Fun Facts About Sausage

Sausage is a delicious food that is enjoyed by people all over the world and throughout all of history. Not only is sausage one of the oldest foods invented by men but it is one of the most diverse as well – with hundreds of varieties! The next time you enjoy sausage at a meal, share these fun facts with your friends and family.

Here are 7 facts you didn’t know about sausages:

  1. Although sausage was first thought to be invented about 2,000 years ago, they are actually even older than that! People living in ancient Sumer, which is modern day Iraq, made sausages 5,000 years ago.
  2.  One of the first recognizable mentions of sausage is found in a Greek comedy, titled “The Sausage,” written by the dramatist and philosopher Epicharmus around 500 B.C.
  3. The modern English word for “sausage” comes from the Old French word, “saussiche,” which is derived from the Latin word “salsus” meaning “salted.” The salt was an important component in preserving meats before refrigeration.
  4. The climate for different regions in the world affected how sausage was made. Northern Europe and other regions with colder climates were able to keep their fresh sausage without refrigeration, while warmer regions in the south of Europe had to develop dry sausage.
  5. Today, many sausage casings are not real animal intestines but are instead man-made using collagen and cellulose. Given the option, it is always best to opt for natural casings because they taste better and indicate a high-quality sausage overall.
  6. High-quality sausages are stuffed with some combination of meat, fat, salt, and spices. Poorer quality sausages will typically have cornstarch, flour, gum, breadcrumbs, texturized vegetable protein listed in their ingredients.
  7. The record for longest sausage ever made was 36.75 miles long and is held by an English man named J.J. Tranfield.

When eating sausage, it is important that you choose a fresh and high-quality product. Give our delicious Brazilian-style sausage a try today and see for yourself what makes Gold Meat products simple to make and delicious to taste!