Since I'm a girl, I thought the "maiden" thing was appropriate if you have a sense of humor but I'm way past maiden status. LOL
Anyway....this is my first attempt at making cased sausage. I chose to use Lee Poli's Ukranian Kielbasa as a foundation but I used 5 lbs of pork shoulder and added 2 oz of hi-temp pepper jack and 4 oz of hi-temp cheddar. No liquid smoke (hate liquid smoke.)
My issue is with the Chard #10 hand grinder. It's brand new. Every time I use it it keeps getting stuck. Too much fat/sinew no matter how coarse I grind and it binds before the plate. The meat was near freezing. I put the hand grinder in the freezer the night before. What's the issue? Do I need to recognize different fats better? Does the new blade suck? I appreciate any input. (help). I eventually opted to use my mini-Cuisinart.
I have a vintage General Model D grinder that I acquired recently but I don't have gear oil or motor oil at this time to run that. You can see it here: (http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/265316/vintage-general-model-d-meat-grinder-gear-oil-question)
Fry patty was tasty.
I decided to do coils. I ended up with 2 coils with 5# of meat. My heart was beating like a rabbit. LOL This was the first time I've worked with casings and stuffing. I was thankful for a helper to crank my new Hakka on this project. It wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. Sheesh...this is a piece of cake!!
In the smoker (aka Meat TV). Once the sausage casings dried out after 1.5 hrs at 120* (no smoke) I applied smoke for 3 hrs until it hit 154* (increasing temps incrementally).
I used A-Maze-N Pitmaster's Choice (cherry, hickory, maple) pellets in my AMNPS.
Here's the timeline:
14:15 140 added smoke
17:16 water bath at 154* IT
(edited 7/10/17 to show the timeline and smoking pellets)
Cool water bath at 154
After the water bath.
Finished product. It turned out WONDERFUL! A little tug on the casing bite but a good meld of cheese and meat.
I call this a major success for my first time out. I can't thank the gurus here enough for their expertise. I've been reading and reading and reading (cuz that's what I do when I embark on new adventures). Thank you all for your input on other conversations that eventually helped me out on my maiden voyage.
You're stuck with me now.. I'm hooked.
Edited by HappyPit - 7/11/17 at 5:02am