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Handmade Sausage  真冬のソーセージ作り  

Hello, my name is Hiroaki Tachizaki. I am farming with my wife and parents in Aomori prefecture. I also run B&B. It’s December, local school has started winter vacation, so I invited some friends and their children to  “Handmade Sausage party” . The instructor was my father. He once was a sausage maker in local welfare center, so he seemed very excited.

初めまして、立崎ヒロアキです。青森県で、妻と両親の4人で農業および農家民宿を営んでおります。季節は12月。地元の学校も冬休みに入ったので、友人家族をお招きしてソーセージ作りに挑戦してみました。講師は僕の父親。父は以前、地元の施設でソーセージ開発に携わっていたこともあり、とても張り切っていました。

Firstly, we mixed the ground pork meat with other ingredients, and filled into a casing which is made of the sheep intestine by using special tool designed for making sausages. Children were very nerves at the beginning, but they gradually got used to the work. Then, we formed sausage links, and raised it up high! It was a very happy moment! Their parents taking photos seemed very happy too. Next, we smoked fresh sausages by Sakura flavor. After that process, we boiled it until its temperature reached 75. Children were looking these processes very curiously with their pure eyes.

子供たちと一緒に、まずは肉をこね、専用の器具を使って羊腸に肉を詰めていきます。はじめは緊張していましたが、だんだん慣れてきたのか、手の動きもスムーズに。きれいに腸詰されたソーセージを適当な長さに編み、持ち上げて満面の笑顔。写真を撮る親御さんの表情も自然とほころびます。次に、出来上がった新鮮なソーセージをサクラチップを使って軽く燻製し、香りをつけます。それが終わったら次にボイル作業。ソーセージの中が75度を超えるまでゆっくりと慎重にボイルします。それぞれの工程を興味津々で見つめる子供たちの目は純粋そのもの。

Finally, our handmade sausages were ready. Now all we need was cook and eat!! Children were waiting like a hungry lion. I had to cook sausages one after another, because once I served sausages it vanished in the blink of an eye. I heard everyone shouting “Oh, it’s delicious!!” in my back. I turned around, and served another grilled sausages on a plate, found so many fingers (more than sausages!!) reaching already. Parents were very surprised, because their children are usually busy playing with their smartphone all day and rarely care about what they eat in daily life. Sharing time and working together with children brings wonderful experiences and remains as beautiful memories. There are such warm experiences in Aomori’s winter.

ボイルが終われば、いよいよ手作りソーセージの完成です。あとはフライパンで焼いて食べるだけです。ジュージューと音をたててこんがりと焼きあがるソーセージを、いまかいまかと待つ子供たち。皿に盛りつけると1分と経たずに無くなってしまうので、僕は延々とソーセージを焼き続けます。背中に聞こえる「おいしい!」という歓声。振り向いて焼いたソーセージを皿に盛るとソーセージ以上にたくさんの指が伸びてくる。普段家にいたらスマホしか見ない子供たちが、これほど目の前の食べ物に集中している、そんな様子に親御さんたちも驚いていました。手作りは、親子で体験できるからいい。真冬の青森には、こんな暖かさがひそかに灯っています。

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