I’ve been wondering for a while if I could and the answer is resoundingly YES. Yes, you can make sausage in your food processor. I have, it’s quick and easy to make too. We harvested turkeys last weekend and I had one in the fridge skinned and ready to use. We had a couple meals off of it but I was ready to get it gone. I was contemplating what do with it beyond just boning and freezing or cooking and using the meat when sausage crossed my mind.
I don’t have a big electric meat grinder just an old fashioned crank handle variety which I LOVE but don’t want to drag out at 11am on a Wednesday for a small batch of sausage. And I really wondered if a food processor would chop meat well enough to be called sausage so food processor it was!
I started with about a pound of fresh turkey meat, a good mix of white and dark meat to ensure the sausage wasn’t too dry. I cut it into pieces about 2 inches by 2 inches so I didn’t give my food processor a heart attack. I wanted a simple Italian style sausage so I added about 6 dried sage leaves, a crumble (1-2 tsp) of oregano, 2 inch sprig of fresh rosemary, a good dash of salt and pepper and whirled away. The food processor damned near threw itself into the sink when it first started in and the cat slunk off to hide from the racket. I pulsed it a few times after firmly bracing my arm against the machine and when it seemed a bit more stable I held the pulse button down and let it work. I’d say in total I let it run 30-45 seconds.
This produced a beautiful coarsely ‘ground’ turkey sausage for me. I planned to use it right away so I didn’t freeze it or put it casing, but you could do either one. I used it tonight to make lasagna and even my kids who:
- don’t care for meat, but eat it because mama made it
- don’t like to eat their turkeys
So yes the experiment went well. I hope someone else tries it and lets me know how their small batch sausage making goes. I think I’ll try again next week, we’ll be getting our half of a pig, although I may be making BIG BATCH sausage then.
Peace and Love–