Sunday, September 20, 2009

Bulk Recipe: Seasoning for Sausage

I am a huge fan of make-your-own bulk seasoning recipes.

I have to admit, there were many, many years when I frequented that isle in the grocery store where all of those seasonings are displayed in little foil packets. Truly, at that time I had no idea how to season anything on my own, back then I had not yet heard of Google. Teaching yourself to cook in those days meant trips to the library and trying to write down recipes quickly on the back of a napkin as older, well meaning, women spouted them at 100 miles an hour.

What a blessing it is now to find recipes to make my own jars and bottles of tasty blends of spices.

Here is one favorite at my house: sausage seasoning. As you may remember, we do our best to stay with in kosher guidelines, including the Biblical mandate not to eat pork, so I would often substitute hamburger for bulk sausage in recipes. It just isn't the same, however, and was always missing something. A great little trick that I have stumbled on (why didn't I think of this earlier?) is to add this seasoning to raw hamburger before cooking to give it that familiar, savory sausage flavor, perfect for the recipe.

And, what's great, is that being a bulk recipe, you mix it up once and use it multiple times. Streamlined efficiency is always my goal!


3 tbsp. rosemary, ground
10 tbsp. sage, ground
7 tbsp. salt
3 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. marjoram
3 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. basil, powdered
3 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. garlic powder or garlic salt
3 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. cayenne, if desired

Mix all ingredients. Store in a glass jar. Shake well before using. Makes about 1 cup of seasoning. Use three tablespoons per pound of meat.


Missi said...

We love homemade sausage. I buy ground turkey in bulk. Then I mix a big batch up with sausage seasoning in it and freeze it raw in serving sized packages.

Becki said...

What a great idea! I'm not a big pork eater, but I like the seasoning the ground beef or turkey idea. I'm going to definitely try this! Thanks!

Gail Heaton said...

I am so blessed by this! We have another of our steers going to the 'freezer' soon and I wanted to make up some sausage. I was just now starting to look for the spices! thanks for posting this!