Budgens "Best" - Sweet Chilli & Lime

Now with Churchgate Sausages currently leading the way in our local store you may think it odd to try some Budgens own brand, but someone has to do it and tell the world!

We picked up these "Best" Sweet Chilli & Lime sausages as they caught our eye lurking on the shelf away from the normal sausage cabinet.  It would be fair to say that we've not tried any own brand Budgens sausages before so we needed to see how they compete.

The packaging indicated "Specially selected cuts of prime British pork". In fact 85% pork shoulder and belly, in natural pork casings.  Well in the raw they look pretty good, and in the pan they did cook up and brown very well.  No splits and next to no fat residue left behind. Minimal shrinkage and weight loss which is good, but on inspection you could feel that these sausages were not that firm as some we've tried.  OK on slicing, the meat inside was solid and well mixed but with a quite light smooth texture.  On the bite though the skins were a bit chewy and although quite succulent, they didn't really hit the mark.  Shame but not what we would call exceptional unfortunately.  Yes the chilli was up front and pleasing but the lime, garlic, coriander and oregano...hmm?...not sure I could even taste them.

Now I'm not "dissing" these, but they're only an OK everyday sausage if I'm honest...sort of really nothing to write home about, but trust me, I'd buy some more.  Perhaps a pack or two for BBQ time!

Budgens "Best" - Sweet Chilli & Lime
   (Jun 2013)

Here's the sample details:
95x32mm before cooking, 95x30mm after.
66g before cooking, 63g after.
That's a shrinkage of approx 6% & weight loss of approx 4%.
6 sausages on offer at 2.00   (5.00/kg approx)




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