Since product reviews seem to be order of the day, I think I’ll do one. So here’s my personal review and opinion of Armour brand Vienna Sausages.
First of all the little can stands approximately three inches tall in a round can with a pull tab for easy opening. This comes in really handy when you’re eating your viennas in an outdoor location, such as a fishing boat, camp site or just need that burst of energy while traveling in isolated areas. In fact, there are instructions written on top of the can for those not quite bright enough to figure out how to pull the top.
Also, a reassuring sign on the label indicates that this product was inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Hopefully, not the same group that inspected the tomatoes that made lots of people so sick a while back.
Included on the back of the label are serving suggestions. Although the vienna sausages can be eaten directly from the can, apparently, some people might want to try them in some favorites, such as mac and cheese, casseroles, and get this, salads. There is even a site listed to obtain a booklet of recipes for your dining pleasure.
Okay. Now, down to ingredients. Those listed are water, beef, pork, salt, corn syrup, garlic powder, sodium nitrate, dextrose, and mechanically separated chicken. I’m not sure what the difference would be in humans separating and machines separating chicken, but to be honest, I’ve never found a bone in any of the sausages. The other ingredient listed is chicken broth, which I guess is the liquid in the can.
One delightful feature about these vienna sausages is that they come in a variety of flavors. The old standard original flavor, of course, but also available are barbecue, jalapeno, all chicken, and my personal favorite, smoked.
For those interested in the healthy statistics, for a serving of 3 vienna sausages are:
Total Fat: 10 grams
Saturated Fat: 3 grams
Trans Fat: 0 grams
Cholesterol: 45 mg.
Sodium: 490 mg.
Fat Calories: 90
Total Carbs: 1 gram
Dietary Fiber: 0 grams
Sugars: Less than 1 gram
Protein: 5 grams
There’s no Vitamin A or C, but there is 6 percent Calcium and 4 percent Iron.
Granted not a very healthy food, but neither is a Big Mac.
So do I recommend Armour Vienna Sausages? I think I might stay away from that cheese and mac thing, but they’re perfect for that emergency storage shelter (formerly called a bomb shelter) for those times when the weather causes electricity to go out and travel is prohibited. Besides, although I’m not exactly sure how long these little cans of nutrition will really last, but I think mine doesn’t expire until sometime in the next five years, but as much as I like you people, I don’t think I’ll test that.