The meat is definitely on the lean side and that's quite a bit of water to add to 4 kilos of sausage.
I agree with the leanness and the water also. What I did was just add some water to a glass full of Ice cubes. Shake it around and then pour in a a little about half a cup. To be honest I didn't even measure. I did add 5 pieces of bacon to help with the lack of fat. We will see.
Grinding .. I put the grinder attachment w/ all the pieces into the freezer. I also dump some ice in the bowl and shake it around till it is nice and cold also. Oh, and the meat was in the freezer for about a half hour. All most frozen.
The other half of the spice mix and a couple really big handfuls of cheddar cheese. I didn't get to the store to pick up the cheese I wanted to use so I just used what we had. I mixed this by hand. It was so cold that I had to take breaks because my hands would get numb. I think that is a good thing keeping the meat cold. Like is said before. I also poured some ice cold water in before mixing.
All mixed up. The smell is incredible.
Not the best picture but I wanted to try and get the idea across. I soaked the casings in lukewarm water while the meat was in the freezer. About a half hour. Then I pick one end and fill with water, just a little bit. I take my other hand and pinch the casing and drag downward forcing the water through. If you look closely you can see the water in the casing down in the container. I do this several times to clean out the salt.
I am lucky. My parents gave me this wonderful toy for my birthday. What a difference this thing makes in stuffing. I used the kitchen aid for a couple of years now. If you are a sausage maker and don't have one yet. Save the money and get it. These things rock.
Here you can see the casings on the tube and I have started to stuff. This goes really quick and if you have a helper it is nice. I didn't but it still went pretty smooth. I did have a break about half way through. Not a problem. Just tied it and kept going.
This isn't all of them, it was getting late and I had already put some of them away. I will be smoking these bad boys up Saturday. I will finish this up then. Again, I really appreciate all of the responses. Thanks for looking. Aaron.