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Got a question about the best way to cook, prepare and store your favourite Quorn products?

Well, who could be better to ask than the experts themselves?
Our Quorn chefs have answered all your most frequently asked questions with simple, inspiring, and easy-to-follow tips and how-to videos.

Kate Kirkpatrick

I’ve had the pleasure of working in the New Product Development department at Quorn Foods for 20 years now. Having been a proud vegetarian for over 30 years, this really is my perfect job.

I get to cook and taste so many amazing Quorn products and recipes every day.

Anna Hodgson

I have worked at Quorn for 7 ½ years, where I’m the Assistant Home Economist.

I absolutely adore all Quorn’s products (and not just because I help to create them), but my favourite has to be Quorn Mince, as it’s so incredibly versatile and all the family can’t resist the meals I cook with it.

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Quorn Meat Free Mince is an amazingly versatile ingredient and it’s so quick to cook.  It can be used straight from the freezer or the fridge, so it’s perfect for a midweek meal to satisfy the whole family. I find the best way to cook with Quorn Meat Free Mince is to make my sauce first, then add the Quorn Mince in the last 10 minutes of cooking.  Quorn Mince often needs more liquid than with other dishes, so a little more stock or passata (100-200ml) than usual should do the trick. Quorn Mince works beautifully in Chilli, Lasagne, Bolognese, Moussaka; the list is truly endless. I often make a big pan of hearty chilli and serve it over a hot jacket potato, plus any leftovers can be used in wraps the next day or can be frozen. Perfect to pull out of the freezer when I’m short of time.

Quorn Meat Free Chicken Pieces are fantastic in so many different dishes and, just like Quorn Meat Free Mince, they’re really quick to cook too. They’re perfect for if you’re short on time, as you can use them straight from the fridge or freezer. And it’s so easy! Just whip up your favourite sauce, then add the Quorn Meat Free Chicken Pieces in the last 12-15 minutes of cooking. Then that’s it, you’re done! Quorn Meat Free Pieces are great absorbers of flavours, so often need more liquid than you’re used to. Just adding a little more stock or passata (100-200ml) will do the job. Quorn Meat Free Chicken Pieces work brilliantly in curries, stir fries, pasta bakes, stroganoffs, fajitas, kebabs and so many other irresistible dishes. During the week I love to cook Quorn Meat Free Chicken Pieces and toss them with a couscous or pasta salad, giving me a deliciously healthy lunch in a flash.

I love Quorn Sausages! They can be cooked from frozen and on your plate in less than 15 minutes. Served with vegetables, they make a filling but surprisingly low-calorie meal. To cook, brush the Sausages with a little oil and then grill following pack instructions. I like Quorn Sausages served with mashed potato and gravy, sliced into a pasta bake, or even for a Sunday brunch.

We don’t generally recommend using slow cookers for cooking Quorn products. Slow cookers are better suited for cooking and tenderising cuts or joints of meat. This is because the long exposure to low-temperatures slowly breaks down the fibres in the meat, making it more tender and infusing it with all the other flavours in the pot. Quorn products are generally quite small in comparison, and therefore don’t require the same amount of cooking time as larger meat products.

We also find that the normally delectable texture of Quorn products can change after slow cooking, making them quite soft and spongey. But with most Quorn ingredients taking under 15 minutes from the freezer, we find a slow cooker isn’t even needed.

Quorn Meat Free Chicken Pieces, Fillets and Balls can be marinated from chilled or frozen. The minimum time that we suggest is 30 minutes and the maximum would be overnight - obviously the longer length of time in the marinade, the more the Quorn product will absorb the delicious flavours. Chilli, garlic and smoked paprika are all amazing flavours to include in your marinade, and you can whip one up in no time. If marinating overnight, please ensure that the Quorn Meat Free Chicken Pieces, Fillets and Balls are kept in the fridge.

Homemade recipes made using Quorn products (i.e. Mince and Pieces – chilled or frozen) like cottage pie, bolognese, curry and chilli are perfectly safe to re-heat if they’ve been kept nice and cool in the fridge and are eaten within 24 hours. If you can resist them for that long!

I often freeze cooked extra portions or leftovers. They’re great if I’m running late and need a speedy meal on the go. Assuming that all the other ingredients are suitable for freezing and reheating, you can store the dish in the freezer for up to one month. I always ensure the ingredients are cold before freezing. I’d advise taking them out of the freezer the night before, defrosting them fully in the refrigerator, then cooking them within 24 hours, making sure they’re piping hot before serving.

I really don’t like throwing food away, so any leftovers I have are always used for the next day’s lunch or dinner. 

There are just a few points that need to be remembered to make sure Quorn recipe dishes (made using chilled or frozen Mince or Pieces) are safe to eat:

Once any leftovers are cooked, cool quickly, cover and keep in the fridge. Use within 24 hours and ensure when reheating that all the food is piping hot before serving, and do not reheat more than once.

Quorn products are easy to use. Here are some hints and tips to help you get the best out of your Quorn meals:

  • Quorn products can be cooked using an oven, grill, hob, microwave or barbecue. They can be prepared in a similar fashion to the way you do with meat and poultry, but often in much quicker time. They’re delicious, tasty and easy to prepare. What’s not to love? Quorn Mince, Quorn Fillets and Quorn Pieces can be cooked from frozen, so there’s no need to defrost. This means you could pull a chilli or curry together in twenty minutes. Brilliant!
  • Unlike meat, Quorn products don’t shrink when they’re cooked.
  • As with all foods, make sure your Quorn ingredients are piping hot before eating but be careful not to overcook them. Unlike meat, Quorn products don’t change colour or texture when cooked, so pay careful attention to timings.
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