Today was my first time ever making sausage. It sounds quite wonderful to be able to make your own sausage but it really was a lot of work. I take it that it will get easier with practice and time. I made it easy on myself this time and used collagen casings and a boxed mix (Eastman Outdoors).
The first problem was putting the meat grinder together. It took me at least a half hour to do this. The instructions came for two different models and they would have one section for one on putting it together then a section for the other model on putting it together, then one section on what not to do (which, strangely, involved a lot of the same things from the first section for both models then it had a section on usage but it didn't take very long to figure out that they had the model numbers wrong on this section since my machine had no reverse (I looked for it in vain before figuring out that the model numbers were wrong, sigh). Anyway, I did eventually get the thing together.
Used one of my new butchering knives to cut the meat off the bone and then cut it up into pieces that could fit in the grinder.
. It just took a long time to get them all done.
Now I had watched several videos on how to twist them into links. None of them worked for me. They came unraveled every time. Maybe it was because of the collagen casings. I really don't know but I ended up tying them all which was really time consuming. You can tell when I got tired because the sausages got longer.
The plan for today was to get the smoker seasoned. It has to season for 3 hours. But we had some terribly strong wind today and some real low temperature for us (when I looked out this afternoon it said 42 degrees F which wouldn't have been so bad if it hadn't been for the wind!). Can't have fire outside, even in the smoker, with that much wind. I was disappointed.
The second plan was to go shopping, get yogurt going and sourdough bread going and do the sausage at the same time. Not possible. Maybe tomorrow I can get the yogurt and sourdough bread done. There are also quail cages to clean and more work on the greenhouse to do but there will be other (warmer) weekends I'm sure.