What’s So Great about Summer Sausage?

Fully cooked and ready-to-eat sausage is a great addition to most savory dishes, from soups to sandwiches to quiches. In addition to their Original version, Johnsonville makes an all-beef alternative that scored top points with our judges. High Quality Summer Sausage has a tender bite and a meatychew. It’s meaty flavor leaves a rich mouth coating. Specifically,the sausages have a reddish-pink color and a medium to fine grind. There is a visible casing. The aroma/flavor profile is meaty, or beefy as appropriate, and fatty. There may be some smokiness and a vinegar tang. The seasonings can include black pepper, white pepper and mustard seeds and aromatics such as garlic and onion. The sausages are salty, balanced by sweetness, sourness and bitterness. The sausages are tender to bite and have a meat-like chew. There is a fatty chew to the sausages, too, which leaves a rich mouth coating.

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Tasting terms

  • chew

    The texture of a food as it is being chewed, as opposed to the texture of the first bite. Example: High-quality beef jerky should be tender but have a long chew.

  • flavor

    A combination of a food's basic taste and its accompanying aroma, flavor is the distinctive taste of a food or ingredient while it is in the mouth. Along with aroma, appearance, texture and taste, flavor is one of the five dimensions considered by ChefsBest Master Tasters. Example: Chocolate chip cookies should have a moderate chocolate flavor accompanied by a slightly lower level of complex dough flavor that includes egg, flour, vanilla and brown sugar notes.

  • aroma

    The smell that emanates from food. Along with appearance, texture, flavor and taste, aroma is one of the five dimensions used to evaluate a product. Example: Brownies should have an aroma that includes chocolate as well as egg, toasty and sweet notes.