Sausages are typically something that you will buy pre-made. However, it isn’t complicated to make them at home. When you make your own homemade sausage, you can get creative with the flavors and ingredients and make them exactly how you like. All you need are the right tools and the right steps.
Prepare Your Ingredients
To begin, you will need to decide what kind of sausage you want to make. Yoru sausages will be a mix of meat, fat, and spices. Of course, you could also do a vegetarian sausage if you choose, but using meat is more traditional. For your meat, you can use pork, beef, turkey, and any other kind of meat that is easily ground. When selecting your meat, you want to make sure it has a good fat content and you may also include additional fat in the sausage. Next, you will need to gather your flavorings. Typically, this will include some sort of spice blend that you can purchase or make on your own. Another important step is preparing your casings. You will soak your casings in warm water overnight in order to soften them. Before you use them, you will also need to rinse them out a few times.
Grind and Mix Your Meat
Once you’ve gathered and prepared your ingredients, it’s time to begin the assembly process. Chop up your meat and mix in the seasonings. Once you’ve done this, you can begin grinding your meat using a meat grinder. You should start off at a slow setting and feed the meat and fat through the grinder. After it has all been ground, you will mix the meat along with any other ingredients, such as garlic. You can mix with a wooden spoon or with your hands. Make sure you thoroughly wash your hands and sanitize all equipment when you are done.
Stuff the Sausages
Finally, you begin the fun part of actually stuffing the sausages. You will start by feeding your casing onto the end of the sausage stuffer. It’s important that you feed the entire casing onto the sausage stuffer, with a few inches left over. Otherwise, the casing will be full of air bubbles. To stuff your sausage, you will slowly feed in balls of your meat mixture. You should start on the slowest setting. You will gently feed the casing off the sausage stuffer as it fills with the meat mixture. Leave a couple inches at the end of your casing and tie it off.
At the end of this process, you’re ready to cook up your sausages! You can pan fry them, bake them, grill them, or cook them in any way that you like. Making sausages at home is a rewarding experience that allows you to make them any way you like.
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