Remember how, when I ordered my side of pork, I requested that they include a package of casing with my order as I wanted to try my hand at making my own sausage at home. Well, I’m happy to report that I did, and that I was successful, too!
I LOVE sausage, you see, but since I can never be too certain of what goes into that which is available at my local grocery store, I’ve pretty much crossed it off my list of approved foods.
That’s why I was especially excited at the thought of enjoying this deliciousness again. I can’t even remember when was the last time I’d had sausage.
I was so excited when the items came in the mail, just like a kid on Christmas day! I couldn’t wait for the week-end to finally get here!
The very next Saturday, I hooked everything up and got busy testing it. Well, I must say that it does work surprisingly well!
I don’t know that I would do pounds and pounds of sausage using this gadget, but the 2 little batches that I did, for a total of 4 pounds, were a whole lot of fun to make.
First, I fed the very cold meat mixture through the meat grinder. I was already enjoying myself, big time!
Oh, just one word of advice, here. If you don’t want to end up having to clean the mixer’s bowl, as well as all the accessories that are in it (if you store yours in the bowl, too), take a second to remove them before you start making the sausage. Otherwise, chances are bits and pieces of meat will jump out of the grinder and straight into that bowl, as if they had just entered some sort of a diving contest or something.
As the meat exits the stuffing tube, it sort of pushes the casing all by itself, so you don’t have much to do, really. Just hold it loosely in your left hand while you push the meat down the meat grinder with the other one.
Simply help shape the sausage a little bit with your fingers and push back any air bubbles that may form.
And don’t be too over concerned with the possibility that you might rip the casing. It’s a lot more solid than it appears!
Once all the meat has been extruded, divide your sausage by twisting it into links…
And Ta Da!
There you have it: delicious home made sausage! And it looks just like the real thing, too!
Only it doesn’t contain any fillers, sugar, gluten or other unwanted nasties. Oh, I so couldn’t wait to taste them.
Time to fire up the barbie!
Of course, as as soon as I put my sausage on the grill and closed the lid, this happened…
The rain had made my sausage prisoner!!! How dared it do that to me? My precious sausage! It was trapped! The only way I could get to it was by getting seriously, and I do mean seriously wet. Just one measly little flip and I needed towels to wipe myself dry.
But luckily, it didn’t last too long.
By the time my sausage was done, the rain had stopped…
The sun was out again, and the light filled the entire room with a deep feeling of a coziness and serenity…
I was very happy to sit myself down and enjoy my very first bite of home made sausage.
It turned out absolutely delicious, if you ask me!
Just the way I like it: with a touch of Dijon mustard!
I also made a batch of chicken sausages, but didn’t take pictures of these ones. They looked so similar to the first batch, I figured it was no use…
They turned out really really good, however. I say if you are looking for a low fat or non red meat alternative, they are a definite contender!
Served with a side of squash puree and red cabbage slaw
Oh, and of course, a touch of Dijon!