a VirtualTourist member asked on Jul 28, 2007
When I was in Jena with my friends I saw Thuringer sausage (rostbratwurst) everwhere and ate it with my hosts, from their backyard grill. Why is the color of the uncooked sausage such a whitish color, not redish like most sausage?
While I'm not sure, I believe a Bratwurst is already blanched when you buy it, contain mostly pig meat and milk protein.
The sausages are raw. That is, they haven't been preserved or pickled with so-called Poekel (poke) salt. This is a nitrate salt, often used to preserve sausages and cold cuts in Germany. Without this preservative, the sausage or meat turns a natural whitish-grey. They only have put normal table salt in the sausages. A lot of people in Germany don't like the taste of poekel salt, and doctors warn that too much of it causes colon cancer.