With apologies to Aldi, every time I see a Brookdale product on an Aldi shelf, I think “prepper food.” Part of it is because a few Brookdale products are actually popular with some preppers. The label, which has been around at least since 2001, consists purely of canned food products, including beef stew, chili, and sloppy joe sauce. With the exception of the sloppy joe sauce, most Brookdale food is heat-and-serve and requires no other ingredients to make a complete meal. What’s more, Brookdale products are cheap. That makes Brookdale products a great option for your emergency supply pantry or your camping backpack.
Brookdale Vienna Sausage is a Regular Buy. That means you can find it in stores all the time. At the time of this post, the sausages cost 41 cents for a 4.6-ounce can, or about 8.9 cents an ounce.
The package says that the sausages are “made with chicken” and that “beef and pork [are] added in chicken broth.” The fine print also says that you can have them “as a ready-to-eat snack, or add them to soups, casseroles, and salads.” The cans are pop-top, so you don’t need a can opener.
They come with a couple of cooking methods: skillet and microwave. For the skillet, drain the broth and lightly brown the sausages in butter for 1-2 minutes or until hot. In the microwave, cook the sausages and broth in a microwave-safe dish on medium power for 1-2 minutes, handling the heated product carefully to avoid burns. These sausages come pre-cooked, so you don’t have to worry about cooking to a specific temperature like you do with raw meat.
As you would expect from a processed food, the nutrition and ingredients aren’t exactly whole foods. Of particular note is the sodium, which packs 48% of your daily allowance in this little can.
And, boy, can you taste it. These are soft and salty. They are vaguely like a hot dog, but with a saltier taste. They are definitely not to be confused with cocktail or little smoky sausages either — these have a texture and taste all of their own.
Brookdale Vienna Sausages have a vaguely hot dog-like taste, but they are also much more salty due to their high sodium content. I’m sure there’s a market for these little sausages — Aldi wouldn’t sell them otherwise — but it’s hard for me to see them as much more than an emergency food, and even then there are probably better options.