We actually needed to buy two different attachments – the Kitchenaid Sausage Stuffer Attachment as pictured and the Food Grinder Attachment. We’ll just be reviewing the Kitchenaid Sausage Stuffer Attachment on this page so click the following link to get to the Food Grinder Attachment Review.
When you purchase the KitchenAid Sausage Stuffer Attachment you get two different sized stuffing tubes – one for those smaller style breakfast sausages and a larger one for regular sized thick sausages.
Interestingly enough, this attachment gets very mixed reviews with people either loving it or hating it. As it is, you can get this attachment for around $10 so at this price it is not a huge loss if it doesn’t work out for you. At this point we have only run through one test using this attachment so it’s too early to give our final opinion. As we perform further tests we will update this page with more info.
Our First Test
One of the reasons why I really wanted to try this KitchenAid mixer attachment was that I love knowing exactly what goes into my food. Sausages are one of those products that you never really know what sorts of fillers or food additives have been added. So I was really keen to get this working. Unfortunately however it didn’t really work as well as I would have liked….however we realise that this was more our fault rather than the attachment.
You will need to buy some sausage skins from your butcher. We purchased natural casings which are made from the intestines of pigs, cows or lambs. The come already cleaned and the ones we brought were salted so they needed to be rinsed under cold running water and then soaked for around 30-45 minutes.
The easiest way to rinse them is by holding one open end over the tap and letting the water run down through the casing. Soak for another 30 or so minutes in clean cool water and simply leave them soaking while you prepare your meat. Any excess cases can be kept in the freezer until you are ready to make another batch of sausages. The beauty of using natural cases is that they are easy to work with and the size is versatile so that you can you use them for a variety of sausage types.
The first step was grinding the meat. So we attached the KitchenAid Food Grinder and away we went. This wasn’t a problem…the meat went through easily and came out fully ground.
For the next step we had to attach the Sausage Stuffer Attachment which we did and that was easy enough as well. This just fits on to the Food Grinder Attachment – you need both attachments to make sausages. We slid the sausage casings over the Sausage Stuffer Attachment and were ready to go. So far, so good.
The next step however wasn’t so easy. When we started feeding the meat into the food grinder we found that it took an awful lot of force to get the meat to go through the grinder and out of the tube. It was agonizingly slow and it seemed that each time we pushed down on the food pusher and pulled it up again, the same amount of meat that we put in would come up with it so nothing really had gone through at all.
However, I now realize that the reason it was so difficult was because:
1. We didn’t grind the meat at least twice before using as suggested in the manual.
2. We didn’t add enough lamb fat to the mix which we only realized at the end when we actually cooked and ate the sausages and realised that they were very meaty…not like regular sausages at all.
So a conclusion can’t really be made from this test as yet. We will do a second test shortly so will update this page when that happens.
Where Can You Buy the KitchenAid Sausage Stuffer in Australia?
We found that KitchenAid attachments are quite expensive in Australia so we purchased our Sausage Stuffer Attachment from Amazon for a lot cheaper price. This is the one we purchased and it works perfectly on our Australian Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer.
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Photos from our first attempt at making sausages using the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer and the Sausage Stuffer.