Homemade sausage...Double Yum!
Expensive annoying sausage stuffer....Boo!
Homemade inexpensive easy to use stuffer....Yea!!
This stuffer was born from my frustration using the Kitchenaid sausage stuffer attachment. It's awkward to use and would be a lot easier if one were to grow an extra arm. I had no luck growing an extra arm and commercial stuffers cost almost as much as having one sewn on so I decided on the next best thing. The total cost for a homemade sausage stuffer was around $30.
This design is basically a big syringe. My measurements are based off of the size of the stainless steel container I found. It was originally intended to be a utensil holder. I like this size because it holds a full batch of sausage ~ 5lbs. If you find a different container adjust your dimensions accordingly. Just make sure your container is made of stainless steel and has smooth sides that don't taper much.
Step 1: Stuff You're Gonna Need
1 Stainless steel utensil holder 5" dia x 6" tall (try Walmart or Bed Bath and Beyond)
HDPE (High density polyethelyene aka plastic cutting board)
2 @ 5" x 7.5" x 1/2"
1 @ 2" x 2" x 1/2"
1 piece hardwood 2" x 7" x 3/4"
1 piece wood 6" x 6" x 1"
2 3/8" bolts- 8" long & wingnuts
1 3/8" carriage bolt 8" long must be threaded most if not all the way (stainless if possible)
Kitchenaid sausage stuffer nozzles
1 casement window crank (try the re-store)
8 3/4" screws (brass or stainless)
A little bit of mineral oil (a food grade oil that you can get at pharmacies)
A smallish clamp
Asstd. drill bits
1 1/2" bi-metal holesaw
3/4" paddle or Forstner bit