New sausage-making world record set

An Inverurie butcher has set the new world record for sausage-making at the Grampian food festival over the weekend. 

Steven Cusack, from Davidsons Butchers, was able to create 54 sausages in just 60 seconds. Subject to Guinness World Record verification, this is 10 more than the current record of 44.

Cusack went up against David Patterson from Yorkes of Dundee in an attempt to break the world record, using a Specially Selected Pork recipe mix to produce as many sausages as possible in one minute.

To meet the official world record standards, the event was witnessed by a team of officials, including Stuart Donaldson MP, surveyor Rod Andean from Aberdeen and Northern Marts, two timekeepers from the world of sport and two independent butchers, including Douglas Scott, chief executive of the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association (SFMTA).

“The butchers had been training hard in their own premises, but we were asking them to perform with equipment they were unfamiliar with in front of hundreds of spectators, so it was a very challenging environment,” said Carol McLaren of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), who organised the event.

“While we were keen to have some fun with the record attempt and showcase the Specially Selected Pork brand, the main objective was to remind people of the traditional skills and innovation to be found in our butchers’ shops around the country.”

Both butchers who took part in the attempt are members of the Scotch Butchers’ Club, a network of butchers who support the Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork brands, made up of around 300 members.

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