In my current profession I get to try new things virtually every day, from kitchen equipment to obscure spices to unique protein sources. It’s a great feeling when a random idea actually gets executed and turns out how I envisioned. The random idea of the day came today when I started to clean out my jerky gun after my seminar on jerky and sausage making at the Cabela’s store in Tualatin, OR. Packing up in a hurry, I just tossed everything into my cooler for the 2 hour ride home, thinking it’s easier to clean up in my own kitchen. There happened to be about a 1/2 pound of a Thai Sausage mixture that I had developed off-the-cuff with my Cabela’s crowd. Rather than just fry it up and feed it to the kids for a snack, I sealed it up in my Weston Chamber Vacuum Sealer in a Cabela’s “boil-safe” bag for an experiment I have been wanting to try.For quite some time I have been vacuum sealing all kinds of things to convenience cook “boil-in-bag” style. Be it tender, herb spiced halibut, fried rice or a favorite chili; it’s great to have ready made meals sealed up (or frozen for long term storage) that can be popped into boiling water and served right from the bag. The benefit of a chamber vacuum sealer is that sealing liquids is easy, something that just can’t be done in a regular vacuum sealer.Anyway, the Thai Sausage, boiled up to perfect doneness in just 6 minutes. No mess, nothing to clean up afterwards. Although the sausage doesn’t have the char that a grilled or pan-fried sausage may have, the flavor is still fantastic. Incredibly moist, every ingredient in the flavor profile can be savored. This may not look as pretty, minus the sear, but tossed into rice or noodles, rolled into a spring roll or breakfast burrito, this sausage is bursting with flavor.
To me, it’s unique flavors that get me excited about food. Anytime I can turn my wild game or camping vittles into “fast food,” I have found success.
As I mentioned earlier, a real perk of my job is working with companies like Weston Products and trying out their latest and greatest. They sent me this chamber vacuum sealer and I love how it works, especially when vacuum sealing liquids – something I haven’t ever been able to do in a traditional vacuum sealer. Find out more about Weston’s product line up at their website.
Another product I am super excited about was a recent purchase off of Amazon.com. This stuff is so good I have put it on something almost every day since I got it!
Also, here’s a link to the best vacuum sealer bags I have ever used. These Cabela’s brand bags are safe for freezing, refrigeration, microwaving and boiling. They come in many sizes and it looks like they are currently at a nice sale price, here.