Friday 24 November 2017

Put to the test: Sausages

Edel Coffey

It's back-to-school time and back-to-college time too. Sausages are a perennial favourite with students, and also a handy staple for busy parents. They're a good source of protein but are also high in fat, so best to moderate the frequency. Here are three own-brand varieties scored on taste, ingredients, nutritional values and price.

Marks and Spencer Thick Pork Sausages, 400g

PRICE: €2.99

VERDICT: These sausages have a 78pc pork content and contain the least calories of the three at 235 per 100g. They have the highest protein content at 13.4g per 100g, and fat content was lowest at 19.3g per 100g.

Lightly seasoned with sea salt, cracked black pepper, and the more exotic cayenne and ginger, they have a nice firm structure. This product is made in Northern Ireland but with pork from the republic.

SCORE: 9 / 10

Tesco Finest* 10 Traditional Irish Pork Sausages 454g

PRICE: €2.99

VERDICT: These are from Tesco's luxury range so have an advantage over the rest. The price reflects the brand and they have a higher pork content than most, at the 80pc mark.

You can really taste that difference in the flavour and in the structure, which again is quite firm and chunky. They contain 295 calories per 100g and 23.5g fat, with a protein content of 12.3g.

SCORE: 8.5 / 10

Lidl Glensallagh Irish Pork Sausages 454g.

PRICE: €1.39

VERDICT: These are Lidl's regular breakfast sausages. They have a 57pc pork content, which is standard (Denny Gold Medal contain 56pc pork content).

The calorie content is the highest of the three at 333 calories per 100g but the price is by far the lowest at just €1.39 for 16 sausages. They contain 8.8g of protein per 100g, and 29.5g of fat per 100g. They come from Irish producers Glensallagh and won the Silver Blás Na hÉireann award. They have a good flavour, very tasty (they do contain Monosodium Glutamate). Produce of Ireland.

SCORE: 8/10

Irish Independent

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