'Squasages': a new Kiwi favourite?
Tue, 19 Feb 2013 6:36p.m.
By Ashlee Tulloch
A Hamilton family believes it's solved the age-old Kiwi problem of sausages rolling around on the barbecue – square sausages. But do they live up to the hype?
They aren't the type of sausages you would normally see on the barbeque, but creator Erik Arndt hopes square sausages, or squasages, will soon be a family favourite.
“I would love it to be the next marmite for New Zealand,” he says. “That would be fantastic.”
Mr Arndt is the innovator behind the square-shaped sausage, and it's not surprising he got the idea one day when he was manning the barbie.
“The sausages just kept burning because they wouldn't cook evenly, and somebody said ‘why don't we do a square sausage?’ I immediately went ‘yeah that's what we should be doing, but what would you call it?’ And we said ‘you have to call it what it is’. So we came up with squasage!”
Four years later, Aria Farms are making and selling their gluten and allergy-free squasages, which they believe to be the first of their kind.
“I've never been able to buy a square sausage anywhere, and of course when you're doing all the research you go online and you look at everything else that there is that's around,” says Mr Arndt.
Unlike normal sausages, the sqasauges are skinless, so in order to keep their square shape they're packaged in a dividing tray.
They may look similar to other sausages in the pack, but on the barbeque they're much easier to cook and there's no issue with uneven cooking or rolling around on the hot plate.
So would it pass the test with locals on the streets of Hamilton? Despite not everyone being convinced, the overall consensus was pretty good. But whether squasages will square up with other sausies on the market is yet to be seen.
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21/02/2013 12:13:05 p.m.
i'd love to try them and it'd great if able to buy from supermarket and not expensive, so that more people could enjoy these not so unhealthy sausages. i wanted skinless (aka animal intestine casing, disgusting!) for so long, countdown not so long ago started to have those for frankfurter, but not cheap at all! and they are not gluten free, i think, which is a new trend of healthy eating nowadays. so, square sausages, please come here to dunedin and don't be expensive. i'm waitingggggggg! :-)
21/02/2013 7:05:13 a.m.
Does this mean the pre-season fundraiser will now be a squasage-sizzles? And we're 3 decades behind the trend...? That's squandalous.
20/02/2013 10:15:02 a.m.
Square sausages were around year's ago was brought up on them in Scotland, they are eaten there every day.
19/02/2013 10:41:25 p.m.
They would be nice crumbed :D Bravo.
19/02/2013 10:27:50 p.m.
I've been using square sausages for more than 30 years, skinless crumbed sausages good on the barbie, or under the grill. As an aside another favourite is Onion sausages also come in a square profile.
What is more interesting is what are the binders used in the new sausage and how much offal is included?
19/02/2013 10:02:17 p.m.
Inject it with Marmite in the centre, and they might fly off the shelves : )
19/02/2013 9:46:46 p.m.
Probably would have been smarter to come up with a contraption that molded most round sausages into 4 equal sides...
19/02/2013 9:39:25 p.m.
M Crosbie wrote:
Personly out of principle I wont be trying them. We say we're a clean green country but once again we prove we dont think clean or green. If it takes more packaging and plastic that fills our already bulging landfills just for even cooking I'd much rather put up with a rolling sausage.
19/02/2013 8:10:09 p.m.
Don't see how this is a new idea. Square sausages have been around for a longtime go to your local supermarket and there will be crumbed sausages and chicken sausages all square amongst a few others.Even sizzlers are a squarish shape. Don't see the point in this video
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