The spread of the Covid-19 virus has caused us to make a few changes to the way we do business, as I’m sure it has affected the way your life works as well. Hopefully everyone is staying healthy as we work through this. At Usinger’s we have temporarily closed our retail store on Old World Third Street. This is for the protection of our customers and employees as it can get crowded in there. But have no fear our Sausage Kitchen and Smokehouses are busy producing sausages six days a week to keep up on shipments supplying grocery stores that proudly carry our products. You can also order directly from us online at usinger.com. You will find almost all our items in the Deli or Gift Store sections on our website. We will ship anywhere in the continental U.S. and that seems to be one of the preferred ways to receive food these days. Here’s to hoping summer is just around the corner and praying an end to this epidemic is too. Stay well and enjoy eating at home.
The most delicious holiday in February is coming … and no, it’s not Valentine’s Day, I’m talking about Fred Usinger Day. You see, back in 2005 Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett proclaimed February 23rd as Fred Usinger Day by special order. This proclamation recognized Usinger’s as a local family owned and operated business for four generations spanning over 125 years. Each year, the city of Milwaukee salutes Fred Usinger, Inc. for their long standing good corporate citizenship and commitment to the betterment of Metropolitan Milwaukee and the Southeast Wisconsin area. To commemorate this event, our friends at the Old German Beer Hall will be offering a free Usinger brat to patrons beginning at 10am on Sunday February 23rd, until 8pm. I will also be on hand at OGBH to tap a keg at about 4pm. There will be free beer until the keg runs out. Take a break from the cold and enjoy a hot juicy Usinger brat, maybe a pretzel or your favorite libation as we celebrate Milwaukee’s sausage heritage. We’re now entering year 140 and five generations on Old World Third Street. Still living the dream and making America’s Finest Sausage.
Fritz’s Blog 12/7/2018
The Usinger Gift Box Annex is now open! It’s fastest, easiest way to shop. We even offer store to door service, as in, we’ll even carry your gifts to your car. All the great gifts you see online or in our catalog are available for immediate pick up in the Annex. Located right next to our Retail Store on Old World Third St. the Annex is a quick in and out for holiday gift shopping. The Annex is open daily from 8:30 to 5:30 (closed Sunday).
If you’re planning a holiday party stop in the Usinger retail store right next door. We’ve got lots of specialty sausages and smoked meats that’ll be perfect for your holiday gatherings. Be sure and check out the seconds table too. You can always find some bargains there. A quick stop at Usinger’s for holiday sausages has been a Milwaukee tradition for generations.
Parking is free in the Usinger lot, located on the south side of the annex.
Here’s wishing you and yours the happiest of Holiday Seasons. From all the Wurstmachers and the Elves at Usinger’s.
Yep, the State Fair is underway at State Fair Park in West Allis. I love the Fair, an adventure at every turn and a huge selection of foods to try.
I invite you to stop by the Usinger Booth in the air conditioned Wisconsin Products Pavilion. We are serving up our ¼ pound Brats, Beef Franks, Italian Sausage or Smoked Brat with Cheddar & Jalapeno.
In addition to our sausage we’re featuring three great Reuben sandwiches. You will find the classic Corned Beef Reuben as well as our Turkey Reuben or try a Smoked Ham Reuben. Of course we use our house made Usinger Sauerkraut to build these beauties.
So find comfort and the best food at the best price inside the Wisconsin Products Pavilion.
See you at The Fair!
As we enter the second half of this summer. It’s time to review your grilling successes. Hopefully you have attained “black belt status” for grilling brats and wieners using my two beer philosophy. Now it’s time to expand the menu. Have you tried Usinger Smoked Pork Chops on the grill? They are already smoked and fully cooked, just sear the outside a little (so you get the nice grill marks) and they are ready to go. Or try some of my other spicy international favorite links: Usinger Andouille, Smoked Chorizo or Portuguese style Linguica. All are smoked and cooked, so they require minimal grill time to heat them through, quick & easy. If you like some cheddar in your wurst, try our Smoked Brat with Cheddar & Jalapeno (it’s really good!).
Call them Hot Dogs, call them Franks, but Baseball is just not the same without them. This season we have added a new one to our line up in honor of our friend and Hall of Famer, Bob Uecker. This recipe was developed just for Bob. After hanging out in ballparks and eating hot dogs since the ‘50’s, nobody knows them better than Ueck. Mr. Baseball’s Famous Franks are made from only select cuts of beef, naturally smoked in our two story brick smokehouses and have a touch of garlic. You can grill ‘em or steam ‘em however you want to make them they always taste great ! Look for Mr. Baseball’s Famous Franks and Mr. Baseball’s Fresh Bratwurst for your next cookout. You’ll find them at your local Sendik’s store.
It’s getting down to crunch time, you know, that time of year when you may have heard Marshmallow World just a bit too often. This is when you want to wrap up the shopping and just relax that last week before Christmas. Well, let us help, the Usinger Gift Box Annex is open 6 days a week, Monday thru Saturday, from 8:30 to 5:30. Parking is free and so is help in loading your gifts into your car. It’s easy, it’s fast, and hey, it’s right next to the Usinger retail store so if you need something for dinner or holiday guests, you can take care of that too. Take some time to enjoy the season, let the elves wrap up your shopping in one quick trip!
Here’s hoping you enjoy a wonderful holiday with family and friends, and a prosperous new year. From our family to yours, best wishes for a very merry Christmas!
As summer fades into fall and cool crisp mornings turn into beautiful afternoons it can only mean one thing – football season and plenty of great weather for grilling Usinger Brats.
Nothing beats standing by the grill on a crisp afternoon, enjoying the aroma and sizzle of Usinger Brats. Remember my advice and cook the brats low and slow to avoid split casings so the flavorful juices stay in the brats.
For our loyal Usinger fans we’re kicking off our “Tailgate Party Contest”. Just send us a picture of your tailgate party with Usinger Sausage and you could win a Tailgate Party Pack featuring Usinger Brats, Usinger Festival Sauerkraut and Pretzilla soft pretzel buns. Visit our website at usinger.com and look for the Contest tab for more information. Also, look for our Fall Deli Discount offer coming in the mail soon. If you don’t receive one, sign up for the newsletter on the Usinger website and we’ll get you one. Happy Tailgating and Go Pack !
This was served at the Arthritis Foundation Wine Tasting featuring Usinger’s bacon. Many people wanted the recipe so here it is, reprinted from the Washington Post.