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Finally got a meat grinder!

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by 73saint, Aug 23, 2018.

  1. 73saint

    73saint Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I’ve been smoking meats, grilling etc for years now. In the last year, I’ve really gotten into cured meats like pastrami and bacon. Well, for my birthday, I received a Kitchenaid mixer and of course the first attachment I got was a meat grinder!

    Besides burgers, I really want to start making sausages, both cured and fresh. Fresh hot and Italian are probably going to be my first projects, but I REALLY want to learn how to make pepperoni, lonzo, salami and prosciutto. I think I’ll spend some time on the sausage maker site, and I’ve been reading through the sausage threads. But I know nothing about curing chambers, bactoferm, umai, things like that that I’ve skimmed through and read about on the surface.

    So time to dig in and start reading, but as always I like to lean on the folks in this forum who have been there and done that. Any and all tips, ideas, suggestions on good starting places, or absolute must-haves, would be appreciated!

    Thanks!
     
  2. buzzy

    buzzy Meat Mopper

    I think a must have would be a stuffer. U can stuff with the grinder but a stuffer makes a much nicer end product
     
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  3. 73saint

    73saint Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I didn’t know that buzzy. Thanks for the tip.
     
  4. oddegan

    oddegan Smoking Fanatic

    +1 for the stuffer. I bought one a few years ago. Some of the best money I've spent on this hobby.
     
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  5. 73saint

    73saint Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I’ve seen the inexpensive ones at academy. Do you recommend a particular kind?
     
  6. Saline_Smoker

    Saline_Smoker Newbie SMF Premier Member

    I think the best add-on gear for me thus far was a footpedal. Not sure if you can use one with the Kitchenaide, but I've found mine to be immensely helpful when working alone so the grinder isn't constantly going (keeping the auger temperature down a bit and meaty hands from touching everything) when you're moving tubs, grabbing stuff out of the fridge, or if you'll be stuffing with your grinder until you get a stuffer (which is the boat I'm in).
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  7. oddegan

    oddegan Smoking Fanatic

    I bought a 7 pound vivo with the metal gears from Amazon. Pretty happy with it. Find the price range you are comfortable with but I can't over recommend get the metal gears. Stay away from the plastic!
     
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  8. JckDanls 07

    JckDanls 07 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    If snack sticks are in your future as well as sausage... I would recommend a 5 lb stuffer with metal gears and a small (3/8' - 1/2") tube...
     
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  9. 73saint

    73saint Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Yeah jckDan, I defintely want to make snack sticks so that’s great info as well!
     
  10. JckDanls 07

    JckDanls 07 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    If that's the case... then I see a smokehouse in your future...

    And thanks for the "like"
     
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  11. 73saint

    73saint Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    That’s funny you are the second person that said those exact words to me in the last month or so.
     
  12. tallbm

    tallbm Master of the Pit

    Good advice so far.

    2 things from me...

    1. Yes stuffer is the way to go JUST make sure you get one that does more than what you intend to stuff. For example if you tend to stuff 5 pounds at a time get a 7 pound stuffer. Those things always lie about their capacity, they really fit like 1 pound less (or more as you get larger) than what they claim. I bought a 10L (22-23 pound) stuffer so I could stuff 20 pounds in 1 shot which HUGE when you are doing 100lbs or more in a go. Also +1 here on the all metal gears.

    2. For cured and dried sausage look up UMAI Dry. They make it to where you don't need a curing chamber. You just ferment at a controllable 65-70F temp or so for a few days. Seems most people do it in their closet lol. Then you put the sausage in a fridge until it hits the desired weight reduction. A garage fridge would be great for this. No need for a curing chamber, humidity, controls, etc. etc. etc.


    I hope this info helps! :)
     
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  13. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Man I'm getting to the point that every thread I read is motivating me to get into this too.

    Warren
     
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  14. 73saint

    73saint Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    But I’m running out of counter space!!! And I’ve never been so organized just trying to keep things neat and not cluttered.
     
  15. tallbm

    tallbm Master of the Pit

    Hahhaaha, garage shelving is your friend :)
    Just keep the box for everything and put it back in the box and then on the garage shelves. That is where my grinder, stuffer, slicer, and vacuum sealer and all the related supplies live when I am not using them :)
     
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  16. oddegan

    oddegan Smoking Fanatic

    One part of my basement looks like a meat appliance store. Grinders, stuffer, sealer, Sous vide, etc.... My wife just laughs. She's given up trying to rein me in.
     
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  17. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    73Saint Thanks for the like it is greatly appreciated.
    Warren
     
  18. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    73S, You are on your way to a great new hobby.I started by picking up one item at a time. That was a long time ago and now my toys take up a whole seville shelf in the basement ! As others have said a stuffer with metal gears is the way to go,I have a 20# for big jobs and a 5# for snack sticks. The 5# works well just needs to be repacked when stuffing more than 4 pounds.
     
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  19. 73saint

    73saint Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I've been watching videos and reading a ton. It does in fact seem that while the kitchenaid grinder will do, I certainly see a stuffer on the horizon!
     
  20. pops6927

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

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