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I would like to see this as well.
Thank you Josh - I'm glad I started this thread.
i am thinking about the same thing. i actually asked for the class for a Christmas present..well, i asked for the half cow class. a butchering class. i think you have to do a butchering class first before you take the Sausage class.
i am definately keeping a hog head for head cheese next pig butchering day. this doesnt look that difficult. haha.
i am hoping to get the class in San Francisco.
(my wife got me one flying lesson instead..this happens on the 24th, could be my last day here on earth )
Can't wait to read what's bout to be posted here soon, really looking forward to all the advice. Thanks guys
I trained under Polcyn and do a good amount of curing professionally. And I think if you are trying to cut the learning curve, a day class could be a good idea.
Charcuterie seems more complicated and fickle than it really is, at least until you get into the dry-cured stuffs. It's more about having a few good pieces of equipment (grinder, stuffer, butchers twine) and the confidence to give it a go. I think the class would be great for familiarizing yourself with the basic principles and the equipment.
Are you just looking to do fresh sausage or the dry-cured/fermented types? I'll be honest, the book Charcuterie by Polcyn leaves a bit to be desired. Some of the ratios are off, culture, salt and spice mix wise. But the book covers a lot of ground and is generally a good reference. Bertolli's Cooking by Hand is a great resource, one I prefer to Charcuterie.
Fresh sausages are super easy compared to their dry-cured cousins. I'd start there then move into basic curing like the duck breast recipe posted about. Then maybe into fermented sausages if you have the setup for it.
I'd love a copy of the guidelines. It's been a while since I've made sausage, I still do a few pastramis every year. Not Katz's but not bad. Thanks Brainsausage.
maybe it's time to make the charcuterie recipe thread? =D