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Month: February 2012

Knackwurst

Knackwurst

Knackwurst, or knockwurst, is a German sausage that derives it’s name from┬áthe German word knacken, which means “to crack”, and wurst, which means “sausage.” The knack in knackwurst refers to the cracking or snapping sound the sausage makes when you bite into the crispy skin. Knackwurst is very simililar to an american hot dog, but usually contains a fair amount of fresh garlic. Knackwurst is a fresh sausage that is hot-smoked. Most recipes call for the combination of pork and…

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Botulism

Botulism

Botulism is one of the deadliest forms of food poisoning that every charcutier must be acutely aware. The chances of contracting botulism are rare, but the effects can be fatal. Botulism spores can produce a deadly toxin that is not detectable by color or smell, but can be easily prevented by using proper technique and curing agents.