What is Really in Your Sausage?

Does all natural sausage really exist? (And can you really order all natural sausage online?!)

As a kid, you were probably told that hot dogs and sausages were made up of hooves and lips, ground together into a mysterious meaty slime and stuffed into a tube.

Sausages shouldn’t be mysterious meat socks – delicious all natural alternatives exist. In fact, you can even order all natural sausage online (hint: right here!)

What do most hot dogs and sausages contain?

Maybe not what you think.

A study commissioned by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in 2017 discovered that 20% of so-called 1-ingredient sausages sampled from grocery stores nation-wide contained meat that was not on the label.

That means that 1 in 5 grocery store dogs had off-label ingredients in non-trace amounts (in other words, this was not the result of unhygienic grinder blades!)

  • Seven of 27 beef sausages contained pork.
  • One of 38 “pure” pork sausages contained horse meat
  • Five of the 15 turkey sausages contained no turkey — they were 100% chicken.

The casings may be natural, made from intestines or skin, or they may be made of collagen and cellulose.

Never mind the potential for surprise meat ingredients, many grocery store hot dogs and sausages contain all kinds of additives, preservatives, and binding agents.

Are there all natural alternatives? 

You betcha!

Look for sausages that contain a single meat, a natural animal casing, and no additives, preservatives, or fillers.

Why a natural casing?

Natural casings are much tastier than their synthetic counterparts, and they provide that satisfying snap when your teeth sink into the sausage. Natural casings tend to be indicative of a higher quality product: natural casings are not a standard size, so mass-production food companies tend to avoid them in favour of synthetic options.

A great all natural sausage does not need any filler like flour, corn starch, gum, breadcrumbs, etc. The only other ingredients should be a delicious mix of spices!

What is the difference between a Frankfurter, a sausage, and a hot dog?

It’s complicated.

But essentially, a Frankfurter is a type of sausage typically made entirely of pork. A wiener (hot dog) is usually a mixture of pork and beef. There is a long and complex history behind all of these options, but essentially it comes down to taste and quality.

Always look for a true all natural option of your favourite style of sausage, whatever that might be.

Order all natural sausage online.

No Frankenmeats here! These delicious gluten and nitrate-free sausages are nice and beefy – which makes sense since they are filled with prime organic grass-fed beef! Inside the organic pork casing there is nothing but meaty goodness and spices (no secret recipe here: sea salt, organic pepper, garlic powder, provence herb and ground mustard make for a mouth-watering flavour). NO fillers!


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