You *Do* Want To Watch This Sausage Being Made

Otto_Fürst_von_BismarckThere’s a very famous old quote you probably know, uttered by a dude you probably haven’t heard of. It goes like this: “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.”

Otto von Bismarck (right), who uttered that quote, was a conservative Prussian nobleman, diplomat, and politician who unified Germany in the 1860s, was Chancellor of the German Empire for the next several decades, and … well, you get the picture. He presumably knew a lot about law-making.

Back in Bismarck’s day, the lawmaking process, like the sausage-making process, was conducted behind closed doors, the finished product composed of suspect and possibly unsafe or unsavory components, and would be repulsive to behold, were you uninitiated to the whole undertaking.

Plus ça change, eh?

At any rate, then, like today, supermarket sausage can be comprised of leftover cuts of industrially-produced meats, unwanted for other uses. You probably wouldn’t want to watch sausage being made behind closed doors.

On the other hand, you could have had a blast watching sausage being made (and being invited to dine on the finished products!) at this week’s sausage-making class that we helped facilitate with our neighbor, Cooking With Alessandra.

Out in the open, AllSpice’s owner, Rory, and manager, Chef Amy, crafted several different kinds of delicious scratch-made sausages, using wholesome ingredients (including herbs and spices from AllSpice, natch!).

Here are some photos of the foodie fun:

It was way more fun (and much more participatory) than watching laws being made, and we had a delicious dinner after class, to boot!

Interested in taking a class with AllSpice staff at Alessandra’s? Our next session is going to be an Easter-themed class on March 31. For more information, or to enroll, check out the Cooking With Alessandra website.