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Course or fine?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I've been making my own deer sausage (country style) for a few years now and have always ground the meat through a course plate then again through a fine plate. I recently had tried some sausage that someone else made but they must have just ran it through a course plate because the consistency was looser than mine. I kinda liked it that way more and was wondering how everyone else grinds their meat. Do you prefer course or fine?
post #2 of 9

I lean towards liking it on the coarse side. Some sausages traditionally are a fine grind so I go with that. I'm not a fan of loose consistency sausage...perhaps they didn't add any binder so the coarse grind was crumbly? But then, I use a Kitchen Aid grinder attachment and the coarse plate is still fairly small.....Willie

post #3 of 9

This is a fun topic.  Everybody has different taste's of course. Can i say i like it both ways :sausage:?  Like Willi says that a binder sure helps especialy with course grind. When i do course grind my sausage {kielbasa for example] i grind it once course [then put in all my stuff and mix it] and then grind it through the course plate again.  This may eliminate any crumbly texture you may run into [dont forget the idea of a binder like dry powdered milk--1 cup per 5 pounds of meat mix] [when using this binder i also add 1 3/4 cups of water per 5 pounds].  Most of my sausage however i run through a medium plate as my final grind.  My family and friends like it that way more. Reinhard

post #4 of 9

I don't have Willie's experience but I'll give my preference. If I am making a cured sausage like andouille or summer sausage, I prefer a medium grind. For breakfast sausage, I bow to She Who Must Be Obeyed who prefers a fine grind.


I think it depends a lot on personal taste.



post #5 of 9
I just grind mine once through 1/4" plate. Just made 120 pounds this weekend with 3/8" plate. But I love andouille.
post #6 of 9
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I think my next batch I'll just run through a course plate and see how it is.

post #7 of 9

When making cured smoked sausages I grind mostly through my 7mm (1/4) plate but I use my 4mm (1/8) plate for summer sausages and snack sticks. When making fresh sausages I like the smaller 4mm plate as I don't like to use binders....

post #8 of 9

I make more Kielbasa than anything else. This is ground through a 1/4 plate and mixed until very sticky. It's a bit time consuming but eliminates the need to use binders...JJ

post #9 of 9

For breakfast sausage patties, I like the coarse grind, for texture...  use soy protein as a binder (1/2 of recommended)....  for taco meat, coarse grind, no filler....  Andouille, coarse grind on half the meat, fine grind the other half... and mix the two....  I usually fine grind the fat that goes into any sausage, while frozen.... 

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