Air pockets in sausage

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by cj5muddslinger, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. I made some andouille over the weekend and had some trouble with getting a lot of air pockets in the casing. I use my grinder with the stuffing attachment. Are there any tricks to this or should I invest in a dedicated sausage stuffer? Thanks Tom
  2. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    I would spend the coin and get a LEM 5lb stuffer, or the cheaper Gander Mountain plastic gear equivalents.  Really makes the job much easier.  I love my LEM.
  3. goliath

    goliath Smoking Fanatic

    and remember you can use a big hat pin or sausage pin to "prick" the air bubble so it can escape. sausage looks better smoked with the bubbles gone and the smoke penetrates better i think..

  4. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  5. Thanks for ideas. I popped the ones I could see but my problem is more with the ones I could see.
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Prick them all a couple of times. Any unseen air will escape and the sausage will not burst when cooking. A dedicated stuffer, packed carefully, will eliminate air pockets and is much faster and easier to stuff the casing. The other option to get by with the grinder is to get help. One person continuously feeds the meat in tamping out air and the other guides and manages the casing. Slow and more work but will get the job done until...JJ
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2016
  7. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    With a dedicated stuffer you can control the stuffing speed a little better (slower!). I use a medium size safety pin to prick them, but with a chunky mix like the recipe I use for Anduille, it's hard to keep all the air pockets out. They still taste good, pockets or not :)

  8. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I vote for the dedicated stuffer... so much easier ... if your gonna continue using the grinder as a stuffer I suggest you get a foot pedal to control it.... turn off before neck gets empty.. refill and go again.. I agree 2 people will be much better ....

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