Quorn mince is a protein filled meat substitute made to replicate beef mince. It is in the frozen section of the supermarket and usually found in a plastic bag now (not a box as pictured here) prices range from about £1.50 to £3.00 depending on shops and special offers.
I remember first trying Quorn mince when I was about 18, I had recently turned vegetarian and wanted to make a bolognaise. You pretty much cook with it the same way you would any other mince, but the cooking time is obviously some what reduced. I prepared it with vegetarian beef stock and plenty of seasoning and chunky vegetables... but it was terrible! colourless mush with no texture resemblance to meat at all. I decided to just eat vegetables and gave up on meat substitutes.
Fast forward 10 years and it was on offer in the supermarket, so I though I would see if anything had changed.
Once opening the packet there was already a visual difference, dark brown and larger chunks, very similar to real mince that was already cooked. I decided to make some beef and vegetable pasties, with beef stock and vegetables again. I fried off the quorn a little then added all my ingredients. I stuffed all the filling in the pastry and there was loads left, so I made up a bowl for myself and 1 year old daughter. I tentatively took a spoon full... and wow... what a difference! The texture was much more solid and not mushy, really held a good texture, and it all tasted amazing. Quorn has really come a long way since I last tried it. Even my meat eating partner said he wouldn't know the difference.
Well done Quorn! you've really improved your products!
Somtimes it is best to look for meat free alternatives, they are often lower in fat and somethimes easier to use. quorn is my product of choice and I have used their mince, chicken pieces, burgers and the sausages. Not all have been fantastic, but I have always really enjoyed the mince.
The first thing to note with this mince is it does not taste very good plain. It really needs to be mixed with other flavours. This is the case with most of the quorn products and is something to keep in mind when buying from them.
This is also a slightly different texture to meat. It is a little softer and not as chewy as meat normally is and it can be a little less substanial. As I normally use this in meals (such as cottage pie) it is not too much of an issue as I can add more peas to bulk it up. My boyfriend will not eat meat substitutes he says they are a waste of time and they taste nothing like the real thing, however he has had this a number of times (without his knowledge!) and has enjoyed it just assuming it is beef mince.
One of my favourites things about this is that it can be cooked from frozen. This makes it perfect for those living alone, or who need it as emergency food. It only takes a few minutes to cook, making it even more convenient. This is now one of my favourite products.
This is also cheap and is normally sold for £1 for a 250g bag, making it great for people on a budget. I would reccommend this everytime.
Quite often I will try to cut back and eat healthily. I don't consume alot of red meat and tend to eat alot of white meat and fish and love fruit and vegetables and one thing I often buy is Quorn mince as its low in fat and allows me to make up a spaghetti bolognese and the likes with ease because unlike beef or lamb mince I find that this when frozen doesn't all clump together and its easy to get out of the bag!
This comes in an orange and white plastic bag and on the front of it we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and shown a photograph of the mince and then on the back of the bag other information listed includes the ingredients used within it, there is a full nutritional chart given as well cooking instructions, the weight is stated which is 300g and contact details for the manufacturer are given. The only issue I have with this bag is that it isn't resealable however it isn't a big issue and I have some clips that are fridge and freezer safe anyway so use them!
Just like meat mince you can use it in the same way, the difference being that you can microwave this as well and add a sauce in there if you want to to make a super speedy dish up!
I use this to make up a meat free shepherds pie a quick spaghetti bolognese ...once I even made burgers with it, it really is a very versatile thing to have in your freezer and you can quickly thaw it out and heat it through.
For me this is a great meat free alternative and to me sort of tastes meaty and adds substance to a meal that can lack if only eating vegetables. Its made from Mycoprotein in the main (plus a few other ingredients which are not suitable for Vegans) and if you dry fry it no grease or oil comes off it so healthy this really is and it only contains 79 calories per 75g serving and 0.4g of Saturated Fat which in my view is excellent.
I find this tasty, ungreasy and I have put this in dishes for other people and only at the end of the meal told them it isn't really meat so most people can't even tell the difference which I think is great!
Widely available in all good supermarkets etc and I pay about £2.00 a bag when I buy it which I think is superb value for money for something that tastes great and doesn't harm my hips!
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I was brought up in a family who all ate meat and one of my favorite meat dishes was my mothers mince and potatoes. The mince would be browned and boiled in a beef flavored gravy with a raw onion and the potatoes would be boiled and mashed with butter and a little milk to make them creamy. It was perfection! I hadn't had mince in roughly five years since i became a vegetarian but that was up until a month ago when i decided to give Quorn mince a try. I didn't dive straight into the deep end and attempt mince and potatoes i decided to use it in spaghetti bolognese.
Appearance - Quorn mince can be bought frozen or fresh. The fresh kind comes in a tray with a clear foil wrapper on top and a cardboard sleeve that covers it. The frozen kind comes in a bag much like the kind used for frozen chips. On both the fresh and the frozen packaging it has the Quorn logo on front with some information on the product. On the back it has nutritional information, storage information and cooking instructions.
Price - Prices vary from shop to shop and i find the fresh Quorn mince to be more costly coming in at anything between £2.38 - £3.00. The frozen kind can be bought for as little as £1.00 when on offer and £1.89 at it's highest which isn't at all bad as i used it in 4 different meals.
Nutritional Information -
Typical values Per 1/4 Pack
Energy -kJ/kcal 331/79
- of which sugars 0.5g
- of which saturates 0.4g
Salt equivalent 0.2g
Cooking the product -
The packet states you can microwave the mince by placing the required amount into a microwaveable dish with the sauce of your choice for 4 1/2 minutes followed by another 4 1/2 minutes and then allow to stand for 1 minute. The other option is to cook the mince using the hob. Simply add the mince to the sauce of your choice and let simmer for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. I did neither these options as i was afraid my sauce would burn so i decided to covered the mince with water and let it boil for 10 minutes. I then drained the mince, left a little water in the pot with it and mixed in some tomato puree and grated cheese. Once the cheese had fully melted and i was happy with the thickness of my sauce on the mince i added it to my spaghetti.
Eating the product -
The dish itself looked lovely and smelled great so i finally plucked up the courage to try it and on first impressions was amazed at the similarity in texture that it has to real mince. It didn't really have a taste as the tomato puree sauce is quite overwhelmingly strong. It isn't chewy or fatty but breaks up like well boiled mince.
I'd 100% recommend Quorn mince to anyone for dishes like spaghetti bolognese and pasta bakes as they tend to have strong sauces to accompany them. But since trying it with vegetarian gravy and potatoes i was let down as it tasted and smelled like dog meat. It was chewy and left a lingering taste in my mouth. I won't be using this product again with gravy, but i will continue using it in spaghetti bolognese and pasta bakes. For this reason i'm only rating it 3/5 stars.
For those of you who aren't already aware, Quorn is a meat free product and approved by the Vegetarian society. In the words of the Quorn company, Quorn is a Mycoprotein, which is a naturally occurring, high quality, healthy form of protein.
Personally I choose to purchase Quorn as I am a vegetarian but many meat eaters also choose Quorn over the less healthy red meat. Quorn is high in protein and fibre but low in fat (less than 3% fat) so a brilliant healthy option.
I have been a vegetarian since the age of 6 (now 27) and have been eating Quorn products for quite a few years and purchase them every week with my grocery shopping.
I usually shop at Sainsburys, where a packet of Quorn mince will set you back £2.19 for 300g frozen, £3.35 for 500g frozen or £3 for 350g chilled. They do sometimes run offers such as buy 2 for £5 etc. You will also find Quorn products in most other supermarkets and I haven't noticed the standard price differ by much, although Asda have run offers of £1 a pack on Quorn products in the past.
Quorn products stand out quite well with their simple but eye catching packaging, which usually contains a picture of the product alongside a bold orange strip containing their logo. Quorn mince is no different and is packaged in a thick plastic bag. The quality of the plastic is good and tough and usually requires scissors to cut. The only downside to the packaging of Quorn mince is that it's not recyclable.
Quorn mince is easy and quick to cook, 12 minutes on the hob, stirred into a sauce or around 9 minutes in the microwave. The instructions on the packaging, which are clear and easy to follow, recommend cooking on the hob, and that is the way I have always cooked the mince.
I find the texture of the Quorn mince to be nice and quite chewy and I do enjoy the taste but this is obviously affected by the type of sauce used. As previously mentioned I have been a vegetarian since the age of 6 (stubborn child, and adult for that matter!) so I can't personally compare Quorn mince to the usual mince meat. However, my husband is a meat eater and he actually prefers Quorn mince to standard mince, he says he finds normal mince to gristly and he also likes that Quorn is a healthier option. I have several friends who have said the same and have also seen family members eating a meal made from Quorn take a while to realise it's not meat! On the other hand, one family member has commented that he doesn't like Quorn mince as it doesn't soak up sauce as well as meat does.
You can use Quorn as a substitute to standard mince in any meals requiring mince. I really enjoy Quorn mince in a spaghetti bolognese or lasagne but it can also be used in chilli or cottage pie etc. You can visit www.quorn.co.uk for recipe ideas and further nutritional information.
I would and do recommend Quorn mince and all other Quorn products to anyone. They are great for vegetarians but just as good for meat eaters! A brilliant much healthier alternative to red meat!
Quorn has always been one of those things that people who have never tried it turn their noses up at but I genuinely think that they are missing out on a great product. Growing up with vegetarian parents I couldn't wait to try "real" mince once I left home but I immediately went straight back to Quorn because I preferred it so much more.
Quorn is essentially a meat substitute made from a protein called mycoprotein that is extracted from a fungus. That may all sound a bit weird but i promise that it does taste good! All this means that Quorn is a good source of protein for vegetarians as well.
I think that there is a misconception that Quorn products are tasteless but I have always proven people wrong on this point after they have actually tried it. I have in the past served Quorn dishes to people and often no one has noticed that they weren't eating meat until I have told them.
The true beauty of Quorn is just how versatile it is. You can make any number of dishes using it and it takes flavouring so well. I think my favourite has to be shepherd's pie. It cooks so quickly so it is perfect for mid-week when there is less time for cooking and it will always provide a delicious and filling meal.
This definitely isn't just a product for vegetarians. Quorn has a lot less fat content than meat and so it is considered to be healthier and so is perfect for someone on a diet or for people who just generally want to be healthier. As the texture is so similar to meat it really isn't a noticeably different change for most people.
Quorn mince can be found in the freezer section. A bag will easily feed four people. At £1.89 a bag it is even cheaper than most meat alternatives, especially as it is one of those products that are often on offer.
I have been a veggie all my life, but up until fairly recently I was a veggie that didnt like vegetables! In the past year or so I have been discovering ways I can eat more veg and have found I really enjoy them now, especially when incorporated into a yummy meal, such as spag bol! I am a university student and am trying to eat healthier on the cheap, so when I saw this mince on offer for a pound at Asda I decided to give it ago (it has now gone up to 1.89 which is still very good).
For those of you who don't know, quorn is a meat substitute extracted from a fungus (dosn't sound very appetising does it, but trust me it is yummy). It is very low in fat and calories, so even if you are not a vegetarian, if you are looking to loose a bit of weight simply swap the meat in your regular meals (such as spag bol, chilli or cottage pie) for quorn to save loads of calories - when mixed in with other ingredients many meat eaters I know cannot tell the difference. In the standard frozen bag you get 300g, although you can buy it fresh with 350g or a frozen family bag with 500g.
My mum has been using quorn mince for ages now and even though I enjoy it I used to always turn my nose up at it when she suggested it for dinner (I am a very fussy eater and never seemed to fancy it) however now I live alone I have discovered I love it in a spag bol. It takes about 15 minutes to cook- I fry it in a pan, then add some peppers onion and garlic then chopped tomato and then throw it over a plate of spaghetti and top with cheese, divine!
Quorn is full of protein and other nutrients, so to all the meat eaters who bang on about how meat provides us with all our essential nutrients and therefore veggies must be lacking-well they are quite simply wrong! I recommend everyone try this product, veggie or not. If you are a veggie with a meat eater in the family who turns their noses up at such products- I suggest you cook them a meal with a quorn product in without telling them and see if they notice, I bet they don't!
I have been a vegetarian since I was eleven years old when I decided I didn't want to eat meat anymore as I didn't like the idea of eating animals. Back in 1996, there were not that many products around for vegetarians to choose from. Nowadays there is a massive range of products to suit a vegetarian diet. Here, I will be reviewing Quorn Mince which is quite a popular product for vegetarians.
What Is Quorn?
Quorn Mince is a meat free alternative to minced beef or pork. It is made from mycoprotein which is apparently a nutritious member of the fungi family.
The Quorn slogan is associated with many products, not just mince. Quorn also produce burgers, sausages and a variety of ready meals
Quorn Mince comes in an A5 size polythene bag. The bag has a picture of Quorn Mince across the front and the background is white and orange.
Lot of information is printed on the back, such as a recipe for Smoked Quorn Tacos along with all the usual nutritional value information.
Good Points To Quorn Mince
Quorn Mince is a great replacement for meat products and has many good points. You are guaranteed not to have any fat or gristle in your meal (as you might do with meat versions of mince)
Quorn mince is extremely low in fat and high in fibre which has great health benefits for vegetarians as you may not get a great deal of fibre in your diet.
For me, the best thing about Quorn is that I can eat it and still walk through a field of cows/sheep and not feel guilty.
I have only found Quorn Mince sold on 300g bags and this costs £1.89 which is fairly reasonable. At Tesco, Quorn Mince is on their long term buy one get one free offer so you can get three 300 gram bags for £5!
Where Can I Buy It?
Quorn can be bought in most major supermarkets. I have seen it at Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's - basically all the big name supermarkets. However, I think you would be pushed find it in a small local store though.
What Can Quorn Mince Be Used For?
Quorn mince can be cooked from frozen very quickly, when I make spaghetti bolognaise it can be cooked literally within 15 minutes.
This product is extremely versatile and can be used in chilli con carne, lasagne shepherds pie, spaghetti bolognaise and any other recipe requiring mince.
Although I am vegetarian my boyfriend and my Dad are not, my Dad actually prefers the Quorn mince to meat mince and I have often served this dish up to friends and they have never commented on the taste and often assumed it was meat.
This is a healthy alternative to meat and can be adapted to suit lots of recipes.
I love this product as it allows me to eat all the usual dishes I enjoy, without actually eating meat. The flavour of the Quorn is fantastic and it soaks up any flavoured sauce extremely well. This product is healthier than normal meat too and with it being virtually fat free it can be used in conjunction with a low fat diet to help you loose weight. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone.
I have been vegetarian all my life so I might be a bit biased with this review, but I love Quorn mince! You can have it in a wide range of meals and it allows vegetarians to enjoy different foods without eating any meat!
My favourite dishes to make with this include spaghetti bolognese and shepherds pie!
Quorn is also a cheap and low fat alternative to meat if you are on a diet but you still do not want to miss out on your favourite foods. It is around £3.19 for a 500g pack which usually serves about 2-3 people or can give 1 person 3 hearty meals. This can be good for students who are living on a budget. It is also less than 3% fat, so good if you are watching your weight. My boyfriend, who is not vegetarian has said himself that it tastes very similar to real mince and that he could easily eat it regularly. This shows that Quorn is a very good alternative to meat.
Quorn have a wide variety of products including bacon rashers and chicken burgers, so for a vegetarian it is easy to get your protein and nutrition from these, as they are made with mushrooms and soya.
As a vegetarian I find Quorn invaluable, particularly when I'm looking for something quick and easy to bulk out a meal with. Quorn is a fantastic meat substitute, providing protein without the calories that the real thing contains. Remember that as it does not contain natural juices of its own it absorbs water like a sponge so use plenty of stock/liquid to avoid burning. It also adopts the flavours its combined with better than meat, so spices and herbs are essential in order to get the most flavour out of the product. Quorn is a must for any vegetarian not averse to meat substitues, it's great for dieters and those who just like to keep track of what they are eating. In most cases recipes that use beef mince can be adapted to accomodate quorn mince instead, this means no more skipping the meat sections of recipe books or magaxines - quorn makes everything accessible!
I have been trying to eat as healthy as possible over the last few weeks after I have been going to the gym and I'm really into trying to get a little bit of shape and a little less weight for the summer coming. Dieting can become quite repetitive and boring when eating the same things all the time and I feel like all I seem to eat is salads, soups and weightwatchers meals. I missed my good old home cooked meals such as spaghetti bolognaise so one night my friend suggested that I try quorn mince.
I knew quorn was a meat substitute however I had never tried it before or even gave it that much thought to be honest. One night I decided to just give it a go since the mince and chicken pieces were on offer at my local co-op for £3.50 for 2 packs.
Quorn mince comes in a plastic 300g bag that has a picture of what looks like a bolognaise dish on the front. The quorn logo and design is based around yellow and orange colouring. The package advises that this mince can be cooked straight from frozen and is ideal for bolognaise dishes.
Quorn mince is made with mycoprotein which is a nutritious member of the fungi family (mushroom). Mycoprotein is very low in fat yet high in protein and fibre. Nutritional values for 75g as follows:
Calories - 71
Sugars - 0.5g
Fat - 1.5g
Saturates - 0.4g
Salt - 0.2g
Quorn mince can be cooked 3 different ways:
15 minutes - quorn mince can be added to a pan with a sauce of your choice and covered. The mince takes around 15 minutes to simmer.
35 minutes - quorn mince can be placed in an over proof dish and once sauce is added it can be baked for a little over half an hour.
7 minutes - quorn mince can be placed in a microwavable dish with the sauce and covered.
Quorn minced absorbs flavours really easily which makes it perfect to be cooked from frozen. As you will see from above the mince can be cooked very quickly too.
The first thing to notice about the mince is the look of it. Instead of being in lines and mismatched pieces like regular mince, this one is actually brown in colour and the tiny pieces are all practically the same size.
I am not a vegetarian and like I mentioned before I tried this mince purely because of it healthy factors but now that I have tried it I am happy to say that I will now be using this mince from now on. It is tasty and to be honest I don't think there is that much difference to regular mince at all. I was pleasantly surprised as I hadn't expected much from it and I will now be happy to head straight to the freezer aisle for a packet of this.
I dont eat meat so like to look out for alternative meals. One of the most versatile things I buy is Quorn Mince. You can cook it in so many different ways and make so many different kinds of meals out of it and a little goes a long way.
I usually buy it in bags which are frozen. The bag contains 300g of mince.
I generally cook half of the amount in the bag at a time. The mince, when you tip it out, tends to come out with some separate buts and some chunks where it has stuck together. I put it in a frying pan and heat it gently until it all separates and changes to look like cooked mince. Then I add whatever I am adding and cook accordingly.
There are four ways I tend to cook this mince the most, the first is to add a tomoto based sauce like a Ragu or Dolmio and cook it like a bognese type of sause which I have with pasta. Once I add the sauce I leave it to cook for about 25 minutes while I prepare the rest of the meal, the pasta and may be some sweetcorn and salad.
The second way is to add some vegetable or fish stock (I eat fish but not meat) and then when its boiling I add some vegetables like peas and green beans and then cook it all for about 20 minutes and serve it with some mashed potatoes.
The third way is to add a stir fry sauce like a chow mein or hoi sin sauce and cook for a few minutes then add some noodles and cook for a few more minutes and then serve with some egg friend rice.
The fourth way I use it is to add a tin of chopped tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are hot then pour it into a casserole dish and top with mashed potatoes and cook like you would a cottage pie.
When you taste the finished meal, the quorn itself does not really have a taste to it which is why you cook it in a sauce or something to add flavour. The mince has a nice texture to it, it is not as gritty and chewy as beef mince used to taste to me (heavens knows what I was actually eating back then). It is quite a filling meal and I do not usually need to have anything else later in the evening if I have one of these meals for my main dinner.
There are many other ways you could use this mince, just really the same as you would a normal mince, the best thing about it is though that you have none of that horrible fat to drain off, the quorn mince is very low in fat content so is much better for you. Even if you eat meat you could still use this, I know someone who uses half beef mince and half quorn when making a cottage pie so it lowers the fat content and her family are none the wiser.
The FSA traffic lights for this product are all green - cals = 94 per 100g, fat 2g, sat fat 0.5g, sugar 0.6g, salt 0.2g.
You can currently buy Quorn mince in Tesco, they do it in packs of 300g or 500g, the 300g is £1.98 and the 500g is £2.97.
There are many other ways you can cook this mi
Having been a vegetarian for about 15 years I was so glad when the Quorn range really took off. Quorn Mince is probably the 1st Quorn product I tried and I have never looked back. It is so versatile, I have made Chilli, Lasagne, Curry, Bolognaise, pasta dishes.
You can find the Quorn Mince in both the frozen and fresh aisles and it is often included in many offers such as 3 for 2, if its not then it is still reasonably priced. It looks just like meat mince and has a dark brown colour. It can be cooked straight from frozen or from fresh and it the recipe calls for it to be fresh and you only have frozen you can just zap in the microwave or just simply cook for a little longer.
I personally think the taste and texture is great and is very very similar to real meat. The real test came when my very fussy friend ate it. His girlfriend was cooking dinner for us and with me being a veggie very thoughtfully made a lasgane using Quorn. He then asked towards the end of the meal why I was no longer a veggie! He had no idea he was eating Quorn and I don't think given the choice he would have tried it but it sure fooled him and changed his opinion on my food products.
I have used in Quorn mince in loads of recipes I have cooked for my friends and family and all say how nice it tastes, the cottage pie is a particular favourite.
I would recommend this to all veggies and all none veggies who are looking to eat abit healthier
Quorn Mince is a product that both meat eaters and vegatarians will both enjoy. I'm a vegatarian and have been for for the past twenty five years, in that time vegetarian food has come a long way.
Quorn is great even if your not a veggie, mainly due to the health benefits, as it's low in fat, it's an ideal substitute for individuals who want to cut back on their red meat intake and have a low fat option.
It's a versatile product that can be used in the same way as you would use say either beef or lamb mince. Great for chilli con carne, cottage pie, spaghetti bolagnese, lasagne the cooking options are vast. Quorn also stops the problem of having to cook different meals for meat eaters and vegetarians as you can cook one meal that eveyone will enjoy.
Quorn has a lot drier texture than beef or lamb mince so to turn it into a tasty meal you do have to add ingredients that will help to moisten it, for instance a tomato based sauce is an ideal accompianment other than that you can use it in a similar way to meat.
You can find this product in the freezer aisle or in the chilled food cabinet, and is in either a bag or plastic container with cardboard sleeve.
Quorn is a vegetarian product that the whole family will enjoy whether they are meat eaters or vegetarian.
This is a review for Quorn Mince produced by Quorn.
Now I'm not a vegetarian but my girlfriend and I really enjoy meals such as chilli con carne, spaghetti bolognase etc and realised we are eating quite a lot of beef and intaking lots of fat and all the bad stuff we shouldn't also we were spending a hell of a lot on mince and wasting a bit. Forwarding to a trip to Iceland (the shop rather than the country) and noticed a 400g bag of Quorn mince going for £1, we thought hell give it a try.
That night we had chilli can carne and decided to use the Quorn mince we bought and immediatly I realised how much easier it is to cook! After putting the rice on to cook, all I had to do is place the frozen Quorn and the chilli sauce into a pan and leave to cook, stirring occationally.
Next came the taste test. In fairness I could tell a slight difference in texture but hell ... what do you expect from mushroom? Aside from that I couldn't tell a difference from the real thing and had I not told you it was Quorn, I dont think you would know the difference even with the slight texture difference.
So ... cooking was easy and it tastes great for the full house it is so much better for you than beef! Per 100g Quorn will give you 229Kcal and only 15.2g which against 18.4g in beef is pretty good.
Mycoprotein 88%, rehydrated egg white (free range), roasted barley malt extract.
Energy 955KJ/229Kcal, Protein 23.1g, Carbohydrate Nil, Fat 15.2g, Fibre Nil, Sodium 0.3g
So in all, it tastes good, its easy to cook and in most cases it is cheaper than beef. Also you can keep it in the freezer and ccok it withough having to defrost it. Huge thumbs up!
Succulent mince made from mushroom protein Ingredients: Mycoprotein 88%, rehydrated egg white (free range), roasted barley malt extract. Nutritional Information per 100g: Energy 955KJ/229Kcal, Protein 23.1g, Carbohydrate Nil, Fat 15.2g, Fibre Nil, Sodium 0.3g