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Sausages are delicious and usually an all-time favourite. And it’s more delicious when they are homemade!
Now if you’ve been wanting to make your own sausage at home but are discouraged by the expensive or annoying to use commercial sausage stuffers, here’s a solution – make your own homemade sausage stuffer!
This DIY project is a very easy build as it is simply designed to function like a big syringe. It’s made with a stainless steel utensil holder, scrap timber and a few other parts that you can easily find in home improvement or hardware stores. You can also use other similar parts that you may already have at home as long as it is safe to use for food.
The homemade sausage stuffer you see here can hold up to five pounds of sausage. The size of the stainless steel container is indicated in the materials listed below. All other measurements were based on it. If you’re going to use a different size of container, then you simply adjust accordingly. :)
This DIY project will only cost you around $30. By making your own sausage stuffer, you get to save around $100 since commercial products usually cost $130!
What’s not to love about this DIY project? :)
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- 5″ diameter, 6″ tall Stainless Steel Cylindrical Utensil Holder
- 2 pcs 5″ x 7.5″ x 1/2″ Plastic Cutting Board (High Density Polyethelyene)
- 1 pc 2″ x 2″ x 1/2″ Plastic Cutting Board (High Density Polyethelyene)
- 1 pc 2″ x 7″ x 3/4″ Hardwood
- 1 pc 6″ x 6″ x 1″ Wood
- 2 pcs 3/8″, 8″ long Bolts with Wingnuts
- 1 pc 3/8″, 8″ long Carriage Bolts (stainless and threaded)
- Sausage Stuffer Nozzles
- 1 pc Casement Window Crank
- 8 pcs 3/4″ Screws (brass or stainless)
- Mineral Oil
- Table Saw
- Drill (with various bits and 1 1/2″ bi-metal holesaw)
- 3/4″ Paddle or Forstner Bit
- 3/8″ Tap
Make the base: I made my base out of a salvaged cutting board from a deli. You could use wood but plastic is really easier to work with and it looks cleaner.
Cut two pieces of the HDPE to size- 5″ x 7 1/2″.
Clamp the base parts together and drill two holes in them. Each hole should be 5/8″ in from the end and centered in the width. The holes need to be big enough to let the 3/8″ bolts slide through easily.
Find the center of each of the pieces.
On the first one (base) drill a 1/8″ pilot hole in the center. On the other (guide), mark a line down the center and trace the bottom of the stainless container.
Cut the circle you traced out carefully with a jigsaw. The circle is going to be the plunger and the outsides are guides for the container.
Set the circle aside and attach the guides to the base with some of the 3/4″ screws. The guides should hold the container snugly in place.
Top bar: My top bar is made from a piece of Ipe (super dense tropical hardwood) salvaged from a piece of decking. You can use anything that is available. The wood is threaded to the plunger, so the stronger the better.
Cut the wood to 2″ x 7 1/2″.
Drill two holes in the ends just like the ones in the base. Place them 5/8″ in from the end and centered on the width. Same diameter as the holes in the base.
Drill and tap a 3/8″ hole in the center.
Sand the wood and lightly round the edges and corners so it feels good in your hand.
Apply a coating of mineral oil.
Drill the big hole: This method for drilling the big hole at the bottom of the base and the container is certainly not the only way to go about it but it worked well for me as it kept the holes aligned. It also prevented the stainless container from spinning while drilling.
Take the container and sandwich it between the base and the top bar.
Use the 8″ bolts to hold everything together.
Place two pieces of wood on the ground and put the top bar between them. The edge of the container will be resting on the wood pieces.
Stand on the wood and use the pilot hole in the base to guide you as you drill the 1 1/2″ hole. Make sure that your hole saw is for cutting metal or you will trash it on the stainless steel. Use plenty of oil to keep things cool.
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