Chewsday Review- Peppercorns Extra Lean Beef Sausages

I went to buy the Woolworths sausages with added veggies this week but they were all sold out. Perhaps I’m becoming an influencer for sausage purchases?? Anyway, I had a look at the other sausages available and decided we needed another option. Today’s Chewsday Review features Peppercorns Lean Beef Sausages.

Beef Sausage Review by Dr Kyla


🔹Australian Beef (70%), Carrot, Sauteed Onion, Rice Flour, Salt, Parsley, Preservative (223), Mineral Salt (451), Herbs and Spices, Spice Extract (Paprika Oleoresin), Natural Hog Casing.

🔹Soy lecithin Preservative 223 acts to keep the texture consistent in the sausage and is generally well-tolerated. Mineral salt 451 is a triphosphate and can be linked to kidney stones in susceptible people, otherwise regarded as safe.

🔹Common allergens: None. This product does contain sulphites which can be difficult to tolerate for some people.

🔶The positives:

🔹There are only a few basic ingredients in these sausages and nowhere near as much filler as other brands. The sausages are 70% meat, and the next two ingredients present the most by weight are carrot and onion. Usually in sausages there’s about 70% meat and then the next most plentiful ingredients are water, seasoning (read salt) or flour/starch.

🔹The saturated fat is 2.9g/100g which is within healthy guidelines and significantly less than many other varieties. For example, regular bbq sausages are 12.5g/100g and The Woolworths with vegetables are 5.6g/100g. Total fat is also within healthy guidelines.

🔹Low sugar content.

🔹The sausages actually have a little bit of fibre from the vegetables. Each sausage has 1.3g which is 9% of a young child’s recommended daily intake and 7% of a school-aged child’s daily requirements.

🔹They’re $8.50 a pack for 7 sausages, which works out to about $19 a kilo. Pretty reasonable really for a source of red meat.

🔶The negatives:

🔹The sodium content is 450mg/100g which is technically just above healthy guidelines and very similar to the Woolworths Beef and Veg sausages. This is significantly lower than other sausages, so it's a technical negative but the best of the bunch. For example, regular bbq sausages are 610mg/100g.

🔶The marketing:

🔹”Reduced fat, full flavour” They’re a little too lean for my husband’s liking (the chef in him wants to cook them in lots of oil) but I love them.

🔹”Made with 100% extra lean coarsely ground Australian Beef” Great.

🔶The alternatives:

🔹I’m certainly not claiming that sausages are a super food (mostly because I don’t believe in super foods!), but they do tend to be popular with young kids. Some children find it really difficult to chew red meat and this can definitely be stepping stone towards more meat products

🔹I like this variety and will happily buy it from time to time when we’re having sausages. I’ve also just learnt to bake my sausages atop a pile of diced roast veg. GAME CHANGER!

🔹Remember that the high-ish salt content means they’re not suitable for babies under 12months. One sausage contains almost 1.5 times a baby’s daily salt allowance.


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