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Old 11-06-2008, 05:01 AM   #1
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In preparation for our Oktvemberfest party this Saturday, a co-worker and I made a bit of fresh sausage - a 45 lb bit! This is what you get from the two shoulders of a pig (~250 lb) from a local farmer. We made two kinds, a Weisswurst style made with pork only and a garlic brat. The photos are of the weisswurst. I finally motorized the grinder and man was that sweet!






I made pretzels last night and I had already decided to make rods instead of twisting as I could fill the baking sheets better. I'd been contemplating a way to not have to roll out all the dough and I though I'd try extruding it with my Kitchen aid stuffing attachment. I omitted the ring that normally holds the auger in place (this would split the dough) figuring back pressure would hold the auger in place. It did!! All I needed was a little oil lube in the horn.

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Old 11-06-2008, 05:22 AM   #2
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Sausage!!!! Who knew you could make professional quality looking sausage on your own?!! How much did you pay for all the equipment needed to make your own snausages?!

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Old 11-06-2008, 05:44 AM   #3
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I started out with a kitchenaid grinder and stuffer attachment. The grinder worked OK, if a bit slow, but the stuffer was a pain as the ground stuff just slipped on the plastic auger. I basically had to force the meat through by hand. Perhaps if it had been better chilled after grinding and spicing, it wouldn't have slipped so badly, but I didn't want to wait an hour for it to chill (it was still cool, but not ice cold) The next year I bought a dedicated stuffer. Mine hold 5 lbs. I recall it cost around $100 which is about as low as you'll find a dedicated stuffer. The next year I bought a larger hand grinder for ~$45. (it can stuff too, but with not much of a hopper, I haven't used it for that). Now after two years of hand grinding, I've motorized it (I use the same motor and pulley assembly I use for for my grain mill). Let me tell you, hand grinding through a fine grinder plate takes a loooong time. It still took a while this time, but at least I didn't have to crank it.

Casings and other ingredients are pretty cheap. I buy my stuff on-line from Butcher Packer in Detroit
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Old 11-06-2008, 07:22 AM   #4
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wow thats impressive. What recipe did you use? Ill have to try that although it sounds like a bitch and a half with a kitchenaid
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:29 PM   #5
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"We don't need no education.....we don't need no thought control..."

C'mon sing it with me

I did 9 kilos with the Kitchenaid for O'fest, it is a bit of a pain especially one person working the machine. 45 lbs would be a chore for sure.
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:46 PM   #6
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Sausage PRON!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love making sausage, you just can't buy sausage the way you can make it. Here are some shots from O'Fest prep 08....


Grinding. We made 40 lbs of traditional Wei▀wurst and 40 lbs of Bratwurst. That veal is a pair to grind!


Inspecting the grind... looks good


Time to get up to your elbows in meat! Its great for the skin. That's my BIL getting into it.


The girls really get into it, once the casings come out and we start pumping out sausage!

 
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:49 PM   #7
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Here's a good group shot. I bought a big food processor this year. The key to a perfect Wei▀wurst is to amalgamate the meat in a food processor with some ice water.


Here is my wife Danika, handling some sausage... yeah, she's good.


BIL Shane sporting a nice chain.


The ladies can't get enough of my sausage!

 
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:51 PM   #8
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No comment necessary...

So the moral of the story, is that sausage making is awesome! I hope this thread can grow with more and more sausage fests and sausage pr0n in general!


YES I'M TALKING TO YOU!!!!

 
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Old 07-07-2009, 03:31 PM   #9

On the hunt for a decent grinder and stuffer now. This could be dangerous.


 
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Old 07-07-2009, 07:32 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by flyangler18 View Post
On the hunt for a decent grinder and stuffer now. This could be dangerous.
I am in the market for both right now. I have heard many good things about this model: Northern Industrial 5-Lb. Sausage Stuffer | Stuffers | Northern Tool + Equipment - low cost and good quality for those on a budget.

As far as a grinder goes I think the KitchenAid is what I was going to get unless someone knows of something comparable cost wise that is better.
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