Hot Italian sausages can be made much more heart-healthy by eliminating the salt from the recipe.
Compensate for the reduced sodium by using slightly more hot pepper and fennel than you normally would.
One of the biggest advantages to home sausage making is that you have a chance to tweak ingredients to suit your tastes and health considerations.
That's really all I did to come up with this great hot Italian sausage recipe. My family likes it just as well as it's saltier cousins.
I promise, you won't miss the salt and you'll have a health conscious sausage you can be proud of.
Because it will not be cured and put into the smoker, I prefer to use 32-34mm collagen casings if I decide to stuff this recipe.
Collagen casings are the way to go for this reduced sodium recipe because natural casings are preserved in salt.
No matter how much you soak and rinse natural casings before stuffing, there will still be salt in natural casings.
That's not at all what you want to use for low sodium sausage.