Frank’s frank­furters win ar­ti­san award

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - TERESA RAM­SEY

Te Aroha West busi­ness Frank’s Sausages has been named a win­ner in the 2016 Cui­sine Ar­ti­san Awards for its frank­furters.

Af­ter re­lo­cat­ing from Ham­burg, Ger­many to New Zealand, owner Frank Nagel strug­gled to find a de­cent sausage.

De­spite never hav­ing done it be­fore, he be­gan mak­ing his own in the laun­dry at home in the Waikato.

Trial and er­ror at the lo­cal farm­ers’ mar­kets helped Nagel tweak the for­mu­las as nec­es­sary, and the sausages be­came so pop­u­lar that he and his wife, Sh­eryn Cook, found de­mand out­stripped sup­ply.

Six years ago, Frank’s Sausages was born, and Nagel along with four staff mem­bers now make enough sausages to sup­ply stores around the coun­try.

The win­ning tra­di­tional frank­furter is one of a range of sausages that Frank’s Sausages pro­duces, in­clud­ing pork with smoked pa­prika, Cum­bler­land and a Ger­man Thueringer bratwurst.

Nagel said the win­ning frank­furter was based on a recipe by Werner Fassler, who owned the Te Aroha busi­ness be­fore him for about 25 years. ‘‘We made a few changes,’’ Nagel said.

There were many steps in­volved in mak­ing an award-win­ning frank­furter.

‘‘Ev­ery per­son in the process has to do a good job to get a good prod­uct. It’s a team ef­fort,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s nice to win an award and we al­ways with ev­ery prod­uct try to make the best pos­si­ble prod­uct, es­pe­cially with the fran­furters.’’

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