Product Type: Quorn Ready Meals
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It's just not bacon!
Quorn Bacon Style Rashers
Member Name: i_am_joy
Quorn Bacon Style Rashers
Advantages: An acceptable flavour, low in calories and saturated fat, readily available
Disadvantages: Strange texture, a little dry for my liking
As I'm sure you know by now, I'm dieting and have been for some time. For this reason I have been trying more Quorn products as they are naturally low in fat and I have been surprisingly impressed by some of their range, I have meant to try their Bacon Style Rashers for some time and finally got around to it last week - but will I buy them again?
Well, no, probably not is the honest answer to that. While I enjoyed the bacon sandwiches I made with the eight rashers in this packet I don't honestly feel they are great value for money and would much rather eat the Mattessons Turkey Rashers that I have become accustomed to over the months.
I have tried the Quorn rashers both grilled and fried in a little oil with neither method giving me the rich bacon flavour or texture that I crave. Frying is probably marginally better as I do find grilling them leaves me with rashers of a similar texture to plastic which has been heated up a little, although honestly having to fry them means the calories in the added fat would probably have allowed me to have a couple of rasher of 'proper' fatless bacon.
The smell as they are cooking is slightly like bacon, they sizzle in the frying pan like their meat equivalent like bacon but there is still the underlying aroma of Quorn which spoils the illusion that you are about to tuck into a lovely bacon sandwich. This was disappointing, although not completely unexpected as you must remember that this is a food developed for vegetarians (as opposed to fatties who are worrying about calories) so the likeness to a meat product can only go so far.
I had mine on a sandwich with a dollop of ketchup and it was nice. That's it, nice. I'm not fond of the texture which is a little rigid for my liking and I found the rashers to be very dry indeed even after cooking in oil, I also think they look horrid as an attempt has been made to make them look a little like bacon but all they've done really is stained some strips of Quorn a pinky colour which doesn't change much during the cooking process - it's like making a Frazzle crisp look like a slice of bacon I suppose, the attempt is there but in reality it looks nothing like it!
The flavour of these rashers is more of smoky bacon crisps than actual bacon, and even that is stretching it a little. Once safely ensconced between bread there is a definite flavour of artificial bacon there, I cannot really detect the original taste of Quorn too much (which is a bonus in my opinion) but I can completely understand why vegetarians who are missing their butties choose to eat this. Of course you can tell it's not real bacon, but it's a nice alternative if it's bacon you are craving - although personally I'd rather use up the extra calories and have a couple of proper rashers grilled in my George Foreman.
If you're a vegetarian however you haven't got this option so for you I'd certainly recommend these Quorn Rashers, particularly I think to newer vegetarians who are still learning to deal with their cravings and the fact that they cannot choose to not eat meat but still scoff the odd bacon butty!
I don't think I'll bother with these again, although I can completely understand why they are such a big seller. Per two rashers there are just 74 calories and 0.6g of saturated fat, which is surely much better than actual pigs bacon, and a packet costs £2.19 - I hadn't actually realised they were that expensive, although to be fair I am sure I bought them while they were on some sort of special offer which made them more cost effective.
Summary: Tasty enough I suppose, but not good enough for me to buy again.
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