German Military: Two Airmen Made Sausage From Human Blood

Two members of the German Luftwaffe are to be tried by court-martial for making sausage, or wurst. The issue was not the quality of the sausage, but one of the ingredients, i.e., human blood. The servicemen were discovered after they solicited a fellow serviceman to donate blood, and the fellow serviceman asked as senior officer if this was permissible. Home Sausage Making

First observation: The German version of the UCMJ must extraordinarily detailed if it prohibits the making of sausage from human blood.

Second observation: The most troublesome part of the story is the origin of the recipe. Evidently, the recipe belonged to the grandmother, or Großmutter, of one of the servicemen. The recipe read:

“Make sure the blood is fresh and the bacon cubes diced finely with a nice proportion of fat to lean. Do not use too many breadcrumbs but if the blood starts to curdle stir in a teaspoon of wine vinegar.”

How many people could go through their grandmother’s old recipe book and find any meal that included human blood among the ingredients?

Third observation: Who was buying this sausage? Is there a large market for human-blood wurst in Germany? By comparison, bathtub cheese sounds appetizing.

yojoe (avoiding all breakfast meats) out

One Response

  1. sausages made of blood are eaten in middle-europe on a regular basis. in german it’s called blutwurst which means bloodsausage. But usually its made with blood from pigs…

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