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Sep 19, 2012 12:03 PM

NJ Diner Sausage - I give up!!

Searched the internet for the past two weeks with no luck. I though I had struck gold when I followed up on a recommendation for Thumanns Links...but whe I went to pick up my 10 pound box, it was the small links <frown>.

I'M LOOKING FOR THE BIG ONES served at diners here in Monmouth/Middlesex County and all across the state. As abover, Thumanns is out as is any of the dreck manufactured by Johnsonville.

Please help me. Please. Help. Me.

PS - When is Cindy Sherman leaving us?

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  1. If you are a regular at one of the diners, you can try talking to the owner/food buyer, and see if they will order an extra box and sell it to you. That would seem to be the best and easiest way to go.

    1. Any restaurant supply house has them, I get mine from Restaurant Depot in Union, off Rt.22 west
      but they sell to food establishments only

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      1. re: LEOFONT

        who is the distrbuter, or the marketing name ?

      2. This makes me sad. How on earth does no supermarket carry these??

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        1. re: pktaske

          I've heard Pork King recommended. What you're looking for is 2oz links rather than 1 oz, if that helps in your search. Farmland is really good too, but don't know how many places use them in Jersey. I've found the Farmland sausage at the grocery but only in the smaller size. Just go to your local cash and carry and you will be in hog heaven!

          1. re: pktaske

            My thoughts exactly, what a product. Does Shoprite not have enough connections to the wholesalers? Really, I am going to start emailing shop-rite's today, Join me?

            1. re: debdel

              There are wholesale suppliers, and there are retail suppliers. And never the twain shall meet. (One other type supplier is to the club stores like Costco and BJs; again, they cannot cross barriers).

            1. re: lemarais

              ...but we're talking breakfast sausage here, not Italian unfortunately.

              1. re: coll

                Well, there are about 12 varieties there, only one is called "Italian". What would distinguish "breakfast" sausage other than shapes? Are we looking for little links or patties? (The OP asked for large)

                Most of the commercial brands (Jimmy Dean, ugh!) use fillers and chemicals-- Fairway is made from scratch with all basic ingredients. I love the OP's use of the word "dreck".

                1. re: lemarais

                  Yeah those are all Italian, or I could say Italian American, style. For serving with pasta or parmigiana, or grilling...for dinner basically. They are typically 4 z each. Breakfast sausage usually is flavored with salt pepper and sage, they are very plain. They are sold in 1.5 or 2 oz patties, or 1z or 2z tubes. When someone wants a "large" breakfast sausage, they are looking for the 2 oz. You can get all of these cooked (most popular) or raw. All with the same flavor profile, as opposed to Italian which will have parsely, fennel, broccoli rabe and/or other Italian type additions.

                  Breakfast sausage was always pork, although now there are also turkey versions for healthcare. I recommended a couple of good breakfast sausage brands by name, because you won't find Jimmy Dean or one of those in a diner kitchen. What the OP is looking for has to be procured from a restaurant supply, not Fairway (not that I don't LOVE Fairway myself!)

                  1. re: lemarais

                    Breakfast or country sausage is usually distinguished by being rather distinctly seasoned with sage.

                    1. re: equal_Mark

                      You're right, I shouldn't have said they are "plain". They have a very distinct flavor. Guess I was thinking of all those wacky Italian flavored sausage, like pesto or roasted pepper. But you won't find anything but sweet or hot in foodservice either, so not a good analogy.

              2. I guess I don't understand what you are looking for. In the grocery stores there are small breakfast sausage links and then larger Italian (various heat strength) ones which we use to make sausage and pepper and onion sandwiches. They fit in small sub rolls. Are there larger ones that those?

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                  1. re: pktaske

                    OK, I see now...I wonder if some place like Costco has them? I'll keep an eye out for them. and yes, I'm from Jersey.