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Choosing a Sausage Stuffer for Making Sausage at Home

Once you start making your own homemade sausage, your going to want to get a sausage stuffer. You will find that most of the homemade sausage recipes you choose to make will require the sausage to be stuffed into casings. When it comes to sausage stuffers there are many kinds to choose from. You can use a small manual type to push the sausage into your casings or you can go with the larger manual stuffer. It all depends on the amount of sausage you are going to be stuffing at a time, and the amount of money you would like to spend.

Small manual sausage stuffers are a great option if your making a small amount of homemade sausage at a time. These can typically make about three pounds of sausage at a time. They are made from stainless steel, aluminum, or cast iron which makes them all easy to clean after you make your homemade sausage. The best feature of these small sausage stuffers is the price. They typically can be purchasedfor about $50. Not a bad option, especially if you’re just starting out.

Larger manual sausage stufferscan hold much more sausage at a time. With capacities between 5 to 50 pounds, these sausage stuffers make sausage stuffing a breeze. They come in either vertical or horizontal models. The vertical sausage stuffersare gear driven, and press down on the sausage forcing it into the stuffing tube. Horizontal sausage stuffers lay flat on the counter with the crank on one side and the stuffing tube on the other. With both hands going in opposite directions, it makes for a difficult sausage making experience. Because of this we recommend the horizontal stuffer over the vertical stuffers. Expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $400 for one of these sausage stuffers.

Are you grinding your own meat for your homemade sausage? If so, before you buy a stand alone sausage stuffer, look at the options for your grinder. Your meat grinder or Kitchen-Aid stand mixer will have attachments that allowyou to add a stuffing tube for sausage making. Although this method may be slower, it will help save you a little money.

No matter which sausage stuffer you choose, remember to have fun. Sausage making  is a great hobby for the whole family. In no time you will be turning out batch after batch of homemade sausage for your family and friends. Start your search for your own sausage stuffer here.

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Homemade Sausage – Italian Sausage Recipe

1lb. Ground Pork

1/2 tbsp Kosher Salt

1/4 tbsp Cracked Black Pepper

1/4 tbsp Fennel Seed

1/2 tbsp Fresh Chopped Parsley

Start by mixing all of the ingredients for the Italian sausage in a bowl. Now take all of the seasonings along with about a 1/4 cup of ice cold water and mix with your ground pork. You can buy the ground pork at the grocery store, or you can grind your own it’s up to you. Once you finish mixing your Italian sausage together place it in the fridge and let it get cold before you begin to stuff it. Now that your Italian sausage has had time to chill in the fridge you can start stuffing. You now need you decide what kind of casing you are going to use for your Italian sausage. I always prefer natural casing over synthetic, but it’s up yo you. After you flush your casings slide them on the stuffing tube of either your grinder or your sausage stuffer. When you finish stuffing decide how much Italian sausage you are going to use right then and freeze the rest to be enjoyed at a latter date. I hope you enjoy your homemade Italian sausage and make sure you checkout our other sausage recipes.
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Making Your Own Homemade Sausage – How to Make Sausage

If you love sausage, I mean really love homemade sausage, you most definitely came to the right place. Store bought sausage, although they can be quite tasty, do not even come close to the quality and flavour of homemade sausage.

Learning to make your own sausage doesn’t need to be a scary or difficult task to take on. Once you get started you will find it is much easier than you probably thought.In a short amount of time you will impress your friends and family with your sausage making skills. When you make your own homemade sausage you get to make your way, with your own ingredients. The next time you go out shopping take a look at that package of store bought sausage, now look at the label, I know you can’t pronounce half of the ingredients on the list. How can that be good for you? Not only are store bought sausages full of preservatives, you also do not know the quality of the meat the sausage was produced with. When you make your own homemade sausage you control the whole process from start to finish.

Now that you know the benefitsyou gain from making your own homemade sausage, let us look at some of the basic items you need to get started. When it comes to meat the options are endless. You can use anything from wild game to store bought ground pork. You can choose to buy the meat already ground from the grocery store or you can grind your own. Both options are perfectly acceptable, but you just get a great feeling of accomplishment when you grind your own meat for your sausage. If you decide to grind your own meat at home you will need to choose a meat grinder. Once you have the grinder you can add a stuffing tube to the grinder or you can purchase a stand alone sausage stuffer. Both work just fine but if you plan on making a large amount of sausage, or you are going to be making it often a sausage stuffer will make life much easier. You will also need casings to stuff your sausage. You can use natural or synthetic it’s up to you. And don’t forget the seasonings. This is where you get to put your own personal stamp on it to make it YOUR SAUSAGE.

With these basic materials you will be on your way to making your homemade sausage. It doesn’t matter if your trying to make bratwurst, kielbasa, or country sausage for that special breakfast, you can become a sausage expert in no time. Just use as a resource to start you travel down the road to making the ultimate homemade sausage. With the help that you will find here, you can begin your sausage making  journey with confidence and enjoy making your own homemade sausage right out of the gates. Check out the sausage recipes section to help get you started. Be sure to check back often for updates, or if you run into trouble with your sausage making, we can help fix it. Thank you for stopping by, and happy sausage making.
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Homemade Sausage Making Step by Step

Getting the meat ready
 I’m going to start with a very basic outline of how to make your own homemade sausage at home. Making your own homemade sausage does not need to be a difficult or scary task. The first step to making sausage is to pick the meat for your sausage.  The easiest meat to start with is pork shoulder (sometimes labeled as pork butt). Any meat can be used for making sausage, you can use beef, chicken, lamb, or any meat you can think of. Most sausage recipe that you find will call for pork to be used so we will use pork in this example. You can purchase this at your local meat market or grocery store.
Start by removing  the bone. After the bone is removed cut the piece of meat into small cubes. The size of the cubes is going to depend on how big your grinder is. The smaller your grinder, the smaller the cubes need to be.
Once you have finished cutting the meat you are going to need to weigh it. This is an important step. You need an accurate weight so you can calculate the amount of seasonings you will need for your homemade sausage. Your meat is now prepared and ready to grind. One final and critical step before you grind  is to chill the meat. This step is very important. I find the best way to do this is to lay the meat out on a pan and put in your freezer for about 20 min. just to form a crust on the outside of the meat. With the meat slightly frozen it will be much easier to grind. Now it’s time to grind the meat. You can do this with a hand grinder or an electric grinder. If you have a kitchen aid stand mixer you can purchase a grinder attachment for it (great for making small batches of homemade sausage). The grinding process heats up the meat so after grinding place it in the fridge to cool it back down.

Mixing the homemade sausage
After the meat has cooled in the fridge it’s time to mix your spices into the meat. You can use a premix or a recipe, its up to you. Just a warning- If you use a premix it will most likely contain preservatives.  Take your spices and mix them in a bowl before you add them to the meat. Add the mixed spices to the meat along with ice cold water, about 1/2 cup for every 10 pounds of homemade sausage. The water makes it easier to mix, and makes it easier to stuff into the casings. With your hands mix the meat and spices together.

Stuffing your homemade sausage
You’ve made it to the home stretch. It’s all downhill from here. Start by attaching the stuffing tube to the head of your grinder. You will need to decide the type of casing you will be using for your homemade sausage, natural or collagen. I use the natural casings, but it’s just a matter of personal preference. If you choose natural casings you will want to flush them in a little warm water before you use them. You can do this in your sink. Just run some water into the casings and place them in a bowl with a little water. Now it’s time to start stuffing. Slide the casing onto the stuffing tube and tie the end of the casing.Place the sausage meat into the hopper of your grinder. Using the pusher, start running the sausage thru the tube and into the casing. Work in small batches so the meat will stay cooler. Just take enough meat out of your fridge that you can stuff in a 10 min. time span. The warmer the meat gets the harder it is to stuff. After you finish running thru all of the meat into your casings you can link up your sausage and get it ready for the freezer.  

Congratulations!! You just made your own homemade sausage.


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Homemade Chorizo Sausage Recipe

Homemade Sausage Chorizo1 pound ground pork
1 Tablespoon coarse (kosher) salt

1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1-1/2 Tablespoons chili powder
1-1/2 Tablespoons ground cumin
1/2 cup cider vinegar
Making your own homemade chorizo at home can be fun and easy. Don’t be intimidated it’s not as difficult as it might sound. All you need to do is just follow this simple recipe.
Mix all of your seasonings together. Add the seasonings to the ground pork along with the cider vinegar and mix well. After your sausage is mixed together it’s time to stuff your chorizo into casings. For homemade chorizoI recommend that you use natural hog casings. Once you finish stuffing your homemade chorizo you can either cook it as is for fresh chorizo or you can smoke it for smoked chorizo. All you need to do now is enjoy you homemade chorizo. Happy sausage making!!

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Homemade Andouille Sausage Recipe

Homemade Andouille Sausage

5lb Ground Pork
1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper                                     
1 Tbsp Paprika
1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Garlic
1/8 Cup Ground Black Pepper
3 Tbsp Kosher Salt
1 Tbsp Fresh Thyme leaves
1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
1/2 Cup Water

Mix all of the seasonings together. Add the seasoning mixture to the ground pork along with the ice cold water and mix well. Now you are ready to stuff your homemade andouille into casings. For andouille sausage I would recommend you use natural hog casings to stuff your homemade sausage into. After you have stuffed your homemade sausage it’s time decide if you are going to cook your homemade sausage or if you are going to smoke it. Homemade andouille is delicious no matter how you prepare them, but for a more traditional andouille it is best to smoke them.

Best of luck with your homemade andouille. Although with this surefire andouille recipe you won’t need any luck. Happy sausage making!!

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Homemade Sausage Making Recipe – How to Make Homemade Kielbasa

homemade kielbasa4 lb Ground Pork                               
4 tsp Sea Salt
1 tsp Cracked Black Pepper
3 Cloves Finely Minced Garlic

Follow this recipe to make the polish favorite. Mix all of the seasonings together and add them to your ground pork. Using the stuffing tube attachment for your meat grinder or a stand alone sausage stuffer, stuff the kielbasa mixture into natual hog casings. After you finish suffing your homemade kielbasa sausage you’re ready to cook them. Any of the homemade sausages that you don’t cook after making, you can freeze so you can enjoy your homemade kielbasa later. Making this homemade sausage is fun, easy, and most important this kielbasa is delicious!

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How to Choose the Right Grinder

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If you’re here you have probably already realized the benifits of making your own sausage at home. Many people think about what is added to the meat as the most important benifit and forget about the meat itself. Choosing your own meat can make for a healthier and more flavorful sausage. The only way to control the meat in your sausage is to own your own meat grinder.

When it comes time to choose your first grinder you will find that there are thousands on the market. To help narrow down your search we’ll discuss your options.

The first thing to consider is how the grinder is operated. You can choose from manual or electric. Manual will be less expensive, but if you are using it often your arm will thank you for moving up to an electric model.

Make sure that the grinder you choose has attachments for that grinder so you can make sausage with it. You will need a stuffing tube for putting your homemade sausage in casings. Multiple grinder plates and blades are nice to have as well. Having a larger diameter plate you can easily grind your own meat for chili and for a more coarsely ground sausage.

Afer you have spent the time grinding and mixing, and then running your sausage into the casings you look back at the mess you made. This is the time when you’ll be glad you picked a grinder that was easy to clean. I would advise you stay away from plastic models. Plastic is like a magnet for fat. After you finish grinding, the fat from the meat will stick to the plastic making it had to clean. Look for a grinder with all metal internal workings.

You can also look at what you already have. Many kitchen mixers have attachments that you can use for grinding.

No matter what type of grinder you choose you will find that you use it more that you thought you would. Not only will you be able to make homemade sausage, you can also use your grinder to make your own meat for the best burgers you have ever eaten. You can find a number of high quality grinders right here.

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