Manual Meat Mixer

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by charlie tango, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. I have some Cabela's points saved up and am ready to buy a manual meat mixer.  Ive searched around and found some "older" posts about mixers and wondered if there are any new opinions or things to think about. I am mixing 10 pound batches and am finding that the mixing is the least fun part.  I have a 5# lem stuffer and a Guide Series grinder that work great for my needs, now I need to make the mixing part better.  Thank you in advance for your help.

  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Bride got me a mixer last Christmas, from Cabela's, with our points..... Works well.... There is a certain level, when you add the meat, that works best... too little or too much, doesn't mix very good.... That's what I found.... YMMV.... I think it is good for making large batches of sausage so the taste will be uniform... It cleans up pretty easy... I would recommend some food grade lube for the bushings and other parts.... Here's what I use...

  3. Thanks DaveOmak, good call on the maintenance.
  4. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My manual meat mixers get pretty dang cold while mixing! Everytime I swear I am going to get a better way....LOL
  5. FoamHeart you hit the nail right on the head.  When my hands are hurting all the way up to the elbows I always say that I'm going to buy a mixer.
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yup---Makes my hands feel like I guess arthritis would feel.

    I was thinking about getting a mixer, but the batches I make (10 pounds) are too small for the mixer to work with.

    I ended up getting a pair of Poly? gloves that go up to my elbows.

    Last edited: Nov 15, 2014
  7. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I just grin and "Bear" it!
  8. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I mix in my Kitchenaid with the paddle blade. Works out to about 2.5 lbs in the bowl mixes well, then I just mix the batches by hand. If I had the room is love one of those meat mixers though!
  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I tend to stay away from Mrs Bear's kitchen toys. Ever hear of an enraged She-Bear???

  10. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I make small batches.  5 or 10 lbs at a time.

    I use the frozen finger joints method.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  11. Well, I bought a Cabelas mixer.  WOW!  Made a 10# batch of stick with it.  Mixed well, easy to use, easy to clean.  Should have done it years ago. The only bad part is two weeks after I paid full price the darn thing went on sale for 50 bucks off.
  12. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Charlie Check with the store sometimes they will meet the price if its within 30 days.
  13. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I have those, the blue ones and they do help quite a bit but you still get that bone numbing cold after it's all said and done.
  14. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I just mixed 30 pounds of sausage. I have my hands in the hot water in the sink and I have a glass of that good cajun whiskey, Jacque Daniels to warm from in the inside.
  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What Tropics said:

    4 years ago I paid Cabelas $399 for my Smoker.

    about 2 weeks later they had them for $349.

    I called them & they gave me $50 back.

  16. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My black ones must be heavier than the ones you got. The inside even looks like a canvas type material, kinda like a pair of over-boots.

  17. These are the ones I picked up. I think they were about $15 at Home Depot. They are pretty thick and work well for mixing. I actually got two pairs, one for raw food and one for cooked food.

  18. for 10 lb batchs a 50 lb  meat lug and two hands works great . it does not take long to mix a 10 lb batch
  19. I called as soon as I saw the add. No dice. Don't blame them, they have a business to run. I used up all my good luck already I guess, ha ha ha.

    Thanks Tropics.
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Those look exactly like mine---I don't remember what I paid, but probably similar.

    To wash them I just leave them on & wash just like I'm washing my hands. I do that after use, and to be safe I do it again before use.


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