We hate to point this out, but Christmas is basically here. If Christmas shopping is breathing down your neck like a big, slobbery dog, then we’ve got some gift ideas that might just save your bacon.
Presents for budding butchers
Yep, you’ve guessed it, our butchery classes – but they really are rather good. For £135 students get a hands-on lesson, a two-course meal with wine and their handiwork – joint or sausages – to take home. We offer pork, beef, lamb or sausage classes, which last 3.5 hours including dinner. £135 per person
For the food bookworm / meat projecteer
We have two – yes two! – books now. Our original tome The Meat Book gives a good grounding in what goes into quality meat, a tour of all the cuts and what to look and ask for when buying produce, all set within a year on Grange Farm. The Farmhouse Kitchen takes a more holistic look at rural life, and is ideal for anyone wanting to grab a slice of the Good at home. It contains several curing projects as well as plenty of bottling, chutney making and even a bit of fruity booze creating, so would suit anyone who likes to have-a-go at home. To find out more about and buy our books, click here.
£16.25 each (RRP £25).
For choosy carnivores
Gift vouchers – all of the meaty love, no chance of getting it wrong. Available in denominations of £10, a brilliant addition to one of our books even if we do say so ourselves.
No one wants to find a mouldy old sausage stuffed into their stocking, so here are some slightly less perishable ideas. All £4.50, available in the shops.
Peppermongers peppercorns: feisty, fiery and warming! We have been bowled over by the strength, aroma and quality of these peppercorns, ranging from traditional black Tellicherry, long and smooth Indonesian to face-numbing Szechuan. In sweet little packets, too.
Bread and butter pickle: for the burger aficionado in your life. Dinky slivers of cucumber sweet-pickled with onions and spices.
Pear and vanilla jam: a pale and interesting preserve for anyone who’s getting bored of their morning toast. See also our Really Raspberry jam (with its disco pink label!), Strawberry Conserve or Pink Grapefruit and Fig Marmalade.
Italian Mustard Fruits: pieces of peach, nectarine and whole cherries preserved in a syrupy vinegar with mustard seeds. As good with ham as it is on vanilla ice cream (weird but true).