Roast Turkey with all the trimmings is one of the most popular and traditional of Christmas dinners.It will feed a large number and more as cold cuts the next day.
We have sourced our Free Range Turkeys from Salix Farm in the Essex countryside who have been producing traditional turkeys for the Christmas market for over 50 years High welfare standards and a natural lifestyle give these birds plenty of taste. The birds are delivered to us fresh, boxed and oven ready.
Cooking your Turkey
Not something you cook every day so here are a few experts to offer advice, recipes and cooking times:
Or if you would like a little more celebrity…
A very traditional option for the Christmas table. Wonderful flavour, succulent meat, crispy skin makes a great choice (plus all the Goose Fat that will keep you in amazing roast potatoes for several months!).
Our free-range Geese are supplied by Phil Truin. The Geese are reared from day olds in small batches in freshly strawed barns until they are robust enough to enjoy the meadows outside. They are then free to choose between their barns or spending time out in the fields depending on the weather.
The birds receive attention every day to make sure they enjoy the highest animal welfare standards. These birds do not receive any hormones, growing supplements or chemical additives. When the Geese are fully mature the slaughter, dry-plucking and finishing is all done on site. These high welfare standards along with a traditional lifestyle ensure good eating, excellent flavour and texture.
Cooking Your Goose
Here are a few links with some great recipes, cooking times and tips for cooking a perfect Christmas dinner Goose:
Or from some popular TV chefs….
Gordon Ramsay shows you how to cook the chefs’ choice of Christmas >>
Simple tips for Goose first-timers from Claire Symington >>
Delia Smith’s totally different Christmas recipes: Roast stuffed goose with apples and prunes in Armagnac >>
Roast beef for Christmas Dinner
If you are looking for an alternative to Turkey, Beef is a superb large centre piece roast for Christmas Dinner. Impressive looking, full of flavour and more than enough to go round. We recommend an 28 day aged rib of Scotch Beef.
No matter what cut of beef you choose the quality will be the same. All our beef is specially selected Scottish beef from grass fed herds, raised traditionally in Scotland. Produced to the highest standards of farm and animal welfare. Only cattle from fully traceable herds of genuine Scottish origin are eligible.This beef is then aged on the bone for extra flavour, succulence and tenderness.
Gammon at Christmas
A very traditional joint for a hot meal or cold cuts a ham joint is very versatile item for your Christmas entertaining. All our Ham and Gammon is dry cured here in the shop using Blythburgh Free Range Pork. Their pigs have a totally free range lifestyle born and raised outside with access to shelter within their large paddocks. The pigs are allowed to grow at a natural rate which delivers a superb flavour and succulence (more about our Pork)
Cooking your Christmas Ham
Try some of these suggestions, recipes and cooking times for serving Ham at Christmas:
How about a Free Range Christmas Cockerel for your festive feast? It makes a great alternative to Turkey. Our Christmas Cockerels come from Caldecott Farm which can be found at Wythall in Worcestershire. They are reared by Robert Caldecott who is the third generation of the family to be farming here.
They rear Cotswold White, a naturally slow grown breed. These chickens enjoys a wholesome natural lifestyle and are given much longer to grow than a standard free range bird. The birds are given a natural diet along with plenty of space and time to grow and not growth hormones to develop. They are not fed any routine drugs or other growth promoters. The the end result is a seriously tasty high quality chicken with great flavour and texture.
Christmas Roast Duck
A Christmas roast duck is a very satisfying alternative to turkey and works very well for a smaller festive gathering. The birds are Aylesbury Peking cross ducks which are fed on a natural diet which is a special blend of home grown feed which is GM and additive free. The birds are allowed to grow slowly to full maturity. This wholesome lifestyle creates fat marbling through out the meat which delivers a deeper flavour and better texture, for great eating.
A roasted duck, has a rich and distinctive gamey flavour and a very crispy skin. Similar to a goose it give off fat that is great for roasting potatoes. Duck goes very well with fruit and pairing with orange is a great seasonal match, a port sauce will also work really well. You can find our roast duck recipe and cooking tips here >>
Roast Pork Christmas Dinner
Christmas Roast Pork is a long standing traditional festive meal. So if you have yet to select what will be on the menu for your Christmas Dinner Roast Pork might be the perfect choice.
In past times many rural or farm households around the UK would keep at least one or more pigs. These households would devote themselves to fattening the pig with lots of kitchen scraps and kitchen garden waste with the end result being a plentiful supply of pork for the family. The leg was thought of as the prime joint on the pig and would be reserved Christmas.
Very few people keep a pig today but we can help with some delicious Free Range Blythburgh Pork. Their pigs are born outside and spend their entire lives outdoors in the fresh air, with freedom to roam in large paddocks, rooting around in sandy Suffolk soil. These pigs enjoy a wholes some and natural diet. By growing at a much slower, more natural rate, Blythburgh Free Range Pork acquires a traditional flavour and succulence that has been largely forgotten in today’s mass produced pork. See more about them here >>