Jimmy Doherty is none other than the Jimmy of the Jimmy’s Farm telly show. You know it surely, remember the guinea pig model village (dolls’ houses with…guinea pigs running around inside them)? No? Shame, it was hilarious to see the reaction of the customers when they turned up. Jimmy runs a rare breed pig farming business in Suffolk, and I’m going to try and wangle an invitation for a look round.
There’s a website for you to check out: http://www.jimmysrange.com/index.html
So how do these sausages rate? I was rather hopeful before the testing began….would my expectations be fulfilled? Read on:
Meat Content:Firmly meaty. 90% pork it says on the box, and I won’t antagonize any big company lawyers by disagreeing. These are quite a small sausage, without any great chunkiness or pigosity. Meaty enough, for the size, but meaty enough for the price? I am not entirely convinced.
As you can see from the sliced pictures, and from the ingredients list, there’s pepper here – but not enough. Although there is some pepper visible in the sausage (the black specks) the flavour is very hard to detect, if not impossible, which may suggest that this product is aimed at the young end of the market? Middle class eco-mums shopping in Waitrose, perhaps? (After parking their enormous un-eco Monster Jeeps, badly, of course).
Average weight uncooked - 60g
Average weight cooked - 47g
Shrinkage - 21%
Higher than average, but “ball-park” for pre-packed.
Value For Money:£2.99, for six sausages, weighing 358g - this works out as a price of £8.35 per kg, or 50p per snorker. Not a cheap banger, and I was hoping for more from Jimmy’s Pigs. But give them a whirl if you have a quid or two to spare. If you’re on a budget, go to a proper butcher and buy as many bangers as two pounds will get you.