Made my first Brats. It went….kind of ok?

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  1. daniel craig

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    So. I tried my hand at making brats. Venison mixed with pork. Bought some generic stuff, Mountain house or something like that.

    Things actually went rather well EXCEPT at the end I took the grinder apart and saw that a good portion of the seasoning was left behind. That’s annoying.

    I also realized that I should have bought freezer bags or butcher paper BEFORE I started and not after.


    OMG THEY ARE DELICIOUS. The recipe called for more pork than venison but I went the other way. I’m sooo glad I did. You can actually taste the venison.
     
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  2. Atavar

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    Yeah, a grinder makes a poor mixer. Use the stand mixer and a dough hook to blend.
    I like to mix in a pound of smoked bacon with the pork.
    Good job though! If you have a smoker it will do a good job on those brats.
    Next try making a pastrami from a venison ham. Yummy!
     
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    Bro. I didn’t even THINK OF USING THE MIXER. I mixed it all by hand *face palm*
     
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    Mixing by hand, if done properly, is really all you need. Over mixing can turn the ground meat into mush of you are not careful. I like to season my meat, and let it stand in the 'fridge for a few hours for the seasoning to be absorbed. This also cools the meat back down from room temp and it will go thru the grinder better.
     
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    Thanks for posting. I decided this year I'd try to make Brats, and I won't say it's gone wonderfully so far. I've just been using some do-it-yourself spice blends that Google found, and my results have been so-so at best. I tried some mixtures that didn't use powdered milk because I wasn't sure how much/often I wanted to do this. Maybe I need to break down and just buy some powdered milk before I go at it again.
    Anyway, as you've observed, it's a learning experience. I mix the seasoning in by hand and it's worked okay. I just haven't found the right recipe yet.
    Keep at it!
     
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    Yeah I mix it by hand as well. It’s a pain but it’s effective if down right

    if you mixed it well by hand, don’t sweat that stuff left behind

    How are they?
     
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    They look good to me!
     
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    Throw in a handful of fresh chopped garlic and even a splash of dark beer or red wine if you like.
    I am of the camp that only puts the meat through the grinder once with my coarsest dies. I prefer a little more texture to the meat. Others prefer to grind two or three times with finer dies to produce a more hotdog like texture.
     
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    When SWMBO bought a Kitchen Aid, (the very same one you have) I made sure she got the grinder for it. Haven't got any venision lately, but I have some from my son from last year that I could test it out with....

    :p I'd have probably done the same thing. Now I won't have to! ;)
     
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  10. Rule3

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    Mix by hand with all the spices, but then CHILL the mix as the fat will grind better.
    I have the same grinder only it was my Mothers and is really really old.

    Edit: Maybe cut the pieces a little smaller, grind easier. I make bulk breakfast sausage and just make patties,
     
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    Nice job on the brats, they look great! The less you handle chopped meat, the more tender it is, or so say the cooking gurus.

    The older the better, less plastic parts inside.
     
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  12. daniel craig

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    I’m a afraid to try them lol
     
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    It’s actually the mixer of a family member. They use it maybe once a year so they let me hold on to it. My previous partner had an older one from like the 60s. That thing put this one to shame.
     
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    Brass and solid metal parts, Back when Hobart made real heavy duty commercial stuff.
     
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