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Discussion in 'Sausage' started by dragonslayer, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. dragonslayer

    dragonslayer Fire Starter

    I have an Eastman #10 Grinder http://dev.eastmanoutdoors.com/cms/c...0-meat-grinder

    I am looking to possibly replace the knife, get a couple of dies, and I have managed to damage all 3 of my stuffer tubes. Where do you suggest I order them from? If there is a good place to buy this stuff in the chicago area that is also cool. I don't make sausage that often so I don't want to spend a fortune, but at the same time I don't mind spending a few extra bucks to get some thing that is quality. The knife and die that came with this one do not appear to be very sharp and rust easily. Any and all suggestions are appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

  3. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  4. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Gander, Cabelas and maybe even Northern Tool may have what you need.

    Do you want to try resharpening your knife first???

    Lay 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper on a hard & smooth surface.
    Wet the sandpaper
    Place the grinder knife, flat side down, on the wet sandpaper
    Move grinder knife in a circular motion
    You should see the grinder knife edges "Shine Up"

    I used to resharpen clipper blades and this procedure worked well.


    TJ
     
  5. jerrykr

    jerrykr Meat Mopper

    TJohnson, you can also clean up the plates, and freshen up the edges of the holes in the same manner. The knife on my grinder is hardened stainless, and sandpaper and even a new flat whetstone hardly touches it.
     
  6. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just got a couple extra plates and an extra knife for my #12 grinder at Gander for around $8 ea.

    I believe #10 and #12 are same size, but not 100% sure.

    Gander & Cabelas should also have a set of plastic and stainless stuffing tubes to fit a #12 grinder. Measure the base of you current tube.


    TJ
     
  7. dragonslayer

    dragonslayer Fire Starter

    If I were going to buy 3 tubes and 2 plates what sizes whould you guys suggest? What material should I go with for the plate, knife and tubes?
     
  8. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    You can get the tubes sold in sets of 3. Common sizes are around 1/2", 5/8" and 1". Will stuff everything from the small snack stick casings to the large summer sausage casings. A 3/8th tube would be a good buy too if you see yourself making smaller sausages like breakfast links with sheep casings.

    As for the plates, I would say the most common are either the 3/8" and 3/16" plates, those two will cover about 95% of the things you will do. Some sausage recipes call for a smaller 1/8" grind plate while others call for 1/2" plate and larger, especially helpful when making chili.
     
  9. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you are going to do a lot of larger summer sausage size stuff, I would get the largest horn you can use on your grinder, about a 2 in.. When I stuffed with my grinder I used one for that as well as bagging ground meat for freezing. Made life a lot easier. I got mine through LEM if I recall.http://www.lemproducts.com/product/3...stuffing_tubes
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  10. dragonslayer

    dragonslayer Fire Starter

    I will likely be making smaller sized links, mostly things that would fit on a but or look good whole next to some eggs and hash browns
     
  11. dragonslayer

    dragonslayer Fire Starter

    Should I go with carbon steel or stainless steel for grinding plate? what about carbon steel or stainless steel for a grinder knife?
     

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