“Cured to Perfection”
All of our charcuterie is 100% declarable allergen free.
Texture, flavour, quality. Everything you could want from a cured meat.
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At The New England Boar Company, we use only the finest quality meat so you will always find our products tender and flavoursome. We are wholly dedicated to ethical farming and production, insuring the very highest standards of welfare for our boar without exception. Without a doubt our love and care for our animals and their products comes through in everything we do. The flavours speak for themselves!
Our charcuterie range is cured by the multi-award winning British charcuterie company, Marsh Pig (www.marshpig.co.uk) who truly understand that our wonderful boar deserve nothing other than to become premium products.
Because we farm our own boar and NEVER import meat from abroad (as do some of our cheaper competitors), our products’ origins are 100% British and fully traceable. We have gone to great lengths to create a breeding group of pure-bred wild boar and will continue to develop our breeding ‘sounder’ in the coming months and years to establish our own unsurpassable bloodlines.
One of the many great things about our products is that they are all FREE OF DECLARABLE ALLERGENS! No nuts, wheat, gluten or lactose is used in the making of the products and even the Wild Boar, Red Wine & Black Pepper salami is made using SULPHITE-FREE red wine!
We try to keep our products as free from artificial ingredients as much as is safely possible. Although dextrose and sodium nitrite are a key part of the curing process, we don’t add any other flavour enhancers or fillers to bulk out our products. It’s meat and spices all the way!
You’ll find a full list of ingredients on our packaging. Please feel free to ask us about our ingredients if you see us at a market – or just call/email us.
Fitting with the rest of our little business, there are also a few little stories about why we made some of the decisions about the products. From day one, our focus has always been on linking everything we possibly can with our local area or our woodland in whatever way we can. Just for the record I will explain again here that we are called ‘The New England Boar Company’ because our farm is situated next to the village of New England. That’s New England near Haverhill, not New England, USA!
So, we made a few business decisions based on what we wanted to stand out about our business and our products.
Why wild boar and not domestic pigs? Would have been a lot easier and cheaper wouldn’t it?
Well, why NOT wild boar? The problem facing us today is that many people (both producers and consumers) choose the quicker and cheaper options because they’re readily available and fit comfortably within the budget. But what would happen if we swapped regular, cheap, large amounts of meat sourced from abroad, for UK-reared, high quality, ethically produced and slightly more pricey products – just maybe not as often and maybe not by the tonne? Smaller quantity of higher quality surely? So we are breaking the cycle of cheaply- produced, and/or imported meat. Our business is about exceptional quality, ethical meat production. It’s about bringing something different to your table and appreciating the time and care that has gone into our produce. Our business is not about mass-production or quick turn-around. Wild boar take 18 months to reach slaughter-weight while a domestic pig takes 4 to 6 months…. it’s a good job patience is our virtue and quality is our mission. And here we are, farming wild boar for lengthy periods of time, with painstaking care, under a Dangerous Wild Animals License.
Our commitment to animal welfare.
Nowhere in the world will you find a country more committed to animal welfare than in the UK. We are extremely proud to be part of a nation that cares so much. So why are we still buying imported meat products? Without exception, all of our animals are woodland-reared in a free-range environment. Yes, the perimeter of the farm is enclosed but the wild boar within are kept in woodland paddocks of up to 1 acre and these animals DON’T enter a building during their 18 months of life with us. They do have standard pig-arks they can use to keep warm/cool IF they choose to do so. We even kill the wild boar ourselves. No transport, no stress, no slaughterhouse (not alive anyway – the carcasses must pass through the stringent system).
WE ARE THE FARMERS – the people that you meet at the markets and events!
How often do you meet the faces behind the product? When does the producer step out from behind the scenes to answer your questions (and criticisms!) and help you understand the product? We are wholly transparent and entirely happy to answer questions, day or night, by phone, email or face-to-face. Without our customers, there is no business so we value your feedback. Find our details in the “Contact Us” section of this website.
You can find the same product cheaper somewhere else…. Or is it the same?
Yes, you can find a wild boar salami cheaper if you take a look. Take a closer look though….
Is the wild boar reared in the UK (on your doorstep if you’re local to East Anglia) or has it been imported from the continent? What traceability does the product have?
Has the animal been hand-selected for it’s quality or is it any part of any beast (origin unknown) arranged in salami format? What parts of the animal have been used in the product? We use only the leg meat in our salami and chorizo, that’s what gives the far superior texture, not to mention flavour.
What are the product ingredients? Have certain ingredients been added to ‘bulk out’ the products? Our products are simply what they should be: meat, salt, sugar and spices. No added bulk, no unnecessary additives.
Are the other products DECLARABLE ALLERGEN FREE?
We know, we make a big fuss about declarable allergens but allergen-awareness is fast-growing globally and if it’s surprising how many products still contain them. No such worries with our products! You don’t have to give it a second thought.
It’s a bit of a commitment isn’t it, this wild boar farming?
We have no option but to conclude we do this for LOVE. We are wholly committed to what we do and owning a farm governed by a Dangerous Wild Animals license is no easy task we can tell you. The boar themselves are also different in many ways to a domestic pig. Because there are not many wild boar farms in the UK, a lot of the standard husbandry advice and guidelines such as you would expect in the domestic pig industry are absent and we often move in unchartered territory but we are all gaining a collective and developing knowledge of the species.
Something for everyone? Yes please!
Nothing in our range so far contains any element of “heat” or “spiciness”, not even the Chorizo. We want our charcuterie to be accessible to all, big and small, young and old. Besides, you can always add “heat” to your taste in the form of marinades and dips, seasons spices and that way it’s right for you every time. Win-win. We’re amazed at the amount of people who try our products with fear and trepidation… and then we watch the smile break out on their faces. Yes, it was far better than they ever expected.
So to find out more about each individual product (and even buy them), please click on the product titles below.