Salami vs. Summer Sausage: What's The Difference?

October 14, 2021


At RJ's Meats, we sell both summer sausage and salami, but there are some distinct differences between the two that should be understood before preparing any dishes that contain either.


Summer Sausage is a cured sausage that can be made from beef or pork. It usually contains salt and sugar, along with other seasonings. The meat is ground or chopped, and can also include visible chunks of fat or other meats. It's the added seasonings that give summer sausage its unique flavor.


Summer sausage is often eaten in cold sandwiches but it can be used in any recipe calling for sausage. The high salt content makes it a good candidate for smoking, which will increase the flavor even more. It's common to find summer sausage that has been smoked as well as dried.


Salami, on the other hand, is a dry-cured sausage that usually contains pork but can also be made with beef, veal or a combination of meats. When it's dry-cured, the meat is rubbed with a mixture of spices and allowed to sit in a cool place for several days or weeks. In addition to salt, sugar is usually added along with nitrates and/or other seasonings like garlic or cheese.


Most types of salami are eaten as-is but it's also used in recipes where other meats would be appropriate (like lasagna and Italian dishes). It's also common to eat salami in sandwiches, but its spicy flavor can be overwhelming when combined with other ingredients.


Salami is usually smoked after the curing process, which adds to its intense flavor and aroma. When it's dried out well, it can be stored in a refrigerator for several months or frozen for even longer.


If you enjoyed reading about summer sausage and salami, we recommend checking out our blog to learn more about other meat products like bacon, lunch meats and bratwurst.


RJ's Meats is your go-to spot for the finest quality meats and premium cuts. Each product has been carefully selected and given personal attention during preparation to ensure that your next meal is the best it can be. We also have a wide variety summer sausage and salami just waiting to be eaten! Order your today at this link.


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