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Old 03-06-2008, 07:13 PM   #1
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"I Want Sausage"

Greetings all. I have been toying with the idea of making my own sausage and Iím just starting to look online for grinders with attachments for stuffing. I donít want to spend a ton of money as this will be more of a hobby weekend kind of thing. Iíll be making breakfast sausage patties and links for the smoker. Iíve seen hand grinders and the electric ones, what are the pros and cons between the two besides the obvious? Thanks in advance and any helpful hints from you pros would be most appreciated.
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:28 PM   #2
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I haven't used the manual grinders before but I have used the kitchen aide mixer attachment. It took a very long time to grind and stuff the sausage. Now we would make about 20 pounds. It would take us about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

I bought the LEM .35 horsepower grinder from the Bass Pro Shop...I was about $169 or $189 on sale. It is now $249. It can flat out grind the meat.

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Bass Pro Shop

I also have a 11 pound stuffer which stuffs the sausage into casings a lot faster than feeding the meat back through the grinder using the stuffer attachment.

You can get a manual grinder with stuffing attachments pretty cheap. If you find you really are getting into sausage making you will probably up grade to the bigger electric grinders and separate stuffer.

Here is a manual grinder that can be attached to an electric motor. I consider this setup at one time.

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/ ... 7552_47552

Here is the manual grinder with the stuffer attachment included.

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/ ... 6988_36988

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Old 03-07-2008, 07:12 AM   #4
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I would go with a small electric grinder and a bucket stuffer...
you would be set for a long time.....making sausage is alot of work but the right tools can make it easier.
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Here is a pretty economical stuffer. I believe some here have order this one.

http://grizzly.com/products/5-lb-Vertic ... r-SS/H6252

Here is a small electric grinder from Northern Tools

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/ ... 6989_36989
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I bought this one and am really pleased.
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templ ... hasJS=true

It's currently on sale. I saw what I am sure was exactly the same machine, but with a yuppie label, selling for $220.
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:11 AM   #7
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Here is a pretty economical stuffer. I believe some here have order this one.

http://grizzly.com/products/5-lb-Vertic ... r-SS/H6252

Here is a small electric grinder from Northern Tools

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/ ... 6989_36989
Thats the stuffer I have and it works GREAT!
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:54 PM   #8
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So I just found out my wife is going to buy me the following, can't wait and I look forward to learning about making sausage so forgive me if I ask a ton of questions. I do have one question right off the bat though, I don't have a meat market close by, where can one find casings? Thanks in advance and I'll snap some pictures of my first attempt.

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/ ... 6989_36989
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Old 06-27-2008, 09:08 PM   #9
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I have bought from three different sources.

The Sausage Maker

http://www.sausagemaker.com/

Suttons Bay Trading Company

http://www.suttonsbayspices.com/Sausage_Supplies.html

and PS Seasonings and Spices

http://www.psseasoning.com/cart/index.p ... 249&page=2

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Congrats..that should make you a great grinder. I use the old fashioned el cheapo lever action 3 lb stuff. Works real well in a one person operation and you dont have to anchor it to anything. The harder you mash on the handle the mo you are pushing straight down instead of torquing it. One tip..dont never grind or try to stuff pre cured meat. It will cure in the cases as well as outside the cases. Once you get the cure in it stuff it fairly rapidly as in 30 mins or so. These folks have always treated me right. Fortunantly here in civilization there is a grocery store which sells the guts..it called Central Market. You can now buy em at Academy Sports too..but they dont keep em refrigerated. Should refrigerate guts.

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So I just found out my wife is going to buy me the following, can't wait and I look forward to learning about making sausage so forgive me if I ask a ton of questions. I do have one question right off the bat though, I don't have a meat market close by, where can one find casings? Thanks in advance and I'll snap some pictures of my first attempt.

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/ ... 6989_36989
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