Hogget: The Sustainable Choice

Here at Durslade Farm shop, we believe in nose to tail butchery, and seasonality. As we move through the seasons, you'll see our pantry items, and our butchery counter evolve to reflect the best produce available at that time. That's why you may have noticed a switch from lamb to hogget recently.  In this article, we will delve into the world of hogget, explaining what it is, how it differs from other lamb products, and why it deserves a place on your plate.

What is Hogget?
Hogget refers to the meat of a sheep that is between one and two years old. This stage falls between lamb (up to one year old) and mutton (over two years old). It is a lesser-known but equally delectable option that offers a balance between the tenderness of lamb and the rich flavour of mutton.

What does hogget taste like?
What sets hogget apart is its remarkable flavour and texture. As the animal matures, the meat develops a deeper, more complex taste compared to lamb. Hogget boasts a slightly stronger flavour that is rich, succulent, and more pronounced than lamb. It carries a hint of sweetness combined with the distinct earthiness that comes from grazing on lush pastures.

What texture does hogget have?
Hogget strikes a harmonious balance between the tenderness of lamb and the robustness of mutton. The meat exhibits a firm yet tender quality, offering a delightful chew that is immensely satisfying.

How to cook hogget?
Hogget's unique flavour profile makes it a versatile ingredient in the kitchen. It lends itself well to a wide range of culinary applications, from roasting and grilling to slow cooking and braising. The robustness of hogget makes it particularly suitable for hearty stews, casseroles, and curries where the flavorus can develop over time, resulting in a comforting and mouthwatering dish.

Does hogget have any health benefits?
Apart from its exceptional taste, hogget also boasts several nutritional benefits. Like lamb, hogget is an excellent source of high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals. It is rich in essential amino acids, iron, zinc, and vitamin B12, which are all crucial for maintaining optimal health. Incorporating hogget into your diet can contribute to a well-rounded and nutritious eating plan.

Why do we sell hogget?
Choosing hogget aligns with supporting sustainable farming practices. By purchasing meat from Durslade Farm Shop, you contribute to the preservation of traditional farming methods and promote the well-being of the animals. This connection between the farm, the farmer, and the consumer ensures transparency, quality, and a more sustainable food system.

Hogget, the hidden gem of farm shop meat counters, offers a unique and delicious dining experience. With its distinctive flavour, delightful texture, and versatility in the kitchen, hogget is a delightful option to explore for those seeking something beyond traditional lamb or mutton.