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I was delighted to be approached by Pipers Farm and offered a box of their meat for review.
Pipers Farm in the middle of Devon has been run by Peter & Henri Greig for over 20 years and sells meat from around 25 local farms. Farming methods are traditional, with a focus on animal welfare, and as a result the resulting meat is excellent. All the animals are matured slowly with no accelerated growth methods or any other farming technique that is detrimental to the animals. All the beef is from the Devon Ruby Red breed which are born and raised on Exmoor. The pigs are Saddlebacks who mature in the cider orchards and sheep are Suffolk, born and reared in either the Culm Valley or on Dartmoor and Exmoor.
We were off to the Cheltenham Food and Drink festival for the weekend, so I had my box delivered to E’s sister where we were spending the weekend.
The meat is delivered frozen, in small portions, and in recyclable packaging! Pipers Farm pack the meat into cardboard boxes that are insulated with shredded paper and ice packs. Hurrah for no expanded polystyrene! The shredded paper is being reused as bedding for the gerbils and the ice pack is in the freezer ready for the inevitable bumps and scrapes that 7 and 5 year olds get.
Each portion of meat will defrost in half an hour when the packet is dropped into cool water. I especially like the small packets as you only defrost what you need.
Very sensibly the label for each packet had been sealed into the plastic packaging, so it stayed put, and dry. This may seem like a small thing, but it does ensure that you know what the contents of each packet are. With some meat I had from another online butcher all the labels were soggy, disintegrating and sliding off.
A great way to test their meat would be to order a Grill & Chill BBQ pack with 22 portions for £42.50 – currently on offer for £34.
Grill & Chill Pack
4 x Burgers with a choice of steak, pork, venison, lamb or chicken
4 x Pork Sausages (350g)
4 x Red Ruby Grilling Steaks
4 x Spicy Chicken Drumsticks (600g)
4 x Pork Steaks – Lime & Ginger (500g)
8 x Lamb Kebabs (2 x 250g) Packs
So how did the meat go down?
Lamb – was gamey, tender well hung and bursting with flavour. 5 year old F proclaimed it tasted “carroty” I think his reaction to the gameiness. 7 year old H who is notoriously fussy said it was “tasty”. A winner
Chicken Fillets – Tender, moist and really tasting of chicken. Both the children asked for seconds when given these.
Steak Burgers – were beefy, juicy and gamey
Lamb Burgers – again made from the excellent lamb. Some of us thought they contained a little too much mint, others though they were spot on.
Pork Sausages – filled with meat, tasty, not fatty and contain no additives.
Pork Steaks – Very tender, again some of thought too much lime, others just right.
Ruby Red Sirloin Steaks – Delicious, beefy, tender and moist with delicious fat. And around 35% cheaper than from my local butcher.
All in all a big thumbs up from all of us. E’s sister said she will be ordering once there is freezer space and she needs some meat, and I will be doing the same.
As well as meat, Pipers farm has a range of delicious looking ready made meals and hams, turkey and geese for Christmas (or any other time)
Pipers Farm have offered me 3 x £20 vouchers so you can try some of their meat. The voucher also includes free delivery (usually £5)
Win a £20 Pipers Farm voucher with free delivery!
This giveaway is open to all readers over 18 with a UK mainland address. The winner will be chosen using an online randomiser and announced on my giveaway page. You need to leave your e-mail address in order to comment, I am the only person that can see it. Please do not include it in the actual comment as well.
I am running this competition on behalf of Pipers Farm who will be responsible for sending the prize to the winner. Their decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. As I am allowing multiple entries the same person may win more than once, in this case I shall pick another winner until there are three separate winners.
There is one main way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries. You must leave a separate comment below for each bonus entry otherwise they will not be counted.Closing date: 10pm Monday 8th August 2011
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