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ideas for where to get a hand grinder

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cheech, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I am looking for a small hand grinder to use for stuffing snack sticks. Any suggestions on where to find one? I have seen some of the ones in my catalogs but they want too much for how I plan to use it. I was thinking that if I could find one for under $30-$40 that would be great.
  2. Cheech, Try to get a stainless steel one vs. a zinc plated one, that stuff can flake off. Check Ebay or maybe Northern Tools, of course shipping will kill ya, maybe look around flea marts (they have tons!)
  3. larry maddock

    larry maddock Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  4. Larry, Generally 18-23mm tubes are used for snack stix, any more they start looking like hot dogs and don’t taste right! :roll:
    By the way, I guess you know, that type of grinder doesn’t really work well if you are trying to put cheese in your snack stix…it kind of smears the cheese and basically turns your meat yellow-no chunks of cheese! :(
  5. cajun_1

    cajun_1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I got my #10 hand grinder from LEM Products. Works well for what grinding I do.
  6. larry maddock

    larry maddock Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    then a 1/2 inch stuffing tube whould be ok for snak stix???

    i have never stuffed a sausage with cheese.

    my grinder --when using stuffing attachments--
    you take the knife and Plate out --and put a "star" insert in...
    the star looks like a Y ---sort of..
    except the 3 legs are equal distance apart.

    will that still smear cheese?????
  7. That, and the worm gear! I have same problem, Life is tuff! :(
    You need one of these for stuffing your sausage…they’re cheap!
  8. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Up in Smoke, I have had one of those stuffing tubes a few years ago and the meat kept working its way around the plunger so I wnet to the sausage maker and bought a stuffer. The problem is there is not a stuffing tube that fits the stuffer for use on snack sticks.

    I have a tube that will work but does not work with the grinder I have so my thought was to use a hand grinder.

    Thanks guys for your input
  9. Cheech, I got one of those Krups (Butcher Shop) electric grinders, same problem, so I went to J.C. Penneys and bought the accesory sausage tubes for the Kitchen Aide (expensive mixer)meat grinder attachment for $8.00. They bolt right up. One tube is 3/8" and the other is 5/8". The smaller is perfect for stick, the larger for dinner sausages. They are a lot cheaper than those stainless one for $18 each. Just measure the base of your tubes first-even if you have to turn the bases down a bit, they should work unless you plan on running hundreds of pounds of sausage!
    This is the grinder I use: