“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Vegetarians „
I bought these veggie sausages a week or so ago not because I am a veggie but because my mate is and he was coming to mine for a barbeque and my other half suggested these as a veggie alternative to my normal bangers.
I tried to cook them on the barbie but it didnt work mainly as they are frozen and they just went nasty. Instead I boiled them on the hob for 5 minutes and then transfererd them onto the barbeque and that worked a lot better.
I ate a couple of them and they were okay but a bit rubbery and they smelled quite strong of garlic which I was quite surprised at. My friend said he enjoyed them but I'm unsure if he was being polite. I served them with baked potato and salad and some salad dressing and they all went so something must have been good!
They come in a bag of 10 at Tesco and cost just short of two quid. They are a really funny orange colour which I think looks a bit artificial and is a bit off putting but they tasted okay just a bit rubbery. Not something I'd buy for myself but if he came over again I guess I'd get some more in
When I first tasted vegetarian hotdogs I thought they were great (I can't remember the brand) but very garlicy so they were renamed smelly sausages in our house. Over time we have tried different brands but now always end up with the Tesco ones, although the children don't seem to be able to tell the difference we adults prefer these.
They come frozen in a bag and contain 10 sausages.
When you first open the bag you will notice their colour is orange which is strange for a sausage and they have a smell which I can't really describe. I think it might be the seasoning, but as soon as you start cooking them you can smell the garlic.
They can be cooked on the hob. under the grill and in the microwave. I no longer attempt to cook them in the microwave as they always end up rubbery. I have never cooked them under the grill mainly because hotdogs to me should be boiled. So I always cook them on the hob and they only take 5 minutes in boiling water.
Once they are cooked and you start to eat them they don't taste particularly garlicy at that time but the sausage leaves an after taste in your mouth that is silmilar to garlic. Whilst eating them they taste really good and have a nice herby flavour. They are soft so they are not difficult for young children to chew (children not babies).
These can be eaten hot or cold and my children sometimes take them to school and nursery for their dinner with salad or pasta.
2 sausages contain 0.4g of sodium which is leaning towards the high but my youngest only ever has one at a time. So it would be 0.2g.
130 calories are in 2 sausages so these do have more calories than the normal quorn ones but they are so much tastier they are worth the extra calories. But be warned you will stink of garlic after.
A bag costs £1.98 or 2 bags for £3.
TESCO MEAT FREE HOT DOG SAUSAGES
I tried these Hot Dogs from the Tesco Meat Free Range and was very pleasantly surprised. They cost £1.98 for a bag of 10 but at the moment Tesco has them on offer at £3.00 for 2 bags.
The bag is mainly a dark green colour and can be found in the frozen food section. It has the words "Tesco Meat Free, rich in protein, No artificial preservatives, flavours or colours" written down the left hand side. There is a picture of the hot dogs done in rolls in the traditional hot dog style and the words 10 Hot Dog Sausages above it.
They are described as "Delicious authentic tasting frankfurters" And I must admit they really do live up to that description.
The GDA is as follows:-
Per 2 sausages (60g) contains
I would really prefer a bit less fat in them .
On the back there is a list of ingredients, the cooking instructions which are so easy (I just microwave mine for 1 minute) and some allergy advice stating that they contain wheat, gluten,egg, soya and mustard. Also they cannot be guarantee a nut free environment.
The Hot Dogs are the same size as the meat variety but I think they are a slightly different colour. Tesco Meat Free Hot Dogs are paler. They taste and smell just like the meat version although they are a different texture (from what I remember, I've been a veggie for 10 years).
Apart from the taste the thing I really like about this product is how versatile it is. Of course they taste great as a traditional hot dog in a roll with onions and sauce but they can be used for so much more. I chop them up and add them to sweet and sour sauce or a stir fry. They are lovely in a quiche or omelette. Also I chop them up with onions, mushrooms and tomatoes and put them in a wrap. Really the flavour of them seems to go with anything! (Or may be that's just me!).
I totally recommend this product, its so versatile.
The fat content.
When I became a vegetarian, I thought my days of fast food were over. I had always enjoyed a burger or a hot dog once in a while, but accepted those days were over. I actually became a vegetarian overnight after reading a particularly harrowing book on animal cruelty. One day, I was a meat eater, the next I couldn't stomach the stuff. I therefore knew nothing about the vast range of vegetarian substitutes that were available. What a nice surprise I got!
Well I say I got a nice surprise, but quite a few meat free products I tried, tasted like rubber bands (not that I've ever had a thing for rubber, you should know!)
Tesco Meat Free Hog Dogs are different though, as they are so similar to meat hot dogs, it's hard to taste the difference. They have a similar texture and that slightly rubbery outside, that doesn't sound appealing, but is a feature of all hotdog/frankfurter sausages. They have a lightly smoked smell and flavour, giving them an authentic hot dog taste.
Tesco Meat Free Hot Dogs are quite small and slender, measuring in at approx. 4 inches long, which is the average size of a tinned hot dog. I find them a bit too small for the average hot dog bun though, as there is always empty bun at each end, which is a bit disappointing.
These hot dogs are made from a blend of soya and wheat proteins, with a list of ingredients shown below.
Rehydrated Wheat Protein (34%), Water, Vegetable Oil, Rehydrated Soya Protein (10%), Dried Egg White, Onion, Soya Protein Concentrate, Dextrose, Salt, Yeast Extract, Onion Powder, Hydrolysed Soya Protein, Garlic Powder, Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum), Spices, Natural Colour (Beta-Carotene).
This product contains: Wheat, Gluten, Egg, Soya and Mustard. So is not suitable for anyone with those allergies.
*Nutritional Value per 2 hot dogs*
Calories - 135
Protein - 10.8g
Carbohydrate - 2.2g
of which sugars - 0.6g
Fat - 9.0g
of which saturates - 1.0g
mono-unsaturates - 2.6g
polyunsaturates - 5.4g
Fibre - 0.6g
Sodium* - 0.2g
*Salt Equivalent - 0.6g
Tesco Meat Free Hot Dogs are very quick and easy to cook and are best cooked from frozen. You just place them in a pan of boiling water, reduce heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes, drain well and serve. If wished, they can also be cooked in the microwave, in less than 2 minutes.
If you are looking for a meat free hot dog, which tastes like the real thing, then I'd recommend you give these hot dogs a try. I am sure you will not be disappointed.
After growing up with two dedicated vegetarians in the family (both my mother and sister) I got the opportunity to try several different types of veggie meals and meat substitute products. Tesco Meat Free Hot Dog Sausages were one of these products I had the fortune to try, and from day one, about 10 years ago, I fell in love with these sausages and have never had the urge to have the actual meat version again.
They taste like actual Frankfurter sausages and are made from a blend of soya and wheat proteins. I find the most off-putting thing about the real frankfurter hot dog sausages is you never know exactly what meat has been ground up and placed into them, and there are no shortage of horror stories about to put you off for life. However, at least with these sausages you can feel rest assured that there are no nasties contained within them as they are 100% meat free.
Where they seem to lack has to be they don't have the same texture of the real frankfurter sausages, tending to be slightly softer and don't really feel like a meat sausage, even though the taste is the same, or very nearly.
They are as easy as can be to cook, just 45 seconds in the microwave seems to do the job for an individual sausage although the packet says at least a minute, but I find anything over 45 seconds and the sausage starts to bubble. If you would prefer, they can be cooked on the hob by placing into boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes.
The packaging they are supplied in is a plastic flexible pouch which is ideal for being placed into a freezer straight from the supermarket. The size is a standard 300g packet which contains 10 Hot dog sausages.
The price is £1.76 at the moment and as these are purely a Tesco range product, they can't be bought for any cheaper, although I am not sure is Asda, etc. have a similar range for sale. Although, compared to the Princes canned hot dogs, these are relatively high in price, they are in my own opinion worth the extra, due to the nutritional reasons mentioned above.
Overall, fantastic flavour and a definite for any hot dog lover. This product is a 4 out of 5 star item for me, not reaching the top score due to the unrealistic texture of the sausages compared to real meat frankfurter sausages.
I could never be described as the world's biggest carnivore, and in fact I was vegetarian for about ten years.
Because of this, I am used to eating meat-free alternatives a lot of the time when it comes to preparing a snack or evening meal. I regularly buy vege-mince instead of beef or lamb - really just because I prefer the taste - and I do regularly buy 'Quorn' and other products instead of buying chicken.
It was whilst I was looking in the freezer compartments in my local Tesco supermarket, looking for some frozen bits and pieces, that my eye happened upon the packet of Tesco-own branded 'Meat Free hot dog sausages'. Having tried these in the past, but not for a year or two now, I remembered that I had enjoyed them in the past and with that, I opted to buy them on this occasion too.
The packaging is quite simple and plain - a green-coloured bag, with the Tesco logo on the top and the name of the product underneath. The package informs me that the 300g bag contains 10 hot dogs which seemed quite reasonable, given that the bag of hot dogs cost under £2.
The hot dogs are very easy to cook and very quick. I find that both of these points make them a very convenient item to keep in my freezer. They cook in just a few minutes - either in the microwave or on the hob.
I always cook them on the hob, which takes around three minutes. The hot dogs simply require to be plonked into a pot of boiling water and after a minute or so, you can adjust the heat and basically just leave them there, simmering away nicely. After testing one with a fork to make sure it is cooked all the way through (which they always are) I drain them on some kitchen paper and voila! Easy peasy!
What I couldn't believe though (and I had actually forgotten about this from when I have cooked these in the past) is the amount of grease or oil that comes from these hot dogs as they are being cooked! The pan of water is literally like an oil slick once we have finished cooking our hot dogs and I have to say that it is quite off putting to look at.
I also found that the sausages were very greasy to the touch, when removing them from the packaging. The package too got very greasy - so much so that after I had opened it and returned the remainder of the bag to the freezer, I had to re-wrap it using some freezer bags as I didn't particularly want hot dog-grease to get over other items in my freezer. Yuck!
Anyway apart from that little grumble I absolutely loved these! They were every bit as good as I remembered them being and my partner loved them too. He most certainly could never be described as the world's biggest fan of vegetarian food, but he loved these and actually commented on how he would have had a difficult time guessing that these hot dogs were a meat-free version if I hadn't told him so beforehand. This is quite unusual for him to be fair and he can usually detect straight away if I have used a vegetarian alternative like mince or sausages in a meal.
The texture of the hot dogs I have found to be on a par with those 'American' tinned hot dogs my mum used to buy - quite smooth when eating it! Also the taste is basically the same as any 'meat' hot dogs that I have had recently - a slightly smoked taste and really quite delicious!
The nutritional information on the reverse of the packaging informs me that 100g of these hot dogs will provide me with 225 calories and 15g of fat. There is also information on the packaging that tells me that these hot dogs are of course suitable for a vegetarian diet.
I would definitely recommend these, even if you are not a particular fan of vegetarian food - you really would be hard pushed to tell the difference! I am going to deduct one star because of the grease I mentioned earlier - I really did find it to be quite off-putting. Apart from that though, both my partner and I thoroughly enjoyed them and we will buy them again.
I decided to give Tesco Meat Free Hot Dogs a go, as I had read some good reviews and I found myself thinking about how much I had enjoyed hot dogs as a meat-eating child, and therefore started to have cravings for one! I was a bit uncertain about these, after a bad experience with Quorn bacon style rashers, and I thought these might be similar.
The hot dogs come in a pack of 10, priced £1.76 although Tesco very often have an offer of buy two of their meat free products for £3. The hot dogs are packaged in a bag, and are in the freezer section, and best stored frozen.
Having bought these, and decided one day on the way home that I would try them for my tea that night, I had a sudden worry - how do you cook hot dogs? I had a feeling they were to be microwaved, and I don't have a microwave. Fortunately, once I examined the packet I discovered that in addition to the microwave option there is an option of cooking them on the hob.
Cooking the hot dogs was incredibly easy. You heat up some water in a pan, put in the hot dogs (still frozen) and simmer for 3-4 minutes. And for once, I found the timing was spot on - I checked them 4 minutes later, and they were perfectly done.
So I put my hot dogs into finger/hot dog rolls, and added a little ketchup. Here goes for the taste test...I was really impressed! The texture was exactly as I remembered "real" hot dogs to be, as was the taste - which amazed me, because although I can't remember what meat tastes like, I know that the texture and taste of most meat free products is completely different to real meat. I may of course be wrong in this, it has been 12 years since I ate meat and who knows when I last had a hot dog, but I'm fairly sure these were just like the real thing. They certainly didn't disappoint me, and they were a lot better than I expected.
I'll definitely be buying these again. They were a quick and easy meal, and very tasty too. In terms of value, £1.76 seemed a lot to me but you get 10 hot dogs in a pack. I think the price is comparable to "real" hot dogs. I would recommend these to absolutely anyone, but I expect if you're a meat eater you'll probably ignore me and continue to buy real ones! Veggies of the world however, I would strongly recommend you give these a go!
I bought these last week when my granddaughter and her friend came to see me, hot dogs seemed an ideal quick supper before they both went home. The 10 year old has an enforced vegetarian diet as she has a medical condition which means she cannot digest meat properly so I thought I'd try these frozen Tesco Meat Free Hot Dog Sausages, assuming that as a vegetarian my granddaughters' friend would enjoy them even if me and my granddaughter didn't!
I needn't have worried though as I could not honestly taste much of a difference between these and the Ye Olde Oak hot dog sausages I usually buy. Admittedly these are much paler in colour with none of the usual reddish tinge that hot dog sausages usually have, these Meat Free ones have a salmon / cream colour which don't look terribly appetising if I'm honest but I cooked them anyway as the girls' needed something to eat and I reasoned that once inside a hot dog bun and covered in ketchup and onions then the colour would make absolutely no difference.
And it doesn't! These little sausages are delicious, they have a slightly more solidified texture than the meaty hot dogs I usually buy this is change in consistency is only really apparent when you're eating a sausage on it's own as by the time you've wrapped it in bread and dolloped sauce on it then there isn't very much difference at all.
It was the taste which surprised me though, considering these are made from a soya and wheat protein rather than gunky mechanically separated meat I wasn't expecting them to taste like hot dogs at all. What a surprise I had when I had one on a bun and instantly realised that there is very, very little difference in the two flavours. The smokiness is still there and that weird feeling you get when eating a hot dog sausage that the meat, or lack of meat in this case, is a little slimy but without actually being slimy. These manage to taste a little porky too, although this could be my imagination as there is nothing in the list of ingredients to suggest they have been made to taste like proper meat.
I thought they were lovely though and so did the girls', my granddaughters' friend asked me to write down the name of the hot dogs so she could ask her mum to buy some. The poor little mite told me she watches her brothers tuck into hot dogs quite regularly and although has never had meat to be able to miss it, she feels left out that they can eat things like this whereas she's stuck with 'hollible' (her word, not a spelling mistake) Quorn sausages!
Cooking these hot dog sausages is very easy, you can either pop them into boiling water straight from the freezer and simmer for a few minutes or microwave them for a minute. I have a 1000w microwave and this is usually too powerful for things like this so I boiled mine and they were fine, it was easy to see when they were done as the colour deepens slightly and the sausage goes nice and floppy. Then it's simply a case of fishing them out with a slotted spoon, draining the water off for a second and popping them straight into the bun.
Job done, and a very delicious job it was too.
Each sausage has 135 calories and 9g of fat, which is about the same as meat hot dogs so don't imagine that you're going to help your diet by ditching the meat in this instance but for a little treat these are lovely and not worth worrying about the lack of nutrients as hot dogs are not a regular thing in this house. They cost £1.76 for 10, which is more than a tin of meat hot dogs but there is less waste as I always find I throw away at least two sausages out of every tin whereas I can just keep the remainder of these in the freezer until next time they're needed.
I've been vegetarian for nearly twenty years but my husband and both of my boys are big meat-eaters. In spite of that, I actually bought these vegetarian hot dogs with the kids in mind, rather than myself. On days where I've been to work and picked up the boys up from kids' club or nursery, I don't tend to have much time to cook. They both have a small tea at school or nursery, so they aren't exactly starving but they still need a little something to see them through so usually look for something quick and easy that I can rustle up without too much hassle.
I did consider buying them traditional meat-based hot dogs but, to be honest, the contents put me off - even though it wouldn't be me eating them! I can remember reading an article on MRM (Mechanically Removed Meat) back when I was studying GCSE English! It really was a gross process and has stuck with me for all of this years. Basically, hot dogs (along with lots of other meat 'products') contain all the scrapings and edible tissue that are removed from animal bones. This mechanically removed meat can make up to 20% of the content of a tin/jar of traditional hot dogs. (Go on - check the ingredients on the back of that tin or jar in your cupboard. You could even google 'mechanically removed meat' if you want more info.) I'm not trying to convince anybody here to become vegetarian (which is good as I haven't managed to achieve that with my own family) but this is the honest reason why I give my kids vegetarian hot dogs!
So - the two key questions are what bizarre substance can the veggie ones be made from and what do they taste like? Well, these Tesco branded veggie hot dogs are made from a blend of soya and wheat proteins. This is, admittedly, not the most natural-sounding of foodstuffs but does mean that they are an excellent source of protein. They have the appearance of a traditional hot dog although are a little thinner than some brands. Each packet contains 10 individual sausages and I find that one or two served in a hot dog shaped bread roll is plenty for tea. As this is a frozen item, the unused hot dogs can keep for months and there is less waste than with tins or jars where you have to use the remainder within a couple of days.
Tastewise, I can't distinguish these from meat hot dogs and, more importantly, nor can the kids. They have the same traditional smokey flavour and the same texture as a 'normal' hot dog and can be served with all the traditional hot dog accompaniments (onions, mustard, ketchup, whatever you fancy!) I admit that I haven't eaten the genuine article for almost 20 years but I would challenge anybody reading this to take a blind taste of these and meat hot dogs and be able to tell the difference! Please let me know either way!
These are really quick and convenient to prepare. They can be cooked straight from frozen, either heated in a pan of boiling water for 3-4 minutes (just like the traditional sort) or microwaved for a little over a minute (depending on your microwave's wattage.) I tend to microwave for convenience but do find that these split before the end of the cooking time and that one end can sometimes be a little overcooked. I suppose it is trial and error to perfect the ideal cooking time!
If you want to try these, they are a Tesco branded product so, no surprises, only available from Tesco stores in the freezer aisle. I notice on the back of the packet that these are actually produced by Tivall. Tivall products are often available in independent health food shops so they may well produce their own version, but I haven't personally seen them. Pricewise, these currently cost £1.99 for a packet of ten.
If you have any preconceptions about 'meat-free' meaty products, I challenge you to try these! If you're a veggie, I'd definitely recommend these. They will give you a reminder of the lovely smokey taste of a traditional hot dog without having to think about the gruesome ingredients list!