“ Type: Meat „
I first came across these several weeks ago when my wife discovered that she had a gluten intolerance. Consequently, for moral support , I have joined her in trying all manner of gluten free foods which have varied from tolerable to downright awful. Black Farmer sausages however break this mould emphatically. With their flavoursome taste and ethical production they are now my sausages of choice without compromise.
The packaging is neat and replete with information, endorsements and capped by the tag line 'Flavours Without Frontiers'. The Black Farmer's (Wilfred Emmanuel- Jones apparently) own noble mission statement is 'to produce high quality gluten free sausages that can be enjoyed by the whole family'. This inclusive mandate is to be applauded as people with allergies must feel outcast when having to eat different food at family mealtimes, as if choosing from a narrower range of options wasn't enough. Other attributes are the fact that the sausages are made from 90% British Pork, are GM free and all this is filled in to natural pork skins. Ethically they are sound as evidenced by seals of approval from the British Pork Standard and the RSPCA. The latter is for meeting their stringent welfare standards in that the meat is sourced from British outdoor bred pork all from Freedom Food approved farms. To extend their commitment to ethics the sleeve and tray of the packaging is recyclable. Only the transparent film is not so.
Taste and preparation
My initial reservations about the taste were immediately allayed on my first bite of these thick, succulent sausages. They are packed strung together so a pair of kitchen scissors is advised to separate them. You receive six sausages per 400g pack and they do not skimp on portions. I prefer to shallow fry mine in a cast iron pan which takes between 8-10 minutes as per instruction. Grilling is recommended under a medium heat for 12-15 minutes with an occasional turn. To oven bake it is advised to cook them at 190c/gas mark 5 for 25-30 minutes.
The manufacturer recommends storing in the refrigerator and using within two days of opening. They are suitable for freezing on the day of purchase provided they are consumed within one month. Defrosting should be done in the refrigerator.
The only potential allergens are soya and sulphites.
I buy mine at Morrison's for £2.39. However, I have yet to see two other flavours in the range. These are still pork-based but also contain leek and chives respectively. They are also available at Asda and Sainsbury's but I was shocked to discover that I could not find them at Tesco online.
The manufacturers are deservedly proud and this is further reflected in their own availability and transparency. The packaging boasts that you can contact Black Farmer by post, freephone, text, website and even follow them on facebook, twitter and youtube.
I discovered in May this year that I suffer from coeliac disease and these sausages are a god send and they taste gorgeous. They are a really top quality sausage and cost £2.39 from most good supermarkets. I discovered them during my weekly shopping trip to Morrisons. They come in a variety of flavours: traditionial pork, pork and leek and pork, chive and onion. For those consumers who are ethically aware; the products are made using 100% freedom food pork meat. These sausages are great becasue they are not full of fat and they do not shrink in the frying pan. These sausages are wheat free, gluten free and dairy free and therefore they are great for people who have to or choose to follow a special diet. These sausages have won many awards: 2004, 2008 and 2010 Great Taste Awards Gold Winner. There are also other products from this brand: sauces, bacon, organic chicken to name a few. Overall these sausages taste great and are excellent quality brought to you by a ethical brand and I would recommend these sausages to everyone; not just to those following a special diet.
I can't abide cheap and nasty sausages. So I'm always on the look out for a good quality one at a reasonable price. I saw these Black Farmer Premium Pork Sausages on the shelf of my local supermarket and thought they looked pretty good although it's difficult to tell until you cook them. I was also impressed with the packaging that let's you know that these are 90% Prime British Pork, Gluten Free, Low Carbs, GM Free & have Natural Skins. There is also what I can only describe as a mission statement from Wilfred Emmanuel Jones (The Black Farmer) that reads as follows:
"My Promise Is To Produce High Quality Gluten Free Sausages That Can Be Enjoyed By The Whole Family"
Well.. I'll be the judge of that!
I prefer to oven bake sausages so that's what I did and I was most impressed that the sausages lost very little of their size during the cooking process and the bottom of the dish was dry, so no excess water, fat etc. They looked and smelt delicious!
They were nice and firm and tasted superb. A good coarse pork sausage meat with a little spice. They might be ideal for all the family, but I was having these to myself. Keeping a couple back for the next days sandwiches, they were as good cold as hot.
This is definitely a sausage that I would encourage you to try. I paid £2.39 for six and believe that they are worth every penny. You certainly seem to get what you pay for.