According to the 1432 guidelines, Thuringian sausage makers had to use only the purest, unspoiled meat and were threatened with a fine of 24 pfennigs — a day's wages — if they did not, a spokesman for the German Bratwurst Museum said on Wednesday.
Medieval town markets in Germany had committees tasked with monitoring the quality of produce. Thuringian bratwursts, which are made of beef and pork, are symbols of Germany's cultural heritage and ubiquitous snacks at football matches.
Historian Hubert Erzmann, 75, found the ancient recipe, inscribed with pen and ink in a heavy tome of parchment, earlier this year while doing research in an archive in the eastern town of Weimar, museum spokesman Thomas Maeuer said.
The bratwurst standards actually predate the well-known German beer purity law, the earliest form of which appears to date from 1487. The bratwurst recipe will go on display at the Bratwurst Museum in Erfurt. I'll bet you didn't know they had a bratwurst museum there, did you? (I would have thought it was at Lambeau Field, myself.)