Fowler Brothers (Burnham) - Welsh Dragon

The Secret Butchers is not a secret anymore...evidently it's at Brook Farm, Marsh Road, Burnham on Crouch, Essex! 

The Fowler brothers own and manage their Food Standards Agency approved abattoir together with an on-site butcher’s shop and catering business.  The butchery business appears to be run under the title of Maravac Meats but when we next see a friend of the family (lives in Burnham) who dropped in a couple of packs of the Maravac sausages recently we'll ask for more information on this...

These 70% meat content "Welsh Dragon" sausages in good quality natural skins look proper interesting and appear definitely run off by hand. 7 sausages in a pack...whatever next?  From the Fowler's web site the pork meat is sourced from Essex and Suffolk producers. (Mr Hitchcock, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk  -  Stuart Bosworth, Ongar, Essex  -  J. Butler, Halesworth, Suffolk  -  M.Symon, Latchington, Essex   -  Blythburgh Pork, Suffolk)

On opening the packaging there was a nice aroma of chilli, not strong but definitely there.  Cooked up the skins did their thing and browned well, tightened down and held together without any splits or spits.

I will admit to stabbing the "spare 7th" sausage with a fork and munching before it got anywhere near the table.  Oh err missus!  Lovely.  Just enough chilli to tingle the palate without burning the back of the throat.  Retained succulence looks to have been achieved by the shredded leeks. Good call.  The troops in attendance all gave a thumbs up to these.

OK, reasonable shrinkage and weight loss in cooking.  Price-wise quite good at £6.49/kg.  In our opinion a very good chilli sausage. 

Would we buy some ourselves?  Absolutely...barbeque time will come round again soon enough!

Fowler Brothers (Burnham) - Welsh Dragon
(Oct 2015)

Here's the sample details:
120x32mm before cooking, 115x30mm after.
90g before cooking, 79g after.
That's a shrinkage of approx 11% & weight loss of approx 12%.
7 sausages in a 650g pack £4.22  (£6.49/kg)

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