Masterclass launched by Northern Irish butcher
Published:  11 January, 2017

Corries, a prominent butcher in Northern Ireland, has introduced a Butcher Masterclass initiative. 

Catering to a demand for quality standard food preparation from the comfort of customers’ own homes, the classes are being marketed through the firm’s seven butchery shops in the greater Belfast area.

The classes, designed to capitalise on the home cooking trend, are thought to be the first of their kind in Northern Ireland.

Those taking part in the workshops will be provided with “a good understanding of traditional butchery skills” and offered guidance on buying meat, as well as cooking times on various cuts.

“We believe the courses also make an ideal gift for birthdays, Christmas and other occasions,” said William Corrie, one of the directors of the family-owned and -run business, based on a farm near Newtownards in Co Down.

“They make a great team-building option and can also be used for stag or hen nights,” he added.

Courses currently on offer are beef, lamb and sausage, with participants paying £65 for a place. On completion of the course, partakers will receive an embroidered apron as a keepsake. Those who complete all three courses will receive the opportunity to prepare a cut such as a côte de boeuf joint, to bone out and roll a shoulder of lamb, and make premium sausages to cook at home.

In a different venture, the business has launched a catering service. This enterprise sees Corries provide pre-prepared dishes for shoppers to cook at home. To make things easier, the butchers will even prepare the dishes using the customer’s own cookware.

Corries is headed by William, with the family farming over 1,000 head of grass-fed beef and 850 dairy cows on 1,200 acres. Its beef is aged at the farm in its own Himalayan salt chamber.