Sunday, October 4, 2009

Review of Hillshire Farm Turkey Kielbasa

Not too long ago I came home to a meal of Kielbasa or smoked sausage, potatoes, and some delicious sauerkraut. The meal was very satisfying and surprisingly on the healthier side. What? Is Kielbasa healthy? Well…sort of. The meat was Hillshire Farm Turkey Kielbasa. We usually purchase the Hillshire Polska kielbasa which is beef based and has always been a family favorite. I will commend Hillshire Farm for providing a healthier alternative to the fattier beef version.

The turkey sausage is sold in a 16 ounce vacuum sealed package and is quite easy to pry open at the top. There really isn’t a need to hack your way into the packaging. The sausage can be cooked just about any particular way. We usually will heat it up in a steamer (just like a hot dog), grill it, or cook it in a slow cooker with red potatoes and sauerkraut. The aroma is intoxicating and the flavor is as tasty as the Polska Kielbasa.

The manufacturer claims a serving size is 2 ounces in which a sixteen ounce ring of sausage produces eight servings. That is hardly the case. I am one hundred ninety pounds and easily consume an eight ounce portion. My wife and kids each eat about four ounces so that puts are purchase requirement at twenty ounces which is a little over one package. We always use up the leftover portion from package number two for Sunday breakfast or as a cracker and cheese accompaniment.

The ingredients of the kielbasa consist of turkey, water, corn syrup, spices and a host of other flavoring agents and preservatives. The warning signal not to be overlooked is the fact that the Hillshire turkey kielbasa still has 5 grams of fat and 510 milligrams of sodium per two ounce serving. The fat content is rather surprising, though makes me wonder if the manufacturer is including the dark fattier turkey meat into the sausage to elevate the fat content levels. The sodium is really no surprise in a processed sausage product sitting in the refrigerated prepared meat aisle. This is not health food; it is healthier than the original beef based sausage.
The price of the Hillshire Farm Turkey Kielbasa will vary anywhere from $2.50 to $3.50 at my local supermarket. The $2.50 price is occasionally offered up as a two for five buck special that we usually take advantage of. The meal is pretty cheap when you simply add some cabbage or kraut, and some potatoes or rye bread. I do recommend this sausage as a worthy substitute to the polska kielbasa.

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