Cooking sausage can be done in many ways depending on the kind of meat you are using and the type of dish you are cooking. Sausage is best cooked within two days of being purchased and you should always store them in your refrigerator as soon as you get home, or right after preparing your own. If you are not sure when you will be using your sausage, you can also store them in your freezer to use at a later date.
Cook bulk sausages over a medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet on a stove. Keep the heat low enough to avoid burning your sausage too quickly. Spray on a light coat of oil if your pan is not nonstick, or when cooking low-fat sausages. Stir bulk sausages until they are brown and there are no remaining pink spots. Expect to wait about five to 10 minutes to cook sausages this way, depending on the quantity of sausage and the temperature of the skillet.
Pan-fry link sausages as you would with bulk sausage. Add a little bit of water in the bottom of the pan and cover until the sausages are cooked to prevent the fat from burning the bottom of the pan. Turn the sausage every 10 minutes with tongs while keeping over a low heat to avoid the sausages from bursting. Cook for one hour to get moist, flavorful sausages. Test the sausages by cutting them in half to make sure they are cooked through, or use a thermometer until they reach a temperature of at least 165 degrees F.
Bake the sausages in an oven at a low temperature of 200 degrees F. Baste the sausages every 10 minutes or so with a marinade that will keep them moist and juicy. Set your timer for a minimum of 30 minutes and check on your sausages every five minutes after that point until the sausage’s internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
Poach your sausages to eat as is, or before grilling and frying. Put the sausages in a pot of simmering water or other liquids such as beer or broth. Leave the sausages in for about 10 minutes if it’s in preparation for grilling or frying. Leave the sausages in for 30 minutes when planning to eat them as they are.
Grill sausages on a barbecue. Poach them first to ensure they cook throughout. Leave the sausages on a covered low flame gas grill until they are cooked throughout. Make sure the charcoals have turned white if you do not have a gas barbecue. Check for the internal temperature or cut the sausages in half to evaluate their color to know when they are ready.
References and ResourcesEasy Italian Cooking: Cooking Italian Sausage
American Dietetic Association: Meat