In this country, Italian sausage typically refers to a style of pork sausage seasoned with fennel seed and/or anise seed as the dominant seasoning. The primary difference between hot and sweet Italian sausage is that the hot version includes the addition of crushed red peppers. Italian sausage is typically made as a fresh sausage (not cured). Pork shoulder (also known as Boston butt) is the most common type of meat used in making Italian sausage, and it's best if it is 75 to 80% lean. The pork is ground and the appropriate spice seasonings are added. The sausage is then either stuffed into casings or portioned into bulk packages and is then either frozen or used immediately. Use 1 cup of Hot Italian Sausage Seasoning and either 1 cup of ice cold water or 1 cup of chilled red wine per 5 lbs of ground pork shoulder. 1 Cup of Hot Italian Seasoning is approximately 5.2 ounces.
Hand blended from paprika, fennel seed, sea salt, parsley, garlic, cayenne, black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes.