CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Easter season keeps Western New York businesses busy, including one in Cheektowaga that's become a mandatory stop for so many families because of its popular Polish Sausage.
Redlinski Meats has been serving its famous fish, ham, and of course Polish sausage for decades at the store on Walden Avenue. But the store isn't where the family's story began.
"It was a family business that started with making sausage in grandma's kitchen, bring it on the bus, sell it in the market until you sold enough to buy a sausage plant," explained Joe Redlinski.
Joe remembers his beginnings in the family business, when he fought through the crowds to bring the the sausage from the plant to Buffalo's Broadway Market. These days he's back and forth between the plant and the store, keeping things running smoothly and serving customers.
Redlinski Meats launched in 1947, when Joe's grandfather and his brothers got back from serving in the navy.
Since its beginning, quality has been the number one priority.
"What I use in my sausage you can pronounce. It's salt, pepper, sugar, garlic, marjoram," said Joe.
And he's got the secret for cooking the perfect holiday Polish Sausage?
"I'll boil it for about 30 minutes on a low boil. Then I'll take it out, and I like browning it in a pan, it's just better that way. Or cut it in nickel chips and brown it that way. But when you boil it first, it tends to plump up and hold that juice in - that's the way I always do it."
You can hear much more about Redlinski Meats on 7 ABC's Dyngus Day Diaries special, Monday, April 22nd at 7:00 p.m.