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by Mike Oak
I'm afraid I agree with many other reviewers on this product. My wife and I spent about 2 hours trying to use this kit and ended up exhausted and disappointed. We followed the instructions precisely (cooling the meat, ice cold water, split the batch into 3 portions etc.) The first attempt was by me alone. I tried to hold the skin on and squeeze the bag as instructed but it was hard work, and quite frankly awkward to do. Half way through the first batch, two of us tried, one holding the skins on the end of the bag and the other squeezing the meat through. Then the bag split! 3 sausages!!
Published 22 Jul 2014
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There goes an hour of my life!”
by Mr Whitehead
Fiddly, not robust enough and a complete waste of money! even with experience in Kitchens just didn't work, only good part was the seasoning mix. Had to turn into pork burgers. Would give 0 stars if I could
Published 10 Jun 2014
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by Mrs mitchell
Really disappointing kit. The seasoning used with the quantity of meat in the instructions is way too overpowering. Abandoned making the sausages with this kit just used the sausage maker on my Lakeland mincer. Then the skins were good - if soaked 1st. Then I used the piping bag for piping meringue - worked great! To make good sausage you really need a machine.
Published 11 Nov 2013
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I would agree with the other reviews, it is not easy to fill the sausage skins. However the taste is so good that it inspired me to continue making my own so I now use a filling tube on my kitchen aid which is much easier
Published 23 Oct 2013
Please Sir, Can I Have Some More?”
While daunted a bit by all the scathing reviews I took the plunge and bought the kit. I watched the video and looked everything over carefully. Then inside of half an hour I had a full set of sausages done. It went SO fast my five year old didn't have time to wonder where I'd disappeared off to! Addressing the problems others had, maybe they overloaded the pipping bag? Maybe they had e casing turned round so it wouldn't feed off nicely? I don't know! What I do know is that the mates we had over for dinner thought they were lovely, and now I'm looking at my left over 1/3 with delight!
Published 02 Sep 2013
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Great Idea, hard to get the hang of”
As others have reviewed, the casings are fine, the herb-mix is good, but the piping bag needs a rethink, or better instructions. It needs to have very soft (watery) meat or two people. I gave up after splitting the bag (probably didn't have the meat wet enough) & then discovered a sausage-stuffing attachment for my meat mincer which I'd forgotten about. Much easier all round & great sausages resulted.
Published 05 Jul 2013
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Easier than your reviews suggest”
by Mrs Smith
Bought the kit in store as it seemed such a good idea to make your own - particularly with the recent food scares. Read the instructions, watched the video and took note of the hints from the reviews. Dividing into at least three portions stops overfilling the bag which is quite sturdy. Keeping everything cool as possible and applying steady pressure and it all worked really well. Keen to try other flavours and considering buying my own mincer to help with the filling of the casings as the family love my sausages so much. Would like to see refill kits available. Great fun to make as well
Published 17 Jun 2013
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I used the kit to make 24 Farmhouse Sausages - quite simple really when you get the right technique - split the mixed Pork mince and spices into three equal portions and have it chilled - colder the better. Bought the mince from a reputable local Butcher - so I know what the sausages are made of. Left overnight in the fridge then oven baked - quite proud of myself. Now to try the Cumberland.
Published 06 Jun 2013
Not as bad as other reviews say”
I bought this kit mainly for the casings so that I could test run making sausages from my own pigs. I had read the other reviews and was not expecting much but I followed the instructions and the outcome was perfectly satisfactory. My tips would be to be ready to add more water to improve the consistency of the mix to make filling easier. Tie a knot in the end of the casing. Don't overstuff the casing. When you start to pinch them into sausages, start from the knotted end and leave spare casing at the other end to give expansion room to avoid splitting. I found it much easier than expected!
Published 23 May 2013
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Trying to use a piping bag is ridiculous! There is no way to keep the casing on the bag, and even with the casing pointing in the correct direction, it is almost impossible to force the meat into the casing. With 4 hands we started to make a little progress, then the casing split. This happened twice. So, sausage patties, and threw away the kit. The spice mix isn't bad, though, but the rest of the kit is useless.
Published 22 Apr 2013
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I was so excited to find a sausage-making kit. I am gluten intolerant, and so here was a chance to make my own sausages, with a suitable selected filling. Woopee! But, alas, the kit may be desirable, but is extremely difficult to use. One needs at least 3 hands, and even then it's a struggle. A super idea, but not at all easy to achieve the goal. I wouldn't recommend the (although promising) product. Too difficult to use. What a shame!
Published 06 Mar 2013
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Go to the butchers instead”
by Mr Hayward
Been looking forward to trying this product for a while, and imagine my disappointment when I could only make 2 sausages. Bag burst so had to replace it, casings dry and kept bursting. Uses large amount of meat and to be honest, its cheaper to go to the butchers. Thought it would be fun to try, a bit of a gimmick, but to be honest was a complete waste of money and has ended up costing me more to rectify the inadequacy of the kit, than to just go the butchers and buy some sausages in the first place. Wish I had read the reviews before hand, I would have saved myself a load of time/expense :-(
Published 20 Feb 2013
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not worth it”
or no star at all. I thought there might be a proper system to pipe sausages in one with a collar and proper nozzle. but no, it is just a manque plastic bag. for this exorbitant price one gets some bread crumbs and seasoning. This is really not worthy of Lakeland.
Published 13 Feb 2013
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A complete waste of time and money. I have given this one star simply because I cannot give it none. The force required to fill the sausage casing was excessive. I stopped, minced the meat until almost a purée and tried again, upon which the piping bag promptly burst. The direction of the casing seemed irrelevant with regards to "ease" of filling and when trying to make the one tube of sausages I managed to fill into links the casing burst!! very frustrating and very annoying. No where near the standard I have come to expect from Lakeland.
Published 31 Jan 2013
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Kids Loved them”
When i first tried to make the sausages it was a complete nightmare the skins kept splitting sausage meat everywhere finally i managed to make 6 reasonable sausages cooked them and the kids loved them so instead of throwing it all away i decided to keep trying it wasnt easy eventually i got the hang of it although i did have to stop and cut the casings and start again, the suasages looked a little deformed as my husband pointed out HOMEMADE .Dividing the casings into six sections or more makes it a little easier. I am now going to try the cumberland mix
Published 21 Jan 2013
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struggling with sausages”
The idea is terrific, the mix was great, the 'simple' making system anything but. I just don't believe the 'so easy' video demonstration by the demure young lady - I'm bigger & stronger, but without any type of proper nozzle it just isn't feasible to get the mix through and still anchor it into the casing. Be warned there's no tube 'inside' the casing roll - just tightly wrapped casing that slips, slides, and separates. I hand-filled 6 without the bag and then used the remaining mix for pies. Tried a 2nd time after a good reply. No way! I endorse all the other negatives I'm afraid.
Published 12 Nov 2012
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Don't buy this”
by Mr Evans
Please only buy this if you want an overpriced seasoning mix for meatloaf. Really disappointing results. Only managed to make two air-pocketed sausages with the poor quality sausage casings - the piping bag split as well which didn't help matters. Best just buy some sausages - particuarly since this requires 1.5kgs of meat and costs £8.99.
Published 29 Oct 2012
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Very disappointing :-(”
by Mrs barton
I purchased this kit to try out before I bought them as presents for our friends for christmas. Unfortunately it really didn't work. The piping bag comes without a nozzle, making it difficult to hold the skins in place whilst squeezing the bag. The skins split very easily rendering them useless, or just unravelled before they were fully filled. Also the amount of effort required to squeeze the sausagemeat through the bag was incredibly high, even for my husband. After an hour and a half we had three sausages and a kilo of unused sausagemeat. Everything else had to be thrown away.
Published 24 Oct 2012
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