Posts Tagged ‘sausages’
An affinity for all things butchered and old world sausage making brought together the principals that started StoneRidge Meat and Country Market, now known as StoneRidge Piggly Wiggly.
Located in mid-Wisconsin, thirty minutes west of the Fox River Valley, the market serves grocery shoppers and sausage aficionados from a wide radius. Why sausage lovers? StoneRidge has built a superb in-house meat department, specializing in a wide variety of cured, uncured, and flavored meats, and are particularly known for their dozens of bratwurst flavors.
StoneRidge produces a widely-enjoyed meat snack sticks, also made in flavors, including original, pepperjack, habanero, honey BBQ, teriyaki and more. I tried out their .Bacon and Cheddar variety.
I think that a Philadelphia entrepreneur, Adolph Levis, who had built a business selling specialty foods to bars and delis, is credited with ‘inventing’ the beef snack stick in the 1940s, though I believe it was probably inspired by the German snack “Landjager.” Levis thought America was in need of a portable, ready-to-eat version of sausage.
There are certainly companies much larger than StoneRidge that make beef sticks, but probably none that produce a product of this quality. The “big guys” tend to have “mechanically separated poultry” as a prime ingredient, but in the StoneRidge variety, you’ll find beef, pork, and flavor seasonings. Period.
What I liked about the StoneRidge product is the distinct flavoring, a coarser grind than most competitors, meaning there’s no doubt in your mind this is a real meat product.
There are a lot of other reasons to enjoy StoneRidge snack sticks:
- They are extremely portable – take hiking, camping, tailgating, have in your office drawer, or the kid’s school lunches.
- They are a high protein, low carb snack.
- They are gluten-free.
- Ounce for ounce, they are one-third the price of beef jerky.
Great taste. Good value. Get yours at your local grocer, or browse the online catalog and order direct from StoneRidge. While you’re waiting for your package of deliciousness to arrive, follow StoneRidge on Twitter and Facebook.
StoneRidge Meat Snack Sticks Review
There are few things in “food-dom” as iconic as the Chicago style hot dog. And in 2014, Murphy’s Red Hots in Chicago has been proclaimed as the ‘best of the best.’ Here’s a video on how they slap them together at the eatery, your choice of “old school” or the “new way.”
Chicago Hot Dog Recipe
Based in northeastern Wisconsin, Gilbert’s Craft Sausages are touting their all natural, uncured line of franks and sausages. I picked up a package of their “Froman” franks, which I assume is a riff on the character of Abe Froman, the “Sausage King of Chicago” in the Ferris Bueller movie. Gilbert’s grew out of a passion two friends had for microbrews in 2008.
In addition to the uncured frank, Gilbert’s has a gluten free beer brat, a chipotle mozzarella lime smoked sausage, and an uncured smoked sausage with blue cheese.
“Uncured” meats are those without sodium nitrates or nitrites, which are commonly found preservatives in processed meats.
The ingredient list for the franks is straightforward: Beef Sirloin, Beef, Water, with 2% or less of the following: Seasoning Blend (Natural Spices, Paprika, Natural Flavors), Sea Salt, Sugar, Cherry Powder and Evaporated Cane Syrup, Cultured Celery Juice Powder, Sodium Phosphate, in a Beef Collagen Casing. (Celery juice, powder, similar are commonly used as preservatives in uncured meats).
The franks are packaged four in a pack, and come individually wrapped, which is kinda nice. They ARE spendy, however, at about $6.50 per four pack (10 ounces), (online price) or $1.62 per wiener. That’s steep compared to other premium products. I generally pay between $4 – $5 for a six wiener package of all beef, natural casing franks, which is my own preference.
I bought them today because they were in the ‘scratch and dent’ section of my grocer, and being sold at $2.00.
The first thing I noticed about the uncooked wiener was its smell, or lack of it. The slight aroma from the uncooked sausage is actually kind of sweet – as opposed to any kind of smokey odor I would expect.
Aside from the mildness, the flavor is similar to any all beef frank.
It’s a very fine grind sausage, and the collagen casing gives it a little ‘snap.’ Putting a little char on it adds to the ‘bite factor.’ Would I buy them regularly? Probably not at this price. On sale? Maybe. But I much prefer natural casings, but that’s just me, and a mere 5 % of hot dog buyers in the U.S. Buyers looking for all natural dogs and who eschew preservatives will really enjoy this company’s offerings.
Knowing how hard it is to launch a meat biz, and get shelf space, I greatly admire these guys for the progress they are making.
We were in the neighborhood, biding our time waiting on Portland’s extraordinary garden consultant, Sara Pool, to plan the annual Burgerdogboy condiment garden. We planned to meet for snacks or dinner, but I was feeling a might peckish, and Mrs. BDB suggested she buy me a dog to tide me over.
Who was I to argue?
Offering a myriad of my favorite types of dogs and toppings, I opted for P&S (my initials, but also “plain and simple”) and went with the big beef dog with a schmear of yellow mustard, and nothing else.
It was absolutely delish! Thanks a lot, Franks a lot. I’ll be back! Often. Might even consider moving to your ‘hood!