I love my KitchenAid stand mixer and use it often throughout the week for basic mixing, and even kneading my dough at times when baking bread. I also use the pasta roller attachment every time I make my homemade pasta, and the cutting attachments make it very simple to make fettuccine or linguine.
There are many other attachments and extras available for the KitchenAid stand mixers and it is difficult at times to decide if these extras are easy to use, worth the cost, or even if they actually work as advertised. I decided to include some product reviews from time to time for many of the kitchen tools I use, including the many KitchenAid attachments I have, to help folks decide if these items are something they would find useful as well.
I bought the KitchenAid Food Grinder & Sausage Stuffer attachments a few years back, and we use these items yearly when my family gets together to make our homemade Italian sausages. Although when I initially purchased the food grinder I was concerned that being plastic, the food grinder wouldn’t be durable enough to grind through 30 to 40 pounds of pork to make our sausages, I was very happy to find I was wrong.
The cutting dies are metal, and you get both a fine and coarse cutting plate. We use the coarse plate and find it creates the perfect texture for making our Italian sausages. The sausage stuffing attachment is extra, but very inexpensive and fits right onto the grinding attachment. It too comes with two different sizes, one that would stuff thinner sausages, link breakfast links, and the larger one we use to make our nice, fat Italian sausages.
KitchenAid Food Grinder Attachment
• Ideal for grinding meats, grating cheese, making bread crumbs and combining dips, salsas, spreads
• Grinder can be used with any KitchenAid stand mixer
• Includes fine and coarse grinding plates, tips, and recipes
• Most parts dishwasher safe for easy clean-up
Making your own sausages at home becomes very easy with these inexpensive attachment tools, and they do fit onto any KitchenAid stand mixer. Simply buy some boneless pork shoulder, some natural sausage casings, add your personal preference for seasonings and you too can have homemade sausages.
For the price, these two tools are well worth the cost if sausage making is something that interests you. Although it takes a little practice at first, you will quickly get the feel of sausage making if you follow my tips at Making Your Own Homemade Italian Sausages. Click on the image below to find out more information on this product at Amazon.com.
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