Know where your pork is from
Pork is one of the most popular meats in the UK - we consume around 900,000 tonnes a year - hams, sausages, cuts - and a further 600,000 tonnes of bacon. It pays to know where your pork is from, and Jimmy Doherty gives his tips on buying the best.
Four years after the BBC documentary 'Jimmy's Farm', Jimmy Doherty's derelict Suffolk farm Pannington Hall has become a thriving place to visit - and buy meat. Jimmy's passion for his chosen animal, and his passion for producing the best meat he possibly can, comes across loud and clear.
Got a couple of spare acres?
Jimmy says buy two pigs, from a traditional breed if you can, for example Tamworth, Saddleback, Berkshire, Gloucestershire Old Spot, Large Black, Middle White and Oxford Sandy & Black. He says they'll keep each other company, and you'll need to give them lots of love and attention. "They will need about an acre each."
Not got a couple of spare acres?
Us neither. If raising your own meat is not possible, buying it does not have to be second best. When choosing meat, you should "make sure the animal has had an outdoor life - free range, if you like - and I always recommend buying meat from a traditional breed," says Jimmy.