First time sausage tomorrow!!! Got a few questions

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by lennyluminum, May 16, 2013.

  1. Gonna try my first batch of sausage tomorrow gonna be mixing up some Italian sausage some will be cased and some will be left as bulk.

    What plate should i use as my final grind? I have 3/16, 5/16 and 3/8 plates

    Also how long should i let the seasoned meat sit in the fridge before stuffing?
  2. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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  3. That depends on what type of sausage you are making and what you like. I personally like a course sausage so I start with a 3/8 plate and then the second time through use a 5/16. After the first grinding I mix the seasoning in and mix by hand very well and then grind through the 5/16 plate which will also help mix everything. Then I stuff right away, if you wait it will get very stiff from the salt in the seasoning and be harder to stuff. I have never had an issue with poorly mixed seasonings or uneven distribution.
  4. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    With the grind its a matter of preference.... Mostly I only grind once course, season, set in the fridge overnight and stuff the next day. If your going to grind, season and grind again go with your largest plate first, season then use your smallest plate last then stuff.... You can cook right after stuffing
    Last edited: May 17, 2013
  5. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    For me it depend on how much sausage I'm doing. If I'm doing a lot (15-20 pounds), I do the course grind then season and mix. I'll cover the bowl with plastic wrap, put the meat into the fridge and move on to the next batch.

    If I'm going to stuff the meat into casings, I'll mix in about 1/4-1/3 cup of cold water to 5 pounds of meat. This will replace what moisture evaporated over night and help prevent blow back on the stuffer.

    If I'm just running a single batch, I'll grind, mix and stuff and place the linked sausage onto a sheet pan and place into the freezer for a couple of hours to let the sausage firm up.  Then I'll place 5-6 links into a vacuum seal bag and seal the bag.  By firming up the links before bagging helps keep the links from flattening out when you seal them.
  6. As others have said, it's personal preference.
    For most sausages I use large bore plates because there's less friction.
    Generally, I grind with a 3/4" plate, season and rest in the fridge at least over night.
    I grind a second time with a 1/2" plate, and half of the mixture goes through the 1/2" plate once more.
    It's best to stuff ASAP after grinding because the sausage meat will set-up and be difficult to stuff if it's put back in the fridge for a time.
    I also generally let the sausage links set-up in the fridge overnight before cooking or freezing.

  7. Thanks for the replies fellas here is what I did.
    First grind through my 3/8 plate then mixed in the seasoning real well then grinned it again with the 5/16 plate. Mixed again real well and put it in the fridge to stuff tomorrow. My recipe calls for water so i was gonna add it before i stuffed it tomorrow or should i add it now and let it rest in the fudge over night?
  8. Normally you want to mix the spices into the water then mix that with the meat. You can add a little water before stuffing to soften it back up if needed
  9. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    When making fresh sausage i do like others and use a course plate first and grind the meat.  If i make 25 pounds of sausage i put all the seasonings in 6 cups of water or beer and mix all the seasonings in the liquid and then pour over the meat and mix well.  Then I grind it a second time with a medium plate. Fresh sausage at this point can be stuffed right away.  When using a cure [instacure #1 for example] you must always mix it in the amount of water or beer you are using. With a cure you should leave the meat mix set overnight before stuffing.   If i want my sausage somewhat course i grind the meat twice through the course plate. Reinhard
    Last edited: May 18, 2013
  10. Thanks for the replies

    I added the water just before i stuffed the sausage and mixed it in real good. It seemed to all work out this time but next time i will add the spices to the water.

    For my first Tim stuffing it didn't go to bad i will make another post about the whole thing with pics soon .

    Again thanks for all e help!!
  11. weisswurst

    weisswurst Smoke Blower


      I wish there had been a forum like this when I first started SM. Oh ... I forgot  , we did not have PCs. Lots of excellent advice!! I would only add that , as it applies to water ,there is a difference between fresh sausage as you are making and cured smoked sausage.Not a huge difference but it will effect your product. Just FYI when you begin curing and smoking. Happy ( and safe ) SM. Weisswurst.

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