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Old 02-18-2012, 07:32 PM   #1
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Okay, I know we have some sausage pros on here (insert off colored joke here). I've never messed around with making sausage but recently my wife tried some that a friend made and she loved it, now she's asking that I look into making some with some of the deer meat we have in the freezer. Couple questions:

1. What's the difference between Summer Sausage and Trail Bologna?
2. Obviously I will need a grinder - can I get away with a hand grinder if we're just making small batches (20 lb's per season).
3. All of my meat is frozen right now - is it okay to defrost, make the sausage, cook, and refreeze?
4. Any online spice vendors you guys would recommend, we're wanting something with a littke kick to it, not too much but enough to give it some flavor.
5. Any cuts of meat I should focus on using or avoiding? I have a lot of roasts and steaks but I also have a lot of burger.
6. Do I have to smoke it or can I just cook it in the old kitchen over.
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:40 PM   #2
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Check out bass pro or go directly to LEM's website. They sell a premeasured spice pack for summer sausage.
You could also do a search and find some recipes for good summer sausage.
Also, a hand grinder/stuffer will work but I'll warn you that once you start you'll want to make other recipes!
Lastly, unthawing and refreezing should not be a big deal but fresh is certainly better. Just be sure to unthaw in the frig and use ASAP. I hope this helps...!
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:59 AM   #3
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check out buckeye outdoors the last time i was there they some spices there for what you need, but i would call first just in case.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:39 PM   #4
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I've went to make summer sausage one time and realized that it is cheaper to find someone who does it. Unless you have everything to do it.


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Old 02-21-2012, 03:31 AM   #5
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Default Spice Packs for making EVERYTHING

Google "Con Yeager Spices".
I'm on their truck rt. They drop off bulk box at my DOOR!

I used their trail bolagna mix this year to make my slim-jims.
i added more garlic powder & red pepper powder for EXTRA kick!

Came out the best ever. I Add 3 cups water to 20# meat mix, then stuff in the casings. 250* Oven for 2-2 1/2 hrs, till rosey red. Done well but still very juicy inside!

OR Google or go to Gander Mnt.,,, and get the 'High Mountain" Hickory blend stix mix.
VERY GOOD ALSO!
Mine's ALMOST ALL GONE! I Need Another Road Kill!!

PS. These stix are habit forming. (just ask Rivarat!) YOU'LL END UP BUYING A CABELAS 3/4hp Commercial grinder/ stuffer,,, just to keep up!! LMBO!
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:23 AM   #6
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We use LEM Garlic and cracked pepper summer sausage kit. We have used frozen, but made sure it was thawed all the way and drained. Summer sausage is a little bit bigger than trail bologna. As far as taste goes I don't know the difference we always make summer sausage, make it in the over. LEM has oven direction on the box!
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