Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by brooksy, Dec 24, 2014.

  1. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    To all the would be sausage stuffers out there please listen to your old buddy Brooksy and get yourself a dedicated stuffer!! I wanted to get into making sticks and summer sausage lime all the rest of you and thought "hey I'll get I combo unit and save myself some money" well trust me folks this isn't the way to go! I made my first batch a while ago with not that much trouble but the last two were a nightmare on the stuffing side. I started the last batch and got so frustrated that I stopped put the rest in the fridge and it waited till I just bought my 5# stuffer from northern tool last night. HOLY MACKEREL what a difference it made stuffing these sticks today!! Was done in no time with very little waste (which actually wasn't waste cause I fried it up). Do yourself a favor ladies and gentlemen if you plan on getting in the stuffing game get a dedicated stuffer and save yourself all the headaches.
  2. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    Thank you! Yes the stuffer made it so easy! The clean up is minimal and easy. I'm thinking about getting another just to have as a spare just in case something crazy happens!
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2014
  3. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I hear what your preaching! !!! I keep telling my family the grinder stuffer combo does not do what is needed.
  4. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    No it doesn't! Maybe you have a stuffer under the tree Jarjar
  5. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Brooksy Good Luck with the stuffer, I am still using my Jerky Cannon it replaced the old hand stuffer.
  6. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    Thanks Tropics! This thing has me so happy I'm just about ready to go get more meat just so I can stuff some more!
  7. Stuffing large casing with a grinder is not such a bad effort but anything smaller than about 40 mm is a pain in the butt.
  8. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    Luckily I'll never have to know again! Will not even attempt to stuff anything with the grinder again. :Biggrin:
  9. dingo007

    dingo007 Smoking Fanatic

    Amen Brother Brooksy....I, too, did my first batch using the stuffing attachment on my was a pest...5lb Lem ordered the same day!...Wish i'd gone with the 10lber.
  10. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    I'm with ya Dingo!! Probably should've gotten the 15#. I really can't believe how much easier and faster it was.
  11. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Oh boy... Am I glad I went against my normal reaction (come on, how bad it can be), listened to the advice here and ordered a stuffer along with the meat grinder (with stuffing attachments)?

    Just got them. Also got some meat lugs. Looking forward to making the first sausages in years.
  12. red dog

    red dog Smoking Fanatic

    The only time a grinder stuffer combo makes any sense is if you are only making tiny one or two pound single meal runs with a kitchenaid  or something. Other than that scenario you get no argument here.
  13. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    You made the right decision trust me!!
  14. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    I got so frustrated trying to make the sticks the other day I wouldn't try making one link with a grinder again.
  15. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    We could have saved you the frustration and told you from the start to get the stuffer but many don't believe till they try [​IMG]  The only thing I stuff with the grinder anymore is the plastic meat bags and I've got a large aluminum tube for that
  16. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    Piney you are right it's one of those things that some hard headed people have to try themselves to believe. I tried and believe me I know the way now. I just hope any hard heads like me will take the advice!
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2014
  17. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Not sure if the one you got has metal or plastic gears but you can get metal gears for the ones that come with plastic other than that not much usually goes wrong with them.

    Now you just need more meat to grind up I need to do some hunting so I can grind some venison
  18. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    I have the plastic ones now and will be ordering the metal soon. Yes definitely need more meat!
  19. hattrick128

    hattrick128 Newbie

    I dedicate my grinder to only filling the plastic meat bags with ground venison, wild hog or other wild game I hunt. My 5lb stuffer is dedicated to sausage making up to a 25lbs effort. I will upsize to a larger one soon. The kitchen aide stuffer is only used by my wife in her feeble attempts to be creative with dinner. lol

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