So, when I went to prep this week’s column, I went looking to see what I had on hand so I wouldn’t have to do a lot of shopping. I found more smoked sausage than I needed to keep on hand, plenty of pasta and rice and some veggies I needed to use up. That made it real easy to put some dinners together that didn’t take much time and I didn’t have to buy a lot for. I also really like smoked sausage. Fun fact: the longest smoked sausage measured 1,581 feet 5 in and was made by 3 German gentleman in Ilsfeld-Auenstein, Germany, on May 6, 2011. Smoked sausage is a smoked meat cooked via the indirect heat of wood smoke. Sausages are meat products consisting of minced or ground meat and spices stuffed into a casing. Some sausages, like Polish kielbasa, French andouille, and Spanish chorizo, get preserved by both smoking and curing. The smoke gives the sausage a distinctive flavor and extends the storage life of the product. Most sausages are a blend of beef, pork and chicken, but with people trying to eat healthier, you can find many different varieties, often of just a single meat. You can even find fish sausage in Britain! These days though, you can also get sausage made vegan or vegetarian that has absolutely no meat in it.
September 16, 2022