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    Recipe for black pudding?

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    I love black pudding, but it always seems to contain barley. Maybe it would be possible to make it myself?

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    Absolutely, though whether you have easy access to the raw ingredients where you live is another matter—pigs' blood for a start. Apparently, most black puddings in the UK are made from dried blood not fresh blood and that usually imported:

    Actually, VERY sad to say, virtually all the black pudding produced in the UK is made from reconstituted dried (powdered) blood imported - in the main from Holland. Our wonderful Food Standards Agency - who's [sc. whose] function in life is actually to restrict the activities of would-be mass poisoners, have failed to realistically interpret the (inevitably European) regulations concerning the collection of blood, and if they restrict supply to stuff coming from another 'member state' - immaterial of the quality - the don't have to [not sure what that means!]. But there we are; we probably aren't talking much more than 2,000 or so years of tradition after all....
    Black Pudding from www.cumberland-sausage.net

    But, yes, it can be made at home and recipes do vary and not all have cereal filler—and those that do don't necessarily use a gluten-containing grain.

    Many here:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk//dp/1902304888/

    Your local library may even have a copy of the book or be able to get it on inter-library loan.

    Alternatively, you may be able to buy a barley-free black pudding direct from the maker:

    Google: gluten free black pudding

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    Oops! I completely forgot to reply to this!

    Thanks a lot for the information. Funnily enough I've actually made my first batch today ... Got hold of some dried blood and used a recipe from an old book. I used rice flour instead of bread crumbs and it worked out ok, but I'm sure I can make it better.
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    Do you know an organic / free range farmer? If you buy meat from them, they tend to be very helpful over things like supplying fat to render down for lard etc. Also, the farmer I go to will get me bones, the liver of lambs, kidneys etc. I haven't asked for blood yet, but I see no reason why the abbatoir wouldn't collect some which the farmer could then deliver...?

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    you may be able to buy a barley-free black pudding direct from the maker:



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