“ Brand: Walls / Meat „
I buy these sausages on a regular basis because my little grandson always tends wants to eat sausages for his dinner when he comes to stay for his main meal. Every time I tell him he ate them the last time he came for a meal and he should have something different he always insists he would like sausages. I don't always give in to him every time he would like sausages but we do eat them quite often on the days he comes for his dinner.
They come inside a plastic bag which has the name clearly on the front and a picture of some sausages and so can easily be spotted in a freezer. There are 16 sausages in the bag and they are of a good size being approximately 8 inches long and around an inch in width. A good thick sized sausage. I often freeze them if I buy a few packets of them and want to stock them in my freezer. They have a natural look when taken from the freezer.
I always cook these from frozen because it tells me that is recommend on the side of the bag but sometimes I have defrosted the sausages before cooking them. They don't take very long to cook and in the usual time it takes to cook sausages. Once cooked they smell gorgeous, the smell is inviting to eat them immediately.
They have a really nice texture to them and are really easy to cut into to eat them. Also very easy to chew and swallow. They don't taste at all bland and have a really nice pork flavour. They have a fairly firm centre and not at all mushy sausages. The brand is a very well known one and has been around for many years.
They have the finest selection of herbs and spices to give a unique flavour. I can only detect a small amount of the taste of the herbs and spices but the taste is apparent slightly. They aren't a spicy sausage since they contains herbs etc. Just a nice tasty sausage recipe.
They are ideal to grill, fry or oven bake. I cook them using all these methods depending how I am feeling the day I cook them. I don't often fry them because my hubby is on a low fat health kick at the moment and I also prefer to grill or bake them for my little grandson so that he eats a more healthier diet and are much better for him cooked that way.
Fried they take around 15 minutes to cook, grilled around 15 to 20 minutes and oven baked a little longer at around 25 to 30 minutes or so, I usually bake them on a low setting and they take around 40 minutes or so.
My grandson loves these sausages and he easily eats 2 at a time. He won't eat any foods that are not a good quality but he will try different brands. This brand is one of his favourites at the moment.
The quality of the pork is extremely good and they are excellent value for money. I paid just £2 for a pack of 12 sausages recently. I think it is a good value price for a dozen sausages.
Per sausage they contain, 99 calories, 6.7g of fat of which 2.8g of saturates. I think they are a good calorie content if you like to eat a sausage sandwich or if you are wanting to eat them with a cooked breakfast. The size of them are really good for a breakfast meal and a couple or just one is well enough on the plate.
I have bought these many times for my BBQ parties, I always defrost them first for my BBQ's so that they cook much quicker. My guests love these sausages and they go down really well for the BBQ season.
They do contain wheat, gluten and soya and so if you have any allergies to these ingredients these may not be suitable to buy. They are also free from artificial colours and flavourings.
The bag can easily be recycled after eating the sausages too.
I highly recommend these sausages, they have a super taste and they give me all the taste that I expect from a very well known brand. I will keep on buying them in the future. A good buy for all the family to eat.
I give these sausages 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
I do like a nice bit of sausage whether it be in a sausasage casserole, on a fry up or wedged between bread and butter with tomatos and a blob of bbq sauce all over it and they are something that I buy quite regularly.
These Walls ones I didn't buy though myself and at £2.50 for just 8 of them I would buy myself cheaper ones as the norm however my Mother bought these for me with a few bits and bobs (bless her!) and I was pleased they were from a premium brand.
They simply come packed in a see through, dark and light blue pack and on the front of them we are clearly told what they re and who they are by on and that there are 8 of them provided in my pack and that they weigh 454g in total and then on the back of them other information listed includes the ingredients being given, allergy advice and a full nutritional chart is given and contact details for Walls are clearly stated.
What you get in a pack is of course 8 raw quite thick and squishy feeling sausages that of course are not suitable for Vegetarians and they are suitable for freezing should you want to do that with them.
You need to separate the sausages for cooking as they are all connected to eachother and each sausage gives you 136kcal and and 3.9g of saturated fat and that's only if you grill them so those values can change depending on what you do with them of course!
Me I have grilled these, fried them and popped them after frying them off in a sausage casserole for myself and I have to say I really do like the taste of these and the quality of them equally.
They don't take long to cook, however that depends person to person of course and how you like yours done but I find within 8-10 minutes grilling or frying is great and that I don't get very much fat out of them either way through the cooking process.
Each sausage is made from 61% pork which is a rather good meat content I'm sure you will agree for a sausage and the rest of the sausage is made up of pork fat and spices and so on. They look nice, the outer casing can be made to go crispy and they are a really meaty and filling sausage, not overly spiced but nicely seasoned and I have never found any gristle of fat bits in any of these sausages.
I really do like these and think that they are a great size, are quite thick compared to standard sausages and that they are worth that bit extra than I normally would pay though still I will continue to buy cheaper sausages for my casseroles as that's where I cant see much of a difference in what I would usually use cos its all so slow cooked!
A great buy and these are available from all good supermarkets etc.
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My wife is very particular about her sausages and has decreed that we shall eat Walls sausages to the exclusion of all others. She is not a fan of the fancy funny flavour sausages, has not been persuaded by the 'back to the old days' of Richmond sausages advertising. Once she has made her mind up, it's hard to dissuade her and I have to largely do without experimenting with the myriad of new sausages which abound, unless I go my own way at meal times.
Anyway, I like a good Walls sausage as well so I'll settle for the status quo for now. As I write this, I am waiting for our dinner to cook - we are having sausage and mash with carrots, cauliflower and mushroom and onion gravy and I am starving so am looking forward to it.
One thing I have noticed about Walls sausages in particular is that they release an awful lot of fat into the grill pan after cooking and this fat solidifies into lard like stuff and lots of it. This is both worrying and reassuring in that were this fat not left in the grill pan, it would be down our necks. However, it also tells us what we have always known in that sausages are not made from the finest cuts of meat and they all contain a high percentage of fat.
And yet, we Brits do love our bangers, don't we? Can't get enough of them. I always buy Walls when they are on offer, which is quite often. We buy the 12 pack which is often reduced from £3.00 to £2.00 in the supermarkets as it was in Asda yesterday. I cooked 6 yesterday - 4 for me and 2 for Fusspot and we had them in fresh bread buns with onion as hot dogs. Now Fusspot won't eat anything that has been kicking around the fridge for long. That's why today I am cooking the other six for din-dins and then they'll all be gone.
Walls is a Kerry Foods brand. Walls Pork Sausages are free from artificial colours and flavours. They contain 61% pork, yet I fancy there are bits of piggy in these that we would really rather not eat or at least know we are eating. In order to qualify as a pork sausage, sausages need to contain at least 42% pork so they are well ahead of many cheaper brands in this respect.
However, each cooked 51g sausage contains 136 calories and contains 9.3g of fat and 0.9g of salt. Remembering that these are the figures for a grilled sausage, if you cook them in the frying pan you will almost certainly eat more of the fat.
Anyway, although we know they aren't too healthy, we will continue to eat them a lot because we like them.
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As any self respecting Englishman will tell you theres nothing quite like a good old fashioned Banger especially when it's nuzzled playfully beside a fluffy bed of mashed potato.
Walls who are also well known for their ice cream are arguably the sausage champions of the world (or at least our little island anyway) and there is a very good reason for this, they make unbeatable saussies.
When strolling gayly through the supermarket the other day I was struck by how many sausages there now are with the seemingly brilliant claim of low or half fat. Initially this does seem like a win win situation, only to get them home and find out that less fat means less flavour. It's a bit like when McDonalds went through that image change and have tried to brand themselves as healthy, if you want healthy then why would you goto McDonalds. In the same vein if you want low fat then steer clear of sausages altogether, it's their fat content that makes them so delicious.
It's this point alone that makes Walls my favourite brand of sausage, they are high in fat and high in taste, they even have little fatty cubey bits in the sausage. They brown up nicely in the pan and almost burst with juiciness (remember not to prick your sausage as you lose precious juice) just cook them for longer on a lower heat to avoid them literally bursting.
If you love taste and aren't on a diet then you can't go wrong with Walls possibly the best British Banger Bar none.
I appreciate that some people may be on a diet or just are not keen on fat full stop, but I think sausages are the one place where you can't afford to go fat free.
Yesterday it was a sunny but chilly day in Birmingham and after we watched the weather where it said we're going to have loads of rain next week we decided to have what will probably be our last bbq of the year.
I went to Sainsburys and brought a load of goodies to bung on the bbq and in the finish I went so overboard that we ended up inviting our neighbours over to help us eat it all!
Walls sausages are made of pork and are ideal for cooking on the bbq because they keep their shape well. These are the thick ones because I thought they would be better in a hot dog roll than the thinner sausages they do.
When they're cooked I think these sausages are yummy. They are meaty and have a lovely strong flavour but without being too herby like Richmond sausages are sometimes. You can taste the pork in them and I like how compact the sausagemeat is inside the skin because it makes them lovely and chewy and even one of these sausages in a roll filled me up and I had to wait a bit before I could eat a burger or any chicken!
I love the flavour of these, it's hard to describe but all I can say really is that the sausages taste meaty. They're not madly greasy and I didn't think as much fat come out of them than other sausages we've used on the bbq over the summer.
On the back of the packet it says they are good in the oven, fried or grilled as well as on the bbq. I know my mum buys these quite often and she uses all of those methods to cook them so they must be right! Last time we had Walls sausages I used them in a Toad In The Hole and they were delish like that because the meaty flavour of them went so well with the fluffy yorkshire pudding.
Walls sausages cost about £2.00 for 8 thick sausages but you can also buy thin ones and I think there are bags of frozen Walls sausages in Sainsburys, and it might be cheaper to buy them like that because I know we're always throwing sausages away that haven't been eaten by their use by date so frozen ones would cut waste down.
Having bought these and eaten them this morning, I felt it best to review them while the experience is still fresh in my memory.
The pack of 8 cost £2.13 which seems a fairly average price for what you get. The good thing with these though is that they are regularly in promotions in store and can be a lot cheaper.
The cooking time was fairly reasonable under the grill and took about twenty minutes all in all the are packaged very well and there's a healthy sell by date on them so you can store them should you not need to combat all eight in one go.
They tasted absolutely delicious and were a joyful contribution to the cooked breakfast. They cut easily and the skin is nice and firm so they don't split under the grill like some other brands have done in the past.
There's not a lot else to add and I have no real criticisms. Cheap price, cooked well and incredibly tasty. What more could you ask for? I can't fault this, great product and well worth the money.
Walls thick pork sausages can be found in the fresh meat section of almost any supermarket, and generally come in pack sizes of 8 and occasionally 12. The 12 are normally much better value, but they are not always available.
The walls brand are often one of the more expensive brands of sausages, at around £2 for 8, however, you do know that you are getting good quality, every single pack I have ever had tastes exactly the same, and I have never found a piece of gristle, which has previously put me off of other brands. They are also on offer quite a lot, 2 for £2.50 and so on
The texture of the sausages is very smooth, and easy to cut. They don't resemble meat as much as ones from a butcher, which tend to be coarser and so may put some adults off. However, for children, these sausage sare perfect.
They bbq very well, and stay nice and moist inside, while crisping on the outside. They are also good on the grill and in the oven. I haven't tried frying them.
Walls advertise that they only use the two best cuts of meat for sausages, and so you know that what is going into your food is wholesome, rather than offal.
Overall I would recommend these sausages for bbqs and breakfasts, although if you are looking for a meatier variety, local butchers will probably have a more suitable variety.
Wall's thick sausages are available in the chiller section in Asda stores and cost £1.82 at present.
The sausages are provided in a thick plastic wrapping and the top had to be cut open to reach the sausages, these are then in strings of two so it's nice to easy to just take out what you want and then pop the rest either in the fridge or in the freezer in a freezer bag.
Wall's sausages can be cooked on the BBQ, in the oven, under the grill or on the hob. The sausages I ate were cooking under the grill and I'd recommend cooking them on a grill rack (as my other half did) as it helps all the fat to drain out of the sausages whilst cooking and be kept in the bottom of the rack ready for easy disposal. These tasted very nice and were brown all the way around, there was no pink flesh in the middle and the sausages were cooked well. I thoroughly enjoyed them and even just writing this review is making my mouth water! I think with sausages it's worth paying a little extra just to get a better taste and these sausages certainly sum that up.
Each sausages is approximately 182 calories and 14.4g of fat so these are something that I enjoy in moderation but I did actually have three with my fried breakfast that my fiancé cooked yesterday.
I am rating these sausages 5/5 because they are very high quality and were a fantastic addition to my fry-up!
My family are quite partial to a `decent` sausage, except for my son who is a vegetarian and enjoys the Linda McCartney version.
But I hope that you notice I have used the word `decent`.
An award winning butchers sausage would definitely be the hands down winner if money never had to be taken into consideration.
But as the credit crunch bites deeply and virtually makes roast beef something from another planet I am happy enough to exchange a couple of pounds for a packet of very acceptable Walls sausages.
These sausages are a mixture of pork shoulder and pork belly meat, I like both cuts so a good start.
A small amount of pork fat is added along with some cereal.
So yes that's fine by me.
Soya, salt and a few flavourings and some onion powder.
A few `E` numbers and some cochineal colourant, so there doesn't seem to be anything horrible lurking in them there skins.
I conscientiously follow that Old Wives Tale, always prick a sausage before you fry it...and before you shout...I know that its a waste of time, but its the way I do it!
Then I heat some oil in my frying pan (im always thinking of my figure, please note) and add some finely sliced onions.
I sprinkle the onions with a little sugar to caramelise them, and then I add the pre-pricked sausages.
As the skins start to brown I keep turning the sausages, I like mine well done, nothing worse than finding pink in the middle!
My favourite way of serving them?
With very creamy mashed potato, peas and thick onion gravy.
Anyone who has allergies must steer clear here, im afraid the lush bangers aren't suitable for those with a Soya, Wheat or Gluten allergy and they do contain the preservative sulphite.
A pack of eight Walls sausages costs in the region of £2, so they are economical.
One sausage contains 185 calories, so there may be a good reason for portion rationing and they do have a fairly high fat content.
The only time I approach a sausage with sceptiscm is if they suspiciously cheap.
Remember when Asda introduced sausages at 14 pence a packet?... I couldn't bring myself to buy them.
But Walls have a good reputation, they produce and manufacture high quality goods and I am quite happy to put the name Walls into my frying pan!
Sausage rolls, barbecued sausages, fried sausages, Toad in the hole, sausage casserole, all tasty and filling family meals and im sure that's what many of us are looking for at this moment in time.
While those that live a healthy lifestyle may insist that a fruit/yoghurt/cereal style breakfast is the best option, for many people such a basic morning meal lacks the necessary calories to keep them going throughout the day. For this reason as part of breakfast it's sometimes nice to have high protein meal such as sausages.
A range of sausages to choose from can be purchased in the supermarkets. While sausages naturally are high in fat, most available consist of poor quality pork. However, unlike many of the cheap sausages out there from the various brands, thankfully Walls Thick Pork Sausages which come in a pack of 8, meet the minimum standard suitable for human consumption. These can be purchased for a reasonable price of approx £1.60 - £2. Details on nutrition can be found on the Walls website, which should be linked to this review.
There are methods I have tried for preparing Walls sausages: frying pan, oven grill and barbeque.
Frying pan: Probably the unhealthiest cooking method, least tasty and method which I simply do not recommend for preparing. Heating these in the pan, the fat sticks to the sausages resulting in an unfavorable taste. After eating usually my stomach doesn't feel good, a stomach with the efficiency of an industrial engine is required for cooking in a frying pan.
Oven grill: Placing the sausages on a grill with foil underneath on the tray that supports the grill, this method can take around 10-15 minutes. Overall this is a lot healthier than the previous method. The fat just drips off into the foil below the grill, however due to the heat of the oven, this tends dry out the sausages internally resulting in a slightly impaired taste although still much tastier and more digestable than the frying pan method. Make sure you place the foil on the tray under the grill. You do not want to place the sausages directly on top of the foil since the sausage will cook and stick to its own fat resulting in a similar taste to the frying pan method.
Barbeque: This by far the best method for preparing Walls Sausages and results in a significantly different taste to the previous methods. Cooking outside in the open air on a flame allows air to get to the sausages while the fat can drip away. Not only is this the tastiest but also the healthiest method. Of course one is unlikely to use a barbeque during breakfast time however this makes an excellent lunch. Unfortunately finding barbeque charcoal during the winter can be difficult but well worth it.
For those reading this that are eager to know the actual taste of Walls 8 thick pork sausages, this cannot be accurately described in words. It does not have any added herbs or other ingredients, just a sausage that tastes like a sausage. Therefore to experience the actual taste, I recommend buying a pack and trying it via the cooking methods recommended above.
In general sausages do tend to contain a lot of fat. Many brands I have tried I could not eat. In comparison Walls sausages seem fairly good; however they have to be prepared under the correct conditions as above. For the best taste avoid frying, use a barbeque, and otherwise use the oven grill or an electric grill.
Here's the nutritional info copied from the Walls website (http://www.bangers.co.uk/products.cfm?cat=4)
ENERGY 1333 kj / 321 kcal
PROTEIN 11.3 g
CARBOHYDRATE 12.1 g
of which sugars 1.6 g
FAT 25.3 g
of which saturates 10.3 g
of which polyunsaturates 3.2 g
FIBRE 2 g
SODIUM 0.6 g
SALT EQUIVALENT 1.6 g