Just Receive My First Stuffer...???

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by julio, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. julio

    julio Newbie

    Its a Northern Tool 5Lb Vertical and it looks grate, yeah it haves white nylon gears but thats ok for the use i will give it.


    - What now I guess I should take it apart and wash it first.... yes or no

    -  Should Wash just the cylinder and the stuffing tubes or the whole thing

        I am a bit worry since I want to stuff something allready but forgot to order the


    -  How ofte should I lubricate the gears.

    -  Anny other thing I should know before I start Stuffing Saussages.


  2. princess

    princess Smoking Fanatic

    You should at least scrub ANYTHING that will touch the meat. Tubes, cylinder, baseplate, etc. You don't know who sneezed on it at the factory.

    I lube gaskets & gears every 50 lbs of meat.
  3. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    I have that same stuffer. Remove the plunger from the allthread, remove the O ring and air valve from the plunger, and put all of it in the dishwasher along with the cylinder, stuffing tubes and stuffing tube collar. I hand wash the base, allthread, and handle. I have never lubed the nylon gears and don't really see a reason to do so.
  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have the LEM stuffer and regularly use the LEM  food grade lube on all the moving parts.

    In my opinion nothing goes into the dishwasher but dishes. I never will use the dishwasher  for anything else. It was not designed for that
  5. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    How was it not designed for that? I give those parts a fairly decent handwashing first to knock off all the meat if that is what you are referring to.

  6. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

     Firtst of all....congratulations to you on a great stuffer.  I've got a similar one on order as well. 
    Aloha Scarbelly,

    What is food grade lube made of?  How often do you use it on your stuffers/grinders?

    Thanks friend

    Last edited: Jul 29, 2010
  7. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good advise on safe use of a stuffer.
  8. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Last edited: Jul 29, 2010
  9. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I normally soak the tube and the plunger and the horns in about 4 gallons of water and about 2-3tbs of bleach, before i use the stuffer, after I use the stuffer I wash with anti bacterial dish soap, dry then soak in bleach water again, rinse, dry and store for the next time. I use a dish rag with bleach water on it to wipe down the handle and the base of the stuffer.  I have really only lubed the gears once in about 5 years, it works just fine w/o. As far as the gasket goes, I think the fat in the meat you are stuffing is ample to keep it lubed, some EVOO would work too I guess, I would call that food grade.
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2010
  10. princess

    princess Smoking Fanatic

    I humbly disagree with the use of EVOO in lieu of food grade lubricant. It will eventually go rancid, and that smell is horrid.  I like this stuff. It's cheap, and a little goes a LOOONG way.

  11. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It would go rancid if you left it on there for storage, but apply just before stuffing and it will be fine. Spraying the tube down with pam right before you get started would work also.
  12. princess

    princess Smoking Fanatic

    Yeah, that was what I meant. [​IMG]   My bad. I was unclear. I accidentally used EVOO for storage once and it is a mistake would not like to repeat!

    For storage, I do not use EVOO. I tend to pop my gaskets (and gears, and frankly, anything non-metal) off *everything*, coat them in lubricant, then store them in Ziplocks after squishing out as much air as I can. You are right: the fat in the meat (or some EVOO, or Pam) would be fine to keep the stuffer tube moving.
  13. princess

    princess Smoking Fanatic

    I'm very new to this forum, but have a good deal of kitchen-y experience (IMHO).  I am newish to SMOKING meat, but have been processing sausage since I could walk.  Keeping a sanitary sausage kitchen is critical. What are your concerns about dishwashers?

    I ask only because I use my dishwasher to assist me in sterilization. My LG can run at temps that are far too high for my pretty little hands. Once I have finished a project, everything gets washed, bleach soaked, run through the dishwasher at the highest possible temp and left to air dry. I only do this because it is what my momma did. And my grandma before her. (I don't think Busha was still alive when we got our dishwasher, but I remember she would run water in the cast iron sink so hot it would scald you.)  If you know something that I don't, I want to know what I am missing! :)

    You have 1000's of posts here, and have been a member a long time. I am eager to know your thoughts.
  14. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    I do the same thing for the same reason. I also noticed the Scarbelly ignored my question looking for a reason for his denouncement of my dishwasher method. I guess he thinks a dirty sink full of meat particles is the right way to go.
  15. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I do not like vegetable oils if anything is going to be stored for any length of time (some people say walnut oil is an exception, but lets not get into what is a fruit, a vegetable, a berry, or a nut).  Rancidity can be a nasty problem.  There are other food safe oils which I will not name for fear of the "ewww!" factor.  Cleanliness is the basic key. I wash and sanitize before and after use.  I only lubricate where I feel it is critical.  You will know where that is.  It does not include stainless steel or aluminum.  Clean and dry will take us a long way.
  16. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sorry, I did not ignore your post, I flat missed it.  

    I dont like to put anything but dishes in the dishwasher. I would rather hand wash so I can make sure that all the parts get a good inspection and thourough cleaning. As for a sink full of meat particles I have a 3 compartment sink so it all gets rinsed into the one with the disposal then into the one with the antibacterial soap and finally hand rinsed in the third one with very hot water. Call me old fashioned but I like to have control of my process.   
    If you feel your dishwasher is better then by all means go that route. I was just expressing a personal preference

    Edit - just had a thought so I went to my LEM manual and pulled this right off the manual PDF - I thought I remembered seeing this info

    Clean the stuffer using a mild detergent and warm water. Rinse and hand dry all parts. With normal use and maintenance, this stuffer will give you years of enjoyment. After washing the unit, spray it with a food grade Silicone Spray. This will prevent oxidation and will keep your stuffer like new. This silicone coating can be washed off easily with hot soapy water before the next use. Silicone Spray is available from LEM Products.
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2010
  17. julio

    julio Newbie

    Thanks to Everrybody  for your help i will take your tips into acount, but sadly work hasn't allow me to start stuffing... I going nuts just watching it sit there but these weekend is sausage making weekend youjuuu. so ill let you all know how it went.


  18. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    Have fun this weekend and don't forget the Q-views....

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