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About ocarolina1

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  1. Making you own sausage or ground meat

    I know this is an old thread, but with the kitchenaid grinder, you can make any kind of sausages. For all types of protein, I use pork fat - does not melt fast like chicken and beef fat. For chicken sausage, use thigh meat, and for beef sausage, you can use chuck. For fish, I do not use pork far, but I do small dice scallops - especially when making shrimp sausage to mimic the appearance of fat chunks. I have made so many varieties of sausages over the years, and many times it is trial and error. I do some of them coarse ground, and some fine ground, depending on what texture I want the cooked sausage to be. As for most, I grind and season the protein, decide on what kinds of garnishes I want (ex. like cranberries and nuts for turkey sausage) and fold them in at the end. The kitchenaid stuffer is no good. It will grind all of your garnishes and that is not good. If you are serious about stuffers, there is a good one at gander mountain for about $130. I have made so many different types, and the possibilities are endless. If you are into curing sausages too for smoking, there is another whole world of things you can do.
  2. In search of the perfect Hotdog

    the best hot dog place ever - is http://hotdougs.com/ - unfortunately I just found out this week that it will be closing in October. Boo Hoo. they were featured on Travel Channel, Food Network, and they have the most creative dogs/sausages I have ever eaten. Such a shame that they will be closing. The owner wants to move on to other non-restaurant things. And they have Duck Fat Fries on Fridays - fries fried in duck fat.
  3. That is funny - it brings back some "not so fond" memories of Fabrication class back in culinary school LOL. It is good to take a class, and learn the cuts of meat if you are going to cook often.
  4. Looking to Buy a Sausage Stuffer

    I got a great stuffer at Gander Mountain. It was pricey though. I have used the Kitchenaid mixer attachment, but it stinks. I think this one is very easy to use, and to clean. http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Gander-Mountain-5-Lb-Vertical-Sausage-Stuffer&i=754202
  5. I am looking to replace my natural gas grill, and was wondering if anyone has tried, or heard about the kitchenaid grills. I have a smoker, but I was looking for a grill in the $1000 price range that has an infrared sear station for my sous vide cooking. Any input would be great. I am new here, so if this is not the right place to ask this, please let me know nicely. Thanks, Carolyn