This we have a guess blogger, one of newest meat hero team members
Before you read what she has to say about Mutton let me explain the difference between Spring Lamb, Hogget and Mutton. This is a question often discussed in our butchery room with customers.
For easy Spring Lambs are born in spring and can be up to a year of age. Hoggets are once 1-2 years. Mutton is over 2 years old.
There are all kinds of ways to age sheep but at ballakelly for ease we say spring lamb born in March so from May to Dec, then after Christmas we call it hogget and Mutton is easy it’s mutton.
Since we have started doing our own butchery our customers now ask for hogget and mutton not lamb!!!
I will let Emily explain why 🙂
“I have always grown up with the opinion (passed from my mother) that Mutton is tough and sour ; well it can be! Unless you are talking about Ballakelly Mutton that is!
A little bit about me, I have known Rachel (the farmers wife) for years through ponies, when Covid hit she needed someone to help her for a few hours per week with the crazy amount of orders that she had received in a short space of time – cue Emily stepping in to help!
I had ordered a couple of times over the past few years the ordinary orders such a sausages, burgers, ribs etc however little did I know what a huge range of products that Ballakelly offer. Rachel often sends me home with something new to try and the first time she handed me mutton, my face must have said it all! They were mutton medallions and I must admit they looked amazing BUT I couldn’t get over the fact that it was Mutton! I thanked her and took them home and tentatively popped them under the grill……WELL – my mind was blown by how tasty and succulent they were! Even my non-foody husband was a major fan!
A few weeks later I was sent home with a mini mutton roast, I cooked it slowly in the oven and we had mashed potato and veg with it with lashings of gravy – I was not disappointed as again the mutton was tender, succulent and bursting with flavour.
I asked Rachel, ‘why is it that your mutton is so yummy?!’ Her answer? It’s dry aged! I’d been shown the 2 huge dry agers that we have at the Farm yet had no idea what difference it makes to the meat!
So I am writing this short blog to pass on my experiences of Ballakelly Mutton, the meat is great value for money, super tasty and you won’t be disappointed!
Go on – put Ballakelly Mutton through the home taste test and then get in touch and let us know your thoughts!
Great offers on Mutton mini roasts this week, along with a limited supply of minted mutton medallions.
Before you go can I please use this opportunity to thanks all my team (family and friends) who have helped this last 12 weeks. I think we can all say we have been through a life time of emotions in 3 months and can happily say we are very close as a result. Thanks everyone 🙂🙂