Here in Devon we are extremely lucky to have so many fantastic local producers on our doorstep – from artisan cheeses and bespoke blended teas to quality sausages and handmade puddings. In a time when consumers are increasingly concerned with low food miles and the provenance of their food, locality and the ‘shop local’ campaign have never been more apt. With this in mind we are producing a blog series on our local producers and their delicious products, this week focusing on Wessex Country Gammons.
Established in 1987 at Vine Close Farm in Wimborne, Dorset, Wessex Country Gammons began as a producer of quality cooked hams before expanding their range to include beef, turkey and continental deli meats. Hams are very much still the focus with a range including honey glazed, hickory smoked, golden breadcrumb and natural ham. Extreme care is taken to ensure that all of their meat is sourced from RSPCA assured farms with the highest welfare standards ensuring the best taste for their customers.
We currently stock their whole 3kg cooked gammon ham, whole 3kg honey roasted gammon ham and sliced retail gammon hams available in 250g and 500g packs and the whole range is available to view here.
Here in Devon we are extremely lucky to have so many fantastic local producers on our doorstep – from artisan cheeses and bespoke blended teas to quality sausages and handmade puddings. In a time when consumers are increasingly concerned with low food miles and the provenance of their food, locality and the ‘shop local’ campaign have never been more apt. With this in mind we are producing a blog series on our local producers and their delicious products, this week focusing on Kitto’s Fine Westcountry Hams.
Established in 1986 as the Peter Kitto Cooked Meat Company by Peter Kitto and Norman Walker the company started out producing not only their finest ham but also pork, garlic sausage, haslet and pastrami. In 1990 they made the decision to specialise solely on the production of high quality hams and soon were supplying businesses all around the country from their premises at Cattedown in Plymouth. They now produce their Finest Devon ham, Premium Honey Roast ham, Premium Westcountry ham and Oven Baked Ham of which we currently stock the Finest Devon and the Premium Honey Roast. Their Finest Devon ham has been the recipient of a number of awards including a Silver Award at the Great Taste Awards and is a firm favourite among our customers for its quality taste and delicious texture. Their Honey Roast ham is glazed with demerara sugar and honey to create a delicious sweet-cured ham which won Gold at the Great Taste Awards.
Both of these hams are available in whole joints of 6-7kg, joints cut in ½ (3-4kg) and in retail pre-packs of 110g with an average of 3 slices per pack and our whole range of hams can be viewed here: http://www.iscafoods.co.uk/cooked-meats/ham/.
The Kitto’s ham range is one of our bestselling lines for its consistent quality and competitive price. The bulk joints are ideal for the catering sector while the retail packs are great fridge staples to make sandwiches, ploughmans and of course the classic ham, egg and chips lunch!
The humble sandwich ranges from the ultimate grab and go lunch to dainty afternoon tea finger food and towering meat monstrosities covered in cheese that demand your attention.
The sandwich’s invention is accredited to John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich who ordered cold beef between slices of toast in order to eat without disturbing his game of cards and today the sandwich is a firm stable of lunchboxes up and down the country.
Part of the sandwich’s longevity is the vast array of fillings available and new combinations being created every day. We now have more choice than ever in what we put between our bread and yet in a recent survey to discover Britain’s favourite sandwich fillings the top three were cheese, ham and cheese and ham salad. It seems that contemporary flavour revolutions have a long way to go to beat the old classics.
And why not make the best out of the classics? Try a cheese sandwich made with simple, delicious Vintage Reserve cheese from Barbers Cheesemakers. Matured for up to 24 months this cheese is rich and powerful in flavour with a smooth and creamy texture. Or for those craving more flavour try a mozzerella sandwich with fresh basil and tomato to really taste the summer. Likewise ham and cheese sandwiches can be enjoyed simply, with great quality premium Devon ham and our full bodied, creamy Baskerville Extra Mature. For a ham salad sandwich the star of the show has to be the ham. All of our sliced hams are sourced from Plymouth and have many accolades including Taste of the West and South West Food & Drink awards. Pair premium quality ham with fresh mixed leaves, juicy tomatoes and cucumber for a deliciously simple sandwich.
Enjoy British Sandwich Week!