Friday, December 18, 2009

Of An Old Secret I've Never Told Before


If liverwurst is one of your favorite foods, then you'd best read no further. Stop right here. Don't go any further. If you do, you read at your own risk.

Oh, My! I don't know if I dare disabuse some of you from your favorite sandwich food - Liverwurst! For anyone who has never eaten it, it is a pasty spread of assorted stuff and mixed seasonings that is quite the best sandwich filling ever.

UNTIL! Until you know the ingredients. Wiki-Answers will tell you that the contents of liverwurst include Pork, Pork Liver, Water, Veal, Beef, Salt, Dextrose, Dehydrated Onions, Sugar, Gelatin, Flavoring, Spices, and Sodium Nitrate.

I must mention here that I am of ancient origin. That means I'm a tad older than you, Dear Reader. So listen up as I tell you what I learned about liverwurst four decades ago!

About 40 years ago we had a nice little Mom & Pop type grocery store on Main Street. Cute little store. Called "Red & White". Pop had a fresh meat market at the back of the store and you could have any kind of meat fresh cut. Steak, roasts, fresh-ground beef, etc. He had a busy business and happy customers.

So one day I'm in the store and I purchase a pound of Liverwurst. I loved that stuff. I could eat it every day. But that particular day I read the ingredient label on the side of the casing. I kid you not! The very first ingredient was Pork Snout. End of my delight with Liverwurst. I think I've eaten it twice in the past 40 years.

Today's label will not list "pork snout". No, they won't even list "pork probiscus". But when they list "pork" what they mean is that they toss in all the extra-terrestrial trimmings from the porky, the hog. Yah, I know "extra-terrestrial" is not an accurate usage here but it seems somehow to fit the bill.

The pork processors trim every last useful bit of meat from that piggy. Including fleshy areas around the head. And nose. I don't know if they actually cut into the nose these days, but I am saying this...40 years ago the label read "pork snout".

This is an area where a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. I used to love liverwurst but I just can't bring myself to eat it anymore.

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14 comments:

Jana said...

Totally gross...and still I would eat it, I eat pretty much anything though...its actually going to catch up with me one day I swear...haha snout is such a funny word...I instantly think of boogers...I guess we can blame that on my two little boys;)

Debbie said...

BWAHAHAHA! And it still isn't going to stop me from having my favorite sandwich!

Paula said...

I could never bring myself to try it based solely on the name "liverwurst". I take issue with eating anything's liver!! And, I don't eat bologna either. *smile*

Pilgrim Mommy said...

Uh, oh. We just bought some liverwurst yesterday. I won't share the ingredients with my daughter, however. It's only a once-in-awhile food item in our household so I don't feel quite so bad. :-)

Elle Bee said...

Disturbing! My mom used to make us sandwiches with liverwurst. Sigh. Guess I've had my share of extra-terrestrial pig parts...

Ahhahaha! My word verification is "scary". PERFECT!

Diane said...

Er - if I tell you I'm now craving liverwurst, what does that say about me?!

Bill said...

We used to cook pork snouts by the dozen and then serve them with strawberry ice cream on top.

Then liverwurst got so popular that pork snouts became impossible to buy by the dozen, because they all went into liverwurst sandwiches.

This has never seemed fair to me.

I will go back to bed now.

I should never have gotten up today in the first place.

gvandyk said...

You can not discourage me from my favorate breakfast. Liverwerst on toast is great. It is a comon addition to a German breakfast, that includes with it fresh bread, home made jams and coffee that a spoon will stand up in. I did not know what a good breakfast was till I visited Germany.
Ever hear of pork cutlets? they are cheek meat of the hog.

Kelly said...

I've never tried it. Not sure I can now that you've told me what all is in it. I'm okay as long as I don't know.

Please don't tell me what is in hot dogs (and I don't like the all beef variety), vienna sausages or any of my other favorite meats! I'm enjoying my return to "carnivore-ism" after eight years as a vegetarian.

l'optimiste said...

such a funny post ;o) what do you expect them to do with all those snouts? Chuck 'em away?

Liverwurst can't be as bad as seeing an entire cow's tongue film wrapped in the supermarket fridge...now THAT'S gross!

jim said...

Boiled cow tongue. Yummy,yummy!!

WhiteStone said...

No Boiled Tongue, Please. I bite my own tongue and that is enough. No cow's tongue for me.

Ruth Z Deming said...

great story about pork snout. doesn't bother me a bit. as a jewish woman, we grew up eating 'tongue sandwiches' - yum! fortunately they didn't call it cow's tongue sandwiches. just like they don't call liverwurst pork snout paste.

Daria said...

Believe it or not ... I have some in the fridge. We just bought some.