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Sausage in Toronto

neighborguy Dec 12, 2007 05:36 PM

I love supermarket sausage, but have decided to cut myself off the fat, filler, and preservatives. Where do you other sausage enthusiasts go for the healthier but just as tasty links?

  1. Wiley Dec 12, 2007 06:26 PM

    Not positive about healthier, but certainly a step above supermarket --- El Gaucho at the North Market.

    1. Kagemusha Dec 12, 2007 06:27 PM

      HDL is HDL, filler, additives, casings notwithstanding. Though not axiomatic, low fat usually = no taste.When I splurge, I usually go for Brandt Meats wurst direct from the factory store in Mississauga.

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      1. re: Kagemusha
        ekammin Dec 12, 2007 07:10 PM

        I forget the name of the place, but there is a German-style deli on the east side of Leslie, just north of York Mills, that has a great selection of European style sausages.

        I have been off most supermarket sausage ever since I saw that Schneider was sneaking ground chicken into their formerly estimable Oktoberfest sausage.

        1. re: ekammin
          JamieK Dec 13, 2007 02:44 AM

          If you're referring to Leslie Meats and Deli, it's closed. Windows papered, for lease sign up.

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            ekammin Dec 13, 2007 07:30 AM


      2. orangewasabi Dec 12, 2007 07:37 PM

        my all time fav sausages are from Reithers (west side of Church, south of Wellesley). I don't know that they're healthier though, as they're so juicy they might be fattier. I sure ain't askin' as they're too tasty to think about what's in em.

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        1. re: orangewasabi
          pancake Dec 12, 2007 08:30 PM

          Try whole foods. They have a wide variety of flavoured sausages, different organic meats and seasonings.....I am sure they will have what you are looking for.

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            gps_shag Dec 12, 2007 09:13 PM

            Second that. I got a few lean ground turkey sausages at Whole Foods.

            1. re: pancake
              l_izzie Dec 13, 2007 11:44 AM

              Second that also. Just tried their pork, breakfast sausage. Delicious. I think I will use these sausages for Christmas stuffing.

            2. re: orangewasabi
              yummyPiggy Dec 12, 2007 08:37 PM

              I second the sausages from Reithers! They are juicier but don't seem to be so oily/salty compared to some supermarket sausages. I will never go back to eating supermarket sausages now after trying the ones at Reithers.

              Here's a recent thread on sausages that may have places which sell healthier sausages: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/444855

            3. Davwud Dec 13, 2007 03:25 AM

              I make my own at home a lot. I do a garlic breakfast sausage, a Jimmy Dean style and an Italian all made with ground turkey. I've also fooled around with chorizo and andouille. I've even mae boudin. Also I've just taken some seasonings and added them to the meat for a different tasting sausage. The trick is to add some water (Or olive oil) since ground turkey can be a bit dense.
              You could use ground pork just as easily.
              Just make patties of you don't have a sausage stuffer.


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              1. re: Davwud
                millygirl Dec 13, 2007 06:12 AM

                Check out Fresh from the Farm. They are mennonite and the sausage is fantastic.

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                  chloe103 Dec 13, 2007 10:28 AM

                  Hi Milly,

                  Do you happen to know were I could buy these (downtown, or TTC-friendly)?


                  1. re: chloe103
                    millygirl Dec 13, 2007 10:45 AM

                    Hi chloe103, Fresh from the Farm is a mennonite owned grocery store on Donlands, near Mortimer. It is pretty easy to get to, just a short bus ride from Donlands station. Better check their hours though, they are kind of sketchy.

              2. Recyclor Dec 13, 2007 06:25 AM

                Superior Sausage on Dundas just east of Crawford makes a farmer sausage that is amazing, great flavour and so nice an meaty no mystery bits...

                1. JamieK Dec 13, 2007 07:03 AM

                  Summerhill Market has a variety of tasty additive-free sausages freshly made on the premises by an expert German sausage-maker on staff. I like the spicy Italian.

                  Summerhill Market
                  446 Summerhill Ave, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

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                  1. re: JamieK
                    millygirl Dec 13, 2007 08:40 AM

                    Hey, whadda minute...that's supposed to be my line :)

                    1. re: millygirl
                      JamieK Dec 13, 2007 10:16 AM

                      Well, with you sleeping at the switch... btw, I'm not kidding about the preservative-free part. You have to eat or freeze these suckers right away or they go off quickly.

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                        Amber Dec 13, 2007 11:40 AM

                        On the topic of sausages, does anyone know where I can find veal and spinach sausages downtown? Preferably somewhere in the annex or kensington, please. Thanks!

                        1. re: Amber
                          jamesm Dec 13, 2007 12:01 PM

                          I'm sure I've seen those at Healthy Butcher on Queen. They have a good selection of house-made sasuages.

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                            Amber Dec 14, 2007 06:33 AM

                            Thank you! I'll make a trek over there soon. Yum.

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                    chrispa Dec 13, 2007 02:31 PM

                    Segovia in Kensington! So good, so big, and (comparatively speaking) a pretty good value. They are all different types of chorizo but you can get a fair variety (with different flavors and heat, etc.)

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                      saralee2009 Dec 13, 2007 05:15 PM

                      the Healthy Butcher on Queen West is your best bet for healthy and delicious sausages... they make a gazillion varieties from scratch with their organic meats. I went to one of their sausage classes as well which was a lot of fun.

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                      1. re: saralee2009
                        Davwud Dec 14, 2007 03:24 AM

                        Sausage classes???


                        1. re: Davwud
                          JamieK Dec 14, 2007 05:24 AM

                          Next class in February ...

                          The Healthy Butcher
                          565 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

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                            Davwud Dec 14, 2007 05:50 AM

                            Cool. Probably have to wait until spring. Wednesday is not a good night until then.


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                              Mila Dec 14, 2007 07:17 AM

                              Thanks JamieK, just knocked one gift off my Xmas list. Hopefully she will take me along.

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                          neighborguy Dec 13, 2007 06:45 PM

                          Thanks for the responses. I had seen the sausage link (my bad) about St Lawrence market previously but I would imagine a lot of the product is not that different from the mass produced product in terms of fat and nitrates. I will definitely stop into Fresh from the Farm and check out what they have at the Big Carrot, which are close to me.

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