Vegan Products: The rise in Vegan Dining

Since the start of the first lockdown, there has been a fundamental reset in consumer behaviour. This is seen in general health, hygiene, and everyday diet.

Recent trends reported by Mintel have indicated that consumers prefer to follow diets with fewer rules. However, they have adopted a new mindset of intuitive eating. They are paying more attention to what they eat, and how they feel afterwards.

Why the Change?

According to a study conducted by the Food Government Agency, 22% of participants were concerned about the food they eat, with one of the main worries being around the healthiness of food.

Throughout COVID 19, people were made aware of the impact that having an unhealthy lifestyle has on the ability to fight the virus.  Meaning consumers naturally committed to reducing health risks associated with unhealthy foods.

Other concerns that came up in the study included animal welfare and the ethical treatment of producers/farmers.

With time to think and to do more research, a lot more thought has gone into the brands consumers allowed into their homes and the food they now put on the table.

This fits in with the studies done by The Vegan Society, showing that since the first lockdown, 1 in 4 consumers have cut back on a form of animal product. 1 in 5 have reduced their meat intake. 12% reducing their consumption of eggs and dairy and 7% reducing all three. The triggers behind the change are health (35%), environment (30%) and animal rights (21%).

What does this mean for Vegan Products and Plant-Based Living?

Research has shown that many of those looking to enjoy a healthier lifestyle, have switched to adopting a more plant-based diet. Either going completely vegan or by just making mindful swaps to new and exciting ingredients.

Plant-based living increased drastically to over 600,000 consumers in 2019. This has given brands more opportunity to invest in product development. After a couple years of NPD work, we are now seeing the results on our supermarket shelves and in our food service. By 2024, the meat-free market is set to have an estimated value of £1.1bn (Mintel 2021).

This has given consumers the opportunity to open their minds with regards to how they eat in the home and when out socialising. Offering more room for more creativity when it comes to vegan products and vegan dining.

Creating Quality Vegan Friendly Alternatives

As competition ramps up for meat alternatives, vegan friendly ready meals, and plant-based dining, it’s important that you are using ingredients that are vegan certified and of a high quality.

Many ingredients that suppliers sell, are naturally vegan. However, to reduce costs they use farms that harvest in an unethical way or contaminate products.

Coconut is the perfect example of this.

So many coconut suppliers use farms that use monkeys as a harvesting method. This has been widely criticised by PETA, resulting in the products being rejected by many supermarket retailers.

Coconut milk powder can also provide an issue for manufacturers. A high percentage of suppliers contaminate their product with dairy proteins to help with stabilisation.

This stops the final product from being listed as vegan, defeating the object of using coconut as a dairy replacement.

The great thing about our relationship with the partners in our supply chain is high visibility. We can monitor all factories and farms that we work with and guarantee the validity of our vegan products.

We also know exactly where our ingredients come from and guarantee that they are high quality. This creates less wastage and better taste for our customers.

As the healthiness and quality of food and drink improves within the food and drink industry, it’s so important to keep ahead of the game.

Talk to the team today and see what we can offer, to help improve and adjust your production.

 

What are HFSS Foods & How Does the New Legislation Affect You?

HFSS Foods are products that are considered to have a high level of Fat, Sugar or Salt . They are commonly associated with increasing obesity within children and adults.

WHAT HAS TRIGGERED THE HFSS LEGISLATION?

In June 2018, the Government published Chapter 2 of the Childhood Obesity Plan. This discussed the issues surrounding the rising obesity crisis in children, and the long-term health effects into adulthood.

The report focused on improving the environment within the food and drink industry and encourages companies and consumers to work together to make healthier foods more visible.

It’s not just down to one group or person to combat the obesity crisis but a joint effort from parents, teachers, local leaders, health professionals and businesses.

‘TACKLING OBESITY: EMPOWERING ADULTS AND CHILDREN TO LIVE HEALTHIER LIVES’

The Childhood obesity plan triggered the Department of Health and Social Care to release their policy on ‘how to empower adults and children to live healthier lives’.

The plan not only aims to improve the nutritional content of food and drink, but also increase information found on labelling. This will shake up the way the industry markets its products, creating a more informative environment for consumers.

LIMITING VISABILITY OF HFSS FOODS

The biggest disruption for businesses involves limiting promotional opportunities for unhealthy food and drinks. Mainly focusing on those with High FAT, SUGAR or SALT content.

This will target food companies across all retail and food service, drastically reducing visibility and lowering impulse buys on selected items.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN HFSS LEGISLATION GOES LIVE IN OCTOBER

From October 2022 any multi-buy/volume promotions, such as ‘buy one get one free’ or ‘3 for 2’ on HFSS foods will be phased out. Only allowing such promotions to be used for healthier goods

Placements in key retail areas such as checkouts, store entrances and online equivalents will also be reserved for products not in the HFSS Foods category.

This will ultimately change the average consumers shopping experience, which has a history of highlighting unhealthy options and encouraging pester power from children.

Food service has also been included in the scheme. Taking out sugar-sweetened drinks from the free re-fills offer.

WHAT IS CONSIDERED A HFSS FOOD?

Prepacked food and drink in a selection of categories will be restricted if they are considered to be HFSS as determined by their nutritional score. Click here for a list of categories included in the plan.

Products can be tested using the Nutrient Profiling Model.

Developed in 2004-05, the profile was created to give Ofcom a tool to work from when differentiating foods on a nutritional basis.  Using a simple scoring system, points are allocated based on nutritional content (per 100g).

HFSS CALCULATOR

The profiling takes into consideration the levels of energy, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium compared to nutrients.

Click here to work out your Nutrient Score.

DOES THE HFSS LEGISLATION AFFECT YOUR RETAIL BUSINESS?

If you have 50 employees or more within your company and your store is larger than 185.8 SQM, restrictions will apply.

There are some exceptions to specialist retailers. This includes companies who only sell one type of product such as sweet shops or bakeries.

NEXT STEPS

It seems the next area to be tackled will be in TV advertising. The intention being to ban all HFSS food and drink from being shown before 9pm.

Analysis from September 2019 showed that nearly half of all food adverts shown throughout the month across several channels were HFSS foods. This peaked during 6pm – 9pm to nearly 60%, a time where children’s viewings are at their highest.

These plans will help make sure that children are only exposed to adverts which encourage a healthy balanced diet.

The government will also be looking at ways to help reduce and reformulate programmes on salt, sugar, and calories. They have agreed to monitor progress, and adapt the scheme if results are not successful.

HOW TO REMOVE YOUR FOOD PRODUCT FROM THE HFSS CATEGORY

The biggest challenge will come from brands having to adapt their recipes to suit new guidelines whilst maintaining their signature taste.

The easiest way to adapt existing recipes and develop new NPD, is to use replacement technologies for salt and sugar.

Many technologies for sodium replacements have been developed over the years, aiming to replicate the taste, texture, or functionality of salt. However, there is only one formula proven to replicate all three successfully, which is Smart Salt®.

WHAT IS SMART SALT®?

A patented sodium reduction technology from Finland, Smart Salt® has been tried, tested, and proven to have the same taste, texture, and functionality of salt.

Used across a variety of applications, it can reduce sodium levels by up to 60%.

The technology is the only replacer in the market which is magnesium chloride based. This can help balance minerals, and human clinical studies have indicated lower blood pressure. Resulting in better heart health.

Due to its 1:1 replacement for salt, crystalline structure, and non-hygroscopic nature it’s very easy to handle.

No need for a change in recipe. You can simply just switch your regular salt to Smart Salt®.

There has been extensive product testing completed on;

    • progressive profiling,
    • consumer acceptance testing,
    • triangle tests,
    • and quantitative descriptive analysis.

All the studies show in favour of Smart Salt® compared to other competitors in the market. There are also instances, where customers have preferred it against salt itself.

In addition to sodium reduction Smart Salt® has the added benefit at reducing microbiological growth in certain applications, when compared to sodium chloride, enhancing shelf life of products.

GET IN TOUCH

The proof is in the testing, so please get in touch with the team on info@brusco.co.uk to discuss the benefits of Smart Salt® further. Samples are available and we are looking forward to sharing this innovative product with you.

 

Helpful tips for Reducing Material and Production Costs

As we head further into 2021, we are all faced with ongoing challenges within the supply chain.

Increasing prices of raw materials, packaging and logistics show no signs of reversing this year and distribution is ever plagued by lack of labour and capacity constraints.

The price of oil has risen again by 58% since November 2020 and the global shortage of shipping containers has helped push sea freight costs to newfound heights.

With price inflation hitting from every angle, we all have to adapt and look for every opportunity to lower material and production costs.

Lower Production Costs, not your quality

As a company, Brusco Food Group always steer towards high quality ingredients that offer great taste, ethical credentials, and reliability. We wholeheartedly believe that even when markets are disrupted, it should not be necessary to sacrifice quality to manage costs.

To support our customers, we have been looking at opportunities to reduce costs. We share some ideas below which we hope you find of help.

Drive efficiency

Switch to ingredients that take less time to prepare and that suit your production needs.

We have a range of semi or fully prepared ingredients to eliminate production steps and save time and money.

Why waste resources chopping, slow cooking, frying, or caramelising, when we can provide a product that has been prepared to suit your needs.

Perfect examples of these prepared ingredients include (but not limited to):

More product, less water

A few of our products come in either a more concentrated form or in a powder, such as high fat coconut cream.

More cream, less water when transporting cuts corners and lower storage costs.

Reduce storage costs

Although frozen produce comes with some great benefits, they aren’t for everyone.

Brusco have some ambient alternatives that can help reduce storage and transportation costs.

Look at alternative packaging

The price of packaging materials has risen considerably with steel up by 215% since March 2020.

Evaluating alternative formats particularly for tinned products could save money and lower costs.

Be flexible

Increasing flexibility on delivery times will help avoid additional costs from transportation companies. Timed delivery charges on a regular basis, soon add up.

Keep us in the loop

Sharing your forecasts can help us look for ways to save you money. Be it changing MOQ’s or advising on the best time to contract based on the latest market data.

If we know what requirements you need, we can help you plan.

Talk to the team

The team are always on hand to discuss your upcoming production requirements and to find out more on how to lower production costs, so get in touch so we can help you react and adapt.

Tomato Market: 2021/22 influences

The tomato market roller coaster continues to cast terror into the hearts of all those who dare ride it.

The hangover of shortages from the 2020 harvest will impact availability for the new season, coupled with additional market disruption caused by the widespread boycott of tomato products from the Xinjiang region of China.

2020 Tomato Market Influences

New season volume is expected to be slightly higher than 2020 however, for the last five years, consumption has outstripped supply resulting a net deficit of 4mt at the end of 2020.

This is expected to have increased to a deficit of 5.5mt by the time new season crop is available. As a result, producers need to utilise new season product to satisfy 2020 contracts reducing new season availability and increasing prices.

World Production vs Consumption

Million Tons 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Prelim
Opening stock 2.065 5.005 4.451 3.429 -755 -2.58 -3.987
Production 41.374 38.072 37.797 34.83 37.383 38.39 38.916
Consumption 38.434 38.626 38.819 39.013 39.208 39.797 40.393
Closing stock 5.005 4.451 3.429 -755 -2.58 -3.987 -5.464

 

The human rights abuses taking place in the Xinjiang area of China has led many UK businesses to stop importing product from this region.

Xinjiang region is the largest tomato production area in China (which accounts for approximately 12% of global tomato supply) and historically has been a big supplier of tomato paste into Europe.

This combined with the overall deficit position will put particular pressure on tomato paste availability as everyone scrambles to secure European supply.  On average you need around 6 mt of fresh tomatoes to create 1mt of 28/30 paste.

Raw Materials Price Pressures

This season has seen a range of price increases on raw materials and logistics. Fresh tomato prices with farmers are up €7-9/mt.

Energy prices have continued to increase, the cost of hot rolled steel for drum making is up over 50% compared to August 2020, new rules on CO2 emissions in 2021 will see a reduction on free rights and logistics costs have been on a continuous upward trend for the last six months.

These market influences have already seen price increases of between 18-21% in Northern and Southern American markets. The expectation is for price increases in Europe between 10-15%,

What do we Recommend? 

Many large volume users of tomatoes were quick to contract for new season due to concerns about availability and price. We are urging all customers to move quickly and secure supply particularly for paste products which will be particularly hard hit this year.

In addition, we would encourage customers to look at alternative products which may help offset some of the price inflation this year. For example, switching to an Extrusso product in place of traditional chopped tomato will save around £25/mt.

Similarly, where production allows using drums over bag in box format will deliver around a £45/mt cost saving.

Get in touch

The Brusco team is always available to answer any of your questions about new season tomatoes so please get in touch on info@brusco.co.uk or 01386 761 555 should you wish to discuss.

PRESS RELEASE: Smart Salt®

Brusco Food Group announce exclusive partnership with Smart Salt® bringing patented Sodium Reduction Technology to UK food manufacturers and food service.

Brusco Food Group are excited to announce their exclusive UK partnership with Smart Salt® to help companies meet the new 2024 sodium reduction targets announced in September 2020 by Public Health England.

Smart Salt® is a sodium reduction system based on patented technology from Finland. It enables sodium reduction of up to 60% without compromising on taste or product performance.

“Smart Salt® has a very successful application record in a broad category of food products. Its success can be attributed to its technological functionality that often mirrors regular salt” comments Dr. Helen Mitchell, Consulting Director Smart Salt® Oy.

It is clear more action needs to be taken in the UK to reduce sodium in our diets to address many of the health issues associated with high blood pressure. Regularly eating too much salt puts us at an increased risk of developing high blood pressure which is the main risk factor for stroke and a major risk factor for heart attack. Over 16 million people in the UK have high blood pressure.

Available from the 1st February 2021, Smart Salt® offers perfect taste optimisation with no bitter or metallic aftertaste. Consumer acceptability data indicates a high degree of acceptability at very low sodium levels.

The benefits of using Smart Salt® goes much further than just reducing sodium. The formulation also includes high levels of magnesium balancing minerals for heart health.

Where other sodium reduction systems fail, Smart Salt® excels. Extensive application testing has proven its effectiveness in challenging applications including bread, cheese, meat, ready-to-eat meals, and seasonings. Smart Salt® offers preservative and technological functions reducing the need for extensive product and process development. A flexible composition means Smart Salt® can be easily adapted to meet your requirements from 10-60% sodium reduction.

Andrew Ashby from Brusco Food Group says “We are always looking at innovative products that tackle the major challenges in our food supply chain. While businesses have been addressing sodium reduction for many years, driving further sodium reduction without impacting product functionality and/or taste is becoming harder. We believe the proven capability of Smart Salt® will provide significant opportunities for food companies to meet the new voluntary targets announced in September 2020 by Public Health England which call for further reductions of up to 20% by 2024”.

Later this year Smart Salt® will broaden its reach into the consumer marketplace with a range of gourmet condiment blends designed to help consumers and chefs reduce sodium intake. This will be launched under the Suölo™ brand. More information is available at www.suolo.world

For more information on Smart Salt® and how it can enhance your range, contact the team on info@brusco.co.uk or 01386 761555.

 

Chinese garlic market heats up ahead of new year

Recent reports have suggested that the Chinese garlic market is firming due to adverse weather conditions and transportation influences.

After a stable November and December, a sudden increase has been reported in the first two weeks of the year, with flake prices increasing by 14% since the 3rd January 2021.

Weather conditions affecting the garlic market

Current reports suggest the fresh garlic crop for 2021 will be significantly reduced after colder than normal weather conditions in the growing areas.

COVID 19 creating problems in transportation

It’s no secret that COVID 19 has had a huge impact on the transportation industry, intensifying sea freight rates and resulting in fewer blank sailings being announced over the New Year period.

Many exporters have had to include freight increases onto their quotes, to protect themselves from losing money in a time of uncertainty.

Garlic prices predicted to keep rising

Chinese New Year drives higher domestic garlic consumption, mixed with the problems that the market is facing, the prices are looking to keep rising until the end of March 2021. It is suggested to cover short term requirements to minimise price increases.

Talk to the team today on info@brusco.co.uk or 01386 761 555 about information on the garlic market and how you can keep your next order in budget.

 

How keep to Veganuary: Vegan Ingredients and Tips

Each year around 25% of Brits take on a New Year’s Resolution. They aim to improve their diet by using vegan ingredients, stop drinking alcohol, improve fitness or find ways to help with their mental health. Campaigns such as Veganuary and Dry January lead the way towards a healthier start to the year.

On an average year many of these resolutions fail by the 9th December, however, this year the Government’s introduction to yet another lockdown on the 6th January, seems to have sent our resolutions into the abyss, earlier than usual.

“… around 7.2 million British adults currently follow a meat-free diet.”

Finder.com

According to a survey done by Finder.com, 86% of our UK population includes meat in their daily diet. Out of the non-meat eaters, 6% of are vegetarians, 5% pescatarian and then 3% are vegan. ‘This means that around 7.2 million British adults followed a meat free diet in 2020′.

Veganuary 2021 could give those figures a real boost with over 500,000 signing up to the campaign.

Taking into consideration the current growth and if consumers stick to their plans, 1 in 10 people in the UK (11%) could be increasing their a meat-free dining in 2021.

With so much (or so little) going on in the world right now, keeping focused on a new diet or a new lifestyle can seem very daunting.  So, we want to help you keep on track with ingredients and tips on making this lifestyle change easier to stick to.

Start vegetarian and move onto veganism

Health and fitness professionals all have their own fitness regimes, but one piece of advice they generally share is to start off slow and work your way up. This can also work when easing your body into a vegan lifestyle.

If you and your family are regular meat eaters, why not start off by swapping out your meat dinners for vegetarian dishes 3 or 4 times a week. Once you have a list of dishes that you are confident in, then you can work towards a full week of vegetarian options.

This can then be followed by a more vegan friendly diet, keeping an eye on what you drink and the sweet treats that you enjoy. Many foods that people think are vegan, contain hidden ingredients that contain animal product.

Don’t stress too much if you have the odd day of eating meat, once you get used to your new lifestyle, you will naturally start leaning towards the vegan choices.

This technique can help you maintain a plant-based lifestyle, rather than just for Veganuary.

Alternative vegan ingredients

Education is key when it comes to a vegan ingredients. Understanding the ingredients you are using, learning how different they taste when cooked using alternative methods and the health benefits that they offer.

There are small swaps you can make when cooking your favourite everyday dishes. Shredded and chopped pork or chicken can be swapped for jackfruit, minced meats can be swapped for beans and pulses and dairy can be swapped for coconut alternatives.

FOOD GROUP ORIGINAL FOOD CHOICE VEGAN ALTERNATIVE
Meat Pulled pork/shredded chicken Pulled jackfruit
Diced pork/chicken Diced jackfruit, tofu
Minced beef Lentils, mushrooms, beans and pulses, chopped vegetables
Dairy Milk Coconut milk/ plant based milk
Cream Coconut cream/coconut cream
Cheese Plant based cheese
Ice cream Coconut ice cream
Other Stuffing Chestnuts
Thickening substitutes Chestnuts
Alcohol Vegan alcohol (wine/beers)

Vegan ready meals designed by the experts

So many retailers and food manufacturers have created fantastic ready meals that are quick and easy.

These vegan ready meals are great for those days when you have lost inspiration but want to keep on the right track.

Vegan ready meals are also great for those new to the lifestyle and looking for a little bit of inspiration.

This is just a small selection of retailers and manufacturers that offer a vegan range. We are always excited to share more, so please feel free to tag us in your ranges on Facebook or Instagram, so we can help spread the word.

Supermarket Own Vegan Ranges

The likes of Sainsburys, Waitrose and Tesco all have their own selection of vegan friendly meals from plant-based meats to dairy free snacks and desserts.

Plant Kitchen by M&S also seems like a popular choice amongst vegans on the go, with their delicious easy to cook lunches and dinners.

Plant Kitchen
M&S Vegan Range

Vegan Specialised Brands

Linda McCartney has been a household name in the meat-free market since 1994, offering a range dedicated to meat-free dining. From ready meals to meat alternative ingredients you can create your own vegan friendly masterpiece or enjoy something pre-made.

Inspired by a health Californian lifestyle, Bol foods offers a delicious array of power shakes, salad jars, dinner boxes, veg pots and shared dinners. Fresh, healthy and full of delicious plant-based ingredients, it has everything you need to kick start a vegan lifestyle.

Violife offers a range of vegan alternatives to cheese to help with effortless plant-based recipes. It is free from dairy, lactose, gluten, nuts and soya.

You will find a variety of alternatives in their range including cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan flavoured blocks, grated and slices along with spreads, creams and platters.

The Wicked Kitchen range is developed from a lifetime of working in kitchens, catering, cooking classes and farms. They are 100% plant-based, offering a delicious range that is not compromised in anyway.

From snacks and lunches to dinners and desserts, they have everything you need to enjoy a plant-based diet.

Vegan additions within household brands

The likes of Baxters, Food Attraction, Ben and Jerry’s plus many others all have vegan additions to their ranges. More brands are becoming more inclusive, understanding they have a huge number of customers who are looking for a more environmentally and animal friendly alternative.

Research the brands you use regularly and see what alternatives they can offer.

Research vegan bloggers

2019 became ‘the year of the vegan’, however this plant-based way of eating has been developed since 2010.

Well documented and researched, there are many bloggers and influencers who are dedicated to the lifestyle, offering fantastic information, advice and recipes.

If you are feeling a little un-inspired or need a boost, remind yourself with why you are making these choices. Whether it’s for health reasons, environmental purposes or personal feelings, they can help support your beliefs and put you back on the right path.

Influencers for vegan lifestyle
@avantgardevegan

2021 may not have started off the way we expected, but we can make ourselves feel better by keeping on the right track.

Get in touch for inspiration

For any information regarding vegan alternatives and any vegan inspired recipe on our site, talk to the team on 01386 761555 or email info@brusco.co.uk.

 

 

Parsnip and Chestnut Soup

Our friends over at Fat Mow Cooking are warming up our winter with this delicious parsnip and chestnut soup!

Not only do the chestnuts add flavour, but they also help thicken, creating a real hearty dish, keeping us nice and toasty until spring.

Gluten and dairy free

Although deliciously creamy, this soup has no dairy. It is also really healthy and low in fat on it’s own, so great as part of a healthy eating diet.

We have added all the naughties such as bacon and oil, because it’s Christmas. But if you want to make this soup vegan friendly, feel free to leave off the crispy bacon.

Lunch preparation for the week

The soup will last you a few days and can be frozen. So it is the ideal lunch to prepare in advance, leaving you to enjoy healthy lunches throughout the week.

Ingredients for your Parsnip and Chestnut Soup

  • 1 large parsnip
  • 100g chestnuts
  • 1/4 white onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Few sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 stock cube
  • 1 pint of water
Season with:
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg

Let’s give it a go!

  1. Fry the onion until it’s soft and translucent, it’s best to do this on a low heat.
  2. Add the garlic and continue cooking for about 5 mins.
  3. Dice the parsnip and chop the chestnuts before adding to the garlic and onion mixture
  4. Sprinkle in your thyme.
  5. Pour in your vegetable stock, stir and simmer until the parsnips are soft.
  6. If the stock has reduced too much, top up with more water.
  7. Blitz and season to taste!
  8. Thin out with some water if the mixture starts to look too thick.
  9. Top with crispy bacon, olive oil and thyme and serve with a chunky loaf of freshly made bread.

Interested in our chestnut ingredients?

For further information on dairy and gluten free recipes, or to discuss our range of chestnut ingredients, talk to our team today. Contact us on 01386 761 555 or info@brusco.co.uk.

Gluten Free Gravy

It’s important to the team at Brusco to make staple recipes more inclusive without compromising on taste. This gluten free gravy is  not only delicious, but it is also gluten and dairy free.

What’s the secret ingredient in Gluten Free Gravy?

We have a little confession to make, this isn’t our creation… This gravy recipe is a Jamie Oliver special! He seems to share our love and passion for chestnuts, and incorporates this fantastic ingredient in many of his recipes.

The chestnuts in this recipe help thicken the gravy, so there is no need for flour. Leaving it thick, creamy and full of festive flavour.

It’s important to note that, here at Brusco Food Group, we maintain the mantra that chestnuts are not just for Christmas!

As in Europe, they should be enjoyed all year round and can be incorporated into many dishes, sweet or savoury. However as it is Christmas, you simply must try making our festive sausage rolls. Designed by our Friends over at Fat Mow Cooking, they are delicious!

Want to know the ingredients?

This gluten free gravy recipe serves 12, so perfect for a big family dinner. As family Christmases may not be as elaborate this year, you can adjust the amounts to suit your family size. Please remember, gravy also tastes amazing the day after, so the more you  make, the more you have for dipping your extra roasties in!

  • Turkey giblets , and sticky bits from your cooked turkey
  • 100 ml port, optional (but absolutely worth it)
  • 200 g vac-packed or tinned chestnuts (we have some in stock)
  • 2 tablespoons onion marmalade, optional
  • 1 litre organic chicken stock

Now for the important bit…

The gravy needs to be created as you cook. The flavours from the meat and vegetables are crucial to the final result.

Once your turkey is cooked, and you have put her to one side to rest:

  1. Skim away about three-quarters of the fat from the surface and you will be left with the sticky bits at the bottom.
  2. Please your cooking tray over the hob with all of the vegetables used under your turkey and put on a high heat until it starts to boil.
  3. Time to add the port! Let it cook away for a few minutes before crumbling in the chestnuts.
  4. Scrape the sticky bits from the base and sides, then add your stock and marmalade.
  5. Now it’s time to mash.
  6. Simmer for 20 minutes until thickened and stir occasionally until it has reached your desired consistency.
  7. Pour through a sieve into a pan, and push through with the back of a spoon. Any resting juices from the turkey just adds to the flavour. Keep warm until your dinner is ready to serve!

Let’s talk chestnuts!

For further information on how make your recipes gluten free, or to discuss our range of chestnut ingredients, talk to our team today. Contact us on 01386 761 555 or info@brusco.co.uk, we will look forward to talking to you!

Festive Sausage Rolls Recipe

Festive sausage rolls are the ultimate Christmas party finger food; they are savoury, tasty and perfect hot or cold.

This recipe offers a couple twists to really ramp up the festive feel, and according to Jamie Oliver, they were the ‘best sausage rolls’ he’s ever tasted!

Created by our friends over at Fat Mow Cooking, they include two new ingredients; cranberry and chestnuts to offer a delicious mix of sweet and savoury.

Ingredients for your Festive Sausage Rolls

  • 8 good quality pork sausages
  • 1 pack of puff pastry
  • 50g cooked chestnuts, chopped
  • 20g dried cranberries, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Let’s give it a go!

  1. Pre-heat your over to 190C degrees
  2. Take your sausage meat to bring to room temperature
  3. Chop up your chestnuts, thyme and cranberries
  4. Squeeze out the sausage meat into a bowl
  5. Mash ingredients together until well mixed, season and leave to one side
  6. Roll out your pastry in a oven proof tray
  7. Form your sausage meat mixture into two long sausage shapes and fold over the outside edges of the pastry to cover the mixture. (Cranberry sauce and mustard seeds are also delicious, so feel free to add this to your creation)
  8. Seal the rolls with a clean fork. You should have two long sausage rolls on your tray.
  9. Cut to whatever size you like.
  10. Brush with egg wash or a little milk.
  11. Bake for about 25 mins or until golden brown.
  12. If still hot, put on a rack so the pastry doesn’t go soggy
  13. Serve with a sauce of your choice

To order our whole chestnuts to make your own festive sausage rolls, simply talk to our team today on 01386 761555 or email info@brusco.co.uk.