Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."

So said Mark Twain in 1887, and so say I in 2010.

I apologize for the complete and total lack of posting this summer and fall. I bought a new house and spent a huge amount of time on repairs, updates, and general handy-man stuff. I am still not done, but I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The good news is that I now have a dedicated work-room and I have purchased a new wine fridge that is more than double the size of my old one expressly for meat curing. I also bought a beer fridge/meat freezer that lives right next to it. Add to that the fact that my dad has promised me his commercial meat slicer for Christmas, and things are looking pretty good.

My sausagemaking has suffered this summer, and I am looking to make up for lost time. I did read Marianski's The Art of Making Fermented Sausages this summer as well as Polish Sausages, Authentic Recipes And Instructions. These are fantastic books for those of you who have not read them. I am considering building a makeshift smokehouse to attempt some of the Polish cured sausages.

I will be back in action shortly. I hope that there are a few of you still subscribed, and I hope to win back the rest.