Although practically any type of meat can be used to make sausage, pig meat is the most popular type. Sausage prepared from a combination of pig and beef is also popular. Poultry sausages are becoming more and more popular among consumers who shun red meat.
In order to make sausage, ground beef is typically combined with fat, salt, and other seasonings, as well as occasionally bread crumbs or other fillers. Although it can also be purchased in bulk, raw sausage is frequently placed into casings to create sausage links.
Raw, dry, cured, smoked, and cooked sausages can all be purchased. The cleansed intestines of an animal were originally used to make casings, but nowadays collagen or cellulose are more frequently used.