I've been wanting to make my own sausage for quite some time now, and I've decided to try it this weekend. Just got off the phone with my local butcher and their price on boneless butts is $3.69 a lb. I told her I was going to make some Italian Sausage and would the boneless butt be the proper choice. She suggested using their 80% lean pork trimmings. These are $1.69 a lb. I told her I was told to use something closer to 70% lean and she said they also sell 50/50 trimmings as well. You folk think that I would be ok to use the 80/20 trimmings and mix in some of the 50/50, or should I just pay the extra and get a butt? I plan on making a 10 lb batch of the sausage. Thanks in advance for the help
as a side note, I checked Walmart and they have a boneless picnic for $2.48 per lb, and a bone in butt for $2.08. I wanted to stick with the boneless if possible as this is my first attempt and dont want too many extra steps. Not sure how suitable the picnics would be as all my recipes call for butts.