Advice sausage casings purchasing and sausage making
Howdy! Even though I have a full harvest of veg and fruit ahead of me, I have a notion to rush into hell and try my hand at sausages this month.
The advice I need is what sort of casings should I buy? Brands? Any thoughts on collagen casings? Any thoughts on what sausages I should start with and then move up to? I have a kitchenaid with a sausage grinder fitting. I have had one go at it and made a giant mess with it spitting out randomly out into the kitchen space - versus to my bowl. Any thoughts on what may be going on there?
I was thinking andouille. It sez pork casings. Huh?
I have only made casingless sausage like italian (loose) and chorizo.
If you are feeling snappy, I will gratefully take a beloved recipe too.
Yep. I don't ask much.
Pork casing are usually called Hog casings and are small intestines from a pig. You can also get lamb casings and beef casings. Each one yields a different diameter link.
Personally I like natural casings over collagen for snap and appearance.
You will need to smoke your sausage for andouille which adds a few more steps to the process.
Two things come to mind about your spitting problem, high speed and warm ingredients.
It is usually a good idea to cut you meats and fat and then partially freeze them before attempting to grind.
Ohhh that is a dangerous site in my house. I LOVE it! Did you see the fermenting pot on the front page? Project number 2 in he making. But seriously, thank you for the referral. I will learn a lot there. My usual mode is to tumble in head long... start a fire in the kitchen or spray meat around the kitchen and THEN I decide I better do some reading.
Here's the sausage recipe that I use from Batali except that the version from the cookbook has fennel seed which I think is a big part of the success. I'm not at home this week so I can't look it up for you.
I haven't "done" casings yet so I hope you'll report back.
There's a meat market near my house that actually has natural casing available for purchase. I don't remember the brand, but they are packaged for retail sale. I guess I live in an area where a lot of people make their own sausage, especially right after deer season. I've always used the hog casings, but would like to get the sheep casings and make some breakfast sausage, I just haven't gone to the effort yet.
The book phwib recommened is amazing and teaches about all kinds of curing, salting and sausage. The book has really good step by step illustrations for all the steps in the process. It is a must for anyone new at sausage or curing meats.
P.S. you have to try the cured Salmon and the dry cured duck. Both really easy and tasty.