Hands-on Workshop: Introduction to Making Sausage at Home

sausages hanging up in a smokerGiven the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation in Maine, UMaine Extension has made the decision to cancel this event. We ask for your patience as we begin processing refunds. Thank you for your interest in this event and please do not hesitate to contact Melissa Babcock at 207.581.2788 or 1.800.287.7170 (in Maine) if you have questions.

Friday, April 17, 2020
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
UMaine Extension Penobscot County
307 Maine Avenue, Bangor, Maine

Space is limited. Maximum number of participants: 25

Cost: $30. Limited financial assistance available. Samples/taste testing included, as well as refreshments.

Who should attend: Anyone interested in learning more about sausage making is welcome to attend. This workshop will cover meat selection, seasoning, grinding, stuffing, storage, and sanitation. Great for homesteaders wanting to learn more about processing their products, home chefs wanting to know where their food comes from and what ingredients are used, and potential chefs wanting to expand their knowledge by adding value to less expensive cuts of meat.

Description: This beginners guide to making sausage will encompass all the basics you need to know to get started making your own sausage. Topics include: Meat Selection, equipment needed, how to grind, how to stuff sausage, natural vs. collagen casings, sausage linking, basics of seasoning, storage, and sanitation. Participants will have the opportunity for hands-on experience selecting meat, grinding, seasoning, stuffing, and packaging. We will be making breakfast sausage and traditional linked Italian sausage/bratwurst.

Instructors: Dr. Colt W. Knight, Assistant Extension Professor and State Livestock Specialist for the UMaine Extension, and Donna Coffin, Extension Professor for UMaine Extension.


If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Melissa Babcock at 207.581.2788 or 1.800.287.7170 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests from accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.