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Sunday, February 01, 2009 

This Christmas Jenn bought me a commercial-grade meat grinder. The kitchen supply store had to order it for her, and it arrived on Saturday. Saturday evening I got to play with it for the first time!

We're nearly out of the beef that we bought from North Hollow Farm in Rochester last spring. We ran out of hamburger quite a while ago since it's something we cook with a lot. Left in the freezer were a bunch of small sirloin steaks, which I really don't care for a whole lot. I'm much more into the fancier cuts of steak when I eat steak. So, I cubed all of the sirloin up and made it into hamburger in the new grinder! Way cool. It was a bit lean, but still made some excellent burgers.

On Sunday morning I pulled three tiny pork shoulders of ours out of the freezer and made my very first batch of sausage. It was a recipe for garlic sausage, which has (as you might have guessed) a bunch of garlic in it. With just some salt, pepper and red wine, I was able to make a very tasty loose sausage.

I'm using some of it in one of those bacon explosions for the Superbowl.

I'm really thankful to Farmer Girl for getting me this sweet new tool for the kitchen. I am embarking on a new journey of culinary goodness! Whoohoo!

Man, in that second picture it looks like you're grinding your hand! Safety first dude.

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