“ Brand: Linda McCartney / Type: Vegetarians „
Linda McCartney Vegetarian Sausages (Frozen)
Size: 300g 6 sausages
Packaging: Strong Cardboard Box
How do I recognise it? Brown coloured box, featuring the new Logo - a big circle with Linda across the centre a heart shaped face and other text. They will be in the vegetarian area of the freezer.
Linda McCartney produced her range of tasty healthy vegetarian products before her death, the Linda McCartney legacy lives on and the products continue to be improved and developed for the contemporary market. In case you are too young to know, Linda McCartney was an American photographer who was blissfully married to Paul McCartney (now Sir Paul). Linda was outspoken and passionate about animal welfare and from her farmhouse in East Sussex was coaxed into creating and producing her own range of Vegetarian meals and meat replacements.
There is a range of fresh and frozen Linda McCartney products and I am reviewing the Vegetarian Sausages. I buy and use the Linda McCartney range for a number of reasons, the main reasons I buy these sausages are:
* Convenience: Cook from frozen in minutes
* Great for quick wraps, and jambalaya
* Enjoying more Vegetarian options in our diet
Linda McCartney Foods Claim:
"Mum believed that the kitchen was the heart of the home and we are proud to carry on her ethos of honest, delicious vegetarian food that's good for animals, the earth and you."
"Rehydrated Textured Wheat Protein (63%), Vegetable Oil, Water, Peas and Wheat Protein (4%), Flavourings, Rusk, Stabiliser - Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose."
An advisory informs the consumer that the product contains "Wheat, Gluten, Sulphur Dioxide". All potential allergens.
The taste: You could not describe these as tasting like good meat sausages, they don't, however as part of a traditional cooked breakfast they are an excellent accompaniment to bacon eggs, et al, either vegetarian or omnivorous. Linda McCartney sausages are delicious dipped into a runny egg yolk. But the taste, how to describe it? I suppose the best description is it's like a mouthful of a winter stew, you know the type where if there is meat present or not the ingredients have been cooked so long the flavours and textures all meld in with the stock, so that lentils, beans etc all lose their individual flavour and texture.
Texture: The texture is like marinated chicken, soft in the mouth, yet they do not lose shape or crumble.
Advantages why I buy: Having had a recent health scare despite believing I have a healthy diet, we were looking for a replacement for or favourite breakfast sausages. I think these work best as part of a cooked breakfast, as dipped in runny egg yolk or with a fork mixed with grilled tomato they are very nice. With mash and peas they are OK especially if you make a good strong onion gravy. Otherwise they don't quite hit the spot.
Disadvantages: I was surprised when I typed up the contents list. These are supposed to replace the protein part of a meal, and do contain 11.3g of protein per sausage, yet the ingredients state that the protein content is from wheat protein. Now, I consider wheat a carbohydrate, with a small protein content. So not ideal if you are watching the carbs.
Others in range: There are several products in the Linda McCartney vegetarian range and I especially like the vegetarian pies.
Do I recommend? Yes, with reservations, there are nicer vegetarian alternatives out there, and for meat eaters there are pricier lean meat sausages readily available. Where these score is in value for money and ease of storage and use.
Price and Availability: Available from all major supermarkets, Iceland and some independents. This pack cost me £1.69 in Asda last week.
Thank you for reading.
6 months on - currently loving the special edition Rosemary & Onion version
Linda McCartney sausages are a meat free alternative to real sausages, and are part of a full range of Linda McCartney vegetarian food including sausage rolls, and cheese, red onion and leek plaits.
I am not personally a vegetarian but I rarely eat meat as I don't really like a lot of it, and I don't like sausages, which is why I first tried the LM meat-free version.
I have seen three different varieties of these sausages but this review is about the 'normal' ones (pictured) as these are the ones I normally choose, due to them being yummy and available in most supermarkets. I buy these in a box of six, from the freezer section of any of the supermarkets - depending on price. They usually cost between £1 - £2.50 for a box (the latter of which I think is too much) so when I see them for about £1 in any of the supermarkets I tend to stock up.
As I said I buy these frozen and they can be cooked any way you would cook a normal sausage. I usually go for the George Foreman but you can grill them, fry them, BBQ them, etc. I don't think they are actually raw as they only take about 10-15 minutes to cook so I think it's more a case of defrosting/heating them.
Personally I love these sausages and eat them every week, but I know they are not to a lot of people's tastes. They don't really taste an awful lot like real sausages (why would I like them if they did!) so they aren't great for lovers of meat. It's hard to describe the taste but they aren't too bland as some meat substitutes are, and I really like the texture of them. It is kind of 'oaty' and fairly soft on the inside but crispy on the outside.
Health-wise, I don't think these sausages are too bad. Each sausage has 101 kcal and 4.4 grams of fat, I am not too up on whether this is any good but I manage to fit them into my healthy diet ok! They are made from seasoned cereal and vegetable protein which doesn't sound too bad to me either?!
These sausages are suitable for vegans also.
If anyone would like the full ingredients:
Rehydrated Textured Wheat Protein (63%), Vegetable Oil, Water, Pea and Wheat Protein, Flavourings, Rusk, Stabiliser: Hydroxy Propylmethyl Cellulose, Textured Wheat Protein contains:, Wheat Starch, Flavourings contain:, Dextrose, Salt, Onion, Yeast Extract, Colour-Red Iron Oxide, Rusk contains:, Wheat Flour, Salt
These vegetarian sausages may look a bit strange when pulled out of the box as they are a bit white looking because of being frozen, yet they sure are quite tasty when cooked.
There are six in the packet, which is a simple cardboard box with no plastic inner packaging - something that is quite pleasing to folk like me who care about such things and our planet.
They are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. Plus I have also tried them on meat eaters who pooh pooh about vegetarian food and they quite enjoyed them. They can be cooked in the oven, or under the grill, or in a fry pan.
Here are some nutritional facts about them, and as you can see the are quite nutritional, as well as the list of ingredients:
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SAUSAGE
Carbohydrate: 4.1g (of which sugars): 1.3g
Fat: 4.4g (of which saturates): 1.8g
Salt: 0.9g (of which sodium): 0.3g
Rehydrated textured wheat protein, vegetable oil, water, pea & wheat protein, dextrose, salt, onion, yeast extract, hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose, wheat starch, red iron oxide
They contain wheat, gluten and sulphur dioxide/sulphites
They are free from genetically modified ingredients (Yayyyyyy!!!)
COOKING & SERVING
These sausages can be cooked in the oven, grilled, shallow fried, or even on the barbeque. The latter may help some vegetarians enjoy a BBQ, though perhaps not those who don't like their vegetarian food to be near any meat products or items it has been cooked on. Myself, I am not that strict as I choose to eat mainly vegetarian for health purposes. I haven't tried cooking them under the grill or on the barbeque myself, yet will share a bit about my own experience cooking them in the oven or shallow frying in a fry pan.
My favourite way of cooking and eating them is to cook them in the oven as I like the outer skin to not be too soft and a good tanned sausage colour - like 'normal' sausages - instead of pale (hmm, I sound like I am reviewing a suntan product now!). Cooked in an oven preheated to 200ºC/400ºF/Gas Mark 6. For a fan forced oven, which mine isn't, reduce the cooking temperature to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4. For 1-2 sausages cook for approximately 15 mins turning once until golden brown. For 6 sausages cook for approximately 18-20 mins. I then serve them either with mash potato, onion and tomato gravy, and vegetables or with yorkshire puddings, gravy, boiled or mashed potato, and vegetables.
My second favourite way of cooking these sausages - especially if I want to make a quick casserole, with vegetables and gravy, to serve over mashed potato yet don't want to do in the oven because of trying to keep our power bills down - is to shallow fry them. In our case this is over a gas flame. I don't like a lot of grease or fat in my cooking so I use a non-stick pan, a wee bit of olive oil which I heat a little bit (yet not too much!) before adding the sausages, then I quickly coat the sausages in this heated oil to seal them, cook a bit longer now and then lifting lid to turn them. I lower the heat a bit more and add the vegetables needing a bit more cooking (carrots etc) with some water, cover again and cook a bit more. Uncover and add the vegetables needing less cooking (broccoli etc), with some herbs, spices and seasonings. Then, just before these are fully cooked I add a bit more water and some gravy granules, lower the heat right down and cover with lid again. A bit of tomato paste is lovely in this. Before serving over mashed potato I cut the sausages up into pieces within my 'casserole'.
I don't know about you but this is making me hungry! Anyway, do try them. I think they are really good.
Am I the only person who suffered severe diarrhoea as a result of eating two of Linda McCartney's sausages? I was so ill and up at least forty times throughout the night on Monday last having eaten my evening meal about 6pm. I became very worried when I discovered blood too...enough said ... I have made an appointment to see my doctor. Unfortunately I have neither a receipt or package as proof of my purchase as I bagged the product to put in my fridge and of course threw away the packet. Would like a reply Marion Dante firstname.lastname@example.org
Firstly I must point out that I am not a Vegetarian (I tried that once for 3 months and missed bacon sandwiches too much!) but now-a-days I do tend to just eat white meat and very rarely eat red meat anymore, apart from in a tattie pot. It isn't so much for the reasons that most people stop eating meat, it's more to with health reasons, but mainly....and this is the big reason....I am extremely fussy about finding anything un-toward such as pieces of gristle in things such as mince, sausages and burgers, if I do then that's me finished with them and I can't enjoy my meal.
When I eat out, it isn't unusual for me to choose the vegetarian option purely because I enjoy it, and so when I saw these Linda McCartney sausages on offer for a pound for a pack of 5 I decided to give them a try. I figured that even if they weren't very nice, then I hadn't wasted much. Well, since then I have bought 3 or 4 more packs as we absolutely loved them, and I can't see us going back often if at all to the meat sausages we used to get.
Me and my other half tried them and we were very unsure about what to expect, well, we needn't have worried, they are really very yummy , they look, smell and taste like meat (which when I think about it, I'm not really sure if that is a good thing or not for a vegetarian?), even the texture is like meat, it's a very physcological thing though, I find it hard to get my head around the fact that they are not actually meat, and I keep on thinking that I'm going to come across a piece of gristle but then I relax and realise that I'm not, and that it's just pieces of onion, they really have got it spot on texture wise, or as my OH put it "It's witch craft!", he too was amazed at how good they are, and being the same as me (gristle wise), he doesn't want to go back to normal sausages either! I would love to test these on a meat eater just to see if they could notice that they weren't infact eating meat! I'm sure some would notice, but I think some might not! We've since tried about 4 or 5 other things from the Linda McCartney range have been impressed with all of them.
They are fairly low in Sat Fat per sausage, but one thing I have noticed that can be quite high is the salt content, they do contain quite a lot of seasoning which I like, but it's just something to be aware of, but like all things, eaten in moderation it's fine, and I've seen products with a higher content. But these really are a great alternative to meat for Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians alike, and I would (and have already!) recommend these highly.
They were on offer for a pound in various supermarkets, but I noticed today that the offer had finished, and they had gone back up to the normal price of £1.89. Another thing to take into account with this range is that different supermarkets only sell various items, so one might sell the pies, and one might sell the burgers, I'm not sure why that is? But so far, I think I've seen the sausages in most of the supermarkets.
These are definetly worth a try if you are looking for a healthier alternative to meat sausages, or want to try a vegetarian diet, they are so versatile and very yummy, I am most certainly surprised at how good they are and they are now a permanent addition to my freezer.
Price: £1 in Iceland for pack of 5 (20p per sausage)
Verdict: As good as the Chip shop sausage
Rival: Qourn (though quality wise, there's no comparison)
Where to find: Most supermarkets though Iceand is the cheapest
Size: Slightly longer than an average sausage
Calories/ fat : 202/ 8.8 for 2 sausages (weight: 50g each)
Wrapping: Simply boxed
Description: 'Vegetarian sausages made with a blend of cereal and vegetable protein'
Rehydrated Texture Wheat Protein (63%), Vegetable Oil, Water, Pea and Wheat Protein, Flavourings, Rusk, Stabiliser (Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose).
Textured Wheat Protein (Wheat Starch).
Flavourings (Dextrose, Salt, Onion, Yeast Extract, Colour (Red Iron Oxide)).
Rusk (Wheat Flour, Salt).
Vegetarian - Yes (of course!)
I love sausages but having really understood what goes into them I thought I'd try Linda McCartney Vegetarian sausages seeing as they are £1 for 5 in Iceland; moreover we serve them at work for vegetarians and they seem to really enjoy them.
For best results cook from frozen. They takes about 15 - 20 mins in the over or 10 mins under the grill.
They look a little like kebabs on the spit in that they are brown and slightly bumpy and rough to touch. They don't emit tonnes of Greece whilst cooking which is a bonus as I hate things swimming in fat, plus, it means it retains the moisture.
Taking them sausages out, they smell like southern fried chicken slightly. They are rough to touch and look like they are coated in breadcrumb though nothing crumbles off from them.
Taking a bite was a real pleasant shock. Firstly, the out layer is very crispy and crunchy and then I met the middle which had a lovely smooth 'meaty' texture without gristles of fat. I then realised these taste just like the Jumbo Sausages from the Fish n' Chip shop, but without the calories, fat and Greece. The crispy outer layer is like the batter.
The inside is a paler shade of brown and appears to consists of lots of strips of the vegetable protein and cereals that they are made from. Whilst chewing, you get the crisp of the sausage and then the lovely 'meatiness' of the inside which is really satisfying. Despite the lack of meat, thy are incredibly succulent and juicy.
There really is no comparison with Quorn sausages which are bland without any texture. These truly are the vegetarian rival to Jumbo sausages (if only they were jumbo!!).
Moreover, they are healthy, at only 8.8g of fat for 2 sausages, low carb (8.3g per 2 sausages) a nd high protein (22.5g).
The only disadvantage is that they didn't really fill me up because there was no meat, even though they were high in Protein. You'd need to bulk these out with something else.
I really recommend these and I will definitely be buying these again. Linda McCartney does a variety of other vegetarians meals and foods.
Visit the website: http://www.lindamccartneyfoods.co.uk/
PRICE: For 300g (6 sausages), normally £1.85 at my local Sainsbury's, but currently on special offer for £1
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per sausage):-
(of which sugars): 1.3g
(of which saturates): 1.8g
(of which sodium): 0.3g
Rehydrated textured wheat protein, vegetable oil, water, pea & wheat protein, dextrose, salt, onion, yeast extract, hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose, wheat starch, red iron oxide
Suitable for vegans & vegetarians (Vegetarian Society approved)
Contains wheat, gluten and sulphur dioxide/sulphites
Free from genetically modified ingredients
Although I will eat good ones, I'm not the world's greatest fan of meat sausages, and have always preferred most vegetarian varieties. Of course, veggie sausages are just as hit and miss when it comes to texture, flavour etc. as are those made for carnivores, but what for me makes most veggie sausages rise above meaty ones, is that they are always totally free of lumps of gristle.
I've tried most brands of vegetarian sausage that I've been able to lay my hands on, with pretty mixed fortunes. Sometimes I have bought the Linda McCartney brand, but usually only when they are on special offer as I do find them to be expensive for what they are.
Taking advantage of the current Sainsbury's offer of £1 per pack of six Linda McCartney Vegetarian Sausages, I stocked up on as many boxes as I estimated would fit inside of my freezer. I'd not had them for a few years, and did wonder if the taste/recipe had changed at all, as despite me having bought them on occasions, they had never been my favourite brand.
Linda McCartney Vegetarian Sausages are to be found in the deep freeze section of most, if not all, major supermarkets and some smaller grocery retail outlets. They are packed into an oblong shaped box, on the front of which is the standard Linda McCartney logo together with an image of a few of the cooked sausages. The rear of the box shows nutritional information, ingredients list, storage/cooking instructions, recycling advice and the manufacturer's contact details.
On opening the box, the sausages are floating free....they aren't packed into any kind of plastic casing or bag, which for me is a good thing as I hate to see things which are encased in loads of unnecessary packaging. Each sausage is of uniform size - that being of a standard fat pork sausage size in its cooked state - and is a sort of a dark, orange-ish tan colour. The surface of each sausage is quite rough, and together with the colour, gives what to me is a rather unappetising appearance in that it resembles far too closely what it should look like once it has been eaten and passed through the digestive process - and, that's the politest way I can word what I mean!!
The sausages can be fried, grilled or baked and need no pricking as they are skinless, therefore won't explode if you don't pierce them first. Although I have tried all the methods of cooking, I tend to prefer to oven bake them, or to roll them in flaky pastry and make sausage rolls. I find they are far too greasy when fried, but when grilled or baked, you need to keep an eye on them to make sure they don't get too dry - I tend to lessen the manufacturer's advised cooking time very slightly to avoid too much dehydration of the product.
Whichever method is chosen for cooking, during the process, the sausages give off little or no aroma and that has often had me wondering if I've forgotten to switch the oven on. Once cooked, the surface of the sausages looks a little dry, and the colour will have darkened to a deeper brown. You can tell that the texture is quite dense as you plop them on the plate - you will hear a soft, thudding sort of noise.
Despite the denseness of texture, these sausages are easy to cut open and the inside is more of a pinkish brown, as opposed to the darker outer colour. Once cut into, there is still little or no smell, and if you've never eaten them before, it's at this point lots of people will be wondering if they do actually have a flavour. Surprisingly, they do have quite a strong taste which isn't easy to describe as it doesn't bear much resemblance to anything else....the closest I can get is to say that it's slightly oniony, slightly herby and with a mere hint of laid-back saltiness - this saltiness isn't at all offensive and is a flavour enhancer, rather than being up front as one of the main flavours.
The consistency (when chewing) of the sausages, although tight and dense, is easy to chew and resembles that of meaty butcher's hand-made sausages. The texture is definitely veggie though and despite the fact that each sausage is fairly high in fat, there is no greasiness at all, like there would be with meat sausages....in fact, overall the formed and shaped sausage mixture is quite dry. I do personally find the flavour and texture quite pleasing though and it's great to chomp on a sausage with no gristly bits or globs of fat inside.
My favourite way of eating Linda McCartney Vegetarian Sausages is either made into a toad-in-the-hole, or wrapped in flaky pastry to make sausage rolls - you can keep them as big sausage rolls, or cut into little ones. They are a great alternative at Christmas to ordinary sausage rolls, although I'm not too sure how much healthier they would be, if at all, due to the high fat content (albeit most of the fat is unsaturated).
If I wanted to change anything about these sausages, I'd lower the salt levels quite considerably as although on eating it's not a direct salt hit, its presence is certainly detectable and I feel the product would taste better if the salt levels were drastically reduced. I'm not sure how the fat content could be reduced, as to do so would dry these sausages out even more - to tweak the recipe so that it contains less fat, I feel sure would make them a lot less edible.
Sainsbury's recommend that these sausages be cooked and eaten with mashed potato, onion gravy and greeen beans - I personally find that's not a very appetising menu suggestion, as that type of sausage meal works better (in my opinion) with meat ones. I don't find that they make a good sausage sandwich either, nor to me are they suitable as part of the great British breakfast. As said above, I like them best baked into sausage rolls or used to make a toad-in-the-hole, but they are also good cut into little pieces (bake first) and mixed with home-made savoury vegetable rice.
In summary, I say that these are fairly high up the ladder as far as vegetarian sausages are concerned, but I feel are a little too expensive to buy on a regular basis when they are sold at full price. If they were more delicious than they are, then I'd deem them as being worth paying more for, but I don't feel they are special enough to warrant an expensive price. I'd certainly recommend them for occasional use though, as despite them being a bit on the dry side, they are more nutritious than meat sausages and they do have a good overall consistency and flavour....it's just that they lack a certain specialness which prevents me from awarding the full whack of five stars.
Thanks for reading!
~~ Also published on Ciao under my CelticSoulSister user name ~~
There are a lot of options out there for meat-free sausages, some more widely available than others. Most supermarkets will make their own brand meat free option, plus there is the market leader Quorn, along with other brands such as Linda McCartney and Cauldron.
I must admit I'm not a fan of Quorn in general. I find almost all their products to be dry and chewy (with the exception of burgers), although the sausages are passable. They grill or barbecue quite well, but are still a little on the dry side.
Cauldron is a good option for something a little more interesting. They make Cumberland and Lincolnshire meat-free sausages, which are great for vegetarians. The sausages barbecue and grill very nicely, and make a good alternative at a barbecue to the usual Quorn burgers and sausages.
There is however, one type of vegetarian sausage which is better than all the rest. Step up the Linda McCartney vegetarian sausage. The Linda McCartney range was created by Linda, following an ethos of "honest, delicious vegetarian food that's good for animals, the earth and you". The range includes a variety of products in addition to the sausages, including pies, ready meals and sausage rolls (highly recommended).
The sausages are not billed as anything fancy, just sausages, and are a great all-rounder. Made from a blend of seasoned cereal and vegetable protein, the sausages have a very distinctive flavour which I have never managed to put my finger on. The flavour gives them an edge over the more standard-tasting Quorn option.
The Linda McCartney sausages can be cooked in the oven or by grilling. Unlike many vegetarian sausages, these actually start to sizzle a little when they're done, which mean you don't have to keep prodding them to check - always helpful. The sausages are also brilliant when done on a barbecue - the smoky barbecue flavour combined with the already distinctive taste of the sausages themselves is just delicious.
I really like to have the Linda McCartney sausages with mash and beans, veggie bangers and mash if you will. However my favourite way to eat them is on a sandwich, either hot or cold, with some ketchup and mayonnaise. Honestly - one of the best sandwich fillings ever. This is a really handy way to have sausages for your dinner, perhaps bangers and mash, and also cook your sandwich filling for the next days lunch at the same time.
A final point - the texture of the Linda McCartney sausages is vaguely like it is trying to be similar to meat, but it is quite different. One reason that I believe these are so good is because they are not trying too hard to be like meat, as many vegetarian sausages do. Vegetarians and meat eaters alike can enjoy them, without feeling they are a poor imitation.
I've had these on several occasions at a friend's place and it was only until this friend showed me the packaging that I believed they were meat-free. I have to say that I'm somewhat of a snob when it comes to meat vs. veggie meat dishes, having believed that the vegetarian options simply wouldn't or couldn't taste better than the real thing. How wrong I was!
I'm not a vegetarian myself but being a Hindu I don't eat beef and try to eat as little meat as possible without impacting on my nutrition intake. I take back all I said when it comes to these sausages at least! They're absolutely delicious and have me wanting more, enough, in fact to actively search the Linda McCartney range out at the supermarket and online. I can actually serve these to my vegetarian and vegan friends without having to worry about the quality or taste! What more could I ask for?
At the risk of sounding cheesy, these are the best sausages I've tasted in a while!!!
THANK YOU LINDA MCCARTNEY FOODS!!!
Years ago I found Linda McCartney sausages, but they weren't these. They came in a box of 8 and smaller then suddenly these big sausages were all we could find. I always thought and still do that it's a shame that the smaller ones don't seem to exist anymore - why does food always increase in size.
These sausages come 6 in a box and each sausage is 50g which is quite big and filling.
They can be cooked just like meat sausages - grilled, fried, in the oven or barbecued although on the box it doesn't mention fried.
I tend to grill or oven cook them, it says on the box to grill 2 sausages on medium heat it should take 10-12mins and to grill 6 15mins. I tend to cook them on a lower heat to start with as they are quite fat sausages and then turn the heat up slightly so they do take longer to cook but I want to be sure they are cooked properly.
To cook in the oven 2 sausages 15 mins and 6 18-20mins (200 C) I tend to cook mine for longer. I find they need to be cooked slower and longer so that they go brown.
These don't look like meat sausages because they are not smooth with a skin so when they are cooked they are not an even brown colour.
They are tasty, they have more taste than quorn sausages but they are also more fatty and I don't think these taste nice cold. I have had them cold and you can really taste the fat then. They leave a coating in your mouth which is just fat ugh! Never again will I eat these cold.
I can't say they taste meaty to all you meat eaters because they are not meat and I can't remember what meat sausages taste like.
When you bite into them the sausage has a nice flavour and they do look sausagy in the middle, they are not solid but the 'meat' is binded together.
Each sausage containd 101 calories which is nearly double what a quorn sausage contains.
------------------------- Ingredients -------------------------
rehydrated textured wheat protein
pea and wheat protein
flavourings dextrose, salt, onion, yeast extract
stabiliser - hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose
colour - red iron oxide
Linda McCartney was serenaded as "the lovely Linda" by Paul, but can the same be said of her vegetarian sausages? Linda, ofcourse died tragically from breast cancer, but her vegetarian food company continues seemingly as popular as ever.
At the moment these sausages can be found on special offer at Cost Cutter supermarkets, therefore you can buy 2 300g packs containing 6 good sized sausages per pack for only £1.89p which I feel is very reasonable. I purchased mine on Friday,and the quantity was ample to feed 4 adults and a child.I also had just bought a box of lovely fresh vegetables from a local farm,so we ate them with mashed potatoes, carrots,spring greens and a beef gravy made from granules. This is actually quite similar to the serving suggestion on the pack, apart from the gravy ofcourse, if you are totally vegetarian you'd use onion gravy.
The recyclable pack is attractvely designed showing a tempting photo of the sausages, which are Vegetarian Society approved,suitable for vegans, and glowingly endorsed by the McCartney family. If you would like to support the Meat free Monday organisation you can visit the website suggested on the pack www.supportMFM.org
The sausages should be kept frozen, and for best results should be grilled or barbequed from frozen,after removing the outer packaging. You can also oven cook from frozen, which is the method I chose,for 18 to 20 minutes for 6 sausages. I found mine a bit tough to cut into, in fairness I may have slightly overcooked them.
Well, as these sausages cook they do look delicious. They will need turning, and gradually turn a lovely toasty brown.The taste, in my opinion doesn't quite measure up, they are fairly salty, but lack a really delicious flavour.Family verdict wasn't too bad "edible" was the word used by my husband and daughter, who ate hers at speed following a busy day at work. I got the impression that any thing would have been edible. Probably I was the most critical,I felt they were a bit rubbery.
Although the idea of sausages seems nice, in general I can't see much point in disguising vegetarian food as meat. Pretend meat is never as good as the real thing in my opinion, as there are lots of tasty vegetarian dishes without disguising things as meat.
Full nutritional information and ingredients are given on the pack. They are non GM, made with non genetically modified soya, and containing wheat protein, vegetable oil,water, wheat and pea protein,flavourings, rusk and stabiliser.The colouring used is red iron oxide.
Typical values per 100g
In summary, yes I woud try them again, perhaps grilling them next time, but I am not too keen on the taste or texture
Linda McCartney, formerly Eastman, married Beatle, Paul McCartney in 1969. During her lifetime she lived up to her ideals. She wrote several vegetarian cookbooks and founded her own company producing vegetarian foods. Her husband, Paul, eventually also became a vegetarian.
Sadly, Linda died from breast cancer in April 1998. She left a great legacy in her food company and it's popularity continues to grow. When I first stopped eating meat I don't think this company existed. I hadn't heard of it, certainly. I feel that the range of foods offered is extensive and ever increasing, even after Linda McCartney's death. The food offered by this company makes being vegetarian easier as the products offered fit easily into a home where some members of the family eat meat and others don't. If serving sausages, I find it much easier to cook meat sausages and vegetarian sausages, rather than cooking something completely different. It makes the choice of meal much easier.
Linda McCartney vegetarian sausages are the best I have tried in terms of closely resembling 'real' meat. The taste and texture is very good. Even my 'picky' daughter, who has recently stopped eating meat, has tried these, okayed them and eaten them again. This is no mean feat! Yes, they are close to being mistaken for meat but not quite.
They are bought in a cardboard pack (300g) containing six sausages. The pakaging is from trees from sustainable forests and should be recyclable. (Local councils' recycling policies vary).
These sausages are widely available from health food shops and supermarkets. I buy mine usually from Sainsburys or Iceland. They are usually cheapest in Iceland. I usually get these on offer so pay aroud one pound per pack. they can be more expensive. In Sainsburys they work out at around £1.50 on a multy buy but can be more. I recommend stocking up when on offer as they don't take up too much freezer space.
They are made from rehydrated textured wheat protein . The soya used is non genetically modified soya.
This product is vegan friendly too.
Average GDA per two sausages:
*They contain Wheat, Gluten, Sulphur dioxide.
These sausages are best grilled or barbequed from frozen. Although not recommended by the manufacturer I have been known to fry these gently with a little onion, and I've liked the results. I often serve these as a vegetarian breakfast with soya bacon style rashers, eggs, beans and tomatoes, if I'm in a good mood! I actually prefer them as a dinner served with fried onions, peas and mashed potatoes- delicious! I also think they go well with some home made onion gravy, using the pan they were cooked in to make a tasty gravy.
For further details on this and other products in the Linda McCartney range please contact: www.lindamccartneyfoods.co.uk. here you will find a comprehensive website.
I am a vegetarian and I don't get enough protein so I'm always having these crappy vegetarian products forced upon me, bought by the dozen. And I am forced to eat them. Usually, these relationships never work out. I try one out and then the rest are left to linger in the freezer through my cold-hearted ways. These were kinda different though. The first difference was I felt these were a quite a reasonable price since it was £1 for 6. I mean, not amazing good or anything but I'm only going to eat one at a time so it does work out okay in the end.
The second difference is that they actually taste sort of nice. I haven't always been a vegetarian so I do remember some things that I used to eat like bacon and sausages. I might have distorted the impression these made on me over the years but I fancied these tasted quite close to what real sausages used to taste like. Then again, I never ate no fancy sausages, yo, so perhaps this is not an advantage for all you people of the gourmet food. But anyway, these definitely have a good flavour. The only disadvantage I feel is that they are quite dry inside. I don't know if all sausages are like this but I do find it rather unpleasant, so I can only eat these with a good dollop of tomato ketchup or baked beans or something. I couldn't eat it on its own in a hot dog or something. Then again, I do this with everything. Never mind, then.
I do these on the grill so the outside of the sausage is crunchy. This is obviously awesome because then you get that necessary contrast between the crunchy 'skin' and the soft inside. The sausages about average size. I compared them to the normal sausages in the freezer and they are the same, maybe bigger if anything. The 'skin' is a really dark brown and the inside is pale and I think it has the same texture as real sausages.
I recommend these if you are making a transition to vegetarianism and you miss some sausages. It's worth a go to aid the transition. They are also good if you don't like the fat of real sausages. You can just have these with your fried breakfast instead as a healthy alternative.
Although I do eat pork sausages, my mum is vegetarian and since she introduced me to Linda McCartney's vegetarian sausages, I would now rather eat these than pork sausages any day.
They aren't Quorn sausages so they don't look or taste like fake or rubbery meat but instead are made from seasoned cereal and vegetable protein making them very good for you. I know that doesn't sound at all appealing but they are actually really delicious. The inside is very soft and the outside has a slightly crisp outer edge and the entire sausage tastes of a slightly spicy seasoning. Depending on how you cook these, the oven will keep the edge quite soft, but under the grill it crisps it up.
They only take around 10-15 minutes to cook either in the oven or under the grill so they're quick and easy to prepare.
They are pretty expensive and that's the only downfall of eating these rather than pork sausages which you can pick up for quite good prices. A pack of 6 of these costs a whopping £1.90 which is very pricey, although they're often in Iceland for only £1 which is where I always buy them from.
These are so delicious either as part of a fried breakfast, with mash and beans or in a sandwich and they work in exactly the same way that meat sausages do apart from tasting much nicer.
Being almost Vegetarian as I'm at the moment staying with my Vegetarian friend in a caravan the one thing I really have missed is a sausage sarnie lately! Craving badly for some bangers I spotted these in the local Iceland store to us costing a pound a box and decided these would be good for me and my mate to share and enjoy!
Oblong box with a picture of the sausages on the front of the box and I'm told they are Linda McCartney 5 Vegetarian Sausages and that they are Vegan friendly and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. On the back of the box other information given includes being told how to cook them, ingredients and allergy advice is listed as is a full nutritional rundown and contact details for Linda McCartney are given.
Grill them for 10-12 minutes for 2 sausages of 15 minutes for 5 sausages.
Oven cook them on 200C/400F/Gas 6 for 15 minutes for 1-2 sausages of 18-20 minutes for 5 sausages.
The Sausages Themselves:
Made from wheat protein in the main but with added dried herbs these look like sausages though feel a little dense and slimy before cooking them.
They cook in the times given and we actually grilled ours to put in finger rolls with fried onions but of course you can serve these up any way you wish to! Taste wise they are not one bit greasy and firm up well through the cooking process. They taste to me rather meaty really with a hint of onion to them and they are seasoned really nicely too. Filling and firm we both loved these so much we rushed back out to buy more! Tasty and healthy these are a great alternative to meat in my opinion and I really don't miss grease and meat gristle one bit and feel these are a really nice treat for Veggies and none veggies like myself!
Nutritional Information Per 2 Sausages:
Available in all good supermarkets.