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Old 02-08-2008, 02:30 PM   #1
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Getting meat grinder

I just ordered an electric stand alone meat grinder, which comes with sausage attachment too. I am planning to grind some chicken , beef and pork. I like Sweet Italian sausages , and I really like Hatfield's pepper and onion sausage but they are hard to find, so I am hoping I can make something similar to it.

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Old 03-03-2008, 10:52 PM   #2
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How do you like the meat grinder you got? I would like to get one, but I'm not sure of the brand, model, price-range that I should be looking at.
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Old 03-03-2008, 11:09 PM   #3
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Electric stand-alone grinders are great!

I've already used mine to grind meat for burgers and meat loaf as well as meat for spaghetti sauce.
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Old 03-03-2008, 11:17 PM   #4
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I've got a KitchenAid Pro-6 mixer with the meat grinder and sausage stuffing attachment. My only dissapoinement is that the meat grinder doesn't have a super-coarse (chili grind) plate. But as for making sausages ... no complaints. Like Corey - I grind all kinds of things for all kinds of reasons.

If you find good sausage recipes - you'll have a lot of fun cranking out them "bangers"!
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Old 03-04-2008, 02:59 AM   #5
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I think mine has one of those grinding plates.
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:30 PM   #6
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I have 2 meat grinders one is KA atachment and onother one is a stand alone from Northern Hydrilicks. I love it.
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Old 03-05-2008, 08:58 AM   #7
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I have 2 meat grinders one is KA atachment and onother one is a stand alone from Northern Hydrilicks. I love it.
do you use the KA one? I have the KA and stand alone from Northern Tools.
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Old 03-08-2008, 10:12 PM   #8
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Yes I use both. KA more often, simply because it is smaller and faster and easier to deal with. For big amounts of foods I use the stand alone one.
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Old 03-16-2008, 02:57 PM   #9
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I have a question:

I purchased a decent electric meat grinder (about $80). It comes with several attachments, including a "Sausage Stuffer" which looks like a long funnel.

I would really like to start making some of my own sausages (including cajun, andouille, and bratwurst).

I do not fully understand the procedure. I plan to purchase the following:
* Natural Hog Casings
* Cure
* Soy Protein

From what I understand, I will take meat (such as pork butt) and cut it into pieces. I will then put this through the grinder. Once grinded I will mix all of the spices and cures into the meat. Then I will attach the sausage attachment to the machine and attach a natural casing to the sausage attachment. Then I put the meat through the grinder again (???) and it will be forced into the casing.

Please help me. Is the process that I described correct? I do not want to buy everything needed to make sausage and then find out that I am not able to do it. I see "sausage stuffers" for sale (but they are expensive). Doesn't the meat grinder act as a sausage stuffer?

Any insight to this process would be GREATLY appreciated!
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Old 03-16-2008, 03:39 PM   #10
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Then I put the meat through the grinder again (???) and it will be forced into the casing
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Yes..... Some grinders come with a "stuffing plate" Sometimes called a "Kidney Plate" so you aren't actually grinding the meat again...Follow your instruction manual, and with a little practice you'll be on your way....

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