View Full Version : Saws, slicers, grinders, stuffers 'n such?

06-18-2009, 02:36 PM
Is there another forum for discussing all the extraneous paraphernalia necessary to support our habits? Like meat saws, slicers, meat grinders, mixer boxes, sausage stuffers and all that? I remember as a kid we used to have an extended family gathering every fall after hunting season to prep deer and such - had a major assembly line set up for butchering, grinding, mixing, and stuffing sausage.

I recall these big old cast iron meat grinders that could handle anything you tossed down the throat. One of my uncle's rigged up an electric motor, pulleys and v-belts to drive his grinder, since 'us darn kids were always complaining that our arms were tired'. My grandma had this monster vertical stuffer that I swear held 3 deer, half a cow and a whole pig, all at once! :msn-wink:

Everyone had homemade refrigerator smokers, with electric skillets in the bottom for making smoke. Wrapped in canvas, they sure turned out some mighty tasty venison sausage!

I have a basic, hand cranked, made in China meat grinder
http://www.gandermountain.com/assets/images/products/medium/401084_M1.jpg with 3 plates and a for-crap knife that wouldn't grind bananas out of the box. Hit it up with the bench grinder and the ceramic sticks and finally got an edge on the blades that have held up ok. Thinking about doing the electric motor/pully/vbelt mod to this one this fall.

My wife bought me an electric grinder from Gander Mountain for Christmas - I think it might be this one http://www.gandermountain.com/assets/images/products/medium/401783_M1.jpg http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?i=401783&pdesc=Gander_Mountain_5_Electric_Meat_Grinder&cname=Game-Processing&aID=503L5&merchID=4006&r=view
like everything, made in China, and it smells like the motor's burning up when I run it, even under no load.

I burned up an old slicer that I've had for years, and there's no replacement parts available anywhere, so I sadly gave it last rites and put it out to pasture. My wife got me this one (I think it's this one) recently, http://www.gandermountain.com/assets/images/products/medium/401332_M1.jpghttp://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?i=401332&pdesc=Gander_Mountain_Meat_Slicer&cname=Game-Processing&aID=503L5&merchID=4006&r=view
and this dang motor smells like it's burning up every time I use it, too. Since it is ALSO made in China :tap: I suspect there's no replacement parts available for it, either.

The grinder also has stuffing attachments on it - I tried it but wasn't impressed. Anyone else use the grinder as a stuffer? Knife blades in or out? I'm not keen on yet another grinding cycle as it stuffs.

Since I'm not stuffing a lot of sausage any more (but that is gonna change) I'm using this one http://www.sausage-stuffer.com/W51200_sausage_stuffers.htm
for the time being. A little tricky to pull the lever, guide the casings and twist the links all at the same time, but do-able.

right now I just mix meats and spices in tubs by hand ... anyone use one of these?

One my "one of these days" to-do list is to clear out a corner of the basement and get a stainless prep table and have a dedicated work area for processing.

06-18-2009, 02:51 PM
I use the mixer the one I have holds 17lb and works great a little bit of work to clean but worth it

06-18-2009, 02:53 PM
That's one facet of smoking I've never attempted....there are a couple guys around who do sausage, see if they chime in.

06-18-2009, 09:02 PM
"Saws, slicers, grinders, stuffers 'n such" - Sounds like you are getting your gear prepared to attend the Northern Midwest Indiana gathering!