Kitchenaid Sausage Stuffer bites.....

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by reeko, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. First sausage ground and stuffed.
    KA Grinder worked Great.

    Stuffer was a different story. Took forever to stuff about 7 lbs.
    The pusher handle thing just mushed the meat around and made very little progress.
    I tried puting the meat into the freezer when it got warmer, but it didn't help. Took about 2 hrs to stuff the 7 lbs, even with my wifes help.

    I immediately ordered an LEM 5# Stainless stuffer off the web.
     
  2. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    LOL. Don't feel bad. A few of us started with the KA mixer/stuffer. Its a good unit for sure, but its really not made for any serious stuffing. You made a good choice on getting a dedicated stuffer. KA works good for grinding meat, but if you start making more and more sausage or even start grinding your own beef, you will want to look into a dedicated grinder as well. I just picked up a 15# stuffer last nite at Gander and can't wait to use it.
     
  3. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I believe that if you do a little research on the site you will find several threads which basically members say what you said, they are great for grinding poor for stuffing...

    I think that you made a wise decision getting a separate stuffer. What did you have to pay? Grizzly sells one that is the same stuffer for $69.99, I have thought about getting one but haven't done so yet...

    http://grizzly.com/products/5-lb-Ver...uffer-SS/H6252
     
  4. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yeah, stuffing with any grinder is an excercise in futility. I did it for about 15 years though. Stuck mostly with large casing sized sausages, and cussed my way through the smaller stuff. Now that I have a large, dedicated stuffer, I have a new desire to make different things. In any case you are on the road and it will be an addictive, but rewarding hobby.
     
  5. nickelmore

    nickelmore Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks to meat hunter I scored a 15lb at Gander earlier today. I was going to get the 5 lb version like the one at grizzly but it had Nylon Gears.

    I think the LEM 5 lb has steel gears, at least my bro in-laws does, but its few years old.

    If you do a search on Ebay you will find someone selling "broke or missing pieces" stuffers and alot of them have broken gears.

    I know that there are a bunch of folks that have this style with good luck.

    I think like any good tool, if you take care of it, it will take care of you.

    Just my 2 cents.
     
  6. I saw that. Looked at the different posts, but wanted the metal gears in the LEM. So, I got the LEM off Amazon, I was in a rush, so didn't shop around. (My wife was pretty pissed with the KA, so it was an easy sell to get the LEM.)
     
  7. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The Grizzly gears can be replaced with the metal gears from the LEM...
     
  8. kurtsara

    kurtsara Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    That is the best time to do some shopping [​IMG]
     
  9. jerrykr

    jerrykr Meat Mopper

    The stuffer will solve your problem, but if you are going to stuff with the grinder, I suggest you grind once and stuff as you go. The second grind is the tough frustrating part.
     
  10. etcher1

    etcher1 Master of the Pit

    Man......... glad I read this post, was thinking about a stuffer on our KA.
     

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