The story of the Falu Sausage
The story of the Falu Sausages is intimately related to Stora Kopparberg and the Copper Mine. Falu Sausage is perhaps the most popular dish in Sweden.
During the Middle Ages heavy and strong ropes of twisted hides were used to hoist up the copper ore from the mine. Cattle were brought from southern Sweden in enormous caravans. After arrival at Falun the animals were slaughtered, mainly in order to make use of the hides. When a caravan had arrived, a surplus of meat occurred and one way of preserving the meat was to smoke it, which was regarded as a bit more sophisticated than the usual brining. During the 16th and 17th century the German influence was very strong at the mine. The Germans were very skilful, and they knew how to produce tasty sausages from the smoked beef. Soon the people of Falun also learned this art.
For close to 150 years the Falu Sausage has been prepared in its present form. Thus, Stora Kopparberg has also meant a lot to the art of plain cooking in Sweden.
Melkers was officially introduced as a limited company in 1891 by Anders Olsson. His son, Melker, subsequently named the business. Six of Melkers eight sons then took over and developed the company further. Today, the 5th generation is active in the company.
Melkers Falu Sausage is the only Falu Sausage in Sweden with it's roots from the Copper Mine in Falun – it is the original! Products besides the Falu Sausage are sliced cold cuts and different kinds of hot dogs.