OUR NOSE TO TAIL PHILOSOPHY
Before agriculture became industrial and commercialised, the countryside was a patchwork of smallholdings and modest farms. Animals lived in small flocks or herds and were treasured for milk, eggs and wool as well as for meat. This meant that when an animal was slaughtered, every last bit of the carcass was precious. As well as enjoying the obviously meaty muscles, people derived valuable nutrition from the vitamin-and-mineral packed offal, they extracted gelatin from trotters and sought out the sweetbreads (the thymus gland and pancreas) as delicacies.