I'm whooped! Me and a friend were supposed to make sausage together today, but he bailed on me! Said something about his wife going into labor 2 weeks early! So, the new papa had a good excuse to not show, but all of the meat I ground last night needed to be turned into something, so I was a lone wolf today. Not a lot of action shots, but some good stuff was made! This will be a work in progress kind of post. Last night I ground 30 pounds of chuckies so we could make summer sausage and snack sticks today. MOST of what we were to make was for he and his bride to give to family for Christmas presents, they are newly weds and a bit strapped for cash... So as not to let him down, and to make room in my refrigerator, I seasoned and stuffed 15 pounds of snacks sticks, 1/2 just regular with cheese, and the other 1/2 spicy with cheese and jalapeños added. The other 15 pounds of beef were used for summer sausage. Again, half and half.... Half just normal summer sausage, and the other half with cheese, mustard seed, and whole pepper corns. I put the sticks into the smoker at 5:00 PM Central, and they are in a smoke bath as we speak! I've been running around like a chicken with my head cut off, and the bride said I need to chill a bit and slow down.... So she made me a chillaxer! She's a keeper! While sipping on my chillaxer, I made a BIG patty out of the sausage surprise bowl. What's sausage surprise you ask? Each time I clean out the bottom of the stuffer, I toss the sausage left over into a bowl.... Then I mix ALL of it together and fry it up! This trip wasn't too surprising, but do a 3 day sausage Fest, it gets strange at times! The summer sausage chubs are in the frig chilling, melding, blooming, whatever one calls it.... They'll get a dry heat and smoke tomorrow! Pics then, I'm gonna drink some whiskey and watch the remote thermometer.... Oh, by the way, 16mm casings are a PITA!!!