5 Tips to Stuff Like a Pro
Meat Hacks: Stuff Like a Pro at Home
Learn how to Stuff Like a Pro with Walton's and Meatgistics. Watch the video, read the guide, and then post your questions or comments below.
How can I Stuff a Pro at Home?
A few weeks ago we showed you guys some tips on how you could take some of the things that commercial processors do when grinding and mixing meat and adapt them for use at home. We are continuing our effort to help you guys make the best homemade product possible so today we have some tips for you on sausage stuffing.
When a big commercial processor stuffs his product they are using a hydraulic, a vacuum or a water stuffer. You are probably using a hand stuffer so some of the advantages they have are not things you can duplicate.
1 Prevent Air Pockets The best things you can do are make sure you are packing your product in there with as few air pockets as possible. The best way to do this is to create an angle when filling it from side to side. You put in your initial amount and leave it angled from left to right then put your next level in and leave a slight angle from right to left and repeat until you fill it up. Also make sure you are really packing it down with each layer.
2 Don’t Blow it
Commercial processors have been stuffing for years and have it down to an art form, for them blowouts are a rarity. For a home processor though, nothing is more annoying than hearing that dreaded pop from your casing. It means backing your piston off, stuffing what you lost back into the cannister and fixing your casing. All of that takes time and is a major annoyance. To help avoid this make sure you are not holding the casing on the stuffing tube too tightly, different products require different amounts of pressure but whatever casing you are using should flow fairly smoothly off of the tube. So if you are busting a lot of casings make sure you aren’t over stuffing them and make sure that your air valve is functioning properly. This will help release some air pressure up through the piston. Also, as always, make sure you are lubricating your piston gasket with white oil!
3 Clamp Your Stuffer Down
Another thing you can do is to clamp your stuffer down to the table you are using, this will prevent the unit from rocking as you crank it. If you are able to I know some customers have actually had success removing the stuffer from the base and bolting it directly to the table.
4 Your Casing Matters
When stuffing it is important to remember that the size of the tube and casing you are using is going to affect how difficult it is going to be to crank it down. A 32-35mm hog casing on an 22mm horn is going to stuff a lot easier than a 19mm snack stick casing on a 12mm tube. Here is a chart that shows you what size stuffing tube to use with what casing
Casing Size Stuffing Tube Stuffing Horn 15 mm 3/8" or 10 mm X 16mm 3/8" or 10 mm X 17mm 3/8" or 10 mm X 18mm 3/8" or 10 mm X 19mm 7/16" or 12 mm X 21mm 7/16" or 13mm 1/2" 23mm 1/2" or 13 mm 1/2" 26mm 9/16" or 16 mm 1/2" 30mm 9/16" or 19 mm 1/2" 32mm 9/16" or 22 mm 3/4"
- 5 Your Piston Matters Too
Along the same lines the size of the stuffer you are using is going to matter, a 7 and 11 lb stuffer has a smaller piston so it is going to stuff easier than the larger stuffers as the larger diameter of the piston is going require more force to press it down.
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Cooked a batch of summmer in PK 100 casings are 1 7/8 by 12 cooked at 120 for one hour then 140 two hours then 180 tell internal of 152 but when I went to pull them the fat had liquefied any ideas
Tom T from Boise, ID
Oh… I ground the pork fat and the venison at the same time. 2 chunks of venison, 1 chunk of pork, back and forth…
Yes… sure cure and sure gel binder. The venison and pork fat were both still partially frozen when I ground them. First through the large course plate, then again through the small plate. (Not sure of sizes, but these are the plates i normally use for summer sausage). I probably should have put the meat back in the freezer before seasoning but i was pressed for time. I mixed by hand for 14 or 15 minutes. I also think I might have added to much water. The video said 2 quarts for wild game 2 pints for fatty pork. I put in 1 quart and about another cup. I mixed until it got tacky and then mixed some more. The meat seemed soupy to me but the video said that would be ok.
The shriveling occurred before I bumped the temp up. I was using a digital thermometer with a probe, when the temp stalled for a couple hours, I suspected the temp might be reading inaccurately so I opened the door to confirm with a dial thermometer. The digital was accurate but the sausage was already shriveling.
Another thing that bothered me was the casings… these had perforations for some reason. I e never used perforated casings before and seemed like I was losing a pot of moisture through them. Did I have the wrong casings? The other fibrous casings in the catalog said you were supposed to poke them anyway.