Saturday, November 03, 2007

Meat And Greet

Ancient Bratwurst Recipe Is 600 Years Old

A hobby historian has discovered the oldest known recipe for German sausage, a list of ingredients for Thuringian bratwurst nearly 600 years old. According to the 1432 guidelines, Thuringian sausage makers had to use only the purest, unspoiled meat and were threatened with a fine of 24 pfennigs - a day's wages - if they did not, according to a spokesman for the German Bratwurst Museum. Historian Hubert Erzmann, 75, found the ancient recipe, inscribed with pen and ink in a heavy tome of parchment, in the eastern town of Weimar. Museum spokesman Thomas Maeuer said, "The discovery shows that there were already consumer protection laws in the Middle Ages."

FOOTNOTE: In for a pfennig, in for a pound.


Lynette said...

Once again, your humor shines through. And as I scrolled down the page, I came across the Skywatch Friday photo--lovely clouds and sky.

david mcmahon said...

Hi Lynette,

Thank you. A sense of humour is so important, I guess!

Glad you liked the Skywatch Ftiday picture too.

Do keep in touch. Keep smiling


imac said...

Quick quip camera man, Really great David. A smile a day keeps the wrinkles away, interesting sausage story.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

600 years? That seems fairly recent in culinary time.

david mcmahon said...

Hi Imac,

Just thought the quirky aspect might bring a smile to people's faces as it did to mine!

Keep smiling


david mcmahon said...

Hi Nick,

Just a blink of an eye in culinary terms!

Keep smiling


The Egel Nest said...

Alternate Footnote:

In a sad and ironic twist, dead sea scrolls translate into ancient kosher sausage recipe...historical community weeps...

The Egel Nest

~Fathairybastard~ said...

No doubt enforced by the local sausage makers guild. Regulations and unions. Society was already on the slide. Who knew?