December 10, 2010
Gardein BBQ Pulled Shreds
But this week, I'm going to talk about something unrelated to that. I'm going to be reviewing Gardein BBQ Pulled Shreds. The very first thing I'd like to say is that their website requires more dexterity than I'd prefer to learn about their products. At the top of the page is this picture gallery and you're supposed to click on the product you want to learn more about. The tricky part is that it moves when the mouse moves, making it really difficult to get the cursor exactly where you want it, without way too much fiddling around. So there's that. Website: D-
Now let's get down to why you're here - the fake meat itself. This is my first time trying out a Gardein product. I'd heard good things, so I was kind of excited. I tore open the plastic packet and dumped its contents into a saucepan on the stove. After a couple minutes, it was heated through and bubbling. One problem though, right off the bat. These were supposed to be shreds, and for the most part they were. However, and I'm sure this is just a random packaging error, about a third of the volume was consolidated into one big blob, rather than shreds. I tried to break it up a bit, but it was pretty stubborn, so I just worked around it for my test.
Before I potentially wasted a perfectly good bun, I popped a shred into my mouth, just to check it out. I was right to do so. The texture was definitely weird - very springy. As in, I bit down, and my teeth bounced back apart. The sauce it was in was an okay barbecue sauce. Not the best I've had, but decent. Unfortunately, it was overpowered by the gluten-y flavor of the fake meat. I took another taste, just to see if it was something I could get used to. The second bite was a little better, but still not something I wanted to keep eating. Even my exchange student, who will eat pretty much anything, opted for a veggie burger instead of this.
Texture - Oddly springy
Flavor - The sauce was okay, but not strong enough to drown out the gluten flavor
Final grade for this attempt: C-