|Sausage Making at Yorktown Victory Center in Virginia|
Sausage making in colonial Virginia was quite a chore. These two men are making sausages at Yorktown Victory Center in Virginia. First the pork had to be chopped. The man on the left used a cleaver to chop the meat into tiny pieces. This was very labor intensive, as you can imagine.
The pork was seasoned for the sausage with thyme and other seasonings, perhaps fennel and parsley and other herbs. The pork was first chopped into tiny sections and then transferred to a trencher or a bowl and then stuffed inside the casing.
The Yorktown Victory Center does wonderful demonstrations this time of year about how farmers prepared food for winter. Hogs were normally killed in late November and then the meat put up.
The sausage casing gets slippery and is difficult to keep attached. In the picture below, the sausage maker is using two fingers to hold the casing to the funnel.
This looks quite different from the way my mother made sausage. She had a meat grinder and ran the meat and seasonings through the metal grinder which had a crank handle. It had a section where the casings attached and if I recall correctly, there was a metal clip device that kept the casing on while Mom made the sausage.
Question: Have you ever seen sausage made? What did you think? Do you make sausage or have you ever?