How Beef Sausages are Made

Sausages being fried

Making beef sausages is very easy and I’m not going to complicate the process.

Things you need to make beef sausage @ home.

Fresh Beef Salt/ seasoning

Sausage tubing device/covering

Meat grinder

Refrigerator

cooking device

Procedure of making beef sausages.

Meat cut into small pieces

Cut the beef into small pieces to make it easy to grind.

Season the small pieces of meat to taste. There are many types of meat seasoning you can use, however don’t forget to add salt.

meat grinder

Grind the small pieces of meat using the meat grinder. ( You can experiment with a normal high powered blender/ grinder and see how it turns out).

In a clean bowl, mix the blended meat by hand until it’s quite sticky. ( The meat fat enables this process, if the meat is short on fat you can add some dry powdered milk during the seasoning process)

sausage covering machine

Use the sausage tubing device to put the blended meat into the edible flexible sausage tubing.

After the tubing process is completed, cut them into shorter sausage sizes while ensuring that the blended meat is enclosed within its flexible covering.

From this stage on, you can put the fresh sausage in a fridge for a while to strengthen its flexible covering.

Next is to cook/ boil or roast the sausages until it is almost done.

At this stage the sausages can now be packaged and refrigerated if not to be used immediately. Otherwise finalize the cooking of the sausages by light frying/roasting.

How to Cook Beef Stew

Typical Nigerian Beef Stew

Beef stew is a very common type of stew cooked globally. There are many variations of it. This article explains  a basic simple way to prepare beef stew.

Basic Ingredients for beef stew

Meat: The meat should be spiced and cooked by any cooking methods you prefer. i.e. boiling, roasting, frying, oven drying, etc. The meat should be cut into small pieces such that it is easy to hold and eat.

Blended pepper, tomatoes and onions:

This should be blended in the right proportions. For every two parts of tomatoes, one part of pepper can be added, even that may be too much depending on the type of pepper. Amount of onions may just be about 10% or less of the amount of tomatoes. However, experience will easily tell you the right combination/proportions suitable for you and family. Make sure not to add too much water when blending the pepper mixture unless you might end up with a soup instead of stew.

Cooking oil

You can use palm oil or any type of vegetable oil. You are better off with cholesterol free oils.

Seasoning/Spices & salt

These are flavourings to make the stew taste better or the way you want it to taste. Add salt to taste.

General method of cooking beef stew

1.Put a small amount of cooking oil into the cooking pot and heat up until it is near hot.

2. Next add the blended pepper and cook for about 7 minutes on medium heat. 

3. Next add the chopped pieces of already cooked meat and stir the mixture.

4. Let it cook for a minute or two then add your seasoning/spices and salt to taste. Stir the stew and let it cook for another two minutes, then it is done.

There are many ways of cooking beef stew, some might prefer to have the pepper, tomatoes and onions chopped instead of blending smooth, you can also cook with other type of vegetables, fishes, crayfish and so on.

Buying and Cooking Beef

Beef

The term, ‘beef’ , refers to the flesh of a cow or bull. It’s a common source of protein for people all over the world. Beef when properly cooked is very delicious. You can be one addicted to eating beef. Beef belongs to the Class of meat called red meat. Beef contains a lot of nutrients including; Proteins, Fat, Vitamin b12, Zinc, Selenium,Vitamin B3, Iron.

Buying beef.

There are many places where you can buy beef. You can buy at supermarkets ( usually frozen), butchers stores and meat farm ( buying directly from people who raised the animal. However the best place to buy beef is from the farm or a butcher’s store. This is because you can see the source of the meat you are buying. Meat you buy should look fresh, not pale or frozen burnt, should smell nice/ fresh.

Cooking beef

There are many methods of cooking beef including boiling, frying, grilling, roasting etc. The easiest way to cook beef is boiling with salt and spices. Types of cooking beef ranges from 10 to 20 minutes. Roasting, frying, grilling gives cooked meat a wide range of tastes and these tastes vary based on the part of the cow or bull the meat is cut from. The figure below shows major parts of a cow meat.

part of beef

Eating beef ( precautions)

Control the amount of beef you eat, too much of it may not be good for you.Make sure the beef you eat is properly cooked. Eating semi cooked meat is dangerous to health. You should not eat more than 700g of red meat per week according to health practitioners.

Types of Vegetables you should and should not refrigerate

ripe vegetables

Most fruits and vegetables will last longer when refrigerated. Don’t refrigerate unripe fruits, instead leave them at normal room temperature for them to ripen. Chopped/ sliced or left over vegetables should be refrigerated. 

Some list of vegetables you should not refrigerate

Plum

Potatoes

Yams

Onions ( unless spring onions or scallions)

Tomatoes

Cassava

Peaches

Some list of vegetables you should refrigerate ( when ripe)

Grape fruits

Mangoes

Avocadoes 

Apricots

Berries

Bananas and plantains

Papayas

Pineapples

Pears

Melons

How to prepare Potato Salad with Mayonnaise

Potato Salad with Mayonnaise

This type of salad is very easy to make, just boil the potatoes and dress with ingredients.

What you need to make Potatoes Salad with Mayonnaise.

1.5 pounds or 0.7 kg of potatoes.

Salt to taste

Pepper (as you require)

½ cup of finely chopped parsley ( scent leaves)

¼ cup chopped onions

Mayonnaise (to your taste).

How to prepare Potato Salad with Mayonnaise

  1. Peel and wash the potatoes, then put inside a cooking pot, add little salt and boil for about 15 minutes. Make sure not to overcook. After cooking, drain the potatoes, you can use cold water to rinse and drain again.
  2. Put the warm potatoes on a plate and toss it with the chopped parsley,pepper & onions. Next, add mayonnaise, you just add on top of the potatoes or gently mix it with the potatoes.
  3. Serve in its slightly warm state or refrigerate for 4 hours then serve.

How to make Cherry Tomato Salad with Soy Sauce

Tomato salad with soy sauce

Cherry Tomato 🍅 salad with soy sauce recipe

4 teaspoons of soil sauce. You can add more to taste.

Pinch of sugar

2 teaspoon of sesame oil

10 pieces of cherry or grape tomatoes, steamed and cut in half.

Some Fresh basil leaves.

Grind pepper.

Procedure

In a large bowl mix the soy sauce, sugar and oil.

Next add the steamed and sliced tomatoes and sprinkle lightly with pepper.

You can add more soy sauce to taste.

Leave the salad to stand for 15 minutes before serving.