I had never ventured into Farmfoods before. I tended to cook food from fresh – when I’m not out reviewing restaurants, that is – and have often felt it was a false economy heating the oven up when I could cook up a super speeding Tomato Pasta if I was feeling time pushed and/or lazy. I understand, however, why many like the convenience of frozen foods, and I’ve not been adverse to the odd Quorn Fillet in my time (see here for my Wagamama-like Vegan Chicken Katsu Curry).
I saw posted on a Facebook wall Farmfoods had released a line that was suitable for vegans called Veggie Kitchen it changed my mind. Usually, when purchasing frozen meat alternatives, I have to ‘shop around’ to get different products. As Quorn don’t offer vegan-friendly sausages and mince I buy Linda McCartney and Tesco or Sainsbury’s own brand substitutes usually. As a working mum I don’t have a huge amount of time to visit lots of stores to restock so this turn of events seemed fortuitous. I decided to pop along and pick up some supplies.
Retailing at 3 for £5, these were good value for money for those looking to be thrifty. First to be tried out were the burgers, which I found surprisingly meaty in texture. If you’re a fan of Amy’s Kitchen Manhattan patties you’ll probably enjoy these too, and like that they are cheaper in price!
I made Spaghetti with Meatballs the following evening using the Veggie Kitchen version. It has to be said that meat-free meatballs don’t always retain their shape well during the cooking process and can fall apart – which was certainly the case when I tried out Asda’s own brand vegan-friendly version a little while ago – but Farmfood’s withstood a simmer in my homemade tomato sauce.
Their Sausages were herby in taste and worked well with a creamy mash and onion gravy as a midweek supper.
Last, but not least, was the bag of frozen mince. You can’t beat a good old Spag Bol topped with Follow Your Heart Parmesan and some garlic bread.
While some may turn their noses up at using frozen products like this instead of chilled, I’m beginning to see the benefits myself. It is more economical, time saving, and can also avoid issues with food waste which costs each UK family, on average, £13 per week. I’ll be popping back to Farmfoods again to stock up.
Thanks for reading,
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