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?
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Thanks for the response!
I think a video on processed celery would be incredible. The only place I have been able to find celery powder as a cure was from “The Sausage Maker”, they have a Facebook page. It was expensive, designed only for sausages, and wasn’t packaged well.
As for the tackiness, good idea with the cornstarch! There are a bunch of big brands with zero additives that were able to achieve the soft texture with no tackiness, so I’m thinking it has to be in the processing. I read an article where someone at KRAVE mentioned a couple details about how they process their jerky. He said they first inject the meat, then cook the whole pieces, then slice, then marinate, then dry. I have messed around with the idea behind this process a lot. Injecting with brine, sous-viding at a variety of temperatures and times, slicing, marinating, and drying. Decent results, but to be honest the high sugar method you introduced to me has seemed to have better results.
Anyway, I will keep trying to figure this out and will definitely keep you guys posted if I make any headway. In the meantime, if there is anything else you think might be worth testing, please let me know! It would be great to try and perfect this process together.
@bob-s-meatgistics I moved one of my first pork butts into the oven and my whole house smelled like smoke. My wife did not stop complaining for a week until the smell was gone from both the house and the oven. I finish all my cooks outside. If you wrap it to speed up the cook you may want to unwrap it for the last hour to put the bark back on it.
@jonathon I am definitely going to purchase and follow the steps you’ve post, thank you sir! Additionally, if anyone has recipes, please share. I’ll try them all and post what my family thought of each. Thank you all, this is a very cool and educational blog, glad I found it wish it was years ago! Thanks again.