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Top 10 List – Most Important Items for Making Homemade Sausage

Have you ever thought to yourself, I would love to start making my own homemade sausage, but you just didn’t know where to start? With all of the different sausage making items on the market it can get confusing to know what items you really need, and what items are more for convenience or a special purpose. To help make entering the home sausage making hobby a little easier, here at Homemade-Sausage.net, we have compiled a list of the most important items you need to have to make great homemade sausage. The items are listed from the least important and optional items to the most important and essential items needed for sausage making. Now let’s get started.


10) Meat Smoker

A good meat smoker is a great addition to your sausage making arsenal, but is not an essential item for sausage making. You will find most of your sausage recipes are for fresh sausage and not smoked. When you first start making sausage focus on fresh sausage before attempting smoked sausage. After you have been making sausage for awhile you might look into investing in a good quality smoker. It’s a good investment that you will use for not only sausage making.

9) Meat Cure

Meat curing is the process by which meat is preserved with a concentration of salt. Meat cure is used if you are going to make smoked sausage. After you become a more seasoned sausage maker, you can start curing sausage and making smoked sausage. For the beginner I recommend you become more familiar with making fresh sausage before diving into smoked sausage.

8 ) Vacuum Sealer

You don’t need a vacuum sealer, but it sure does come  in handy. After spending the whole day making sausage, it’s nice to know you have a good way to preserve your homemade sausage for future use. A good vacuum sealer has many uses other than for sausage making. Once you have your essentials for sausage making, look into getting a vacuum sealer, you’ll love how handy they are.

7) Sharp Knives

How are you going to cut the meat and chop the fresh herbs for your homemade sausage without a good knife? You don’t know the importance of a sharp knife until you’re trying to cut meat for your sausage with a dull knife. Having a set of good knives in your kitchen is a great investment that you will enjoy for years to come.

6) Kitchen Scale

How are you going to know how much seasoning to add to your sausage mix if you don’t know how much it weighs? If you’re buying your meat already ground a kitchen scale is not as important, but if you are grinding your own meat for your homemade sausage a scale is invaluable. You don’t need anything fancy, just a basic kitchen scale will do the trick.

5) Sausage Casings

Now we’re getting into the essential items for sausage making. Although you don’t need to have casings to make great homemade sausage, it is required if you want your sausage to look and taste like traditional sausage. There are primarily two types of sausage casings, natural and artificial. The choice of casings is up to the user, but if you’re looking for the most traditional sausage we recommend natural casings.

4) Sausage Stuffer

Once you have your homemade sausage all mixed together and your casings are ready to go, your’re going to need a sausage stuffer to get your sausage into the casings. This can be a dedicated stand alone stuffer, a stuffing tube for your grinder, or an attachment for your stand mixer. No matter what you choose you need to have one to make your best homemade sausage.

3) Meat Grinder

Sure you can go to the grocery store and pick up some ground pork or beef and use that for your homemade sausage, or if you want to know the quality of the meat you are using for your sausage you’ll need to grind it yourself. When it comes to sausage making, the grinder is the single most important piece of equipment you can purchase. Without a grinder you are at the mercy of the grocery store. Once you purchase your own grinder your sausage making options are endless.

2) Spices and Seasonings

The next time you go to the grocery store look at the back of the package of sausage. I guarantee you can’t pronounce some of the words in the ingredients list. Wouldn’t you like to be able to know exactly what is in your sausage? Your homemade sausage will consist of just naturalspices and fresh ground meat, unless you purchase a premix sausage seasoning. Check the label, most premixes contain artificial ingredients. The best way is to pick a recipe or a natural sausage seasoning and get started making great homemade sausage.

1) And the number one most important item for making homemade sausage is:  THE MEAT

Bar none the meat that you choose is the most important item on the list. You can get away without most of the other items on this list, but if you start with a low quality meat all of the the best high tech equipment won’t save your sausage. Choose fresh meat from a store you trust. Look at the meat and see if it has a good marbling of fat running through the meat. If the meat is too lean it will make for a dry and less flavorful sausage. If you don’t have your own grinder have the store grind it for you. Just remember one thing – Your sausage is only as good as the quality of the meat it’s made from.

So there it is the Top 10 Most Important Items for Making Homemade Sausage. I hope you found this list helpful, and it makes your journey into the world of sausage making a little easier.

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Homemade Sausage Recipe – How to Make Homemade Boudin Sausage

Boudin sausage is a cajun sausage used in creole cooking. Boudin sausage can be made with a number of different meats. The recipe for cajun boudin sausage we are going to share here is made with pork, but traditional boudin sausage have been made with crawfishand even alligator. To make authentic cajunand creole food it is essential that you have boudin sausage for your recipes. I think you will find this recipe for homemade boudin sausage is easy to make and is delicious.Now let’s get started!

2 lb Pork Shoulder

1 lb Pork Liver

2 tsp Salt

2 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

1 Large Chopped Onion

3 Bunches Green Onions

1 1/2 tbsp Chopped Parsley

12 Cups Cooked Rice

Take the pork shoulder and the pork liver along with the salt and pepper and simmer in water until the meat is tender and starts to fall apart. Remove the meat from the pot and save the broth for later. Before the meat cools grind with  the onion, green onion, andparsley. After you grind the meat and vegetables mix with the cooked rice. When making most sausage you would use water to add to the sausage before you stuff it, but when making boudin sausage you are going to use the broth that you used to cook the meat in.  Use just enough of the broth to make the boudin sausage mixture moist. Take the mixture and stuff into hog casings. I hope you enjoy this recipe for cajun boudin sausage as much as we do. Good luck and happy sausage making.

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Sausage Making Made Easy – Making Homemade Chicken Sausage

I think I get requests for homemade chicken sausage recipes more than any other kind of sausage. Here is an easy homemade chicken sausage recipe I know the whole family will enjoy.

First off, before we start making the homemade sausage, let’s talk chicken. If you are making homemade chicken sausage so you can eat sausage with less fat and calories then you will want to use boneless skinless chicken breast for your homemade chicken sausage. If you’re not concerned with the fat or calories I suggest that you use boneless skinless chicken thighs. The thighs contain a higher percentage of fat, thus giving your homemade chicken sausage a more flavorable taste.

Now that we have that taken care of… Let’s get down to business.

Homemade Chicken Sausage Ingredients

5 pounds Chicken of your choice
1 Small Onion
8 oz. Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 tbsp Rosemary
2 tbsp Oregano
1 1/2 tbsp Thyme
1 tbsp Sea Salt
1/2 tbsp Cracked Black Pepper
1/4 tbsp Crushed Red Pepper

Mix together all of the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Cut the chicken into small cubes. Chop the onion and add it to the chicken cubes. Grind the chicken and the onion together. Mix the ground chicken and onion with the dry ingredients. After you mix them you can make a small patty out of the mixture and pan fry it to test the flavor of your homemade chicken sausage. If you’re happy with the taste of your sausage, place the mixture in the fridge to get cool. Now that your sausage has had time to cool off it’s time to stuff your chicken sausage. Your can use hog casings for a larger sausage, or you can use sheep casings for a small diameter sausage, it’s your choice. Once you finish stuffing your homemade chicken sausage your can cook it right then and freeze the remaining sausage for future use. I hope you enjoy this recipe for homemade chicken sausage as much as I do.  Have fun making it.
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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 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 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!

Good luck and happy homemade sausage making.

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Homemade Sausage – Bratwurst Recipe

2 lb ground pork
1 lb ground veal
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp coarse salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground mace
1 tsp ground caraway seed
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground nutmeg


Stuff all the mixed ingredients of your homemade sausage into natural hog casings.  After you have finished stuffing your homemade bratwurst you’re ready to start cooking. The best way to prepare your homemade sausage is to parboil your bratwurst first. Once you finish parboiling it’s time to fire up the grill. The homemade bratwurst is fully cooked from the parboiling so all you need to do is brown them up on the grill. With this recipe for homemade bratwursts you’ll impress your friends and youself with how great they taste. What are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and make some homemade sausage!

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