The Good Little Company (Downpatrick) – Good Little Sausages

When we go shopping I will always be found lurking around the sausage aisle in supermarkets or so it seems, but come on, you need to keep aware of products, don’t you? Well whilst lurking, I spotted the packaging of these, and thought I would have a closer look.

Did you know that the Good Little Company give over 50% of their profit from every pack directly to African projects through three partner charities including Cristian Aid? News to me, so I bought a pack of Good Little Sausages just to be charitable!

85% outdoor bred pork in chipolata size casings always sound good to me. Chipolatas are not just kids food, adults like them too!

Very consistent sizes of sausage too, so machine produced I would certainly think. Good looking in the raw and cooked up, very nice! For a reduced fat product, these were still reasonably succulent and they say they’re gluten free, but from the taste, honestly we couldn’t confirm that fact!

The skins did brown up a bit, but they didn’t go “snappy” like “proper chipolatas”. Hmm it would appear these have alginate casings, which is natural and purely vegetable-based product. Our research in to this says that alginate provides reasonable texture and mouth feel…OK, if you say so.

Taste-wise actually these were pretty good. The black pepper, ginger, mace, nutmeg, pimento seasonings do combine to give a pleasing spice. However they were very slightly rubbery to chew, and it wasn’t only me that spotted this, most of the troops did too. That’s not to say this was a show stopper, it just took the edge off what was on first impression a reasonable chipolata.

Now as for shrinkage and weight loss, a 29% weight loss is BIG in any bodies book. If we had grilled the samples rather than pan fry, I expect the loss may have been even more.

Would we buy these again? Probably not.

So there you go, not our “cup of tea” but why not give them a go yourself and let us know what you think….

The Good Little Company (Downpatrick) – Good Little Sausage
(May 2015)

Here's the sample details:
100x28mm before cooking, 80x30mm after.
27g before cooking, 19g after.
That's a shrinkage of approx 14% & weight loss of approx 29%.
12 in a pack for £3.09 (£9.09 /kg)


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