Oh the Great British favourite, bangers mash and beans. I love this meal and yes we call sausages around here, bangers! It is such a simple but fulfilling meal and one that doesn't often fail to be a great choice for the kids too.
Free From sausages tend to vary from different manufacturers, I tend to have the frozen Slimming World variety as they are free from syns as well. For me not the most tasty but I think I like the idea of not having to count them as part of my diet is a bit of a winner as far as I'm concerned. These babies pictured above were from Sainsbury's frozen section and are ok, they are a fair size and very tasty. My favourites so far though would be Tesco's frozen sausages and the Richmond Gluten Free variety as they just seem to resemble something more to the traditional sausage I used to buy before going on a gluten free diet. I'm yet to try more though.
That's what we tend to do when going on a free from diet is to compare it to the 'gluteny' products we had before. I never realised how much gluten plays a massive part in the consistency of food, well not until it's taken out. It doesn't really effect the taste as it is an ingredient that mainly deals with how everything holds itself together rather than the taste but it can be very different from the real thing, shall we say. I love it when opening some products such as cakes and pastry items how they just collapse when out in the open, it's as if the packaging was keeping them altogether, you tend to handle some items like they are the most fragile thing in the world. The challenge is to get a pie onto the plate in one piece or butter a scone without most of the scone ending up on your knife. It warrants an olympic gold medal and a massive standing ovation if successful, yes it's that much of an achievement.
So what is available in the free from sausage world?
Well there's quite a selection and most of the supermarkets have a great variety and check the ingredients as some products may not be labelled as gluten free but are free from the baddie ingredients. I've just selected a few for you here;
Slimming World Syn Free Pork Sausages
Sainsbury's Free From/Gluten Free Sausages
Tesco Free From/Gluten Free range at
Richmond Gluten Free Sausages
Heck 97% Sausages Gluten Free and Dairy Free
Waitrose Gluten free sausages
Dohertys Gluten free Sausages in Asda
There are some lovely sausages available at farm shops and local butchers in all sorts of tantalising flavours so check out your local shops too and always ask for their gluten free options.
If you have tasted different varieties or have a favourite then feel free to leave a comment below.
Enjoy and thanks for reading.....catch you tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday.