Sorry Johnsonville – I am blind as a bat!

I am blind as a bat and I owe a few apologies.

This month AllRecipes partnered with Johnsonville sausage and I am also doing unprocessed October.  Knowing that I could make sausage at home, I was hoping to find an “all natural”  Johnsonville sausage that would pass the “kitchen test”.

Initially, I looked up their products online  – I was looking for an all natural product or at least one that did not contain BHA / BHT or MSG.  I honestly didn’t see an all natural variety. Then I checked the local stores, I didn’t see the ground sausage and I didn’t see any natural sausage.  Did I say I was blind?
Not to be deterred I decided to look one more time.  I picked up the link sausage, read the label and was just about to put them away when I spotted an employee stocking the shelves and I decided to ask.  Imagine my surprise when she reached up and grabbed a package of All Natural ground sausage!  It was on the top shelf, right next to the links I was holding!
Yep, I am blind!
Capture Johnsonville package
So, my apologies to Johnsonville!  You do make the all natural product I was seeking.  
I have several friends who are highly sensitive to MSG and a couple of my clients who must avoid preservatives such as BHT / BHA, so having this All Natural ground sausage available is wonderful.
That said, check out these delicious recipes from Johnsonville.
What a nice change of pace from the ordinary meat loaf. I did change up the method somewhat because we have a couple of onion & pepper haters in the family. I used a food processor and pureed the onion, bell pepper and a chopped carrot until finely minced then added the chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder and egg to the bowl and pureed it all together. Add that mixture to the meat, oats and corn. All the flavor is there and the onion haters don’t even know! I baked for about 30 minutes drained off some grease and then back into the oven to finish. I did forget to add the chili sauce to the top but it turned out fine. Served with baked potato and steamed cauliflower and carrots.
Johnsonville lasagna

About Baking Nana

Each morning my granddaughter Sarah calls to ask, “Watcha doing, Nana? Are you baking Nana?” Hence my “name” Baking Nana. I am a mother to three wonderful children and a grandmother to 12 very hungry grandkids. I don’t bake fancy cakes but I do make wonderful yeast bread and home cooked meals made with love.


Sorry Johnsonville – I am blind as a bat! — 12 Comments

  1. You know how much I read labels. Sometimes I disregard the ingredients that are in the product if it is just plain adulterated fat/sweet food that I’m craving. But when it comes to good, solid dinner entrees that I’m going to serve my family, I really do read the labels and steer away from unnatural things. So I was totally pleased that Johnsonville has this All Natural product that I found. I, too, have enjoyed at least four meals now from the ground sausage. I found my first several packs at Winco, but now my Ralphs (Kroger) carries it, too. I’m more than happy about it! Thanks for your blog, Baking Nana!

  2. I loved the ground sausage. Last time we did the assignments I couldn’t find it but now it seems to be more available. I really like the flavor – not much fennel at all, which isn’t my favorite.

    I’d like a slice of that lasagna right about now 🙂

  3. I was really upset because here, we had all kinds of Jville sausage choices on the shelves, but NO GROUND!! I did find the reduced fat variety was void of MSG, so I subbed some of that…but I would have loved to find the ground on my grocers shelves!!

    • Renee – Ask for it! I was shocked to find it right under my nose and I consider myself a “good” shopper! Hopefully this will take off and become more visible and available.

  4. Hi, BN. Love meatloaf. I have been “cutting” Italian sausage into my ground beef for meatloaf for several years. Now it is about a 30% gr been and 70% Italian saus mix when I make it. As everyone says, the sandwiches the next day are more of the reason I make it!! I only use Italian saus in my homemade spaghetti sauce, also. Johnsonville is, I believe, a “native” of our state of Wisconsin! Or, perhaps they have plants all over by now. We do love their brats, as well.

    • Hi Chris – I had never had meatloaf with Italian sausage until a few years ago – oh man! what a difference. LOVE IT! I really hope that the All Natural Johnsonville catches on and moves into the Brats and Italian links. So good!

  5. We like Johnsonville but, unfortunately, stores in my area don’t carry many varieties of their sausage, and I know all natural ground sausage is not available. My main store even has discontinued carrying their chorizo. The store that stocks most of their products is WalMart (ugh), if you can believe that. I’ll have to give the meatloaf a try; we actually like meat loaf sandwiches as much (probably more) as having it as a main course. And, yes, mayo for us too!

    • Hi Pat, I had every intention of requesting the All Natural sausage at the market, boy did I feel like a bit of fool when she pulled it off the shelf and handed it to me! I don’t shop WalMart, so that would not work for me at all.

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