by now we'd have tried all the varieties of sausage from
the Churchgate Sausage Company but we've just
realised we've missed out one important and
original flavour, so here a
review to put things right...the CHURCHGATE
Jason Drage at the Churchgate Sausage Company
does without doubt make some very good sausages and
we don't know how we have missed these.
80% Essex pork shoulder, with sage and
pepper. Natural pork/hog skins. Rusk
rather than breadcrumbs. Now
traditionally Lincolnshire sausages are made
with coarse ground pork, quite a serious amount of sage and appear very
green in colour, and yes OK there's been
work by Lincolnshire Sausage Association to
obtain a PGI European Protected Status on
using the Lincolnshire name and recipe (yet
to be established), but these sausages are
after all Churchgate's own take on the "style" no
doubt? Excellent looking in the raw.
Cooked up they looked even better in the pan
sizzling away. They kept their
plumpness and we noticed very little
shrinkage to be honest. The skins did
appear quite fine in the raw but they held
up OK being pan fried with no major splits
or ruptures. On slicing the skins cut
well without tearing and the succulence was
immediately obvious from what appeared to be
a smooth to medium texture.
The taste was dominantly sage but you still
get the pepper in there. The balance
of seasoning was very good too as it
happens. We've tried a few sausages
recently and found them a tad too salty (for
us, agreed) that has been reflected in our
scores, but these Churchgate's we're pleased
to say, are spot on.
We liked these very much and will purchase
again. Churchgate have a reputation
for consistency of production too, so we'd
be confident in recommending these
LINCOLNSHIRES whenever you buy them!
I kept a cooked one back to do the "eaten
cold later" sample, but someone beat me to
it. They said it was very good.
I need to buy some more then, sooner rather
110x30mm before cooking, 105x30mm
85g before cooking, 81g after.
That's a shrinkage of 4% & weight
loss of approx 4%.
6 in a 500g tray £4.29