Everything Pork and how to make it.
For my first time as a sausage maker this was as good as anything I have ever had in Germany. I made four amazing brats. Of course I should have had at least twelve of the things but my lack of sausage making skills, knowledge, and a sucky hand crank grinder I bought influenced the outcome. This book doesn’t go into a lot of depth on the actual production of these more specialized processes like sausage making and drying meat. It just gives you the recipes for them. In my case, I think I had some sliver skin that clogged my grinder. Second, I should have purchased an electric and not a hand grinder. Also, my grinder did not have the 1/4 inch plate size the recipe suggested so I used the closest one that was a bit smaller and that might have made it more difficult to grind. Even though this tasted better than any brat I have a had in the states I’m not sure all the work and clean up I did was worth it. Maybe this should be in my “buy-instead-of-making-column-because-it’s-just-not-worth-it.” Right between buffalo wings and liver and onions.
I ended up making beer brats with a couple as well as just sauteing them in butter and serving them on a bun like the book recommends. (That was the better of the two)
Had some serious issues getting here but the recipe is sound and very tasty. Perhaps this is one of those recipes that takes it a bit to far but I don’t have a lot of experience with ham hocks except for the smoked ones you put in ham and beans just to add flavor. This on the other hand is made for eating. Since I had a terrible result with the aforementioned salt brined ham hocks, I enlisted the help of my awesome butcher and he did a 7 day brine for me at the store. Even then, part of the process is rinsing the brine off for a day, then boiling the meat with veggies the next day, then storing the meat in the boiling liquid in the fridge overnight. THEN, the next day, you can finally roast it and eat it. So, after a total of ten days I was finally eating a very tasty ham hock with a sweet tamarind glaze, mashed potatoes with spicy English mustard on the side. All very good, not sure if it needed to take ten days to make-but what do I know.
For Easter we used the same glaze for the recipe on our spiral sliced ham and it was astounding. Best ham glaze ever. It has English mustard, tamarind, brown sugar, and hard cider to name a few of the ingredients. Use this glaze on any pork related stuff!
The meal recipes were all very good, but I did have some trouble with brined ham. Not sure if it was my fault or the books so I will give the author the benefit of the doubt. Everything was so delicious. I have not seen a cook book that shows you how to make your own ham, salami, and hot dogs, along with recipes using those parts as ingredients. If you want to get into this you will need some specialized equipment but it can be done and I’m sure with practice you can start making some pretty good cured meats. If you just want to make meals and store buy the ingredients instead, its good for that too!