Best to buy
Make sure to buy sausage and hot dogs on or before the “sell by” date on the package. This date indicates the last day it should be offered for sale.
Store it safely
Refrigerate fresh sausage in its original package for no more than two days. Semi-dry sausage keeps up to three weeks in the refrigerator. Dry sausage keeps up to six weeks refrigerated.
Check carefully to see whether sausage is fresh or cooked. Fresh sausage must be cooked thoroughly before eating. Sausage is done when the meat is gray and the juices run clear.
Quick & easy
Grill sausage, turning frequently with tongs (a fork will pierce the sausage casing), until thoroughly cooked, 10 to 15 minutes.
Also indexed as: Bockwurst, Bologna, Chorizo, Deviled Ham, Dried Beef, Frankfurters, Head Cheese, Hot Dogs, Jellied Beef Loaf, Kielbasa, Knackwurst, Liverwurst, Pepperoni, Salami, Scrapple, Thuringer, Weisswurst
Check carefully to see whether sausage is fresh or cooked. Fresh sausage must be cooked thoroughly before eating. Sausage is done when the meat is gray and the juices run clear. Cooked sausages only need to be heated through.
When frying sausage, prick the links with a fork to help release excess fat; drain cooked bulk sausage on paper towel before serving.
Place sausage on a prepared grill with rack about 8 inches (20cm) from the heat source. Grill, turning frequently with tongs (a fork will pierce the sausage casing), until thoroughly cooked, 10 to 15 minutes.
Heat a heavy skillet over medium heat. Place sausage in skillet, add water or beer to cover, and cook until sausage is gray, about 10 to 15 minutes. After parboiling, sausage may be fried until brown.
Bring a pan of water to a boil. Add precooked sausages. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Vigorous boiling may cause sausages to split.
Sausage may be sold in bulk like hamburger, or stuffed into casings to make links. Fresh sausage is made from raw meat, spices, and grains or breadcrumbs. Cooked sausage is ready to eat.
Dried beef (also called chipped beef) is cured, smoked, dehydrated, and thinly sliced beef packed in cans or jars.
Jellied beef loaf is cooked, shredded beef in gelatin.
Blood sausage is cooked pork mixed with beef blood, gelatin, and spices.
Bologna is a cooked, smoked sausage that tastes something like a hotdog and is sold in rings or slices. Chorizo is a highly spiced dry pork sausage of Spanish origin.
Deviled ham is a cooked canned spread made of ground ham and seasonings.
Frankfurters (also called hot dogs or wieners) are a cooked sausage made of seasoned, finely ground beef, pork, chicken, or turkey.
Head cheese is made of chopped cured pig’s head meat and gelatin.
Italian sausage is a coarse pork sausage usually flavored with fennel, and may be highly spiced.
Knackwurst is a cooked smoked sausage similar to hot dogs or bologna but more highly seasoned.
Liver sausage (also called braunschweiger or liverwurst) is a cooked sausage made of ground pork liver, seasoning, and spices.
Pepperoni is a dry, highly spiced sausage used primarily as pizza topping.
Polish sausage (kielbasa) is made of ground lean pork and beef, seasonings, and garlic.
Pork sausage is made of fresh pork seasoned with black pepper, nutmeg, sage, and other spices.
Salami is a dry sausage, usually made of beef and pork, highly seasoned with garlic, salt, pepper, and sugar.
Scrapple is ground cooked pork mixed with cornmeal or flour.
Thuringer is a pork sausage, smoked or unsmoked, seasoned similarly to salami.
Vienna sausages are small sausages that taste similar to hotdogs, canned packed in water.
Weisswurst is a fresh, white-colored, mildly spiced sausage made of pork and veal.
Beef sausage (cooked), 3.5 oz. (100g)
Total Fat: 28g
*Excellent source of: Vitamin B12 (2.01mcg), and Zinc (4.38mg)
*Good source of: Niacin (3.60mg), Phosphorus (141mg), and Vitamin B6 (0.31mg)
Turkey and pork sausage (cooked), 3.5 oz.
Total Fat: 23g
*Excellent source of: Niacin (4.22mg), Selenium (21mcg), Thiamin (0.51mg), Vitamin B12 (1.26mcg), and Zinc (3.17mg)
*Good source of: Niacin (3.60mg), Phosphorus (191mg), Potassium (337mg), and Vitamin B6 (0.34mg)
Hot dog (cooked), 3.5 oz. (100g)
Total Fat: 15g
*Excellent source of: Selenium (26.50mcg)
*Good source of: Folic Acid (49mcg), Iron (2.36mg), Niacin (3.72mg), Phosphorus (99mg), Riboflavin (0.28mg), Thiamin (0.24mg), and Zinc (2.02mg)
*Foods that are an “excellent source” of a particular nutrient provide 20% or more of the Recommended Daily Value. Foods that are a “good source” of a particular nutrient provide between 10 and 20% of the Recommended Daily Value.
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