– A (troubled) history –
British sausages have a long history, though the origin of sausage globally goes back even further. The first sausages were developed as a result of a problem present in almost every culture – How to prevent spoilage of precious meat, prior to the age of refrigeration. Back then the answer was…SALT! Notably, almost every tribe, nation and ethnic group have a deep history of sausage making. Some dating back over 4000 years to the dawn of civilisation itself.
Did you know…
- The English word, Sausage originates from the Latin; Salsicius – meaning seasoned with salt & also Salsus – salted. Similarly, this later become Saussiche in Northern France and Sawsyge in 15th century Britain.
- Charcuterie is the art of curing and preserving meat and includes sausage making.
Britain – The Big Banger(er)
Did you know…
There is no UK legislation to protect those original proper sausage recipes. Furthermore bread, wheat and later soya, legumes & chemical additives have become synonymous with British Sausage.
In spite of this, the prospects for great sausage in the UK is looking somewhat brighter due to an increasing awareness of health, well being and food intolerance.
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