We had an older can of this in the pantry that had a code of some sort 09/03, which I took to be a month/year code though we did not buy it that long ago--maybe 5yrs ago? Regardless, I knew the contents should be fine, but as the older can, it should be rotated (eaten) first. Product reports on their website indicate about 1 year of storage life after you open the can, so that alleviates one concern I had, which was a short life after opening. Plus if I want I can vacuum bag some and pop it in the freezer too.
Instructions were to place in a skillet and cover with water, simmering for 10min (until water is gone I guess). I did this to about 1/3c dry sausage crumbles. Note: They're fairly tasty if chewy, in their non-hydrated state. I covered them with some water and simmered until the water was gone. I did add some onion flakes to the water, as I was planning on dumping a mess of scrambled eggs into the sausage. Once the sausage was done, I dumped in the egg (with fresh ground pepper) mixture and cooked it all to done.
Monkey2 thought it looked good and begged a bite. He said he liked it! I ate the rest, and it WAS good. Sausage had some texture (would've been better if I had dried them out a bit after rehydrating), and the flavor was good. It tasted enough like sausage to convince my palate. I don't as a rule, dislike TVP, especially if it is quality TVP (not the stuff they used to feed us in school!). It did need a fair bit of salt to taste perfect to me, but I am a bit of a Salt Vampire....
Now to see if there are any gastric side effects to note, but that will take a few hours to percolate through the system. Planning on testing this on Dave tomorrow!
Edited by Vic303, 09 June 2012 - 09:44 AM.