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Scottish Recipes - Purchasing and buying ingredients
I have been asked by quite a few people who are using the Scottish recipes on these pages, where they can purchase the ingredients referred to. Unfortunately this is not an easy question to answer as it will depend mainly on your home country. As a good example of this, perhaps you would like to try the Haggis or whisky recipes. You may live in a country with import restrictions on certain foodstuffs, or live in a country where the sale of alcohol is banned. This clearly would make life a bit difficult.
Below you will find a list of potential suppliers both shops or online foodstuff ingredient suppliers. I cannot recomend any of them as, staying in the UK, I have never required to use any of them. However, some people have told me that the top ones have provided a quick and efficient service for scottish ingredients.
EthnicGrocer.comalthough I clearly wouldn't regard Scotland as being an ethnic race this grocer provides some interesting basics.
Expat shop to youis set up specifically for those ex-pats or those who reside outside Scotland. A good selection but perhaps not the best variety.
Arbroath Smokies sells online not only Arbroath Smokies, traditionally smoked and prepared in Arbroath, but also Hot Smoked Salmon.
Ardtaraig Fine Foods> of Scotland have been supplying smoked salmon for over 17 years and have added fresh oysters from Kilbrandon off the West Coast of Scotland, kippers and gourmet hampers and gift boxes of Scottish food
Ayrshire Farmers Market Group> are direct producers/suppliers in Ayrshire of meat, fish/game, fruit and vegetables, cheese and eggs, vegetarian foods and home baking. They have come together on this Web site to display their wares.
Blackface.co.uk invites consumers and the restaurant trade to purchase Scottish meats 'direct from the hill' - Scottish heather bred organic lamb, haggis, iron age pork, oven ready grouse, partridge and bronze turkeys available to order online, direct from the producer. The lamb, haggis, organic lamb and mutton are all from the Scottish Blackface breed of sheep. The site also has a number Recipes showing how to cook lamb, pork, duck, partridge, pheasant and grouse.
Bouvrage is a natural raspberry drink made in Alloa Scotland with the aim of making available the taste of fresh raspberries all year round. The juice of 1lb (450g) of Scottish Raspberries in every 750ml bottle - that's 50% Raspberry juice in every bottle. It's slightly sparkling, not too sweet and not alcoholic.
Brits Abroad> is your cornershop for British - and Scottish - products. Just try and ignore the Union Jack while you drool over Baxters jams and soups, Scott's Porage Oats - and John West Smoked Kippers!
British Corner Shop supplies a wide range of British food and drink products to expats, whether Scottish or not. Items include magazines and books as well as food and drink.
British Delights are based in Boston and has a wide range of food products - the Scottish-related items include Duncans chocolates, Walkers shortbread, Scots Porage Oats - and Irn Bru.
Cakes By Ann is a family company which has 15 years experience in designing and creating wedding cakes, birthday cakes, engagement cakes, christening cakes, communion cakes and anniversary cakes - or for a special company function. Based in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, they offer free expert advice to create that special cake for your special occasion.
Caledonian Curry from a Scottish Kitchen> based in Sutherland, supplies mail-order ready-made Indian food made from Highland beef, heather fed hilltop lamb, wild game and venison (ever tried Venison Vindaloo?) using traditional Indian techniques with a Scottish twist. Orders are delivered overnight.
Casa Marchini established 1910, is Aberdeen's oldest Italian Ice Cream business in the true tradition of the many Italian Ice Cream businesses Scotland with over 60 different flavours. The company has a retail outlet in Aberdeen and is developing the wholesale ice cream and ice cream cake/gateaux side of the business. They have also recently expanded to allow ice cream to be ordered over the internet.
Dundonnell Smoked Salmon> has an on-line ordering form for the purchase of their smoked salmon from the head of Loch Broom.
Exclusively Aberdeenshire> has fine Scottish products such as shortbread like granny used to make, delicious smoked salmon from the river, fruits of the sea from the wild coastal waters, game from the hills and glens, arts and crafts and of course, tartan - the choice is yours.
Expat Corner was developed to meet the demand for a "British Isles Supermarket" in Canada. It aims to provide a one stop shop for English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish food imports available for delivery in Canada and the USA.They carry over 160 products in over 30 different product lines.
Expat Essentials> is a British online supermarket where you can browse, shop, view recipes, exchange information through the message board, explore the links section, check the latest news from back home or find out about specific cultures and countries through the country guides. They can deliver right to your door in 237 countries worldwide. If you can't find what you're looking for, send a Product Request and they will do their best to respond within seven days.
Expat Pantry has more than 20 themed parcels providing British expats with their favourite branded products. Scottish items are thin on the ground here but there are Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Biscuits, McVities Digestives and Golden Syrup Cake.
Foods of Scotland> is a catalogue containing details on over 220 companies located in Aberdeenshire, where you will find the whisky, shortbread, seafood, game, confectionery and much more.
Galloway Smokehouse>, based on the banks of Wigtown Bay, produces prize-winning smoked foods from kippers to locally caught salmon using whisky-cask sawdust. There's also trout, crab, lobsters, shellfish, cheese and game.
(The) Game Cart "The Game Cart supplies oven-ready game birds in season including pheasant, partridge, grouse, duck and pigeon. They also produce a range of speciality sausages made from game, as well as game pies and terrines. Everything is made fresh to order from seasonal ingredients so you need to order 10 days in advance and the products can be frozen."
Global Whisky Shop> has a selection of single malt whisky for sale. They deliver it gift wrapped, anywhere in the world it is permitted to do so. You can search the site by distillery, name and region.
Golspie Mill in Sutherland, is driven by water from the local burn (one of probably only three traditional water mills still working) and has been making a high quality range of flours and meals since being fully restored in 1992. Many of their products are organic; all of them are entirely free from additives and made with pure, milled whole grains and pulses. Among their specialities are peasemeal and beremeal, which are low in gluten and suitable for special diets.
Gourmet's Choice> despatches mail-order Scottish Smoked Salmon from the harbour at Portsoy in the North East of Scotland. The site has a description of the smoking process used.
Groovy Chocolate> have developed a patented process to allow high-quality artwork to be displayed on a bar of chocolate using edible food dyes. They supply their individual and corporate gift chocolate all over the world.
Hampers Online> has perfected the art of simplifying your purchases of Scottish products whether corporate hampers or personal gifts.
Hebridean Smokehouse is a small family run business located on the island of North Uist, part of the Outer Hebrides, set in the wild waters of the North Atlantic, west of the Scottish mainland. From their pristine environment they select the finest fish and, using only sea salt and peat cut from the Uist moors, they use traditional methods to produce smoked salmon and seatrout with a unique and distinctive peaty flavour, which they then send all over the world.
Highland Beef is produced from one of the world's oldest breeds of cattle. The herd was established near Beauly, Inverness-Shire in Scotland and this naturally produced food can now be supplied and delivered throughout the UK. The site also has recipes which use Highland beef as a main ingredient.
Highland Glen Scottish Market> is a Californian company, run by Scots, with a range of foods and other products from Scotland. Dean's Shortbread, biscuits, and cookies, tea, coffee, and real Scottish Fudge made with real whisky (or without). Also Scottish tartan products from the Highland Glen Gift Shop.
Inverawe Smoke Houses> is a small family business, based on the west coast of Scotland, maintaining traditional smoking techniques, producing succulent, smoky flavours.
Isabella's Preserves is an award-winning range of jams, marmalades and relishes made in a small production unit on a traditional Aberdeenshire farm using recipes developed by Isabella. Where possible, locally grown produce are used and they are attractively packaged with a real tartan ribbon seal.
Just Miniatures is dedicated to the supply and distribution of alcoholic miniatures. They have an extensive range of Scottish Whisky miniatures, and have recently introduced Irish Whiskey, New World Whiskey, Whisky blends and a vintage collection.
Laroch Foods in Argyll prepare and smoke its salmon and trout today as it has been for centuries - in a traditional smokebox over oak. Add a personal touch with one of their cards from the Scotland's Artists' range with your choice of message.
Mackenzie Fine Food> has a wide range of luxury foods from appetizers to desserts including Finnan Haddies and Loch Fyne kippers as well as smoked salmon and trout plus fresh Caviar, fine cheeses, Goose Foie Gras. On Line ordering and serving tips.
Macsween Haggis Specialists, a Scottish family business which specialises in the production of traditional Scottish haggis. The award winning Macsween family recipe, handed down from generation to generation, is still used today.
Marrbury Smokehouse is a traditional Scottish Smokehouse set amidst the Galloway Hills in south west Scotland run by the Marr family who come from a long line of Net and Cobble salmon fishermen on the local River Cree. Michelin star chef Andrew Fairlie describes it as the best smoked salmon he has ever tasted.
Oysters From Loch Fyne> also has smoked Scottish salmon, mussels, smoked shellfish, king scallop and, of course, tasty Loch Fyne kippers. There is an on-line ordering service.
Paterson Arran Scottish Foods> is a site for two companies - Paterson's specialises in traditional shortbread, biscuits and oatcakes while Arran Fine Foods produces preserves, mustards, chutneys and salad dressings.
Pettigrews of Kelso> have been supplying quality chutneys and preserves for over thirty years and their products are now available to order on the World Wide Web. The range of foods includes many speciality Chutneys such as Classic Tomato, Orchard Apple and Hot Gooseberry. In recent times these have been joined by Spiced Red Onion, Old Fashioned Plum and Spicy Pear. There is also a range of biscuits, shortbread. marmalades, jellies , preserves and mustards.
Scottishfoodanddrink.com> is an online buyers' guide to thousands of Scottish companies and products; hundreds of links; trade leads; up to date news and events; business development initiatives.
Scottish Food Boxes is a family business based in the Scottish Borders offering a range of quality products including small and large gift hampers with smoked salmon from Loch Fyne, wild venison from Rannoch moor, pates, salmon, trout and kippers from Inverawe Smokery on the West Coast, fresh oysters, mussels and langoustine, herring from Orkney, MacSween's famous Haggis, oatcakes, shortbread from the farmlands of the Borders, pickles and chutnies, marmalade and preserves, heather honey, fine teas and coffee, hand-made chocolates from Edinburgh and Malt Whiskies from across Scotland.
Scottish Food Overseas> is a supplier of traditional Scottish foods and merchandise. The company is based in Stirling and can deliver to the UK or overseas. Product list ranges from Baxters' soup to Tunnocks Caramel Wafers and tinned haggis to travel rugs and the "Oor Wullie" Annual. Special requests are welcomed.
Scottish Quality Trout> from farm to shop promotes its products to both retailers and consumers with the overall aim of securing and developing the Scottish trout industry.
Scottish Smoked Salmon Co.> has a smoke-house is a mere two miles from the fishing grounds and after being smoked with island woods, the hand-sliced, vacuum-sealed packs are flown to Maryland. They even have salmon smoked with Tobermory Single Malt Whisky>.
The Scottish Store> has Scottish food - smoked meats and fish, and a large range of cheese, selection boxes, tasty jams, preserves and chutneys too.
Spice of Life is a Scottish supplier of dried herbs and spices including an organic range with no artificial flavourings or colourings. Based in Bridge of Don in Aberdeen, they have an extensive selection of curry blends and a range of "easy peasy" curry packs to enable the home cook to replicate their Indian restaurant favourite.
Spoff - Highland Muesli with fruit, nuts, herbs and flowers is a breakfast cereal made by Brin Herb Nursery in Strathnairn, by Inverness. Spoff is a unique range of mueslis using Scottish oats, organic branflakes and their own dried herbs and flower petals. The flavour of the herbs and flowers combines with dried fruit, nuts and seeds to produce an interesting range which includes Gluten Free, Wheat Free and Organic varieties.