Update, 24th March, 2020: Due to the Coronavirus / COVID-19 restrictions, I
am currently closed for business. Many thanks to all who have had savoured proper
gravy, as good as Granny's over the years — let's hope we'll all be back to normal before too long. Look after yourselves!
Shop outlets: The most recent deliveries are listed below, so stock may be available to those in, or travelling through, the towns listed.
Mountain's Boston Sausage Shop in Boston, Lincolnshire;
Knapp's Family Butchers of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire;
Derek Jones Butchers of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire;
A M Benson of Barton-on-Humber, North Lincolnshire;
Ian Bottrill of Hornsea, East Yorkshire;
Beresford Quality Meats in Liscard, Cheshire;
Annie's Fruit Bowl of Howden, East Yorkshire;
Bennett's Butchers of Sutton-on-Sea, Lincolnshire;
Newell's of Brigg, North Lincolnshire;
Howell's Superstores of Binham, Nr Fakenham, Norfolk.
Coddenham Food Store Ltd. of Coddenham, near Ipswich, Suffolk;
Moor Farm Shop on Decoy Road, north of Peterborough;
For great gravy (which just happens to be suitable for vegetarians and vegans), as the first step in your meal preparations sweat a "mirepoix" of finely chopped carrot, onion and celery in a dash of oil with a little water in a covered pan, until soft. Stir in some flour to make a roux, and cook through. Add some Old Jake's gravy salt and other flavourings, such as redcurrant jelly, mustard and port wine. Add unsalted vegetable cooking water: one pint per person would leave half or more left over, to use as the basis for soup. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Job done! With a deep enough pot you can steam vegetables over the gravy, but the main thing to remember for meals without a slow-roasted joint or bird, is to allow sufficient time, so start making the gravy first – and use Old Jake's, of course!
Allergy advice: the products are mixed in a bakery, so may contain traces of gluten-containing flours (wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt), nuts, peanuts, and soya. I am confident that any flour contamination is below the Coeliac UK guidelines and the levels of contamination from other allergens are even lower, but if you are in any doubt about using the products due to dietary restrictions, please err on the side of caution. The products contain no meat extracts and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.