Ground sausage from the butcher ok?


TaraV

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I made my first visit to a butcher today and I didn't realize how stupid I was in the area of meat processing. First, I learned today that most pork or pig meat is cured or smoked. The butcher I went to has sugar in there curing and smoking. So pretty much all the pork was out. I grabbed some venison and some lamb chops yah!

I asked her about the ground pork I saw in the case, she said there is no sugar in it just black pepper. So I bought a pound to make sausage patties for breakfast.

My question is, could she have been mistaken? Maybe that ground pork was cured? I don't have a clue. They are closed now so I can't call them. I really wanted to make patties for breakfast tomorrow. But if there is any sugar in that meat I don't want to use it.

So can someone school me on pork and curing etc?

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I have never, ever seen ground pork that had anything added to it.  In Costco and my grocery store, it's just ground pork.  Cured pig products are things like ham or bacon or proscuitto.  That said, someone on the forum here the other day found sugar in their ground pork....which is just disgusting....but doesn't necessarily mean it's been cured.

 

A cured pork product is generally processed turning it (usually) a pinkish color.  Ground pork would not be cured.  If she said there is not sugar in it, take her at face value and go ahead and eat it.

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Yes, there would be a difference. Ground sausage indicates that there are things added to it, seasonings, spices etc.  Maybe a binder/filler.  Ground pork is just generally ground pork.

 

Going forward buy ground pork to make your own sausage patties and use this recipe from Mel Joulwan for the spice mix!  http://meljoulwan.com/2013/04/07/spice-world/

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Ok got it! I will do that. But I remember specifically asking her if there was sugar in it and she said no only black pepper. So I'm going to go with it! Thanks! I wasn't sure if it was cured before they ground it I guess is what I'm asking. Because I'm so not educated in this field it might sound totally dumb to even ask

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