I don't have a big electric meat grinder just an old fashioned crank handle variety which I LOVE but don't want to drag out at 11am on a Wednesday for a small batch of sausage. And I really wondered if a food processor would chop meat well enough to be called sausage so food processor it was!
I started with about a pound of fresh turkey meat, a good mix of white and dark meat to ensure the sausage wasn't too dry. I cut it into pieces about 2 inches by 2 inches so I didn't give my food processor a heart attack. I wanted a simple Italian style sausage so I added about 6 dried sage leaves, a crumble (1-2 tsp) of oregano, 2 inch sprig of fresh rosemary, a good dash of salt and pepper and whirled away. The food processor damned near threw itself into the sink when it first started in and the cat slunk off to hide from the racket. I pulsed it a few times after firmly bracing my arm against the machine and when it seemed a bit more stable I held the pulse button down and let it work. I'd say in total I let it run 30-45 seconds.
- don't care for meat, but eat it because mama made it
- don't like to eat their turkeys
So yes the experiment went well. I hope someone else tries it and lets me know how their small batch sausage making goes. I think I'll try again next week, we'll be getting our half of a pig, although I may be making BIG BATCH sausage then.
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