The first time I crossed paths with Lewis & Son products was while I was visiting another favourite of mine Red Robyn Café in Camberwell (more to come about Red Robyn down the track!). They had just got in a few samples of the new products being produced by Lewis & Son and I was lucky enough to sample their delicious salami! From then on I was on the hunt for where I could get this product!!
Based in Malven since 1945, Lewis & Son have developed a range of meat products that are the first in the WORLD to have been given the FODMAP friendly certification! The range is extensive too including salami, sausages, kabana and Vienna frankfurts. I’m reviewing for you the sliced salami products that I was able to purchase at Geelong Fresh Foods for $6.29 for a 200g pack. While it’s a little on the expensive side per kg, this product is made from premium grass feed beef and has no artificial flavours, colours, preservatives, fillers, phosphates and is also certified gluten free by the coeliac society of Australia. It’s understandable that you are going to have to pay a little extra for a quality product.
Initially I tried the salami on a cheese board when friends were around over the weekend, served with rosemary crackers that I had made earlier in the day, and a few other bits and pieces. The flavour was mild and the texture definitely indicated the absence of preservatives and fillers. It was also much less oily than your regular salami from the deli.
I also wanted to try the product in a cooked meal which is more likely the way I would utilise it if use on a regular basis. The end result was a favourite quick dish of mine, an oil based Salami Pasta featured over in my recipes section. This meal is a great mid-week or ‘it’s Sunday and I can’t be bothered’ meal that I usually have most of the ingredients for in the fridge or pantry. My preference overall was using the salami in the pasta dish allowing it to be accompanied by other flavours such as chilli, fresh parsley and lemon. One thing I have learnt through experimenting with recipes while cooking fructose or FODMAP friendly is that you can’t rely on one ingredient to make the dish!
To find out where you can buy Lewis & Son Salami be sure to check their website. It’s available at a variety of locations in Australia and even Hong Kong!! I’d love to hear if you have tried this product too or any feedback on my product reviews, maybe what you’d like to see next!