“ Brand: Quorn / Type: Vegetarian „
*this review is based on Quorn ham style slices, rather than Quorn smoky ham style slices. I'm not sure whether this is the same thing, but I think it is*
Quorn is low in fat and high in protein - and so, occasionally I use it as a protein boost to my vegetarian diet. Quorn specialise in meatless meat - basically meat substitutes which are made of mycoprotein. Mycoprotein is a fungus not dissimilar to mushrooms or truffles.
These slices are made-up to have a ham-like look and texture. I tend to have bagels with a couple of the slices broken up as filling, with a little butter or olive spread to stop it from being too dry. I find it really novel to tear them into pieces as they tear just like when my nan tears up real ham, and I'm really not used to anything which looks/feels so meat-like but didn't require any animal deaths to make. I still can't get other members of the family to try it due to bad experiences of meat-substitutes in the 70s, but I'll get there!
I personally wouldn't mind if they tried a little less hard to make their products resemble meat, but I understand that they aim to tempt over the recent converts to vegetarianism who miss all of their old meals and habits and/or don't know how to cook anything else.
My best friend now often uses Quorn products such as this instead of meat even though she is not vegetarian because she actually prefers the taste - I can vouch for the fact that it is quite tasty. I know that a lot of people claim its bland, but I've never found it to be such; if you do find it bland, then I suggest you just use it to bulk out your meal - it absorbs flavours of sauces and spreads very well, for example.
The use-by date of the ham style slices is usually 2-4 weeks after purchase, depending on the stock of your local shop.
As some of you know I don't eat meat and as I have said before quorn is low in fat and high in protein.
Mycoprotein is the main ingredient in all Quorn products. It is made from a member of the fungi family (like mushrooms and truffles). The mycoprotein found in Quorn Foods is fairly healthy. Mycoprotein is low in total and saturated fat, it also has a lot of health benefits, such as being high in fibre and containing good quality protein. It is also high in zinc and magnesium.
The smoky ham is one of my favourites from this range, there is also a deli wafer thin ham style which isn't the same. This one is tastier.
For a 100g pack you can expect to pay about £1.50. I can only find this in Tesco near where I live but Asda and Sainsburys do other kind of quorn meats.
In the whole pack there is only 121 calories and there is16.9g of protein, but you probably wouldn't eat the whole pack yourself in one sitting. So as you can see it is very low in calories.
Once this has been opened it does tell you to eat it within two days, but I have ate it 3 maybe 4 days after opening as long as the use by date hasn't passed. It isn't suitable for freezing.
This ham is quite thin and does have a smokey smell and taste, I have checked the ingredients and the only flavouring it mentions is - flavouring (with colour - iron oxide), so I am not really sure what it tastes like as I can't compare it to what real smokey ham tastes like. I can bet it will not really taste the same but this one might have a little more taste in it. (my guess).
This ham is mainly used for sandwiches in our house which goes well with some salad, or I like it with processed cheese singles. I also like to put it on pizza for a change.
I did ask them at Asda to add it to their create your own choice pizzas, but as yet they haven't.
I know a lot of you meat eaters will never try this as it's not "real meat" but don't be scared to give it a go it might just surprise you.