Sunday, January 23, 2011

Polish Sausage Making... A Family Tradition

Polish Sausage Making...
a Family Tradition

This past December my husband and I were invited to 
join the Skloss family as they revived their family
tradition of making Polish sausage.
The Skloss family had migrated from Poland to Texas
many, many years ago and they, along with other
Polish families, established the town of
Cestohowa, Texas.
They eventually continued on to McCook, Texas where
they bought farmland and grew grain, corn and other
dryland crops.
The language of the community was Silesian.
Sausage making was a family tradition enjoyed by
all of the Polish families. The sausage is made of 2/3 pork and 1/3 beef with salt, pepper and some garlic. The mesquite smoking of the sausage gives it the unique flavor.
Family was scattered in the past few years but recently
the young people decided they wanted to revive the
tradition. It was a full day of work, however, not only was
some of the wonderful sausage enjoyed for supper, but
the satisfaction of bringing the old tradition back
was best of all!!

I am linking to
Little Red House for
Mosaic Monday
Come join us for some wonderful
collages of pictures!

I left the Skloss homestead in McCook that evening wishing I had just a drop of Polish blood in me! The family traditions and the love they all share for each other is beautiful and so special.


Deb said...

what a great family tradition....

Carol said...

Looks like a fun and delicious tradition!

GrandmaK said...

It's always grand when family comes together and works to a common end. That is to be treasured! This is a wonderful post! Thank you! Cathy

A Garden of Threads said...

Looks like fun was had by all. Great post.

Snap said...

looks like fun and my mouth is watering! :D

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Wow, what a wonderful tradition and it must have been so much fun to have been part of this!!!

Diann @ the Thrifty Groove said...

How fun and a great tradition!

Carol at Serendipity said...

Yum. So many of the old traditions are lost. It is so great that this family wanted to keep this one alive. Great post.


Theresa said...

Oh my goodness, YUMMMMM! I love family traditions:) My Daddy raised hogs, cows, chickens and many other farm animals! We had so many family traditions with those animals! Nice that you enjoyed that tradition with your friends!

Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

Kathy said...

I bet the smell was wonderful! My father-in-law raises pigs - they send them off to make sage sausage, but we do process the rest of the meat. And they do render the fat to make lard still!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Must have been an interesting event to watch and taste.

Mary said...

What a wonderful tradition, and I'm sure it must taste delicious!

Rita said...

Aren't family traditions so wonderfully special? Hope you got to enjoy some of those sausages after working on them all day! I can just taste them while thinking about it!