Secret sausage recipe is passed down

PUBLISHED: 10:19 13 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 31 May 2010

A SECRET sausage recipe dating back 100 years has been transferred to the safe hands of a Barnston-based pig farmer. The closely guarded recipe was previously used by Grayson & Start, who went into retirement at the beginning of the month. Now the age-old

A SECRET sausage recipe dating back 100 years has been transferred to the safe hands of a Barnston-based pig farmer.

The closely guarded recipe was previously used by Grayson & Start, who went into retirement at the beginning of the month. Now the age-old formula has been passed to Great Garnetts farm in Barnston, who will supply the sausages to Burton & Son on King Street, Saffron Walden.

Julie Smith, who runs Great Garnetts with her husband John, said: "It's a great honour to have been given this sausage recipe, which has not changed in 100 years. We've been making sausages for three years or so now, but this recipe is quite different to how we've been making them in the past.

"While our previous sausages had around 80 per cent meat content and contained rusk, the sausage recipe passed down to us from Grayson & Start has 65 per cent meat; the rest is made up of breadcrumbs and seasoning.

"It's all mixed by hand too - while most sausages are mixed by machine, ours are combined the old-fashioned way. Only the breadcrumbs are created by a machine."

The recipe that Great Garnetts will follow originally belonged to Goddards, when the family owned a butcher's in the town. Twenty years ago it was passed onto Grayson & Start, who have now handed it down to the Smiths at Great Garnetts.

The appeal of the recipe was proved at a farmers' market held at the farm on Saturday.

Mrs Smith said: "Our market opened at 9.30am and by 10.15am all our sausages had gone. They have such a delicious taste, and a wonderful texture - so soft and crumbly."

Although the ancient recipe is a new acquisition for Great Garnetts, the farm has no shortage of history of its own. The Smiths have been rearing pigs for more than 30 years and pride themselves on the quality of their pork and their standards in animal welfare.

You can find the Great Garnetts sausages in Burton & Son on King Street, Saffron Walden, or at the farmers' markets held at the Barnston farm on the second Saturday of each month. Visit www.greatgarnetts.co.uk to find out more.

Other sausages will be available from Humphreys, the new butcher's opening soon on the former premises of Grayson & Start on George Street in Saffron Walden.

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