Have pondered on this for some time and would like to get an opinion from some of you sausage makers out there.
I archery hunt deer, elk, javelina and fortunately have always been pretty successful so I usually have a freezer full of meat.
I do at least one out of state hunt each year and can legally harvest multiple deer. We are usually there for around 3 weeks and temperature during archery hunts are usually quite mild so getting the meat processed ASAP is high on my list. We used to chop our own meat up, bone it out and put it in a local guys freezer till we were ready to head back home then pack it in coolers for the 24 hour trip home to Arizona. I more recent years we found a processor who will cut wrap and freeze a deer for $75 and that is very reasonable so I have gone that route.
The problem is that now I have all this ground meat frozen that I would like to use for sausage and snack sticks etc: (and I have been doing that) This last summer I bought a 5 cubic foot freezer that fits in my 5th wheel so now I am thinking I could bone my deer, freeze it and bring it home and grind it myself. (if I purchased a grinder) But then I would wind up thawing, grinding, and refreezing or smoking.
All my meat is ground straight venison with no fat added. I am thinking that for making sausage etc: it would be nice to grind and add all the other ingredients at that time.
So now you have the idea and I am listening.
And there is a good deal on a grinder right now that atomicsmoke has posted here. That is a #12 $129.00 grinder for $79.00.
Thanks and listening.