Why not do your own processing? It isn't difficult and you know exactly how your meat is taken care of.
^ This. We turn it into a family event and it's fun to do. I love cutting meat and I think I enjoy that more than eating it LOL. Well, almost.
It doesn't take a fortune to get into it either. Do your homework.
* You'll need a set of decent stainless steel knives and a sharpener. Unless you go professional, just about any of the knife sets in Walmart will do.
* You'll need to get a grinder and that is the biggest cost. If you get a #12, you'll never buy another one. You can also use the kitchen mixer attachments too, just go easy on it.
* You'll need a vacuum sealer. 2nd biggest cost.
* A cutting board. I use a poly board.
* If you want to do sausage, a scale. You dont have to have it but using measuring spoons for spices might make your product a little different between batches.
* A spray bottle with Clorox and water. Sterilize your half of the county before you start.
And then there's sausage. More to the point, the above list will get you some kick arse breakfast sausage. But if you want polish type sausages, you'll need a stuffer even though the grinders have the stuffing attachment. Find one with metal gears and more than 5 lbs of capacity. Once you get the hang of stuffing casings, or 5 minutes, whichever comes first, you'll be surprised how fast you have to reload the smaller stuffers.
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