“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Meat „
I hardly ever eat sausages but a couple of days ago I was really craving a sausage and ketchup sandwich so I popped down to my local Tesco store to buy some nice sausages. These ones looked and sounded quite nice and at £1.99 for a pack of eight sausages they were cheap too so I went ahead and bought them.
The sausages come in a paper/plastic square shaped kind of packet which needs opening with scissors. The packet is pretty basic but it has everything you need to know like the ingredients and calories and because the packet feels like a cross between paper and plastic rather than just plastic it makes it feel more authentic like it really is from a butchers rather than a supermarket!
The sausages themselves are thick and really yummy looking even when raw, and to cook them I just put them into a frying pan on a medium heat. I did not put oil in, I dry fried them as I had a feeling that they'd be greasy which they are and about two big tablespoons of grease was left in the frying pan afterwads. Whilst they were cooking there was no particular smell so I chopped some onions up and fried them with the sausages and this smelt lovely.
It took about eight minutes for the sausages to cook through and I needed to turn them often. They are firm so don't break up when they are turned. Once I'd finished cooking them I put two into a bread bun along side some onions and stuck in. The sausages are not the nicest but they're meaty and the addition of onions added a little more flavour but to be honest they're quite bland but I liked how crispy the casing went.
I got quite a few bits of very hard gristle including a big tooth sized lump of it which out me off a lot and the sausages are definitely cheap and cheerful and I'm not sure if I would re purchase them as I don't like gristle and I prefer my food to be tasty not bland and boring.
The sausages were quite filling though - I had two with some bread and was satisfied. Each sausage contains around 135 calories which isn't too bad and they contain quite a high percentage of pork considering the price, I thought it'd be around the 50% mark it it is actually 72%. Overall these sausages were cheap but I would rather pay more for tastier, less grissly sausages. These are good value though and had they not been so grissly I'd have repurchased them to put in the slow cooker and stuff but the gristle has put me off so I will not be buying this brand of sausages again.
Two out of five stars.
We usually buy fresh sausages because they taste the best but in Tesco this week I got a pack of 12 frozen Butchers Choice Lincolnshire sausages to keep in the freezer for when my sister asks for sausage and we haven't got any fresh ones.
I had a sausage butty with them for my breakfast this morning and they're yummy. They look like any other frozen sausages before they're cooked apart from that you can see little bits of green herbs in them.
I cooked mine under the grill and they smell proper meaty and herby while they're cooking. They took about 25 mins to get them cooked through properly and that's a bit longer than it says on the packet but I never take much notice of cooking times with sausage and meat because you can tell yourself when they're done properly.
I was mega surprised when they were cooked because they've got the same taste and texture as Tescos fresh Lincolnshire sausages. The herby flavour comes through proper nice and the sausages have got a delish meaty taste. The herbs go soooooo nice with the sausagemeat and give it a bit of a warm flavour that's a bit tangy and spicy, the one I brought these for (my sister) doesn't like the hotter flavour of these compared to the plain sausages we usually buy.
These sausages haven't got much of a greasy taste and I was glad about that because it's one thing I can't stand with frozen sausage. They also cooked evenly all the way round and that's unusual for frozen ones because I always find that half of them goes golden and perfect but you get the strips of raw looking sausage down the sides however carefully you turn them while cooking.
I'm dead impressed with these frozen Lincolnshire sausages and will deffo buy them again. We'll still have fresh sausage most of the time but it's good to find a frozen bag that's NEARLY as good as fresh because usually frozen sausages have got a funny taste I think.