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Meat processing at home discussion #7283446
06/10/21 09:22 PM
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Hi. I am looking for info on gear to begin processing meat at home. I can read all the articles on different gear I want, but would rather hear personal views on what y’all consider to be the best meat grinders, recipes etc. So in your opinion are the best products to start out with? Thanks!


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Re: Meat processing at home discussion [Re: InTheDitch] #7283449
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AS far as grinders are concerned, don't go small. You will burn it up.

Re: Meat processing at home discussion [Re: InTheDitch] #7283459
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Re: Meat processing at home discussion [Re: InTheDitch] #7283467
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Band Saw, for rough cuts a Sawzall works great. JMO


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Re: Meat processing at home discussion [Re: InTheDitch] #7283469
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I like LEM products.

Re: Meat processing at home discussion [Re: InTheDitch] #7283470
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How big of meats are you talking? A few whole pork loins, a whitetailed deer or whole hogs & beef?

Re: Meat processing at home discussion [Re: ~ADC~] #7283472
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Originally Posted by ~ADC~
How big of meats are you talking? A few whole pork loins, a whitetailed deer or whole hogs & beef?


Yup, gotta know what your dealing with. A couple of whitetails, is much different than a whole beef.

Re: Meat processing at home discussion [Re: InTheDitch] #7283473
06/10/21 09:55 PM
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I've put a lot in the freezer with nothing more than a couple sharp knives, some clean coolers or 5 gal buckets, and some freezee paper.


I've added a lot of great gear including a neighbor or 2 who will work for meat, cordless saws, big cutting boards that will handle leg quarters, a vacuum packet, big grinder with a 2 hp electric motor, and better knives (read slaughter house professional grade thanks to Horn).


You can also vacuum pack cash if you want the highway patrol to believe you are a drug dealer LOL


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Re: Meat processing at home discussion [Re: InTheDitch] #7283482
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Probably wouldnt get less than a 1HP grinder. Smaller grinders if you do more than a few pounds of meat, the meat will literally be cooked by the time you bag it if you double grind then stuff. They do make ice packs made to fit around the grinder to keep it cool, sticking the throat and auger in the freezer can help for a while. Get a foot pedal attachment too if you cant conscript help for the stuffing process.

A vac sealer is a must have, I think ours is a cabelas model. If you're running through the vac sealer at once with no breaks, you might want to get a heavier duty model. If you seal as you go, that cuts down on the heat.

Dont need to get fancy on knives, or big unless your dealing with pigs or anything bigger than whitetail or mule deer. I use a 2" blade to debone deer. Save the long knives for fish and trimming the cuts.

Speaking of cuts, I prefer not to cut the cuts into steaks, stir fry, cube steaks, stew meat, etc until its time to cook. Who knows what you or who will be cooking that day will be in the mood to do. Leaving the cuts whole gives you options. Plus I prefer to cook the cuts whole then slice into steaks to serve as it makes it easier to control cook time and keeps the meat from drying out as easily.

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Re: Meat processing at home discussion [Re: InTheDitch] #7283489
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I have a old Cummings meat saw with a grinder attachment on it, a old butcher friend would freeze my deer meat then cut it on a band saw.


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Re: Meat processing at home discussion [Re: InTheDitch] #7283490
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As stated all depends what you want to do. Few poinds of summer sausage or snack sticks is way different then cutting and wrapping beef or hogs. Ive got just about a complete commercial butcher shop off craigslist over the last year for under 2 grand. Just working on the walk in cooler part now, one will show up .
Saw 1000
Grinder 200
Cuber 180
Various totes and knives 100
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Re: Meat processing at home discussion [Re: InTheDitch] #7283515
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I plan on using it for big game. So deer, hogs and whatever else will make good sausage! Thank you for the reply’s I’ll definitely add a cuber and vacuum sealer to the list. I’ve been looking at the Weston meat grinders and have read good things about them. Anyone ever use one?


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Re: Meat processing at home discussion [Re: InTheDitch] #7283516
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Nice set up NVW, I'd love to have a walk in freezer or even just a cooler to hang red meat


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Re: Meat processing at home discussion [Re: InTheDitch] #7283520
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A walk in cooler would be nice.


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Re: Meat processing at home discussion [Re: InTheDitch] #7283540
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Got a big 4 door commercial freezer for free that we will put a new compressor in

Re: Meat processing at home discussion [Re: InTheDitch] #7283544
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Honestly, I can process a whole whitetailed deer in short order with a couple good knives and a Kitchen-aid mixer with grinder attachment. I use a jerky cannon to stuff sausages and of course fill the dehydrator with ground jerky from the scraps. The mixer does great mixing the meats. Add a box of bacon ends and pieces and a couple big pork shoulder roasts and you can make some good stuff. Save your beef trimmings too from briskets and steak cuts, freeze them and break them out come sausage making time too. I really enjoy the whole process.

Re: Meat processing at home discussion [Re: InTheDitch] #7283548
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What a spoil sport!


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Re: Meat processing at home discussion [Re: InTheDitch] #7283588
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A canner & I like wide mouth mason jars. Canning a batch will save you some freezer space & you have less to mess with during a power outage. Welcome to hurricane country!

Re: Meat processing at home discussion [Re: InTheDitch] #7283608
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What ever you buy, learn how to bone out anything you process. You won't need a saw. Also, if there is concern about CWD in any animal you process, the protein prions exist in the nervous system tissue, so boning will avoid exposing any of that tissue. You'll save space in the freezer also.

And as mentioned, grinder wise, purchase one step up in size from what you think you will need.

I bought a LEM#8 a few years ago and have been satisfied with it.

Re: Meat processing at home discussion [Re: InTheDitch] #7283625
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A boning knife, a meat hook to hold onto your chunks while boning and a vacuum sealer.
A longer knife to trim, and a grinder if your doing sausage...
I've put up lots of meat with even less than the above..

All the big toys are great, but you need a place to put and store them.

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