Waterloo County Mennonite Summer Sausage.

Waterloo County Mennonite Summer Sausage.

One of my main objectives was to get a good sampling of some Waterloo County Mennonite summer sausage directly from the source. I have tried several of the farmers market varieties like; original Recipe Schneider’s Summer Sausage in a cloth sock is still produced in small batches, Original recipe KW Fiedlermeat. Noah Martins, Kitchen Kutting’s, Heidelberg Foods, Stemmler’s and many more across the Canadian prairies still using original ingredients and seasoned smokers with old age. Some of the sausage miesters use the original sausage recipes in the prairies and in New Hope Pennsylvania ignoring the governments wanting to close all packers that use certain cure methods. Why it’s good asking your sausage maker if he still uses. Like unpasteurized cheese, asking brings the under counter stuff to light.


In my travels I can now say I have found one of the best summer sausages this old chef has ever consumed.
On our sausage tour which led us to Wellesley, we stopped in at the Brubachers Farm. The sign say’s all beef summer sausage, no Sunday Sales. A quick U-turn with a toot of the horn and we were at the door step.
Elsie Brubachers greeted us with a smile. The baking aroma that came out of kitchen was nirvana. We asked about her sausage and got as much information about its preparation methods. The first thing Elsie did is go back into the kitchen and returned with a few shaved slices of her families recipe’s century old Mennonite Summer Sausage made at a secret location she would not share where with us.. I placed the morsel on my tongue and pressed it against the roof of my mouth.
Not overly salty, melt in your mouth texture and soft and chewy to the tooth. Another sample and my breath came hard. What a most excellent sausage Jim and I both exclaimed. This was it. Now on my way back to BC loaded with a chub each of the local market stuff, I added the crowning all beef Brubachers to my collection. By the time I got home, I shared several samplings to my other sausage heathen friends. Lucky I managed to save half a chub for myself. It sure took a lot of research and many disappointments along with spending large on sausage that was just pedestrian. I have the link info now and will be able to get this most excellent sausage product right from the source parcel post in 4 days ground transportation. Elsie travel wrapped my chub of summer sausage perfectly in waxed paper and it put on a few thousand driving kilometres and a plane flight west. Sliced paper thin on some nice dark rye, pan fried just like bacon only much tastier. The slices which I barbecued for friends became a treat experience that thekitchenman will cherish.