Why Mutton isn't "dressed-up lamb"
Just like a mature cheddar, our mutton sheep simply get better with age. The misconception of mutton as ‘scraggy’ is the exact opposite of the well-finished animals produced by our small family farmers, who nurture every animal to ensure a quality product for you. Mutton has a complexity of flavour which has developed as the animal naturally ages, enriched by their fresh pasture diet.
In terms of welfare, our farmers ensure their flocks reach their full potential in life. The satisfaction that comes from knowing the strong link between the meat on your plate and the beautiful British countryside is guaranteed, as these mutton sheep have played a crucial role in maintaining some of our iconic landscape. The Stobart brothers mutton sheep are part of their Swaledale flock grazed on the rich and wildflower meadows in the eden valley. Pitman mutton grazes organically on the Beech Estate with another group helping to maintain the beautiful Pevensey Marsh. The flock are grazed 365 days a year on a grass-only diet, ensuring they live with minimal interference whilst they develop the rich natural flavours. The sheep cultivate these beautiful landscapes in a cycle going back centuries, and as such mutton is part of a proud British tradition of efficient, environmentally conscious pasture farming.
Mutton: A History
Mutton was the most popular form of sheep meat in the UK for hundreds of years, eaten by Kings and peasants alike. Yet today, mutton is rarely found in the kitchen. Here at Primal Grazing, we want to preserve our heritage and promote people reconnecting with this fantastic flavoursome meat. The word itself comes from the French ‘mouton’, meaning sheep, after the Norman Conquest in 1066. Mutton became associated with sheep meat, eaten by the French-speaking nobles, while the animals themselves kept the Old English name.
Up until the second world war, mutton was the number one choice for sheep meat in the UK. Unfortunately, the difficulties of war restricted the ways in which mutton was produced and cooked, ruining the meat for a generation. However, mutton produced today by our partner farms is a top-quality product rich in complex flavours developed as the sheep graze in the beautiful British countryside. The Romney sheep cared for by Pitman farms produces a delicious mutton that offers a way to reconnect with our British heritage, suitable for everyone.
3 Reasons to try Primal Grazing Mutton
- Health Mutton is a good source of support for your heart, immune system, and blood. As a red meat, mutton is a great source of protein.
- Welfare The mutton sheep in our small family farm flocks are pasture raised, allowing them to eat grass all day, every day, just as nature intended. These animals are carefully nurtured to maturity, allowing them to live to their full potential and at the same time, developing the complexity of flavours that makes mutton so delicious.
- Heritage Grass-fed mutton offers a connection to the natural British countryside. The satisfaction from knowing the meat on your plate played a pivotal role in maintaining landscapes in a centuries-old farming system is only enhanced by the fantastic flavour! Here at Primal Grazing, it’s our mission to put this forgotten meat back on your plates.
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