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  1. #1
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Trader Joe's Chicken Breakfast Sausages

    During the time I was waiting to learn whether
    their Bavarian Bratwurst was going to be recalled,
    I tried their Chicken Breakfast Sausages, and
    they're great!

    But I wanted something to use in soup, because
    I avoid pan frying. The Bavarian Bratwurst is
    precooked, so I only had to slice it and toss it
    in toward the end of cooking. The Chicken Breakfast
    Sausages are raw, so not easy to slice and probably
    would not do well poached in a soup.

    The day before yesterday, I got the idea of frying
    the sausages, then cutting them up for soup. That
    may seem like a trvial insight, but I went for
    weeks lamenting I couldn't use them in soup like
    the Bavarian Bratwurst. Yesterday, I fried up
    a whole package of them, and used a third of the
    package for soup. They were great, even better
    than the Bavarian Bratwurst. I used another third
    for a pot that I finished a few minutes ago.
    Great again! In fact, it was hard to resist eating
    them cold before putting them in the soup.

    I fried them dark brown on all sides. I was
    surprised how much fat is rendered off. Toward
    the end of cooking, a sticky residue accumulates
    in the pan, probably caramelized sugar. That
    makes it a little difficult to keep them from
    sticking, but it's manageable. I see a lot of
    these sausages in my future.

  2. #2
    Kent Guest

    Default Re: Trader Joe's Chicken Breakfast Sausages


    "Mark Thorson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > During the time I was waiting to learn whether
    > their Bavarian Bratwurst was going to be recalled,
    > I tried their Chicken Breakfast Sausages, and
    > they're great!
    >
    > But I wanted something to use in soup, because
    > I avoid pan frying. The Bavarian Bratwurst is
    > precooked, so I only had to slice it and toss it
    > in toward the end of cooking. The Chicken Breakfast
    > Sausages are raw, so not easy to slice and probably
    > would not do well poached in a soup.
    >
    > The day before yesterday, I got the idea of frying
    > the sausages, then cutting them up for soup. That
    > may seem like a trvial insight, but I went for
    > weeks lamenting I couldn't use them in soup like
    > the Bavarian Bratwurst. Yesterday, I fried up
    > a whole package of them, and used a third of the
    > package for soup. They were great, even better
    > than the Bavarian Bratwurst. I used another third
    > for a pot that I finished a few minutes ago.
    > Great again! In fact, it was hard to resist eating
    > them cold before putting them in the soup.
    >
    > I fried them dark brown on all sides. I was
    > surprised how much fat is rendered off. Toward
    > the end of cooking, a sticky residue accumulates
    > in the pan, probably caramelized sugar. That
    > makes it a little difficult to keep them from
    > sticking, but it's manageable. I see a lot of
    > these sausages in my future.
    >
    >

    I cook 2-4 Trader Jose's chicken sausages in the microwave in a cling
    wrapped porcelein container for 3.33 minutes at a power level of 3. After
    that I eat them, or use them in another dish. Trader Jose's chicken sausages
    contain a lot of fat, and a lot of cholesterol. Don't think you're helping
    your heart by eating them. Eat them because you like them. They're also
    cheap!!!

    Kent








  3. #3
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Trader Joe's Chicken Breakfast Sausages

    On Sun, 13 Feb 2011 14:12:36 -0800, Mark Thorson <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > During the time I was waiting to learn whether
    > their Bavarian Bratwurst was going to be recalled,
    > I tried their Chicken Breakfast Sausages, and
    > they're great!
    >
    > But I wanted something to use in soup, because
    > I avoid pan frying. The Bavarian Bratwurst is
    > precooked, so I only had to slice it and toss it
    > in toward the end of cooking. The Chicken Breakfast
    > Sausages are raw, so not easy to slice and probably
    > would not do well poached in a soup.
    >
    > The day before yesterday, I got the idea of frying
    > the sausages, then cutting them up for soup. That
    > may seem like a trvial insight, but I went for
    > weeks lamenting I couldn't use them in soup like
    > the Bavarian Bratwurst. Yesterday, I fried up
    > a whole package of them, and used a third of the
    > package for soup. They were great, even better
    > than the Bavarian Bratwurst. I used another third
    > for a pot that I finished a few minutes ago.
    > Great again! In fact, it was hard to resist eating
    > them cold before putting them in the soup.
    >
    > I fried them dark brown on all sides. I was
    > surprised how much fat is rendered off. Toward
    > the end of cooking, a sticky residue accumulates
    > in the pan, probably caramelized sugar. That
    > makes it a little difficult to keep them from
    > sticking, but it's manageable. I see a lot of
    > these sausages in my future.



    Are you saying "Bavarian Bratwurst" is a chicken sausage? How
    different is it from Aidells? I thought maybe you were talking about
    a patty I could use for breakfast.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

  4. #4
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Trader Joe's Chicken Breakfast Sausages

    On Sun, 13 Feb 2011 22:38:49 -0800, "Kent" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > Trader Jose's chicken sausages
    > contain a lot of fat, and a lot of cholesterol. Don't think you're helping
    > your heart by eating them. Eat them because you like them. They're also
    > cheap!!!


    Here's the thing I never understand about the "fat" argument.... when
    the fat is cooked out of it, what's the problem? I'm not going to put
    a straw into the fat and suck it up. My issue is when the fat is
    cooked out, what's left is a lot less in volume.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

  5. #5
    Kent Guest

    Default Re: Trader Joe's Chicken Breakfast Sausages


    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:mcuhl6haafbcdu8k7orinjdu3uiipgslvi@[email protected]..
    > On Sun, 13 Feb 2011 22:38:49 -0800, "Kent" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> Trader Jose's chicken sausages
    >> contain a lot of fat, and a lot of cholesterol. Don't think you're
    >> helping
    >> your heart by eating them. Eat them because you like them. They're also
    >> cheap!!!

    >
    > Here's the thing I never understand about the "fat" argument.... when
    > the fat is cooked out of it, what's the problem? I'm not going to put
    > a straw into the fat and suck it up. My issue is when the fat is
    > cooked out, what's left is a lot less in volume.
    >
    >

    Quite a bit of the fat, including cholesterol, is left after cooking. As I
    recall, a "portion" of 3 Trader Joe's chicken breakfast sausages has 60mg
    cholesterol, almost 1/3 of your daily allotment, if you're trying to stay
    below 200mg. I'd guess half of that stays behind after cooking, though I'm
    no expert regarding that.

    If you haven't tried them, and wish to microwave them take into account that
    microwave energy "blasts" fat much more than water. I use a low power level
    of 3.

    Kent




  6. #6
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Trader Joe's Chicken Breakfast Sausages

    On Mon, 14 Feb 2011 02:15:40 -0800, "Kent" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > If you haven't tried them


    I haven't, but I'll look for them the next time I'm there. Thanks for
    the head's up.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

  7. #7
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Trader Joe's Chicken Breakfast Sausages

    On Sun, 13 Feb 2011 14:12:36 -0800, Mark Thorson wrote:

    > I fried them dark brown on all sides. I was
    > surprised how much fat is rendered off.


    Why not save it and give it to Julie?

    -sw

  8. #8
    Bryan Guest

    Default Re: Trader Joe's Chicken Breakfast Sausages

    On Feb 14, 12:38*am, "Kent" <keh6...@anal.yahoo.com> wrote:
    > "Mark Thorson" <nos...@sonic.net> wrote in message
    >
    > news:[email protected]..
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > During the time I was waiting to learn whether
    > > their Bavarian Bratwurst was going to be recalled,
    > > I tried their Chicken Breakfast Sausages, and
    > > they're great!

    >
    > > But I wanted something to use in soup, because
    > > I avoid pan frying. *The Bavarian Bratwurst is
    > > precooked, so I only had to slice it and toss it
    > > in toward the end of cooking. *The Chicken Breakfast
    > > Sausages are raw, so not easy to slice and probably
    > > would not do well poached in a soup.

    >
    > > The day before yesterday, I got the idea of frying
    > > the sausages, then cutting them up for soup. *That
    > > may seem like a trvial insight, but I went for
    > > weeks lamenting I couldn't use them in soup like
    > > the Bavarian Bratwurst. *Yesterday, I fried up
    > > a whole package of them, and used a third of the
    > > package for soup. *They were great, even better
    > > than the Bavarian Bratwurst. *I used another third
    > > for a pot that I finished a few minutes ago.
    > > Great again! *In fact, it was hard to resist eating
    > > them cold before putting them in the soup.

    >
    > > I fried them dark brown on all sides. *I was
    > > surprised how much fat is rendered off. *Toward
    > > the end of cooking, a sticky residue accumulates
    > > in the pan, probably caramelized sugar. *That
    > > makes it a little difficult to keep them from
    > > sticking, but it's manageable. *I see a lot of
    > > these sausages in my future.

    >
    > I cook 2-4 Trader Jose's chicken sausages in the microwave in a cling
    > wrapped porcelein container for 3.33 minutes at a power level of 3. *
    >

    What kind of pig are you? Cooking sausages in the microwave is
    ridiculous.
    >
    > Kent


    --Bryan

  9. #9
    David Harmon Guest

    Default Re: Trader Joe's Chicken Breakfast Sausages

    On Mon, 14 Feb 2011 07:17:28 -0600 in rec.food.cooking, Sqwertz
    <[email protected]> wrote,
    >On Sun, 13 Feb 2011 14:12:36 -0800, Mark Thorson wrote:
    >
    >> I fried them dark brown on all sides. I was
    >> surprised how much fat is rendered off.

    >
    >Why not save it and give it to Julie?


    Julie wanted it for her cat. Several likely sausage ingredients,
    like onion, are toxic to cats. I wouldn't want to give sausage
    grease to my cat even after I read the ingredients, lest I made a
    mistake. Uncontaminated chicken fat is plentiful.



  10. #10
    Bryan Guest

    Default Re: Trader Joe's Chicken Breakfast Sausages

    On Feb 14, 12:10*pm, David Harmon <sou...@netcom.com> wrote:
    > On Mon, 14 Feb 2011 07:17:28 -0600 in rec.food.cooking, Sqwertz
    > <swe...@cluemail.compost> wrote,
    >
    > >On Sun, 13 Feb 2011 14:12:36 -0800, Mark Thorson wrote:

    >
    > >> I fried them dark brown on all sides. *I was
    > >> surprised how much fat is rendered off.

    >
    > >Why not save it and give it to Julie?

    >
    > Julie wanted it for her cat. *Several likely sausage ingredients,
    > like onion, are toxic to cats. *I wouldn't want to give sausage
    > grease to my cat even after I read the ingredients, lest I made a
    > mistake. *Uncontaminated chicken fat is plentiful.


    Since when do cats eat sausage grease?

    --Bryan

  11. #11
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Trader Joe's Chicken Breakfast Sausages

    On Mon, 14 Feb 2011 11:11:21 -0800 (PST), Bryan
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Since when do cats eat sausage grease?


    Probably since they've been allowed to jump on the counters.


    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

  12. #12
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Trader Joe's Chicken Breakfast Sausages

    On Mon, 14 Feb 2011 10:10:47 -0800, David Harmon wrote:

    > On Mon, 14 Feb 2011 07:17:28 -0600 in rec.food.cooking, Sqwertz
    > <[email protected]> wrote,
    >
    >>Why not save it and give it to Julie?

    >
    > Uncontaminated chicken fat is plentiful.


    Not in Julie's case.

    -sw

  13. #13
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Trader Joe's Chicken Breakfast Sausages

    On Mon, 14 Feb 2011 11:11:21 -0800 (PST), Bryan wrote:

    > On Feb 14, 12:10*pm, David Harmon <sou...@netcom.com> wrote:
    >> On Mon, 14 Feb 2011 07:17:28 -0600 in rec.food.cooking, Sqwertz
    >> <swe...@cluemail.compost> wrote,
    >>
    >>>On Sun, 13 Feb 2011 14:12:36 -0800, Mark Thorson wrote:

    >>
    >>>> I fried them dark brown on all sides. *I was
    >>>> surprised how much fat is rendered off.

    >>
    >>>Why not save it and give it to Julie?

    >>
    >> Julie wanted it for her cat. *Several likely sausage ingredients,
    >> like onion, are toxic to cats. *I wouldn't want to give sausage
    >> grease to my cat even after I read the ingredients, lest I made a
    >> mistake. *Uncontaminated chicken fat is plentiful.

    >
    > Since when do cats eat sausage grease?


    Whoosh! to BOTH of you.

    -sw

  14. #14
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: Trader Joe's Chicken Breakfast Sausages

    sf wrote:
    >
    > Are you saying "Bavarian Bratwurst" is a chicken sausage? How
    > different is it from Aidells? I thought maybe you were talking about
    > a patty I could use for breakfast.


    How did you leap to that conclusion?
    Bavarian Bratwurst is pork, but having
    similar length and diameter to Chicken
    Breakfast Sausages. Nothing I said implies
    that Bavarian Bratwurst is chicken.

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