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Trying to find magic behind "fake" Keilbasa (Hilshire Farms)

PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:20 pm
by BigFatGuy
I'm of Polish heritage, hence I have to post this under a fake name. :-)

I've got several recipes for Polish Sausage. They are all basically variations on "pork and beef with lots of garlic". They are good, but they don't have the same magic as the Hilshire Farms, American-supermarket "Polska Keilbasa" product.

The closest I've found is this recipe: http://thespicysausage.com/recipes/polishsausage.htm

It's got a nice sweetness to it, but it's missing... something.

Is there a spice that the americanized version uses that's lacking in this recipe?

Come to think of it... two things I have not tried adding are liquid smoke and Pink Salt. Might those be it?

Re: Trying to find magic behind "fake" Keilbasa (Hilshire Fa

PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:09 pm
by wheels
Welcome

For their Polska Kielbasa the ingredients are listed as: Meat Ingredients (Pork, Beef), Water, Corn Syrup, Salt, Dextrose, Sodium Lactate, Isolated Soy Product, Yeast Extract, Pork Stock, Isolated Soy Protein, Potassium Phosphates, Granulated Garlic, Sodium Diacetate, Sodium phosphate, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite.

I hope this helps.

Re: Trying to find magic behind "fake" Keilbasa (Hilshire Fa

PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:24 pm
by BigFatGuy
I'd hate to think the "magic taste" I'm missing is just ungodly amounts of sodium...

or even worse: tofu...

Re: Trying to find magic behind "fake" Keilbasa (Hilshire Fa

PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:20 am
by DanMcG
Here's a slightly different version of the ingredient list that Phil posted. Not sure why. :(

Meat Ingredients (Pork, Beef), Water, Turkey, Corn Syrup, Contains 2% or Less Of: salt, NATURAL FLAVORS, Dextrose, isolated soy product, Isolated Soy Protein, sodium phosphate, Monosodium Glutamate, SODIUM ERYTHORBATE, Sodium Nitrite. Contains: Soy

It does contain Nitrite, or pink salt.
The natural flavors listed, could very well include liquid smoke. Possibility a dip in a LS bath before packaging and heat processing.
But that magic flavor you're looking for is no doubt the Monosodium glutamate or MSG

Marianski's wędzona is my goto recipe for kielbasa, try it sometime
https://www.meatsandsausages.com/sausag ... hot-smoked

Hope this helps, and welcome to the forums!

Re: Trying to find magic behind "fake" Keilbasa (Hilshire Fa

PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:39 am
by wheels
DanMcG wrote:Here's a slightly different version of the ingredient list that Phil posted. Not sure why. :(


They appear to make a number of different Kielbasa Dan.

Re: Trying to find magic behind "fake" Keilbasa (Hilshire Fa

PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:53 pm
by BigFatGuy
Sometimes, after days of searching, Google will suddenly ask me: "oh, is THIS what you wanted?"

There are two variations on polish sausage here, and they both sound pretty good, and very much in line with what I'm looking for. The mustard is an interesting addition.

https://www.barbecue-smoker-recipes.com ... usage.html

Re: Trying to find magic behind "fake" Keilbasa (Hilshire Fa

PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:44 pm
by wheels
It's good that you've found something that looks like it may work. It's bizarre that I have a couple of hundred authentic recipes (from the soviet era), but only one or two Americanised versions.

Phil

Re: Trying to find magic behind "fake" Keilbasa (Hilshire Fa

PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:57 pm
by BigFatGuy
Yeah, in the end it appears to be the secret is:
1: sugar
2: msg
3: pink salt #1
4: lots of garlic
5: not doing anything fancy

also, how sad that "Americanized" has become the universal term for "turned to crap"

Re: Trying to find magic behind "fake" Keilbasa (Hilshire Fa

PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:22 pm
by wheels
As I'm not American I'll not comment! :lol: :lol:

Re: Trying to find magic behind "fake" Keilbasa (Hilshire Fa

PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:42 pm
by RodinBangkok
BigFatGuy wrote:
also, how sad that "Americanized" has become the universal term for "turned to crap"


Oh how true, now you need to put a couple slices of processed american cheese on top and your set to go!