Tuesday, 17 December 2013
I was recently contacted and asked if I would like to try out some sausages. HECK is a company owned by the Keebles who are a family of farmers and sausage enthusiasts. They produce a range osf 8 differen premium sausage varieties ranging from the traditional 97% pork to the more unique Chicken and square sausages. They also produce several gluten free varieties. You can read more about how they produce their sausages here.
We really love sausages in this house! Not the cheap nasty ones out there that are yuck, yuck, yuck . . . we are a bit more discerning in our tastes and those cheap and nasty ones just have a horrible consistency and are loaded with fat. We do NOT like those . . . so we are always up for trying something which is better. Getting to try new things is the best part of my job!
These are farmers market quality. It can't be bad and with Christmas coming up with all of the entertaining that entails, we were absolutely up for trying these sausages.
One package which was sent was their Smoky Chorizo-style sausages. Hearty and tangy with a smoked paprika kick. Gluten Free. (nice!)
These had a really lovely flavour. Nice colour. Nice texture and just enough heat, and a lingering afterburn . . . without it being overpowering in the least. Most pleasant. We quite enjoyed. I had only ever eaten the dried chorizo sausages that you can buy which come from spain and are pre-cooked. These were quite nice and I would buy these, absolutely.
Content: 85% British Pork Shoulder Corn Flour, Water Red Peppers (1%) Spices, Salt, Sugar Leek Powder Preservative (Sodium Sulphite) Stabilisers (Diphosphates) Herb Yeast Extract Colour (Paprika Extract) Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid) Spice Extract. Filled into natural pork casings.
Next up "The Family Favourite." Good old pork. Comforting, noble and satisfying, this is the original favourite, a classic that’ll never lose its shine. These are the kind that I would use to make my Christmas Stuffing with or my sausage rolls. They are also gluten free, which is nice. Those cheap and nasty things use far too much filler. I want meat in my sausage, not filler.
Our verdict . . . meaty and moist without being greasy. Just what you would expect from a good breakfast or supper sausage.
We both enjoyed.
Content: 85% British Pork Shoulder Corn Flour Water Salt Rice Flour Leek Powder Cream Powder (from Milk) Sugar Spice Yeast Extract Preservative (Sodium Sulphite) Flavourings Natural Flavourings Spice Extracts Citric Acid Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid). Filled into natural pork casings.
Next . . . the Plump Pork & Apple Sausage. Pork and apple are made for each other. They are a marriage made in heaven. The perfect marriage of savoury and sweet . . . did they live up to their promise?
These were gorgeous. Not greasy. Well flavoured. With just enough of a hint of apple flavour to bring out the best of the pork. Also gluten free.
Contents: 85% British Pork Shoulder Corn Flour Water Apple Flakes (2%) Salt Rice Flour Leek Powder Cream Powder (from milk) Sugar Spice Yeast Extract Preservative (Sodium Sulphite) Flavourings Natural Flavourings Spice Extracts Citric Acid Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid). Filled into natural pork casings.
Heck 97% Pork. These lip smackers were my favourite of them all. Meaty and well flavoured and lean. Moist and not greasy. They were the overall winners with us both. Once again gluten free.
Contents: 97% British Pork Shoulder Salt Cream Powder (from Milk) Spices Preservative (Sodium Sulphite) Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid). Filled into natural pork casings.
All in all we were very impressed with these sausages, and we would happily buy any of them. These tasty links are available at supermarkets throughout the country.
Thank you very much to Katy and to Heck Sausages for sending us these to try out. We now have a new favourite. Tis true.
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Some sausage tastiness to get your tastebud juices flowing:
Oven Barbequed Sausages
Cider and Honey Braised Sausages
Bean and Sausage Hot Pot
(The chorizo ones would be fab, FAB in this!)
Hawaiin Sausage Casserole
Creamy Mustard Sausage and Pasta Hot Dish
Sausage and Squash Mash
Sausage and Bacon Toad in the Hole
Fruity Sausage Baps
Cherry Tomato and Sausage Bake
Sausage and Corn Bake
And that's just for starters! Thank you Heck Sausages!