Boy's Toys

I have written before about the chemicals and equipment used for curing and sausage making but when 'the bug' bites you'll undoubtedly end up buying (investing in?) even more.

Sooner or later you'll want to move on from that cheap slicer that you bought from Argos, it slices bread very nicely but struggles with uncooked meat, so you'll look for a commercial slicer. You realise that you'll never get away with buying a new one 'cos your partner will have a fit, so off you go to ebay.

After awaiting its arrival like an expectant father, you'll end up having to clean it up, just like a new-born baby! Half a day, and lots of elbow grease later, you'll be slicing everything in sight! I know, you don't believe me, but take my word for it, you will.

Berkel Slicer

It'll be the turn of the mincer next. You'll get fed up of using the Kenwood Chef for larger amounts of meat and look for a dedicated mincer/grinder. You'll have a look at something like this one which receives excellent reviews, but you'll convince yourself that you really need something more like this. It's just... Well it's just...Ok I'll say it... It's just more manly... More macho. Trouble is, with a champagne throat but beer pocket, you can't justify (get away with!) spending that much. So it's off to ebay again. Weeks later you may drop lucky and pick up one of these:


A bit like me, the finishing isn't that brilliant but it's built like a brick outhouse! It weighs over 20kg and absolutely whips the meat through it's 70mm head.

It's then that you realise that your sausages are working out at about £20 a pound but you've just got to have proper sausage stuffer. It makes the process so much easier.

Sausage Stuffer

Another £70 quid lighter!

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