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Butchers selling breakfast sausage?

vorpal Sep 25, 2007 03:22 PM

Hi all,

I'm wildly craving a good breakfast sausage, but due to a health condition, I can't tolerate MSG, and even the sausage sold at stores such as the Big Carrot contains it.

Does anyone know of any butchers in TO that make their own? At least then I can call and ask if they use it.

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    pâté chinois Sep 26, 2007 07:44 AM

    I totally third the Fresh From the Farm recommendation. Their breakfast sausages are addictive and nice and lean. www.freshfromthefarm.ca

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      vorpal Sep 26, 2007 08:03 AM

      Thanks for the link! I just checked the website and this place is conveniently not at all far from my house. Looks like I'll have to have a taste off between the Rowe Farms and Fresh From the Farm offerings this weekend! I'm getting ravenous just thinking about it.

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        pancake Sep 26, 2007 08:13 AM

        Whole foods sells there own breakfast sausages. They actually offer a wide variety of sausages (different meats and flavours) for all those different cravings.
        They have breakfast patties as well.

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          vorpal Sep 26, 2007 08:17 AM

          Thanks for the heads up! I didn't even think to check them because during my last few trips there, I noticed that the amount of MSG creeping into many of the products they offer is growing considerably over time, which is surprising as they seem to market themselves as a natural and organic store.

          Breakfast patties would be fantastic, so I'll make a point of heading out that way soon!

        2. re: vorpal
          TorontoJo Sep 26, 2007 11:06 AM

          Vorpal -- just a note on the hours at Fresh From the Farm -- they are only open Thursday, Friday from 11 - 8 and Saturday 9 - 4. It's a wonderful little place.

          Oh, and they sell bread from St. John's Bakery, too. Bonus!

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        Scary Bill Sep 26, 2007 07:35 AM

        If you are looking for British style breakfast sausage, the best I have ever had come from Allen's Scottish Butchers on Weston Road. No others have come close, seriously.

        If you are looking for a "surprise" sausage to serve guests who have overstayed their welcome, they also make a haggis sausage. (they are likely the largest haggis supplier in the GTA)

        They also have some very nice styles of bacon as well.

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          Jean Anthelme Sep 28, 2007 11:55 AM

          And a lovely black sausage, too.

        2. Vise Sep 25, 2007 05:14 PM

          Can second the recommendation of both Fresh from the Farm and Rowe Farms. Have 2 packs of the Rowe Farms maple breakfast sausage in my fridge right now. :-)

          1. TorontoJo Sep 25, 2007 04:03 PM

            Fresh From the Farm sells a yummy breakfast sausage made by local Mennonite Farmers. It's very lean and I would be surprised if it contained MSG. But I'm sure that they could put you in contact with the farmers that make it and you could find out directly.

            BTW, I've started making my own breakfast sausage, using my Kitchen Aid meat grinder. So good, and total control over the ingredients! Post over on the home cooking board if you want recipes. :)

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              bogie Sep 30, 2007 09:46 PM

              I'm with you! I make my own at home too...nothing beats 'em. I make mine like pork mini-burgers and gril them in a cast iron skillet.

            2. Rabbit Sep 25, 2007 03:42 PM

              I was at the Healthy Butcher (Queen West) on Sunday, and they have a crazy collection of sausage... elk, bison... and mixed with wondrous thinks like blueberries, or cranberries, cheese and pear... lots of amazing options.

              I don't know for sure, but I suspect that much, if not all, of this stuff is made locally, and that the HB could tell you or find out what exactly is going into these products. I doubt these small producers are using many additives, so you may find what you're craving.


              (we were on a Beef Burgundy mission, so I haven't tried anything yet, but I'll be back for sausage!!).

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                tartiflette Sep 26, 2007 10:44 AM

                Add me as a hip-hip-hooray for the Healthy Butcher breakfast sausages (well, all of their sausages, really). They have a strawberry-flavoured sausage that's to die for - very subtle sweetness, just right to go with pancakes or waffles.

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                leslievillian Sep 25, 2007 03:30 PM

                Rowe farms do a kick-ass maple breakfast sausage. I know it's sold on Saturday's north market at SLM. I thought they were also sold at the Carrot Common and would be shocked if they contained added MSG.

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                  vorpal Sep 25, 2007 07:46 PM

                  I buy their bacon (which is delicious - thick cut and high quality, although perhaps slightly lacking in salt) all the time from the Big Carrot, but I don't think I've seen any Rowe Farms breakfast sausages there. Looks like I'll be heading to SLM to get some this weekend!

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                    leslievillian Sep 26, 2007 05:09 AM


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