How to Fix Dry Sausage?

Do you think your homemade sausage is too dry and crumbly? Do you find it difficult to figure out what you are doing wrong?

If the sausage is too dry, then the meat needs to be rehydrated by soaking it in cold water. The water should be changed every 15 minutes. 

The sausage should be soaked until the meat begins to return to its original color and texture.

It takes a lot of time and effort to make your sausage, and it is very disappointing to end up with a dry sausage.

If you are wondering how to fix dry sausage, don’t worry, there are a few things you can try and also many ways you can reuse the meat if these options don’t work out.

The next time you make sausage, there are several steps you can take to make sure you don’t lose any water.

Check this article for more information.

How Add Moisture to Dry Sausage?

There are a few things that you can think about if you want to rehydrate dry sausage.

If you haven’t stuffed the sausage meat yet, you can add a small amount of gelatin powder to the mixture.

As the sausage cooks, the gelatin will hold onto the liquid to help retain hydration. Adding ground bacon or fatback to the sausage meat is one thing you can try.

It’s possible that bacon could work with reversing the effects of dryness. The fatback is the fat taken from the back of pigs and it is very high in fat.

Sausage making uses fatback to add flavor, juiciness, and moistness. There are not many options for rehydrating dry sausage that you cooked and want to try.

If you are trying to save the sausage you spent so much time and effort making, then you should experiment with these next few solutions.

If you want to try and soak the sausage in a liquid, you can use wine, beer, meat stock, or just water.

General guidance you can try:

  • Bring a cup of wine and a cup of stock to boil in a saucepan
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the sausage
  • Cover with a lid and let it sit on the heat for 10-15 minutes
  • Take the sausage out to make sure it’s all good. If it is still too hard, you can put it back in the saucepan and let it stew for a little while.
  • You can serve the sausage warm if it is soft and moist, or chill it in the fridge if it is not.

It is possible to steam the sausage for about 20 minutes. The sausage needs to be checked regularly to make sure it is soft and moist.

The last option is to wrap the sausage in a moist towel or kitchen towel and keep it in the fridge for a few days until it becomes soft and moist enough.

It is possible to make sure the towel is damp enough by changing the towel frequently.

There aren’t a lot of options for rehydrating dry sausage, but you do have a lot of options for repurposing the sausage meat. Some of them are:

  • It can be used in other recipes that include liquid, like chili, gumbo, gnocchi soups, or stews.
  • Use it in a curry
  • It’s a good idea to make a rice dish like jambalaya with it.
  • If you want to serve it with pasta, you can throw it in a Bolognese sauce.

You can get creative here.

I have some great tips for you to try so that you don’t end up with another bunch of dry and crumbly sausage.

Why Is My Sausage Dry and Crumbly?

I will talk about what causes homemade sausage to go dry and what you can do to prevent it from happening.

There is a chance that the fat to meat ratio is incorrect. You should be using 30% of your body weight in fat.

If you are using lean meat like chicken or lamb, you want to make sure you add pork fat because of its fat content and flavor.

You should give the amount of fat you use when making sausage a lot of thought.

The type and amount of liquid used in your meat mixture may be the reason for dry sausage.

Sausage makers have discovered that wine and vinegar can cause the meat to dry out. There is a chance that this could be solved by substituting wine or vinegar for water.

One of the biggest reasons for dry sausage is the grinding technique. It’s important to make sure that the meat mixture and grinder are cold.

This is because the grinding creates a lot of friction. The fat and meat will turn soft when they are exposed to heat.

You will end up with a squishy texture because the fat will ruin the meat. Most of the fat in the sausage will run off when you cook it, with the final result being the dry sausage.

The fat can stay solid if the meat and grinder are chilled correctly. Fat that is suspended and distributed evenly in the meat is what you get.

Here are some tips:

  • The meat and the grinder neck should be in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  • If you want to work with meat that is at least partially frozen, you should use the fridge temperature.
  • If you grind the meat more than once, but the bowl of meat in the freezer to cool it down in between grinds.
  • The receiving bowl can be placed in another larger bowl filled with ice to keep it cooler.
  • If you use a grinder with a stuffer, place the stuffer in the freezer as well. You can find my recommended meat grinder with stuffers below.
  • If you want to get a good texture and incorporate fat, you can start with a coarse grind, followed by a smaller grind.

Once the meat is grounded and the spices are added it should be mixed well until it becomes sticky.

If you take a small amount of meat, stick it to your hand and turn your hand upside down, the meat needs to stick to the hand and not fall off. If you want the meat to be sticky, don’t knead it until it’s sticky.


You don’t have a lot of options for saving your dried-out sausage, but you do have a lot of options for making some really tasty dishes out of it.

Follow my tips because there are a lot of things you can do to prevent it from happening again.

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