Making Sausage/jerky for someone on Chemo.

  • My family loves my homemade jerky and sausage. Unfortunately, my youngest son has been very ill for 5 years and he can not have any “processed” foods or sodium. So I have not made any. I have some angry boys as I have been substituting homemade kale chips and salt-free snacks.

    There are several occasions where we just need some quick or snack foods while traveling back and forth to the doctor/hospital. Venison jerky would be an awesome snack.

    My question is, can I make sausage and or jerky (that tastes good) without salt or preservatives? It is eaten quickly in my home so preservation is not really an issue. If so, does anyone gave any ideas or recipes?

    Thank you all

  • Walton's Employee

    @Mulberrylane First of all, we’ll pray everything goes well with your son, that has got to be incredibly hard, glad you have what sounds like a tight family to help!

    Second, we could come up with sausages and recipes without any preservatives but salt is the tough one. Salt plays such a key roll in sausage and even jerky that I don’t think that there is a way to eliminate it completely. Is there a % per serving that is acceptable or does it truly need to be salt-free?

    Do the boys like heat? It seems like to me that the easiest way to work around low sodium but still provide taste would be to add some heat. What about sugar? Is that okay and if you want that restricted please let me know how many grams per serving of sugar is acceptable.

    I’ll run this by our application specialist and @Austin and I will have a talk to see what we can come up with!

    Stay strong and god bless!

  • Thank you for your response. I think a very low sodium recipe would be acceptable. Yes, my boys love spicy heat and as of now, no restrictions on sugar.

    Thank you!

  • Walton's Employee

    @Mulberrylane Okay, give me a few days and I will see what I can come up with! The fact that we don’t need to worry about shelf life too much will help for sure!

  • Thank you. I truly appreciate your time.

  • @Mulberrylane

    I seem to have a problem going off topic but many prayers are headed your way.

  • You all rock! Thank you so much!

  • @Mulberrylane Real maple syrup adds a great flavor to sausage and jerky and is a great substitute for sugar if sugar is ok to eat. Prayers are with you.

  • @Jonathon I found one that was pineapple juice, I didn’t care for it but other people liked it. Unfortunately I deleted it because I didn’t like it, maybe someone else knows it.

  • Power User

    @Mulberrylane this is a good example of how much wantons pays attention to what their customers have to say , and are willing to help !

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  • Just an awesome forum. Thank you all! for your input. I truly appreciate it.

  • Power User

    There’s that word again. Forum, argh. More like “community” here. All the best to you and your family.

  • @PapaSop I am so sorry. “Community” Thank you. I’m not used to having support. It has just been me and my kids since my youngest got sick. Long story, almost 3 decades of marriage ended over his sickness. So, doing my best. Not sure how to speak to people without being yelled at. I apologize. There was no disrespect intended.

  • Power User

    @Mulberrylane I’d just go with sliced venison or beef, cut across the grain and make a marinade with low sodium beef broth and whatever spices he likes/can have. Marinade it for a day or two and put it in the oven on 200F until it’s cooked. I personally use consomme as my base, I like the flavor-it has more of a earthy flavor than just the beef stock.

  • Power User

    Lol. None taken. I guess to many “forums” over the years have ticked me off. Never seem to get answers. This place is different. All is good.😃

  • you can always substitute celery juice for the preservative and something like Benson’s Table Tasty salt substitute for some flavoring.

  • Thank you all for your ideas, input, and suggestions. I appreciate your comments.

  • Walton's Employee

    @Mulberrylane I’ve got some ideas, I will make a larger post tomorrow and we will work on doing some testing to see how my ideas come out but a completed video probably won’t be out for a few weeks. I have some good flavor profiles in mind and I think the way we are planning on processing will mitigate the low sodium but you never REALLY know until you try it!

  • Thank you. This truly is a community. For the first time in a very long time, I have tears of happiness and not of sadness. Thank you all so much.

  • Walton's Employee

    @Mulberrylane First, here are a few “Jerky” recipes:
    100% Pure Honey Jerky
    Maple Syrup Jerky (we just did this with bacon and it was pretty good!) @Tex_77 keep an eye on social media, I made a quick story about it on Instagram and FB
    Brown Sugar and Hot Red Pepper

    We are going to try these without cure or any additional salt. Basically marinate them overnight in those mixtures (we will list amounts per lb of meat when we do it) and then quick cook in the oven up to 160° for food safety and then start dehydrating them. I’ll check them probably every hour or so and determine what time frame works best. You will want to treat them as fresh products though, the water activity will be low enough that they would technically be shelf stable but it absolutely is not worth risking it. These will basically be what @parksider was talking about in his post a few days ago

    Next, we had some really good luck here doing Almonds with some seasonings, @Joe-Hell used Dill pickle and we used some Sea Salt & Vinegar, which would both be too high in salt for what you are wanting but we have a few like the Das Salt Free from Excalibur, the Kosmos Honey BBQ Wing Dust and the Oakridge Dominator that are really good and low in salt. So, we will try some almonds, walnuts, pecans and peanuts as they all are supposedly good for cancer prevention and chemo, if nothing else the B12 would be good for him!

    If you want to shoot me an email at and let me know his name and maybe a detail with something personal that he would enjoy us talking about we’d be more than happy to give him a shout out and some words of encouragement when we do the video…I will probably only need 5 takes to get through something like that without crying!

  • Power User

    Great idea!!! Wonderful, you’re right on top of this. Speaks volumes about this community you have going here.

  • Regular Contributors

    @Jonathon Have you got the Kosmos Salt and Vinegar in yet?

  • Thank you. I just emailed you Jonathon.

  • Walton's Employee

    @Tex_77 No…hnestly I asked our store manager but forgot to bring it to Austin. I’ll find out!

  • We sometimes make a “jerky” out of venison belly meat when we’re at deer camp. The belly meat is thin and we cut it in strips and sometimes marinate it in teriyaki sometimes leave it plain. Stick a toothpick through one end of each strip and hang the strips from the top rack in the oven. Turn the oven on low and leave the door opened a crack. It takes a little time but it ends up pretty tasty. It’s usually gone not long after its made. Im sure this would work with beef also. There’s no cure or salt in it.

  • Thank you all for all the wonderful responses.

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