Brookfield Farm (Aston) - HertBeat

We saw friends from Dane End, Hertfordshire, recently and in conversation told us they had changed their preferred butchers to Brookfield Farm, and raved about the excellent produce specifically their sausages, but did say I may need the sat-nav if I was thinking about visiting the farm shop...

As it happens I did need the sat-nav as the farm shop is tucked away somewhat on the quite narrow Aston End Road, Aston, Stevenage. Look out for the water tower as you get nearer.  Thankfully there's ample parking opposite the shop. 

So 75% own farm pork in quality natural skins containing red onion, marmalade and cracked black pepper.  Ooh err!   In fact this sausage was judged by Noddy Holder (of 70's pop group Slade fame) to be the East of England Legendary Banger 2011.  AND the HertBeat sausage was a finalist in the 2012 Champion of Champions!  Blimey old Riley!

Cooking, the aroma from the pan was very good.  The skins performed well and we didn't see any nasty splits.  The sausage cut easily without the skin tearing, and revealed a good medium texture with excellent succulence.  I was expecting a bit of burnt residue in the pan perhaps from the marmalade cooking out with the juices, but nothing to get anxious about.

A good looking and tasting sausage to be sure with minimum shrinkage and weight loss in cooking. The quality of the pork from Brookfield's own pigs is top notch and the seasoning very good. The red onion I'm sure helps the succulence, and the cracked black pepper gave a little buzz, with the marmalade as expected, a slight sweetness.  As a combination of flavours yes I'd agree this works well. 

Eaten cold later, OK but a tad sticky, but I must say these HertBeat sausages will be something I'll definitely buy again.

Brookfield Farm (Aston) - HertBeat  (Sep 2016)

Here's the sample details:
120x30mm before cooking, 115x30mm after.
90g before cooking, 82g after.
That's a shrinkage of approx 4% & weight loss of approx 8%.
6 loose sausages 4.53 (8.50/kg).

Brookfield Farm Butchery
Aston End Road
Aston, Stevenage
Hertfordshire SG2 7EU

01438 880 228

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