Monday, 25 April 2016

Redhill Farm Free Range Pork - Gainsborough - Pork & Leek Sausage

We have reviewed Redhill Farm Free Range Pork sausages before. And we liked them. Read what we said here - Redhill Farm Lincolnshire Sausage

That was four years ago. Has anything changed? I stumbled on their stall at Sleaford farmers' market and just had to re-visit their previously lovely sausages. We had a great reaction and cooperation from Jane at Redhill last time, and wondered if standards had been maintained. It was also interesting to tie in a previously well-reviewed maker with our personal fave variety - pork and leek. on....

Where To Find Them:
There are a variety of ways for you to find these good producers. 

If you want to visit their very own farm shop using SausNav then use the postcode DN21 3EL. If you use your own intelligence to find places then "We are 3 miles north of Gainsborough, between the villages of Morton and Laughton. From Gainsborough follow red highlighted road as shown on our map. At turn off from Morton towards Laughton we are 2 miles along Laughton Lane. Follow 'Redhill Farm' logo signs on this road'."

Or you can order online here Redhill Online for a delivery fee of £9.95 for orders up to 25kg in weight.

Probably the most fun way is to find a Redhill Farm Free Range Pork stall at a farmers' market. And Redhill Farm can be found at many markets. As of "right now" their website lists the following venues, but maybe give them a call to check:

Brigg – 4th Saturday of the month
Doncaster - 1st Saturday of the Month from May 2016
Gainsborough – 2nd Saturday of the month
Grimsby – 3rd Friday of the month
Humber Bridge – 1st Sunday of the Month
Horncastle – 2nd Thursday of the month
Lincoln City Square – 1st Friday of the month
Lincoln Castle Square – 3rd Saturday of the month
Lincoln High Street – 2nd Wednesday of the month
Lincoln North Hykeham – 4th Friday of the month
Louth – 2nd Friday and 4th Wednesday of the month
Newark - 1st Wednesday of the month
Retford – 3rd Saturday of the month
Sleaford – 1st Saturday of the month

Felt a bit sorry for the poor stans stood behind the counter, they looked bloody freezing! Soon be summer....

Simply delicious. Pork and leek is, admittedly, the best way to find a place in our heart, and Redhill Farm Free Range Pork do it beautifully. The pork is light and sweet and high, high quality. The farm rear their own Duroc/Landrace pigs, which are allowed to roam free and behave like, well, pigs. This breeding is reflected in the flavour. Simply no contest with the factory pork of the supermarket. From end to end of these sausages you will find a slightly different flavour with each slice, which is how it should be - no robo-mixer employed. These sausages go PERFECTLY with a lightly fried egg or two.

Almost perfect. Crumbly, knobbly, lovely sized "bits" of ingredients. Just tumbles through the fork if you push down on a slice. The pork is coarsely chopped, the leek also rustically prepared, and this texture continues into the mouth. Beautiful mouth-feel (thanks Boyle) and the texture continues to impress as you can taste individual elements as you eat. Take a look at our direct comparison with a recently tested Tesco sausage - which one would you choose? Great work from Redhill. When you put these links in the pan they all cook in their own way, leaving you with a lovely variety of shapes and sizes of cooked sausages - a blatant signpost that these are handmade and individual.

 Vital Statistics:

Average Weight Uncooked = 58 grams
Average Weight Cooked = 42 grams
Meat Content = 85 %
Leek Content = 8% fabulous leekage!

Compared to our review of four years ago these sausages are about 60% of the previous size. And again they did lose quite a lot during the cooking process.

Value For Money:
£2.98 for 6 sausages weighing 346 grams. This works out as £8.61 per kg and 50p per banger. The online shop must offer a different batch of bangers as it lists "6 weighing 500g, for £4.89". It also says "good flecks of Leek throughout" which is completely under-selling them. These sausages ARE well worth the money.

We rate this as very good value for money.

The "Aah, Bisto" Factor:
We noted "Mmmmmmm, fresh and green smell!!! Loved these in the pan til they spat in my face." So.....the aroma is lovely but don't get too close for a sniff.

And Finally, Esther:
Really, really nice sausages. I will definitely be buying some more next time we cross paths at a farmers' market. Suggest you give them a try. Lovely. Thanks Redhill Farm Free Range Pork!

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Beers Of The Americas vs Sausages - Part 4 of 4

Remind yourself of our crazy scoring system here - Points System


Number 7 - Peru

Flavour - Not a lot. Not enough to keep you interested. Needs more ooomph. 5.75

Head - Awful. 0.5

Alcohol By Volume - 5.0

Looks - Label looks "shrug", just average. The bottle however is nicely embossed with some kind of ancient runes. But the label is as weak as the head. 3.5

Value For Money - 3.62

It's Personal - Plus 2 for having the best bottle.

Beer/Sausage/Combo/Factor - Good sausage spoiled by the beer. 1.0

Gas - 0.75

Total - 22.12


Number 8 - Canada

Flavour - Not bad but couldn't get the honey. 5.0

Head - Pretty good compared to some of the others. 3.0

Alcohol By Volume - 5.2

Looks - Plain. Clear. Embossed. Good! The bottle is kind of shaped like a UK stout bottle. 3.75

Value For Money - 2.39

It's Personal - No award.

Beer/Sausage/Combo/Factor - At the end of a long test the tastebuds were tired. 1.75

Gas - 0.5

Website - Sleeman

Total - 21.59


Final Score

We are happy to announce that the best beer from north/central/south America to drink while you're eating sausages is from the Brooklyn Brewery and is their Insulated Dark Lager. Well done chaps!

1 - USA - 29.55
2 - Cuba - 26.01
3 - Mexico - 24.52
4 - Peru - 22.12
5 - Canada - 21.59
6 - Barbados - 18.22
7 - Argentina - 15.80
8 - Brazil - 15.04

Congratulations to all our competitiors, and thanks for the beers! CHEERS!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Beers Of The Americas vs Sausages - Part 3 of 4

For a review of the scoring system, have a look here - Over-complicated Scoring System


Number 5 - Cuba

Flavour - Smells and tastes darker than it looks. Lots of depth. "Licorice tone" she said wisely. More quaffable than the Brooklyn. 8.25

Head - Starts strong, ends crap. 3

Alcohol By Volume - 5.4 We googled "fuerte" and it means "strong".

Looks - A striking front, picture of a pirate? Are pirates big in Cuba? 2.5

Value For Money - 4.61

It's Personal - No points awarded or deducted.

Beer/Sausage/Combo/Factor - 2.25

Gas - 0

Total - 26.01


Number 6 - Brazil

Flavour - Like a typical "standard" English lager along the lines of Fosters. Sweet. Wishy-washy. Not unpleasant but not enough going on. 4.5

Head - Negligible. 1.5

Alcohol By Volume - 4.3

Looks - The first clear bottle of the test. Bottle top is a red and white version of Brazil's flag. 1

Value For Money - 3.49

It's Personal - No points.

Beer/Sausage/Combo/Factor - Too sweet. 0.5

Gas - -0.5

Website - Brahma Beer

Total - 15.04



1 - USA - 29.55
2 - Cuba - 26.01
3 - Mexico - 24.52
4 - Barbados - 18.22
5 - Argentina - 15.80
6 - Brazil - 15.04

Exciting stuff with just two beers left to try - can Brooklyn Brewery hold on to top spot? I know they're keeping tabs on this saga....

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Beers Of The Americas vs Sausages - Part 2 of 4

For a review of the scoring system have a look here - Scoring System


Number 3 - Barbados

Flavour - Kinda weak. Also kinda fruity - elderberries? He liked it, she didn't. Score 4.5

Head - Very disappointing, put some effort in woman! Changed the way we did the test after this beer. 2.5

Alcohol By Volume - 4.7

Looks - The bottle looked rummy. Piratical. Captain Morgan she wondered. Who? he asked. 2

Value For Money - 3.02

It's Personal - No points.

Beer/Sausage/Combo/Factor - Not the best, too citrusy, 1.5

Gas - 0

Website - Banks Brewery

Total - 18.22


Number 4 - USA

Flavour - Rich. Almost too thick. NOT a beer you could drink a lot of in one sitting. Initially awesome stout-like flavour, but extremely filling. Grippy! Score 7

Head - What do Brooklyn Insulated and Vince Vaughan have in common? They both have massive heads. Impressive. 4.25

Alcohol By Volume - 5.6

Looks - Loved the colour scheme on the label but not so much the logo. Beer looks like molten licorice. Like angry Guinness. 3.25

Value For Money - 3.20

It's Personal - No points awarded for the US of A.

Beer/Sausage/Combo/Factor - Made us want more sausage! A match made in heaven, This beer would look fabulous in the background of an advert for quality sausages 4.25

Gas - 2

Website - Brooklyn Brewery

Total - 29.55 and straight to the top of the scoreboard at the half-way point!



1 - USA - 29.55
2 - Mexico - 24.52
3 - Barbadoss - 18.22
4 - Argentina - 15.80