Important cooking techniques for sausages

Important cooking techniques for sausagesSausages are great and satisfying additions to any meal. With quality sausages, you can easily cook the best sausage recipes. And whenever someone says that it is because of the recipe a sausage didn’t come out as expected, I’d correct them of the misconception immediately. Quality sausages depend more on meat science than the recipes they are used in.

Especially temperature control is a vital part of making superior textured and tasty sausages. Recipe is just a process, which can be varied based on the cook’s creative talent and smart use of ingredients. The important part that makes a sausage a fine one is not the spices you add to it, but the initial meat making procedure.

The way you grind the meat is the important part. I use an excellent quality meat grinder, which I purchased at . Once you have a good quality sausage, you can easily cook them the right way. Another important step you should keep in mind when making sausages is to taste the meat after mixing it with the spices, as you cannot do any changes after stuffing the sausage. Here are some important ways in which you can cook sausages.


This method, although a prolonged one, is a good way to cook sausages, if you intend to serve them as a whole. The poaching cooks the sausage thoroughly, so you can later grill them in your barbecue smoker or directly in a pan. This will give you tender and juicy sausages. But make sure you cut it into individual pieces, before adding them to the pot or they can lose their skins.


This method takes some time, but is an easy one to do. You need to just pop the sausage in your baking dish and add other accompaniments such as tomatoes or veggies, and your one pot dish is ready. The sausage may end up a little dry this way. Adding some sauce will take care of this.


Important cooking techniques for sausagesIt is hard to imagine a barbecue party without sausages. I usually prefer sausages to the chops or steak as the chances of the meat being overcooked or leathery is very slim with sausages. And this is true only if the sausage is made from a proper method as I mentioned before. Meat grinders play a vital role in making great quality sausages, so I always recommend buying the top quality machines from

Frying in pan

This is an old and tested method. You slice the sausage and use a pan for frying them.  Add some oil for better browning of the sausage.  This sliced sausage can be added to a variety of ingredients to get a spicy, succulent and tasty meat filled dish.

Stuffed sausages

With Christmas nearing, turkey and stuffing come to mind instantly. When you add sausages to the stuffing, it becomes a wonderful treat. The moist and meaty taste will be appreciated by all.

Crumbled and fried

You can also remove the skin from the sausage and crumble the meat in a pan. This is the fastest way to cook the meat. Moreover, you needn’t worry about split skins. This would taste wonderful in pasta and is easy to make too.

Nutrition and Dietary Tips for Seniors

Nutrition and Dietary Tips for SeniorsFood is an essential part of our life. Making a delicious meal is an art. Nevertheless, we have to eat every day to be healthy and wealthy. Therefore, we have to control what, how and when we eat. As usual, we pay much attention to our children’s food. But still we don’t correct our product diet when we are getting older. Unfortunately, one man’s meat is another man’s poison. And the tasty meal that makes you healthier when you are 20 is a harmful poison for the people over 50. That’s why we must know some simple secrets to make our life better, within eating the useful food.

Let’s start from the everyday things. Try to remember that you need to change your eating habits with the age. That’s why be careful with the everyday meal. For instance, the snacks are an everyday part of our life. Tastes, abilities and preferences of the seniors are differ, but there are some common variants, which will bring benefits to you and your health. Of course, the best snacks are quick-made and tasty. First of all, remember that fruits are your best snacks in any circumstance.

Just imaging a ripe green or red apple, a sweet banana, a fresh and colorful orange and so on – only a brief look at these fruits will make you feeling better. In addition, eating such tasty snacks will provide you with so needful in this age fiber and natural hydrating juices. Besides eating fresh fruits, you can make a mix-salad of some of them, with some honey and nuts, for example. Don’t forget to add a little bit of the lemon juice in order to keep the color of apples or bananas, besides it, it will make the taste better; moreover it has a needful vitamin C.

You know that nuts can substitute such junk food as chips in your everyday life. Moreover, they will saturate the body with protein and positive fats. You can eat them as a quick snack or make them a part of some meal. Returning to fruits, you can make a delicious snack of baked apples. It is easily made. All you need is some apples, raisins, a teaspoon of honey or brown sugar and cinnamon. Only 3-5 minutes in your microwave and a yummy and healthy snack is done.

The next and also very useful snacks are made of vegetables. There is a great variety of them in your fridge. Fresh, colorful and consisting of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, they are good for stabilizing your blood pressure, they have a positive impact on your appearance and body. Broccoli, red cabbage, carrot (taste a baby-carrot as well), cucumbers, beans, avocado, pepper and so on – all these may be eaten with a great pleasure. Pay also your attention to green. The organic spinach leaves may be not only a rare addition to your sandwiches. You may make them an essential part of your snack or eat as they are. Really. They are tasty and, besides that, they provide you with the needful microelements to your good vision.

The cheeses in all their variety are the best snacks ever. You can believe it or not, but eating cheese make you forget about being exhausted. The fact of the matter is that it includes protein, which helps to recover cells, and makes red blood cells that provide oxygen and antibodies which fight with diseases.

It is needless to say that we must also control what we drink. Make a positive habit to drink juices of fresh fruits and vegetables, tasty smoothies (they may be an ideal snack as they are easy to chew) and green tea (is a key to prevent even such harmful diseases as cancer, heart disease and diabetes).

Getting older means getting wiser. So understand that proper nutrition will prolong your life and well being. The simple steps that you can do that don’t depend on your budget or lifestyle are following:

  • Take away the saltshaker from your table. You don’t need to eat much salt. It is even harmful.
  • Forget about drinking soda and alcohol.
  • Try to eat more seafood products.
  • Of course, the greater part of your nutrition must include vegetables and fruits.
  • Control what you eat. Reduce eating foods without a lot of nutritional value, as they increase calories amount without providing proper nutrition.
  • Eat fiber rich food in every meal.
  • Choose healthy fats (you can find them in fatty fish, avocado or seeds and nuts).
  • Try to choose whole grains (they will protect you from heart disease)
  • Use products reach on protein – eggs, chicken, lean meat, fish and beans.
  • Eat more cereals. They consist of vitamin B12.
  • Excessive drinking – water, soups, melons and watermelons, non-caffeinated potables must be in your everyday life.
  • Consult a good doctor in order to be sure what products will bring benefits to your personal health.

And last, but not least. At the very beginning, we spoke that it is an art to make a delicious meal. What’s more, eating properly is another kind of art. Are you surprised? Something tells me that even seniors don’t know about music effects on appetite. Yes, you are not mistaken. The music on the background will make your dish taste better. It can even enhance the useful properties.

The latest studies on this theme approve that people have to pay much attention to the atmosphere in what they are eating. For example, jazz makes chocolate taste better. The soft, relaxing music allows you to eat less. So make up your own playlist, turn on the needful music and make your every meal to be a joy. Relax while you are eating, do not hurry, and listen to some slow and pleasant music – and you will have healthy body and soul.

Please, remember that we eat to live, and that’s why we must choose such meals, which prolong our life and make it better. They have not only health benefits; they are like keys to your new lifestyle. Just a few nutrition and dietary tips can provide every new day with new colors for the seniors. Tasty food can be useful!

Using Game Meat for a Unique Menus

Using Game Meat for a Unique MenusI’ve worked for as a chef and I never thought I’d use game meat in any of my menus until my most recent gig. I was invited to prepare a menu for an annual gathering of our local hunters club. I imagined the participants to be burly guys with beards and complete with hunting gears and stuff. They could be wearing some hunting boots, much like the ones found on this website. What could be the best treat for such outdoorsy, muscular gang?

I was scouring over a long list of pre-set menus that I have but it seems there’s none that best suits the occasion. Then I suddenly realized: why not use game meat? I have rarely cooked wild meat and this gig is definitely the perfect time to be inventive.

Customarily, you don’t see game meat such as antelope, wild boar, wild birds, bison, buffalo and other more unusual animals on the restaurant menu. Not that game meat is unhealthy or unsafe, but because they are quite difficult to find. In fact, if I only had a chance, I’d serve game meat dishes as unique house specialties. I’m sure patrons will crave for it. But since these types of meat are not readily available, they rarely find the way to delectable menus.

Game meats are those that come from animals that have been hunted for food. Game meat recipes are as equally rare as the meat itself. When planning to use game meat, you have to be creative and versatile. You are unsure about what type of meat will end up in your kitchen. Normally, you’ll prepare the recipe on-the-spot, depending on what is on hand.

For this hunter’s club gathering, I plan to serve rosemary winter and pheasant stew, hearty venison stew, bison bulalo, bison meatballs, clay pot rabbit and rabbit cattiatore. I am unsure if I could get real games or probably I would go for farmed game animals. I’m afraid I will do the hunting myself and might need to wear hunting boots, such as the Lacrosse Aero Head Men’s Boots, if ever I couldn’t find sufficient game meat.

Game animals that have grown in the wild have that unique taste. They are also leaner compared to farm animals as they feed on natural vegetation that is abundant in the wild. Since game meats are leaner, they have the tendency to overcook fast. It is a good idea to stick with recipes that won’t overcook the meat. Stews, long marinades, braise, and moist heats are some cooking techniques that work well with game meats.

Authentic hunter recipes are very straightforward. Grilling is the most common way for cooking game meats, especially in the wild. After a day of hunting, hunters typically set camp in the wilderness and then start a fire where they can grill their game. But with my recipes, I’ll show them what better way to prepare and enjoy their games. I hope they love my dishes as much as I love this challenge!

How Music Affects Our Appetite

How Music Affects Our AppetiteYou do not have to be a chef of the restaurant to know that you need a music for a pleasant atmosphere. Really, who can enjoy the sound of banging with cutlery, munching and hum of conversation? In fact, although there is no music in such an atmosphere, people are commonly described it as loud and unpleasant. But did you know that music can affect your appetite?

There are numerous studies that have dealt with this theme. One study, that was carried out on 78 students of one college, has shown that we tend to eat more when we listen to music. Students have followed their habits during meals within 7 days. This may not be a statistically significant period of time, but it was enough to show this kind of regularity. And it is quite logical, isn’t it?

Other studies have shown that music can affect the taste of the food that we eat. So, certain tones can highlight a sweet taste of chocolate, while others may emphasize its bitterness. Many factors, that are not in the sense of taste, affect the taste of the food – there is the appearance of the food, and above all its smell. However, according to some research, music can also make a food tastier. The quiet classical music, ranging from 62-67 decibels, is the best spice for your dinner. Often, restaurants have some live music, usually on the piano. The real piano takes up a lot of space in the restaurant and digital pianos are an adequate replacement. Just look at these digital pianos: Not only that they easily fit into the interior, but they allow playing other tones and can offer a complete musical experience.

The rhythm of the music may affect the speed at which you consume food. The faster the rhythm of the music, the faster the pace at which you eat. It is not the unknown fact  to the chefs and owners of restaurants. So, you will generally be able to hear the joyful and fast music at fast-food restaurants that will dictate you to eat quickly and even to eat more, before the brain gets a signal that you ate. It is not the only trick that fast-food restaurants use to make you eat more and faster. There are also chairs, which are uncomfortable and located in the middle of the restaurant. So, you actually eat surrounded by noise and chaos. In addition, in front of you are often tempting menus and decorations in red and orange – colors that stimulate the appetite.

How will look your meal depends on what you want to achieve with it. If you want to quench your hunger, you will not take care a lot about the conditions in which you eat. You will stop in for a meal that is quick, without long and pleasant chat in society. But if you need to leave a good impression on someone, if you want to enjoy in someone’s company and the tasty food, then you will choose a quieter place. Finally, here is a reason to consider which music you will play when you eat. For example, if you want to lose weight, maybe is the best to slow down the pace and choose the one that does not stimulate appetite.