Charcuterie – Smallgoods Suppliers
The word charcuterie is derived from French words chair “meat” and cuit “cooked”. It is an important ancient culinary craft which can be traced back to 6000 years ago. Forming part of the garde manger chef’s repertoire, it began out of the necessity to preserve surplus food such as meat through salting, smoking and cooking. In the Egyptians era, geese were fattened for their livers which could indicate the beginning of the pâtés de foie gras, while sausage making had already begun before the golden age of ancient Greece. Charcuterie has been carried out in almost every culture using various techniques and was a fundamental means for survival. Based on the belief that no parts of an animal should be wasted, organs such as hearts, livers, brains and fats can be conserved to create a tasty dish.
While the term might not sound familiar to many, charcuterie, also know as smallgoods products are all around us. The most typical setting being a delicatessen shop selling sausages, ham, bacon and cold cut meats. Nowadays, more and food lovers are seeking the unique flavours derived from speciality charcuterie such as the artfully crafted pâtés, cured meats, gourmet cheeses and terrines.
Charcuterie – Smallgoods Suppliers range from manufacturers of pork, bacon and ham to specialist exporters and distributors of gourmet delicatessen products such as foie gras, magrets, confits and truffles. We have organised our suppliers into categories for ease of reference. Browse our directory and you will be sure to find an extensive list of premium suppliers from around the world. Don’t forget to check out our beverage section to pair your favourite charcuterie items with our wide selection fine wines and crafted beers. To complete your shopping experience, why not check out our Hospitality Equipment Suppliers section for utensils such as platters, speciality carving knives and meat slicers.