Episode 7 :: Sausage Party

Today, we’re making Italian sausage. Making sausage can either be simple, or complicated. But it’s delicious regardless. Basically, it’s ground meat with seasonings and spices, allowed to marinate and cure, then cooked and enjoyed. Very simple. I’ll walk you through the steps of curing the meat, grinding it, preparing the hog casings for stuffing, then stuffing and tying your sausages together. Download the recipe for making your own sausages here.

King Corn is a documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland (basically where I spent a few days earlier this Fall in Food Hell) to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, nitrogen fertilizers, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most productive, most subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat — and how we farm.

There’s also a discussion on a recent episode of Bobby Flay’s “Boy Meets Grill” and a flippant remark about where Florida Stone Crab claws come from that I feel needs a bit more explanation.

I enjoy a great beer on this show, courtesy of Sickpuppy from the “Should I Drink That?” podcast – Brooklyn Brewing’s Local 1 Farmhouse Saison.

Download Episode 7 now. Also, there’s a slideshow on the sausage prep – check it out.

Music on this episode: “Ruff Bizzness” by Rivel