December 01, 2014

What is charcuterie?
Charcuterie describes products made with pork. In the UK we often think this is exclusively cured and preserved products such as air dried hams and salamis, however it can also includes sausages and bacon.

What is the history of charcuterie in Britain?
Many people aren’t aware that there is actually quite a history of charcuterie in Britain. Before refrigeration was invented, meat needed to be cured to last over the winter months. Although not termed charcuterie at the time, it was essentially a way of preserving food. Traditionally, a pig would be slaughtered at the beginning of winter and whilst some of it would be eaten fresh, for example as sausages, the majority of the carcass would be cured using salt. Whilst initially the hams and bacon would be cooked, over time the meat dried out making it too tough to eat cooked so instead the meat was sliced thinly and eaten in the same way that we consume charcuterie today.

How long does it take to make charcuterie?
It can take between 3 and 10 weeks for our salamis to dry depending on the diameter of the logs. It is a longer process with the hams and they are air dried for a minimum of 6 months.

What is the best way to serve charcuterie?
Charcuterie is best served at room temperature so remove packs from the fridge 20 minutes before serving.

Why is there fat on the slices of meat?
Keeping the fat on the slices of ham enhances its flavour.

How is it best to store packs once open?
To preserve your open pack of ham in the fridge it is best to wrap it in cling film or foil to protect the meat.

Where can I buy Woodall’s products?
Trade: We have a number of wholesalers throughout the country where our products are available. Please see our ‘Stockists’ page for more information. Alternatively, you can order with us via our website.

Retail: We are available in Booths supermarkets, on Ocado as well as a number of independent farm shops and delis. You will also find our products at Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Wholefoods, Harrods and Chatsworth Farm Shop. Please see our ‘Stockists’ page for more information.

How are our products delivered?
We pack our orders into iced boxes and use next day TNT delivery to make sure that your orders arrived chilled.