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review and pics of first time smoked sausage

post #1 of 14
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Well sorry to take so long posting the final pics / results of my first smoked sausage adventure , but here goes .

Firstly let me report that the 30/lb stuffer with electric motor which I posted about a couple weeks ago and ordered from Cabelas works awesome and is of great value / quality for it's price range $ 749.00 cad ...shipped taxes and duty in to my door ... although time will tell if the motor ...1/8th hp holds up or not ,

anyhow I made 15lb of the Hi Mountain old fashioned bologna , used 1/2 beef and 1/2 pork for the mix ground thru a fine plate twice , mixed and stuffed cured overnight .... smoked as per their directions , it tastes very good , not too salty and kinda a cross between bologna and salami ,with a texture more like sausage than bologna .

The garlic and cheddar links , I had a bit of a time getting them spaced well in the MES cause it's so dang small ( wheels turning PDT_Armataz_01_28.gif ), but they turned out okay and taste good , next time if I do them again I prolly will leave out the caraway or at least cut it back , but that's the fun of doing new things !!

and here's a few pics of the smoked and packaged products and the new stuffer ...click on the pics they get bigger
post #2 of 14
Sure looks good from here! Smoking sausage is what brought me here, but EVERYTHING about this place keeps me coming back. You'll be hooked on making your own sausages for sure now.
post #3 of 14
could not of said it any better myself.looks damb goodPDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #4 of 14
i need to try that some time
post #5 of 14
Looks great nice job PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #6 of 14
Nice stuffer. I couldn't afford one like that so I ended up with a water stuffer. Only holds 10# and gets the job done.
Great looking sausage to.

post #7 of 14
Hey man everything looks really good , I like your stuffer, I only have a 5lb stuffer lol small but get's the job done . Good Job PDT_Armataz_01_37.gifPDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #8 of 14
Sorry I missed this thread first time around! Looks awesome Tim!!PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #9 of 14
your bologna probably tastes more like a "sausage" because we're more accustomed to emulsified bologna around here. Grinding it through the fine die, while getting the meat smooth doesn't quite imitate emulsification.

It all looks good though, and i second the tough times loading your MES. I can only process about 5lbs at a time because i can't smoke more than that at once. Last time i made some kielbasa and paprika sasuage and had about 7lbs, I wound up with streaks because things were too tight and hectic trying to smoke that much in the thing at once.

Here's a question for you. I notice you stuffed the bologna in fibrous casings. I picked some 1lb capacity fibrous casing for making summer sausage. I'm not quite sure how to tie them off though? One end is wide open like a big mouth bass and i didn't expect that when i ordered them.

Oh im jealous of your foot pedal, it's a chore sometimes to stuff by myself with a hand crank
post #10 of 14
Nicely done Tim! I cannot wait till I am able to make some sausage. Finally have the equipment , just need some time now!
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hey nogoer , I learned how to tie those casings off with Rytek Kutas book "Great Sausage and Meat Curing " 3rd edition ...page # 133 ... it's sort of a crisscross technique , and he says if not tied right the not will slip off .... and you're right on the texture ... if you want that smooth bologna type texture ,you must first emulsify the meat using a food processor and adding water .... but I opted out on that cause mine is too small ... I truly love my stuffer and the footpedal / motor attachment makes things so much more easy with larger size batches , but this stuffer is overkill for doing 5 and even 10 lb batches ... might have to get another toy biggrin.gif
post #12 of 14
Dang that looks good!!!

my address is:
3934 75th st w
Bradenton Fl. 34209

I would like a pack of each please!!!
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
No prob Vlap ... but I wanna go fishing ...lol wink.gif
post #14 of 14
Fishing is hot here right now! C'mon down!
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