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  • Post #31 - September 25th, 2018, 10:57 am
    Post #31 - September 25th, 2018, 10:57 am Post #31 - September 25th, 2018, 10:57 am
    You guys are killing me. I had some Miesfeld brats when I lived in Whitewater, and have never been able to forget them. So then I read this thread, and thus just emailed Miesfeld to ask if they ship... If so, I'll get some brats and some of the natural casing wieners.

    Oh, just got a response from Mr. Miesfeld himself--'call Terri in shipping, she'll assist you'. Hmmm, does that mean they DO ship? seems to me that's the implication.

    I'll report back.

    Geo
    PS. BTW, the best 'hot dog' I've ever had is available only in Canada, AFAIK: http://www.pillers.com/products/sausage-and-wieners/pillers-european-wieners-450g
    Sooo, you like wine and are looking for something good to read? Maybe *this* will do the trick! :)
  • Post #32 - September 25th, 2018, 12:08 pm
    Post #32 - September 25th, 2018, 12:08 pm Post #32 - September 25th, 2018, 12:08 pm
    Geo wrote:YHmmm, does that mean they DO ship? seems to me that's the implication

    I've had Miesfelds brats and natural casing hot dogs shipped to Chicago for events. So yes, Miesfelds ships.
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  • Post #33 - September 26th, 2018, 7:26 am
    Post #33 - September 26th, 2018, 7:26 am Post #33 - September 26th, 2018, 7:26 am
    How about a place called Shaevitz Market in Highland Park? I hear they make a good natural casing dog. Any experience with them? Worth an effort?
  • Post #34 - September 26th, 2018, 7:42 am
    Post #34 - September 26th, 2018, 7:42 am Post #34 - September 26th, 2018, 7:42 am
    I never see Leon's hotdogs mentioned. I always liked the 6-1 natural casing.

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  • Post #35 - September 26th, 2018, 8:45 am
    Post #35 - September 26th, 2018, 8:45 am Post #35 - September 26th, 2018, 8:45 am
    Puckjam wrote:How about a place called Shaevitz Market in Highland Park? I hear they make a good natural casing dog. Any experience with them? Worth an effort?


    Not natural casing. Again, it's the kosher thing.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #36 - October 23rd, 2018, 8:01 am
    Post #36 - October 23rd, 2018, 8:01 am Post #36 - October 23rd, 2018, 8:01 am
    Finally made it to Miesfeld!
    Pre-ordered 5# of the Grand Champion Brats and two # of the natural casing dogs.
    Didn’t help as you still have to take a number and wait.
    Taste test of Vienna Natural Casing and Miesfeld was very close with Miesfeld winning out on juiciness.
    To be fair though, the Vienna’s were seconds (10# bag), purchased frozen at the olde Factory Store and the Miesfeld fresh.
    The brats were excellent in all aspects except they were seasoned lightly. Fresh glistening sausages that had not been frozen or sat in a case.
    Miesfeld does use MSG and I’m not very concerned.
    They do have brats without MSG in the frozen case.
    Double smoked Landjaegers were very good.
    Next Memorial Day we will do a Blind Tasting of Usinger's Fresh from the Factory and Miesfeld.
    I know Johnsonville brats are much more heavily spiced (Sage?) and they have the Concession at both Lambeau and Road America, so I eat them fairly regularly.
    If you on a budget Klement’s are good but they are actually more expensive at the Factory Store in Milwaukee but other Klement products at the Store can be a very good value such a 2 #’s of Foot Longs used at the Brewers games.
    I really pine for Homemade European Sausage!
    Every one has thier favorite dog or brat and I really believe it’s the one you first ate and were brought up on.-Richard
  • Post #37 - October 23rd, 2018, 9:00 am
    Post #37 - October 23rd, 2018, 9:00 am Post #37 - October 23rd, 2018, 9:00 am
    I've always liked Klement's Stadium brats--very German-ish, as compared to regular Wisconsin-style brats, which, while wonderful (esp. Miesfeld's), are totally American. Usinger's bockwurst, OTOH, are also very German-ish, but IIRC they're seasonal. At least, they were seasonal in Kansas City, available only around Easter.

    There are NO GOOD SAUSAGES, none, nada, zero, in upstate NY. I hate that.

    Geo
    Sooo, you like wine and are looking for something good to read? Maybe *this* will do the trick! :)
  • Post #38 - October 23rd, 2018, 11:30 pm
    Post #38 - October 23rd, 2018, 11:30 pm Post #38 - October 23rd, 2018, 11:30 pm
    Geo wrote:There are NO GOOD SAUSAGES, none, nada, zero, in upstate NY. I hate that.

    Geo


    Depending on your definition of "sausage" and "upstate NY," I've found Sahlen's hot dogs to be the bomb. They may very well be my favorite hot dog, period. And I mean the pork one (or is it pork mixed with beef), not the all-beef one. I also enjoy Zweigle's white hots (not sure I've had their red hots). All are natural casing (though Sahlen's comes in skinless varieties, too. Don't know about Zweigle's off-hand, and don't know about the rest of either of their sausages.)
  • Post #39 - October 24th, 2018, 5:20 am
    Post #39 - October 24th, 2018, 5:20 am Post #39 - October 24th, 2018, 5:20 am
    Binko--

    I live near Plattsburgh. That's waaaaay upstate NY. It is, by official definition, in the North Country, which comprises the six counties which touch the Canadian border, from Lake Ontario to Lake Champlain. 400,000 people, hundreds of miles from Zwigle's in Rochester and Sahlen's in, IIRC, Buffalo. NY State is yuge, roughly 5 hours across E-W on I-90. SFAIK, there is not a single ethnic grocery store in the North Country. Really.

    We do get sausages up here: Italians, brats, red hots (= Michigans), even white hots. Yesterday I got some Nürnburgers (imported from Germany) at Aldi. But good stuff, especially good LOCAL stuff? Hardly.

    I *know* good sausages--I lived in Whitewater for three years, so I even know good Wisconsin brats, and we had a Polish butcher in Kansas City KS who made such good Weißwurst and knacks that I sold them for 15 years in the resto we ran during fests at my winery. We don't have good sausages in the North Country, pretty much mostly.

    But thanks for trying, anyway! It's always great when you chip in!

    Geo
    Sooo, you like wine and are looking for something good to read? Maybe *this* will do the trick! :)
  • Post #40 - October 24th, 2018, 7:53 am
    Post #40 - October 24th, 2018, 7:53 am Post #40 - October 24th, 2018, 7:53 am
    I did say it depends on your definition of "upstate New York." :)

    Yeah, those little Nürnburgers from Aldi have always been a favorite of mine. When I make my own bratwurst (tho it's been awhile), I spice them very similarly (or at least it tastes very similar to me, with marjoram, mace, white pepper--though I also add caraway to mine, based on my memories of a Thuringer rostbratwurst.)

    I sense a business opportunity! :)
  • Post #41 - October 24th, 2018, 8:08 am
    Post #41 - October 24th, 2018, 8:08 am Post #41 - October 24th, 2018, 8:08 am
    Binko says "I sense a business opportunity! :)" heh-heh, I take your point. Indeed, last year I took a continuing-ed course in charcuterie in the New American Farmstead program at Vermont's Sterling College. So I have some clues what to do. But I've done the small biz bit (estate vineyard and winery) in my younger days, but don't think I have the energy to do it again! Why don't you come out here, Binko?! You'd flourish!

    Geo
    Sooo, you like wine and are looking for something good to read? Maybe *this* will do the trick! :)
  • Post #42 - November 13th, 2018, 7:44 pm
    Post #42 - November 13th, 2018, 7:44 pm Post #42 - November 13th, 2018, 7:44 pm
    G Wiv wrote:
    budrichard wrote:Before I did a blind tasting, I would swear that Usinger’s veal wieners (wiener is Usingers’ for natural casing) were my favorite.
    But Vienna Natural casing beat out Usinger’s veal and Usingers’ beef Weiner's hands down for three tasters’s.

    Have you tried Miesfeld's natural casing hot dogs? While I very much enjoy Vienna natural casing dogs Miesfeld's is #1, though I see a blind tasting in my near future.

    Miesfeld's natural casing hot dogs, count me a Fan!


    I was at Miesfeld's today and purchased some natural casing hot dogs. Miesfield's natural casing hot dogs are pork/beef. Vienna Beef are all beef(bull meat & brisket/navel trimmings). After reading your review, I wanted to give Miesfeld's a try. I tried the Miesfield natural casing hot dog and it was very good for a pork/beef product with no pork taste at all. It's a totally different product than Vienna Beef . Miesfield's casing is not as firm(snappy), the grind is not as coarse, and the spicing is not as garlicky as Vienna Beef. Vienna uses garlic juice, Miesfield, garlic powder. Two completely different flavor patterns. Miesfield's is a much softer, juicie product. I prefer a coarse, snappy, spicier Vienna Beef natural casing hot dog.

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    Mark A Reitman, PhD
    Professor of Hot Dogs
    Hot Dog University/Vienna Beef

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