I love nothing more that a sausage and tomato sandwich and its one of my favourite meal/snacks! Any other time I barely touch em but I cant resist them dripping with brown sauce and tomatoes on buttered bread and its really the only reason I even buy sausages when I come to think about it. These thick sausages come in packs containing 8 of them and the pack is clear with red and blue writing on it. Its very simple packaging and we are simply told on the front of it that they are Tesco Market Value '8' Sausages 'Keep refrigerated. Suitable for home freezing' and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown as well as the weight stated which is 454g. Other information listed on the pack includes being given the ingredients, and we are told how to cook them, a full nutritional chart is given and contact details for Tesco are listed. Basic packaging this is but it is informative enough. The sausages: Well like I have mentioned already you get 8 small in length but thick in size sausages all connected by the skin and you simply snip off the ends to separate them. You can grill, pan fry or oven cook them and they are not suitable to be cooked from frozen. I find them to grill well in about 10-12 and the same in a pan. They need piercing first with a sharp object so they don't explode or owt and when cooked they always go a nice golden brown. I think that these are excellent value bangers. They look nice when cooked and taste of pork with no fatty or gristly bits and although a little greasy they're not too bad and you can always drain hem before consuming them if you want to. The meat is soft and well blended and simply they are just a very plain pork sausage with a little seasoning and plenty of flavour to them. These are a great economy purchase and great to pop into a casserole and the likes. They don't fall apart through cooking or anything....just drain the grease off them! Nutritional Information Per 2 Grilled Sausages: Calories: 245 Sugar: 3.2g Fat: 15g Saturates: 5.8g Salt: 1.5g Only available in Tesco stores priced at 48p a pack. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I am a great believer in saving money wherever possible so that you have more to spend on the little pleasures in life and luxury purchases. I don't scrimp on food though.
I once read an article on moneysupermarket.com that said you should always try buying the next cheapest type of product in the supermarket, if possible. So for example, if you were buying the speciality, most expensive sausages, try going for one that is slightly better value and see if you like it. If you do, over a year you could end up saving quite a bit, if you don't, just go back to your usual brand and nothing is lost.
I usually buy Richmond sausages either fresh or frozen because I feel they are good value and good quality. However with the rising costs of foods, I do try the cheaper brands when they are available. One month in particular I received a shockingly large phone bill and just had to cut back on everything I could.
I went shopping and basically filled a basket with Tesco value products, including these sausages. The sausages cost 50p the last time I brought them and for that you get 8 thick cut sausages, which are a good size and fresh.
These are great value but my only critism is that they do contain an awful lot of fat compared to other brands, and seem to have a bit too much pepper for my tastes.
Don't get wrong, if you need to save money, they will fill a hole, but I do wonder how much goodness you will get from these sausages.
Every Saturday at work I end up going to the burger van and buying a full english breakfast, usually costing about £3.50 I suggested to my girlfriend that I make one myself when I get home, so we set off to Tesco to buy all the bits and pieces.
I saw you could buy eight sausages for 48pence, weighing 454grams. I decided to give these a try, as they were going in a roll with bacon, egg , hash browns etc I couldn't see the point in spending lots on quality sausages.
These sausages come in a clear thin plastic wrapper, they have the blue stripes and the red tesco logo on the front.The packaging doesn't make these appealing at all, probably one of the worst value packaging I have seen.
Through the plastic wrapper, the susages did appear to be very pink, and they looked the same out of the wrapper. We usually have sausages from the butchers or sometimes finest ones from the supermarkets. Where as a usual sausage feels pretty firm, these were very floppy and you could easily push your finger into them, as if the meat wasn't compacted enough.
We fried the sausages for about 15minutes, lots of fat came out of them into the pan so we had to drain this a few times during cooking. The sausage skins went a nice brown colour but the inside still remained very pink. They did feel much beter when cooked, they kept in shape well and felt much more firm than before.
I had to give one a go before I put it into the roll with the other ingredients, and can say there is hardly any taste at all, the meat inside was just like mush and didn't have any texture to it at all. I did decide on putting them into the roll with the other bits, and the end result wasn't too bad. As good as most burger bars I had been to anyway.
This definitely isn't a sausage you would want to eat in a sandwich on its own, and it is no way good enough to be eaten as part of a meal, there just isn't enough taste.
Another point worth mentioning, is that these only conatin 40% pork, so who knows what the 60% majority is made from.
Considering the price of only 48p, they weren't really too bad, I would have to be very hard up to swap other sausages for these ones though, they just weren't up to standard. Many other value products I would happily eat all the time, these were a bit of a let down.
I am going to give them 3 stars, this is probably a bit too generous, but for the price you can't expect too much.
To summarise, unless you are seriously tight for money, go for a more expensive sausage!
Tesco Value Thick Sausages - 8 Sausages for 48P
My nearest supermarket is Tesco and I have tried many of their value products. Some I have found to be very good and I continue buying them, some are truly awful and I discard them and never buy them again.
I am sorry to say that these 8 Tesco Value Sausages are one of the truly awful products from the Tesco Value range.
The sausages are wrapped in clear plastic and have the usual Tesco Value logo in red, because the plastic is clear you can see exactly what you are buying - sausages. Once the pack of sausages is opened there is no way of resealing it.
I tried frying the sausages. The sausages are quite dark brown in colour, when I pricked their skin with a fork in preparation to fry I noticed that they are very pink inside.
They seem to fry well and they took about 12 mins in total to cook. When you actually cut into the sausages to eat them they are quite firm and they have not fallen apart at all while cooking. Their skin is really quite thick.
The sausages have a very bland taste, there is no hint of port at all and they are very salty. Even though they have been cooked for 12 mins they really are pink inside, it seems like their constitution is mainly rusk.
I am not at all impressed with these sausages but to be honest they are very cheap. Mostly packs of 8 sausages cost around £1.50 per pack so would it not have been better for Tesco to produce Value sausages that were of good quality and edible but a bit cheaper than leading brands.
These sausages are awful and I will not buy them again but it really
makes me wonder who is buying and eating these sausages as Tesco would not stock them if they did not sell!
These sausages contain 40% meat, this is a mixture of meats not just pork like other brands. Other ingredients are water, rusk, wheat starch and pork fat.
Two sausages contain 245 calories, 3.2g sugar, 15g fat, 5.8g saturates and 1.5g salt. They like most other sausages are high in fat and calories and not at all healthy.
One to avoid!
Tesco Value Thick Sausages
Over the last few months, I have become converted to the joys of supermarkets own brands, where I am not paying loads extra for posh packaging, which only gets chucked out anyway. As with all the products that are in the Tesco Value range, these sausages come in functional and cheap wrapping. They are housed in a clear plastic wrapper with the white, red and blue Value colours and the brand name on the front.
I paid just £0.49 for 8 thick sausages. This was quite a lot less than the other brands on the shelf, but in this case, I ended up wishing that I had paid the extra!
These can be fried, grilled or oven baked, see the pack for further information. I grilled mine which took around 15 minutes, turning regularly.
Once these were ready to eat, they looked the same as most sausages, (brown and shiny) and the smell was appetising. They unfortunately didn't live up to this in the taste test though. They were very bland tasting and the inside was quite soggy and almost mushy. This was quite unpleasant and after a mouthful or 2 I decided that I couldn't finish them.
They were not well seasoned and even without being soggy, the taste left a slightly artificial aftertaste in my mouth.
Nutritional info is as follows, per 2 sausages;
I couldn't finish these, they had a nasty texture and a weird and un-natural taste. Even in the interests of saving money, these were not acceptable and ended up being a waste of cash, rather than a way of saving it.
I recommend that you give these a miss and spend the extra cash on a better brand, you will be glad that you did!
Ok i'm a real tightwad, I saw a pack of 8 sausages for 48p and thought they'd be worth checking out purely due to the price.
How do they look: The pack is cheap plastic with the inimitable Tesco Value logo, it looks cheap and tacky alongside some of the posher sausages on the shelf.
Cost: 48p for 8 sausages, this makes them 6p each so they are damned good value....or are they?
Cooking: place them in a pan, braise them slowly and cook them through for 20 minutes, generally this cooks a sausage perfectly, in this case your left with a big pile of fat and some collapsed sausage meat, i've tried baking them too to see if the problem was me, but it doesn't matter how you cook them, they are pretty rubbish.
Flavour: Ok they cost 6p each, the flavour is bland, plastic and it makes you wonder what the sausage has come from as it doesn't taste much of pork, these are cheap and nasty and exactly what you pay for. I have coated them in tomato and baked them to add flavour but they are still cheap and plastic, overall I wouldn't recommend these to the most hard up student, you can't be sure where they have come from, they're fatty, bland and absolutely tasteless.
Revolting. I'm sorry but I have a very good constitution and will, like a Komodo Dragon, eat virtually anything to maintain an "alive" status.
These attempts at food, however, are barely fit for human consumption.
Once grilled their texture is reminiscent of a pock-marked pig-hide. Slightly more tanned.
Their texture in the mouth is very greasy. Especially the synthetic skin which bursts in an unappetising fashion.
Their flavour is, well, just plain strange. I understand that at this price you are only really buying cereal soaked in animal fat but the flavour here is slighly unpleasant. Whereas other value sausages will at least make you think of a meat product these made me wonder what I was eating. I have honestly not tasted other food that these reminded me of. I cannot compare them to anything. It was simply a flavour that I disliked. "Chemically" would not be inaccurate.
In summary the look, feel and taste were very poor.
Only recommended if on emergency rations.
Review by Mark Woods. 2009. LordBeanpod@GMail.com
I was browsing the sausages in Tesco the other day when I spotted these Tesco Value 8 sausages. I hadn't considered them before, I don't think I had even noticed them. Upon noticing they were just 48p I grabbed a pack figuring that at that bargain price they would be worth a try.
These sausages are a considerable amount cheaper than any other sausages available. At £1.99, my usual Tesco Butchers Choice ones are around £1.50 more. The Richmond ones cost £1.97 and the Walls ones cost £2.13. So these are by far the cheapest sausages you can buy.
The packaging is nothing to write home about. They come in the usual 'Tesco Value' style, which is quite plain and unappealing. The packaging has changed slightly from the picture shown - the front now shows the name of the sausages on a dull yellow background, livened up only slightly by a small picture of some tasty looking sausages at the top. Also on the front of the pack is some basic nutritional info, the weight (454g) and the use by date. The sides of the pack tell you all you need to know concerning the full nutritional info, how to cook the sausages, ingredients, allergy advice and storage instructions.
The packaging is made of thin, cheap feeling cellophane. When I picked the sausages up off the shelf the pack seemed to be quite sticky and leaking a watery, pink juice. I thought it was just one packet at first but it turned out all the packets were leaky and covered in this sticky substance. This was quite an off-putting start and after I picked the sausages up I had to go off and wash my hands otherwise I would have had to walk around Tesco with damp and sticky hands. But nonetheless I persevered and bought the sausages anyway hoping this was just a minor hiccup.
The sausages can be grilled, fried or cooked in the oven. Oven cooking takes around 15 - 20 minutes on gas mark 5/190c. Grilling takes 10 minutes on a medium heat and frying takes 8 - 10 minutes over a medium heat. I fried them but found they needed a bit longer than 10 minutes and kept them in for about 5 minutes longer.
When they are done they do look and smell appetising enough. They are a nice strong brown colour and the skins don't split open when they are being cooked which always puts me off slightly. However, when I cut one open I noticed that the meat inside had a pinkish tinge to it. They were cooked properly but the 'meat' is such poor quality that it retains a pinky colour to it.
It only got worse when it came to eating the sausages. They did not taste good at all. They didn't really have any flavour and the flavour they did have certainly didn't taste like sausages. They tasted a bit like what I would imagine dog food to taste like - an artificial hybrid of the cheapest meats available. They have tried to liven up the flavour a bit by mashing in some herbs but these didn't improve the sausages and didn't blend in well with the meat so they tasted out of place. The texture was also disgusting. They are sort of mushy and squishy inside which make these very unpleasant to bite into or chew. The sausages made me feel sick and I just about managed half before giving the rest to my doggies (who will literally eat anything).
These sausages are just terrible quality. The ingredients explain why - they contain only 40% meat with some of the other ingredients being water, Rusk, wheat starch and pork fat. So basically these are lucky to be classed as sausages at all!
The nutritional info is not particularly good news either. 2 of these sausages contain 245 calories, 3.2g sugar, 15g fat, 5.8g saturates and 1.5g salt.
Overall I do not recommend these sausages. I really hoped they would be nice because of the great price but if anything 48p is far too expensive for them because they are so horrible. Avoid!!
I love to make a Sunday roast or simple sausage and mash and because I am currently unemployed I am on a tight budget so I thought at 48p that this are the ideal way to still eat something I enjoy without breaking the budget.
The packaging is very basic and cannot be recycled, it is quite a stiff plastic wrapping and I needed to use scissors to cut through it as both ends were very well sealed. Once opened I was met with 8 sausages which are a light pink colour, almost a little grey, and these are all pretty similar in size.
I actually used my sausages without the skins on them and mixed with sage & onion stuffing as an accompaniment to my roast dinner. I cut off the top and then I pulled out the sausage meat and mixed it with the stuffing that I had already prepared. I then flattened it out and put it in the oven at around 190 degrees for 35 minutes to ensure that everything was cooked correctly and this was delicious and crunchy. I could taste no difference between these sausages and a more expensive branded product and the sausage meat stuffing was a fantastic accompaniment to my roast dinner (chicken - yum!).
Each cooked sausage contains around 140 calories and 8g of fat so these should be enjoyed in moderation as part of a healthy diet. I used eight of these to make the stuffing and that served four people with some leftover and I don't think this was too bad really.
I have also tried these sausages recently with mash & onion gravy. While these aren't the best tasting, nor do they contain a huge amount of pork (40% EU pork) they were still relatively nice. I could definitely taste that they were value sausages but they were soon eaten up with a couple left over for a sandwich the following day. I am going to rate these sausages 3/5 as while they taste a little cheap, they are indeed cheap to purchase and I can use pork sausagemeat for lots of different meals as well as just eating the sausages alone. I would recommend these if you are on a tight budget as sometimes beggars can't be choosers!
I heard on a radio cookery programme recently that the cheapest possible sausages are best for barbecuing as the high fat content helps ensure the cook all the way through and also stokes the flames below to give adequate cooking temperatures to penetrate the middle of the sausage. I am useless at cooking sausages on the barbecue and frankly they scare me as I find it so hard to cook the sausage through before it burns on the outside. So in Tesco I decided to pick up a packet of their 48p Value Sausages and see how they turned out at that weekend's barbecue lunch.
Well, I'm sure you can guess what I'm going to say. Yes, they did seem to cook through much more evenly on the barbecue but what the 'expert' radio chef neglected to mention was that cheap sausages such as these always taste awful.
The sausage meat is gristly and greasy, it barely tastes meaty at all which is unsurprising really as these sausages contain just 40% pork with the other 60% being made up of such 'delicious' sounding ingredients as rusk, pork fat and the all-encompassing 'stabilisers' and 'preservatives'.
These sausages have a really strange consistency. I only tried them on the barbecue but was appalled at the sloppiness of the insides. They were cooked, over cooked in fact, but the middle was extremely moist and had an almost slimy texture.
They have a very odd taste too when eaten without the distraction of sauce. Barbecuing always gives sausages a good smoked flavour but beneath this there is a blandness that Tesco have attempted to disguise with a variety of herbs. I can't pick out any one herb, it's just a mish mash of herbs that don't blend well together and end up so overpowering that eventually they just mask the very subtle meaty flavour of the sausage. That's what's odd really, the herbs don't really come through while I'm eating the sausage but as an aftertaste which I found irritating and not pleasant in the slightest.
The sausages also have an extremely greasy flavour, although the actual sausage itself hasn't an overly oily feel. I know sausages DO taste greasy, it's not a sausage without grease. But these taste cheaply greasy and very much like the budget product they are.
I eventually decided to eat mine in a hot dog roll with ketchup and wasn't impressed at all. There were none of the rich, meaty flavours I have come to expect from my usual sausages and I can't say I really enjoyed the hot dog - in fact I pushed the final third of it through the fence to my neighbour's dog, and the fact that he enjoyed it means nothing as the greedy beggar will eat anything!
My granddaughters' didn't like theirs either, in fact I didn't even give the two year old one as the sausage just appeared and tasted too cheap to entrust with her delicate immune system. Well, that should say it all really.
I know they're much, much cheaper than my usual Richmond or Butchers Recipe sausages but I still won't buy them again. I won't even recommend them for people on a budget as they are so appalling that they cannot possibly be healthy! A serving apparently contains 245 calories and 15g of fat, unfortunately the packet doesn't tell me what a serving is - I sincerely hope it's two sausages and not one as those figures are rather frightening for such an insubstantial and synthetic food.
Every few months in a year I will get the unexplained urge to have a fry up almost everyday of the week which is rather unhealthy and also slightly expensive, in fact spending more than £5 jus for breakfast everyday is quite expensive. Therefore I had decided to try to start cooking my own fry up, hopefully I would be able to cook a cheap and delicious meal that would also save me the trouble of having to detour to the cafe every morning.
I order to do so I had to find a range of product that would be economic enough to purchase in large quantities since I'll be consuming them often. I have considered many of the different products in the sausages range, however the more supposedly "better" brands were quite expensive. I then spotted the Tesco Value Thick Sausages which was far cheaper than the more expensive alternatives. The packaging was less fancy than the others and it had the Tesco Value label in the red and blue colour scheme. This alone made me slightly sceptical about the taste and quality of the product, however I decided to take a chance and just try it to find out for myself.
Once I opened the packaging, I was slightly shocked at the colour of the sausages themselves, although I'm not a chef nor a professional in the field, I had a gut feeling that it was slightly off the colour it was supposed to be since I had used other brands in the past. Upon actually touching the sausages, they were really soft and wet which made them unappealing to prepare, let alone eat.
After cooking them, I was stunned to see the amount of grease and oil, it was much more than other brands, which immediately made me think that this was rather unhealthy. When you're cooking it don't except a nice aroma that will give you a good appetite, instead expect an odd smell.
When you do force yourself to taste them, you will feel like you're eating a sausage that is virtually plain with no taste or anything at all. I tasted them and couldn't help but wonder what it really contained inside. Being really curious, I checked the packaging which confirmed my suspicions about the fact that less than half of it is actual meat with over 60% of other stuff that just fills up the space and increase the size of the sausage.
The price was quite cheap at less than half a pound for a package with eight sausages. In my personal opinion, it would not be worth it to taste this product unless you are able to isolate the senses that comes from your taste buds.
As pretty much everyone you speak to nowadays is, I am trying to save money in any way I can. One way I have saved a few extra pennies is by purchasing supermarket own brands rather than more well known ranges. For the last 6 months, I have been getting my fortnightly groceries from Tesco.com. I fancied having bangers and mash for tea one night so I decided to be thrifty and buy sausages from their 'Value' range.
VALUE: At 48p for 8 thick sausages, this product is half the price of Tesco's regular own brand thick sausages (97p) and a quarter of the price of Richmond thick sausages (a whopping £1.97)! I was really quite amazed by the range in price from a known brand such as Richmond or Walls - both of which are around £2 - down to a basics or value brand. So far, Tesco were winning the price wars as far as I was concerned. But, value is not just about being cheapest - the product has to be of a good standard to represent value for money for me.
PACKAGING: I actually quite like the Tesco Value packaging. It is red and blue printed on cream plastic. The new packaging differs from that shown in the picture accompanying this review. It is now called 'Market Value' and has a photograph of some tasty looking sausages on it. The packaging is nice as it doesn't make it look like a 'cheap' brand as Sainsbury's Basic range does. The packaging is of the same quality as higher priced products so they obviously haven't cut corners in this area. All good so far.
COOKING THE SAUSAGES: This is where it all starts to go downhill for the Value sausages. If you buy these, don't use a lot of oil in the pan; you can even go so far as not using any at all! A lot of grease comes out of the sausages as they cook and I had to keep draining some out of the pan as it was spitting a lot. The sausages started to shrink a bit and bent a lot as the skin split! They didn't brown very evenly.
THE TASTE: Oh dear. It all started so well. I was really disappointed by the taste of these sausages but I suppose I shouldn't have expected much from a product that contains only 40% pork, the bare minimum for sausages. The next ingredient on the list (ingredients are sorted by highest content first) is water: that'll be why they shrunk and produced so much liquid in the pan. Then it's rusk and this is what they taste of more than anything else. It's like eating slightly pork flavoured oatmeal or something like that. The consistency is very soft and a bit mushy. In the end, I only ate half a sausage out of three and gave the rest to the cat. Even he turned his nose up at them!
VERDICT: Cheap but not cheerful. These only just qualify as sausages due to the low pork content and this is apparent in the taste. I would say that these are not good value for money as they really don't taste very sausage-y at all!
Tesco Value Thick Sausages
Well were do I start really, im a massive fan of the Tesco value range almost to the point of nearly everything I buy is from this range from loo roll to bleach but the Tesco value sausages I think are a massive disappointment.
So the packaging the normal Tesco value no thrills packets with the logo and Tesco name and normal plastic wrapping that you get on most sausage products.
At 48p for 8 this may seem and is a bit of a Bargin but the taste is just not worth it in my opinion.
They appear to be rather grayish in colour (they were in date).
So looking at the ingredients and seeing the words EU Pork (40%) kind of puts me off already.
The rest seems to be made up of water, Rusk and salts and preservatives of some kind or another.
On to the cooking they produced a very large amount of fat I always use my George foreman for cooking meats and I had to change the tray half way though cooking.
I had made them up with a full English and hadn't told the other half they were Tesco value.
He took one bite looked at me and asked why I was feeding him out of date cat food.
I must admit they tasted really bad you couldn't even taste any meat and for some reason slightly tasted of pope poray.
In all I am not one bit impressed with this product and would not recommend it to any one ,sorry Tesco's.
I am really loving this saving money kick I have been going through recently.
I have this theory about food that as long as you have bulk and a lot of flavour, you can to a point eat practically anything that isn't going to harm you.
So with that in mind why go for expensive tasty sausages, when you can just buy the cheap ones, treat them as the bulk of the meal and just add the flavour yourself.
These are only about 50p a pack, and the good old sausage is so versatile. You don't have to just fry them up and plop them on a plate with mash.
I love to steam these with loads of onions and tasty herbs. You can also slice up your potatoes and cook them in the steam as well. They really are hearty served up like this plated or in a bowl with onion gravy with plenty of bread and butter.
I also like to chop them up and casserole them in a cook in sauce - your choice of flavour, whatever you fancy.
They are not perfect for making a sausage sandwich out of (I prefer a thinner sausage for this), but as long as you smother the sausages with tomato ketchup or brown sauce and make sure you have a hot sweet cup of tea, you will have your hunger satisfied.
Make sure you have a nice strong flavour with these and you will be OK
I'm never had a problem buying food from the Value range of Supermarkets. Well perhaps when I was younger and it was considered "Scaffy", but I am conscious of the value of the £ thesedays, and I have bought Value sausages quite a lot. Although when I have some Flash Cash, I will normally splash out on shopping, but that's a bit silly isn't it?
These are sold in Tesco and are situated in the chiller cabinet, nearby to the other meat items such as Black Pudding, Burgers, Haggis and so on. Generally at the Fry up section of the supermarket. They cost 44p and you get 8 thick sausages in the pack.
The packaging isn't that exciting, but it is a Value pack and the packaging is one of the things that is budgeted on in these ranges. It is just a clear cellophane wrapper and it has the Tesco Value badge on the pack and the colourings are red and blue on here. These sausages go from the fridge to getting cooked, so I never bother about packaging.
I have heard other people saying that these seemed greasy and fatty. I always cook my Sausages in my George Foreman grill. I slice each sausage down the middle, open them up flat and cook them that way. The George Forman seems to take ages to cook things, but I like to cook in here. I turn these over now and again and they come out with crisp skin and softer insides.
You do get a lot of grease out of these in the drip tray, but I wouldn't say it seems like any more than any other sausages. I find that most Sausages give out a lot of grease anyway, and at least if you see it in the drip tray, then it isn't in you!
Looking at the Sausages they are nice and pink. I didn't see much of the clear fatty bits in these, and they didn't look that grissly. My mum uses these in her slow cooker and makes a casserole, so she likes them as well.
The only thing they seem to lack is some kind of herbs, or seasoning. So they aren't seasoned - not a huge deal to me. Anyway after putting these in a butty with a splodge of sauce, they do me fine.
Perhaps not the best sausages i've had, but if they are cooked right, I think they taste alright.