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Sausage Meisters in da House

By Theo Weening, September 22, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Theo Weening
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, you can also feel good knowing that 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?
Category: Food & Recipes, Meat

 

19 Comments

Comments

cat @ cat's belly fat cure says ...
wow this makes me hungry for sausage!
09/23/2011 1:19:52 AM CDT
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!
09/24/2011 8:43:00 AM CDT
janejohnson 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/
09/27/2011 11:16:09 AM CDT
Carmel says ...
Are any of your sausages lower in sodium than packaged sausages? Can you provide the nutritional information?
09/28/2011 10:06:00 PM CDT
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?
09/29/2011 1:15:56 PM CDT
Obat Anti Rokok says ...
thanks for post.. very interisting
09/29/2011 3:02:44 PM CDT
janejohnson 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/
09/30/2011 2:10:26 PM CDT
janejohnson 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/
09/30/2011 2:10:26 PM CDT
janejohnson 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/
10/06/2011 12:56:42 PM CDT
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.
02/28/2012 2:50:18 PM CST
bob says ...
are your sausage healthy???................nitrate free?
04/10/2013 6:35:28 PM CDT
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.
04/15/2013 4:46:40 PM CDT
Teri says ...
Are your sausages gluten free?
08/14/2013 7:59:25 PM CDT
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!
08/15/2013 4:19:21 PM CDT
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.
09/04/2013 3:47:18 PM CDT
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
01/11/2014 11:31:45 PM CST
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.
01/13/2014 11:53:41 AM CST
rachel grainer says ...
is there wheat in your chicken sausages???
02/20/2014 10:57:20 PM CST
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.
02/24/2014 11:55:48 AM CST