Congrats on your new hobby. You're going to enjoy every minute of it. If you want to make some fresh sausage, I have a recipe that I tweaked to make some excellent hot Italian.
Hot Italian Sausage
25# pork (or pork wild game mix) of which 3 pounds is pork fat
12 Tablespoons salt
5 cups red wine (ice cold)
4 Tablespoons cracked fennel seed
5 teaspoons coarse black pepper
2 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
4 Tablespoons crushed red pepper
3 teaspoons caraway seeds
3 tablespoons coriander
2 Tablespoons ground chile peppers or ground jalapeno (optional)
Grind all meat through a 3/8" plate. Add all the ingredients and mix well until evenly distributed. Stuff into 32mm casings or package as bulk.
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