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Cant get meat to come out of stuffer

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by fullthrottlejr, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. I have made a couple batches of deer sticks and some potato sausage. When feeding the meat into the throat of the grinder I find myself really having to push hard with the pusher to get the meat to come out of the tube. A friend was telling me that his grinder all you have to do is drop the ground meat in and it comes out, no effort at all.  If I dont keep pushing on mine the meat wont come out. When it comes to actually grinding whole muscle meat it cranks it right out with no problem. Ground meat though is a different story. Any suggestions?
  2. nozzleman

    nozzleman Smoking Fanatic

    Mine does the same thing, I got a stuffer now, so no more problem.
  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I think the issue may be the temp. How cold is the meat you are trying to stuff with a grinder? What I think is happening is that the meat is too warm and is just kind of "sloshing" around in the auger rather than being pushed thru. Not 100% but just a feeling I get from what you are describing. Try taking the meat to almost frozen and see if that helps
  4. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have the same issue with mine. Basically it's an issue with the design of the grinder. 

    Basically the clearance between the auger and the tube is quite large so what happens is that ground meat tends to back over the auger blade because of it's fine texture compared to chunks of meat.
  5. Thanks everyone! I will give it a try.
  6. smokingohiobutcher

    smokingohiobutcher Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Taking the meat to a colder temp will help alot.  Are you trying to run the already ground meat through the grinder with the knife and plate and then through the tube?  If so try taking the knife and plate out and run it into the tube by itself.

    also try to not to overstuff the throat of the grinder...drop handfuls of the meat in the throat one at a time one right after the other.  Grinders are primarily designed to grind meat. They can be used to stuff meat but they dont do the best job of it.

    Save up to buy a stuffer you will not be disapointed!

  7. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Those little 5 lb stuffers from Northern Tool are lifesavers.   Big time saver, big aggrevation saver and much better quality of sausage because I don't have as much air getting into the casings.  
  8. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I no longer fight the grinder stuffer thing. Bought the 5 lb stuffer from Northern. Works great so far. Here's proof.

  9. smokingnd

    smokingnd Smoke Blower

    I used to have the same problem and I would have to agree with AK1, mine needed a considerable amount of pushing to get it to move through, I also have bought a 5lb stuffer (from Sausagemaker.com) and it has made a huge difference, I actually look forward to stuffing now, and it is many times faster than the grinder method.  Martin
  10. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    when using your grinder as a stuffer you will use no plate. there should be a star that came with your grinder. Not the cutting star... the stuffing star more looks like a + with a round hole in the middle. this should be used instead of the plate. I think this is where your poblem lies. I cant locate a pic I had of this. maybe someone will post one...
  11. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Once you get a stuffer you will wonder how you ever made sausage/sticks before and you will also kick yourself for not getting one sooner.
  12. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    found it. this is the set up you should be using

  13. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Interesting neither of my stuffers came with this??? When we used ours we used the cutting star and a stuffing plate.
  14. Thanks everybody! I did remove the cutter and the plate when stuffing. It made a differance but not much. I will try just dropping in the small amounts at a time. Someone told me to put Ice cubes in the meat and that would make a differance. Wouldn't that promote a ton of shrinkage when smoking? I eventually will buy a stuffer, but cant afford one at this time.[​IMG]  Anyway thanks everybody.
  15. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now I have a 5lb stuffer and that made things alot either. Now when first started I was using my grinder as a stuffer. I experiance the same hard to get the meat out of the grinder and thur the tube. I figured it out pretty fast. I used the cutting blade and a stuffing plate and the meat flew right out of the grinder/stuffer. After that I could hardly keep up with the stuffer.  
  16. I can contest to all the above it took 3 of us 8 hours to stuff 125 lbs of meat.

    the toughest was the sticks.

    we have a new 15 lb stuffer on the way.

    Should cut our time down to around an hour, hour and a half at the most.

     Grinder does one thing extremely well (grind).