How sausages became the popular foodstuff they are today
Sausages have been around for centuries and are enjoyed all over the world. Typically made with ground up beef or pork, sausages have been satisfying hungry taste buds all over the world for centuries. However, most people don’t realize that the sausage was actually a great innovation when first invented and is a great example of the modern efficiencies of butchering.
The story of the sausage goes as follows. A long time ago, a butcher realized that he needed to do something with the scraps, tissues and pieces of undesirable meat that would otherwise go to waste. In order to make use of these otherwise discarded scraps, he decided to roll them up within a natural casing, the intestine of the animal, typically a pig or cow. With that, the sausage was born.
Many varieties of sausage have proliferated over the years since its invention, with variations existing from Vietnam to Italy to Canada to Australia. A history of the sausage is surprisingly quite an interesting tale with many notable references.
According to the meat blog British Barbecue, sausage has been a staple for as long as there are kept records. “The first recognisable mention of this meat food is found in a Greek play called “The Orya,” or “The Sausage,” written about 500 B.C.
Thereafter, the word for sausage occurs with frequency in Greek writings. It’s also a favourite food of the Romans, at one time becoming so popular for festive occasions that it was placed under the ban of the early church.” Indeed, the history of the sausage is an illustrious one complete with interesting historical references.
Since the sausages invention many years ago, it has been mentioned in classic literature such as The Odyssey by Homer and in Aristophanes play The Knights.
Sausages can be raw, cooked, dry, smoked, cured, made with blood or liver, or with several other ingredients. Several sausages have come to form part of a nation or region’s identity such as the Cumberland sausage in England and Ireland, or the Bratwurst in Germany. Square sausages in Scotland are another example of such a delicacy.
As time has passed, North American sausages have also begun to develop some acclaim, with the rise of the country sausage. In addition, the hot dog or frankfurter, a recent American invention, has become a staple and recognized product all over the world.
In the United States, many would agree that the hot dog or sausage is synonymous with sporting events, particularly baseball games. Interestingly, even the Asian countries have a love for different types of sausage, including Sundae, which is a traditional Korean blood sausage, in addition to several types of Chinese and Japanese sausage.
As this article has discussed, it is clear that sausage has quite a bit of history as well as variety in its formations. While the sausage began as an innovation and the beginning of efficient butchering, it is now mostly seen as a delectable cuisine with national or regional identity and delectable, savory flavors. So what are you waiting for, get out there and enjoy your favorite sausage today!