(Theguardian) – Seven supermarkets, 14 sausages – but which ones should you choose to fill your buns this summer?
Fri 18 May 2018 14.00 BSTLast modified on Sat 18 Aug 2018 08.02 BST
Which supermarket sausage is top dog?
Which supermarket sausage is top dog? Photograph: Alamy
1 Co-Op 6 Irresistible Outdoor-Bred Cumberland Sausages, £2.99
Nice, coarse, juicy texture, and a well-balanced pepperiness: excellent all-rounders.
2 Marks & Spencer 6 British Outdoor-Bred Pork Sausages, £3.20
Very porky (unsurprisingly, because they’re 97% pork), with a salty, almost bacon-ish flavour, these are a bit like giant pigs in blankets – no bad thing.
3 Waitrose 6 Free-Range Pork Sausages, £3.29
Despite the high meat content, these are pleasingly juicy, and taste “exactly like roast pork and crackling”, said one tester. I think they’d be good with some strong mustard.
4 Asda 6 Extra Special Classic Pork Sausages, £2.25
Juicy to the point of pleasurable greasiness, with a powerful porky flavour: “these would be great in a sausage sandwich”.
5 Tesco Finest 6 Pork Sausages, £2.50
Robust, with a pretty strong herby flavour that puts some testers in mind of a different kind of herb entirely, although, as a result, the pork itself gets a bit lost.
6 Waitrose Essential 8 British Pork Sausages, £1.70
These have a solid meatiness that’s “satisfyingly middle of the road”. Won’t set your world on fire, but they do the job.
7 Morrisons 6 The Best Thick British Old English Pork Sausages, £2.50
As plump and shiny as “toy sausages”, these are meaty, but a bit dry, with a very mild flavour. One tester asks if they’re made of turkey.
8 Co-Op Butcher’s Choice 8 Pork Sausages, £1.70
The firm skin and fine mince sends some of us down memory lane to childhood teatimes: for “maximum nostalgia points”, serve with chips and beans.
9 Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference 6 Outdoor-Bred British Pork Sausages, £2.50
This sausage, billed as “the meaty one”, is also incredibly dry – “It’s sucking all the moisture from my mouth,” objects one tester. Shame, because the flavour’s nice.
10 Asda Butcher’s Selection 8 British Pork Sausages, £1.75
Weirdly tough skin enclosing a pappy interior, but a decent flavour.
11 Tesco 8 Pork Sausages, £1.70
Unnervingly spongy in texture, these don’t win many points for flavour, either: “Not the kind of sausage I want to eat.”
12 Morrisons 8 Butcher’s Style Cumberland Sausages, £1.65
Dry and a bit bland, widely described as “hard work”: not a quality I prize in meat.
13 Sainsbury’s 8 Fresh British Pork Sausages, £1.50
Dried sage and salt are the main flavour notes here. Lean but boring: nothing to write home about.
14 Marks & Spencer 8 Pork Sausages, £1
No one was surprised to discover these were the cheapest sausages we tested: “leathery skin, mushy middle”. Disappointing.