Rohesser – Smoked Sausages For Traditional German Dinner

Rohesser, traditional German smoked raw sausages

If you cringe a little at the sight of this wrinkly, old-looking sausage, it will surprise you with its delicious taste. Rohesser is a certain type of raw pork sausage from Germany which is mainly eaten as a snack or in combination with traditional German ‘Abendbrot’ – a cold dinner with a wide variety of foods such as sliced meats and cheeses eaten on bread or rolls. Since Rohesser are easily storable for up to 4 weeks and do not require much refrigeration, they are an ideal snack for picnics or camping trips.

Rohesser literally translates to raw eaters

Rohesser are produced with coarsely ground pork that is seasoned and filled into real intestines. The characteristic taste evolves by smoking them over night in beech wood. The sausage has a distinct reddish color that it usually obtains from adding paprika powder or special color enhancements.

Right after the smoking process, Rohesser are still rather soft and start hardening later on as the dry. Consumers can influence the degree of this himself according to their own preferred way. Keeping them refrigerated will slow down the hardening process. While the usual Rohesser has a strong smoky flavor, the sausage is also available in other variations. These are often refined with different kinds of condiments, for example in a spicy version with chili or pepper.

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