The "No Nitrites Added" Hoax | Michael Ruhlman
I worry about it much less than stuff like corn syrup, modified food starch, and MSG.
My Primal Meanderings
I live in southeastern Mass, and we have a high percentage of folks here of Portuguese descent (including yours truly)! What we have is called Chourico (pronounced "shoreese" with a little tongue roll in there!) but is VERY similar to chorizo, so much so, that the
Italian restaurant I work at, 50 miles away, puts "chorizo" on the menu. Come on. Do it right. Chourico is thicker than chorizo, there is also linguica, similar in flavor. Both usually have milk solids added to the spiced pork, so depending on your sensitivity to dairy, could be Primal or not. I like to group it with any other sausages I consume, if you don't make it yourself, you can't REALLY be certain of all the ingredients or handling...give it a go, its delicious enough as is (with eggs, yum) or as a flavoring ingredient, (think smoke, garlic, hot pepper and paprika), it is available in a large link, small links or ground, and count it as part of your 20% if you must. The Portuguese also do delicious things with blood, blood pudding, etc...waste not, want not...and make delicious wine to go with all of it, after being used IN it...sigh...
My sorely neglected blog - http://ThatWriterBroad.com
You might be able to find a good butcher that will make some for you, just meat, spices, and casing. Can't hurt to ask if you have a butcher shop or two you regularly pass by.
make your own in small batches. The reason the put nitrates in it is for preservation.
A few of you have mentioned making your own sausages...
How can I do that (would love to try!) can you post recipes or links, please.
use a food processor to chop the meat course add seasonings then chop again to mix. There are all kind of recipes online. Just be sure to use or freeze soon that way you don't need preservatives. Personally I have a commercial meat grinder and make 200-300 pounds of fresh sausage at a time. If i just want to make a different kind I just use the food processor.