The quest to preserve food has inspired mankind to be ingenious and creative, and one of the products of this ingenuity is the sausage, in existence for so long you can find it in Akkadian cuneiform tablet records, made during the time of the ancient Chinese dynasties and mentioned in ancient works like Homer’s Odyssey.
It has transitioned from that into the modern world’s version of this meat product, and it is hard to find a place on earth where there is no sausage or any version of it. If there is a butcher shop or meat shop or delicatessen, there’s sausage. If there’s a frozen section for meat or a display shelf for canned meat products, you will find sausage there, canned or frozen inside a vacuum-seal pack.
Sausage is made from ground meat. Sausage makers typically use pork or beef. It is not just ground meat, there’s also offal and blood in some cases. They add herbs and spices as well as other sources of flavor to achieve the desired flavor profile. Sausages are cooked during preparation. Other processes involved in making sausages include smoking and curing. There are sausages made from meat stuffed in a casing while there are also sausages without casing which you can flatten during cooking. Yes, sausages can also come in the shape of a patty.
- Sausage is one of the many processed foods in the frozen section or canned section of the grocery, but did you know that sausages hold the distinction of being the first processed food?
- Salami, a kind of sausage, got its name from the Italian word salary which means “to salt.”
- Some of Leo VI the Wise’s subjects suffered food poisoning after eating blood sausages, prompting the emperor to temporarily ban the production of blood sausages.
- The longest sausage in the Guinness World Records is 38.99 miles long, made in Romania in 2014.
- If you see someone spell it as “sawsyge”, don’t worry, they got it right – at least, how it was spelled in the 15th century.