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Disaster in my kitchen 
Jan. 27, 2012 2:25 pm 
Updated: Feb. 3, 2012 3:51 am

Disaster in my kitchen

Today was a beautiful day with the sun shining temperature is about 65 degrees and we are drying out after a terrible few days of pounding rain.  I was looking for a recipe yesterday to put a face to for the Allrecipes Allstars challenge.  I found Liverwurst. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/liverwurst/detail.aspx <
Went to the store bought all of the ingredients.  Already had sausage casings so that was a plus.  I have always enjoyed making sausage.  I got out the meat grinder and prepared all the ingredients.  I stuffed my sausage into casings

One reviewer had said that if you wanted a larger sausage you could just use Saran Wrap.  I decided to do this also.
I got out my big pot and put the sausage links into simmering water for the one hour required by the recipe.  After about 15 minutes there was a wonderful aroma throughout the house.  I thought AHH Success!!!!!.  though I also thought that I should maybe check on them.  DISASTER.  sorry for shouting.  Every single one of my sausages had burst.

At least Jack had been waiting patiently for some of that wonderful smelling stuff that was in the kitchen.

At least I still had the two larger sausages to cook.  I immediately got them out of the fridge in order to re-wrap them and give them a lot more space to grow.  I also gave them an additional 30 minutes of cooking in order to be sure that the inside was properly cooked.
Finally success.
This recipe was okay.  Did not really taste like the liverwurst in the store.  It had a more firm and crumbly texture.  Could not really taste the liver either.  If I make this again, I will definitely tweak it.  Thanks for reading my blog
Jan. 27, 2012 2:33 pm
Great insight, loved loved loved your photography. Look forward to more blogs!
Jan. 27, 2012 2:50 pm
You took me back to Saturday lunches at home. Kippers, sardines or liverwurst on crackers with mustard. You are braver than I, I wouldn't dare try making my own! I tried sausages and did so/so. But it is the adventure that is sometimes the fun part:)(:
Jan. 27, 2012 2:51 pm
Great blog! Great pics! Lil Jack looks like a big pretty boy now! Boy, has he grown! Marley says arf! arf! XOXO from me!
Jan. 27, 2012 2:53 pm
I do love liverwurst...don't forget to add the link for the recipe!
Jan. 27, 2012 3:02 pm
The view from your deck just makes me want to open a bottle of wine and relax. It all looks so peaceful any kitchen disaster would quickly slip from my mind. I look forward to more cooking experiences and pleasant scenery.
Jan. 27, 2012 3:35 pm
Thanks for sharing with us! As Marie said, lovely view! Pass the wine, crackers and a hunk of that liverwurst, Please!
Jan. 27, 2012 3:50 pm
Thanks you so much for all your kind comments. I know I am kind of weird but I love all of the stuff that most people go EWWWWW over. I love liver and kidneys, sweetbreads and brains. All kinds of stuff like that. I just grew up eating those kinds of things so they just seem normal to me. Can't eat offal much anymore as the cholesterol level hass to be kept in check, but, every once in a while it is okay to splurge. Anytime you are near the Brookings area, come on over I can always open a bottle of wine and find us some snacks.
Jan. 27, 2012 3:52 pm
Hey Cindy, ARF right back to Marley, hope she is doing okay. I put the link in the top paragraph. It doesn't show like it normally would because I used Blogspot and cut and pasted.
Jan. 27, 2012 4:22 pm
If you cook the kinks on a lower temp they may not burst. It works for me.
Jan. 27, 2012 5:02 pm
jan, i agree beautiful view from your balcony! and a good looking flea bag you got there! i like liverworst as well..weird things we all have in common. we can't wait to see you again in sept!
Jan. 27, 2012 6:01 pm
Pelicangal, when the weather's nice in Oregon, it's beautiful! The scenery behind your sausage is awesome. We love sausage of every kind and hubs has been wanting to make some forever. Good job; even with the slight eruption of some of the casings. Great blog.
Jan. 27, 2012 6:04 pm
BTW, my sweet hubby was raised on all those "weird" meets. His Dad was a butcher, so sweetbreads and brains were a staple in their household.
Jan. 27, 2012 6:20 pm
Hi King Sparta, I did just have it at a bare simmer. After they burst I googled and found that 1. I had probably overfilled the casings and 2. I should have poked the skins with a needle all over. I did this with the larger sausages and it worked out well. Thanks for the hint.
Jan. 27, 2012 6:23 pm
Gderr my friend, thanks for stopping by. We do have a really great view. We have a 180 degree view of the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, there are lots of days that we cannot see it. But when it is good, it is great. After all the rain we have had lately today was a nice respite. So we have to make the most of it. Can't wait to see you and Claire either. Take care. Luv ya.
Jan. 27, 2012 6:26 pm
Thanks Candice, we do love the view, my hubby spends a lot of time looking out for the crab boats and the fishermen. We have a scanner and he listens to the too. We do get a lot of rain here too which is not so beautiful as today. I was just enjoying it so much after all the rain we have had that I wanted to take all of my pictures outside. Thanks for joining in on my blog.
Jan. 27, 2012 8:33 pm
I grew up on liverwurst sandwiches every Saturday. It was that on Wonder Bread with French's mustard or canned sardines on saltines. Great memories of "cooking lunch" with my Dad. Thanks for the memory!
Jan. 27, 2012 8:54 pm
It made me giggle! Well done. Love the pix of your "audience" waiting for a hand out! Perfect!
Jan. 27, 2012 9:45 pm
Oh my word, my daughter and I were laughing so hard. Your blog was extremely entertaining. Your pictures are great. Glad your second batch worked out for you.
Jan. 28, 2012 12:31 am
GOURMET dog food (= What a treat for Jack!
Jan. 28, 2012 3:11 am
I can't say that I have seen you when you weren't associated with a bourbon tap! ... Sausage is a new interest of mine. I am currently trying to make a vegan link sausage that has all the desireable charactoristics of meaty sausage. I'm close but no bells are ringing to announce my victory!
Jan. 28, 2012 7:21 am
I love it. It looked so good in the beginning. I wonder if you can package this stuff and sell it as Sophisticated Gourmet Doggie Food. Thanks for sharing.
Jan. 28, 2012 9:02 am
Cooking up a storm. So happy that I could bring some good memories back for you. It's nice to relive the past sometimes
Jan. 28, 2012 9:04 am
Jewels I am very happy that my blog made you happy. That is Jack's place. He is not allowed in the kitchen, but will sit right there until I give him a little something. Very patient
Jan. 28, 2012 9:06 am
Thanks for your comments MN Nice. I am glad that I could bring a little sunshine into your life. Thank goodness we had a nice day for taking pictures. The weather here has been atrocious.
Jan. 28, 2012 9:07 am
Xray Barb. Unfortunately he is spoiled and gets waay too much gourmet dog food. The vet wants me to put him on a diet but I see his little face and I just can't do it.
Jan. 28, 2012 9:17 am
Mike Harvey. What a good memory you have. Yes I am partial to a little bourbon. Your sausage sounds interesting. Good Luck to you.
Jan. 28, 2012 9:19 am
Thanks lela. It did look pretty before I cooked it didn't it? Thanks so much for reading my blog.
Jan. 28, 2012 1:54 pm
I love liverwurst, especially the gooseliver sausage my German friends introduced to me. Your mustard, liverwurst and a hearty rye, a good book and a comfy seat on that beautiful deck with that sweet pooch alongside..sounds like heaven!
Jan. 28, 2012 4:42 pm
Big Shots Mom, wow, you are right. Come on over. I'll share. Thanks so much
Jan. 29, 2012 6:25 am
Oh... I love liverwurst! One Christmas I (so I am told!) even left Santa a liverwurst and onion sandwich! To heck with cookies - everybody did that! LOL! I make Hot sausage and breakfast sausage links. The trick is not to over stuff. Fill the casings so that the filling has room to expand a bit. Yeah, they look pretty filled nice and tight but then they explode on you! I f you are using natural hog casings you dont have to worry as much. If you are using the collagen casings (like me) then you need to be more careful as they are quite a bit more delicate. I don't know about using plastic wrap... I would be concerned for chemicals leaching into my food might be cause for concern. Try making some "wrinkly", slightly under stuffed links and see what happens.
Jan. 29, 2012 8:25 am
Hi wfdm, I do use natural casings, and I have made many sausages, but this one called to be boiled. A first for me. Usually when I cook sausages I poke them with a fork and I didn't even think about that step when I boiled these. God point about the plastic wrap. Maybe next time I should use foil? I will have to do some research. Thanks for your comments
Jan. 29, 2012 12:39 pm
I seenj the pic of Jack and those sausages ,well you can imagine what I thought. Sorry they didn't turn out for you but I'm sure you will give them a good tweek. LOL
Jan. 29, 2012 2:23 pm
Thanks Donna, I did give him a tiny bit yesterday and he loved it. He didn't care that it had burst open. But I think that I have enough for treats for him for about 2 years lol
Jan. 31, 2012 9:47 am
Interesting blog! I made a summer sausage once, and used part of a clean panty hose for the casing. Just cut one up, put a knot on one end, filled it, and knoted the other end! It worked great! p.s. just don't tell the kids!
Jan. 31, 2012 1:17 pm
My dog wants to be your dog's new BFF. (but then, if your dog gets to eat like that, I want to be your dog's BFF) WOOF!
Feb. 1, 2012 5:13 pm
Rita that made me laugh out loud. I just told my hubby what you wrote and he shook his head. It's okay he does that to me a lot. Thanks for reading my blog.
Feb. 1, 2012 5:15 pm
Guess-That-Mess, You can certainly be mine or my dogs BFF. I have a ton of that stuff in the freezer. In fact, let me know where you are and I will ship some to you. Thanks for reading my blog.
Feb. 1, 2012 6:07 pm
Your dog must have been pleased! Great photos!
Feb. 2, 2012 9:05 am
Beautiful blog pelicangal. Don't you just love the attention from our critters when they smell something "promising" ? Love your photos of the Oregon Coast. May have to pack up Baking Nana & Marianne and some other So Cal gals and wind our way up through the Redwoods to visit your beautiful part of the world. BTW Do NOT make liverwurst for me....it is one of the things that still brings on the gag reflex for me. My hubby will eat my share though:)
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I am semi retired. My husband and I both retired at the same time and moved to Brookings to be near the ocean and my sil. I couldn't stand the thought of staying home and cleaning house all day so I got a part time job. I now work 3-4 days a week and it keeps me busy.
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I love to cook all kinds of things. I try out new recipes all the time and I even cook lots of things that I don't personally like, for instance I do not like sweets but I bake cakes, cookies and breads for my friends and neighbors. I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador(a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on AllRecipes.com - Thoughts from my Kitchen. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of me, pelicangal aka Jan Elton
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I always make beef wellington for Christmas.
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Winning the Best in show and the Judges choice ribbons along with 11 other blue ribbons at the 2006 Curry County Fair. They were for canning. My pickle relish won Judges choice and my pineapple marmalade won best in show.
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