Where to begin with these. I am not sure how new these are but they have only just come into stock at my local supermarket. Overall, the ‘This isn’t’ range tends to be pretty good – it has a good texture and flavour and is one of the more affordable brands on the market. So we thought these would be worth a try.
I was very wrong. I can’t even tell you what they tasted like because they added absolutely nothing. They made no impact. I thought I’d try mixing them in with usual carbonara recipe, but they did nothing. If I hadn’t have put them into the recipe myself, I would never have known they were there. The texture was non-existent and the flavour was non-existent. I even cooked them separately as directed before hand and still nothing.
I suppose I cannot be too surprised – out of a collection, there are bound to be a few duds. Perhaps this was just not meant to be.
Overall: 0/10. It would be more flavourful to add extra air to your meal.
Another day another bacon alternative!
This stuff actually worked quite well. The taste wasn’t perfect – you could tell it was a fake meat – but it did have a pretty satisfying crunch to it. I had this with a burger to make myself another posh burger, and it did add a nice extra texture to my meal, even if it didn’t add much flavour.
Another thing I notices was that it didn’t really change shape or colour when cooking. The edges curled up very slightly but other than that it came out of the pan the exact same colour as when it entered the pan. We cooked it evenly on both sides for the recommended amount of time, and it did get very crisp and stiff and rigid, but it didn’t change colour. Make of that what you will. For me it just made me a bit worried that I didn’t know how to properly grill something!
Overall: 7/10. It’s alright, but probably not the ideal option for a bacon bap.