Hot Italian Sausage Seasoning

Hot Italian Sausage Seasoning
Hot Italian Sausage Seasoning
Hot Italian Sausage Seasoning Hot Italian Sausage Seasoning
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Homemade fresh Italian Sausage is very versatile and is one of the simplest sausages for home sausage making. There is a wide assortment of sausage seasoning formulas you can use to make your own and our Hot Italian Sausage seasoning is the first of several that we'll be introducing.


The Beginning of Sausage

Sausage making originated as a means to transport and preserve meat. Early societies discovered that spices and dried berries could be added to dried meat to enhance their flavor. Some of the earliest mentions of sausages date to 600 BC and sausage mentions occurred in writings from this time in China, Greece and Rome. Sausages come in two main types - cured and fresh. Cured sausages are cooked or dried and while not necessary many are smoked. The curing process changes the meat and infuses its own flavors into the meat (especially if spices are used). If you're a bit confused think of it like the difference between ham and ribs.

Smoked sausages are always cured as uncurred meat is very susceptible to botulism. The bacterium responsible, Clostridium botulinum, thrives in the anaerobic conditions created in the interior of the sausage especially flourishes in the temperature range of 39 °F to 140 °F,  which is the most common in the smoke house and the following subsequent storage environment. So for optimum safety, sausages are cured before smoking.


Hot vs Sweet Italian Sausage

There are certainly more types of sausage available besides just Hot or Sweet Italian Sausage (sometimes referred to as Mild Italian Sausage), but these two types of Italian sausages are varieties that most of us are most familiar with. Italian Sausage is a perfect choice for cooking peppers and onions, slow simmering in a marinara sauce, using as a topping on homemade pizza or grilling outdoors, the aromas and flavors from Italian sausage is awfully tough to beat.

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. There is an extensive variety of sausages available In Italy, most of which look absolutely nothing like what we know as "Italian sausage" in the U.S.

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.

If you decide to stuff your sausage in casings we recommend first testing the filling's flavor and consistency by frying a small patty in a pan. Less than perfect batches can be used for chili or in pasta sauce.

I've also used Hot Italian Sausage as a substitute for andouille in a pinch when making jambalaya and gumbo.


What's In It

Hand blended from paprika, fennel seed, sea salt, parsley, garlic, cayenne, black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes.


Flavor Profile

Our Hot Italian Sausage has the perfect kick without being too hot and will certainly have you coming back for more.


Helpful Hints

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.

If you're serious about making your own sausage then you might also enjoy our Breakfast Sausage Seasoning, Andouille Sausage Seasoning and Mexican Chorizo Seasoning.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g1%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate1.5g1%

Dietary Fiber0.9g3%

Total Sugars0.1g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.8 out of 5
10 total ratings.

Michael W. (Verified buyer) 01/28/2022
nice and spicy nice and spicy

Scott H. (Verified buyer) 09/21/2021
This is what Italian sausage is supposed to taste like! This seasoning is amazing and is what Italian sausage is supposed to taste like. What also make it great is that you can make the ground meat of your choice taste “Italian.”

Catherine C. (Verified buyer) 08/29/2021
Classic Flavor! Super tasty when added to ground pork.

Anine G. (Verified buyer) 01/18/2020
Hot Italian Sausage Seasoning Add to Quinoa, to taste. You won't notice that the meat is missing. Or add meat of your choice. Anine

Shawn B. (Verified buyer) 11/09/2019
Wow is it spicy, great Wow is it spicy, great flavor too! Made wonderful sausage with dear an bear meat.

Pat S. (Verified buyer) 02/14/2019
Sausage Very good best in a long time great flavor

douglas h. (Verified buyer) 11/23/2018
Great flavor boost!!! Love the sugar less addition to our vegan lifestyle!!!! We get great taste and good health❤️

Michael P. (Verified buyer) 03/14/2016
Hot Italian Sausage Seasoning Just the way I like it!

Anonymous (Verified buyer) 10/24/2017
Hot Italian Sausage Seasoning Said it was a bit hot for him.

Darlene H. 10/17/2018
Wonderful for vegans!!!! We use this often to season mushrooms or peppers or tofu and we get heathy hardy flavor for many dishes!!!! Must have in our kitchen!!!!