TASTE TESTING VEGETARIAN SAUSAGES
Earlier in the month I got a meat-eating friend of mine to taste-test four vegetarian / vegan sausages. She is a foodie, and her Blog http://gardenteacakesandme.blogspot.co.uk/ is well worth following especially if you love cakes.
So I was more than happy for her to come and do the tasting for me. I know which sausages I like to eat, but had wondered whether other people might have different taste buds to mine. The possibility was, that I might be feeding people sausages that didn’t appeal to anyone other than myself! The sausages to be tested were
1.LINDA McCARTNEYS RED ONION & ROSEMARY (Vegan)
2. V BITES SAGE & MARJORAM (Vegan)
3. CALDRON LINCOLNSHIRE (Vegetarian)
4. GRANOSE LINCOLNSHIRE (Vegan)
I put the sausages in two different types of pans, because I know from experience that the Cauldron sausages are better in a non-stick pan. So here they are. From the left in the small pan: Cauldron, and in the main pan – left, Linda McCartney, right V bites, bottom Granose.
We each tried one of the four sausages, and my friend had a check list for each, which asked her for appearance, flavours, general comments and a rating.
My tester’s comments were
Top score was the Linda McCartney!
She said: “Slight onion taste, but not overpowering… nice and crispy…. meaty texture.. “did not taste like a cheap processed sausage… Very, very good, would eat again.”
Coming in a close second was the Cauldron Lincolnshire.
“Nice & crispy tasting… tastes herby….texture of a meat sausage… very edible, would be nice with toast & fried egg.”
Third place was Granose Lincolnshire. This is a dried product that has to have water added and shaped into a sausage or pattie .
“Looked nice – homemade …No flavours at all – disappointing… Not a bad texture, not heavy…Disappointing, but looked nice. Potential to be better with extra ingredients”
Fourth place V Bites Sage & Rosemary”.
” Looks artificial, almost plastic … Very peculiar flavour…crispy on the outside ..but …unpleasant texture”
So there we have it. The sausages that were found the tastiest were Linda McCartney Red & Onion & Rosemary ). This by the way is a fairly new addition to their range, and I, personally, think much better than the old original, although it cost more. The Cauldron Lincolnshire has a very strong herby flavour; which suits me, but perhaps not others.
Before doing this experiment, I hadn’t realised that Linda McCartney sausages were vegan; so that’s an extra bonus for my vegan guests.
Since my taster suggested the possibility of adding flavours to the Granose basic mixture, watch this space. I shall be experimenting with them. She suggested adding apple or cranberries to them to flavour them up. Something for the future!
Since this blog has been an extended taste trial and since, if I don’t get this letter out soon, I shan’t be in February, the letter ends with many thanks to my food taster – and watch this space!