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Preserving Food Safely - 01600614


     Since the earliest times, man has prepared some type of
meat  product comparable to sausage.   Homer spoke glowingly
of sausage in his Odyssey,  saying it was a favorite food of
the  Greeks.   The Romans' liking for sausage was  so  great
that no festive occasion was considered complete without it.
Marco  Polo's spice quest and Christopher Columbus's  voyage
in  search of a shorter route to the East Indies for  spices
used  in  sausage  are additional indications of  its  early

     Some of the early sausage makers became so adept in the
spicing and processing of sausages of distinctive types that
the fame of their products spread throughout Europe.  Many a
delectable  sausage of today bears the name of its  city  of
origin.   From Italy comes Milano,  Romano,  Genoa, Bologna,
and  Salami.   Sausage makers in Germany and Austria led the
development of fresh and cooked sausages.   From  Frankfurt,
Germany,  came the frankfurter and from Vienna, Austria, the

     Sausage   is  continuing  to  grow  in  popularity  and
homemade  sausages  are  common.    Homemade  sausages   are
particularly  popular  among big game hunters who find  that
properly handled game, when made into sausage, is palatable.
Further  incentive  for  preparation of game  at  home comes
from production  of sausages   spiced   to  meet  individual
preferences and made from the hunter's game.                

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