Wisconsin meat processors can now earn the title of Master Meat Crafter thanks to a new program at the University of Wisconsin. Participants of the program often already have their own meat business, and join the program in order to learn the science behind meat processing. The first class of Master Meat Crafters graduated last week. If you've ever tasted Wisconsin summer sausage or an artisan bratwurst, you know Wisconsin meat matches the quality of Wisconsin cheese.
Why Master Meat Crafters in Wisconsin?
Earning the title of Master Meat Crafter is a perk of completing the two year program that involves homework assignments, workshops and mentoring. Wisconsin already boasts a Master Cheesemaker program, the only program of it's kind in the country. With over 289 meat processing plants, the highest number of any state, it makes sense for Wisconsin to provide education and a special distinction for meat producers as well.
Ben Barcel of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection says “These meat processors are breaking ground as the very first class of Master Meat Crafters,” said DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel. “The graduates have taken the next step, moving their interest into action, to create high-quality products that will increase consumer interest in specialty meats.”
Wisconsin Meats from Master Meat Crafter Ship Nationwide
One of those ground breaking meat processors is Master Meat Crafter Jeff Roberts, an artisan on Wisconsinmade.com. He creates a variety of bratwurst, from the traditional Sheboygan bratwurst to the wild flavors like pizza and cherry bratwurst. My personal favorite is the mushroom and swiss bratwurst. If you're outside of Wisconsin while you're reading this, don't cry, since Glenn's bratwurst (made by Master Meat Crafter Jeff Roberts) are available for shipment nationwide at Wisconsinmade.com, along with a wide variety of gourmet Wisconsin meats including summer sausage, snack sticks and more.