sausage grinding question

Discussion in 'Pigs' started by Mr. Dot, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. Mr. Dot

    Mr. Dot Well-Known Member

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    Howdy
    Do ya'll (those that scrape rather than skin) include the skin when grinding the fat back for sausage or do you remove it?
    Thanx.
     
  2. Snakeoil

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    I always remove it.
     

  3. highlands

    highlands Walter Jeffries Supporter

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    I remove it. I slice up the skin and make rolls to feed our guardian dogs along with the bones (after we make soup) and anything else we don't eat. Dog's gotta eat. :)
     
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    Sausage does not contain pork skins.
     
  5. Mr. Dot

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    Thanks for the quick replies.
    I ground up and packaged fatback/fat with the skin into the wee hours until the old arm gave out last night and mixed up a small batch of sausage.
    Tastes pretty good - but with the light of day I began wondering about that skin in there. Dog treats it'll be - good idea. They sure love their pig ears.
    Sausage making is pretty cool. Never tried it before.
     
  6. Oxankle

    Oxankle Well-Known Member

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    Dot;

    There is no harm in it, but when fried the skin may be pretty hard to chew. I have an idea it would be like eating sausage with bb's in it. Still, you might try a bit before giving it to the dogs.

    If you trim the skin and fat into chunks and then heat it (it's called "trying") to boil out the lard you will wind up with cracklings with pork skin on. People once ate these cracklings for breakfast and relished them. Same stuff sold in stores, but you cannot duplicate the store "pork skins" at home---Or at least I never saw any so puffy and delicate.
    Ox
     
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    if you boil it first what is left in nutrients for the dog
     
  8. highlands

    highlands Walter Jeffries Supporter

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    Calcium to start with. They eat the entire bones. Dogs need lots of calcium to make their teeth strong so they can chew up bones to get lots of calcium to make their teeth strong... :)