What is a Sunday morning without a sausage I hear you ask? It is nothing.
Because I know how much salt sausages contain, I avoided them* like the plague for the first three months of my low salt diet. In fact, the day I declared wistfully in the office that I ‘Hadn’t had a sausage in a long time’, it was met with some amusement.
Sausage related innuendos aside, my quest for a low salt sausage began. After six months of Frodo Baggins like journeying across barren wasteland (the internet), I found it. In Tescos**.
The sausage I found is not in fact a sausage at all, but a chipolata. And we all know that a chipolata is just a skinny sausage (to some extent, this will account for the lower salt content of course). But it’s a bloody good chipolata – an outdoor bred pork chipolata no less. They’re a bit pricey (£3.29 for 12) but they’re often on two for a fiver. To put the salt content into perspective there is 0.5g of salt in two (two!) of these sausages. A regular Tesco Finest pork sausage has 1.1g for two sausages.
So I sneak one of these little beauties into a slice of Weight Watchers malted Danish bread (the lowest salt shop bought bread I’m yet to find) spread it with unsalted Lurpack, and squirt a little Heinz reduced salt tommy k/ brown sauce and I’m sorted. Sunday mornings return to normal. Now all I need is low salt bacon and black pudding and I’m the full English again.
*As an aside, I also avoided chips (fries) for the first three months, forgetting that actually the salt is added to them. This discovery meant that chips then became a staple of my diet for the next three months, until I remembered that, salt or no salt, chips still make you fat.
** Actually just called Tesco, but it annoys pedants if you call it Tescos.