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Grilled Sausage & Vegetables - the perfect healthy summer meal! Find the recipe on our website.

May is national barbeque month!  What better way to celebrate the warmer weather by heading outdoors to enjoy some good food with good friends and family. 

The Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association recently took a poll of Americans about their grilling habits, and the consensus is that outdoor cooking is as popular as ever!  We thought this statistic was particularly interesting:

Seventy percent of Americans say cooking out gets them in a healthier routine, specifically by encouraging time spent outdoors instead of cooped up in the house. Outdoor cooking also encourages adults to make smarter food choices such as eating fresh rather than frozen foods (54% agreed) and cooking healthier food on the grill overall (40% agreed).

We agree that cooking fresh food outdoors is a smart, healthy option.  Our chicken sausages are a great choice for the grill:  95% lean and available in many versatile flavors.   Whether it’s a sausage & pepper sandwich, sausage burger, grilled pizza, or simply a colorful platter of grilled sausage and vegetables, we hope you can find ways to fit our lean, healthy sausage into your outdoor cooking plans this summer.

What are your barbeque plans for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend?  Do you have any favorite sausage grilling recipes to share? 

Discover sausage grilling techniques and recipes from Frank on our YouTube Channel

Don’t forget to check out Isernio’s website for recipe ideas, and Frank has some great sausage grilling tips and recipes on our IserniosSausage YouTube Channel too.  Happy Grilling!

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This article about family dinners caught our eye the other day.  Studies have shown that healthy family meals are important to healthy child development, and moms from different walks of life weighed in on how they try to achieve that family togetherness in their busy lives.

Anybody with kids – whether you’re Mom or Dad – is all too familiar with juggling schedules, work, school, sports, play, family time, etc.  Some days just getting a meal on the table is near impossible.  Trying to make it a healthy, balanced meal (that ALL family members, including picky kids, will eat) can be just plain overwhelming.

So how do you do it?  At Isernio’s we are firm believers in offering healthy and tasty options to kids, and we actually have some very kid-friendly, easy to prepare recipes using our low fat, all-natural sausage.   Here are a few recipes we would recommend trying for low-stress, healthy family meals.  Many of these can even be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen to be reheated for a quick meal later:

Chicken Sausage Meatballs

Italian Sausage Burgers

Rigatoni with Sausage Sauce

We’d also love to hear from you!  Do you have any tips or tricks for fitting healthy family meals into your busy schedules?

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We recently read an article about gluten free diets, and whether they can improve your health.  It was interesting to read about the broad spectrum of gluten intolerance, including celiac disease, and how eliminating gluten can really make a difference in the lives of people who have these issues.

We hear from a lot of folks who enjoy our sausage because it is gluten free and fits into their or their family’s gluten free diets.  Especially in the past few years as public awareness over celiac disease, gluten intolerance and gluten free diets has grown.  We get a lot of questions about our products and whether they contain gluten or any “hidden” forms of gluten, and it always makes us feel good to answer with a resounding “no” to all of those questions.

What’s kind of funny is we actually didn’t set out to make gluten free foods – our products have always been that way!  When you start with wholesome ingredients and don’t include any unnecessary additives or fillers, it’s easy to keep a clean label like ours.  Our chicken sausages, Italian sausages, Breakfast sausages and other products are made from fresh ground natural meats and premium spices, and that’s pretty much it! 

(one exception: our British Bangers do contain gluten in the form of bread crumbs, and we label them with that information so there isn’t any room for confusion!).

Do you stick to a gluten free diet?  If so, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the gluten free lifestyle and how it has changed your life!

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If you’ve been an Isernio’s enthusiast for a while, you may know that last year we completely redesigned our website.  We were excited to learn recently that the website won an Outstanding Achievement honor in the Interactive Media Awards!  This is very meaningful to us, because we (and the fantastic team at Cypress Consulting) worked hard to develop this new website to be not only fun to look at, but to be a great resource for our customers.  We wanted the site to be the hub for our entire web presence so you can see all things Isernio’s in one place, including our Facebook, Twitter and Blog posts, and our “In the Kitchen With Frank” YouTube videos, which is why you see those feeds prominent on the front page.  We also wanted the site to be useful and hopefully answer any questions you may have about our company, which is why we included the new “Where to Buy” zip code finder, FAQ section, and a robust sausage recipe search feature. 

We hope you, our valued customers, are as pleased with the new site as we (and the folks at the Interactive Media Awards!) are.  If you haven’t had the chance to check out the new www.isernio.com yet, we’d love to hear what you think!

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Exciting news!  As of today, you can find a 3-pack of our Italian Chicken Sausage Rolls at some Western Washington Costco warehouses!  Here is a list of the warehouses carrying the product:

  • Seattle (4th Ave.)
  • Seattle (Aurora Village)
  • Southcenter
  • Kirkland
  • Federal Way
  • Tumwater
  • Issaquah
  • Marysville
  • Puyallup
  • Woodinville

We’re just in these 10 locations for now, but if the item proves to be a great seller for Costco we hope they’ll add it into more!  So, tell your friends and family to get out to these stores and stock up!   It’s in the freezer section, a 3-pack for $8.99 (which is a GREAT price – only $3 a pound!)   Take them home, pop them in your freezer, and just thaw one out when you need a quick dinner – add it to your pasta sauce for excellent flavor, make meatballs, or make it into burgers for the grill.  Don’t forget to check out our website for plenty of great recipes and videos:  www.isernio.com

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Making Headlines!

We were extremely honored to be featured on the cover of the Meat & Poultry Magazine Annual Sausage Issue for 2011!  What a privilege to be recognized for our 30 year history in the business, as well as for being an industry trendsetter with our new line of chicken sausage rolls and expanding nationwide distribution.

Click here to read the full article (starting on page 30).

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No Mystery in This Meat

Freshly Ground Isernio's Sausage

A certain fast food chain has been in the news lately because their “seasoned beef” taco filling actually contains a substantial amount of non-beef ingredients including binders, fillers and unnecessary sugar, and they’re being sued for it.

Reactions to this news has been across the board – from being disputed by Taco Bell, to experts claiming this is par for the course, to just plain disgust from the public.  Regardless of your opinion, there’s no denying that controversy over processed meat products has been all over the place in recent years.   As a meat producer we take this very seriously, and our stand is simple:  Real food makes for a healthier you.

  

Here’s the ingredient listing for that “seasoned beef” filling:  
Beef, Water, Seasoning [Isolated Oat Product, Salt, Chili Pepper, Onion Powder, Tomato Powder, Oats (Wheat), Soy Lecithin, Sugar, Spices, Maltodextrin, Soybean Oil (Anti-dusting Agent), Garlic Powder, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Citric Acid, Caramel Color, Cocoa Powder (Processed With Alkali), Silicon Dioxide, Natural Flavors, Yeast, Modified Corn Starch, Natural Smoke Flavor], Salt, Sodium Phosphates.

 

As a contrast, here’s the ingredient listing for Isernio’s Italian Chicken Sausage: 
Chicken, water, salt, fennel, spices (including pepper), bell pepper, paprika, dehydrated garlic, parsley, natural flavor, lemon juice concentrate.

 

Which one would you rather eat?  We feel it’s important to know what you’re putting in your body, and that eating “real” food and ingredients is key to a healthy lifestyle – which is why we’ve never used any sort of fillers, binders, extenders, artificial colors or flavors, or unnecessary sugars and corn syrup. 

We have no problem showing you there’s absolutely no mystery in our meat.  In fact, here’s a photo taken of a whole chicken thigh in our plant right before it was ground and combined with spices to make our sausage: 

Skinless chicken thigh - just like you'd buy at the supermarket

 

Nothing too mysterious there – ours is really the sausage you want to see made!  For more info on our company and production processes, check out this video that takes you behind the scenes.  We’re proud of what we make, and hope you and your family enjoy it too!

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