- Leek & Mustard
I like a Leek
and Mustard sausage, it's a fact. So
spotting these in the sausages section in
our local store was a result to be sure,
however getting them to the checkout in
amongst the rest of the shopping without
them being spotted was a challenge. I'm told
I buy and stock the freezer with too many
sausages! Come on how can you have too
These sausages though do look good in the
raw. From the labelling they're 79%
pork with 6% leeks and 5% English mustard,
with other ingredients including
breadcrumbs, turmeric salt, cloves and both
yellow and brown mustard seeds. The natural
skins looked pretty fair too.
Cooked up the skins worked well with no
splits, and no pale ooze as we sometimes see
these days. In fact these sausages
cooked up and browned really well, but with
not much of an aroma from the pan as we were
expecting to be honest.
Taste-wise there was a mustard dry-ness but
not what we would expect from English
mustard. You know the sort that hits
the back of your throat and nose.
There was also not much in terms of leek to
be seen. Yes there was succulence
which no doubt the leek assisted, but the
taste was a bit "lacking" to what we had
expected. Fair shrinkage and weight loss
results (Details below). Texture-wise
medium, with a reasonable bite...
Then I bit down and crunched a tiny piece of
bone. Then one of the team had the same
experience. Not good then...first two
out of six sausages with crunchy bits!
The remainder of the sausages were eaten
carefully. The team were not impressed
and we decided to mark these accordingly.
However we were in Sainsbury's later that
week so I thought I would have a word with
the butchery department to bring the matter
to their attention. I wasn't complaining,
just making them aware that there may have
been bone in that particular batch. Customer
services were not busy as we entered the
store so I asked should I raise with the
butchery direct, and was pleasantly
surprised that as I had the packaging
labelling on me, I was offered a full
refund! I said again that I hadn't
come in for a refund as we'd eaten them.
Customers services apologised and insisted I
take the refund all the same. Well done
So the bottom line...these Leek & Mustard's
are yes, an OK sausage, but not outstanding
unfortunately and if honest, not something
we would buy again ourselves.
Sainsburys - Leek & Mustard
before cooking, 110x30mm after.
86g before cooking, 79g after.
That's a shrinkage of approx 8% &
weight loss of approx 8%.
6 sausages approx. £3.00 (£6.25/kg