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Slow Cooker Sausage with Sauce 
Sep. 17, 2011 9:14 am 
Updated: Oct. 12, 2011 2:18 pm
It is unfortunate that the recipe called for A "jar spaghetti sauce" and cook for 6 hours. Don't get me wrong, I use jar sauces too from time to time to save time mostly when I am running late, and need to get something on the table, But if your going to cook a table ready sauce for 6 hours you could have made fresh using fresh ingredients.

the other problem with this recipe is cooking 8 sausage in a sauce for for 6 hours is going to render allot of grease on top of the sauce and the recipe does not call to remove this oil, that is normally done thru skimming or putting the sauce in the fridge overnight and then just removing the grease that has harden.

most sauces unless they are meat sauces like a bolognese sauce do not need to cook for this long. if your using a sauce from the jar, these sauces need only to be warmed, they are perfectly made to open the jar, warm them, and serve, and are very useful to the working family.

Back to the Jar, I think we rely on these types of foods (boxed, canned, dehydrated and Jar) to much. the next time you go to the market make a conscious effort, look and watch what you put in your basket, look at others baskets. do you see Hamburger helper, Kraft mac and cheese or other boxed and canned foods?

Why not walk over to the produce section, and pick up some nice looking vegetables. Fresh carrots, Fresh celery, Fresh salads, Fresh onions, Fresh Potatoes, Cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, etc. Believe it or not fresh tastes better than canned, boxed, dehydrated, and frozen.

I must admit I am a bit tough on the stores, but when I see produce in the local walmart, or Our local foodlion that is rotting I get a bit pissed. I will summon the produce manager (they know me well). The produce manager, and store manager have a duty to serve up fresh produce to the public. I'm sorry it's there job, and most of the time if you think it is bad it is. just say something, and the manager normally will get it fixed no problem, and even thank you. I some times find it funny when I walk into our local store I normally see the store manager, and the produce manager show up in the produce department going thru the produce making sure everything is perfect.

All that said, in my opinion canned tomatoes are the only fruit\vegetable that is picked when it is at it's peek, and performs perfectly from a canned state.

to change this recipe:

1. why not use fresh? your going to have it on the stove for 6 hours per the recipe

2. skim the grease

3. grill the sausage, this will bring out the flavor of the sausage. since the sauce will not leach out the flavor of the meat this will add two layers of flavor. One of a good sauce, and one of the sausage, along with the texture and the snap of the sausage. 

4. don't cook the jar sauce, just warm it.

5. maybe make your own sauce, something  you can call your own

I'm Just Saying
Oct. 12, 2011 2:18 pm
You are so right about the jarred sauce, it turns slimy if you cook it to long. Yuk.
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