After grinding the chicken, we added a bunch of basil [some from the reserve we had in the freezer, and half of another bunch say $1. for the basil.] The sundried tomatoes were from a jar I canned up in October. [.50]. Taste , and savings were the most important. The taste was okay...flavors were excellent, but needed a bit more fat content as it was pretty dry. So cost for about 22lb of sausage is as follows:
Sundried tomato .50
misc spices .50
Total for 22lbs of sausage: $34.42/ $1.56lb
Since the flavor was amazing I will certainly do this again. The butcher at the market was fabulous so I will grab some more chicken fat, or mix in a bit of thigh since that is even cheaper.
Tried to make a couple different sausages, but the fat is so important, and I think my seasonings are just not enough. Anyone ever made homemade hot dogs? These just tasted like hamburger in casing to us. OHHH and don't use pork picnic to make any sort of sausage it is terrible and clogs up my grinder like nobodies business!