Banger, snag, sausie… whatever you want to call it, we do love a good sausage. And now you can tuck into First Light’s range of three new flavours, knowing a few extra bits of good news. First Light is New Zealand’s premier grass-fed wagyu and venison producer and they’ve been hard at work creating sausages that tick all the boxes. It’s what doesn’t go into First Light’s range that make them so delicious. And, crucially, good for you.
“Our farmers, stretched across 150 of the finest Kiwi farms, are passionate about raising stress-free animals who are never ever subjected to any nasty practices like the routine use of antibiotics. Also, we don’t put gluten, nitrates, or any preservatives of any kind in our sausages – they’re a feel-good smallgood,” says First Light co-founder Jason Ross.
The specialist preservative-free sausies, containing only carefully selected cuts of meat, have been made in partnership with some of the country’s best-loved brands – Barker’s, Whitestone Cheese and The True Honey Co.
The sausages – a Wagyu & Whitestone Cheese Kransky, Wagyu & Barker’s Chipotle Bratwurst and a Venison & True Honey Manuka Honey Smoked Sausage – are briefly pre-cooked, in the European style Jason has encountered many times while travelling. “I have a huge amount of admiration for the artisan producers of Germany and Italy in particular. They take real pride in the art of sausage-making and charcuterie -–and, of course, their product is cooked.”
The sausages are fab on the barbecue, or in a bun, but equally delicious as an ingredient in paella, risotto, on pizza or with pasta.
Jason says with an increasingly health-conscious community of consumers calling for high-quality food, produced authentically and transparently, it made sense to launch the range this year – and to collaborate with others who share First Light’s ethos. “We want mums and dads to know that what they’re feeding their kids – and themselves – is as natural and healthy as possible. We chose our brand partners just as carefully as we do our farmers. They are all Kiwi companies who like to do things the way we do – the unrushed, unadulterated, old-fashioned way.”
First Light’s kransky, bratwurst and smoked sausages are available now at selected supermarkets (RRP $12.99 per pack).