Sausage stuffer clean up

  • Some of the links on this forum allow SMF, at no cost to you, to earn a small commission when you click through and make a purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about this.

poacherjoe

Smoking Fanatic
Original poster
Nov 7, 2019
578
718
Central Ca
I see several cleaning brush assortments for sale but most of them are flimsy and don't do a good job. Where can I get some quality brushes for my stuffing horns ? Also when I get the last squirt out of the stuffer what do you guy's use to push the remainder out with ? I use a wooden spoon that has a round handle close to the ID of the horn. Be nice to have a squeegee or a round spatula of the correct size.
 

Dave in AZ

Meat Mopper
Oct 2, 2022
267
254
Phx, AZ
I see several cleaning brush assortments for sale but most of them are flimsy and don't do a good job. Where can I get some quality brushes for my stuffing horns ? Also when I get the last squirt out of the stuffer what do you guy's use to push the remainder out with ? I use a wooden spoon that has a round handle close to the ID of the horn. Be nice to have a squeegee or a round spatula of the correct size.
The sausage maker has stainless disc mounted to stainless rod, that are sized for normal stuffing horn diameters. You can use to push meat out and they sterilize and clean easy.

Other tricks I've seen, wrap next smaller stuffing tube with cling wrap, use to push meat out. Or, a wad of paper towel can be pushed thru with anything and works well to squeegee meat out.

I bought a set of stuffing tube brushes for cleaning, they seem sturdy enough so far. Either from Walton’s or TSM.
 

DougE

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Apr 13, 2010
3,252
3,412
Richmond,KY
Or, a wad of paper towel can be pushed thru with anything and works well to squeegee meat out.
That's how I usually do it. I have also done the smaller stuffing horn in plastic, but I mostly wad up a piece of paper towel and shove it through the horn with whatever is handy. I have the LEM 5# with the plastic horns so you can see well enough to know when to stop so you don't shove the paper towel into your casing.
 
  • Like
Reactions: poacherjoe

chopsaw

Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
★ Lifetime Premier ★
Dec 14, 2013
14,702
12,745
OFallon Mo.
I use wooden dowels that match the inside of the tubes . Not the exact diameter , but close enough for me . I bought a 2 brush set from Cabela's that works good .
 

chopsaw

Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
★ Lifetime Premier ★
Dec 14, 2013
14,702
12,745
OFallon Mo.
This is from last week . You can see the dowels . I use them alone or a small piece of paper towel .
1667252757707.jpeg
 

PolishDeli

Smoking Fanatic
Oct 9, 2018
381
537
I top off the stuffer with bread to minimize waste.
To clean out the tubes, I use a wad of bread and push it through with a bamboo skewer.
All of that meat+bread gets pan fried and fed to the dogs along with any left over lengths of casing.
 
  • Like
Reactions: poacherjoe

boykjo

Renowned Sausage Maker
Staff member
Moderator
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Apr 28, 2010
7,611
1,139
Raleigh,NC
A simple coat hanger and a piece of paper towel will push the meat out of the tube.
I'll push the paper tower right into the casing. Adds fiber.........lol

coat hangar.jpeg
 

chopsaw

Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
★ Lifetime Premier ★
Dec 14, 2013
14,702
12,745
OFallon Mo.
Do you oil them like you would a cutting board to seal them?
No . I use plastic like Dan or just a paper towel . That spray in the picture is food service no rinse . 90 seconds kills the nasty stuff . Not worried about the sides , but I do keep an eye on the end grain .
I like Joe's method . Clean your tubes and find the underground water pipes in your yard .
 

chopsaw

Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
★ Lifetime Premier ★
Dec 14, 2013
14,702
12,745
OFallon Mo.
Got me thinking now . I have a couple extra gun cleaning kits in the basement . A 12 and 20 ga. Brush wrapped in plastic just might work nice .
 
  • Like
Reactions: DougE

DougE

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Apr 13, 2010
3,252
3,412
Richmond,KY
Got me thinking now . I have a couple extra gun cleaning kits in the basement . A 12 and 20 ga. Brush wrapped in plastic just might work nice .
I was thinking someone needs to make something like a bore snake for stuffing horns. Not for shoving the meat out, but for washing inside.
 
  • Like
Reactions: chopsaw

chopsaw

Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
★ Lifetime Premier ★
Dec 14, 2013
14,702
12,745
OFallon Mo.
I was thinking someone needs to make something like a bore snake for stuffing horns. Not for shoving the meat out, but for washing inside.
There ya go . I have several different sizes of foam backer rod in the garage . Next sausage run I'm gonna try it and just throw it away that section away .
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: DougE

JckDanls 07

Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Group Lead
Sep 10, 2011
7,330
1,875
Tampa area, Florida.
I use the paper towel wad and push it through with a handle on a wood mixing spoon... it all gets pushed into the casing and then the wad of paper towel gets squeezed back out of the casing...

For cleaning... I found a variety pack of bottle brushes that has different sizes and lengths ... Harbor Freight (I think... the minds a terrible thing )...
 

halleoneagain

Meat Mopper
Sep 20, 2022
179
170
Eastern Washington
I purchased the LEM grinder cleaning kit with silicone spray a few years ago, and the brushes are good quality. I pretty much use just the 3/4" SS tube for sausage (Hakka stuffer), and the handle of my wok tool conveniently fits all the way to the bottom of that tube. Before the wok tool, I'd do the paper towel trick, but I think Chop's dowel idea is right on.
 
  • Like
Reactions: poacherjoe

poacherjoe

Smoking Fanatic
Original poster
Thread starter
Nov 7, 2019
578
718
Central Ca
I purchased the LEM grinder cleaning kit with silicone spray a few years ago, and the brushes are good quality. I pretty much use just the 3/4" SS tube for sausage (Hakka stuffer), and the handle of my wok tool conveniently fits all the way to the bottom of that tube. Before the wok tool, I'd do the paper towel trick, but I think Chop's dowel idea is right on.
The wooden spoons in our turn style are my dowels . Maybe we need to get a patent on a mini plunger type device in a varied diameter's for the various ID's of the stuffing horns we use ?
 

halleoneagain

Meat Mopper
Sep 20, 2022
179
170
Eastern Washington
...or water when there is a drought....oh wait-there is a drought!
Our drought is ending as we speak - been raining all night, and it looks like it will keep on doing so, until the first big freeze tomorrow night, and darn, the company that blows out the irrigation lines doesn't come until the end of the week!
 

Hot Threads