@hotdogwillie When I make ground venison I just add straight beef fat to it and mix by hand to distribute the fat throughout the venison. You can control the lean to fat ratio easily by weighing the venison and adding the fat to give you what you want. I usually go with 85:15 lean to fat. I don’t see any need for mixing in a mixer unless I am making sausage where I want extraction to occur.
Posts made by WIJIM
RE: Mixing ground beef 50:50 with ground venison
RE: sausage stuffer problems
@cornpatachguy I had the same problem with mine except it hit me on the back of my hand. These stuffers are not safe and I have quit using mine because of this. My Lemm although smaller than I’d like works very well and the handle does not spin back on me when it’s let go. I have learned that bigger is not always better with stuffers, the pressure generated by trying to take the meat from a large 6" or so tube into a fraction of an inch tube is huge. All of my small casing is stuffed with a 5 pound stuffer. It’s a pain in the neck filling the stuffer so many times but much safer than the flying handle.
RE: What Size Stuffing Tube To Use? (Sausage Casing Size Chart)
@65valiantwin When I do small casing I use a smaller stuffer with a worm-gear instead of the direct type Waltons has. I have a large Waltons stuffer (26# i think) that works great for brats and larger sausages but is dangerous with the pressure required on snack sticks. Keep in mind that the larger the stuffer gets the larger the plunger gets and we are dealing with pound per square inch to move the meat, bigger plunger has more square inches so it gets hard to move meat with big plungers.
RE: 550# smoker LP conversion
When you convert from natural gas to LP or back the orifices should be changed as you did but the spring in the regulator or the regulator pressure should also be changes. LP has approximately 2 1/2 times the BTU’s per cubic foot as natural gas hence the much small orifices for LP compared to natural gas. If the regulator or gas valve are made to be converted the manufacturer can supply parts and instructions for the conversion. Sometimes it’s just a matter of inverting the plunger but you would have to check with the manufacturer to confirm what is needed to convert. Normally pilots have a different orifice when they are converted also. If the pilot orifice hasn’t been changed you are producing much more heat than it would have with natural gas.