Sunday, January 29, 2012

No Soup For You

Last week, I bought a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store. If you read my blog, you know what that means on the weekend. I'm making chicken stock. If you haven't read my blog on how to make chicken stock, click here.

Beware of the Sausage - Part 2 of 2

Day 2 of sausage making. If you missed out of day 1, click here. Today is all pork and more traditional sausage. The sausages of the day are Hot Italian, Hot Louisiana, and Bratwurst. I used a boneless pork shoulder, cut it up into pieces and froze it just like the chicken. I decided to do a pound of each type and then an extra pound Italian, which I wasn't planning on stuffing into casings. I made it for a different recipe (which I'll blog about later, so stay tuned). I found the recipes for these online, but its just a bunch of different spices and herbs for each. Below you can see the Italian grind prior to stuffing.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Beware of the Sausage - Part 1 of 2

Since I purchased my KitchenAid mixer and meat grinder attachment, I've been researching and reading different sausage recipes. I've made a few small batches just to try out the grinder and get used to using it. I've been waiting to make a big batch of sausage but I've had a hard time finding the sausage casing. After driving all over town, I finally found a small European sausage shop that would sell me casing.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Kitchen Gadget's

A few years ago when I started getting into cooking, my parents and brother found it extremely weird when for my birthday I asked for nothing but cooking stuff. Back then, it was simple stuff like pyrex pans, lemon zester, nice cutting board.... Now that my parents actually believe that I like to cook and am actually ok at it, they expect me to ask for cooking stuff for my birthday & Christmas.