“ Brand: Redwood Vegi-deli / Type: Vegetarians „
I am a vegetarian who is trying to move closer to a vegan lifestyle and the other day I went shopping to my local Holland and Barratt where I found these Vegi Deli Sage and Onion Slices in their chilled section. They were £1.59 for a pack and they looked similar to the Quorn branded slices I eat regularly.
The slices come in a small plastic packet. You have to cut open the top with scissors or a knife and I found it quite difficult. An easy peel back plastic top would be much better. You end up cutting into the hard plastic holder where the slices are. The front of the pack has a lot of information printed on it - a bit too much to be honest. It's so busy that it's disfficult to spot the Vegan and Vegetarian approved stamps. There are also two other stamps saying that this product is acknowledged as being an 'ethical company' and has received an award for being so. A 'Meat Free' flag is clear to see near to brand's 'The Redwood Co.' logo.
There is also a label on the bottom of the packet which tells you the ingredients and nutritional values. The slices are made in a meat, agg and dairy free environment and contain soya protein, wheat gluten and potato starch. They are flavoured with dried onion and sage as well as carrageenan spices. You get 100g of product per pack and nutritional values are provided for this amount so each 100g provides 233 calories and 14.1 grams of fat. The slices are also marked as being free from hydrogenated fats and oil and are cholesterol free and GMO free too.
The slices are about 3 1/2 inches in diameter and each slice varies in thickness. They are a mushroom brown colour and are flecked with little black and green pieces. They smell like stuffing balls - the aroma is very mouth watering. The slices have a drier consistency than Quorn slices do but I really like the texture and find that once you start chewing them they feel fluffy and soft with the odd speck that feels like a soft seed. They are easy to tear up into smaller slices with your fingers if you need too. The slices have a strong onion flavour which is very pleasant and they have a more earthy aftertaste which is also very nice. I find them quite addictive to be honest.
I haven't eaten meat since I was very young and I can't remember what it's like so I don't know if these slices are meant to replicate meat in some way. They look less meat-like than Quorn's slices though which is just fine by me as I am sometimes put off by the appearance of 'fake' meat.
I have been eating these with many different meals but find that they are excellent for spicing up a piece of toast. They are also great with vegetables and mash or even just peeled straight from the pack and eaten alone. I will definitely be buying these again as I find them so tasty and I love that I can eat them and have my conscience my clear. Great product from a brand that I can respect.
I first tried the Redwood Vegideli Sage And Onion slices thanks to my sister who is a vegan. She often brings me intersting new food products to try, knowing that whatever is suitable for her as a vegan will obviuosly also be ok for a vegetarian such as myself. The slices are meat, egg and dairy free. They are made of wheat gluten and soya protein flavoured with sage and onion. They are a chilled product and are usually to be found near the sandwich fillers or cooked meats.
I think they are mainly marketed as a sandwich filler - they are presented to look similiar to the round slices of ham etc you can buy. They are an off white colour, with visible flacks of sage dotted about. I think they look a bit pale and uninteresting on their own, but then again so does turkey to me! They are packaged in a blister style pack which is annoying because this type of plastic packaging can't be recycled in my local area. Secondly, I always find it fiddly to open and hard to reseal. If you don't eat the slices at once, you must be careful to wrap them back up because if you don't they go unpleasantly dry.
Each pack contains 10 slices, 100g in total. I find that two slices makes a decent sandwich, but as they are thin, a sandwich made solely using them doesn't feel very satisfying. For this reason, I always add a nice chutney and plenty of salad. Flavourwise though, I think they stand up well on their own. The flavour of the onion is more predominant than the sage to me, and overall it has a strong taste. In fact, I sometimes find the taste of the onion lingers for too long in my mouth. This means that I don't like to eat the slices too often, as I get bored of the distinctive flavour.
Although sandwiches are my favourite way of using the slices, the thought of sage and onion flavourings always reminds me of roasts. I sometimes use these as part of traditional style roast dinner with roast potatoes and vegetables. Although they are not dry in taste, I do think the slices are nice with the addition of gravy. As they are not filling, they work best in my opinion with some hearty sides. When I visit my meat eating family members for Sunday lunch I find it easy to take a packet of these slices along, confident that will replace the meat in the meal for me. This means that the same meal can be cooked for everyone.
Lastly, I like these in a dish invented by my sister when a student with a limited stockcupboard and budget. I shred the slices, add a vegan cheese sauce, and a breadcrumb topping and bake until the top is crispy. It is an easy way of having a full flavoured main course that goes with most vegetables.
The only downside I see to these are the fact that once opened, they must be used within 48 hours. I have often had to throw away a half finished pack. It is possible to freeze them but I have not tried this myself. Unopened, the use by date is usually quite generous - 3-4 weeks is typical, so they are a handy standby if you can use the whole pack promptly.
I would recommend these to anyone looking for a tasty, interesting sandwich filling. For vegans, they are an easy solution to what to have with a roast style dinner. They are versatile as they are good for eating with a hot meal or a salad. If you would only like a mild sage/onion flavour, then they are probably too strong though!
They are available in Morrisons supermarkets, and many health food shops. I have paid anything from £1.35 to £1.59 a packet recently, it is definitely worth shopping around. Morrisons have in the past often had these available for a special price if you buy two at once.
Made in a meat and dairy free environment, and from non hydroggenated fats.
Vegan and Vegetarian society approved.
Redwood foods produce a wide range of vegeratian and vegan foods ranging from dairy free cheese to imitation meat and fish. These slices are part of the deli range and are recommended as a sandwich filling.
The slices come in a pack of 10 and cost me £1 from Morrisons. They're also available from health food stores and online. They are made of soya and gluten and are suitable for vegans.
I've not eaten meat in a long time so while I'm pretty sure these are meant to be like turkey slices with stuffing, I have no idea how realistic they are. They are however very tasty. The slices are juicy and chewy with a sage and onion flavour. The flavour is quite strong, but not overpowering. I like to have them in sandwiches with vegan cheese and they don't mask the cheese flavour.
I find the onion smell is quite strong so if you take these in sandwiches for lunch make sure you wrap them up well. You'll probably want a mint afterwards as they did make my breath smell a little.
Per slice, these contain 23 calories and 1.4g a fat. I like to use 2 slices per sandwich so they're better for you than some other sandwich fillings. They're also free from cholesterol, hydrogenated fat, artificial colours and preservatives, and GM ingredients.
These sage and onion slices are part of the Redwood Food Company's Vegi-Deli range.
They are soya based fake 'meat' slices and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
They don't contain any meat, egg, dairy, cholesterol, hydrogenated fat, artificial colours or flavourings and are GMO free too.
They usually cost between 99p and £1.50 and can be bought from some health food shops, online or from some supermarkets. I'm sure I've bought them from Morrisons before.
The taste reminds me of those turkey and stuffing slices you can buy on the deli counter but it's been so long since I ate meat I can't tell you how much they taste like the real thing - I've fed them to meat-eaters who didn't complain though!
If you just ate them on their own then they would seem a little dry and bland but they go well in sandwiches and salads, and are apparently suitable for home freezing although I've never tried that myself.
I don't think I could buy and eat these every week as I'd get bored of them but they do make a nice change to the usual sandwich fillings.
Water, wheat gluten, non hydrogenated fats & oils, soya protein, yeast extract, potato starch, dried onion (1.5%), raw cane sugar, thickener: carrageenan, dried sage (0.5%), spices.
Nutritional Information (typical analysis - 100g)
Energy: 976.00 kJ 233.00 kcal
Protein: 21.40 g
Carbohydrate: 5.00 g
of which sugars 1.00 g
Fat: 14.10 g
of which saturates: 5.40 g
Fibre: 0.50 g
Sodium: 0.70 g
Calcium: 0.00 mg