Our owner Eldon isn't a stranger to the meat industry. He began his apprenticeship as a journeyman meat cutter in the early 1970's, moving on to a commercial sausage kitchen years later during which time he was introduced to the art of sausage making by an old-world "wurstmacher" (sausage maker). Eldon has accumulated hundreds of sausage and jerky recipes and formulas along the way, many of which are featured in his book.
Eldon and Karen moved to Idaho in 1980 and opened a custom sausage kitchen in Harpster, Idaho, which they operated for seven years. During this time they produced a pair of successful home processing videos titled Easy Sausage Making and Easy Deer Cutting. Later, the couple started Eldon's Products, now Eldon's Sausage & Jerky Supply, a thriving sausage and jerky supply business. During this time, Eldon authored the Sausage and Jerky Handbook and 98 Ways to Cook Venison.
After 10 years, the couple sold Eldon's Products. In 2004, Karen purchased the Dakotah Water-Pack Sausage Stuffer business from the late Chuck Wilz out of Bismark, North Dakota. Because they had sold the stuffer during their tenure at Eldon's Products, the couple was keenly aware of the Dakotah Sausage Stuffer and its proven track record.