Simon Dennis (Sawbridgeworth)
sampled pork chipolatas from Simon Dennis of Sawbridgeworth
in 2017, and before that 2012. We like these
chipolatas, so we decided to review them again from
what is our local butchery, and what we
recognised as a proper no nonsense chipolata
Simon's butchers shop has been in
Sawbridgeworth for as long as I can remember
and he's been making sausages in all that
time by the traditional tried and tested
methods. Yes he is amused that other
producers are making wide varieties of
flavours and what by some would be weird
combinations of ingredients in his opinion,
but we will say, Simon knows how to make
proper sausages, and without doubt he knows
what works best in them too!
We like chipolatas as you may have guessed
by now and these minimum 75% meat within
natural sheeps casings from Simon are no
exception. The pork is minced well,
skins are good quality and it's obvious all
is "filled and tied by hand" as the sausage
lengths do vary some. We picked up a
bag full all nicely tied in that traditional
sausage string way...nice!
Choosing a couple to cook up for sampling
meant fiddling a bit with some scissors to
select some average length ones from the
string but hey I really don't mind, trust
Cooked up we saw nicely
browned skins, with no splits and a
smooth-medium texture and a good bite and chew.
The flavour was very good once again.
Just enough seasoning and that nice
lingering spice taste on the tongue
afterwards. Snappy skins? Yes of
course...we like these chipolatas!
Minimum shrinkage and weight loss
which for a thin chipolata is essential.
OK price-wise they've seen a small rise in
the last year, but an
extra 50p/kg isn't bad really all things
Would we buy again, yes of course.
Simon Dennis (Sawbridgeworth) -
2012 / Feb 2017 / Oct 2018)
140x20mm before cooking, 135x20mm
47g before cooking, 41g after.
That's a shrinkage of approx 3% &
weight loss of approx 12%.
8 loose sausages (380g approx). £3.05 (£8.05/kg).
Dennis - Family Butchers
2 The Square,