“ Brand: Asda / Type: Vegetarians „
Always keen to save some money and try new veggie products, I bought a bag of Asda's own version of meat free mince last week. It ticked the boxes for me straight away as it was priced at £2 for a large frozen bag (600g) which beats Quorn who do a 300g bag priced at £1.88.
However, I was a little sceptical as Quorn has always in the past proved the be the only veggie mince product which tastes and feels good and actually soaks in the flavour. I was a little worried that this would be another poor imitation and would end up getting thrown away.
I decided to try it out on a spaghetti bolognese as a simple enough tester dish. On opening the packet and pouring some into the frying pan I noticed straight away that it looks a little different to the Quorn version in so much as the chunks (so to speak) are larger and the product is less stuck together and looser.
I began cooking and the mince responded in exactly the same way as the quorn would, it cooked quickly in the bolognese sauce and seemed to be marinating quite nicely. It still looked noticably 'fatter' than its more expensive counterpart though and I was worrying that this would make it feel different in the mouth, possibly soggy.
On tasting however, both my husband and I were really impressed with the flavour. It seemed to have taken in the flavour even more than the quorn one usually does and the texture, far from making it soggy, actually makes it feel more like real mince when you are eating it. My other half was immediately converted and says it is better than quorn altogether, we will be sticking with it from now on!
Great value and a product that it really is worth downgrading a brand on as it seems to be a great quality item which is equally as versatile and tasty as quorn mince, if not better!