A brine injector is an essential piece of equipment for any meat processing company.
These machines are used to inject a brine mixture into the meat to add weight and flavor, which ultimately leaves more money in your pocket.
Uncooked meat and poultry products are typically sold by weight. Meaning, if you can make your product weigh more, look better, and cook better for the consumer, you can charge a premium price.
A brine injector allows you to do that — and gives the consumer a better experience when they cook your product.
Quad Needle vs Single Needle Brine Injectors
Most brine injectors on the market have a quadruple needle design — meaning four needles are grouped together and function as one.
This may seem like a benefit, but most processors find that quad-needle design offers some major disadvantages.
If any of those needles hit a bone or don’t penetrate as deeply into the meat, all four needles retract, leaving you three needles short that could be injecting brine into your product.
They are also much harder to clean and tend to be more fragile.
The other option, the style we carry here at Fusion Tech, is a single needle design — meaning each needle acts independently.
If any one needle hits a bone, only that needle retracts, leaving the rest to pierce and inject the rest of your meat product.
Main Benefits of Single Needle Brine Injectors
Here are a few of the major benefits we see at Fusion Tech with single needle injectors:
1. More brine gets into the meat
As we mentioned above, single needle injectors get more brine into the meat versus quad-needles injectors.. The reason is simple: when the needles act independently from each other, only the needles that hit bone retract. More needles in the meat mean more brine is injector.
This also means you get more precision in the injection process. Single needles are able to inject brine closer to the bone, as they aren’t retracting if a needle in their “group” hits the bone.
2. Better filtration system
Single needle injectors tend to have better filtration systems as well.
When injector brine mixture with flavor into your meat, the seasoning particles or pepper flakes can clog your needles. In quad-needle injectors, that means taking apart all four needles and trying to clean them.
Single needle brine injectors, like ours here at Fusion Tech, have a filtration system that helps prevent clogging in the needles. But, even if they do get clogged, the removable heads allow you to quickly and easily clean the needle.
3. Easier to use and maintain
The main complaint we see when it comes to quadruple needle injectors is that they are extremely difficult to take apart. The reason being: the needles are threaded. Your maintenance team will need to individually twist off each needle in order to clean or replace them.
With a single needle design, you can easily remove the head and do what you need, whether it’s unclogging the needle,cleaning the components, or replacing it.
Single needle injectors are also less expensive to repair and replace, as you are only replacing one needle, not four..
4. Easier to clean
Because single needle injectors are easy to take apart, they are easier to clean. This means your brine injector will require less time to clean, giving you more operating time on the machine.
Plus, you reduce the risk of foreign contaminants getting into your meat. The easier it is to clean the needles, the more effective the clean will be.
Is a Single Needle Brine Injector Right for You?
Single needle brine injectors allow for the greatest precision, accuracy, and cleanability on the market. Our Henneken brand Brine Injectors feature single-needle design and are popular among meat processors all over the world.
To learn more about single needle injectors and whether they are the right fit for you, contact the professionals at Fusion Tech today. We are happy to assist you with any questions or needs you might have.