Simon Dennis (Sawbridgeworth)
- Plain Pork
reviewed "plain porks" from Simon Dennis
previously, we know we will get a good, well
made honest, proper no nonsense sausage. So
we are going again to see if consistency
still rules OK...
We last properly reviewed these sausages in
April 2020 whilst all that pandemic stuff
was in our minds.
Simon's shop had been open right through,
although on shortened opening hours and
operating a "one in / one out" policy (as to
be expected to be honest, it's a small shop).
However probably with market conditions what
with supermarkets taking the lions share of
business, and people choosing to shop with
budget consciousness, trade is tough, but he
and his assistant Vic, are still battling
Simon produces what we like to call "proper no nonsense" sausages.
Consistent quality ingredients and care
taken in the making. Still 75%+ meat, not too tightly packed
skins, just how we
like them here, and of course in natural
skins. The pork mix is we think minced just
a little finer than we've seen before in
these which we prefer to be honest.
Simon says he's been making sausages for
more years than he cares to remember and really knows how to make them.
No doubt he knows what works best...
Cooked up the sample lost very little in
weight. No residual fat left in the pan to
speak of with the skins browning well
without bursts and major splits, and giving a medium firm bite with a
pretty good chew. The texture has changed
very slightly and is now more smooth than
medium, which again we do prefer. It would
be fair to say that the
"small sausage" title would have
been a good description for these
previously, but we've also seen a change to
the size going from a 90mm up to now 100mm.
The photo is a bit deceiving as these are
definitely "larger porks" now.
Seasoning is still spot
on though and we have just enough lingering spice
taste on the palette after eating which does
make for a pretty fair foodie experience.
Some may refer to these as "plain" pork
sausage but they are far from plain, trust
Price-wise these remain very reasonable. In
comparison with our previous review, I
are same price per kilo as previous although
I will check again as we purchased this
particular sampling in amongst quite a large
order of other produce to restock the
Eaten cold later on, we'll go with what
we've said before, they're spot on. Try
these in a sausage toad, sausage casserole
or better still as a sausage and mash!
A "proper no nonsense" sausage agreed. Job
Simon Dennis (Sawbridgeworth) -
/ Feb 2015 / April 2020 / Sep 2023)
before cooking, 95x30mm after.
72g before cooking, 65g after.
That's a shrinkage of approx 5% &
weight loss of approx 9%.
Didn't get price, we will check and
update this post.
Dennis - Family Butchers
2 The Square,