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Sausage Making 101

Follow our guides and resources to make the perfect sausage at home.

The Ultimate Guide to Sausage Making [2021]

It’s time to face some hard facts. Store bought sausages suck. We've decided to create this illustrated guide so that you can make your own. This page is packed with information to teach you how to make real sausage that tastes fresh and full of flavor. By the end of this page you'll be on your way to becoming a salumist, aka sausage guru. →Fun Fact: Say Jesus backwards and you get sausage!← A brief history of mainstream sausage We could bore you with a long-winded [...]

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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 hang pork bellies, jerky, ribs and other meat during smoking. The number of prongs on the hanger can vary from a few through to 14 [...]

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The Ultimate Guide to Italian Sausage

Everything you've ever wanted to know about Italian sausage. On one page. So you want to learn how to make Italian sausage, or salsiccia as they call it in Italy? Great idea. It's hard to beat the delicious taste and texture of a homemade sausage. This isn't your average how-to guide. The is the ultimate illustrated guide! With this page, you're armed and ready to dive into making Italian sausage. Let's get started! What's Italian Sausage? In the U.S. Italian sausage most "often refers to a style of [...]

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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, veal or even, dare we say it, horse. The creation of sausage isn't a recent turn of events. It goes a long way back which [...]

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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 – any mix of the two tastes good to us! But you’ll find there are some magical combinations that balance each other out perfectly. We’ll [...]

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How to Make the Perfect Sausage Gravy

Sausage gravy is one of those comfort foods that is surprisingly easy to make. It's a classic Southern dish served up for breakfast with buttermilk biscuits. The meal really isn't complete without eggs, bacon, fried up potatoes and sauteed spinach. It's not the healthiest breakfast you can put into your body. But hey, we won't tell anyone. Everything in moderation right? Follow this recipe to make silky smooth, melt in your mouth breakfast fare. The morning blues are cured every time with sausage gravy. Try it once and you'll see what we mean. Sausage Gravy Recipe Ingredients 1 pound of [...]

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A Guide to Sausage Seasoning

Seasoning is king. When you decide to make sausage from scratch, choosing the right mix of flavors can mean the difference between a memorable meat experience and a frustrating food flop. You'll find loads of sausage recipes in books and online. I find they're a great starting point but don't be afraid to give each recipe your own special twist. Once you've combined your meat with herbs and spices, the next step is crucial. Take a small sample of the meat and cook it, taste test and make changes as required. Without doing this you're cooking [...]

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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 varieties. Don't fear, we have all the information you'll need to get started without all the mistakes we made the first time. What is sausage [...]

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How to Grind Meat Like a Boss

Back in the day before supermarkets, grinding meat at home was extremely common. Now it seems to have been put in the too hard basket. A challenging activity best left for butchers and foodster geeks - the type that have to DIY everything. The fact is, some food preparation is best left to the professionals but when it comes to meat grinding, that's not one of them. It's surprising how simple the process is and the meat you end up with is amazing. It's so much better than the store bought version. Why you should grind your own meat the [...]

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How to Make Vegan Sausages

Italian Barrel, a meat obsessed website, covering vegan? What gives? Your eyes aren't misleading you. We'll try anything once and vegan sausages aren't actually too bad. You'll never convert us from our main passion which is sausage making using real meat. But sometimes it's nice to have a break from animal protein for a night. Meatless Monday anyone? There are a number of reasons for avoiding the meat. Health, environmental and ethical reasons are at the top of the pile. Others simply don't enjoy eating it. But just because people forgo the meat, it doesn't mean they wish to give [...]

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