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Homemade Sausage vs. Commerical Sausage

What is in Commerical Sausage?

Have you ever chewed on a bite of sausage or salami and found a bone chip, or a piece of hard white “gristle” that shocked your teeth? I only experience that on rare occasions when eating commercially made sausage at a restaurant. When they say they use “the whole hog,” they’re telling mostly the truth.


Why is Homemade Sausage Tastier?


When you make your own homemade sausage, you will not put every possible scrap in the meat you’re going to grind. You’ll remove any little blood clots, the tendons, the ligaments, the bone fragments, and you’ll leave nothing in the meat that you aren’t willing to eat. You certainly won’t want your family and friends eating something that you yourself aren’t willing to eat either.

.Example of homemade sausage vs. commercial sausage

Cuts of Pork for Homemade Sausage

The best primal cut of pork to make homemade sausage out of is the shoulder butt. The shoulder butt adjoins the pork shoulder, or “picnic shoulder,” at the top of the shoulder, between the rib end of the pork loin, and the head. What little neck the pig has is mostly a part of the shoulder butt, at the fat end. The outside of the shoulder butt, the skin side, is a layer of white fat. How thick the fat layer is varies, but if you want very lean homemade sausage, nearly all of that layer can be easily cut off.

The neck end of the shoulder butt, the fat end, contains a gland. The gland is grayish, usually about an inch across, and if you cut into it, is shiny. It’s very easy to see, and very easy to distinguish it from the white fat. The gland, while harmless, left in the meat, can give the homemade sausage a bitter taste. As you cut the shoulder butt into strips about 1 ½ inches square (for easy feeding into a small grinder) it’s easy to remove as much fat as you wish. Too, if you haven’t seen the gland yet, you will while cutting the meat into strips. Any sausage needs some fat for flavoring the meat, but you should be the sole monitor of how much of it you want in your own homeade sausage.

As you’re cutting the shoulder butt, you’ll sometimes find a small blood clot or two around the bone, which of course should be removed. It’s harmless, but can make a black spot in your fried sausage. You’ll find connective tendons and ligaments that are easy to identify. They’ll be white and shiny, hard and tough. They’re easily removed by simply sliding your knife blade along them. Finally remove the bone and the bone chips that you’ll almost always find, and you’ll have the finest meat that homemade sausage can be made from.

Final Word on Homemade Sausage vs. Commercial Sausage

All the above you can do when you make your own homemade sausage. If that care were taken in commercial sausage, if the commercial guys removed all the little annoying parts described above, we wouldn’t find the little bone chips, little white pieces of cartilage, the little black spots, and the fat content that sometimes borders on “disgusting.”

Fresh? Unless you raise your own hogs, you can’t get any fresher sausage than what you make at home. You’ll be completely amazed at the difference between homemade sausage and commerical sausage.

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Course Contents:
Introduction to Homemade Sausage
Homemade Sausage vs. Commercial Sausage
Homemade Sausage Casing
Recipe for Homemade Sausage
Homemade Sausage, Steps 1 - 5
Homemade Sausage, Steps 6 - 10
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