This Why Us Homemade Sausage Makers Are Different

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by solaryellow, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    I hope this story goes through your head the next time you buy a package of cheap sausage. http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/06/hormel-spam-pig-brains-disease While I understand that not all of us are sausagemakers, those of us who are take pride in what we make because it is typically the opposite of the mass produced garbage that sits on the shelves of our local super grocery store. I also know Mother Jones has a political slant to their stories but there is a basic truth that many of us ignore.
     
  2. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Sorry I love me some store bought sausage. So, do you raise your own meat so you can control what is ingested? [​IMG]

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  3. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    That is my end goal.

    That being said, the fact that we ignore the criminal behavior to save a few pennies is abhorrent to me.
     
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  4. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member


    I don't ignore believe me. I just can't fit pigs and cows in my apartment and I'm not going vegan. So this is my choice. 
     
  5. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Hmm I knew you were a bit different Joel   [​IMG]    I agree making homemade sausage does taste better but I guess it's not for everybody. I too want to raise my own animals for my food someday
     
  6. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead


    I am indeed unique. Just like everybody else.  ;o)

    I had typed out a long and rambling rant that I am oh so capable of but I will save it. I am not a tree hugger by any stretch of the imagination... I guess I need to stop before I type out that rant again.
     
  7. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead


    I am in the same boat. My HOA would not look kindly on me raising my own livestock. But I do know I can vote with my dollars...
     
  8. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    So Solar, where do you get your sausage meat? I mean how do you know it's not the same meat that is packaged in the store? With all the branding out there by the super chains it's a big % that's it's all the same lineage. What's your thought's on this? [​IMG]
     
  9. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    So Joel what animals do you raise and how do you raise them?
     
  10. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead




    In the past I have purchased from local restaurant supply places and business merchants. Of late I have been visiting local farms and procuring from them. It isn't any cheaper and in fact I am paying a 30 - 50 cent premium in most cases but not all. The bellies I have curing now came from a farm 10 miles from my house. For 58lbs it ran me roughly $1.99/lbs which is still an exceptional deal for organic. I had to wait 4 weeks before they were ready to pick up. That is probably not the answer either of you were expecting but I am willing to put my money where my mouth is.
     
  11. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    My wife and I were talking about raising our own beef, pork, and chicken today. I don't really expect to save much money if any raising it rather than buying it but I expect the quality to be much better
     
  12. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

     I have purchased from local restaurant supply places and business merchants...........So they raise them or are procurred elsewhere? 
     
  13. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Please, post it. [​IMG]
     
     
  14. brokenwing

    brokenwing Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Joel that is a good article.  My uncles boss has a big farm and he told me i could have some livestock.  Should be getting a pig in the next few weeks to keep out there.  I'm excited to raise my own pig, and I will know what he has been fed!
     
  15. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    As it should be.

    They are bought like any commodity. But because it is a commodity there is pressure to produce a cheaper product to remain competitive and still realize a substantial profit to please shareholders. But I don't think the ends justify the means.
     
  16. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead


    I just got back from a vacation and want to wait a little while before I have to take another one. :)

    Read the article. I am not implying the author is 100% correct in their assertions but we have all seen it across nearly every large industry and throughout gov't and it seems to be getting worse instead of better.
     
  17. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    So Solar, in the end the meat products that you make sausage out of have been processed, no need to relive Al the Gore. Am I right? 
     
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  18. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead


    Huh? I am not against the slaughtering of animals for food if that is what you are implying. If I had the means I would do it myself. The last few books I have purchased have been specifically about butchering animals.
     
  19. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Solar let's go back to post#1. What meat do you use for your sausage? Simple question? 
     
  20. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Meateater I believe he answered that in post #10

    "Of late I have been visiting local farms and procuring from them. It isn't any cheaper and in fact I am paying a 30 - 50 cent premium in most cases but not all. The bellies I have curing now came from a farm 10 miles from my house. For 58lbs it ran me roughly $1.99/lbs which is still an exceptional deal for organic. I had to wait 4 weeks before they were ready to pick up. That is probably not the answer either of you were expecting but I am willing to put my money where my mouth is."
     

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