Thursday 22 March 2018

Smart Consumer: Put to the test - premium own brand sausages

The cold mornings mean that we're really tempted to start the day with a hot breakfast!

But there are sausages and then there are sausages, so this week we've chosen to test premium own-brand varieties from the supermarkets.

All are made from Irish pork and its content ranges from 70% to 80%.

We scored on taste, pork content, price and nutritional values.

Superquinn Irish Sausages, 270g

Verdict: Superquinn's award-winning sausages contain 80% pork and have a really lovely rich flavour, so were our favourite to taste. That may explain why they have the second-highest fat content at 29g per 100g.

Price: €1.99 (€7.37/Kg)

Score: 4 / 5Lidl Deluxe Pork Sausages, 370g

Verdict: The joint-lowest price (with Aldi's offering), these are from Lidl's premium range and tasted very good. They contain 80% pork but did have the joint-highest salt levels at 2.1g per 100g.

Price: €1.99 (€5.38 / Kg)

Score: 4 / 5

M&S Thick Pork Sausages, 270g

Verdict: These were the dearest but had the second-lowest fat content and the lowest salt content at 1.26g per 100g. You could also taste the added spices, which was nice. They contain 78% pork.

Price: €1.99 (€7.48 / Kg)

Score: 3.5 / 5

Tesco Finest Traditional Irish Pork Sausages, 227g

Verdict: These had a milder flavour than most of the others and have the least amount of pork at 70%. However, they do contain the lowest fat content (18.1g per 100g) and the second-lowest salt (1.5g per 100g).

Price: €1.60 (€7.05 /Kg)

Score: 3 / 5

Aldi Specially Selected Brannans Sausages, 370g

Verdict: The joint-lowest price but the highest fat content and the joint highest salt content, these sausages contain 80% pork. They were pinker in colour compared to the others and had a lighter taste, plus were a tad salty for our palate.

Price: €1.99 (€5.38 / Kg)

Score: 3 / 5

Irish Independent

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