Originally Posted by alelover
I will be first timer soon too. My daughter's coming home for spring break in March and wants kielbasa and pierogies. Her friend she's bringing never had either one. I guess she lives under a rock. I thought since you guys make everything look so easy I thought I might make some myself instead of going the Hillshire Farms route. I'll be sure to let you know how that turns out.
Man if you can make beer, you can make anything. The sausage is easy, you just need some equipment. It's just like beer, you can do the starter kit thing and get some beer made and then you will find the value of glass carboys instead of buckets and kegs instead of bottles.
I started out with a #32 grinder which I sorta regret and a 5 lb stuffer which is invaluable for stuffing the sausage. Whatever you do, don't try stuffing with a grinder, it will more than likely ruin your experience like a skunky beer. You can buy your meat ground if you need to but a stuffer is the key.. Get Ryteks book and read, rad, read.. Be familiar with the diferent types of sausage as well as the different casings you can use.