Add more water - LEM stuffer

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atomicsmoke

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After going thru 3 stuffers (generic names, nylon gear) i ordered a LEM mighty bite. When unpacking couldnt miss the large decal on the cylinder "read before use"...saying....@Dirtsailor , care to guess? add water. When in doubt add more water (not these words). How much water is enough LEM? 90% will do? Call it water sausage?

The decal glue is a b@tch to wash.
 
Hmmmm. I have their 5# stuffer. Don’t recall any warning sticker about water. I don’t like my sausage batter super sticky any way because it’s harder to run through the stuffer and I think it sticks somewhat inside the casing (natural) and contributes to blow outs. I mix just enough ice water to make thing flow well. It’s a feel thing.
Congratulations on the new stuffer, I think you will like it.
 
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Enough icy water (or wine for some Italian recipes) in enough quantity for the right texture. I like to spray the empty canister with water, I've also had good luck spraying the handfulls of sausage as they go into the canister.
 
Only mentioned this as i remember dirtsailor going back and forth with lem customer service; their perpetual comeback was "add more water". When i saw the decal i thought it might have been brought on that.

The machine works well...but so did the other 3 i owned until they didn't.
 
Only mentioned this as i remember dirtsailor going back and forth with lem customer service; their perpetual comeback was "add more water". When i saw the decal i thought it might have been brought on that.

The machine works well...but so did the other 3 i owned until they didn't.
I’ve not even had trouble stuffing snack sticks and the tube I bought for that measures O.D 3/8” and I.D 5/16”. It takes a bit more effort, but that’s understandable.
 
I remember Dirtsailor's jokes about it, too. I have a 5# one from Gander Mountain that I'm sure is a LEM with a Gander Mountain sticker, nylon gears and all.
No water sticker. Like SmokinEdge, I use just enough water to make it "feel" right and haven't had any problems, even with a 1/2" tube. Just don't get in a hurry.
I've had it for 5 years or so but then again I don't run hundreds of pounds of sausage....
 
My motorized LEM 30# stuffer has 2 tons of force...I have not had any problems with it yet-even stuffing salami with no added water. Even stuffs snack sticks thru a 10mm tube....but it does have the sticker you mentioned.....
 
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How much water do you add you ask? Well it's a feel thing and if you have wrecked 3 stuffers I think you need to work on your feel.

Next time you stuff something only fill the hopper up a 1/4 to 1/2 run the stuffer, does it take a reasonable effort to crank the handle or do you need to stand on the handle? Take the load of meat out of the hopper and add a cup of water then try stuffing again, pay attention to how the meat feels when mixing, how it squishes through your finders and the look of the meat. Do this a couple times until you get a consistency that will run through the stuffer with reasonable effort and not leave a flood of water at the end of the stuffer tube. If you stuff enough meat you will eventually get to the point in your initial mixing that you will know if it needs to be wetter or not. As for reasonable effort this is were a little common sense comes into play as we're all built different so if your some buff superman maybe have your wife turn the handle when working up the meat mix.
 
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How much water do you add you ask?
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I didnt really ask. The question was rhetorical. My post was only meant to be an arch in time linking to a long runnning joke started after dirtsailor had issues with his lem stuffer.
 
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