In celebration of National Yorkshire Pudding Day on Sunday 3 February, Aunt Bessie’s has opened its factory doors for a unique behind-the-scenes peek into its impressive production.
Churning through a whopping half a million eggs, 110 tonnes of batter and 40 tonnes of flour every day to meet the demand of hungry Brits, Aunt Bessie’s has the UK’s largest Yorkshire pudding production site.
In fact, the factory produces a bag of Yorkshire puddings every 1.2 seconds which adds up to an extraordinary 639,095,954 million Yorkshire puddings each year – if lined up that would be enough to stretch once around the world!
With the help of chief Yorkshire Pudding Guru David Barr, who has been working for the business for 25 years, the factory inspects the quality of every single Yorkshire pudding produced to ensure only the very best end up on the nation’s plates. Any baked Yorkshire puddings that don’t make the cut are repurposed for animal feed, meaning that nothing goes to waste.
David Barr said: “Having worked at the factory over three decades, I’ve tasted thousands of Yorkshire puddings and seen lots of changes – but I’m proud to say the recipe is still as close to homemade as you can get, as we only use the best quality ingredients. I often get asked when a Yorkshire pudding should be added to a meal. My rule of thumb is then, if there is gravy on your plate, that you need a Yorkshire pudding to mop it up!”
For the third year running, historic family brand Aunt Bessie’s has partnered with homeless charity Shelter, to help fight bad housing and homelessness. The leading frozen food brand aims to donate £40,000 for this worthy cause.
Andy Harris, director of fundraising at Shelter, said: “It’s great that Aunt Bessie’s has chosen to support Shelter again during its National Yorkshire Pudding Day campaign. This donation will go towards supporting the many thousands of families struggling with bad housing and homelessness who turn to us for help each year. We will continue to be there for everyone who needs us and work hard to end the housing emergency in this country.”
Hannah Haas, head of marketing at Aunt Bessie’s said: “The work the charity does is fantastic and vitally important to millions of people across the county. As a brand that is built on providing a helping hand, this is a fantastic cause that is close to our hearts and we’re very proud to be supporting it for the third year in a row.”
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