Our friend and fellow food lover, Karen Lodder who runs the blog germangirlinamerica.com, recently reviewed several of our most popular German meat products! As an expert on all things German, we loved hearing her comments about these traditional German style meats that may be less familar to American consumers. See a abbreviated excerpt of her review below and follow the link to read her full article.
A few years ago I moved half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Because there aren’t “German Stores” in the area (and the one “Euro Deli” nearby closed down), I’ve started to buy German Sausage online. Fortunately, Cured and Cultivated, has a HUGE selection of my favorite German Sausages and cold cuts opened up, just when I needed a new source!
They offer incredible varieties of Aufschnitt that shows up on Tables in Germany and all over Europe, Blutwurst (Blood Sausage), Leberwurst (Liverwurst), Teewurst, Salami, Leberkäse, Sülze (Head Cheese), and Gelbwurst. And German sausages? Landjäger, Würstchen, Bratwurst and more… They also have a variety of smoked Schinken. I’m in pig heaven!!
Most people I know look at Liverwurst and think…”I don’t like Liver, why would I eat that?” Obviously, because it’s good. Leberwurst was on the table in my Parent’s home almost every breakfast and lunch (and if mom declared “Brotzeit for dinner). Smeared on a slice of bread with some butter (or without), it’s a flavorful spread at mealtime or as an appetizer.
We were given a regular Liverwurst (Liver Sausage) from Continental and Schaller & Weber’s “Pate with Onions”. The plain Liverwurst was silky smooth and a bit paler in color than the Pate with Onions, which was a coarser grind (but still smooth). Honestly, the Pate with Onions won in flavor. Both by spoon and on bread. It just has more seasonings, or maybe it’s the onion. It’s fantastic. But, truth is, my daughter declared both winners, then collected up all of the samples and took them to her room to munch.
Teewurst or Teawurst was my “first” sausage, and strangely, you don’t see it much in the US. This mild spreadable sausage is made from Pork and Bacon, grated very fine … silky smooth… then it’s packed in a casing and smoked. This sausage is a special flavor memory for me, so I was humming happily as I munched it down. (Believe it or not, I still remember sitting in the high chair picking up squares of bread and Teawurst that mama put in front of me.) Some people may wonder… butter on the bread under a spread? Yes. (Because butter goes with everything).
Please don’t get the idea that this is kid food! A Teawurst is an absolutely delicious spreadable sausage that adults love too (my mother is a huge fan). Think of it as a smooth almost bacon-y Pate, but it’s a little saltier, and less livery (is livery a word?), because there is no liver in it. It doesn’t have that metallic back taste that you get from Liverwurst. I absolutely love it. The 17 year old prefers the liver. Go figure?
We tasted two different types. Continental and Schaller and Weber. You can see from the images that Continental is “pinker”. While both were good, I couldn’t stop eating the Continental. It reminded me of how it used to taste. So good.
You know that stuff in the supermarket called Bologna? This isn’t it. German Style Bologna, like the one made by Schaller and Weber, is nothing like that. The flavor and texture are absolutely delicious. And you know that funky fat coating in your mouth that you get from the supermarket stuff? You don’t get that with Schaller and Weber.
This Bologna comes in a tube, but it’s not soft like Liverwurst, it’s a fine grained sausage made from beef and pork, and NO fillers. (You don’t have to worry about what goes in to the making of this sausage…). Forget what you’ve had before… THIS Bologna has a fabulous flavor. I love it on a piece of good bread… with butter or mustard. Open faced of course, to get all of the flavor.
Whether you need to buy German sausage online for everyday, or for a wine tasting in your yard, or for a Brotzeit board at an Oktoberfest celebration, you will find all those flavors you love and remember!