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    What do Americans mean by sausage?

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    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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    Quote 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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    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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    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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    Quote 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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    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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    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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    I live close to northlakes in brisbane, Australia. lol.

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    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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