“ Type: Vegetarians „
how long do you cook quorn bacon for?
I have been a vegetarian for 25 years and the only food I really miss is a bacon sandwich on a Sunday morning. I crave it even now but would never eat meat due to concerns about animal welfare.
The Quorn range has been an absolute god-send for many vegetarians, it is marketed as a 'meat-style substitute' which makes it really easy to replace the meat elements of popular recipes. It is also marketed at health conscious people who might be attracted by it's low-fat properties.
Quorn is made of Mycoprotein which is a type of fungi. It is low in fat but contains lots of protein and fibre. It has been developed into a wide range of products including sausages, chicken-style pieces, mince and ready meals.
I bought the Quorn bacon-style rashers from Waitrose, they cost £2.25 for a 150g pack which I thought was a bit expensive. They slices were firmly stuck together and impossible to separate straight from the freezer. The instructions on the back of the packet recommend that you partially defrost the rashers to make them come apart. This can be done in the microwave or at room temperature. I thought this meant that the whole packet had to be eaten at once, but apparently you can return the unused ones to the freezer to eat at a later date. I did not really like the idea of this but am happy to report that it was not a problem when I ate the other half of the packet a week later.
The consistency was nothing at all like meat, this was not a problem for me as I am too squeamish to eat anything which resembles the original anyway! I fried the rashers in vegetable oil but they can also be cooked under the grill. They cook very quickly and the aroma was mouth-watering, I hoped they would taste as good as they smelt. I was not disappointed, I had them on a sandwich and thought they were delicious. At 152kcals for half the packet, they would be great for those watching their weight too.
The Quorn bacon rashers contain the following ingredients:
Mycoprotein (55%), Rapeseed Oil, Flavourings (with Colour: Iron Oxides; Smoke Flavouring), Water, Dried Free Range Egg White, Gelling Agents: Locust Bean & Guar Gums, Humectant: Glycerine, Dextrose.
The rashers are a fantastic alternative to bacon, if you can cope with the different consistency. Happily this means we vegetarians do not have to feel like we are missing out on an old favourite without compromising our beliefs. Lovely stuff!
I've been a vegetarian since the age of 10, so going on for 17 years now. Purely ethical reasons around right to life and farming methods I'm not cool with. I eat a lot of Quorn products and I've just had some Quorn bacon for my breakfast so thought I'd write you a review on it!
Quorn is one of the best known names in vegetarian food, along with Linda McCartney. Personally, I tend to prefer Quorn as I feel it's better quality and better texture (although the Linda McCartney sausage rolls are amazing) I was angry with them a few years ago as it turned out they used eggs from caged hens in their products but they've sorted it out and I've forgiven them now.
Generally Quorn is pretty well priced, the Bacon retails at £2.25 at my local Sainsburys but they often have a '3 for £5.50' offer where I can stock up on bacon, mince, sausages, chicken pieces - whatever I want! The pack I bought this week has a best before date of April 2015 so you can keep them for quite a while!
The bacon comes in a cardboard box with the bacon inside in a vacuum pack. The packaging is more up to date than the dooyoo catalogue picture, and it has less packaging these days which is always good. It is easily identifiable by the orange Quorn logo.
Quorn bacon (or 'faken' as Mr Stacey calls it!) comes frozen, but I find this a bit of a pain as it all really sticks together and it's hard to separate the rashers from each other. When I get home from the supermarket I pop it in the fridge to defrost and use it from there. I've had it in the fridge for around two weeks before and as long as you don't expose it to the air it keeps fine.
You can either fry or grill the bacon. I find it grills better as it cooks slower, whereas frying it makes it burn very easily, even on a low heat. I tend to put a bit of olive oil and stick it under the grill, about 3-4 minutes per side (the box says 1.5 minutes per side but that doesn't cook it enough in my experience) You can cook it so it's still quite soft or cook it to the extent where it's quite crispy (almost like smokey bacon crisps!) I prefer somewhere in the middle
~Smell and taste~
Faken smells more like bacon than actual bacon. It's very weird. It doesn't have the meaty smell of bacon but it does have a very distinct smell which lingers in the kitchen for a while. The taste is again very bacony but the texture is nowhere near the same as its meaty cousin (based on my vague memory of bacon!) It's certainly not like bacon but it is nice. Mr Stacey is a meat eater but he will happily eat the faken, he says it's not the same as meat but it still makes a nice sarnie.
~How to eat it~
There are so many great ways to eat Quorn bacon. My personal favourites are;
* blt sandwich
* bacon and melted cheese on toast
* with a 'full english' (beans, hash browns, mushrooms, eggs and quorn sausage)
* egg and bacon sandwich
Per serving (1/4 of a pack)
So the good things; low in calories, high in protein, low in saturated fat. Bad things; High in sugar, medium in fat. However I imagine these figures are much lower than actual bacon.
Overall faken probably won't appeal to big red meat eaters, but if you're looking for a tasty sandwich and are open to vegetarian products (or you are a vegetarian!) these are pretty tasty. Might also be good for people watching their weight. Meat eaters have told me that Quorn products lack the texture of meat, which I can imagine is probably true. But for me, these make a tasty breakfast on a lazy Sunday morning!
Today I bought quorn bacon in order to combat a craving that have been suffering with for the last 12months. Unfortunately this craving has not been satisfied. Quorn bacon is hell. The texture is vile, its apperance is vile and the taste is mediocre at best. Oh and the smell is rotten enough to kill a small child. Trying facon has ruined my whole day. The taste has been repeating on me all day, I then came home to find that the flat still stinks of arse. This experiance is enough to turn anyone into a carnivore.
Being a vegetarian all my life I have always eaten Quorn, and the bacon rashers have always been a favourite of mine.
Quorn is a brand that has been going since the 1980's but has recently become more popular as word has spread and their range has expanded.
They are around £2.20 for a pack and you ger around 8 rashers. It is tasty, low in fat and high in protein. which makes it good for dieters! It can be used in a number of ways and makes a nice fry up for breakfast. My personal favourite is a bacon sandwich with lots of tomato sauce! It also works in salads!
Personally, the look of this bacon is much more appealing to me that the sight of real bacon, but that might jut be because I have never eaten it. Non vegetarians that I have cooked this for says it tastes very similar to the real thing, so I do not feel like I am missing out on anything.
Quorn is a vegetarian substitute to meat and is brilliant quality and very tasty.
This quorn bacon tastes lovely. It is in the freezer section of supermarkets and costs between £2-£2.50.
It has 8 pieces inside on a gold piece of card. I usually cook mine in the frying pan and it has it's own taste rather than tasting like meat as that's not really what a vegetarian is after.
Most people say "well it doesn't even taste like bacon" that's because if us vegetarians wanted something that tasted of bacon, we'd not be vegetarians. I have been for 11 years, and my reason being was i don't like the chewy texture of meat. i'm only 21, started at 10 and i still can't bring myself to take a bite of meat.
I enjoy being able to have something more than eggs and toast for a fry up breakfast now, and I can have it in a sandwich too! What I really like about these bacon style rashers is that if you cook it a bit longer than suggested then it becomes very crispy and that tastes even better.
Quorn is grown the way mushrooms are. It made from a Fungi which mushrooms are.
So you can be sure it isn't some processed chemicals bundled together to make a fake pack of bacon.
When you get it out of the packet it is very difficult to separate each individual slice to cook as they have been frozen, you need a knife to try and prise them apart. I contacted them about this situation and they said to part defrost it before cooking, but i couldn't wait that long, i was hungry!.
ive found if you put it in the frying pan in a lump, the heat makes them separate.
I highly suggest this product for any vegetarian who is looking for something different for dinner.
I have tried lots of different recipes and have found that cutting it up and using it in a pasta bake, is the best way to use it. You won't be dissapointed.
I'm not what you would call a vegetarian as I enjoy the odd steak or chicken meal, but on the whole I do seem to have swapped my midweek meals for veggie products with the main one being anything that is made by Quorn.
At the beginning there was never that much to choose from, but nowadays there is a replica for nearly any real meat items that you can buy.
So while out shopping I believe it was Iceland ( but it could have been Farmfoods as they are next door to each other and I can't remember which one it was!)I spotted these Quorn Bacon Rashers.
Now on opening the packet you are met with a very weird sight, a gold piece of cardboard with what looks like 8 frozen dog chews. Being of a pinky colour with a marbling of cream throughout. Whats more strange is that to seperate these you must defrost in a microwave on defrost for one and a half minutes. You can then quite safely put the rest back into the freezer again for another time!.
Now these can be cooked on the hob by frying in a little oil for 2 minutes on each side, well I didn't want to do that for dieting reasons so I decided to grill these instead. I pre-heated the grill on a medium setting and grilled for 2 minutes on each side.
Well when I lifted them onto the plate they were a bit floppy and looked very unappetizing, but tasted OK with almost a bacon sort of flavour. So the next time I cooked these I decided to bung the whole lot into the oven Quorn sausages, Quorn burgers and some Beer Battered Chips for 10 minutes then I flung in a few rashers of these Quorn bacon rashers and cooked for a further 8-10 minutes.
This was the best way so far as the edges of the bacon went a deep brown and crispy, so when you cut into the rasher it crumbed and tasted very nice indeed and it looked a lot nicer to serve up than the limp looking grilled ones!.
You get 8 rashers in a packet and 2 rashers contain;
These have had a smokey bacon flavour added and the oven definitely brought out the flavour more than grilling, so this is great to have for vegeterians who can now have a fry up or a bacon buttie as well now with the rest of the family at breakfast time!
I enjoyed these ( I don't think real meat eaters would though!) so I will give these 4 Dooyoo Stars, I believe I paid £1.00 a box which isn't to bad.
I have been a vegetarian for over 15 years now, and during that time I have tried and tested many products from many different ranges. I have tried Quorn and Linda McCartney, as well as Tesco, Sainsburys and Asda's own. Many products I now buy regularly, some I buy occasionally, and some I will never buy again. This is one of the products I will never buy again!
I was so excited when I saw that there was finally a meat free equivalent to bacon. It was the one thing that there seemed to be nothing for and the one thing that I was really missing out on. I remember loving bacon as a meat eater.
I bought the rashers and planned to cook them with pasta in a creamy sauce. I cooked the rashers under the grill, they only took a few seconds (but check your own instructions as different ovens vary). They certainly didnt have the amazing bacon smell that seems to captivate everyone, but I really want expecting that. The plus side to cooking them was that they didnt drip greasy fat everywhere like real meat bacon does.
Although they were easy to cook, the texture and the taste were a let down. The texture was tough and chewy (I have tired varying my cooking skills to see if this makes a difference, but it doesn't seem to). The taste was very deep and rich and far too smokey, it tasted like it caught in the back of my throat and left a rfeally horrible after taste. The taste seemed to fill the whole of the pasta sauce and ruined my dinner.
I have since tried them in Sandwiches, and with fried breakfasts, but the taste and texture just are not for me. This is my least favorite Quorn product, but I do love the rest.
One thing to note is that the packaging is 100% recyclable which is of course a good thing.
Who is Quorn?
Quorn is a brand name that produces vegetarian foods nand has been doing so since the 1980's when mainstream vegetarianism first took off
What does it look like?
Okay it doesn't look like bacon. It comes in an orange packet and can be found in the freezer sections of most major supermarkets. It comes in strips and is a pinkish colour. It's obviously meant to look like bacon (it might do if you squint!)
Why would I buy it?
If you were vegetarian or slimming (quorn products are high in protein but low in fat and cholesterol) and you don't have to kill a pig to eat it. It can also be cooked in the microwave so you don't have the whole hassle of getting out the frying pan
What can I do with it?
You can make fake bacon sandwiches! That's mostly all I use it for, although you could chop it up and add to pasta or salads
What does it taste like?
If you don't eat meat or have forgotten what real bacon tastes like you'd probably quite like it. Contrary to popular belief I never really liked real bacon sandwiches (I didn't like the texture) but I like this. It has the baconish taste (think frazzles, or smoky bacon crisps) without the overly chewy texture you can get from meat
Being a vegetarian, I was delighted when Quorn appeared on the market. There is now a huge range of Quorn products and more are appearing all the time.
What is Quorn?
All Quorn products are made with mycoprotein, which is a high quality vegetable protein. It is naturally low in both fat and saturated fat and also has zero cholesterol.
Quorn can be cooked in a similar way to meat but it is much quicker to cook.
Quorn's Bacon Style rashers are great and have a light smokey flavour, which is very tasty. For best results, they should be cooked from frozen. I like to fry mine and this only takes 2 minutes on each side but they can also be grilled for an even healthier option.
One of my favourite lunch time snacks is a bacon sandwich, but you could do so much more with them. I have also chopped them up and added them to pasta or as a topping for pizza.
I have to admit that Quorn's Bacon looks nothing like the real thing, but as a vegetarian this suits me just fine. Each rasher is long and rectangular in shape, with a salmon pink colour to it. It does have a 'made by human hand' look about it as it is very uniform in shape and size.
Quorn is quite expensive and supermarkets do have their own variations of the most popular Quorn products. I personally prefer to stick to Quorn though because the taste is far superior.
To sum it up Quorn Bacon Style Rashers are a tasty alternative to the meat variety. They are far healthier, cruelty free and I love them.
In the 1960s, extensive research was undertaken to try and find an alternative to meat as it was envisaged that the huge population growth of the time could result in a shortage. The aim was to find a vegetable with a high source of protein and also a similar texture to meat. A member of the fungi family fulfilled this criteria and came to be known as Mycoprotein.
All Quorn products are made with Mycoprotein. This is actually better for you than meat because it is high in protein, but also low in fat. The calorific value of two rashers, which you might say is one portion, is only a mere 76 calories.
This product retails at £1.99 from Tesco, but you can find it at most major supermarkets. You get about eight rashers (150g) in a box and they are a rectangular shape. You cook them as you would normal bacon, by frying or grilling.
Now to the taste! With real bacon, you could put a couple of rashers in between some bread, a dollop of sauce and you are away! These need a little more work than that in my opinion. My favourite way of eating these is to make a BLT - lettuce, tomato, Quorn bacon, and loads of mayonnaise, in between French bread. Quorn rashers taste amazing if you bury them in lots of other stuff like that.
They have a strong bacon taste to them, which is really impressive to a vegetarian like me because, as a lot of vegetarians will tell you, we really miss the strong taste of bacon. The texture is not comparable to meat though, although it is probably the closest we are going to get from the vegetable world. The texture of these is rather similar to a kind of processed mushroom. I tried them in a 'cooked breakfast, ie. with tomatos, fried egg, fried bread, but I have to admit it was a bit unpleasant!
When I get my 'BLT' ingredients in, they are so gorgous that I make it every night for days until it has run out - heaven! And I think a meat eater would like them too. But on their own, they are a poor substitute.
I hope I have helped! I've made myself really hungry talking about it.
See full list of ingredients below:
Mycoprotein (55%), Rapeseed Oil, Flavourings (with Colour: Iron Oxides; Smoke Flavouring), Water, Dried Free Range Egg White, Gelling Agents: Locust Bean & Guar Gums, Humectant: Glycerine, Dextrose
I became a vegetarian purely because I do not like the taste or texture of meat. However I admit I did like bacon but again I could not cope with the texture or the fat so I gave up all meat. Like many vegetarians I replaced meat with Quorn products, some of which are better than others. When I was younger I did try a bacon substitute product and it tasted like cardboard so I was dubious when I recently came across Quorn Bacon Style Rashers.
*Packaging and Price*
The bacon strips come frozen laid on a piece of cardboard and wrapped in plastic. This comes in a slim cardboard box with a image of the bacon on the front with an egg on top and of course the name and Quorn logo. The box is an eye-catching orange and the image of the food makes it look appetising and inviting. In Sainsbury's one pack will cost you £1.99, which I think is not too bad.
*What you get*
In the pack you get about 8 rashers of Quorn bacon. They don't look like the most appetising things in the world - perfectly rectangle slices of pale pink Quorn. However don't let appearances deceive you! They are a good source in protein and have less than 3% fat. The nutritional value per rasher is as follows:
Calories = 74
Protein = 4.1g
Carbs = 1.3g
Saturated Fat = 0.6g
Fibre = 1.9g
Salt equivalent 0.8g
Ingredients include: Mycoprotein (56%), Rapeseed Oil, Water, Flavourings, Dried Free Range Egg White.
Personally I think they taste delicious and kind of remind me of smoky bacon crisps! The texture is NOT like cardboard, but just like normal Quorn. I does NOT taste like Quorn, it has very strong smoky bacon taste that does not disappoint. Now I can't say whether or not they taste like bacon however my friends and family - vegetarian and non - have all liked the taste. It even smells like bacon when you're frying it! I can now have a full English on Sundays! Also because it is so healthy for those of you looking to cut back on fatty foods this may be the perfect thing for you!
PRICE: £1.99 for 150g at my local Morrisons
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per ¼ pack, approx. 2 slices):
(of which sugars): 0.4g
(of which saturates): 0.6g
Salt equivalent: 0.8g
Mycoprotein (55%), rapeseed oil, flavourings, smoke flavouring, iron oxides, water, dried free range egg white, locust bean, guar gums, glycerine, dextrose
Not suitable for wheat, gluten and milk allergy sufferers due to the environment in which the product is manufactured
Many years ago when I was going through one of my occasional vegetarian phases, and when they first hit the supermarket shelves, I tried Quorn Sausages, and really didn't like them.
Having read a few reviews on Quorn Smoky Bacon Style Slices on DooYoo, I thought I'd give them a go to see if they were better than the sausages, also considering it possible that over the years, the manufacturers had improved the recipes of their products.
Firstly, I was rather astonished to note that Quorn Smoky Bacon Style Pieces were as expensive as they are, but because they are still quite a bit cheaper than ordinary bacon, I decided to take the plunge and buy a pack.
The product comes in a flattish cardboard box, which shows the Quorn trademark on the front, and an image of a lovely looking baguette or roll type thing containing Quorn rashers with tomato ketchup and lettuce. Also showing is the little logo which states that the product is approved by the Vegetarian Society, plus a note to say that it has less than 2% saturated fat and is a good source of protein. The rear of the pack shows nutritional information, ingredients, allergy advice, storage and cooking instructions, plus Quorn's quality claim and contact details.
It is advised to partially defrost the rashers first, so as to make them easy to detach from one another. I obeyed this, and was surprised to discover that these dull pink coloured mock bacon slices bore little or no resemblance to real bacon - some other veggie products I have tried in the past which try to imitate meat, go a long way towards mimicking its appearance but Quorn doesn't particularly, at least not with the bacon style pieces.
Quorn recommend not overcooking the product, so I obeyed the instructions religiously. During the cooking time, there was a vague smell of something that I couldn't quite put my finger (or nostrils!) upon. It wasn't a bacon smell exactly....more like that of bacon-flavoured crisp products. I opted for a "bacon" sandwich made with rather tasteless white bread, so that I could experience the flavour of the Quorn in its rawest, unadulterated state.
The rashers cooked (I grilled them) very quickly, and on removing from the grill, they looked a little like sweaty insoles - tired, half floppy and half crispy - not very appetising at all. All the same, I wedged the rashers between my two slices of buttered bread, and hoped they tasted better than they looked and smelled.
The first thing which struck me as I bit into the sandwich was how thin and unsubstantial the mouthful of rasher between the bread felt in my mouth. On chewing, I felt that the product tasted extremely synthetic, and was far, far too salty for my own palate. I found the consistency to be dry and hard rather than crispy, but I battled onwards, eventually wading my way through what to me was not a pleasant sandwich at all. As I chewed away, I noticed the same thing as I'd had with the Quorn Sausages quite a few years earlier - a rather (to me!) unpleasant, almost earthy under-taste, which I can only assume is the mushroom content of the product. Don't get me wrong - I love mushrooms - but not messed about with, or turned into something else.
The next day, I tried something different to see if I could extract some degree of pleasure from eating Quorn Smoky Rashers, so I made a traditional British breakfast. I lightly fried the rashers just for one minute (as instructed on the pack) on each side, and had with grilled tomatoes, scrambled egg and toast.
Tucking in, I can honestly say that the tomatoes, egg and toast were delicious; but the Quorn Rashers certainly weren't. The whole breakfast experience as far as the Quorn is concerned, was exactly the same as when I'd had a "bacon" sandwich the day before - tough, chewy, synthetic-flavoured, with that horrible earthy under-taste.
I also found after those two sessions described above with Quorn Rashers, that I felt incredibly thirsty for quite a long time afterwards and got through what must have been gallons of water and orange squash.
I certainly won't be buying Quorn Smoky Rashers again, and in future if I want a bacon sandwich or a traditional British breakfast, I shall invest in some ordinary bacon. If either of those urges hit me during one of my veggie phases, then I shall simply go without, and double up on the tomatoes or add a few proper mushrooms.
This product is low in calories, but I was very surprised to see how high the overall fat content is. 5.8g is pretty high for just two slices, and so long as you cut the actual fat off before cooking, real bacon has a lower fat content. OK the Quorn Rashers are low in saturated fat, but still very high in unsaturated fat - I also expected the fibre content to be significantly higher than it is, bearing in mind what the product is made of.
Though I'm out on a limb here from the point of view that most other people seem to love Quorn Smoky Rashers, it's a big big thumbs down from me.
Thanks for reading!
I'm not a vegetarian but lately I've been trying various Quorn products! Quorn is a brand of non meat foods such as mince and chicken. One of the products I've recently tried is the Quorn style bacon rashers.
Quorn products are available in all supermarkets such as Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury's. depending on what product it is you are buying, they can be found in the freezers, or in the refrigerators. They are easy to spot though and stand out nicely on the shelf.
The bacon rashers are found in the freezers alongside all of the other quorn frozen products. They are really easy to find and are usually on the bottom shelf.
It comes sold in a 150g box. It isn't a massive box so I was a bit annoyed at the price we were getting charged. We were going to have to pay £1.99 for the little box. I thought this was pretty shocking! Often there are offers on with the quorn products but there are currently none on with the bacon!
The box Is really quite attractive and jumps out at you on the shelf. I wouldn't say it is one of the most pretty products in the brand though. The box is made of cardboard and on the front is the big QUORN logo! The back of the box obviously gives all nutritional information and ingredients as most products do. The thing I noticed about the front of the packet was the huge picture of the actual product itself. It didn't actually look too appealing to be honest. The egg in the background looked more tasty than the actual bacon rashers themselves. They didn't look like bacon at all but instead resembled raw sliced ham meat!
Opening the box you come across the bacon slices. They are rectangular in shape and are a perfect shape unlike your usual rashers of bacon which are all lopsided. It actually doesn't look at all like bacon and I was a bit scared as to whether the taste would be totally different too! The quorn bacon is lighter in colour and looks more like sliced sandwich meat!
I had my bacon rashers on a sandwich one morning for my breakfast! I did the bacon as I do usual bacon under the grill. It took slightly less time than normal bacon takes to cook! It didn't go as crispy as normal stuff but this was good for me as I hate crispy bacon. There was a nice meaty smell going through the house and for once it actually smelt like the real product. When it was finished I popped four slices of the bacon on to my bread and squirted it with brown sauce. Lovely.
Taste wise it was actually ok. It wasn't as tasty as I'd have liked and didn't totally resemble real meat however it was quite pleasant. It had a nice crust to the top which I hadn't been expecting and had a fairly smoky taste to it too. The texture was quite chewy just like normal bacon. I think I'd have to have it on bread though as alone it would be a bit bland.
A typical portion of this contains a mere 74 calories and a rather large 5.4g of fat. Considering I had four slices on my bread this makes it 296 calories, add on 200 for the bread and say 50 for the sauce this is making my breakfast a whopping550 calories! Considering I had a yoghurt after, its not very good!
As it is more than half my life since I ate bacon I couldn't really tell you how close it was to real bacon, although it tasted pleasant enough. However my husband who it very keen on his bacon said the taste is very similar to bacon but the texture is much different. It doesn't crisp and burn in the same way as bacon when cooked. It does smell a little like bacon when cooked but not as strong, which I like as I can't stand the smell of bacon cooking.
You can fry it as you would normal bacon and eat with an all day breakfast, or add it to other recipes. I used to add it to bolognase, straight from the freezer. It doesn't need cooking in the same way as bacon, just heating through.
I would recommend this as a healthy alternative to bacon. It is made to look like bacon, which a white edge to represent the rind, but unlike actual bacon this isn't just pure fat!
Bacon, meat free flavoured rashers.