Pipers Farm visit

Pipers Farm Oak Smoked Bacon

I was very fortunate to be able to spend a morning with Peter Grieg from Pipers Farm in Devon last week, I was invited to learn more about how they produce their award winning meat. As someone who is so passionate about the meat my family eats, I saw this as a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the process, and I have to be honest I was really blown away with his dedication and enthusiasm, not just for his own products, but for the production of ethically produced quality meat.

I didn’t eat meat for 13 years up until a few years ago, the quality of meat available just wasn’t particularly appealing, but there have been giant strides taken in recent years, and it’s thanks to people like Peter and Henri at Pipers Farm. I’ve regularly bought meat from their shop in Exeter, but wanted to see for myself.  It was something I promised myself when I started to eat meat again, that I would become more involved in my meat and understand more where it came from.

What I valued most was being able to see for myself the difference that care and attention to detail makes on the end product. The breeding of the animals, the correct slaughter and dry aging of the carcass for the optimum time. This Devon Ruby Red Beef shows the process that intensifies and matures the flavour, and is a world away from the mass produced “wet aged” meat you often see. It’s dark and mature  with wonderful cream coloured fat. The picture on top has only been aged for a week the lower picture has been dry aged for 4 weeks.

Dry aged 1 week Devon Ruby Red Beef

28 Day Dry aged Devon Ruby Red beef

This is the best meat to cook with, you get so much more taste and depth of flavour into your meals, and you know the animals have been treated with respect. It’s certainly a great step forward even than a lot of “organic” meat out there.

Have a taste for yourself to see what you think, Pipers Farm are currently giving new customers 10% off their first order. They have a local delivery service, but also deliver countrywide.

I’ve got some great recipes to post over the Bank Holiday weekend using the wonderful meats I was given to try.

NB. I was given a selection of frugal cuts of meat to come up with some hearty family meals, I have been free to review and give you my honest opinions.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Fantastic meat and bacon, not to mention beautiful cattle!

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