Lower Sodium Turkey Sausage

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by pops6927, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just tried a variation on my breakfast sausage recipe.

    My standard recipe is:

    8 oz. salt

    2 oz. black pepper

    1 oz. sage

    mix together thoroughly and measure out ½ oz. of sausage seasoning mix per 1 lb. of meat.

    To modify the recipe for lower salt, the one thing I did not want to do is to change the proportions of ingredients to each other as it could throw off the balance between salt, pepper and sage, so i reduced the amount of total seasoning added.  Instead of ½ oz. per pound of meat I reduced it to 1/3 oz. per pound of meat,  Then, instead of using pork butt @ approx. 85% leaned out product I bought 3 - 1lb. rolls of 85% lean ground turkey instead, so I used 1 oz. of seasoning to 3 lbs. of ground turkey.  I mixed the sausage seasonings into the ground turkey adding about 4 oz. of water to get it to mix evenly, then did a fry test.  The flavor was quite good, more than seasoned enough, in fact the next test I will reduce it to ¼ oz. of seasoning per pound of meat!  My wife sampled it and it met her approval!  Trying to have my cake and eat it too (er... sausage that is..  lol!)
     
  2. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Pop's, why the switch from pork to turkey if they both have 15% fat?

    I understand why we want to eat healthier but isn't fat. fat?
     
  3. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I couldn't afford a whole butt but I could afford 3lbs. of ground turkey and there was no ground pork available.  Still have plenty of unpaid bills from my hospital and disability stay, I apologize I didn't explain further and didn't want to buy 50% fat content premade sausage.
     
  4. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I knew there had to be a reason, I just thought I was missing something.  Glad to hear it came out tasty. Was it at all dry or mealy Pops? I've tried low salt sausage and gave up do to the dry crumbly taste
     
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2010
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    Now I'm glad that you are alright and still out there Kicking. Now I like to say it nice to make our own sausages cause you can put into it want you want and in some cases don't want in it.
     
  6. bmudd14474

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

    Sounds good Pops. Glad it came out good.
     
  7. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    No, it was tasty and nothing adverse to it's consistency.  Being lean it doesn't shrink up that much and it's not greasy, but wasn't like a rice cake either.
     

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