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Old 03-11-2019, 07:58 PM   #1
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Default First go at bratwurst

So the weekend before last, I decided to give a go with some home-made bratwurst. I began with right 3.5 lbs of pork shoulder. I de-boned cubed and through into the freezer. After about 20min I began grinding. I only ground everything once and I used the 1/4" plate I believe. I then seasoned and got ready to stuff. I heard all the complaints about the kitchen aide attachment but that's all I had and figured I'm not doing that much so let's try it. I had a hella time. Not sure if the casing wasn't wet enough, but it didn't want to come off the sausage tube very well. The casings kept wanting to inflate, I think due to the air every time I tried to add more sausage. I was impressed with how relatively strong the casings were. I didn't have a sausage pricker so I used a sterilized needle. The flavoring and texture I didn't think were bad. After the sausage had been stuffed, does everyone rinse them before storage? What's the best way to store them without a vacuum sealer? I would definitely try it again but with a different stuffer that's for sure. All advice is welcome. Thanks for looking.
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Old 03-11-2019, 08:34 PM   #2
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That'll eat quite nicely; yes please, and seconds if I can!
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Old 03-11-2019, 10:09 PM   #3
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Your Brats look great, nice work.
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Those look just like the ones I had in Germany! Mighty Fine!
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Old 03-12-2019, 02:12 AM   #5
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They look good!
I've never used a kitchen aid. My first sausages were stuffed with the stuffer attachment on a hand grinder. After that, I bought a dedicated stuffer.

Money well spend, if you want to make more sausages.


You're complaining about inflating casings? Did you tie a knot in the casing before the meat was coming out of the stuffer?
It's what I did the first time. Now, I just keep it open, let the air come out and have a big enough piece hanging of the stuffer so when the meat comes out, I hold the casing closed with my hand and knot later. Hope this makes sense?
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Those look very good, now how was the taste and texture (mouth feel)?
If I don't feel like pulling out the vacuum sucker I just wrap up 4 tightly in stretch wrap then put in a zip lock bag. This will keep it frost free way past it's time to make more.
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Old 03-12-2019, 03:14 PM   #8
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Hi Nice looking Brats..Recipe?
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Old 03-12-2019, 06:05 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the input. I thought the mouth feel and taste was good but I'm no expert. Just to confirm, I can freeze them raw in plastic wrap and a ziplock without needing to do anything else? How long will they keep in the fridge? Thanks in advance. Recipe used was
https://amazingribs.com/tested-recip...atwurst-recipe
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Well done! Would have never guessed from the grill pics that those were homemade!
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Old 03-14-2019, 12:58 PM   #11
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bump. I need to ask again, only because i'm kinda afraid of sausage and the thought of making someone sick...

Just to confirm, I can freeze them raw in plastic wrap and a Ziploc without needing to do anything else? How long will they keep raw in the fridge and frozen? Thanks in advance.
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Awesome looking brats!


Your answer is #5 in the article you linked...
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Nice looking Brats. I like the KitchenAid grinder, it does a pretty good job and clean up isn't all that bad since it is all dishwasher safe. Never tried the stuffer though. All of the sausage and ground meat we make is loose, not in casings.



Having used a real dedicated stuffer before, that looks to be a pain in the butt on the kitchenAid.
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Old 11-13-2019, 09:45 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the input. I thought the mouth feel and taste was good but I'm no expert. Just to confirm, I can freeze them raw in plastic wrap and a ziplock without needing to do anything else? How long will they keep in the fridge? Thanks in advance. Recipe used was
https://amazingribs.com/tested-recip...atwurst-recipe
Hi All Recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon of savory..I never heard of it or saw it?
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I don't believe I've heard of it either, but a quick check on Amazon shows it.
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