Using Your Grinder To Stuff Sausage
Meat Hacks: Using Your Grinder To Stuff Sausage.
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Meat Hacks: Using Your Grinder To Stuff Sausage.
Most grinders have the ability to do more than just grind meat, you can use some of them to power meat mixers, hook up jerky or patty makers to them and most of them have the ability to stuff sausage into casings. One important note is that this is a feature of these types of grinders, it is not ideal and using an actual sausage stuffer will make the process much easier and faster but we are going to show you the process of using your grinder as a stuffer.
This is the Weston Butcher Series #12 electric meat grinder and it comes with everything you need to use it as a stuffer. First is the star stuffing adapter, this is going to take the place of a plate and knife and it’s main job is to prevent the auger from riding on the bottom of the throat which would damage both the auger and the head assembly.
Then we have 4 different sized stuffing horns to choose from. We have 20, 30 and 40mm stuffing horns that are tapered down to make stuffing easier, the issue with that is that it means the smallest casing we can get on the smallest of these three horns is the 32mm casing and only a small amount. Then there is a separate horn with a 10mm metal attachment at the end for stuffing smaller diameter casings, when using this it is also necessary to use this high speed auger in place of the star stuffing adapter. The smaller horn and casing you use the longer it is going to take to stuff your casings, so doing something like a summer sausage casing is going to be easier than making a bratwurst.
For our purposes today we are choosing the 20mm stuffing horn and a 32mm casing. The collagen is packed down so while we are only able to get a few inches of the casing onto the horn it will translate into a few feet of finished product at a time.
We are going to lock the stuffing horn into the stuffing flange, to do so you line up the three slot on the flange with the 3 knobs on the horn and push it into place. Then we are going to put our star stuffing adapter onto the stud where the plate and knife would normally go and finally we will put our locking ring over the stuffing horn to keep it in place.
I have already mixed my seasoning in with my meat, and for anyone wondering it is a brand new one we are carrying, it is Excalibur’s Chocolate Chili Flavored Bratwurst that I have been excited to try for a while now.
So we have everything all set up, we turn our grinder on, push down the meat through the hopper and as you can see it will come out the stuffing horn and into the casing. It is much slower than if we were using a sausage stuffer but it does work. I had six pounds of ground pork and it took me xx minutes.
So while a Sausage Stuffer certainly is a lot easier to use and we would recommend it you can stuff off most grinders, just make sure you purchase one that supports this feature and use the correct stuffing horn.
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I have to say I was skeptical about stuffing off the grinder but it does work well. We do too much volume to use it often but we do when making test batches.
@parksider Agreed, if you are doing test batches it will work, it’s not my favorite thing to do as it takes longer but it absolutely does work. What sized grinder are you stuffing off of?
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.