“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Meat „
We're having a bit of a run on hot dog sausages of late. Tesco seem to have had a few different products on offer, so we have tried their own brand long hot dogs sausages, and Princes tinned dogs. The latest we're trying are these Southern Ranch ones. To be honest, I picked them up as they were the cheapest on the shelf, at 47p for the tin of 8 hot dogs. It is one of Tesco's discount brands, they ahve them tagged all over the store, where they manage to source cheaper products from different places. These are often as hit and miss as their Value line. So, how do these fare? Well, they're in brine, which doesn't really make a whole lot of difference to me, to be honest. A quick (and worried) look at the ingredients shows that, brine aside, there is chicken, pork, beef collagen and pork collagen (eek) and some spices. Each of the hot dogs are 34 calories and 2.3g of fat. This isn't too bad, I suppose, considering that sausage are often much worse. Still a bit worried about the blend of chicken, pork and beef, though. maybe that'll be reflected in the taste? So, the taste test. Well, to get to taste them, you first have to empty the dogs and brine into a saucepan over a moderate heat for 5 minutes or so. Then, drain off the brine (mmm, that'll leave a nice taste......!) and use the hot dogs themselves. Well, to use the processed would seem an understatement to look at them, but the one thing they do have is decent flavour. They're not great by any stretch of the imagination, but I have eaten a lot worse, and so long as you put the ingredients list behind you (still, that word collagen!) then you should enjoy them. They're okay, and that's about as far as it goes. They're supposed to be served in a sub roll, with mustard or ketchup, even a bit of lettuce, in a traditional sort of way. You can have them however you want. I like to use hot dogs to chop them up and add them to a casserole or a stir fry or something, just for something different. These taste quite ncie as a hot dog is meant, but I'll probably give them a go in a casserole or something tomorrow as well. I'll probably get these again. I quite liked them, and found them to be decent value. Being tinned, they have a decent shelf life, which makes it easier to buy a few tins and not worry about using them straight away. I recommend this product. Sure, the ingredients list still worries me (bring on collagen nightmares tonight.....) and they're not the best ever, but they're good enough, and they're cheap and cheerful.
I really do like hot dog sausages. Whether they be in a jar or in a jar...whatever I like them as a quick snack usually rammed in between two slices of bread and butter and covered in tomato sauce and mustard! Nice and simple and oh so satisfying I think lol. The Packaging: Red 400g can with lighter coloured snazzy stars on it and on the front there is a photograph of one of the sausages in a roll. I'm told on the that they are Southern Ranch 8 Hot Dogs In Brine. Other information on the back of the can includes being given a full nutritional rundown, ingredients and allergy advice is given as are heating instructions and contact details for Tescos are given (these are made for Tesco). Nice enough can, could do with a ring pull to the top of it but hey ho it's informative enough. The Sausages: So open up the can you have 8 long, thin, orangy colored sausages with a slight smoky smell all length-ways stored in a clear water looking liquid which is of course is the brine. To heat these through is simple and you have a couple of options to do this. You can either plop the entire contents in a saucepan and heat for about 5 minutes or do as I did and tip the lot into a microwavable dish and heat them through for 3 minutes. I then simply drained mine and they never fell apart on me and I was ready to eat them These were simply ok. They never rocked my world but they were simply alright. The sausages themselves were not rubbery but held well. The outer orange skin wasn't too rubbery and the inside part of the sausage was pink and smooth and of course made up from pork meat and a few other things. I guess my biggest gripe was that sure they tasted slightly meaty and smoky and if you've eaten hot dogs sausages before these are no surprise on the taste front however they didn't taste at all seasoned although they had been stored in brine and that was odd to me. Verdict: Economy through and through really. They are very thin although long enough but lacked in the taste department for me sadly. Not awful just not great either! Allergy Advice: Recipe: No nuts Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free Factory: Product made in a nut free area, but nuts used elsewhere Nutritional Information Per Hot Dog (23g): Energy: 34 Kcal Protein; 2.3g Carbohydrate: 0.9g of which sugars: Trace Fat: 2.3g of which saturates: 0.9g mono-unsaturates: 0.7g polyunsaturates: 0.7g Fibre: Trace Sodium: 0.1g Salt equivalent: 0.3g Only available in Tesco stores priced at about 45p a can.