“ Brand: Cauldron / Type: Vegetarians „
DON'T BUY! I recently saw a 3 for 2 offer in Sainsburys and took it, particularly as Waitrose stopped stocking these almost a year ago. Regrettably Cauldron has seen fit to "improve" the recipe and they now taste truly awful, with a particularly meaty texture. I'm not stuck with 2 packets I won't eat. I understand from a Waitrose staff member that they stopped stocking them due to not agreeing to the change in recipe. Cauldron's change of recipe is a great shame because they used to be the best veggie sausages out there. I am now on the lookout for something new as I'm not keen on the other brands like Quorn stocked by the main supermarkets.
I got these sausages last night in Sainsburys, and the whole cauldron section had been re-branded and they look much better now. The packet was also 6 sausages, not 4.
The packaging looks a bit different now, the background is black and it just looks a bit more up to date and stylish, and 6 sausages is a bit better than 4.
The pack of 6 costs £1.99, which I thought was good as it's the same price as a pack of Quorn sausages in which you only get 5 sausages.
These sausages are suitable for vegetarians but not vegans. It says on the packet that (per sausage) there is 7.8g of protein, 2.0g of carbohydrates and 4.4g of fat. I think that is pretty reasonable, considering the RDA of fat for a female is about 70g of fat.
It says to cook these sausages from fresh just pop them in the oven for about 20 minutes, so we did and they came out perfect. They were brown, but not burned, and they were soft in the middle. They tasted very nice too, they are full of herbs as a Lincolnshire sausage should be. They were very filling too, I was starving so ate all my 3, but 2 would have been plenty on a normal day. I really enjoyed them.
I would say these are very different from meat sausages, and you can tell from the consistency when you eat them, that they aren't, but as a healthy alternative they are very tasty, and a lot better than the quorn sausages that I find quite papery. I know that sounds weird but that is how I would describe the Quorn ones, and I would now go for these everytime.
They do have other products in their range and I think I will try a few more things, as I was very impressed with these.
I've tried a few Cauldron products now and really like them, so when I had the chance to get 3 for 2 in my local Sainsbury's I of course took it. One of the items I chose was this pack of 4 Lincolnshire Veggie Sausages, which normally cost around £1.50 on their own.
Being a vegetarian, I don't know a great deal about different kinds of sausages but a meat-eating friend informs me that Lincolnshire sausages typically contain onion and herbs. Well, I like onion and herbs - so far so good.
The packaging of these sausages, similar to other Cauldron products, is a light brown cardboard sleeve with the product name in green and purple with an attractive looking picture of the product. The packaging is simple but eye-catching. There are four sausages included in the pack. They should be kept in the fridge and eaten before the use-by date (once opened eat within 24 hours); alternatively they can be frozen for up to a month. This is what I usually do as I rarely want to eat all 4 sausages at a time.
There are only 83 calories per sausage which sounds great to me - I'm sure they're healthier than normal sausages! The sausages are made mostly of tofu, but also contain onion and herbs as mentioned, spices, and vegetable fat. They are not suitable for vegans as they contain egg powder, and they also contain soya, barley and wheat gluten, for anyone who is allergic to those things.
The packaging (except for the plastic film) can be recycled and Cauldron encourage you to do this on the packet, which is great.
To cook, put them in the oven on a baking tray for 20 minutes; grill them for 10 minutes turning frequently; or shallow fry over a medium heat for 10 minutes. I usually opt for the former.
I ate these sausages on two occasions - I had two with mashed potato, vegetables and gravy, and two in a sandwich with brown sauce.
The texture of the sausages is fine - tougher on the outside and softer on the inside, very easy to eat. They looked and smelled very appetising. Unfortunately the flavour let them down. Although I could detect the onion and herbs, the sausages were very salty and this overpowered any other flavour. I had to drink loads of water after eating them!
I'm not a major fan of these sausages because of the saltiness. I probably wouldn't buy them again unless I was dying for vegetable sausages and there were no other brands available. They are better then Quorn ones which are tasteless in my opinion, but nowhere near as nice as Linda McCartney's or indeed Cauldron's Cumberland Veggie Sausages (which I will review next time I buy them). If you are going for Cauldron sausages I recommend the Cumberland ones.
Not my favourite veggie product, certainly not my favourite Cauldron product.
I am the only veggie in a house full of meat eaters, however i am also the one that does the majority of the cooking. As a consequence I often find myself making a meaty meal and then find feeding myself as being a bit of an after thought.
I am not a massive fan of veggie burgers, sausages etc but to be homes if I am making sausage casserole for the rest of the family it is easier to buy some veggie sausages and make one for myself rather than to prepare an entirely different meal. Up until recently I have always bee a bit disappointed by the veggie sausages on offer, they have always been a bit bland and had a bit of a strange texture. I actually tried some absolute stinkers last week which I think were Tesco's own but I do usually tend to go for the Quorn ones.
I'd spotted the Cauldron Lincolnshire sausages in the chilled vegetarian section of my local Tesco's for some time, however I had always been reluctant to try them as they came in a pack of 4 which seemed a bit of an odd size to me. This week I decided to give them a whirl however and was really pleasantly suprised. I pan fried them for about 15 minutes and while cooking they did start to look very appetizing, they sizzled away like a proper sausage and they also gave off quite a pleasant aroma. When they were all golden in colour I served them up and I served them up with some mash and onion gravy.
I was really impressed, they were substantial and had a great texture that wasn't at all rubbery or spongey like some I have tried. They were also quite moist and incredibly tasty. They were well seasoned and actually had quite a spicy kick as a good lincolnshire sausage should have.
I will definately buy these again and am interested to see how well they work in a casserole. A pack of 4 of these sausages cost £1
As the wife of a veggie I use a lot of the Quorn range of products but until recently I was pretty unfamiliar with the Caludron range, these two seeming to be the backbone of supermarket veggie fare .
Having tried and enjoyed the tofu which Cauldron make I decided to give the sausages a go and bought a pack of 4 lincolnshire sausages for £1.00 on special offer in my local asda (the usually retail for around £1.48). This is a similar price to quorn sausages.
Each sausage contains 83 calories and 2.0g of saturated fat which is considerably higher in terms of fat than their quorn counterparts (50 cals and 0.3g of fat). This makes one sausage worth 1.5 weight watchers points (against 1 point per quorn sausage) so not a huge difference to my current diet plan.
I cooked these in the oven for around 25 minutes from chilled but they can also be grilled or shallow fried.
Once cooked I served these with some garlic mashed potato, both my husband and I were amazed at the flavour of these sausages. Being used to quorn which can be incredibly bland and really has to be jazzed up by other flavours to be enjoyed, these were a very pleasant surprise!
These sausages taste herby and have the same seasoning and flavour as a 'real' lincolnshire sausage would have, they also have a much meatier texture than quorn and are thicker to cut through. The peppery flavour is quite strong and they are a revelation in our opinion on bland vegetarian foods.
We have been converted and will definitely be investing in these sausages from now on, I have also tried them chopped up in a sausage casserole and they worked very well here too. The versatility is the same as with the quorn version but the taste is far superior. A great buy.
I'm not a veggie, but at times I like to try new foods and reduce the amount of meat I eat to keep the amount of fat I consume down as much as possible.
When it comes to sausages I like quorn sausages normally but at times can get bored with them, and my partner hates them so to avoid having to buy different types of bangers for us I look out for something a bit different that we'll both enjoy.
Here's where Cauldron comes in, well I hoped they would anyway...... I was in co-op recently and spotted a pack of their veggie sausages on offer. They reduced to half price so of course I picked them up, I had read in a magazine that these sausages were one of the better types of meat alternatives available and that they had a good, "just fried" taste.
I cooked the whole pack of four sausages this morning, thinking that bloke and I could have 2 each for breakfast. I placed them on a baking tray and baked them in the oven for 20 minutes as I didn't want to waste time watching them on the grill or in a frying pan.
They smelt wonderful whilst cooking, almost as cook as standard bangers. However on taking them out of the oven I didn't know what to make of them. They looked shiny and a little too greasy even though I hadn't put any oil on them at all whilst they were cooking. I hoped they would taste better than they looked....I was wrong.
The first bite was promising but then I was hit with an awful greasy after taste, like I had just swallowed a bucket of cooking oil. Not good. Needless to say bloke declined to have any seeing the look on my face leaving me to finish the lot myself, nice.
I didn't want to waste the sausages so I forced them all down, they repeated on me for hours and I had to drink gallons of water and diet coke to take away the taste.
I will NOT be buying these again.
Cauldron's Lincolnshire veggie sausages are one of a range of vegetarian products made by Cauldron Foods and were selected by yours truly on account of them being one of very few veggie dishes sold by my local tiny supermarket when I was in need of a quick and easy supper. I bought them expecting a bland experience and was pleasantly surprised by them. The pack of four sausages cost £1.53, which is pretty reasonable by ready meal standards.
These sausages are dark brown with speckled bits, and are the shape and size of regular sausages - solid tubes about three to four inches long and one inch in diameter. They smell and taste like fake meat sausages generally do, i.e. dark and savoury, with overtones of onions and herbs. They don't have as much umami as many seitan-based vegetarian dishes, but they have somewhat less MSG. They don't actually taste like any particular meat, they are more just generically savoury in the same way that onion gravy is - dark, rich and a bit yeasty.
The texture is firm but not rubbery or chewy (which is a pleasant surprise since many vegetarian products turn to mush or are too tough to eat whenever I cook them!).
I have so far tried eating them fried, BBQed, grilled, casseroled and microwaved. Touch wood, even though I am a terrible cook, I haven't managed to turn them into anything I deemed inedible yet, though my guests may not agree with me!
===Good for BBQing===
These sausages are better for BBQing than ones made from bound together pieces of vegetables, because they don't lose their structural integrity when you cook them, unlike the vegetable ones, which fall apart and land in the coals when you try to cook them. Plus they have an advantage over real meat that it's much harder to get food poisoning from undercooked vegetarian fake meat than it is from the genuine thing - you don't have to be too massively careful about making sure these are thoroughly and evenly cooked.
===Is it fake meat?===
If you don't like vegetarian foods that have a "meaty" taste or texture then stay away from these flavoured tofu sausages - they have a distinctly savoury umami-rich taste, and the texture aims to be a bit like real meat sausages (which, of course, are nothing like meat). I don't think that they taste like real meat products, but I've not had any in so many years that I wouldn't really know which veggie sausages did and which didn't taste like the real thing.
===How best to eat them===
The best way that I have found of using these is to make a veggie casserole out of them. Chop the sausages up, fry with an onion. Add some diced potato and whatever other vegetables you fancy, a tin of tomatoes and some herbs and enough vegetable stock to make sure it doesn't burn. Cook fast on the hob for twenty minutes or so, then slow cook a while to get the flavours to mix properly. It tastes even better with dumplings (especially the next day by which point the juices have soaked through the dumplings). So be sure to make extra to have for lunch the next day!
===The packaging and product branding===
The sausages come in a film covered plastic tray with a cardboard sleeve. The picture on the cardboard sleeve shows bangers and mash with onions and mushroom gravy. This seems to be aiming this product at people who like good solid food and enjoy their meat and two vegetables. Yet on the back, it makes a big thing about recycling and how it is made from non-GM foods, so I think overall it's got a bit of a hippy "alternative" feel to it.
Each sausage contains 83kcal, 5g of protein, 4.8g of carbohydrates, 4.9g of fat, 3.5g of fibre and 0.4g of sodium. That's a pretty whopping amount of sodium, so these are not exactly healthy for you no matter how alternative they look.
===Ingredients and allergy advice===
The sausages contain egg, soya, barley and wheat gluten. So they are not vegan. However, they don't contain any dairy. The main ingredients are tofu, onion, a very long list of seasonings, oil and binders. I'm not quite convinced that anything with a list of ingredients that long is good for me!
===Isn't that really awful, a vegetarian eating fake meat things?===
Is it? I don't see it myself - although I'm a bit of an agnostic in the whole "Should vegetarians eat products that taste like meat?" debate - eat whatever you want to eat folks, whose business is it anyway? And let's face it, fake meat flavour never does taste authentic anyway. I've gone hungry at restaurants enough times over the years that there are very few vegetarian things that I'll turn my nose up at.
In conclusion, it's not really a very healthy product. But few ready meals are. And if I'm feeling too lazy to cook properly then it's tasty enough and easy to cook. Plus it's a good way of getting some protein without too many calories.
One used to quite regularly meet ('meat!') really militant vegetarian types who had real bees in their bonnets about vegetarians who liked meat-free food products that'd been made to look like they were made from meat. 'Why would anyone want to eat a fake bacon rasher made from soy?' they'd say - their problem not being the soy or someone's eating of it of course, but the fact that the product had been shaped into something that looked vaguely like it had been sliced out of the belly of a pig. I never quite understood what they were griping about - that is, until I tried Cauldron Lincolnshire Veggies Sausages, because honestly, what is the point of eating these blasted things?
It is far from impossible to mass-produce a decent veggie banger. If you studiously avoid products made by Cauldron - and, in my experience Linda McCartney (though I've heard they've totally revamped the McCartney veggie-soss recipe in recent years which can only have led to some kind of improvement) there are some all-right brands on the market. The contents don't even have to resemble or taste vaguely sausage-like for a veggie banger to be quite nice to eat; I've had veggie sausages with nuts and grains in that've still been all right.
But the Cauldron rubbish - oh my goodness. I don't buy them any more so I can't comment in detail on what goes into the horrible things - but I suspect it is largely plant-derived fibre of a type the human gut is not at all equipped to successfully digest, or to extract any useful nutritional value from whatsoever. Add to that the fact that they taste pretty unpleasant - over-ridingly bland and yet at the same quite herbally weird (that'll be the 'Lincolnshire flavouring' I bet) one has to wonder, WHAT IS THE POINT of eating them?
The texture is mealy and yet at the same time in the cooked product, squidgy and soft. You can fry them for ages and they still won't firm up. And in their 'raw' state they look terrible when you remove them from the packet - almost nacreous with an unhealthy-looking surface-coating of what's almost certainly vegetable-derived white grease of the type that recent healt warnings suggest that nobody should ever eat any of, ever, ever.
When last I bought this awful product, it was selling at about £1.75 to £2 for a packet. Never again.
Let me start this review by pointing out to you I am not a Vegetarian. However I do like to limit my consumption of meat I and like different alternatives from time to time. I am a fan of Cauldron products but hadn't tried these before and when I noticed the price of them was only 70p for a packet of 4 their card was marked for a sausage and tomato butty one night!
The 4 sausages come in a black plastic tray with a clear covering over the top of them. The light cardboard sleeve is a light pinky/beige colour and simply slides off with ease. On the front of the sleeve there is a photograph of the sausages and I'm told they are Cauldron 4 Lincolnshire Veggie Sausages, that they are Vegetarian Society approved, the best before date is clearly stamped on and I'm told to keep them refrigerated and the weight is displayed (200g). Other information on the back of the sleeve includes a list of ingredients and allergy advice, nutritional information, how to cook and store them and contact details for Cauldron are given. Nice environmentally friendly packaging this is as there isn't much of it but remains informative enough!
You can oven cook them for about 20 minutes, pop them on a grill for 10 minutes or shallow fry them for about 10 minutes. The choice is yours!
Well I grilled mine just to clarify. When I took them out of the container they had an almost white appearance and felt really smooth and a bit hard to the touch. I grilled them, flipped them about a bit and in total they did take around 10 minutes to colour up and take on a slight golden colour. They didn't ooze any oils whilst cooking and stayed firm though did crisp up slightly on the outside did feel a bit odd.
As I bit into it, the sausage did feel a bit weird in my mouth and took me a couple of bites to get used to them. Although quite thick I didn't get any really texture. It was smooth and if your a meat eater that feels a bit odd lol.
However I got used to this and actually rather enjoyed them to be honest. The tofu (which is the made ingredient of these) stayed firm and didn't contain a lot of flavour though the onion and spices added to these did give a sort of sagey stuffing taste. They were well seasoned as well which saved me having to get the salt pot out!
Not the best veggie sausage I've ever tasted though I won't argue they wernt good quality cos they were. They looked nice enough, held well and cooked in the time stated on the sleeve. For me though they lacked something. I think for me it was just the texture being a bit sort of soggy but firm and they confused my brain slightly or something. Not bad on the taste stakes though and these are versatile so you can use them for sausage and mash, on sarnies.... anything really. You won't be fooled into believing they are meat if you have half a brain but they're simply ok and look at the cost of them!
Contains egg, soya, barley & wheat gluten.
Nutritional Information Per 100g (2 sausages):
Salt equivalent: 2.0g
of which sugars: 1.5g
of which saturates: 4.0g
Available in all good supermarkets etc.
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Every so often, I like to try something a little different - I get a little bored of eating the same old thing again and again, so I like to mix it up a little . Thats why I decided to pick up some veggie sausages from the chiller section of my local supermarket - I'm not vegetarian, but I was curious to see how these measured up .
Now, I've tried veggie sausages of various kinds in the past - cheesy leeky glamorgan sausages for example, and vegetarian hotdogs . But these, Lincolnshire Style Veggie Sausages were new to me .
There are four sausages in a 200g pack, and they're pretty nicely sized, pleasingly plump. I think 2 sausages, with a bit of mash, veg and gravy would definitely be a good sized meal.
Sliding the plastic pack out from the cardboard sleeve (which was a tasteful pale brown colour with green accents, I looked at the sausages . They looked pretty good - a fairly pale colour, flecked with herbs . Upon opening the packets, I was hit by a strong herb smell, and was glad to find a high level of sage and pepper in the smell - the mark of a good Lincolnshire sausage .
You can cook these either in the oven, fried, or grilled . As I do with everything, I chucked it onto my George Foreman grill - and was pleasantly surprised - most vegetarian sausages and burgers fail the GF squish test , and end up flattened by the lid of the grill . These sausages had a sort of skin, which stopped them getting squished . So, I still had sausages that looked like sausages!
And you know something - they smelled a lot like sausages too - herby scents filled my kitchen, as well as a hint of onion, and something that smelled almost ...meaty . Now, these are veggie, and are made mainly from tofu, so I'm at a loss to explain where the meaty aroma came from - it was only very slight, but was a surprise!
Biting into the sausage, the texture was pretty different from my normal meat sausages . Smoother, less coarsely textured , and softer to bite into. The first flavour you got was a whack of sage, followed by some spicy pepper, and then a milder flavour, perhaps a combination of Tofu and herbs . It didn't taste like a meat Lincolnshire sausage, but taking comparisons with meat away, it did taste really nice . My only criticism is that I do expect a Lincolnshire sausage to be a little coarse in texture - and this really was a little too smooth .
However, I didn't feel like I'd missed my meat, as I do with some other veggie products .
Per 100g (2 sausages) this contains 181 calories,10.5g of protein, and 10g of fat . That seems a lot of fat, but I have to say, I can overlook the fat content for good flavour!
These cost me a pound for a pack of four in Asda, which I think is very reasonable, and a price I would gladly pay again .
I actually liked these sausages so much that I emailed Cauldron with my comments on the product, and was very surprised to recieve two £1 vouchers in the post from them to be redeemed against any Cauldron product, as well as a sheet detailing their full range and where it was stocked .
Overall, I really like these sausages . I'll be taking off one star for the slightly too smooth texture and the slightly too high fat content , but I have already purchased them again using my vouchers, as well as some rather lovely burgers . They taste yummy, they smell great, and as an added little bonus - the eggs they contain are free range!