Quick and easy comfort food for young and old alike. After a busy morning collecting eggs, checking on the bees and playing Pooh sticks on the bridge the children demand sausages, mash and beans for lunch. Chipolatas cook in 10-12 minutes, the mash slightly longer. What shall we do this afternoon? GO TO THE PARK!
You cannot make a good sausage unless all the ingredients are really cold. The actual process of mincing and mixing puts heat in which will result in an inferior product. Read more…
Before we start we make sure we have plenty of iced water ready in the fridge, and natural skins which have been pre-soaked in cold water. This makes them more pliable and remove excess salt in which they have been preserved. The meat comes from the shoulder and belly of the pigs and will have been removed, trimmed, and weighed prior to starting to make the sausages, but must be as fresh as possible. The meat and backfat is minced through a coarse plate and we mince only once. A lot of recipes stipulate double mincing, but we like coarse sausages which still retain the integrity of the meat. I have a horror of pink paste sausages. The mince goes straight into the mixing bowl. Rusk is added slowly with the seasoning, fresh spices, herbs, and water. Rusk is included to hold the moisture within the sausage. As soon as the mixture becomes “sticky” the mixing stops. Over- mixing can result in a pasty sausage. You cannot really specifiy a time, it is all down to experience. The mixture is slapped down hard into the barrel of the sausage filler and also rammed down hard to eliminate as much air as possible. A skin is fed on to the nozzle, and the sausages can be filled. The speed can be adjusted by the person doing the filling and the sausages guided from the filler until you have a long tube of sausage meat which then has to be linked. The job is made very much more difficult for the person doing the linking if the skins are under or overfilled. Everyone wants a consistent sausage but not a machine made sausage. Linking is just as skilled a job as filling, and then the sausages are hung to dry before being packed.
The links of 3 are cut into individual sausages, hand graded and packed in 4 or 6 on black trays and overwrapped. The packs of 6 are sleeved which gives real impact on the shelf. Read more…
They are very suitable for freezing, as soon as you can after purchase if you can resist eating them straight away. The maximum I would recommend is 6 months in the freezer.
We always welcome catering orders for parties and can offer a discount for loose sausages. Cocktail chipolatas with spicy dips are popular as canapés for a buffet or wedding.
For preference in a preheated oven, 160⁰C – 180⁰C, dependent on your oven. Low and slow suits sausages best. If you want to fry or grill, try to have the heat set as low as possible and do preheat your grill. Read more…
I would not recommend pricking as this will make them drier, the skins should not burst. Lay out on a lightly oiled tray and turn after 10 minutes. They should take about 20 minutes in all.
Make sure they reach an internal temperature of 75⁰C or until piping hot. A fork stuck in the middle then touched to your lips is an old chef’s trick from before probes were invented.
However burnt lips are not pleasant so don’t try this at home!
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Our Own recipes and Great Taste award winners
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|The same flavour as the large Farmhouse Gold. Ideal for an occasion coated in honey and mustard or with an exciting dip.||A sweetish sausage with whole pieces of apple and a hint of herbs. Children young and old love this sausage.||A deeply savoury sausage for breakfast or with slices of caramelised apple, buttery mash and broccoli.||Whole mustard seeds give an intriguing texture as well as flavour. Fantastic with a glass of beer, but then what isn’t?|
|Sage and pepper help give our recipe a kick. A traditional sausage without the wheat.||A complex blend of spices followed by a subtle heat makes this sausage ideal when you are looking for something out of the ordinary.||Mildly spicy as a key ingredient in a casserole with rice or pulses, the lovely colour entices you to taste.||Flavours of the sunny Med and great with a bowl of pasta, olives or in a ciabatta sandwich.|
Alternatives to Pork
|The gamey flavour is brought out by a mixture of English spices which were used in medieval and Tudor cookery.||Sweet golden onions and plenty of horseradish. Sunday lunch in a sausage, all it needs is a Yorkshire or three.|