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The Story Behind the Sausage

Jenny & Adam

HAIKU, Hawaii // My Great Grandfather Arnold was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany as a Jew right before World War II began. He got papers to leave the camp because he had served in World War I. He bought tickets to Shanghai, China with his family because that was the quickest way out of the country so they could all be safe. My grandmother, who has told me this story, was 2 years old at this time. In Shanghai they lived with other Jews in a ghetto for 7 years until after the war was over. Arnold was a butcher and sold sausages. 

While interviewing my grandmother a few weeks ago we came across Arnold's handwritten recipes for sausage, as well as papers to leave the ghetto to sell them in town to support his family. 

Fast forward about 80 years and we had the opportunity to make sausage with Jenny's Aunt in Hawaii. I called my Grandmother to translate the recipes from German to English, and today we made the sausages! 

I never met Arnold because he died years before I was even born, but experiences like this transcend some of the most adventurous activities I have done in my life. 

Mettwurst / Cooking Sausage Ingredients: 

  • 4-5 lbs ground meat
  • salt
  • pepper
  • onion
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • potato flour
  • salt peter