Almost every country has its unique cultural version of sausage, which is what makes sausage of the month clubs so appealing. With literally thousands of sausage varieties and flavors available worldwide, there is no better way to experience a large variety of sausages than signing up for a monthly sausage subscription.
But, before we talk about the clubs, let's briefly delve into the past.
The history of sausage spans back to Mesopotamia in 3100 BC. Before there were refrigerators, people needed to find a method of preserving meat and using salt was a standard and safe process. Plus, back then, nothing went to waste, so scraps were made into sausage.
Though the Sumerians of Mesopotamia were the first to create sausage, people all over faced the same challenges of preserving meat and using the scraps. Thus, the sausage was invented and not just in Mesopotamia, but in different cultures all over the world. Though the basics of sausage were the same, ground meat mixed with salt, the sausages produced would not have tasted the same due to the various meats used as well as the many different spices.
Thousands of years later, in 1000 BC, the people of Turkey created Sujuk. Sujuk is a dried sausage that tends to be on the spicy side and commonly contains sumac, garlic, cumin, red pepper, salt, and pepper. Sujuk is still created to this day.
The next earliest sausage making adventures were seen in old world China, in 580 BC, where the sausage was called Lap Cheong. Lap Cheong now refers to Chinese sausage as a generic term, instead of one specific sausage variety. However, most Lap Cheong is a dry hard sausage often made from pork.
There are many other parts to the sausage-making story and countless varieties of sausage across the globe. That variation is what makes sausage of the month clubs such a fun idea.
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Sausage of the Month Clubs
- Bacon Freak
- Olympia Provisions
- Esposito's Finest Quality Sausage
- Heritage Foods
- Fortuna Sausage and Italian Market
- Exotic Meat Market
Bacon Freak, founded in 2008 specializing in bacon monthly subscription boxes, is located in Moorpark, CA. The company name emphasizes the heart of the business, but Bacon Freak has expanded well beyond just bacon. Some of the fun things you will find online include:
- Bacon candy and unique food items: Boss Hog Maple Bacon Coffee, Bacon Frosting, and Bacon Gumballs
- Bacon and Pig Novelty items: “Keep Calm And Eat Bacon” Metal Sign, Bacon Air Freshener, Bacon Balm Lip Moisturizer, and Bacon Bandages
- Country Ham
- Variety of Sausages: Chirizo, patties, bratwurst, and links
Since they started as a bacon subscription company, it only makes sense that they would expand and add a sausage subscription too. The sausage of the month club is available as a three-month subscription for $149.75.
Each month the recipient receives two – one-pound packages of gourmet artisan sausage. The sausage will either be links or patties and changes from month to month. Plus, the first shipment includes a Bacon Freak T-Shirt featuring the cartoon pig mascot for Bacon Freak.
Sausage of the month club boxes ship out Monday to Wednesday, to ensure freshness. The first box ships out immediately and the boxes for all following months are sent the first week of the month.
But if you are looking for just a one-time gift option, Bacon Freak offers three different sausage gift boxes:
- 4 Pack Sausage Combo for $39.99
- Breakfast Combo Platter for $39.99
- The Sausage Freak Gift Bundle for $29.99
Olympia Provisions, founded in Portland, Oregon, by Salumist Elias Cairo, opened its doors in 2009. Cairo grew up watching his father make homemade charcuterie using old fashioned methods. When Cairo grew up, he eventually went on a culinary adventure traveling to Europe to apprentice for master chefs.
During Cairo's time in various kitchens and exploration of the markets of the old world, he discovered his inspiration for charcuterie. Upon returning home, Cairo made it his goal to bring back the craft of creating artisan charcuterie, using methods not seen in the US for years. And in 2009, Olympia Provisions became the first USDA-approved salumeria in Oregon.
If you are looking for gourmet artisan-crafted sausages, Olympia Provisions' sausage subscriptions are nothing short of impressive. There are four subscriptions that include sausage:
- Salami Postal Provisions Club ($13 per salami) – You choose how many salami sticks you want to be included for each delivery. Then the people at Olympia will select from 12 unique varieties of salami, all of which are inspired by flavors from Italy, Spain, France, or Greece.
- Maker's Choice Postal Provisions Club ($36 each) – This club includes a stick of salami, a package of sausages, and some gourmet pâté.
- Sausage Postal Provisions Club ($20 per sausage) – This club includes seven delicious sausages, taking the recipient's taste buds on a culinary adventure through European flavors. You can choose how many sausages you want to be included in each delivery.
- Gift Club Subscription – You customize the whole box, choosing what gourmet items go in the shipment and how many months you want to gift the recipient.
All clubs include free shipping and tasting notes that cover all the details about each month's choices. You can choose whether to recieve a shipment ever two weeks or every four weeks.
Esposito's Finest Quality Sausage
Esposito's Finest Quality Sausage, founded in 1933 in New York City, has been serving the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood for more than 85 years. The shop first opened under the name Giovanni Esposito and Sons and was initially a butcher shop featuring fresh meat and poultry.
Over the years, the sons took over running the business and soon realized the need to cut the company in half. They separated the butcher shop from the sausage side of the business to better focus on the sausage production and distribution. This resulted in the creation of Esposito's Finest Quality Sausage Company, a wholesale manufacturer and distributor of sausage.
In 2000 the family decided to sell to new owners who would preserve the quality and culture of the business. Today, the company is still running strong, and it has expanded its services online so that more than just the local area could have the opportunity to purchase direct and have their favorite sausages delivered conveniently to their home.
For those who love Esposito's Finest Quality Sausage, they now offer a sausage of the month club. This sausage subscription includes five pounds of pre-selected sausage each month. You can sign up for 1 to 12 months of deliveries and any orders for 3 or more months receive a $10 discount.
Some of the sausages included in this club are:
- Chicken Andouille Sausage with Cheddar Cheese
- Sweet Sausage with Peppers and Onions
- Hot Italian Chicken Sausage
- Bratwurst for your own Oktoberfest
- 2.5lbs of Pork Breakfast Sausage and 2.5lbs of Chicken Apple Breakfast Sausage
Heritage Foods, located in New York, was founded in 2001 when the owners were inspired by the goal of preserving endangered species of livestock from extinction. Heritage promotes traditional farming, humane care of the animals, biodiversity, and sustainability through their partnering with farmers who share the same belief.
All of the livestock used by Heritage can trace back its origins to before industrial farming, reflecting healthy pure bloodlines not tainted with hormones or antibiotics.
All of the sausages offered by Heritage are artisan sausage made from 100% Heritage bred meats, from animals that were always pasture-raised. The sausage of the month club is $55/month and includes three pounds of sausage. Each month the recipient receives a new variety of sausage.
Some of the flavors and types that you may see include sweet Italian, fennel, bison hot dogs, lamb merguez, bratwurst, kielbases, and andouille.
The club membership also includes monthly tasting notes giving you information about the sausage, including the history of the breed. All subscriptions are auto-renewal month-to-month that can be canceled anytime.
Fortuna Sausage and Italian Market
Fortuna Sausage and Italian Market is a family-owned and operated shop that has been in business for over 100 years. Based on the recipes from the current owner's grandparents, who brought them over from Italy, this shop has become famous thanks to the accolades received in many articles and interviews.
The sausage created by Fortuna's is made in small batches by hand, just like in the old days. They dry-age their sausage allowing the meat to develop its many savory, rich flavors naturally. The sausage has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Everyday with Rachel Ray.
If you are ready to try this mouth-watering sausage, you can either stop in at their Vermont store or order their sausage of the month club online. The sausage subscription comes in three duration choices:
- 3 Months for $179.95
- 6 Months for $279.95
- 12 Months for $479.95
The first shipment of delicious sausage ships out immediately, the following shipments are delivered around the same time each month. Each delivery includes two to three different sausages of varying flavors and styles. Some of the options you may see in your sausage subscription include Genoa salami, finocchiona, soupy, prosciutto, and pepperoni.
Exotic Meat Market
If you want something a little different, Exotic Meat Market is where it is at. This company has a strong focus on the environment, aiming to package meats sustainably and make good shipping decisions.
As the name suggests, the company focuses on exotic meats, including options like bobcat, camel, cayote, and dove meat. Their exotic sausage of the month club highlights this idea – shipping you out 3 pounds of a different type of exotic sausage each month.
For example, January will send you rattlesnake and rabbit sausage, February offers bison sausage, and March offers axis deer sausage. There is no month-to-month option. Instead, you need to pre-pay for multiple months at a time. The pricing breaks down like this:
- 3 months – $199.99
- 6 months – $399.99
- 9 months – $599.99
- 12 months – $799.99
Shipping is free for all versions of the club.