In conjunction with this months theme of Love NI Meat we catch up with new local producer Alastair Crown from Corndale farm. Located 20 minutes outside Derry City in the picturesque area of Myroe they are producing the first handmade chorizo in Northern Ireland.
With Alastairs interest in farming and a love for chorizo, this new enterprise was a no brainer! Demand has gone through the roof since he joined twitter back in April 2016, showing just how unique and special an offer it is – now everyone wants some!
The opening of their new shop in Limavady is imminent, and they have scaled up production to meet the huge demand from local restaurants, delis and customers. I’m very excited about it and have been treating my food tour guests to special samples of it. Alastair has even joined us on tour to tell everyone personally all about it and their plans for the future!
Five things you need to know about Corndale Charcuterie
#1. Corndale chorizo is made with pork shoulder, fennel, garlic, smoky paprika and Alastairs special secret ingredient. Its free from any artificial colours or flavourings.
#2. He farms free range rare breed Saddleback Pigs which give unique taste and texture. All pigs are fed on a natural cereal based diet and allowed to “root about” as nature intended.
#3. Alastairs #toptip is to try it in your scrambled eggs! It is a super handy ingredient to have in the fridge adding lots of flavour to the simplest of dishes.
#4. You can buy two types of chorizo – cooking chorizo or cured. Cured chorizo, takes approximately 30 days to make. It can be sliced and eaten immediately *warning – it’s extremely moreish!*
The new Corndale Farm Shop is located at 1 Anaghloo industrial estate Limavady. Map
***For now come taste it on a food tour! Next dates 3rd & 10th September. Book here***
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