The autumn is the season of calmness and enchanting flavors. After the summer intensity, it turns to slow down time and to call more attention to ourselves and our loved ones. The frequent holidays that lie ahead put householders to a test. The anxiety ” how, how much, when” about the holiday table plays an integral part in positive emotions and happy spent evenings.
- How important Bulgarian holiday’s traditions are
Inseverable part of our way of life and culture are holidays and traditions connected with them. They have formed the overall vision of the Bulgarian for his/her life and values. Our grandparents have labored all year round for their livelihood. It depended on the crops and the animal’s breeding what they would put on the table. The strenuous workdays have been replaced with the desire for feast-days. Only then they dropped the reins and enjoyed the fruits of their labor. Every small ingredient had its important part in the style of living and the daily round. From the direction, from which Horo is hovering, the stealing of the marriageable girl, the nuptials to the traditions in the preparing of irreplaceable Bulgarian dishes and delicacies.
There are nearly no outstanding villages that support the traditions in their original way. Nevertheless, our customs have plenty of followers, who are trying to preserve them and to keep them alive. There is no other strength to draw from. There is no other thing to be more proud of. In this train of thought, we associate directly the Bulgarian tempers with what we are putting on the table. A number of well-preserved traditions offer an amazing opportunity to the modern housewife to re-create in a great measure the ancient uses.
- What strictly attended to the winter table
There wasn’t such a thing as a house without animals. Along with thе harvest, they had defined the principal occupation of Bulgarians. They have specialized so well in the making of appetizers and delicacies that everyone could envy us. A fundamental method in their preparation that is used to this very day is the severely drying one. Not one or two species of relish are delighted to huge popularity and gratitude even nowadays, but some of them deserve a little bit more attention.
- A classic from north-eastern Bulgaria
The Petrohan dry pork sausage integrates in itself with the best from pork and beef. In a mixture with the right spices, the taste is irreplaceable and it stays favorite not only to grown-ups but also to children. Red pepper, so typical of this kind of appetizer, form the specific and irresistible gout. The traditional gourmet experience will tickle every diligеnt housewife’s vanity. The thin relishes will be vouchsafed by every connoisseur. Besides qualitative wine, the merry mood is guaranteed. The slightly smoky taste and aroma make it perfectly suitable for the last one.
- Conditions of quality
Petrohan isn’t so different from flat sausages and other similar severely dried dainties. In contrast to it, the flat sausage develope a natural mold, which is responsible for thе characteristic flavor and smell. It’s exactly the smell that’s helping the drying of the product and preventing the rancid of the greases it holds. The mold spores deliberately get across to the surface of the sausage and they divide equally. Those are key factors of producing high-quality delicacy.
- Ground or chopped
However, unlike ground meat needed for the production of the last ones, Petrohan’s sausage is prepared from finely chopped pieces. That’s only one of the reasons for the unique taste. For centuries home-made appetizers have been developed on Bulgarian lands. Back then people didn’t have mincing-machines. Sausage’s stuffing was prepared by chopping. This process was also made by hand. To the products made with pork, they added the onion. And from here comes the name “sausages”. It has preserved till now. Very typical condition for making dried pork salami is the consideration of the producing with the respective season. The specific conditions of drying, according to time, were determinative for getting the proper flavors. That’s where different original ranges, typical for certain regions of the country, come from.
- Mechanization of the process
Today the industrial production has studied in detail the minutiae and the receptions to bring the products as close to the original as possible. The artificial way in which the drying conditions are recreated doesn’t reduce the authentic taste of appetizers even slightly. On the contrary! The continuous improvement of modern technologies enables us to enjoy long forgotten times.
- Home preparation
That’s not a bad idea for the lovers of challenges in the kitchen. But in case you don’t have enough experience, maybe you shouldn’t get busy with it. The refinements of the technology are many and even if you get all the ingredients, the dosing of spices is relatively complicated. The trial-and-error method may also work, but trying will cost you some tasty meat.
The easiest way is to get ready-made and reliable master appetizers from proven producers. You can always try it yourself, but why wait to taste the seductive works of culinary art.