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Are sausages from the butcher usually paleo?
« on: December 15, 2011, 03:00:25 AM »
When I was shopping in the supermarket today, I scouted the meat aisle in the hope of getting some sausages but was unable to find any suitable for paleo as they all contained rice flour, corn syrup, preservatives and other stuff with numbers  ???  Sooooooo, tomorrow I will head to the local butcher shop and I will of course ask if they have added this stuff, but just concerned they might have a premix they add and not really know what is in it or something.

I'm in Australia if that makes a difference to how they're usually made at local butchers.  I love sausages, and considering it is fat and organs encased in intestine, they sound pretty paleo as far as I can tell, so long as they don't have all that other stuff in it.

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Re: Are sausages from the butcher usually paleo?
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2011, 04:59:12 AM »
Most sausages contain some bread crumbs or something like that and probably preservative. You have no alternative but to ask really.

You could make your own as sausage patties of course :)


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Re: Are sausages from the butcher usually paleo?
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2011, 07:13:05 AM »
Don't know about Australia but in the U.S. almost all sausage contains some kind of sugar. There are some exceptions, but they are rare.

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Re: Are sausages from the butcher usually paleo?
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2011, 08:53:06 AM »
If I'm dieing for the flavor of the breakfast sausage I used to love with my eggs in the morning, I use these:

http://www.alfrescoallnatural.com/FlavorDetails.aspx?ID=9781

I know they are not 100% Paleo, but with less than 2% sugar, and being gluten free, it is a "cheat" I use sometimes.  The ingredients read as such, in case my link doesn't work:  Skinless Chicken Meat, Red and Green Peppers, Water, and Contains 2% or less of Fennel, Black Pepper, Salt, Tubinado Sugar.  In a natural pork casing.

I feel like it's least evil sausage I've ever come across.  Worth a try if you are not going super hard core, as some do...
« Last Edit: December 15, 2011, 11:53:33 AM by stephiek »

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Re: Are sausages from the butcher usually paleo?
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2011, 10:35:13 AM »
If it's breakfast sausage you are after, I make my own and it's SUPER easy. I usually make a 2-lb. batch and freeze it in 1/2-lb. portions in Ziploc bags. Here's my recipe (the second one in this thread is the one I've settled on).

http://cavemanforum.com/recipes-and-meal-photos/bacon-sage-breakfast-sausage/


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Re: Are sausages from the butcher usually paleo?
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2011, 12:47:25 PM »
Thanks everyone, and I will certainly try your recipe JayJay :)  I will check with the butcher today anyway, but by the sounds of it, it doesn't sound promising!

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Re: Are sausages from the butcher usually paleo?
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2011, 01:31:43 PM »
My butcher has two types of sausages, the "normal" kind ie not paleo, and a range of "gourmet" sausages that are pretty good. Some of the flavours contain cheese, but the butcher can tell me exactly what's in them. Most decent butchers have a range of gluten-free sausages at least.

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Re: Are sausages from the butcher usually paleo?
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2011, 10:25:39 PM »
When I was shopping in the supermarket today, I scouted the meat aisle in the hope of getting some sausages but was unable to find any suitable for paleo as they all contained rice flour, corn syrup, preservatives and other stuff with numbers  ???  Sooooooo, tomorrow I will head to the local butcher shop and I will of course ask if they have added this stuff, but just concerned they might have a premix they add and not really know what is in it or something.

I'm in Australia if that makes a difference to how they're usually made at local butchers.  I love sausages, and considering it is fat and organs encased in intestine, they sound pretty paleo as far as I can tell, so long as they don't have all that other stuff in it.

All sausages will contain either rice flour or wheat, rarely sugar over this side of the pond. There is one brand that does not contain anything but meat and a bit of salt. I'll check the name next time I'm in the store and post here.

Butchers will make custom sausages, just check which day they need the order in by.

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Re: Are sausages from the butcher usually paleo?
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2011, 11:23:39 PM »
I checked in at the butchers today and they do have gluten and preservative free sausages, but did not know the ingredients in the sausage mix.  They will be able to tell me next week when it comes in and are going to call me.  They said they're happy to make me a batch, but will need some ingredient to bind it together, so if I can give them the magic ingredients, they can make it, but I will have to buy A LOT of sausages at a time in order for them to do that.

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Re: Are sausages from the butcher usually paleo?
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2011, 02:02:09 AM »
Best thing for binding is an egg, but that reduces how long you can store it I would think.

I've had sausages done with no binder, they still worked great as a sausage. The whole needs a binder thing is bullshit with regards to sausages, the skin is all the binder it needs.

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Re: Are sausages from the butcher usually paleo?
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2011, 09:22:59 AM »
I've had sausages done with no binder, they still worked great as a sausage. The whole needs a binder thing is bullshit with regards to sausages, the skin is all the binder it needs.

I've found exactly the same thing. I buy organic sausages from a local farming company which are just meat, skin and herbs. Why they need anything in them besides that is beyond me...

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Re: Are sausages from the butcher usually paleo?
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2011, 01:22:33 PM »
Wow, that's good to know regarding binders.  They told me it would all just fall apart without one.  Might check out another butcher!

Thanks guys, great help as usual :)

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Re: Are sausages from the butcher usually paleo?
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2011, 08:55:07 AM »
In links, rusk is used to absorb fat, keeping the sausages moist inside, and to help keep the shape of the sausage. Also salt is used pretty extensively in the mix as a preserver and flavour enhancer.

You can make your own, it's not that hard once you get the hang of it. Although it's not really that fun in winter because everything has to be freezing cold.

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Re: Are sausages from the butcher usually paleo?
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2011, 02:28:23 PM »
I've had sausages done with no binder, they still worked great as a sausage. The whole needs a binder thing is bullshit with regards to sausages, the skin is all the binder it needs.

I've found exactly the same thing. I buy organic sausages from a local farming company which are just meat, skin and herbs. Why they need anything in them besides that is beyond me...

Because everything must contain grains, otherwise society will certainly collapse.