Product Type: Walls Meat / Fish
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Walls Micro Sausages
Member Name: Drewster_Rooster
Walls Micro Sausages
Advantages: convenient to cook, quick, tasty
Disadvantages: they look and smell a bit dodgy when uncooked
Generally I don't eat sausages too regularly as find them to be quite unappealing to look at and I never quite trust what has actually gone into them. I also find them to be difficult to cook through without burning and release a lot of fat so on the whole I tend to avoid. Whilst doing our last lot of grocery shopping I noticed these Microwave sausages for sale and having the urge to eat a sausage sandwich thought I would buy a box in and give them a try.
Packaged in a box of 8 (not 6 as shown above) and in a predominately blue box the sausages are wrapped in pairs in a see through wrapper. The box gives full heating instructions depending on the quantity of sausages you want to prepare and having a nicely prepared sandwich roll on hand I placed 2 in the microwave and set the timer accordingly.
In their cold, fresh out of the packet state the sausages look and feel a bit on the manky side if I'm being honest, and my first impressions were not good. They had a strange aroma about them that smelled like cold meat that had been stood a while and appearance wise they were a bit on the shrivelled and pitiful looking side. Thinking that I had probably made a huge mistake I committed myself to at least try them so waited for the timer to countdown on the microwave.
A minute or so later and the sausages were ready. Removing them from the microwave I was actually quite impressed with the visual results. They had transformed from limp looking sausages to nicely browned, plump and moist and the smell coming from them made my mouth water. Splitting them in half to put in my sandwich I noticed that they were easy to cut through and didn't seem to leak any fat or water and I actually found myself looking forward to tasting them.
After a liberal application of Tomato ketchup I was ready to eat my sausage sandwich and I have to say despite my initial misgivings they actually tasted really good. Definitely meaty and well seasoned they had a lovely taste to them that certainly seemed like a 'real' sausage.
Being a well known brand name and probably most associated with sausages 'Walls' certainly have produced a winner here in my opinion. No need for grilling for 10-15 minutes, or frying in oil or fat and being careful to avoid splashes and spits these are certainly quick and convenient to cook and overall they taste great.
Surprisingly the calorie and fat content wasn't as horrendous as I was anticipating, with 2 sausages providing 256 calories, 19.0 grams of fat - of which 7.0 grams are saturates and 1.8 grams of salt. Of course I realise that these figures could never be considered 'good' but for a once in a while treat when the fancy takes you then I can certainly incorporate these figures into my daily allowance and not feel too guilty about it.
As I mentioned in my opening paragraph I am always wary about what meat actually ends up in a sausage, so for the sake of a thorough review I will list the ingredients:
Pork Belly (40.5%), Pork Shoulder (21%), Water, Rusk (Wheat), Pork Fat (3.5%), Potato Starch, Ingredients Less That 2%: Wheat Fibre, Salt, Soya Protein Concentrate, Dextrose, Stabilisers (E450 (I), E450 (Ii)), Onion Powder, Preservative (E223), Yeast Extract, Antioxidant (E300), Herb Extract, Spice Extracts, Colour (Cochineal).
Not that bad when read then, with 61.5% content being Pork meat and the majority of the remainder being water, starch and the stabilisers and herbs.
I don't suppose they will appeal to everyone and as already stated my first impressions on seeing them in their uncooked state was less than positive. However once cooked I could tell no discernable difference between these microwaved ones and others that have been prepared by conventional means, and on that basis they ended up being a surprising hit with me.
I bought our box of 8 from Morrisons for £2.00 so probably a little expensive when compared to buying sausages in packs and presumably they are charging extra for the convenience aspect. Saying that though I would buy them again and I really enjoyed my sausage sandwich the other day and would certainly recommend these to anyone who wants to save a little time and a lot of cleaning up.
5/5 Dooyoo stars despite their sorry looking state when uncooked; thanks for reading my review.
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