweet and sour flavour that goes wicked on either a sausage dinner or in a butty with some red sauce.
I can just about taste the pepper and I was glad about that because if the pepper was too strong then I wouldn't be able to eat them. I reckon the black pepper seasons the sausages because they don't taste salty at all and the pepper has brought the flavour of the beef out good as well.
They have got a nice meaty texture that means they are not soggy or floppy inside and they cook a lot more evenly than Richmond sausages as well so that when they are cooked they look a fat brown colour. I usually grill my sausages and these don't take that long to cook, turning them regular they were cooked in about 10 mins on a medium heat but don't forget that if you freeze them then you need to defrost them before cooking and then use them up in 24 hours.
These are wicked sausages, one of the best ever I reckon and deffo the best from Taste The Difference. I like that they are nice and spicy without being too hot and the way the onion goes so nice with the Aberdeen Angus beef. FOr some reason they don't cook so well on the bbq though and tend to burn quicker than other sausages so not a good idea for hotdogs in the garden, I reckon they'd be nice put in a hot dog roll with some fried red onion though because the taste goes lovely with white bread.
They cost £2.59 for 6 sausages and are on offer at 2 packs for £4.00 at the minute so that's a good saving because they freeze good so you can stock up and always have a nice selection of sausages in the freezer.
These sausages are on offer at the moment until 26/5/09 at only £1.72 per pack of 6. They are usually priced at £2.59 per pack but you can usually find them at 2 for £4.50 or similar.
Although higher priced that other sausages of a similar kind, they are well worth it as you really can taste the difference. These sausages are fat and lean with little gristle. They are made of Aberdeen Angus beef (as the name suggests) infused with roasted onions, which you can really taste, adding a great flavour. This said I am not a big fan of onions on their own but the flavour isn't overbearing and tastes delicious with the beef. The sausage is also enriched with cracked black pepper which adds just the right amount of kick without making the sausage spicey.
Although the flavours are delicious and rich, they are not so much so, that you couldn't feed them to children. My 21 month old enjoyed some cut pieces with veg for his dinner and seemed fine with the pepper and onion tastes.
Finally, I found the sausages easy to cook, with minimal spliting and versatile, I used them in a sausage casserole with great results.
For breakfast this morning I just fancied a sausage sandwich and was pleased when I remembered I'd bought a pack of Aberdeen Angus and Black Pepper sausages from the Sainsbury's Taste The Difference range. I love these sausages and can't believe I haven't reviewed them before as I honestly think they are the best sausage on the market!
There are six sausages in a pack and even raw they look very meaty and like they will have a good texture. I find them best grilled for a sandwich as they retain their shape well and cook uniformly all round the sausage, I have cooked them in the oven and also done them in the George Foreman with the lid open. I haven't tried frying them as surely sausages contain enough fat without cooking them in oil!
The smell of these sausages is divine, there is no fatty aroma as they are cooking and they smell really meaty. They taste meaty too, the addition of the Aberdeen Angus sets these sausages apart from any other with even other premium brands paling in comparison. Inside the sausage is a good amount of roasted onion which compliments the meat beautifully, it's not that you can taste the onions as such but they work as a wonderful seasoning which helps to underline the sausage meat.
The black pepper isn't as strong as I'd like, there's a hint of freshly ground black pepper which is delicious but I would have preferred it to be more intense. I suppose this is good though as there is enough pepper flavour to satisfy most people but people like me who love really peppery flavours can also grind on a little more pepper to taste.
These work well in sandwiches, cooked in the oven and served as part of a dinner and also make excellent toad in the hole. I always add a drizzle of oil to the sausages when cooking them in the oven and lightly prick them, they have never once burst and keep their lovely fat shape perfectly. I find they are particularly nice served with mashed potatoes and peas with a good thick gravy.
I cannot fault these sausages at all, I'm aware that not everyone likes this particular food but for the rest of this they really are perfect. Because of the high meat content one of these thick and filling sausages contains just 115 calories and 6g of fat, which is much less than their cheaper counterparts. The high quality of the sausage makes them worth every penny of the £2.46 I pay for them, they also freeze very well so if you spot them on special offer then do stock up as there are sometimes some excellent savings such as recently when they were selling them at 2 packs for £3.50.
These lovely sausages are on offer on in Sainsburys for 2 packets for £4.50 at the moment.
They are a good size sausage and are fat enough to provide a nice meal out of just 2 sausages accompanied with potato and veg.
The flavour is the best though as they taste really meaty. They are not fatty and gristly like cheap versions can be and the Aberdeen Angus beef is really pronounced in the flavour.
They are "enriched" with roasted onions and you can taste this in the overall mix but the black pepper "thankfully" is almost indistinguishable and therefore they are not a spicy sausage.
They cook very nicely in the oven and brown well too. The meat stays inside the sausage and they do not split open while cooking, meaning a nicer presentation when dishing up.
These sausages also make a lovely toad in the hole - not that I can make that myself but my mum in law is fab and they taste divine with the yorkshire pudding.
Well worth the money for a really meaty delicous sausage.
Enriched with roasted onions and cracked black pepper.