Your deer meat is prime real estate for something truly delicious: you guessed it right; we are talking about sausage! From smoked varieties to breakfast links, venison is the perfect medium for crafting gourmet sausage at home. If you are new to charcuterie or you just want to try something new, two of our favorites fall into the classics of Italian sausage and breakfast sausage.
Make It In Bulk
The best way to make sausage is to do so in bulk. It is the most versatile and you do not have to stuff it; unless you want to. By saving at least some in bulk, you can use it endlessly in things like burgers, your favorite meatloaf recipe, casseroles, hot dishes and patties. Basically, you can replace your ground meat products with your bulk venison.
Breakfast sausage is meant to be zesty and boost your spirits for the day. The essential seasonings for breakfast sausage include:
- Ground White Pepper
- Rubbed Sage
- Ground Nutmeg
- Ground Thyme
- Crushed Red Pepper
Just make sure you thoroughly mix the meat, and by that we mean continue mixing even when you think you have mixed enough. You can store this variety in individual vacuum sealed bags in the freezer for better storage quality.
Italian sausage is perfect for lasagnas, pasta sauces or even homemade meatballs. The venison meat should be mixed with pork or beef that has a 70 percent lean rating. Essential seasonings include:
- Cracked Fennel Seed
- Coarse Ground Black Pepper
- Crushed Hot Peppers
- Ground Coriander
- Caraway Seeds
Tips for Vacuum Sealing
If you intend to vacuum seal your venison meat, place the meat onto a cookie sheet covered with wax paper. Then, place it in the freezer for 20 minutes. Remove and vacuum seal. Partially freezing prevents the bags from smashing and keeps juices from squeezing out into the vacuum sealer.
Pittsburgh Spice Co. has all of the seasonings you need to make bulk venison sausage for just about every recipe. We also carry fibrous, natural and collagen casings if you choose to case your sausage rather than store in bulk. When it comes to equipment, do not forget to check out our inventory of professional-grade grinders and vacuum sealers to make preserving your bulk sausage even simpler.
Buy what you need to make your holiday sausage. Check our online inventory at Pittsburgh Spice Co. or call 1-800-886-4329 with your sausage-making questions.