Which stuffer do you use?

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by marknb, May 21, 2009.

  1. marknb

    marknb Meat Mopper

    Hey again,

    I was hoping to get some general feedback on this subject. I have a 3lb Stainless steel horizontal 'horn' stuffer that I tried to use the first time this past weekend, and, I'd have to be Charles Atlas to get meat to squirt out the end of that thing. And no, I'm not a wuss. At least that's what my mom tells me.

    At any rate, I was stuffing meat sticks, so the nozzle was narrow, and the meat mixture quite thick after adding Fermento, and I couldn't put enough pressure on that handle for the life of me. I didn't want to add any water because it was a cold smoke for 8 hours, and I'm not the most experienced at this, and didn't want to bugger the batch. Had to switch back to my KitchenAid mixer attachment stuffer, which has tortures all of its own. Took almost two hours to stuff 5lbs.

    So, which stuffer to you use? And, what would you prefer if not what you have now? I was thinking about an antique Enterprise #35 stuffer/fruit press, anyone have any experience with one of these?

    Thanks again!

    Mark B
  2. isutroutbum

    isutroutbum Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Hi Mark,

    I use a #8 LEM grinder to grind the meat. But, I will also use it as a stuffer for sausages that need to be emulsified. For all other sausages, I have a LEM 5 pd stuffer, and I love it. It makes the process very, very simple. You might check this out: http://www.lemproducts.com/

    I'm sorry, but I can't be of any assistance w/the #35.

    I hope this is of some help.

  3. trapper

    trapper Smoke Blower

    I have an old 5lb vertical I got from SausageMaker many years ago. It works fine but I would be happier with a 10lb from Northern Freight or lem or wherever, they look pretty similar to me and cost less. I stuffed a fair amount of sausage with an old enterprise and if you already have it you can use it but I wouldn't go out and buy one. They weigh a ton and are a lot harder to clean. Also, a lot of them are worn and allow meat to get past the presser plate and make more of a mess. That was my experience with them anyway.
  4. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have a 25lb., 2 speed Sausage Maker.

    For sticks I only fill my canister half full. With mine it is too much pressure on the stuffer with the canister full. Also I add water when mixing and let the mix refridgerate overnight for the cure to evenly distribute before stuffing the next day. The next day I let the mix sit out and warm up from fridge temp (it has cure in it) ao it is easier to stuff.
  5. pantherfan83

    pantherfan83 Smoking Fanatic

    I've 5 lb Grizzly stuffer for about a year and a half now. I think Grizzly's is the least expensive and is identical to the LEM and Northern Tools 5# (plastic gears). If I had it to do over again, I would get a 15# with metal gears. I think Northern Tools usually has the best price on their 15# model. Having a bigger stuffer would save a lot of time when doing bigger batches. I rarely just do a 5 lb batch anymore and frequently do 25 lbs. I haven't had a problem with the plastic gears, but that doesn't mean I won't.
  6. werdwolf

    werdwolf Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    15 lb from northern tools. reasonably priced and works great.
  7. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What he said! ^^^^
  8. jjrokkett

    jjrokkett Meat Mopper

    Don't know much about the #35 but I use an F. **** 12 lb. I'm glad I spent the extra money on it (at the time it was only $80 more than a TSM model) because I ran into the same problems on tough stuffing and I think I would have broke another brand. (I'm tough on equipment). I've had friends / relatives break the gears on other stuffers.

    Here are some pic's:

    Closeup of the stainless hardened gears:
  9. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I use the 15 lb from Northern Tool like some of the others have said
  10. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I got an old 5 lb'er for The Sausage Maker which works great for me . but I rarely do over a ten pound batch
  11. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    5lb. grizz. I like it -but hands down if your gonna stuff sausage u need a vertical.
  12. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Got a 5lb lem with metal gears an love it! Ifin doin a big batch I just gotta fill it more often is all. Price was excellent. I'd never buy nothin but a vertical, course there are some good horizontals out there, but boy yall better have deep pockets fer one a them!
  13. hog warden

    hog warden Smoking Fanatic

    I'm using an 8 qt Enterprise I got from my folks.....mainly because it was free. I only use it with the 2 gallon zip lock bags, but no cleanup so far. Downside is it's heavy and crank handle is 90 degrees to the spout. On modern vertical stuffers, the crank handle is opposite or 180 degrees from the spout. One man can crank with one hand and stuff with the other.

    On the modern stuffers, the can with spout slips out of the frame for easy cleanup. Most are similar design. Sausage Maker appears to be made by F-****, and which are the most expensive by far. If I wanted the very best, I'd get one of those.

    If I wanted a perfectly good tool at a reasonable cost, I'd look at Northern Tool. Sized according to your needs.

    On ease of stuffing, letting the meat set in a can or bag overnight is like letting a bag of cement setup. Do that and it will never go through the stuffer. Go ahead and stuff it right out of the grinder. Add a cup or so of ice water if need be. It seems to work better and the water doesn't make any difference I that I can tell.
  14. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    After many years of stuffing with the grinder, and cussing and cursing I broke down and bought a Frederick **** 30 Lb. stuffer. I actually bought four used ones, refurbished them all, sold three, and made enough to pay for my one, as well as covering the refurb cost. There is no question about whether the gears on one of these can cut it. They can't be beat in my opinion.
  15. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now thats just crazy. We can't post a commonly used name anymore on a public forum, because it can and has been used in a profane manner. Dear Lord, what is it coming to[​IMG]?
  16. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hog Warden and mulepackin
    I agree, F. - D.I.C.K. is an awesome stuffer and we should be able to post it's brand name; others reading may want to purchase an F. - D.I.C.K.
  17. pantherfan83

    pantherfan83 Smoking Fanatic

  18. marknb

    marknb Meat Mopper

    Lol - oh sure, tell the whole world! I've got it already on my 'Watch' list.
  19. marknb

    marknb Meat Mopper

    Um, not that there's anything wrong with it, at all, but I myself wouldn't be all that comfortable shouting from the rooftop that I'm a D*** man...

    Kidding aside, I'm not much for censorship of any kind. I have yet to see a written or spoken word cause bloodshed without the heavy hand that often follows. According to the George Carlin Website, there are 2443 dirty words and counting. Not only wouldn't I waste the energy in trying to avoid saying/hearing/thinking/laughing at all of them, I just don't think its possible, or even desireable. Anyone who can claim serious physical or mental injury because of a word obviously hasn't been outside much lately. Quite frankly, hearing your mother say 'you father and I had such high hopes for you' is far more damaging to a person than any little 4-letter nancy word. But then, I am a rude and coarse human after all.

    (I thought this site was about smoking meat.....[​IMG])
  20. pantherfan83

    pantherfan83 Smoking Fanatic

    LOL!! Sorry Mark. Hope you get it.

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