Italian sausage is different than regular sausage because it uses Italian seasonings. There is no one set way to make Italian sausage, and no one ingredient list which you much must use. If you make your own sausage at home you can add whatever ingredients that you like in order give it an Italian flair.
What you need for making Italian sausage
Any time you make sausage you will need to have sausage casing, ground meat, a mechanism to stuff the sausage, string, and seasonings such as fennel, salt and pepper, red pepper etc.
Some people stuff the casings by hand or by using stuffing tube. It usually takes more than one person to do this task. It is not easy work and will take awhile. I will not get into specifics at this time, for a few reasons. One is that there is so much to say – it would be too much for a simple post. I like talking to people who actually stuff their own sausage because they will tell you like it is. And it isn’t always as easy as the cookbooks make it sound.
If you are using an electric meat grinder to mix all your ingredients it will generally come – or should come with a sausage attachment. In fact, this is one common reason why people like to own their own meat grinder – to make sausage!
If you own a Kitchen Aid stand mixer you can actually purchase special sausage stuffer attachment kits made specifically for the Kitchen Aid. Some users have found the sausage attachment to be good for novices who are new to the sausage making world, while others have found the attachments to be messy, time consuming, and not of durable quality.
Let’s talk a bit about the casings. It is commonly assumed the casings are made of pork. However, lamb can often be used and I believe there are some synthetic casings as well that you can purchase. Since I tend to avoid pork products, and lamb is acceptable for me.
There are many cookbooks available which give various recipes and how to techniques for making your own sausage. If you are an enthusiast, I would take a look at Amazon and see what they offer.
Major Advantage for Making Homemade Sausage
One of the advantages to making your own sausage is you have total control over the quality of the ingredients which you put in. Where I live, it is hard to find a lot of organic meat products. Much less organic sausage that does not use pork. So being able to purchase your own organic meat, grind it in your own meat grinder, purchase your own casings, and season it with your own seasonings without any artificial additives-this is what I’d call real sausage. This is how it was done in the past and this is how it should be done today.
When making your own sausage make sure to give my sausage and peppers recipe a try. It’s easy and tastes great!
If you have your own sausage making techniques or advice, feel free to post them here – I’d love to hear.
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