Totham Bangers -
Pork, Chorizo & Olive
Bangers of Great Totham (nr Maldon) sell
their produce via farmers markets and farm
shops such as the excellent Poplar Nurseries
at Marks Tey near Colchester where we picked
up our samples yet again. I see a habit
These 84% sausages
in the raw looked really interesting.
Hmm we pondered, olives in sausage, buy
Ok we get excited about new flavours and
certainly the introduction of olives took
our fancy. We've tried Totham Bangers
before and found them very much OK. Never a
top sausage from the variety we've had to
date but these Pork, Chorizo & Olive looked
just as good in the pack too as the other
examples purchased. Let's face it, 84% is a
fair meat percentage to be sure, so as soon
as we got back to the office from Granny's
in the pan they went.
appeared much better again this time so we
won't harp on about the lacking information
on the packet before. 5% chorizo,
together with 3% olives stated in the
ingredients along with the pork and bit of
preservative plus salt and pepper. Looking
good so far we pondered...
The natural skins worked
really well. No splits or bursts,
nicely and the medium coarse texture and a
good succulence from what appears to be good quality pork. However
with only 5% chorizo, it looks like you may
need a touch more to really get the flavour
across to be honest, and the olives may have
been somewhere but I didn't get them at all
unfortunately. Yes there was a slight
saltiness, which could be the olives
perhaps? Yes the taste was very
good but again there was disappointment as it wasn't what we expected.
The texture was
just under medium and was very good.
Succulence very good too. So it's a shame to
appear to knock a very well made and
potentially interesting flavour combination
sausage. However given the weight loss
during cooking at close on 18%, and the 13%
shrinkage, with a £10.90/kg price tag to
boot, consideration in buying some more of
these may be questionable.
A good well made
sausage though, albeit bit pricey, so if you
fancy trying these, it's entirely your call!
Totham Bangers - Pork, Chorizo &
110x30mm before cooking, 95x30mm
70g before cooking, 57g after.
That's a shrinkage of approx 13% & weight loss of approx
6 sausages in a 420g pack £4.59