Deli Shack Food Heroes – Longhorn Cattle raised at Watton Farm, Devon
One of the greatest perks about setting up an artisan food business is getting to know the difference between what is good and what is great. When it comes to buying and cooking with beef there’s no substitute for slowly grown traditional British breeds, in my opinion.
The flavour and texture is just that bit more intense and when you cook with it the natural fat in the meat brings the finished flavours to a new dimension.
Of all of the slow grown beef that we sell, perhaps the finest is the Longhorn that we buy from the Grabham family in Devon. To my mind the beef has an extra sweetness that I haven’t come across in any other breed and I’m not alone in this either, Hester Blumenthal voted it his favourite beef breed and Country Life magazine voted Longhorn steaks as the best in Britain. There’s not many other breeds that can boast such high accolades.
‘Too expensive’ do I hear some people say? Well, it depends on your take on this. The shin of beef dish that I’ve demonstrated in the video cost about £12 all in and fed four, so that’s three pounds a head. If I’d used a cheaper and probably more intensively raised beef then it would still have been pretty good and I’d have saved about 30p per head. Each person has to look at their own family purse to decide whether that’s a lot, but I can say the end result of the meal that I cooked was clean plates all around and lots of compliments.
There’s a fresh batch coming in this weekend, so if you fancy having a go, get get in touch and we’ll see what we can do for you.