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Sausage Meisters in da House

Okay, leute (that’s “folks” in German), with Oktoberfest just around the corner, I thought it was a good time to talk sausages and Sausage Meisters! For those of you not familiar with the term “Meister,” the direct translation from German is “Master” — as in a master craftsman. Before we worked here, a few team members (myself included) went through a Sausage Meister apprenticeship program in Europe and we became official Meisters. Skipping forward a few years, we wanted to bring the same skills into the Meat Department at Whole Foods Market so our customers could have sausages made fresh in-house. Over the last few years, we developed a training program similar to the one in Europe for our own Whole Foods Market Sausage Meisters. Today, each store has several meat team members who are elite Sausage Meisters. As a result of the training program and their own skill and sheer commitment to the craft, they have perfected the method of grinding, seasoning, stuffing, linking and making sausages in-house each day just for you! Our teams have developed over 40 different custom-made sausages that are made daily in our stores! Besides pork sausages, we have chicken, turkey, lamb and buffalo sausages available too. If you like traditional flavors, try one of these top-selling Authentic Traditional sausages:

  • Mild Italian
  • Hot Italian
  • Bratwurst
  • Smoky Cajun Andouille
  • Chorizo
  • Country Breakfast with Sage & Maple
  • Garlic & Basil
  • Mergeza
  • Banger
  • Louisiana Hot

And if you enjoy something a little different, try one of these top-selling Gourmet Specialty sausages:

  • Lemon Herb with Thyme
  • Habanero & Green Chili
  • Garlic & Basil with Sun Dried Tomato
  • Country Valley Apple Spice
  • Tequila Lime
  • Tuscan Style with Roasted Peppers
  • Buffalo Style with Blue Cheese & Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • Teriyaki with Pineapple
  • Caribbean
  • Garlic & Mesquite

And if those custom-made sausages aren’t tempting enough, the meat in these sausages comes from pigs and chicken raised to meet Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating Program.  With so many flavors, every day can be sausage day! These delicious, house-made sausages are a quick and easy meal. Try a few of our recipes or make up your own: Beer-Poached Grilled Sausage Chorizo and Sun-Dried Tomato Rice with Spinach Baked Rigatoni with Sausage and Mushrooms Easy Southern Sausage, Beans and Rice Black Bean and Chorizo Soup Baked Sausage and Sauerkraut with Apples Bowtie Pasta with Sausage and Sage Arugula and Baby Greens with Sausage and Fennel Our website has over 50 more sausage recipes! So, have you tried our in-house sausages? Which variety is your favorite?

Blog Updated on 2/20/2015.

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says …

@Carmel Since our product offering varies from store to store, the best way to get the most accurate and complete information regarding the low-sodium sausages available in your community's Whole Foods Market is to contact them directly. A Team Member from your Meat Department will be more than happy to discuss the full nutritional information for each product and help you find the best option for you. The link below will help you identify the contact information for your store. Prost! http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/

Obat Anti Rokok says …

thanks for post.. very interisting

cat @ cat's belly fat cure says …

wow this makes me hungry for sausage!

JohnL says …

Wow! What a variety. Our local market has some great Italian Sausage but very little in the way of variety. We have no sausage meisters here on Cape Cod and I certainly would love to learn this art. If Whole Foods is looking to allow non-employees to their class or offer a meister class, let me know!

says …

@JohnL Thanks for your support and interest in the Sausage Meister class offered by Whole Foods. Currently there are no plans to include non-employees in this training program. However, many Whole Foods Markets have a dedicated Culinary Center that's specific purpose is to offer classes in specialty production of food and meals. I've included a link below that will help you identify if your area has a Culinary Center. We encourage you to reach out to them directly. Even if they don't offer a specific class for sausage, it may be an option to offer on to a group of interested individuals. PROST! http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/

Peter Reque says …

Nice to know there are sausage meisters at my store. So with the German training, why only one German sausage? How about weisswurst or currywurst or any others of the many non-Italian European varieties?

says …

@Peter I like your "food for thought" suggestion. Not all of our sausage masters were German trained like Hans and Theo. That being said, if you cannot find a German sausage that suits you in store made sausage section, we do carry Brat Hans brand authentic German sausages packaged in meat departments across the country. Another idea might be to reach out to your meat department and ask them to make some German style sausages just for you! The link below will help you identify the contact information to your community Whole Foods Market. A Team Member from your store will be happy to help you identify the best sausage to satisfy your taste buds, buddsy! ;) http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/

says …

@Carmel Since our product offering varies from store to store, the best way to get the most accurate and complete information regarding the low-sodium sausages available in your community's Whole Foods Market is to contact them directly. A Team Member from your Meat Department will be more than happy to discuss the full nutritional information for each product and help you find the best option for you. The link below will help you identify the contact information for your store. Prost! http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/

Carmel says …

Are any of your sausages lower in sodium than packaged sausages? Can you provide the nutritional information?

Isabel says …

I am excited to find this blog! I will stop by the store and see if the Meisters can recommend or create a sausage without allergens for me. Sadly, all nightshades are banned forever so no peppers except peppercorns, usually sub cumin for paprika in cooking.

bob says …

are your sausage healthy???................nitrate free?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@BOB - Nitrates/nitrites are an unacceptable ingredient in any of our food products in our stores. When you buy meat at our stores, you can rest assured it will not contain them.

Teri says …

Are your sausages gluten free?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@TERI - We do not have dedicated gluten free facilities in our meat department so we cannot claim they are gluten free. Some recipes might not contain wheat but check with your local store to see what they have in stock!

LD Rhodes says …

Love Whole Foods but really disappointed that the chicken and turkey sausages you sell in your fresh meats dept. have pork casings! Come on, guys! Not everyone eats pork. I was really surprised Whole Foods wouldn't sell poultry sausages with vegetable casings.

Lise Moore says …

Hello. I have a question. I LOVE salami and cheese. Wanting to find a tasty organic turkey salami to reduce the fat. Could be chicken as well. Do you have any suggestions? Want the texture of a hard salami, but none of the preservatives, nitrates, etc. If you don't have any, do you know of a place that might offer some? Any shop in Seattle or website I could refer to? Just don't want to eat too much fat and or cholesterol. PS..Any lower fat cheese you recommend with it??? Thanks, Lise

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@LISE - Since our products differ, it will be best to contact your local store directly to see what they have in stock.

rachel grainer says …

is there wheat in your chicken sausages???

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@RACHEL - The recipes for our in-house made sausage will differ. Check with your local store to see what their ingredients are in the chicken sausage.

patrick says …

You have andouille sausage,smoked in stock?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@PATRICK - Our exact options differ between stores. Check with your local store directly to see what they have in stock!

Nicole says …

Just wondering if you ever do a wild boar sausage?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@NICOLE - Our exact options will differ between stores. Check with your local store to see if they typically carry this option.

EB says …

I was dissapointed when I asked for the fat content of the chicken sausage at my local Whole Foods store. They said they didn't make them in house and didn't have the nutritional information. The butcher looked at me as though no one had ever asked that question before.

Ken Tola says …

I asked my local Whole Foods what was in their sausage - Hot Turkey, Sweet Chicken, Spicy Pork and Chorizo. Outside of saying that these sausages were nitrate-free, he had no idea what was in them. Specifically I need to know if you add either wheat/soy and/or sugar to these sausages. Thank you!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@KEN - Were these sausages made in-house? If so, the store should have an ingredient list with the label for the different types. If you let me know which location in particular, I can try to gather this info for you!

Helen says …

Can you tell me the number of protein grams in one of your Italian turkey sausage ? Thank you

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@HELEN - If the sausage you are referring to was made in-house, I would suggest checking with your local store to see if they have nutritional info.

S P Hastings says …

Could you please give me the nutritional information for your Teriyaki with Pineapple sausage.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SP - If this is a sausage made in-house, check with your local store to see if they have the nutritional info.

deb goslin says …

My new neighbors in Dublin, CA are from Australia and are missing their fresh beef sausages. Can your San Ramon Store make sausages with ground beef instead of pork or poultry on special order?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DEB - The store would be happy to hear your suggestion! Since the sausages are made in house, just ask them if/when they will feature other types of sausages.

Askey Away says …

Hello: Since the sausages are made in house, I will just ask them if/when they will feature other types of sausages. Also, I think the store would be happy to hear our suggestion!

Liz says …

I loved your Linguiça sausage, but haven't been able to find it in over a year. Any idea if that will come back soon?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@LIZ - Since these sausages are made in-house, it's best to check with the store to see when they will have this back in stock.

Ken says …

do you guys have Chicken Andouille Sausage?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@KEN - Most of our stores should have this in stock but it can differ. Check with your local store directly to see what options they have!

christii watkins says …

Your chix sausages are FANTASTIC. I just had the chicken bratwurst and my husband the chicken cilantro --- amazing. I'm the web trying to figure out the nutrition --- do you have it posted anywhere?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CHRISTII - Since our recipes will differ between stores, it's best to check with your local store to see if they have nutritional info. If they have it, they'll be happy to share it!

MARSHA says …

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF ALL OR SOME OF YOUR PORK IS NITRATE FREE AND HOW DO I FIND OUT WHICH IS OR ISN'T

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MARSHA - We do not sell any meat with nitrates/nitrites. It it against our quality standards for food. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/about-our-products/quality-standards/food-ingredient

Vanda Livingston says …

Is there any soy in the pork or chicken andouille sausage?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@VANDA - The exact recipe for the sausages made in house will differ. Check with your local store directly to see if there is soy in their recipe.

Sarah says …

Are the turkey sausages only seasonal? My husband and I try a number of stores in NYC and no-one every has them. We usually buy 2-3 pounds a week. We've not been able to get them for AGES! Also do Whole Foods sell plain beef sausages? Thanks in advance !

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SARAH - Turkey sausage should not be a seasonal option but it can differ between stores and regions. Have you talked with the meat team at your local NYC store? If not, I would follow up with them if this is maybe something they can special order and make separately for you. They can also let you know about the beef options as this will differ as well.

Tita says …

Hello. I wanted to inquire something else. I see Whole Foods do custom sausages. Can Whole Foods do custom sausages if the customer brings his own seasoned meat? I have my own recipe for sausages. Mine is has no nitrates or preservatives.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@TITA - I'm not sure what the healthy code regulations are for brining in your own meat. I would suggest checking with your local store to find out if this is an option.

Cheryl says …

OMG. The Garlic Pepper sausage that was on sale at the Baton Rouge store was better than the steak we cooked. I want more and it was amazing...almost worth driving 5 hrs back there ;)

Susan says …

I think someone needs to retrain the sausage Meisters at the Charles River Plaza store in Bostin, MA. I've had two meals ruined by their in house sausage. First, we tried the sweet italian chicken sausage and it was so full of fennel seeds (and I love fennel) that we couldn't taste anything else in the dish. We started picking out the seeds, but there were so many that we just have up on the meal altogether. We decided to give them another chance and tried the chicken bratwurst tonight and it was just gross. The texture of the meet was more chopped than ground and there was a really offputting flavor that made it inedible. Reading your description of your training process above, I have to believe that something wrong at my store.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SUSAN - I'm so sorry to hear that. Have you been able to relay this feedback to store leadership?

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