The chef who cooked for the Queen reveals the mistakes we all make when cooking sausages


A top chef has revealed that many of us cook our bangers the wrong way – and gave five tips for changing that. Jeff Baker, who has cooked for the likes of the Queen, once explained how bacon should be cooked. He has now moved on to sausages.

The Michelin-starred chef told the Daily Star how to cook the perfect sausages – and in five easy steps. Jeff has over three decades of professional kitchen experience and has worked with some of the best in the business.

The executive head of development now works at Farmison & Co and has shared his simple secrets. He also warned against common mistakes. Keep reading to learn more.

How to cook the perfect sausages

1. Remove the sausages from the refrigerator 20 minutes before cooking

This helps the sausages cook evenly and prevents the skin from splitting when confronted with heat, Jeff said.

2. Put your firecrackers in the pan

Use a heavy bottomed nonstick skillet and place over low to medium heat.

3. Add a teaspoon of duck or goose fat to the pan

Stir until the base is completely coated, then remove any excess fat.

4. Place the sausages in the pan, making sure that they do not touch each other and keeping a constant heat

By turning them regularly, the bangers obtain a rich and golden color. Jeff recommends 10-12 minutes for a traditional thick sausage.

5. Rest the bangers before serving

When cooked, the sausages will be firm to the touch, with an internal temperature of 70°C. The secret now is to let the sausages sit for a few minutes, like you would a steak. This allows the meat to relax, giving you tender, juicy sausages.

Changing your cooking methods can be tricky, especially if you think your way of making sausage is the best. But here are the mistakes people should avoid, according to Jeff.

The mistakes people make

1. Prick the skins when cooking quality sausages with high meat content and natural skins

This can lead to lack of juice and you will end up with dry, tasteless sausages.

2. Never fry

This can make the skin tough and the sausages dry.

3. Don’t cook your sausages

While this seems like the healthy option, it doesn’t provide the frying experience that pan-frying provides. Cooking prevents the exterior from developing that delicious umami taste that we all crave.

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