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Why are sausages called 'bangers'?

Have you ever wondered where the name came from?

One of the quirks of the English language is our many nicknames for things. Here in the UK, for instance, sausages are affectionately known as ‘bangers’, as in ‘bangers and mash’.

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This dates back to before the Second World War, when meat was scarce. Butchers had to bulk sausages out with whatever was available – rusk, cereals and especially the cheapest of all, water. Now, we all know what happens when water mixes with hot oil – it crackles and spits like an angry cat. So if you didn’t prick the sausages with a fork before you put them in the pan, they tended to explode with a loud BANG!

Thankfully those days are gone – our own pork sausages are packed so full of prime pork shoulder (an exceptional 80%) that there’s simply no room for any bang. We’re certainly not complaining!