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  • What do Americans mean by sausage?

    It has to be different to the Australian or British sausage which is full of grains, sugars and other fillers.

    I'm starting to think you must just mean some kind of meat patty/rissole and it's determined by the kind of meat...

    I looked up Bob Evans and that seems to be made with out filers, just meat and spices...
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    It all depends on the type of sausage. Country/breakfast, Italian, pepperoni, and some others are usually meat, fat, spicess. Then are wursts, and beef stick or other firm sausages that have grain and other fillers. But you always have to check the labels. Better quality pork or game sausages normally don't have fillers. I love sausages, especially those made from game meats like venison and wild boar.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Digby View Post
      It all depends on the type of sausage. Country/breakfast, Italian, pepperoni, and some others are usually meat, fat, spicess. Then are wursts, and beef stick or other firm sausages that have grain and other fillers. But you always have to check the labels. Better quality pork or game sausages normally don't have fillers. I love sausages, especially those made from game meats like venison and wild boar.
      Yep. I have no trouble finding gluten-free/grain-free sausages out there. Usually they're premium, organic sausages, but I can even find these things at Costco.

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      • #4
        Generally, out here, it does have some preservatives and sugar, but no worse than bacon. My local store brand does it right: meat, fat, spices, intestines for tubing.
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        • #5
          I've gotten Irish Bangers @ WFM that had the traditional fillers, but for the most part sausage around here means Meat, Fat, Seasoning, and the optional animal intestine if it's a link style sausage.

          If I had to guess, I'd say the lack of fillers has more to do with Americans being picky about perceived value. Ie - no fillers = more value. Companies pay attention to stuff like that, but it rarely has anything to do with health reasons.

          In fact, over here sausage is pretty much considered one of the farthest things from health-food as you can get (unless you're primal wise and know better).

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          • #6
            Originally posted by brahnamin View Post
            for the most part sausage around here means Meat, Fat, Seasoning, and the optional animal intestine if it's a link style sausage
            Yeah, that's what Americans generally mean when they say sausage. I've considered learning to make my own sausage, once I get an electric meat grinder, so I can make my own out of grass-fed meat.
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            • #7
              I wish i could find some sausages with only fat, meat, and spices and intestines for the tubing :S but every time i go they say they can not do it without using the filler. grrrr

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              • #8
                I wish i could find some sausages with only fat, meat, and spices and intestines for the tubing :S but every time i go they say they can not do it without using the filler. grrrr
                Where are you at? And where are you shopping?

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                • #9
                  I live close to northlakes in brisbane, Australia. lol.

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                  • #10
                    Sausage has a very broad meaning here in the States. As others have posted, many do have fillers, but real sausage is also available. I'm partial to bratwurst with no filler cooked on the grill. A bit of heaven on earth. And didn't Grok cook meat over coals?

                    brahnamin, I almost asked what you meant by WFM. Now that would have been embarrassing. lol. For non-US people out there, Whole Foods Market is a national food market chain that offers many organic and minimally processed products...at a high price.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Darthash View Post
                      I wish i could find some sausages with only fat, meat, and spices and intestines for the tubing :S but every time i go they say they can not do it without using the filler. grrrr
                      Not sure of current laws, but it used to be the case that it was legal to add preservatives to smallgoods but not to meat. The difference is the proportion of meat. So for the butcher to add preservatives to sausages she had to add filler. Actually heard of a butcher being prosecuted for having too much meat in his sausages.

                      Best you can do is go for gluten-free sausages. Usual fillers are rice flour and/or potato starch, which are free of toxins
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mike in Virginia View Post
                        brahnamin, I almost asked what you meant by WFM. Now that would have been embarrassing. lol. For non-US people out there, Whole Foods Market is a national food market chain that offers many organic and minimally processed products...at a high price.
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                        • #13
                          Sausage is not hard to make. My daughter in upstate New York and some of her friends has a sausage making party last autumn after one of the guys shot a deer. They decided to make 3-4 varieties, bought bulk pork and fat, the casings, the seasonings, and made a big party of it, with the fresh sausage popped on the bbq grill for their meal.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Darthash View Post
                            I wish i could find some sausages with only fat, meat, and spices and intestines for the tubing :S but every time i go they say they can not do it without using the filler. grrrr
                            Try making them yourself, I did and it was dead easy and delicious! Find a local butcher who will sell you some hog casings (intestines, cleaned and empty), put pork mince (or some shoulder meat), pork belly, some seasonings like savory &/or sage, salt and pepper in the food processor and mix to desired consistancy. Cook up a little before you stuff your sausage to test the seasonings. Then put your meat in a piping bag with a long nozzle and stuff your casings. If you can't get hold of casings, just make your meat mixture into patties and have sausage rounds.

                            Really easy and totally delicious. Once you get the hang of it, the variations are limited only by your imagination. I recently made lamb, mint and lemon sausages.
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                            • #15
                              man that lamb sausage sounds good! i love lamb. It's so expensive here, it's a rare treat.

                              I like deer sausage too. My husband likes to drive me nuts by shopping at a meat mart that is def not grass fed meat. The only thing i will eat from there is the boudain (it's delicious & rice should always be the only filler ever!) and the deer sausage (hoping that there's no nitrate in it but it's an occasional thing, so how bad could it be?).

                              that makes me sad to hear about filler in sausage in other places. i think there's only filler in the cheapest and most awful of "meat" products here.

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