Those of you who have been reading my entries this past year, know that we became farmers of the land again, this time growing organic potatoes for a seed company...well, we have plenty left in our root cellar, so we decided to use some of them making a family favorite.
First, Bill and I peeled 15 lbs. of potatoes. About a third of the way through, he asks, how much do we have so far....My guess was between 5-6 lbs. He says, "No way, there's at least 10 lbs. there."
The first bowl weighed in at 5 1/2 lbs. HeeHee!
Next were the onions. 3 lbs. of ' cry my eyes out ' onions. There was grinding to begin., adding pork and beef hamburger, spices like nutmeg, allspice and the old reliables.
All was thoroughly mixed together, by clean hands, then put into casings, tied into rings, soaked in cold salt water until ready to eat or freeze....of course we boiled then browned one, just to be sure they were as tasty as we hoped. OH MY, what a success.
sorry if the picture of the finished product looks like it's floating in bad water....the spices brown the water in the waiting process....nothing bad.
After we finished stuffing the rings, we packaged in double wrapped freezer paper, added a P.S. for Potato Sausage, and the date the sausage was made. Into the freezer they go for a quick, easy meal any time we want. Bonus: It's healthy!
Since Bill was in the mood to dig around, rearranging the freezers, he comes up the stairs with 25 lbs. of pork roast and venison hamburger to make into Breakfast Sausages and Brats.
Didn't he notice I was tired?
Breakfast Sausage making is really no big deal...it's quite simple really. Just mix the ground meats together, add seasoning, put on cookie sheets, score to break easily once they set a bit. ( What do you think of my make-shift freezer? It was colder outside than the freezer could quick freeze, sooo ), then break apart, put in freezer bags or freezer paper the number of pieces you wish, (we put 6-9 per package), and into the freezer for later use.
Also, don't forget to date these also.
Finally, another couple of days of domestic chores are behind us. At least these were ' us ' projects. I ' could ' do them alone but
' Why ' I ask, when Bill is so willing.
Homemade Chicken Soup to hit the spot and
Orange Raisin Cake for dessert. Dessert is OK, isn't it?
Oh, I have to tell you one more thing.
My son and his two business partners came while we were making the Potato Sausage. The three of them are from mid-WI, south WI, and Boston. Of course, I had not met Boston before so I was a bit upset with my son for bringing these men in the middle of my messy kitchen during such a project.
The instant his friend walked through the door, he says, " What's that wonderful smell?" You must be making some kind of sausage...it smells great. He was amazed to see us making our own. " People just don't do that anymore where I live." I told him, I'm sure they do but he just hasn't met them yet.
It left us with a good feeling. We were providing for our family from our own field and gardens, from the neighbors hogs and beef. Life can be simple or difficult. It's a personal choice. What makes us feel good is knowing ' what ' goes into the food we eat.
I think it's that time of year to look through my heirloom seed catalogs and get my lists ready to order.
Life Is Good
Keep It Simple