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making sausage. What cuts of meat?

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  • EoinEoin Posts: 2,062
    lkapigian said:
    Eoin said:
    I have been close to buying a grinder for a while now. This is pushing me over the edge.

    FWIW I have a #12 LEM and an LEM Stuffer BUT, I started ( and loved) my Less Than $50.00 Harbor Freight Grinder...worked like a champ and got me started...the stuffing attachment ( on any grinder ) is ok for a few pounds, anything more than that get a dedicated..but if you have a Harbor Freight near by, go buy one
    I'm in the UK and LEM stuff doesn't seem to be available here. A lot of US consumer stuff has disappeared here since the £ went down thw toilet after the Brexit vote. 
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 13,824
    Eoin said:
    lkapigian said:
    Eoin said:
    I have been close to buying a grinder for a while now. This is pushing me over the edge.

    FWIW I have a #12 LEM and an LEM Stuffer BUT, I started ( and loved) my Less Than $50.00 Harbor Freight Grinder...worked like a champ and got me started...the stuffing attachment ( on any grinder ) is ok for a few pounds, anything more than that get a dedicated..but if you have a Harbor Freight near by, go buy one
    I'm in the UK and LEM stuff doesn't seem to be available here. A lot of US consumer stuff has disappeared here since the £ went down thw toilet after the Brexit vote. 
    I'm sure there's some quality German sausage making equipment you can find over there. 
  • EoinEoin Posts: 2,062
    edited May 2017
    Eoin said:
    lkapigian said:
    Eoin said:
    I have been close to buying a grinder for a while now. This is pushing me over the edge.

    FWIW I have a #12 LEM and an LEM Stuffer BUT, I started ( and loved) my Less Than $50.00 Harbor Freight Grinder...worked like a champ and got me started...the stuffing attachment ( on any grinder ) is ok for a few pounds, anything more than that get a dedicated..but if you have a Harbor Freight near by, go buy one
    I'm in the UK and LEM stuff doesn't seem to be available here. A lot of US consumer stuff has disappeared here since the £ went down thw toilet after the Brexit vote. 
    I'm sure there's some quality German sausage making equipment you can find over there. 
    We got a nice German meat slicer. Looking at Polish for the grinder.

    Edit: BTW, the £ is also down the toilet against the Euro, everything is more expensive. Even UK made have to pay more for raw materials so prices are up. Currency devaluation is just getting poorer.
  • lkapigian said:
    Eoin said:
    I have been close to buying a grinder for a while now. This is pushing me over the edge.

    FWIW I have a #12 LEM and an LEM Stuffer BUT, I started ( and loved) my Less Than $50.00 Harbor Freight Grinder...worked like a champ and got me started...the stuffing attachment ( on any grinder ) is ok for a few pounds, anything more than that get a dedicated..but if you have a Harbor Freight near by, go buy one
    2nd for the #12 LEM grinder and LEM stuffer. I also started with the Kitchen-Aid grinder attachment, then I went to a Kitchener #12 and finally to the LEM. The Kitchen-Aid is OK but a pain to use. The Kitchener was good but I wanted a more powerful unit so I went to the LEM.
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  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 9,140
    You guys are going to be the death of me.  I wonder if I can slip a Weston #22 past the boss?
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  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 4,301
    You guys are going to be the death of me.  I wonder if I can slip a Weston #22 past the boss?
    Kind of wish I got the 22...no, the 12 is more than enough, but it would have been cool just because. And I only have me to answer to. The 12 is a heavy and heat duty machine ...on the stuffer, you may think the 5 pounder is enough, doing it again I'd do nothing less than 10 or 15. I have found that my batches are now always 10 to 20 pounds...in the beginning it was a couple pounds 
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  • westernbbqwesternbbq Posts: 2,311
    @lkapigian , i have the LEM 12 grinder and the 5 lb and 15 lb cannister sausage stuffers.   I saw the harbor freight model not too long ago and thought about picking one up for smaller batches.  How do you like it in terms of power and ease of cleaning?

    As to the stuffers i tried stuffing attachments on KA amd on lem and the piston driven crank is the only way to go IMO.
  • etherdome said:
    So my grandfather was a butcher is rural SC and used to make some killer bulk sausage. Never put it in casings, purely bulk to make your own patties with.  I was recently given the recipe which was ingredients per 100 pounds of meat. He used to just use "a pig".  I have adjusted the recipe to 5 pounds of meat and recently gave it a whirl.   I used 5 pounds of ground pork butt and mixed ingredients by hand a little at a time.   When I cooked it, the flavor was there but the patties were rubbery and didn't even produce grease or moisture in  the pan when cooking. Visually it appeared to have plenty of fat in it.   I felt as if I were eating turkey sausage.  What cuts of meat do you typically use for sausage and any opinions on why this happened?  Do I need to mix in maybe 20% pork belly or something?  Thanks in advance.

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  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 4,301
    @lkapigian , i have the LEM 12 grinder and the 5 lb and 15 lb cannister sausage stuffers.   I saw the harbor freight model not too long ago and thought about picking one up for smaller batches.  How do you like it in terms of power and ease of cleaning?

    As to the stuffers i tried stuffing attachments on KA amd on lem and the piston driven crank is the only way to go IMO.
    @westernbbq...it has enough power for small batches ( I've done up to 20# with it no problem) and just as easy to clean as LEM, just don't put the parts in the dishwasher....I use my LEM for big and small batches, but if you have the extra room for an additional grinder, you will like it...it is noisy compared to the LEM though
    Visalia, Ca
  • westernbbqwesternbbq Posts: 2,311
    @lkapigian, noisy huh?  I thought the LEM was loud

    I am grinding up 75# of pork shoulder on sunday.  Its my pre summer pork packtackular so i can be ready for the trips and sausage demands of the summer

    Im good through july with that much meat!
  • pineypiney Posts: 1,343
    Sea2Ski said:
    Interesting that you add more fat. I suppose that might be the ticket for you in this case.

    I use boneless butts from Costco unless we slaughter and butcher a pig. I have never needed to add fat. But then again I always put the sausage in a casing.  My recipes also have some sort of liquid ingredient whether water, wine or beer.  Perhaps when not in casing, you need a bit more fat due to nothing "sealing" the moisture in. 
    I do make a fairly large quantities when I make it though and it is a blast to do. I think this was a 30-40'ish lb batch. 


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  • pineypiney Posts: 1,343
    The next time @Sea2Ski attends Butt Blast we need to pick his brain!
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  • Sea2SkiSea2Ski Posts: 2,979
    If you want, I can make fresh and bring some next year (it is going to happen??) but there was already so much food!  I did not even get a chance to make the cheesesteak stuff I had. 
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  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 4,301
    @lkapigian, noisy huh?  I thought the LEM was loud

    I am grinding up 75# of pork shoulder on sunday.  Its my pre summer pork packtackular so i can be ready for the trips and sausage demands of the summer

    Im good through july with that much meat!
    @westernbbq , hopefully there is not a problem with yours, mine is ultra quiet and can easily talk over it........One of the quietest I have heard, you tube the #12 LEM and see if yours is any noisier than the vids
    Visalia, Ca
  • westernbbqwesternbbq Posts: 2,311
    Ill let you know on sunday.  I just got 75 lbs of shoulder that ill be grounding up on sunday.  Im pretty excited!
  • westernbbqwesternbbq Posts: 2,311
    edited May 2017
    lkapigian said:
    @lkapigian, noisy huh?  I thought the LEM was loud

    I am grinding up 75# of pork shoulder on sunday.  Its my pre summer pork packtackular so i can be ready for the trips and sausage demands of the summer

    Im good through july with that much meat!
    @westernbbq , hopefully there is not a problem with yours, mine is ultra quiet and can easily talk over it........One of the quietest I have heard, you tube the #12 LEM and see if yours is any noisier than the vids
    youre right, lem 12 isnt that loud after all ...buddy and i ground up 75 lbs of pork shoulder.  I de boned them first and was able to move pretty fast on deboning process.   The case i got was 75 lbs, just over, and deboning was 4-5.lbs lost and i had some loin chops in freezer i was saving to add to this batch which was about 5 lbs.   So, the end result was 75.change lbs of ground pork to be seal vac bagged and then freeze until we are ready to make some sasage!
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