The ‘Everyday’ Pork Sausage

This is the everyday Pork Sausage that I make for Pauline. She prefers thin sausage in sheep’s casings. Sheep’s casings are harder to use than hogs as they split more easily but the extra care needed is worth it as the delicate casings make for great eating.

Sausage Bulk Seasoning Mix
60g Salt
10g Pepper White
8g Pepper Black
2g Nutmeg
1g Mace
2g Ginger

Mix together well. This will make more than one lot of the sausage below

For 1kg of sausage
770g Locally Produced Pork Shoulder (about 20% visible fat)
80g Rusk or 105gm dried breadcrumbs
130g Water or 105gm if using breadcrumbs
20g Bulk Seasoning Mix

Thurlaston Pepper Sausage Calculator
Weight of Meat in grams gm
Water gm
Rusk gm
Seasoning Mix gm
Total Amount of Sausage gm
Individual Seasoning Weights
Salt gm
Ground White Pepper gm
Ground Black Pepper gm
Ground Nutmeg gm
Ground Mace gm
Ground Ginger gm


1. Mince the meats through the blade of your choice (coarse or fine). I mince twice through a 6mm mincer plate.
2. Add meats to the bowl and add the seasoning, mix well.
3. Put rusk on top of the meat.
4. Pour the chilled water on top of the rusk so that the rusk gets thoroughly wet.
5. Mix vigorously until the meat mixture looks sticky. I really work it at this stage.
(this is myosin developing, the protein that sticks the sausage together & gives texture, rather like the gluten in bread).
7. If the mixture is wet or soft let it stand for a few minutes for the rusk/breadcrumb to re-hydrate.
8. Fill into casings.
9. Put into the fridge for 6 – 8 hours to Bloom for flavour development.

Cook and Enjoy

4 thoughts on “The ‘Everyday’ Pork Sausage”

  1. i have been trying to calculate the amount of ingredients needed to make sausages, but the calculator is not working

    1. Thank you for letting me know this. I have corrected it and it is now working. You may have to clear your cache and temporary files before you can see the changes. I hope that you enjoy these peppery sausages.

  2. Thank you – Very nice recipe and calculator – many others add a bit of herbs like sage, thyme, rosemary. Which do you prefer? And how much?
    Some use white pepper only – I prefer your mix of black and white
    Tip for DIY butchers like me. If you want to vigorously mix a large batch of 10kg or more. Get a 50 liter food friendly plastic drum (stainless steel if you have lots of money). Add the final mix inside. Then simply attach your wife’s (Kenwood or other) food processor’s K paddle into a strong electric drill. (800 W or stronger)
    With both hands holding the drill and attachment, start mixing at low speed and gradually increase your drill’s speed. You can push the drill down to touch the bottom if you want. Keep speed low then increase a bit. Within 3 or 4 minutes the mix will be ready. Check if mix is sticky – if not mix again for a minute.

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