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.