Sunday Times Food Awards 2018

Which supermarket makes the best boerewors in SA?

To help you buy the best, we put wors from four supermarkets to the taste test

14 October 2018 - 00:06 By Hilary Biller
Boerewors has a specific recipe, as published in the Government Gazette.
Boerewors has a specific recipe, as published in the Government Gazette.
Image: 123RF/ajcotton

HOW WE CONDUCTED OUR TASTE TEST

IT'S FREE AND FAIR!

Chefs-in-training make excellent tasters. They're curious about food; they have a well -developed sense of taste; and when it comes to rating a product, they pull no punches.

For this reason, we asked students from the Johannesburg Culinary and Pastry School to join us for a blind tasting of boerewors from leading supermarkets.

All products for the tasting were purchased, stripped of their packaging and numbered by the Sunday Times team in the school's kitchen. A chef lecturer, an expert braaier, was in charge of braaiing the boerewors on a gas braai to ensure that each brand of boerewors was cooked to perfection. Auditor Jade Craig monitored the process and added up the scores.

THE RESULTS

FIRST PLACE: CHECKERS

Championship Boerewors 2018

Price: R79.99 per kg. (on special until October 15)

What the judges said:

  • Kganya: What can I say except brilliant.
  • Mpumelelo: When they talk about a proper boerewors, this is what they are talking about. It’s rich in flavour and very delicious.
  • Kabelo: Good taste and good appearance. Shiny. Good spicing.
  • Tsholefelo: Perfecto!!!
From left: Boerewors from Checkers, Pick n Pay, SPAR and Woolworths.
From left: Boerewors from Checkers, Pick n Pay, SPAR and Woolworths.
Image: Christoph Hoffmann

SECOND PLACE: WOOLWORTHS

Grabouw Boerewors

Price: R94.99 per kg

What the judges said:

  • Yolanda: Bit salty but perfect for a chilli chakalaka.
  • Busisa: Salty, juicy. The skin is 100%.
  • Rose: Flavourful, I love that it’s fairly lean.
  • Mangaliso: Tasty and juicy, the spices are well blended, just be careful with the salt.

THIRD PLACE: PICK N PAY

Grabouw Boerewors

Price: R89.99 per kg

What the judges said:

  • Mpumelelo: It’s compact and chewy. I couldn’t taste the coriander or vinegar.
  • Sharon: It’s tasteless and there’s an artificial taste. I wouldn’t buy it.
  • Kabelo: Dry, not enough fat nor enough taste. Bit salty.
  • Tsholefelo: It lacks fat,too dry. There’s no balance of flavour.

FOURTH PLACE: SPAR

Select Boerewors

Price: R78.99 per kg (on special at time of purchase)

What the judges said:

  • Yolanda: I don’t really like it. The taste is not appealing on the palate.
  • Busisa: Don’t like it and wouldn’t buy it.
  • Gugulethu: It’s edible but dry. Nothing fancy.
  • Rose: Smells nice, just dry and salty.

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