Product Type: Quorn Ready Meals
Newest Review: ... including sausages, chicken-style pieces, mince and ready meals. I bought the Quorn bacon-style rashers from Waitrose, they cost £2... more
Well done for giving vegetarians something tasty!!
Quorn Bacon Style Rashers
Member Name: bluerose81
Quorn Bacon Style Rashers
Advantages: Strong bacon taste, will satisfy a vegetarian's cravings.
Disadvantages: Looks a bit pathetic on its own, the texture isn't great.
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
Summary: A healthy...and kinder....alternative to real bacon
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