Charcuterie from the French words for chair -flesh and cuit – cooked. Charcuterie is the branch of cooking devoted to the preparation of pork and other delicacies such as terrines, pâtés, rillettes & sausages. Originally used as a way to preserve meats before the advent of refrigeration. Our traditional charcuterie is made on premise
In the book we use as our charcuterie bible, Jane Grigson’s 1967 classic, ‘Charcuterie and French Pork Cookery’, she wrote
“Every town in France has at least one charcutier, whose windows are dressed with astonishing displays of good food: pâtés, terrines, galantines, jambon, saucissions sec and boudins. The charcutier will also sell olives, anchovies, condiments as well as various salads of his own creation, making a visit the perfect stop to assemble picnics and impromptu meals. But the real skill of the charcutier lies in his transformation of the pig into an array of delicacies; a trade which goes back at least as far as classical Rome, when Gaul was famed for its hams.”
We love keeping these traditions alive and teaching the age old methods of pork butchery, cookery and preservation. We are also really proud of our multi award winning range of terrines, rillettes, pates, sausages, pies, quiches and all the wonderful, regional condiments that accompany them.
Some of these things may sound awkward to pronounce but it is really just simple, regional, farmhouse food. It can’t be rushed and it relies on quality ingredients. We love the process of creating these seasonal specialties using the best local produce we can find and we are proud to pass these traditions on and keeping this ancient art relevant.
We hope you enjoy our changing range of seasonal charcuterie made here just like those small French village Charcutieres. If you have any questions about our range please ask or if you have a burning need to find out more you may like to join us in our cooking school for one of our classes.
Traditional English Pork Pie
Our Traditional English Pork Pie is hand made using hot water pastry, the best quality pork and a secret blend of spices.
The English Pork Pie was once the lunch of choice for miners. Today it is perfect on platters or packed in a picnic.
It is delicious served as part of a ploughman’s platter. Serve cold with traditional accompaniments – Dill pickle, hot English mustard and cheddar cheese. Or simply quarter and serve with your favourite relish, chutney or pickles.
A little bit of history….
The pork pie started its life with humble beginnings as a simple miners’ lunch. The miners would pack their pork rissole in a hard, salt pastry crust. They would carry it down the mine in their pocket and when it was time for lunch they would peel the hard crust off and discard it and just eat the pork patty.
Over hundreds of years this portable lunch has evolved into something of an English food icon, being enjoy by both the working class and aristocracy alike. Fans of this porky package have been known to travel for hundreds of miles to obtain the tastiest pork pie.
Damian has tested numerous recipes, read dozens of books and relied on the folklore of his northern English heritage to craft what we (and hundreds of staunch fans) think is the best pork pie available this side of the equator.
Parfait & Pate
A parfait is similar to a paté however the method is different. The texture is smoother and lighter than a rustic farmhouse paté.
Piper St Food Co’s award winning parfait is made in small batches with the finest ingredients and traditional methods.
Parfait can be used in exactly the same way as paté. Served on fresh white bread, wholemeal toast points or crisp breads.
It is best served with something lightly pickled such as cornichons or finely sliced pickled onion.
Duck & Mushroom Parfait 180 g or 80g
Mushroom Pate 80g (Vegetarian)
Pronounced Re-yet! The word rillettes literally describes the shredded nature of slow cooked meats. Rillettes were traditionally made with pork belly and/or pork shoulder. An old world preservation technique, the meat was heavily salted, and cured for twelve hours, cooked slowly over low heat until very tender, then raked into small shreds and blended with the warm cooking fat to form a rustic past. In time the same cooking method was applied to game birds, wild rabbit, and fish. The texture is a deciding factor in determining a good rillettes and is sometimes described as filandreuse.
The quality of Piper St Food Co rillettes lies in using the best primary produce from local free range pork to the finest herbs and seasonings.
To serve, allow the rillettes to stand for half an hour at room temperature and then spread onto your favourite bread and cornichons.
Pork Rillettes 180g or 80g
Duck Rillettes 180g or 80g
Rabbit Rillettes 180g or 80g
Salmon Rillettes Available seasonally 80g only
A terrine may look like a simple meat loaf but the skill is in the preparation, technique & cooking. At Piper St Food Company we use the finest ingredients and take lots of time to give our terrines subtle flavour & perfect texture.
Terrines can be enjoyed in many different ways:
Platters – place slices of terrine on large platters alongside fresh bread, pickled condiments and green salad or present a whole terrine on a board surrounded by condiments ready to be sliced & served.
Lunch – serve terrine in a fresh roll or baguette with a delicious salad or rémoulade. Also perfect picnic food.
Supper – a perfect light supper, served warm with toast and caramelised onions and a fresh green salad.
Picnics – terrines are perfect picnic food just pack your favourite condiments, bread, wine and rug.
Country Pork Terrine 100g
Duck & Pistachio Terrine 100g
Chicken & Tarragon Terrine 100g
Also available in 500g or 1kg logs Please pre-order
We pride ourselves on making sausages the way they used to be made – no fillers, no preservatives. Just quality pork, natural casings and seasonings. Classic, handmade, old school sausages. Gluten Free & Preservative Free. Perfect for BBQ’s, Pizzas, Pasta Sauces & Cooked Breakfasts.
Only available from our Kyneton store
Pork, Fennel, Chilli & Marjoram
Pork, Cider & Sage