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    Default Islander's breakfast sausage recipe

    I raise organic pastured pigs every summer. Customers reserve these in spring (by the side), but every other year I keep a side for my freezer. (I live alone so a side of pork lasts me two years). I ask the butcher to trim shanks and save any other scraps for ground pork because I love pork sausage; this year I may turn the entire shoulder into ground pork, packaged in one-pound packages. I make a pound at a time, 5 meals. Here's how:

    I thaw a pound of pork and spread it in the food processor. Over this I scatter (all measurements approximate):
    1 tsp. each of...
    - liquid smoke
    - thyme
    - oregano
    - garlic granules or garlic powder

    optional, in whatever quantity you like...
    - rosemary
    - cumin
    - fennel seeds
    - cayenne, to taste
    - salt & freshly ground pepper

    I use the mixing blade to incorporate the herbs & spices into the meat, pausing frequently to scrape sides and stir the mix. Spoon the finished pork onto 4-5 pieces of plastic wrap. fold the plastic over, shape the pork into a ball and press down with something flat (like a cutting board) to form a round patty. Wrap the patties in their individual plastic, bag and freeze. It's that easy!
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    Default Re: Islander's breakfast sausage recipe

    I can buy 'free range' pork, don't know how organic it is. Will check up on the company that sells it.

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    Default Re: Islander's breakfast sausage recipe

    Something to look for is a chemical called Ractopamine, trade name "Paylean." It's supposed to increase the lean meat-to-fat ratio; although it's withdrawn so many days prior to slaughter, there are residues in the meat that some people react to. The pigs don't do well on it either; side effects have been reported. You'd have to contact the processor; it's for sure not listed in the ingredients!
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