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!

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