A seasons greeting to you all!
After our wonderful warm and dry summer its time to think about Christmas. The warm weather and the general mood of the economy made for a very busy summer in the shop. We had good catches of local fish and shellfish and I hope you all enjoyed the taste of the real thing. The wild salmon were a disaster though and some serious work needs to be done to address the problem.
The nights are now drawing in and we’ve just had our first snow on the hill tops. Santa’s sledge is cleaned and polished and his reindeer are on extra oats with a touch of whisky to put them in the mood. With Christmas just round the corner its time to offer you a variety of our products to grace the table and tickle the taste buds. As always we have made a few changes based on which products are popular and what creations we make over the summer. This year after a disappointing pie, we made our own, we had too many courgettes and tried new twist on an old dish. Intrigued? Well look out for venison pies, smoked garlic and smoked duck leg.
Here at the Galloway Smokehouse we pride ourselves on our quality control. All our fish are hand filleted, our kilns are small allowing close monitoring of small batches, our raw materials are the best we can find and even our sawdust is specially selected. It is a by-product from a nearby cooperage where whisky barrels are refurbished. This sawdust is impregnated with whisky and when burnt in our smokers gives a rich strength of taste to all of our products. All foods are cured with salt before smoking and to balance the harshness most smokehouses add sugar. To give a fuller flavour we add dark syrup and black rum. After smoking we still bone and slice by hand then vacuum pack to seal in the distinctive flavours. A little slower but the results are worth it. So with the best in raw materials, lots of love and attention and that extra special fresh Scottish air, our prize winning smoked foods are a gourmets delight. They can all be kept in the fridge or freezer without any loss in quality. In fact, a selection of Galloway's finest in the freezer is always a good insurance for those emergency gourmet occasions.
Finally we cannot compete with mass production on price but can certainly beat most, if not all, on quality. There seems to be a constant push from the supermarkets to sell more for less, but quite frankly in life you normally get what you pay for. If someone offers you a burger cheaper than the raw mince on offer surely alarm bells should ring. If the local butcher sells a burger for a pound and the supermarket sells them for 30p its not surprising that the contents were lets say ‘creative’. I like to know what I am eating and where it came from. All our products have full traceability and nothing is on offer that is not tried, tested and enjoyed at my table. So if you have not already tried some of our best make this Christmas something to remember and order as soon as possible - you will not be disappointed!
Allan E Watson