Tuesday 12 May 2015

Alburgh Lamb - Creake Abbey Farmers Market - Lamb & Mint Sausage

Sadly we have almost arrived at the end of our series of reviews of the sausages we harvested from Creake Abbey Farmers Market. The penultimate banger in the spotlight is a new experience here at RMS - a sausage made with lamb. To be precise, the Lamb & Mint Sausage produced by Alburgh Lamb.

We tried to find some web presence for Alburgh Lamb but couldn't, really. There is, however, a wealth of mentions and reviews of their produce, all featuring namechecks of the main man - Jimmy Denny. Briefly, Jimmy breeds mainly Texel Sheep and they are fed on a waste product from the nearby Grain Brewery - the leftover barley mash. But you can read more about it on the fascinating Mrs Portly's Kitchen blog, which if you click the link will probably have you reading for waaay longer than you intend to visit. But do NOT go there and forget to come back here! That's an order.

Where To Find Them:
We bought our Alburgh Lamb sausages at Creake Abbey Farmers Market , although they do sell at several others in East Anglia. Again, it's tough to find much online which is a shame. Maybe Jimmy prefers it this way so that he can match his supply to the demand better?

Absolutely zero Stans on show. Mister Denny however was as beamingly cheerful as in every photo that you can find of him.

The first two words in our notes for this review are "Absolutely delicious". Not a bad start. The flavour is unmistakeably lamb with mint - that sounds incredibly obvious but we hadn't tried a lamb sausage before and didn't know what to expect. The lamb treats your tastebuds to a sweet, light and slightly fatty flavour, perfect! And then the mint coughs politely in the background - "Ahem" - and suddenly there's your Sunday roast leg of lamb with mint sauce in your mouth in the shape of a sausage. How cool is that! 

Firm but break-up-able. The squidge test (see Silver Spoon Cafe report) was applied and the sausage filling resisted attempts to splosh the fork through it admirably. Large chunks of resolutely lovely lamb confirm these as super sausages. We will have to try to find more lamb bangers (which has a completely different meaning in Wales) as soon as possible.

Vital Statistics:
Average Weight Uncooked = 87 grams
Average Weight Cooked = 70 grams
Meat Content = Dunno % OK I ballsed up again and don't know the figure, sorry....

Value For Money:
£4.36 for 6 sausages weighing 522 grams. This works out as £8.35 per kg and 73p per banger.

We rate this as marvellous value for money.

The Imaginatively Titled Next Day Cold Sausage Test:
Oh no mate, not this time. Do you really think any of these beauties survived the night? It seems the fridge-dwelling sausage pixies stole them all.

And Finally, Esther:
Jimmy Denny proudly boasts about his daughter "Our beautiful Rachael brought up on Alburgh Lamb!!" Can't give a better recommendation than that.

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