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Grinding sausage

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by lamar, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. lamar

    lamar Smoking Fanatic

    I have found that if I cut meat up in strips instead of chunks it pulls itself through instead of having to push it myself.  Works for me,  anyway.
  2. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Been doing that very same thing since I got my grinder last year.  I cut them into strips just a little bit smaller than the throat of my grinder.  Auger grabs it and just draws the whole thing in easy peasy.....
  3. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    YEP.....also helps to have the meat very frigid
  4. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Two other tips...

    1) I lay the strips on a cookie pan and flash chill them in the freezer before grinding (not frozen, but dang near)

    2) After mixing in spices and even letting the 1st grind sit overnight, if I'm going for a 2nd grind, I like to shape the 1st grind into long rough "logs" and again put them on the cookie pan for a flash chill to near frozen.  They work just like the strips of whole meat do.  I rarely have to use the stomper when doing it this way.  The "logs" may separate as it's not a solid piece of meat, but it still wants to fall down the throat of the grinder neck by gravity.

    Like Chef Willie said, cold meat works best....
  5. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    I am a strip guy as well.
  6. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I'm a chunk guy... I usually take extra time to make smaller chunks.....it makes faster grinding..... My 1 hp eats it up no matter how its done
  7. jalan43

    jalan43 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Strips and I keep the auger and throat in the fridge until I use it.
  8. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My mom's great-uncle ran a small butcher shop back in the 60's-70's. Her cousin worked for him after school, weekends and summers...... After having lengthy discussions with him about how and why they did certain things, he said one of the benefits to chunking-up the meat was they would pre-season the meat, chill it over night, then grind/stuff it all at once...... It took less time to process everything that way...... ShoneyBoy
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2013