The pork for Waitrose sausages comes from British farms, and from pigs that are outdoor bred.
Waitrose sausages are usually made from pork shoulder and belly, but some are made using shoulder only. The shoulder ensures they’re meaty and the belly, with its higher fat content, provides succulence and flavour.
Essential Waitrose sausages are great quality at a great price. The pork used for the sausages comes from outdoor-bred pigs. We use prime cuts of pork and trim (the meat we cut off joints to get them a specific size) in our essential sausages. There’s no rind, offal or mechanically recovered meat in any Waitrose sausage or pork mince – and there never has been.
Essential Waitrose sausages are sold pre-packed and include pork sausages, pork and beef sausages, pork chipolatas and cocktail sausages.
These are made from high quality, selected cuts of coarse-cut British pork shoulder and belly, in a range of recipes, including regional specialities such as Cumberland pork chipolatas and Lincolnshire pork sausages. They're sold pre-packed, wrapped in parchment paper.
Look out for our gourmet recipe sausages, sold pre-packed sausages in black trays and loose on the meat counter. They’re made from British pork shoulder and belly. Flavours range from the traditional Gourmet to Toulouse or Chorizo or with added ingredients such as apple or mustard and onion.
These are prepared using pork from our free-range English-reared pigs sired by Hampshire boars, using only selected cuts of shoulder and belly. The Hampshire Breed is a traditional breed, and its meat is known for its tenderness and flavour.
The pork in our delicious Duchy from Waitrose sausages comes from a small number of farms in East Anglia and the South West, where the pigs are fed an organic diet and allowed to roam freely on land farmed to organic standards. The farms are regularly monitored by the relevant organic accreditation bodies.
Heston from Waitrose sausages
If you’re after something a bit different, try one of our fantastic Heston from Waitrose sausages. Made with outdoor bred British pork by our dedicated and exclusive supplier, they take the humble banger to a new taste sensation level. Flavours include Boerewors, Lamb & Coriander and Duck & Sour Cherry.
Meet the farmer
Roger Newton is one of the farmers who supplies pork for our free range sausages, from his Norfolk herd of Hampshire Breed pigs.
"Rearing the pigs outside with lots of space to forage means the meat becomes very flavoursome."