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      08.05.2010 09:21
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      This Sausage roll will change your life

      Sometimes I realise that being a money saver isn't always the right thing to do, sometimes you get exactly what you pay for and although it is possible to live for a week of food on less than a tenner, sometimes you don't really have to.

      I think this is a good example of the kind of product you should use discretion and pay a bit more for because although its cheap and its edible, its not something your going to get much enjoyment out of unless you smother it in some kind of sauce and totally dilute the natural (lack of) flavour.

      The Packaging:

      Well cheap is as cheap does and boy does this look cheap, two manky pieces of pastry with something in the middle in a plastic wrapper with the Tesco Value sign all over it. There are indicators of health advice, calorie details and whether you can freeze the item or not. If you met this item in a crowded bar you wouldn't give them a second glance, not even after your third Cinzano and Lemonade, unless thats your bag, but I don't think it is....is it?

      Nutritional Value:

      Well for me the nutritional advice i'd give is, if you have no food then this is food, its edible and it will help sate your hunger, other than that I think it all goes downhill.

      There are 195 calories in each Sausage roll which is about a tenth of a grown man's daily requirement, so this two pack is a fifth of the food you should eat in a day. The Sausage roll weighs 60g, 9g of this is saturated fat, 11.9g is Fat, 1.4g is sugar and 1g is salt, so thats nearly half of your soggy little sausage roll giving you bad vibes.

      The Big Taste Test:

      The first thing I would say is that once you buy one of these things, leave it a while before eating, preferably leave it out of the fridge for a while, because straight from the fridge, it is a cold, hard taste of a life you don't want to be living, you can taste the greasy factory floor pastry, there is a small taste of something else I would love to say its the sausage but its not its the pepper in the sausage to give it some kind of discernible taste.

      Overall, if you heat it, its ok, its not good, its ok at best, from cold its a taste of what life must have been life for our neanderthal forefathers (and mothers), food taken for availability without taste or flavour.

      I don't like these, I like Sausage rolls and would recommend other Tesco sausage roll products and also other Tesco Value products but not these, these are a taste of life without real meat, without flavouring and where we accept value over quality.

      I buy stuff to ensure my family can eat well and plentifully but with products like this I think its a case of saying, it looks cheap, it tastes incredibly cheap and it is cheap, i'll chuck this in the garden for the birds (Who discerningly wouldn't eat it either, i'm sure I heard a fox cry in the garden last night and I felt its pain knowing that its exactly how I felt during my first bite.

      So overall if you only have 50p, buy a loaf of bread, make some toast, buy a paper and eat that, but this sausage roll will change your life. It will make you realise that cheap isn't always good!

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        30.04.2010 12:17
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        We had these the other week. I know the wife had them before and I was sure she wasn't so keen on them. Not sure why she bought them again though, but often I cannot make sense of her purchases.

        These only cost 46p for the pack of 2 of them. They looked a good enough size and especially for the money. They were quite wide and not too deep but deep enough. They were more a longer square but not quite a rectangular shape.

        You cook these in the oven for about 15 minutes.

        After cooked the Pastry seemed flaky and light enough. It did however seem that bit greasy but I was expecting for it to be greasy due to the price of this. The Meat inside wasn't too chewy and there didn't seem to be any tough bits in it. It didn't taste the best quality Meat but it seemed like there was a bit Pepper in this as well which I was just expecting a greasy slab.

        All in all this was ok. I dipped it into Sauce so I didn't really taste it too greasy, but it wasn't the nicest Sausage Roll i've had.

        I wouldn't buy this myself and think will stick to the Mini Sausage Rolls as they are a lot nicer, and also the budget ones do seem to be that bit more greasy.

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        03.03.2010 22:12
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        Cheap And A Little Bit Nasty,

        I forgot my wallet and my lunch on Monday, so after scraping together a bit of car park change from the motor, I headed into Tesco to see what delights I could purchase for 97p. Straight away I grabbed a pack of two sausage rolls from their value range out of the chiller for only 49p leaving me enough for a drink. Result!

        Now, at 49p for two, my expectation levels were not high and after glancing at the packet and seeing that they contain just 12% pork, I was pretty sure that this could well end in disappointment and it did.

        What they lack in meat they more than make up for in onion, which is pretty much all you can taste. The pastry is a bit limp and has no real flavour to it. All in all, they are not very nice and I'm glad I had enough money for a drink to wash away some of the taste.

        It seems a little strange that you get two in a pack, as I can't really imagine anyone enjoying the first one so much that they wanted another, or hating someone so much that they would offer them the second one. Perhaps it would be a suitable gesture to give one of these to the traffic warden that had just issued you a parking ticket, happy in the knowledge that not only would they not enjoy it but they would also have onion death breath and a dose of heartburn to boot.

        Anyway, that will teach me for forgetting my wallet and lunch. Lesson most definitely learnt.

        So, in conclusion. They are cheap but not cheerful and the quality is low like the price. It's a shame as I'm actually a fan of the value range in general but this something that I certainly will not be buying again.

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          02.03.2010 23:38
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          If You HAVE To Buy Value Sausage Rolls Have Them Cold

          I didn't want to try these sausage rolls but when I got back from the pub the other night I was starving so I thought I might as well have one because with beer goggles on they might not be as bad as they look!!!

          I thought the sausage roll wasn't bad and had another one the next night. The trick is to have these cold with a bit of sauce because if you warm them up in either the microwave or oven they go mega greasy and taste disgusting!

          When you have it cold the pastry is proper dry but it's got a nice flavour to it, the sausagemeat isn't the best quality in the world but it's deffo edible and if you're buying 2 sausage rolls for less than 50p then you can't expect it to be the best thing you've ever eaten!!!

          There isn't much seasoning in the sausage and that makes them quite bland, that's why I suggested you have some sauce with them because that will make them taste a lot more meaty and interesting than they really are. I think the pastry goes nice with the sausagemeat because even though they're both quite bland at least the 2 tastes do go good together!

          I've had one warm and I deffo don't recommend that to anybody. LIke I said the pastry just goes soggy with fat and the sausage feels like it's bubbling when I have a bite.... I feel a bit sick just thinking about it! lol

          Even though they're soooooo cheap I don't think I could bring myself to buy them, my dad loves mega cheap sausage rolls so that's why they're in our fridge but personally I reckon I'd rather spend more money and have a nicer sausage roll to munch on.

          Recommended.... but only cold, once you start trying to warm these sausage rolls up you'll see how cheap and nasty they really are!!!

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          11.09.2009 20:36
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          Cheap, you get what you pay for, sometimes even less!

          If you want a sticky, gooey mess and only a little, stodgy sausagemeat wrapped in flaky, soft pastry, then look no further. A limp snack that flops as soon as you start heating it up, this Tesco Value product has been slated, it seems, by most who have bought it, eaten it, and reviewed it.

          I can see why. Ultimately, what you're getting for your 49p is two sausage rolls, which seem decent enough size and relatively good value, particularly considering the price of other similar sized products is usually substantially more in store. But in other comparisons, such as content, taste, and what it's like when it's heated, then you might be persuaded to pay a bit more and get something with a bit more to it.

          However, if, like me, you're more than happy buying them as something quick to nibble as a snack, that will barely see the inside of your car let alone microwave or oven, then they're good enough. They fill a hole, taste okay, and don't make too much mess. The packaging is pretty inconsequential, as the Value range blue and white kind of does the selling side of things by saying it's cheap, cheerful, and not the best quality.

          What it really boils down to is the fact that if you're not fussed about content and particular effect once heated, then this'll be for you. If you want something that constitutes a more substantial snack, with it retaining form once heated up, then steer clear. This will sink into a flat mess and you'll have to flavour it with ketchup. ;)

          Nutritionally, it'll give you aroun 230 calories per sausage roll, but in all honesty, if you're worried about calories, then this probably isn' the sort of food you should be entertaining anyway! taste is okay, and it'll fill a hole, which is what I use them for. Anything more than that, try a different brand.

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            04.08.2009 18:31
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            If the Cheeky Girls were a Sausage Roll, this is what they'd be

            Ok so the Italians have the pizza, Mexican's the Taco, the French the baguette and the Spanish tapas, what is a traditional British Snack, something we can rely on to replenish in a crisis, something quick, tasty and filled with goodness, thats right i'm talking about the good old roll of Sausage, its something thats about as fashionable nowadays as your old Brother Beyond album, but its still going strong with fans buying packets quietly hidden in their baskets and scuttling home quickly to enjoy guiltily without reproach from the calorie police and the healthy food brigade.

            I had a pack of these on the train home last night and had to keep checking if something was hanging from my nose or something with some of the looks of disgust I got from people ingesting wraps, nuts and cereal bars, I did get a knowing wink from a man chowing down on his Burger King Whopper but we quickly turned our glances both realising we were disgusting pariahs on this train!

            Anyway thats enough of that, what are these sausage rolls like? Well for a start i'll have to be honest, their fairly exclusive, you'll never get them in Sainsburys, Asda, Waitrose, not even in Selfridges, i'd love to say its because of the quality, but its actually because they are tesco own brand. A pack of two limp sausage rolls comes to 49p, less than a good sandwich, well less than a good chocolate bar actually.

            Packaging:
            A weak piece of plastic wrapping with the Tesco value white labelling, there is the words 'Sausage Rolls' in larger blue type and a list of the calories and other dietary information, as well as ingredients which I will come onto in a moment.

            Ingredients:

            Wheat Flour, Water, Vegetable Oil, Pork (12%), Pork Fat, Potato Starch, Salt, Milk Proteins, Yeast Extract, Onion Powder, Black Pepper, Nutmeg, White Pepper, Sage, Glucose Syrup, Natural Flavouring.

            Thats right this sausage roll has 12% pork in it, the rest seems to be made up of a very tasteless flakey pastrty, onion and stuff which has been mixed with the pork to give it a bit of taste, the sausage rolls are not the healthiest choice tyou could ever make a serving is considered to be one Sausage roll and that contains 229 calories and 16.9g of Fat, so both sausage rolls together make up a quarter of your total calories.

            Taste:

            The sausage rolls when the packet is opened look nervous, they are limp and lifeless, the pastry has little crunch, the sausage has little taste and the aftertaste is strange and unrecognisable, the sausage rolls can be grilled or microwaved but all this really does is makes them hot and limp, it does add an ounce of flavour, but not much.

            I am a fan of sausage rolls and I think with these you get what you pay for, Tesco's other range is much better and so are higher priced brands, this is a cheap and easy option and whilst it does fill a whole its incredibly unhealthy but you don't get much for it, i'm all for really unhealthy food if theres a pay off, a bacon sandwich is calorific but has a wonderful taste, a nice glass of wine is calorific but memorable, these sausage rolls are memorable but in the way of thinking 'I remember those, their the sausage rolls without any sausage that taste like socks'.

            I'm keen to get value and put one over the calorie counters, but avoid these unless you are desperate, they are a poor imitation of one of Britains finest culinary inventions.

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              19.05.2009 13:15
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              Following on from I Am Joy again, I spotted these in Tesco last night, and I know she didn't rate them well, I was up for the challenge to see if I thought any more of them. Read on.

              You get 2 Sausage Rolls and they cost 48p. They are a good size as well. They are found in the chiller section, next to the Pies.

              Packaging isn't that exciting. They are just in a clear bag, with some blue writing on them and the Tesco Value logo on the pack. On the front of the pack it says these are freezable, but the date on them was alright.

              You can eat these cold, but I wouldn't recommend eating them straight from the fridge, as they are a bit solid. I often take my Sausage Rolls out of the fridge and leave at room temperature for a bit. You can heat these in teh microwave, but I find that Sausage rolls are a bit soggy and greasy when cooked like this. However I don't mind that so much. With a dollop of sauce on the plate, it makes for a quick eat. The other way is to cook in the oven. This way the pastry ends up crisp and golden, and the inside is juicy.

              All sounds good right? Who said I was talking about these Sausage Rolls? I was talking about an average one. I heated 1 up in the Microwave and 1 in the oven (Not on the same day, on different days). So what was my findings?

              The Microwave 1 was really greasy and soggy. The pastry got stuck to the greasy bit sausage, and you could taste the grease in your mouth. The oven cooked 1 fared a bit better. At least the pastry was edible and quite nice being all crisp. The Sausage section still seemed a bit pasty and very oily and greasy.

              The Sausage didn't taste very flavoursome. It was just a lump of slightly pink Sausage surrounded by thin flaky pastry. There was no pepper or herby taste, and I know this is a budget brand, but surely a sprinkle of salt or that wouldn't have cost that much.

              I will not buy these again, as they tasted like cheap cuts, and fatty at that.

              No thanks, not even worth the price tag.

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                17.05.2009 23:40
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                An awful excuse for a sausage roll, never again!

                I am rather partial to a sausage roll, I like to have one with a salad as the hot component to my meal as it's satisfyingly greasy but won't completely blow my calorie allowance for the day so long as I have it with the obligatory lettuce, tomato and cucumber. While I usually buy Pork Farms sausage rolls or a similar brand last week my eye came upon a pack of two decent sized Tesco Value Sausage Rolls for 49p, I decided to buy a pack to try as I remember eating a Sainsbury's own brand sausage roll at my daughter's house and finding it to be very tasty.

                These, however, are not very tasty. They are greasy and horrible and I shall never eat them again. I actually did think these would be bad even as I bought them and I was right, everything about them screams '2 sausage rolls for less than 50p' - and I don't mean that in a good way!

                I warmed the sausage roll through in the oven as I always do and must admit the smell of it cooking is rather nice, similar to the aroma that hits you whenever you walk past Greggs. It also looked nice, the pastry rises and turns a fairly glossy brown colour although I wasn't terribly impressed with the grey tinged sausage meat which looked to be leaking oil even as I transferred the sausage roll to my plate.

                The first thing I noticed is how greasy the whole sausage roll is, strangely the surface of the pastry is dry to the touch but it's like it has been waterproofed or something and immediately beneath this begins to turn horribly greasy. The meat is very bland and although there is a nod in the direction of sausage meat flavour, it's really not seasoned well enough at all to be compared to my usual spicy and peppery Pork Farms sausage rolls. Neither is the pastry actually, as soon as the sausage roll is removed from the oven the pastry begins to deflate and by the time I cut my first piece off it was oozing fat, completely floppy and almost totally devoid of any flavour. In fact the overriding flavour of these Value Sausage Rolls is grease and there is very little in the way of anything else.

                In my opinion these really are awful. I asked my granddaughter if she wanted the other one and she had no more than a mouthful before deciding she didn't like the sausage roll, I think this is the first sausage roll she's ever disliked but she couldn't even summon up the appetite to eat half of this which is surely an indication of how appallingly bad they are.

                This is one of those no frills products that you really have to try, sausage rolls are getting more and more expensive along with most other meaty products and if I had liked this particular item then there were savings to be had. Unfortunately it's a very cheap sausage roll that tastes like a very cheap sausage roll and in all honestly is 49p wasted rather than any pennies saved, I cannot imagine how awful these would taste cold!

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