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Sausage Glossary

Take your knowledge of sausage making to a new level by learning the lingo. This sausage glossary has all the commonly used buzz-words used in meat processing as well as a huge selection of sausage types. Auger A meat grinder component that is shaped like a corkscrew. It is designed to assist with moving the meat  through the grinder. Bacon Hanger A tool that looks like the end of a rake. It is used to [...]

2018-08-07T00:49:57-05:00 Useful Information|Comments Off on Sausage Glossary

Who Invented Sausage?

We cover the big issues here at Italian Barrel - answering questions like who invented sausage is our specialty. Face it, you want to know the answer don't you? Many parts of the world are obsessed with their version of sausage. There are so many variations that, for this article, we'll define a sausage as "a long, cylinder shaped meat product encased in a skin". The meat could come from anything including pork, veal, beef, [...]

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How to Pair Sausage with Beer Like a German God

In the garden of Eden, beer and sausage walk hand in hand. They are a happy match of salt, fat, hops, and sweet notes all rolled into one meal. There’s a good reason that over 140,000 pork sausage pairs are sold at Oktoberfest each year. It tastes good. Did you know that some combinations of beer and sausage work better than others? It’s not that we think there are bad combinations [...]

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A Beginners Guide to Sausage Casing

Sausage casings are an essential part of making wieners at home. Their job is to encase the sausage meat so that the sausage holds its shape. Sometimes they also add flavor to the sausage such as smoked casings for hot dogs. When you start out making sausage it can be a bit daunting. There are so many options! Whether it's the cooking style, the ingredients or those casings which seem to be available in 100 [...]

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Sausage Science 101: A Basic Guide

Most of us see sausage as a delicious meal that's convenient to make. Nothing more, nothing less. Although sausages may seem like just a meat, there is actually a great deal of science behind this simple, yet tasty, meal. In this article, we'll look at the science behind the making of sausages. Macromolecules within the sausage Sausages are made up of three of the major macromolecules that are found in just about every life form [...]

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Is Sausage Healthy to Eat?

The deeply satisfying taste and texture of sausage meat is hard to beat. We reach for that freshly grilled Bratwurst to place upon a bun beside some chips at the local block party. Or maybe we grab a banger out of the pan to slather in maple syrup. The perfect side-dish to pancakes! Any way we prepare them, sausages are simply hard to resist. After finishing a meal of sausages it's common to feel guilty. [...]

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