Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Home-made fresh Italian sausages
You'll never find me buying wieners/franks for my kids. Well, maybe once in 2 years. And because of that, Wey can't get enough of wieners. The worst things to eat, as far as I'm concerned, are locally made burger patties which are orange on color. I will dig them from his mouth if I catch him eating them. Whenever I see mothers feeding their kids wieners (which is a popular birthday party food here) or buying them in supermarkets, I have to control myself from telling them off. Please, please, do not feed your kids wieners like it's a health product!
When I was pregnant with Yi, I read a newspaper report (in the Daily Express, from some reputable source, not National Enquirer or the like) about this woman in England or the US who miscarried her baby because she had been eating wieners daily for sometime. Researchers warned that the sodium nitrite (a proven carcinogen) used in preserving and giving cured meats a pink color were to blame (if the sausages are brown after cooking and not pink, you know there's no nitrite in them). I never liked wieners from the supermarket anyway (but I do love those from the deli...) so it was easy for me to give them up.
Fresh sausages are a different thing. JW Marriot in KL used to have a deli in the basement floor and the sausages were just YUMMY. In KK we only get fresh sausages (sausages are divided into 3 types: fresh uncooked sausages such as Italian and fresh pork sausages which do not contain nitrite so they must be consumed within 3 days, cooked sausages like wieners and cooked bratwurst and fermented sausages like pepperoni, stick-jerky sausages, hard salami etc) in Tong Hing or Consfood and these brands are either Primo from Australia (expensive and not very good) or KL-made Gourmet, which just don't make my standard.
Last weekend, a friend, M, gave me some sausages he'd made. He not only omitted nitrite but also the fat traditionally added to make sausages smoother, juicier and tastier. He has an Austrian neighbour (bless all neighbours who teach us their home-cooking) who has shown him how to make fresh sausages.
Home-made American sausages
M's home-made sausages were tasty and flavorful (esp. the Italian sausages) but the texture was coarse because it was so low in fat. I always choose health over taste so it's okay. The boys are so deprived they didn't mind too.
M said he's willing to take orders. Call him at 088-244 918.