I tried to make sausage from scratch once.
I went to Lindy & Grundy and had along talk with the gorgeous Sausage Making Queen of Los Angeles, Amelia. Armed with sausage casings, several different types of pork and pork fat to be ground, and tips for success from the pros who instruct the pros, I was confident. I spent hours grinding meat, adding spices, filling casings and turning my dining room light fixture into a drying rack.
Then, it was time to fry up the profits of my labor.
It didn’t go well. The casings split, the filling was mealy and dry. Turns out, unless you make sausages in a meat locker you’re not headed for success, sausages need frigid temperatures to turn out perfectly. Which explains why the best sausages come from cold climates as opposed to tropical locations.
I’ll always make as much as I can from scratch, but some things just need to be left to the pros. I’ll never buy pre-made tortillas, I’ll always make my own whipped cream and canned frosting makes baby Jesus cry. But sausage making needs to be left to the pros, it’s an art. It takes years to get right, and talent to make perfect. I’ll make the buns from scratch, and the toppings, but I’ll always be on the look out for a butcher shop that makes the best sausages, and when I find it I’ll trade beer for sausages. I know my place.