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.
Fritz’s Blog – November 5th, 2019
There’s a feeling of something in the air. Yes, it has been snow, but it’s also the 2019 Usinger Holiday Gift Catalog. Coming soon to a mailbox near you is our latest addition of the tastiest holiday treats this side of the North Pole. Thanksgiving is later in November than in past years and there are six fewer shopping days between the holidays, so avoid panic, shop early and send a gift of Milwaukee’s finest hand crafted sausages and specialty meats.
We look forward to shipping your family & friends a tasty Usinger Gift assortment, made in Milwaukee since 1880.
Fritz’s Blog – August 29, 2019
The taste of Fall is in the air…at least it is around the Usinger house because we’ve got a grill of brats going. Hey, it’s football season and nothing goes with a game like Usinger brats hot off the grill. It’s a good time to try some Oktoberfest brats too, get’em while you can. This is also the time to stock up because our Fall Shipping Special featuring $9.99 flat rate shipping to most of the U.S. starts September 6th until October 7th. Check our website for more details. You can order anything from the Usinger Deli that’s 6 pounds or more and ship for $9.99 to most of the U.S. Shipping maps are available at usinger.com so you can check your area before you order.
Enjoy the games!
Fritz’s Blog – June 19, 2019
The Summer season, however short it may be is upon us. That means grilling is in full swing so let’s review the basics.
Make sure to clean the grill, even if you cleaned it before you put it away, it’s always a good idea to hit it again before use.
If it’s gas check the propane connections and make sure you’ve got plenty of propane. If it’s charcoal, make sure all the residue you can remove is gone and you’ve got fresh charcoal. Charcoal does absorb moisture so if it’s been setting in a bag in the garage it may not burn with the energy you’d expect.
Now that your grill is ready, make sure you’ve got goods to put on it. Of course, that means a fine selection of Usinger brats and franks. You may want to check out our pork shops as well. They’re very tasty and you can pick’em up at our retail store on Old World 3rd Street.
Enjoy you’re summer, you never know how long it will last.
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!
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.
People think those of us who grill outside in the winter to be crazy. Well, I can remember a few evenings in early May when it’s been almost as cold! You don’t have to mothball the grill just because it’s cold outside. The food tastes just as good, maybe even better, and hey, standing in front of a hot grill takes the chill off a cold day, or night!
Here are some pointers to stay warm and get great results for winter grilling. First, dress appropriately, in layers and don’t forget the hat. Most of your heat loss comes from your head, so unless you’re planning on keeping it close to the grill (not recommended) keep it covered. Next, grilling in winter takes a bit more time. Your grill will take longer to get warmed up and that can add about 25% more time to the cooking process. So, make sure you have enough propane or charcoal on hand before you start, because running out midway through can be a pain. Finally, enjoy the peace and quiet of winter serenity. Odds are there’s not a lot going on outside, maybe a squirrel fight or an occasional deer sighting. It’s just like ice fishing, they’re even better when you get them in cold weather. There is nothing like a brat right off the grill and it just seems tastier in January!
If you’re not a fan of the cold, well, there are some great soup recipes in the Usinger cookbook and on our website.
Quit chillin’ start grillin’.
Warm sunshine and crisp air, autumn is truly on it’s way. No need to think about hanging up the grill tongs quite yet. There are two months of great grilling weather ahead.
For cool weather grilling try something a little spicy, like our Smoked Chorizo or Smoked Andouille links. For something completely different, try grilling our bone – in, Smoked Pork Chops. They are cured, smoked for hours in our brick smokehouses and are fully cooked. When you put’em on the grill they’re nothing short of amazing!
Now is a great time to try something new, during our Fall 15 promotion. Until the end of September, you can stock up on Usinger deli products and save 15%. All you have to do is type in “Fall 15” in the promo code when you order online. Don’t forget the Summer Sausage and Braunschweiger, so you are ready for those big game gatherings. The Fall 15 promotion is available only on sausage products and only in the online Deli Store, or at our retail store downtown at 1030 N. Old World 3rd Street.
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest outdoor party. It’s celebrated all over the world, including right here in Milwaukee, but the main event is in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. The 16-day festival runs from late September to the first weekend in October. They’ve held it there since the early 1800’as and it’s an important part of the Bavarian culture. Wiesn, as it’s referred to in Bavaria, is short for the grounds it’s held on. Munich’s Oktoberfest averages about 6 million visitors per year! Most other Oktoberfest celebrations are patterned after Munich’s, they’re just a little smaller.
If you like to eat German food, Oktoberfest is a party you don’t want to miss. Here’s a sample of what you can try, Hendl (roast chicken), Schweinebraten (roast pork), Schweinsh axe (grilled ham hock), of course they’ll have plenty of Würst (sausages) along with Brezen (pretzel), Knödel (potato or bread dumplings), Käsespätzle (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), and Sauerkraut. Several of these dishes may sound familiar because they are served at Milwaukee’s Germanfest.
Along with Bratwurst another popular wurst traditionally served at Octoberfest is Weisswurst (a short, stubby link with a light, fluffy texture, white in color, speckled with fresh parsley and a hint of onion).
In Milwaukee, we too love an outdoor party. Host your own Octoberfest celebration with Usinger’s Weisswurst and Bratwurst. Hand crafted in our sausage kitchen on Third St. in downtown Milwaukee, they are spiced perfectly and great on the grill.
Enjoy the season, Prost!