Tips And Tricks For Using Your Sausage Linker

Posted on: 20 May 2020

If you plan on making sausage in large quantities, then you should absolutely look into buying an industrial sausage linker. These machines make it so much easier to stuff and twist your sausage links, but there is still a bit of a learning curve. Here are some tips and tricks to help you use your sausage linker effectively.

Always soak your casings first.

Even though you'll be using a machine to fill the casings, which makes it easier to stretch them, you will still want to soak them before filling. This makes the casings more pliable so they do not tear when the linker stuffs them. To soak your casings, just place them in a bowl and cover them with warm water. Let them sit in that warm water for a while, and wiggle them around now and then just to make sure they're evenly exposed. Then, remove them from the water and pat them dry before loading them on the linker.

Use natural casings when possible.

Casings made from cellulose and fiber have their place in sausage making, but most industrial linkers are not designed for use with these tougher, thicker casings. Unless your linker's instructions specifically state it can be used with cellulose and fiber casings, stick to natural casings for the best results. Otherwise, you may end up with loosely filled sausages as the machine won't have enough power to push against the thicker casings.

Use a looser sausage mixture.

When using an industrial linker, you often have to make your sausage mixture a little looser than you would if you were just making patties or stuffing links by hand. You do this just by adding water to the sausage mix. An additional 1/4 cup water per 5 pounds of sausage mixture is usually sufficient. Depending on your sausage recipe, you could substitute apple juice, tomato juice, or any other liquid for the water to get more flavor.

Make a small batch first.

Once you have the sausage in the hopper, you have to keep going until the whole batch is in links. Make a smaller batch of sausage first so you can experiment with the timing and twisting and make sure you can handle everything before you push a larger batch of sausage through. 

With the tips and tricks above, you should have great results with your new sausage linker. Refer to the packaging instructions for more specific advice.

For more information about using a sausage twist linker machine, talk to a company that produces them like Mainca USA Inc.