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Keep it clean, folks! (…more or less.) sausage making

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  1. What? Spring cleaning in August?

    Unfortunately, yeah. This time of year, I make a batch or two of sausages, vacuum pack ‘em to freeze, find the freezer already jam-packed, and start pulling things out for inventory. Sadly, some are past their useful life. On some, the packaging has punctured or is defective. (You know the signs- – loose packaging, often accompanied by ice crystals inside the package, are a sure sign that something’s wrong.) Occasionally, some qualifies as toxic waste. …but we won’t go there.

    So, yank ‘em out, line ‘em up on the kitchen counter in date order, pitch the defective ones, then pick a cut-off date and weed out the old stuff. If it’s near end-of-life, consider cooking a big pot of beans-n-sausages or some sort of Cajun recipe. (I swear, those folks will eat ANYthing, even outdated sausage.) Otherwise, toss.

    And consider keeping a dated inventory record, crossing off packages as you consume them. I have a dry-erase board stuck to my freezer which lists each item and its corresponding date, followed by various package weights or numbers of sausages. As I pull a package to use it, I cross off that weight or number.

    No, it ain’t foolproof, but it’s pretty close. It’s a good reminder of what’s buried down in there, and much cheaper than having your local geologist excavate the things and carbon date them.
    Duk

  2. My freezer is not too bad.
    Actually, that’s because mine needs to be defrosted every 6 months or so (blame it on powercuts), so it gets more or less updated every half year.
    My old sausages will go to my little dog this time. He’s become a fussy (and furry) eater.
    I suppose it’s a good cause. Or maybe I make a good stew for the both of us 😉

  3. …figgered it was about time to update the site a bit. After all, ol’ Chuckwagon ain’t around anymore to defend his choice of pictures. There’s the new “Campfire” home page, plus a shot of the Grand Tetons that I took during a trip there late last summer.
    Pray for rain in the west, and pray for it to dry out a bit in the east. Or, maybe, tweet…?
    Duk
    (quack)

  4. Taking off in a couple of hours for Bodega Bay, got a spot on a party boat for some salmon fishing Wednesday morning. I’ll spend tonight in my Lance 850 watching some DVD’s, making dinner, maybe have a drink or two. I’ll spend Wednesday night in the same spot of the parking lot next to the New Sea Angler, brought some asparagus to have with a nice fresh salmon fillet dinner, hopefully. Jan will be staying home taking care of Bob. Bob will miss me! RAY

  5. The salmon were off the bite, only two landed on a boat with thirty anglers. The captain called off the hunt at noon and we all switched over to rock fishing gear. I ended up landing about 17 so was able to improve on my ten fish limit size, also landed a very nice green ling cod, excellent table fare. Guess I’ll start looking for salmon in the Sacramento River next month.

    Thanks anyway Badjak, Bob seems partial to hanging out here. RAY

  6. Picture attachment size limit increased! Thanks to Sawhorse Ray and several others who have had problems uploading pictures, I’ve increased the size limit. Modern cameras all seem to take humongous pictures, and nobody quite knows how to shrink ’em! Okay, guys & gals, you win. Go ahead- – overflow our data bucket. See if I care! …ya bums! (Enjoy.)
    Duk

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