Summer Sausage

My husband always gets summer sausage from the Hillshire Farm’s booth at the mall during Christmas time. I’m not sure why that’s the only time he gets it, but it got me thinking “I should try and make it”. So, I went in search of a recipe…..

There are many, many recipes out there, but this one seemed the simplest.

I couldn’t find the curing salt locally, so I had to order it from Amazon. It’s about $15 for a 2lb bag, but it will last a long time since most recipes only call for a couple of teaspoons.

Once everything is combined, refrigerate for a day.

Then, for the next 3 days, take it out of the refrigerator and mix/massage it. This helps ensure everything is getting thoroughly cured.

On the 5th day, roll into desired sized logs. The recipe says to cook at 150 degrees for 8 – 9 hours. My oven only goes to 170, so I cooked ours for 7 – 8 hours.

Once it’s cooked, remove from the oven and let it cool. This can be eaten warm, but we prefer it refrigerated. Once they were completely cool, I wrapped in saran wrap, put it into a Ziploc bag and refrigerated for a day.

My husband likes his with some sliced cheese and Ritz crackers. This is also good with a little spicy brown mustard!

This is one of those things I had never thought to try because I thought it would be too difficult. I’m finding that most recipes I feared are actually not difficult at all. Time-consuming, sure. But really it’s just a matter of trying. Don’t be afraid if it fails either. Just re-group and try again. 🙂

I hope you try it out. Be sure to let me know it turns out!




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