For many people, cooking sausages connects them with primal parts of their being. Some want their sausages well done because cavemen invented fire 5000 years agoand that’s why you cook the sausages so well. While there are those who seek perfection on earth and imagine their grilled sausage is part of that quest. Maybe it’s a spectrum thing, a range of tastes that in many cases have no overlapping common elements – like a red state Trumpite talking to a Seattle blue stater about politics. There may be agreement on oxygen being necessary to breathe but after that the particular variables are marbles rolling around crashing into each other.
But, even in quandaries of conflicting deeply held values there can be some knowledge gained for both parties and all the community members. In the following article from Serious Eats, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt does a wonderful job bringing some demonstrable evidence and data about what can happen when you cook sausages. As I read the article I could hear my inner caveman sneer at some of his suggestions. But, he offers options and good ideas and that’s a constructive piece of writing that any red state or blue state person could agree on.
J. Kenji López-Alt is the managing culinary director for Serious Eats: