Product Type: Redwood Vegi-deli Ready Meals
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Redwood Vegi-deli Sage and Onion Slices
Member Name: ryeb
Redwood Vegi-deli Sage and Onion Slices
Advantages: Versatile slices, great in sandwiches, full flavoured.
Disadvantages: Flavour may be too strong for some, must use within 48 hours of opening.
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.
Summary: A good fridge filler for vegetarians and vegans.
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