Recently I was shopping for pan sausage and was surprised to find that it was $4.99 for a ONE POUND roll!!!
It's been a while since I have purchased any but I know it wasn't that high last time.
I almost just tossed it in the basket but something made me stop and think, "Hey I know how to make that and I could make twice that amount for the same price or less!"
I strolled over to the meat counter and found ground pork for 2.29 a pound.
I already had the other ingredients- sage, salt and pepper!
The quantities are a littly tricky. Everyone likes a particular balance so just add small amounts of each to one pound of ground pork- beginning with a tablespoon of sage and 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
Mix well with your hands and make a mini patty to fry for taste. It may take several tries to get it like you like it so just keep writing down the amounts and work with a single pound of meat until you get the taste your family likes.
I figure it cost about half as much as the roll with a fancy wrapper and name!
Once you get a recipe for a single pound of meat it's easy to increase for larger portions.
Another way to cut cost is to buy pork steaks on sale and grind them yourself- it usually runs about $.99 lb.