I am in complete agreement with that and I hope to post retirement. I am a firm believer that the right equipment can make the difference between sucess and failure that and the right recipe/spice blend. For now I'll have to stick with store bought.
I did try a Kielbasa yesterday and it was as expected finely ground, mushy and nearly flavorless. I will not be cooking that one. I also found a FAT Conecuh that was pleasing too me. It will make the cut. One down three to go.
Another find was an Alligator sausage that I'll try later this week. It is made by a Cajun family that has relocated to this area about a decade ago. This could be number two of four!
Darkman AKA Charles in Pensacola, FL