I have a few different things to share about sausage preparation as far as ingredients go. First, is a scale. I use a postal scale that is quite accurate, and being so, I can re-proportion seasonings to the exact amounts necessary for the amount of product I'm using. The scale I bought is from Right On Scales: http://www.rightonscales.com/web/home/ I bought the 'UltraShip 55' scale that can handle up to 55 lbs. and it can measure both in ounces and ounces/lbs., but also in grams, which is very important. The face can be removed in case you're using a large lug and pulled out so you can view it easily. You can set 'tare' to deduct the weight of the container you're using so you work with net weights; no guesswork that way. It can be battery operated, but it's worth the extra expense to purchase the power supply that's offered. Unless you use it every day or two, if you leave it with batteries left in you always risk the chance of one leaking and ruining it (I've got drawers full of flashlights like that, haha!). More to come on how to accurately re-proportion seasonings.