Ye Olde Bratwurst

An amateur historian has discovered the oldest bratwurst recipe ever. Dating from 1432 it is even older than some clams.

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.)

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2 Responses to Ye Olde Bratwurst

  1. Thomas says:

    Growing up in Milwaukee gives me an appreciation for brats that most other people seem to lack. I’ll never understand people that eat hot dogs, revolting bits of flavorless, packaged effluvium. Brats on the other hand are quite the meal.

  2. Pothus says:

    October 1967 Munich Beer Festival had the best Brats, with sauerkraut and German Mustard. Now those were Brats.

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