Clonakilty Blackpudding is probably the most famous and beloved Irish black pudding of all. It was created by a farmer’s wife called Johanna O’Brien in Clonakilty, Co. Cork in the 1880s, using a secret mixture of spices. Clonakilty Foods say that they’re still using that same secret recipe today. Although there are many versions of black pudding from every region of Ireland and the UK, what makes this one extra special is that it is made with beef, not pork. This gives it an unbeatable flavour and texture that really stands out from the crowd. Perhaps it’s this that makes it Ireland’s favourite, and a massive hit with our customers here in our Berlin store. Whatever their secret may be, the combination of beef, oatmeal, onions, beef blood and a secret blend of spices is absolutely delicious, with a perfect crumbly texture.
What is black pudding?
Black pudding is a special kind of blood sausage. Although similar foods exist in many parts of the world – Germany has Blutwurst, France has boudin, Spain morcilla, and so on – black pudding is native to the UK and Ireland. What makes it different from other kinds of blood sausage is that it contains a large proportion of cereal. Clonakilty use oats, but some manufacturers may use barley instead, or a combination of both. These oats are mixed with blood, suet, herbs and seasonings to create the delicacy enjoyed by so many.
What does black pudding taste like?
Delicious, obviously! If you haven’t tried it before, you might be surprised that it doesn’t taste like blood at all. It has a slightly nutty, savoury flavour with light spicy notes and a little earthiness from the oats. The texture is quite dry and crumbly, but soft at the same time.
How do I cook black pudding?
It’s easy! By far the most common way is simply to cut it into slices and fry it for a few minutes on each side. If you’re enjoying black pudding as part of a cooked breakfast, it’s most likely that it has been fried. Typically, all the components of an Irish breakfast are fried in the same pan. This way, not only does everything develop more flavour, it also saves on washing up! But you can also try boiling it or grilling it, for all sorts of interesting possibilities.
What are some black pudding recipes?
The most likely way for black pudding to turn up on your plate is as part of a traditional cooked breakfast. It’s not only popular in Ireland, but also considered by many to be an essential part of a full English breakfast. However, there’s so much more that you can do with it besides this well-known dish. Try adding a little crumbled black pudding to mashed potatoes for a deliciously savoury twist on an old favourite. It’s also an amazing accompaniment to some kinds of seafood, particularly scallops. You can use it as a stuffing for roast meats such as porcetta It makes for an exciting topping for burgers or pizzas, or can liven up any salad. We’ve even heard of a chef who makes scotch eggs from it!
Read on for information on how your order will be shipped to you.
How do you ship my order?
After months of testing, we have chosen paperfloc packaging from easy2cool to ship our frozen foods to all parts of Germany. This innovative product is strong, effective, and 100% recyclable.
Every order of frozen foods comes with cool packs containing a special gel which ensures your order stays cold for a long time. These can be disposed of in your household waste, or reused to keep your own food and drinks cold, for example if you go for a picnic.
Who will deliver my order?
Our delivery partner is DPD. They offer a service that’s designed specially for food products like ours. Their nationwide delivery network is second to none, and will ensure that your order arrives fast and in good condition.
Do you offer order tracking?
DPD’s order tracking service is automatically included with every order. Once we hand over your parcel for delivery, we will send you a message letting you know. From then on, DPD will keep you informed. You will be able to follow your parcel every step of the way from our facilities in Berlin to your doorstep – you will even get an estimated time of delivery so you can plan your day around it.
If you can’t be there to receive the parcel in person, DPD allow you to specify a safe place for them to leave the parcel. Just remember to pick it up as soon as possible so you get your food in perfect condition!
How long will my order be safe while in transit?
Our packing ensures your food will stay cold for up to three days. Many customers tell us that their purchases are still frozen when they receive them.
Is it safe to refreeze my order?
Yes, you can put your food in the freezer without problems.
How long will my food keep once defrosted?
This depends on what you’ve ordered. We recommend that you eat sausages within 5 days of receiving them. Bacon will keep for 2-4 weeks in the fridge. Black, white and veggie puddings will last at least 30 days, up to a maximum of two months. Our pies are best cooked from frozen, but will last 3-5 days in the fridge.
If you have any questions, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.
Why hasn’t my order been dispatched yet?
Generally, as long as everything is in stock, orders will arrive within 2-3 business days. However, the most important thing is that your order gets to you in perfect condition. So for example, if you place an order on Friday, we won’t send it until the following Monday. This is to make sure it doesn’t spend too long in transit. We hope you understand if it takes a few days extra for us to dispatch your order.
A gel pack burst inside my order, what do I do?
Our gel packs are completely harmless and non-toxic. Your food will be perfectly fine to eat as long as it’s still at a cold temperature.