Product Type: Quorn Ready Meals
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Quorn bacon - or as we call it faken!
Quorn Bacon Style Rashers
Member Name: staceymylove
Quorn Bacon Style Rashers
Date: 15/09/13, updated on 15/09/13 (71 review reads)
Advantages: No animal cruelty, low calorie, cooks quickly
Disadvantages: Might not to be everyones taste
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!
Summary: A great vegetarian alternative for breakfast
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