The people behind Rate My Sausage are now looking at supermarket sausages. What an excellent idea. Visiting your local butcher might not always be practical so it’s excellent to know what else is on offer. In this review they look at Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference range and try the pork and caramelised red onion sausages.
I’ve chosen their “Taste The Difference British Pork & Caramelised Red Onion Sausage” as the first offering from the retail sector of the banger world. This is part of their premium product range, comparable to Tesco’s “Finest” or Morrison‘s “The Best”. The Sainsbury’s website tells us that all the meat in their sausages is produced in the UK, “including back fat (we are the only company that does this)”.
The label says 75% pork. It’s the first pre-packed test, so it will prove to be a useful benchmark for others – if 75% pork tastes bland here, then god help those with less! So…..how did it go down? Well, actually pretty good! This cut and tasted like a meaty banger, albeit not as high-rating as the previous two. It needed a chew, which is surely a good sign, and was juicy and tender. Nice!
All six sausages were exactly the same size and shape – will this be commonplace for the retail sector bangers? I think that when your sausages vary in length, thickness, and especially shape, it adds to the whole eating experience. I prefer idiosyncratic sausages, not “robotages” ™. Stood up manfully to the six slice test.
Average weight uncooked – 66g
Average weight cooked – 45g
Shrinkage – 32%
These sausages come in a pack of six weighing 400g, at a cost of £2.59 – this works out as a price of £6.50 per kg, or 43p per snorker.