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Kitchenaid attachments?

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by rowdyrawhide, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. rowdyrawhide

    rowdyrawhide Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Have any of you guys ever used the kitchenaid attachments such as the grinder and stuffer attachments.  The wifey has a kitchenaid stand mixer and these seem like an economical way to get started.  I am just starting and mot sure if it something I want to do so I won't be doing much anyway.  I figure if I like a lot then I can buy some better equipment later, for now $50 seems like a pretty good way to get started and I am not out much if I don't like it.  Thanks for your input in advance.
  2. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I have both the grinder and the stuffer attachments. I use the grinder regularly with good results. I have not used the stuffer as it got really bad reviews here and on another forum I belong to so I bought an LEM stuffer.

    I have 3 different size grinding plates and mostly use the coarse and medium ones. I will try to get some pics up for you this week if I can get to it. Attending another convention this week. Glad this will be over soon - these things are killing me
  3. tlzimmerman

    tlzimmerman Meat Mopper

    What are you wanting to do exactly?  I know alot of guys around here use the grinder and say it works great, but you can order a small hand crank which is great to get started with for about $25. 

    This is a grinder I know a couple guys have around here, I think for long sustained grinds its a little small, but if you are doing 25 pound batches or so it should be all you would ever need.  I do hundreds of pounds at a time during deer season, so I stepped it up for the more industrial versions, but they are the same size (#12) as this one, albeit with a little more power.  This grinder, and the northern industrial grinders from Northern Tool are the same grinders gander mtn sells as their guide series rebranded.  This one for $100 is a good investment IMO.


    Here is a simple hand crank, should last a lifetime if taken care of. 


    If you are getting into sausage making.....you can be cheap and get a hand crank grinder and use that for alot of years, but one piece of equipment that I absolutely universally push is a sausage stuffer.  Grinders can stuff yes, but the difference is mind boggeling.  You can get a good stuffer for $100.  Long story short if I had $150 to get into sausage stuffing, I would get a hand crank grinder, and a sausage stuffer.


    This one has nylon gears, which will work good if you don't bottom out the machine hard and crack them.  This is the same machine sold by LEM (or use to be) except LEM has metal gears, and you can order replacement gears from them.    I have this exact one....WORTH.ITS.WEIGHT.IN.GOLD!
  4. bob1961

    bob1961 Smoking Fanatic

    i'm looking at get that mixer and attachments to replace my grinder that is gettin old, but it has attachments that i still use such as slicers and graters for veggies and cheese....i'm hoping what i have that kicthen aid has them too, at 200.00 bucks to start off with plus attachemnet cost [​IMG]  it adds up real fast for a tool you might use 5/6 times a year....sure it will go far when hunting season rolls around, but dang [​IMG]  ............bob

  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now I don't have a kitchenaide mixer but I know there are several folks here that do. You can use the attachments to make it cheaper on you and your new found love to make sausage. It will be a welcomed addition to your addiction and believe me it will be. When I got started I made sausage out of everything even tried to make some out of my dog.......Just kidding. But go out and get the attachments and get started. 
  6. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  7. gnubee

    gnubee Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have the Kitchen Aid stand model. The only thing I ever found wrong with Kitchenaid is the dough and K hooks that come with it. They tarnish very easily and will give bread and pizza doughs ugly black and grey streaks. You have to shine them up with fine steel wool like an sos pad before you use them. It is better to chuck them and buy the plastic coated hooks and K blades.

    As for the grinder I gave mine away because we have a commercial grinder out in the shed that we use during hunting season on all sorts of game.
  8. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    thats odd, i've never had any problems the the ones i've used at work and have at home...........
  9. stephenh

    stephenh Fire Starter

    If the KA dough hook and flat beater are hand-washed, they retain their original finish.  If, however, they are placed in the dishwasher, they corrode and turn gray.  Like any aluminum or aluminum alloy product, they should NEVER be washed in the dishwasher, but always by hand.
  10. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    that might be it...........i never put utensils i like in the dishwasher.
  11. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Rob you are dead on .

    I have said this before too - the only thing that should go into a dishwasher is dishes - no knives - no pots or pans and no appliance parts. If you look at the instruction manual on most items it tells you to to hand wash most items.

    What most folks do not understand is that the dishwasher uses what most folks would consider extreme temperatures if it was on their skin and therefore has an effect on their equipment that is not always positive
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2010
  12. dscott

    dscott Newbie

    We do have all the attachments for the kitchen aid and the grinder and stuffer attachment works great for small batches.  Large amounts for grinding makes our machine get to hot for my liking.  We have a commercial grinder and stuffer now for our big jobs.