Not for Sale

Have you ever seen a “Not for Sale” label on a package of meat like the one on this package of Sweet Italian sausage? What does it mean?

Sweet Italian Sausage

Sweet Italian Sausage

It means that this package of sausage was processed in a state-inspected facility and not a federally-inspected facility. It means individuals can only purchase this package of sausage as part of a “pre-sold meat package” such as when you purchase a whole or half of a hog or a CSA share. If you purchase an individual package of meat, make sure it has an USDA inspected stamp.

Sweet Italian Sausage with
Onions and Asparagus

Package of Sweet Italian Sausage
3 – 5 red and yellow onions
4 cloves of garlic
package of frozen asparagus
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 cups water
1 Tbsp corn starch (optional)

Heat olive oil in fry pan. Cut the sausage into 4 inch pieces and brown the sausage in the olive oil. Remove the sausage from the fry pan. Chop the onion and garlic and sauté them in the fry pan. Add the sausage and asparagus to the onions and garlic. Add 2 cups of water and simmer for 10 minutes. Mix the corn starch and 1/2 cup of cold water together. Add to the sausage mixture. Simmer for 10 more minutes.  Serve with linguine or other pasta.