Can Deeping St Nicholas butcher's low fat sausage pass the test?
It’s a Lincolnshire sausage - but with a difference. But can a new variety really help us watch our waistlines and enjoy our favourite delicacy?
This area is rightly proud of its Lincolnshire sausages - with a fierce annual competition held in Spalding to crown the best of the best each year (it’s no secret that this is our editor’s favourite day in the calendar - and probably the MP’s too).
But most of us probably don’t associate a tasty sausage with a diet.
Especially not because, well let’s be honest, low fat alternatives just don’t live up to the real thing, do they?
Or do they? The team at the award-winning Grasmere Farm, has been working away trying to perfect a sausage that combines flavour with a much lower fat content.
The farm and butcher, which has already produced almost 20 varities, has hailed its new Lincolnshire sausage as a ‘game changer’ and their ‘most exciting’ innovation of the lot.
Grasmere Farm MD and owner, Stuart Stables, explained: “Low fat has been on my radar for a number of years, the challenge has been maintaining flavour and eating quality whilst using very lean meat, bearing in mind that the fat is where the flavour and succulence is.
“Low fat products have a poor reputation on this.
“Most of the market place is reduced fat which means the product is 30% less fat than the standard product where as we wanted to be low fat which is less than 3% which is why they will be labelled ‘less than 3% fat Lincolnshire sausages’.”
The sausages are currently available through the Grasmere Farm butchers counter at the Vine House Farm Shop in Deeping St Nicholas - as well as the firm’s shops in Market Deeping, Bourne and Stamford.
Stuart said the low fat bangers have already started to attract a lot of interest - and may even end up on the shelves of stores right across the country.
He added: “We are starting to get a great deal of interest from retailers so have started to make them available to our many retail customers and they are available all over the region. We are very pleased with the positive feedback so far with one regular customer commenting, ‘it’s the best and tastiest low fat sausage I have had and I have tried most of them’.
“We anticipate there to be a great deal of interest in this product as it is by far one of the lowest fat sausages on the market and certainly, in our opinion, a very high quality, so fully expect to see it being sold by at least one national retailer in the very near future.”
A tasty guilt-free sausage? I’ll certainly be giving it a try.