How Much Does Sausage Cost?
Sausage is made from ground meat and contain items such as herbs and spices blended for flavor. The casting of the sausage itself is made from intestines, but this is not always the case. Some sausages can come pre-cooked, while others have to be cooked thoroughly. The costs of sausage depend on the type, brand and where you purchase it from.
How much is it?
- The usual price for an average size sausage is $3 to $7. This is the average cost at a local grocery store for popular brands such as Eckrich. The price will also be determined by the number of ounces or pounds included in the package.
- Smoked and cured sausages can cost anywhere from $4 to $6.
- Homemade sausage processed by a butcher can cost anywhere from $2 to as much as $7 per pound, depending on the type of meat used. For example, Esposito’s Finest Sausage retails for $17 to $23 for 6 pounds.
- Pickled sausage can cost anywhere from $20 to $32 per 32 ounce jar.
What are the extra costs?
- The additional cost for buying a sausage is the price for extra spices, wrapping materials, vacuum package, and the use of bulk bags for big purchases.
- For those companies who do not offer free delivery, you may have to spend extra cost for shipping. Check with the company’s shipping policy.
- Local butchers can process meats of your choice themselves. For instance, if you hunt, many shops can turn your venison into sausage.
- For those that want to make homemade sausage, equipment such as a stuffer will be needed.
What is going to be included?
- Each company is going to have its own recipe and flavors. Check the ingredients on the back of the packaging to see what meats and spices were used.
- Many packages include recipes or tips for cooking and using the sausage.
Tips to know:
- If you want to make something such as turkey sausage, consider using a moister meat and grind keeping the skin on.
- For chicken sausage, consider combining the meat with a heavy cream to keep it from tasting dry.
- Whenever you’re going to make sausage, always make sure that the meat is kept cool at all times. This is going to allow the meat to stay clear of bacteria.
- If you’re unsure of how the spice is going to taste with the sausage, consider mixing a small blend in the pot ahead of time to see how it tastes.
- A great way to clean out a sausage maker is by grinding a few pieces of white bread through it to pick up most of the particles that are lodged in.
How can I save money?
- Grocery stores, as well as online retailers offer many different types of sausages. Homemade sausages are going to cost more than a processed package at your local grocery store. Quality is going to cost more.
- If you are going to purchase a pre-processed pack at your local grocery store, check the manufacturer’s website for coupons.
- Check your local farmer’s market as some may offer freshly made sausage. This will be comparable in price but will usually have a much better flavor and quality.