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From Fritz

Interesting tidbits about the sausage business and Usinger's. Topics range from cooking tips to seasonal specialties as well as a little historical insight from the 4th generation Usinger who leads the company today.

  • CHILL DON’T SCARE THE GRILL

    People think those of us who grill outside in the winter to be crazy.  Well, I can remember a few evenings in early May when it's been almost as cold!  You don't have to mothball the grill just because it's cold outside.  The food tastes just as good, maybe even better, and hey, standing in front of a hot grill takes the chill off a cold day, or night!

    Here are some pointers to stay warm and get great results for winter grilling. First, dress appropriately, in layers and don’t forget the hat. Most of your heat loss comes from your head, so unless you’re planning on keeping it close to the grill (not recommended) keep it covered.  Next, grilling in winter takes a bit more time. Your grill will take longer to get warmed up and that can add about 25% more time to the cooking process.  So, make sure you have enough propane or charcoal on hand before you start, because running out midway through can be a pain.  Finally, enjoy the peace and quiet of winter serenity.  Odds are there’s not a lot going on outside, maybe a squirrel fight or an occasional deer sighting.  It’s just like ice fishing, they're even better when you get them in cold weather.  There is nothing like a brat right off the grill and it just seems tastier in January!

    If you’re not a fan of the cold, well, there are some great soup recipes in the Usinger cookbook and on our website.

    Quit chillin’ start grillin’.

    Fritz

  • Grilling's 2nd Season!

    Warm sunshine and crisp air, autumn is truly on it’s way. No need to think about hanging up the grill tongs quite yet. There are two months of great grilling weather ahead.

     

    For cool weather grilling try something a little spicy, like our Smoked Chorizo or Smoked Andouille links. For something completely different, try grilling our bone – in, Smoked Pork Chops. They are cured, smoked for hours in our brick smokehouses and are fully cooked.  When you put’em on the grill they’re nothing short of amazing!

     

    Now is a great time to try something new, during our Fall 15 promotion.  Until the end of September, you can stock up on Usinger deli products and save 15%.  All you have to do is type in “Fall 15” in the promo code when you order online. Don’t forget the Summer Sausage and Braunschweiger, so you are ready for those big game gatherings.  The Fall 15 promotion is available only on sausage products and only in the online Deli Store, or at our retail store downtown at 1030 N. Old World 3rd Street.

     

     

    Fritz

  • An Out of Towner Tour of Usinger's Sausage.

    While in the state for the Wisconsin vs LSU game, WBRZ TV in Louisiana made a stop at Usinger's for a quick tour.

    http://www.wbrz.com/news/take-a-tour-of-usinger-s-in-milwaukee-wis-/

  • It's All Happening at the Fair!

    The Wisconsin State Fair begins on Thursday August 4th thru August 14th. No trip to the Fair is complete without a brat or a hot dog from Usinger’s, Milwaukee’s oldest family run sausage shop. We are located in the air conditioned Wisconsin Products Pavilion where you will find the best food at the best price.

    All of our sausages are served on hearty Miller Bakery Pretzel buns and are priced right at just $ 4.00. The service is fast, friendly and efficient.

    Here is this year’s line up:

    Quarter pound Bratwurst, served with Kraut

    Quarter pound Italian, served with peppers & onions

    Quarter pound Smoked Brat with Cheddar & Jalapeno

    Jumbo All Beef Hot Dog

     

    Stop in and enjoy some “wurst”.

    See you at the Fair.

    Fritz

  • Get Ready, Here it Comes

    German Fest begins July 29 – 31 at Maier Festival Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront.  What a great time to experience German food, culture, music and yes a little beer. It’s like an Octoberfest warm up party.

    We are proud to be a long time sponsor of Milwaukee’s German Fest and provider of many different types of sausage and meats served during the three day run.

    You may want to try a German Fest favorite, the over-sized, October Fest Bratwurst or the spicy Smoked Bratwurst.  Then there is the Bavarian Wiener, Knackwurst or the Pork Links that are served with the potato pancakes. Or maybe you want the Smoked Pork Chops (Kassler Rippchen) that are smoked over glowing hard wood embers in our two story brick smokehouses. Don’t forget the Sauerkraut…. We make that too.

    Hope to see you at the opening ceremonies.  Bring your appetite and we will see you there!

  • Mr. Baseball Brats

    Now that Spring has finally arrived it’s time to fill the grill.  One thing that goes great with baseball season is Mr. Baseball Brats.  Enjoy Bob Uecker’s favorite brat and help out the Make-A-Wish kids too!  A portion of the proceeds from Mr. Baseball Brats goes to the Wisconsin Make-A-Wish Foundation.  But it’s not just a great cause, it’s also a great brat!

    What is a Mr. Baseball Brat you ask ?   The Sausage Makers at Usinger’s created a special recipe that is seasoned just the way Bob likes his Brats.

    You’ll find Mr. Baseball Brats on our website, in our retail store, and also at your local Sendik’s store.  Giv’em a try, you’ll be glad you did.

    "Thanks for voting for us in the Wisconsin's Best Brat Contest", we need your support.

    Fritz

  • Spring Shipping Savings!

    Spring is straight ahead. That means gatherings of family and friends for Easter celebrations. Count on Usinger’s for unique treats for your guests. Our Apple Wood Smoked Pit Ham has a one of a kind “camp fire” smoky aroma and taste.  These hams are smoked in our two story brick pit smokehouses over smoldering apple wood embers. Because this ham is boneless, they are easily carved with no waste. Another Easter season favorite is our Fresh Kielbasa. Made the traditional way with coarsely ground select cuts of pork, old world herbs & spices and lots of fresh garlic. Yes, only fresh garlic!

     

    March also mean it’s time for Usinger’s  “$9.99” shipping sale on your deli favorites ! Watch your mailboxes and your inboxes for all the details. For a limited time we are offering a $9.99 shipping rate to most states on orders up to 20 pounds. This offer starts on March 21st, just enter the coupon code “spring16” when you checkout. Sorry, this offer does not apply to gift boxes or FedEx shipping. So, whether you’re planning an Easter celebration or an Opening Day tailgate party, now is the time to stock up.

     

    Enjoy and Happy Easter!

    Fritz

  • Usinger's Selected Milwaukee's Best Brat!

    Like "Ueck" says, "When you want the best, you want Usinger's.  America's finest sausage since 1880, and proven once again.  Milwaukee Magazine conducted a taste test for their October issue, to determine the best brat between Usinger's, Johnsonville and Klements.  Managing editor Howie Magner fired up his grill and and cooked (no parboiling, it just masks the real flavor). When all was said and done, the winner was 135 year-old Usinger's.  It stood out for balanced spices and considerable juice.  Are you surprised?

    To read the story look for "The Sausage Taste Test" in Milwaukee Magazine's October 2015 issue.  Courtesy of Milwaukee Magazine/photo by Adam Ryan Morris.

    http://www.milwaukeemag.com/2015/09/28/50-reasons-to-love-milwaukee-teaser/

     

  • Oktoberfest Time!

    Oktoberfest is the world's largest outdoor party.  It’s celebrated all over the world, including right here in Milwaukee, but the main event is in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. The 16-day festival runs from late September to the first weekend in October. They’ve held it there since the early 1800’as and it’s an important part of the Bavarian culture.  Wiesn, as it’s referred to in Bavaria, is short for the grounds it’s held on.  Munich’s Oktoberfest averages about 6 million visitors per year!  Most other Oktoberfest celebrations are patterned after Munich’s, they’re just a little smaller.

    If you like to eat German food, Oktoberfest is a party you don’t want to miss.  Here’s a sample of what you can try, Hendl (roast chicken), Schweinebraten (roast pork), Schweinsh axe (grilled ham hock), of course they’ll have plenty of Würst (sausages) along with Brezen (pretzel), Knödel (potato or bread dumplings), Käsespätzle (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), and Sauerkraut.  Several of these dishes may sound familiar because they are served at Milwaukee’s Germanfest.

     

    Along with Bratwurst another popular wurst traditionally served at Octoberfest is Weisswurst  (a short, stubby link with a light, fluffy texture, white in color, speckled with fresh parsley and a hint of onion).

     

    In Milwaukee, we too love an outdoor party. Host your own Octoberfest celebration with Usinger’s Weisswurst and Bratwurst.  Hand crafted in our sausage kitchen on Third St. in downtown Milwaukee, they are spiced perfectly and great on the grill.

     

    Enjoy the season, Prost!

     

  • Where Does Our Meat Come From?

    In the era of "Bird Flu", "Mad Cow", and "Chronic Wasting", people want to know where the food they're eating comes from.

    It's a very good question, one that you should ask yourself, and one that I received recently.

    Here at Usinger's, we do not "harvest" animals, never have. We buy only the preferred cuts from USDA inspected packinghouses located in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states to make our sausages.

    Because our suppliers are under continuous inspection by USDA Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS), they must comply with Federal Regulations related to animal welfare, animal health, proper sanitary conditions and that the entire process is conducted humanely. Federal Law requires that FSIS personnel be present during hours of operation at these establishments to validate compliance.

    We have always believed in using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. We do not use imported frozen meat in any Usinger products. Fresh, Midwestern pork and beef that is delivered daily to our Third Street sausage kitchen is what you will find in our products. It's the only way to make America's finest sausage.

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