Year 11 food technology students from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School visited Cranstons on Ullswater Road, Penrith to learn about local food last week. The students toured the company’s production unit, trying their hands at Cumberland Sausage making before visiting the Food Hall and tasting a range of fine foods from local producers.
Cranstons Production Unit Manager David Law showed the students around the production unit. David said, ‘The students were interested to learn how we source our pork from Orchard House Farm, Newbiggin and how our skilled team process the carcases before adding the herbs and spices to create the sausage mix.’
Butchery Manager Rob McManus took the students on a tasting tour of the Food Hall, speaking to them about the range of high quality food in the region and the firm’s commitment to sourcing from local producers. They tried a number of local products, including Cranstons Herdwick Lamb, Saunders Chocolates and Appleby Creamery Cheeses.
Sue Atkinson, Head of Food and Textiles, said, ‘This visit was very useful to the students and has furthered their understanding of food provenance and production methods as well as improving their knowledge of the range of excellent regional delicacies available.’
Maisie Wise, one of the visiting students, said, ‘The sausage-making in particular was a fun experience – it is a lot harder than it looks and is a highly skilled job!’