Making sausages

I’d just starting to plaster the ceiling when Galia one of our neighbours came round with an offer I couldn’t refuse. Did I want to learn how to make sausages?

So I downed tools and grabbed the phrase book, this was going to be a challenge. I usually rely on Joe to do the talking and I’ve rarely had to speak Bulgarian with out him around as back up. We got to her house only to find her husband Stefan, who does speak a bit of English had had to go into town and so that left us alone. Me with very limited Bulgarian and Galia not speaking any English. We managed the usual do you want a coffee bit ok and then the challenge began. Armed with my trusty book we did manage to fill an hour in talking about her sheep, dogs and the chickens and our plans for chickens next year and possibly a pig after that, so now I feel a lot more confident about getting out and about on my own.

Anyway back to making sausages. Basically you get the cows intestines, cut them into strips and filled  with a mixture of minced beef and spices. You don’t eat the cows intestines unlike pigs they are just there to hold the meat in place. The sausages are hung up to dry, but are taken down twice a day to be rolled with a glass bottle after 8 days they are then put in the freezer. All this is a 2 person job that is why we had to wait for Stefan’s return before we began.

  8 comments for “Making sausages

  1. Marilyn Laugesen
    November 21, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    the sausage lover beside me is drooling !!.. no I don’t mean the dog !!!

  2. carol in penrith
    November 22, 2014 at 1:27 am

    They look splendid, very professional, might you or Joe be tempted to eat some?

    • Joe
      November 22, 2014 at 8:04 am

      We didn’t get offered any Carol! We have got some mince beef and a recipe, so we will give some a go. We can buy the pork casings in town.

  3. Robyn Richardson
    November 22, 2014 at 4:02 am

    They look wonderful! You two are so talented.

  4. Margaret VT
    November 24, 2014 at 2:31 am

    It all looks so interesting and it’s great that your confidence in speaking the language was put to the test but I am puzzled why are the sausages rubbed with a glass bottle?

  5. Joe
    November 24, 2014 at 10:29 am

    They are rubbed with a glass bottle to get the air out as they don’t have a rolling pin. This makes a flat sided dried sausage.

  6. November 24, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Fantastic, well done Julie, such a challenge. And as for those sausages….. mmmmnnn :~)

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