Are your products fully-cooked?
How do I store your sausages? Do I need to freeze them?
Feel free to store them in the fridge until the "Tastes Best Before" date printed on the top of the box, and if you still haven't eaten them by then (seriously?), stash them in the freezer for up to 6 months. Since they're individually-wrapped, no need for extra storage bags, containers, etc. But you should probably just eat them and then buy more :)
Why is the shelf life on your products so long? Do you use artificial preservatives?
Great question, and the answer is fun to say and makes you feel like a French chef. "Sous vide." That's pronounced "sue VEED", and it's French for "under vaccum." Basically, we vacuum seal our sausages before they're fully cooked and finish the cooking process in a hot water bath to bring them up to a microbiologically-safe temperature of 165 degrees. This means your sausage is never exposed to oxygen after it's cooked, leaving it safe and super tasty. No warmed over flavors here!
And no, we definitely don't use any artificial preservatives.
What types of casings are used for your products?
We use beef collagen casings.
Ingredient / Nutrition / Allergen Questions
Are Gilbert's products pork free?
Yes, all of our current products are pork-free. This includes our casing, which is made from beef collagen.
Are your products all-natural? What does that mean?
Yes, our products are all-natural, which is defined and regulated by the USDA to mean we don't use any artificial ingredients and our products are minimally processed. There's some concern with other industries misusing the term, "natural", but rest assured that with meat products, the USDA has strict rules governing use of this word.
Do Gilbert's Craft Sausages contain MSG?
No, they do not.
Does your facility produce any products containing peanuts or tree nuts?
No, we don't use peanuts or tree nuts in any of our products, nor are they included in any products made in the facility that manufactures our items.
I have an allergy or a sensitivity to gluten. Can you give me a full ingredients list?
Please refer to our Product Packaging for a list of ingredients or visit our product pages for a full list of every herb and spice.
What's the deal with the individually-wrapped packaging? It seems like you're using too much plastic.
Great question. The good news is, we don't use any more plastic than a traditional "zipper" pack of sausage, and the even better news is our individual wrap keeps each sausage fresh, which helps to reduce food waste. Food waste is a significant, but often overlooked, harm to the environment. Some estimates indicate we waste up to half the food produced each year in the US, which accounts for almost 25% of our freshwater consumption, and uses the energy equivalent of roughly 350 million barrels of oil. That's enough to power the entire country for a week!
Where to Buy?
Do you have a storefront or do you sell online?
Sorry, no to both, but we do sell in many fine retailers across the country.
How do I cook your sausages?
Good question. The short answer is, they're already fully-cooked, so any way you like. You can steam them in the package in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, you can boil them on the stove, you can saute them, you can grill them, you can use a magnifying glass in the sun, you get the idea. Just heat them through and finish to your desired level of "char" on the casing and you're good to go.
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