Forest - Venison
I'm not one
to normally go in to the many
National Trust Shops as they all
seem to sell similar
products...however a chalkboard sign
outside drew my attention...VENISON
ON SALE...aha! Any sausages?
We've tried venison in sausage form
before and I do like them.
Come to that, so do the troops (well
apart from one member who is
convinced Bambi was real!).
The packaging on these though was a
bit thin on detail apart from 70%
venison and a whopping
£14.00/kg....however there was the
Estate Office phone number also on
there, so a call was made...
The chap I spoke to was very helpful
and told us that venison is
"processed" entirely on-site at
Hatfield Forest! They contract
in a butcher who does his/her stuff
in the "processing unit" and turns
out the roasting joints, casserole /
diced packs and of course the
sausages! The deer utilised
are mainly wild Fallow, but there is
some wild Muntjac too that are used.
In with the 70% venison is rusk and
herbs, (probably a bit of fat
otherwise they would be very dry
when cooked) and that's about it!
I am suitably
impressed with these sausages I must
say. They cooked up really
well, medium texture and a lovely
bite & chew. It would be fair
to say that some venison sausages
we've tried (restaurants and such)
seem to have way too heavy red
current jelly and all sorts in them
that is very nice but you can't
really taste the venison!
These sausages are simply good
quality venison in good skins, and
A tadge expensive for the everyday
sausage sandwich. (I had one though
to try them out of course) So I
could impress the troops I sourced a
good recipe from BBC Food, and
concocted my venison version of "sausages, with slow cooked red
cabbage, red wine and chilli"
The troops devoured this and I was
asked to pin my recipe on the
kitchen notice board for future
reference! Believe me this is
like winning the Grand National, or
gold at the Olympics!
If you want some no-nonsense good
quality venison sausages, try
Hatfield Forest but do give the NT
shop a call on 01279 870327 first as
stocks can be very seasonal.
Hatfield Forest - Venison
140x28mm before cooking, 130x26mm
75g before cooking, 69g after.
That's a shrinkage of 13% & weight
loss of approx 8%.
6 sausages in a 494g pack £6.92