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Old 02-11-2019, 10:04 PM   #1
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This is not much of a DIY but perhaps it will help someone. We like to store ground venison and pan sausage in one pound packages. I made these molds from some 4" PVC 2-1/4" long. Packed with ground meat they measure out very consistently at one pound. I make up several of the one pound slugs and the vacuum seal to complete. It speeds up a time consuming process.
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:13 PM   #2
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Cool, gonna have to try this thanks for sharing
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:33 AM   #3
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Great Idea!
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:39 AM   #4
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Good job!

Maybe a 6" x 1" for burger patties?
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:46 AM   #5
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That is a great idea.
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:46 AM   #6
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Academy sells a 1lb package for ground meat, 100ct is $10. You just have to stuff the bags to the line, tie it up and freeze.
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:57 AM   #7
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Academy sells a 1lb package for ground meat, 100ct is $10. You just have to stuff the bags to the line, tie it up and freeze.
Those work just fine but I prefer to vacuum seal like the OP because I can flatten the meat out before freezing and to thaw only takes about 20 minutes in a sink of cool water. Seems like the center of those tubes take forever to finally thaw completely.
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Old 02-12-2019, 12:15 PM   #8
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Be careful there, PVC isn’t necessarily food safe.
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Old 02-12-2019, 12:30 PM   #9
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Yeah only 70%+ of the water supply for the entire country runs through PVC pipe. Not much more intimate human contact than a blood infusion, and blood bags are made of PVC.

PVC can have some bad additives put in it during the manufacturing process, but the good grades are very safe. Also PVC is very recyclable, making the green folks happier.
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Old 02-12-2019, 12:46 PM   #10
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What Vac sealer are you using?
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Old 02-12-2019, 06:33 PM   #11
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What Vac sealer are you using?
Mine is an ďantiqueĒ FoodSaver. No telling how many lbs of meat have been through it. It has died and been resurrected several times. I keep it because it needs a little less bag to seal.
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:07 PM   #12
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Good job!

Maybe a 6" x 1" for burger patties?


I have had a PVC burger "maker" ring for a whole bunch of years. I pretty much know what size ball to start with and then push it down in the "mold". Perfect burgers, exactly the same size every time.
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:29 AM   #13
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Old 02-13-2019, 10:00 AM   #14
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That's a great idea. I have been using a Rudy's cup for 2# and a TBH cup for 1#. Works OK, but if you pack it too tight the suction makes it a pain to get the meat to drop out.

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Yeah only 70%+ of the water supply for the entire country runs through PVC pipe. Not much more intimate human contact than a blood infusion, and blood bags are made of PVC.

PVC can have some bad additives put in it during the manufacturing process, but the good grades are very safe. Also PVC is very recyclable, making the green folks happier.
This made me laugh. Not food safe, but OK to drink water from it.
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:09 AM   #15
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That's a great idea. I have been using a Rudy's cup for 2# and a TBH cup for 1#. Works OK, but if you pack it too tight the suction makes it a pain to get the meat to drop out.





This made me laugh. Not food safe, but OK to drink water from it.
It’s a pretty simple fact... some is safe and some isn’t. It’s not a crazy concept.

PVC is used for cold water delivery only because heat can make the chemicals leach out. CPVC is used for hot water. There are additives in drinking water that keep chemicals from leaching out of all types of pipes. The Flint water crisis happened because the city stopped putting in those additives and the lead pipes started leaching.

There is a reason why commercial kitchens pay double or triple for stainless ring or silicone ring molds... and it isn’t because they like to spend more money.

Anyways, it’s no skin off my back what you do. There are plenty of other things that’ll probably kill us all before that will.

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Old 02-14-2019, 08:43 AM   #16
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Itís a pretty simple fact... some is safe and some isnít. Itís not a crazy concept.

PVC is used for cold water delivery only because heat can make the chemicals leach out. CPVC is used for hot water. There are additives in drinking water that keep chemicals from leaching out of all types of pipes. The Flint water crisis happened because the city stopped putting in those additives and the lead pipes started leaching.

There is a reason why commercial kitchens pay double or triple for stainless ring or silicone ring molds... and it isnít because they like to spend more money.

Anyways, itís no skin off my back what you do. There are plenty of other things thatíll probably kill us all before that will.

What additives? My family has worked in the municipal water and waste water field for 30 years and the only thing added in most cases is Chlorine to treat well water.

What about the millions of homes that are on private wells?

Is PEX food grade?




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Old 02-14-2019, 11:42 AM   #17
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I used a small loaf pan for many years, made exactly a pound, but several years back started using the 1 lb plastic bags, put a summer sausage tube on your grinder and shoot the meat straight in the bag as you are grinding, LEM makes a tape dispenser, to tie the top. works really neat and fast. You can get the bags on Amazon
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Old 02-14-2019, 11:47 AM   #18
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I used a small loaf pan for many years, made exactly a pound, but several years back started using the 1 lb plastic bags, put a summer sausage tube on your grinder and shoot the meat straight in the bag as you are grinding, LEM makes a tape dispenser, to tie the top. works really neat and fast. You can get the bags on Amazon
This is my method. Can't do it any faster or neater.
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Old 02-18-2019, 12:44 PM   #19
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its nice to vac pack the slugs and mash flat... stack and freeze quick and defrosting takes no time... thanks for the heads up
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Old 02-18-2019, 12:56 PM   #20
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I work in the Plastic pipe business

FYI:
CPVC Thermoplastics can handle fluids at service temperatures up to 200įF.
PVC thermoplastic can handle fluids at service temperatures up to 140įF
PVC & CPVC pipe & fittings are Certified for potable water service by NSF
International and manufactured in strict compliance
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