Soon after my first sausage-making experiment, I went ahead and bought the sausage stuffer attachment for the KitchenAid food grinder. Now, this piece of equipment has a pretty mixed review history online, so I was a little worried that I might be cheaping out by not committing to a full-sized sausage-maker. As a serious gadgetphile, this kind of anxiety is always lingering around! Well, I can now honestly say, those negative reviews are absurd. This $10 set of tubes produced perfect sausage with no problems whatsoever. Leaving aside the fact that many reviewers were clearly using the attachment incorrectly (with the grinder blades still attached, perhaps?) I can't imagine how people found fault with this thing! I had no trouble creating a seal with the filling that prevented air bubbles from developing and I found I could easily regulate the shape and size of the sausage just by gently holding the emerging sausage. I imagine there are things on the market that make sausage creation easier, but let me tell you, if you think producing sausage with one of these things is hard, I direct you to the spoons and funnels method.

So what did I make for my test batch of sausage? A simple, recipe-less pork sausage of tenderloin and fatback with lots of garlic and a little nutmeg. The whole project took about 40 minutes, and the result was richly garlicky with that perfect snappy bite and a slightly nubbled texture. I don't think we'll be seeing storebought sausages around here anytime soon!

I'm going to file your recommendation away. Someday I want to tackle this. However there's a lot of other things I want to start making regularly first--such as pasta; then perhaps I can "graduate". I understand the gadget problem, by the way...

Oh my god, I need one of those! I have this frugal housewife fantasy of making tons of turkey sausage and also stock from the carcasses. Your sausage looks great!

I'll refrain from making any offcolor jokes here... those look great! It's almost enough to make me take a closer look at laws being made.

Now that I've visited your kitchen and am doubly in awe of every confection and delicacy you've created!
Whip up some savory apple sage pork sausage pour moi, cie vous plait!

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