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I sometimes like to cook things using ground pork sausage, but much of the time it"s nearly impossible to find in the local grocery stores. However, they always seem to have ground pork, which I"ve considered using as a substitute. I know it wouldn"t cause my kitchen to explode or anything like that ;-) but I"m curious, what"s the difference? What exactly am I putting in my food by using the sausage that I"d miss out on if I used regular ground pork?



Ground pork is simply that, pork. Pork sausage is ground pork that has been seasoned.

You can substitute, but you"ll have to bring your own seasoning.


Pork is the word ascribed to the pig animal as a food product. We don"t eat "pig" rather we eat "pork." Sausage is ground meat mixed with herbs and spices in some manner of form. Sausage can be made from any meat, it isn"t limited to pork.


As you"ve found, loose ground sausage isn"t always available.

If the meat department has fresh sausage, you can buy them, cut the casing and remove the sausage.


Here in the UK you can buy sausage meat from butchers. It typically has added ingredients (rusk, fat etc.) which give it that "sausageyness" when cooked. Regular ground (minced in the UK) pork is just the minced meat.

Our local, sweet pork sausage: pork, water, salt, pepper, coriander. By reading the label, I can tell what the difference is in this particular package.

in your grocery check by the lunchmeat, etc and you will see the bob evans packages for sure. there will be several different brands of sausage in tubes, use these just like you would bulk from the meat counter.

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