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MangoChutney's picture
MangoChutney

Meat Grinder Opinions?

I am looking to buy a standalone electric meat grinder (not a stand mixer attachment).  I have scoured Amazon's selection for hours on end and cannot tell which one of those with a moderate price is best.  I am wanting to grind poultry, pork, and perhaps lamb or beef, for meatballs, meatloaves, steamed meat dumplings, sausage patties, etc.  Stuffing sausage casings is not something I am interested in doing.

 

 

cmkrause's picture
cmkrause

Having a small kitchen and an even smaller pantry, I prefer tools that serve more than one purpose.  Thus, I find that my food processor does a great job "grinding meat".  Cook's Illustrated has even recommended this method for chopping beef and chicken for burgers, and I have used it for meatloaf and meatballs.  The trick is to freeze the meat slightly before chopping so you don't end up with a fatty mess.  I have even thought about buying a grinder attachment for my KA, but I am very happy with the results I get from the processor.  Just a thought!  Good luck!

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boilerbaker

I love the meat grinder attachment for my Bosch--I have both the big Bosch and the compact model, and have the meat grinder for both.  With the meat grinder attachment, I can add a berry attachment that allows me to de-seed blackberries, raspberries, etc, which was part of the reason I purchased the meat grinders is the first place.

texalp's picture
texalp

 Try Cabella's or Gander Moutain; Hunters are always using meat grinders.

 Al

Crider's picture
Crider

But watch them at work on youtube videos. 

BettyR's picture
BettyR

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012KJBR0

My husband hunts and I have processed up to 100 pounds of meat at a time with this grinder. It is a real work horse.
I do make and stuff sausage with it, we have a smokehouse and enjoy making our own smoked sausage.

When I first got it I was used to a hand crank model and there is a bit of a learning curve with it. There were no instructions with it so it was a bit like the blind leading the blind until I figured out which blades and attachments I liked the best.

If you are going to be grinding a couple of pounds of meat at a time I would go with a table mounted, hand crank model. I have used one for years and it's still the one I go for when I'm just grinding a few pounds of meat. The only time I drag out the electric grinder is when I processing a whole animal.

pasta_lover's picture
pasta_lover

I would definitely go with one of the small electric meat grinders by Weston. Their manual meat grinders work just as well too (and are less expensive, although really, if it's an appliance that's going to last a really long time, these are quite affordable)... but the electric one is so convenient.

MangoChutney's picture
MangoChutney

I have my mother's old Universal hand-crank meat grinder, but I can't find the blade in my messy basement.  It's certainly rusty and probably dull by now, anyway.  It's at least 50 years old, and possibly much more depending on where my mother got it.  I've kept it for emergencies, although I can't imagine what that would be since I have lived without a working meat grinder for a couple of decades now on account of the missing blade.

In the end, I got a Waring Pro MG800.  Today I ground a pound each of frozen broccoli and semi-frozen pork tenderloin.  It seemed to work fine.  The pusher is lame, being also the storage container for the sausage nozzles and therefore a nuisance to clean after use since it is not watertight.  Aside from that, I am satisfied.

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enfuegoinc

Depending on your storage space in the pantry, I recommend an Electric Grinder. Higher-end and cost is LEM: http://www.meatgrindersnow.com/catalog/item/8171010/8922584.htm

Middle rande is a Weston:  http://www.meatgrindersnow.com/catalog/item/8171010/8858189.htm

A versitle Manual Grinder, Chopper that is great for Meat, Nuts and Vegetables is the Universal: http://www.meatgrindersnow.com/catalog/item/8177550/8869280.htm

pasta_lover's picture
pasta_lover

Definitely get a Weston meat grinder: http://www.westonsupply.com/Meat-Grinders-s/68.htm. Had a lem and it was a 'lem-on'

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msiferllc

Go with a grinder from http://grindrxl.com.  They carry Weston and LEM grinders, which are the best in the industry.

enfuegoinc's picture
enfuegoinc

 

We have two promotions for March on high quality electric meat grinders:

http://www.meatgrindersnow.com/catalog/item/8171010/9233257.htm

The Waring® Pro® Professional Meat Grinder lets you make sausage and ground-meat specialties at home. This professional-quality grinder features an extra-large, die-cast hopper, heavy-duty 450-watt motor and an easy-to-operate on/off toggle switch with a reverse function. The brushed stainless-steel housing is easy to clean, and the grinder disassembles for hand washing. Includes three cutting plates for grinding meats and vegetables (fine, medium and coarse), plus two attachments for preparing homemade sausage. Waring® Pro® – designed for safety, convenience and perfect performance.

  • Heavy-duty 450-watt motor
  • Processes up to 550 lbs. of meat per hour
  • Extra-large die-cast hopper
  • Sausage attachments
  • UL/CUL approved
  • 5-year limited motor warranty
  • 10.4L x 9.1W x 15.5H inches 
  • Shipping Weight: 11.85 lbs 
  • SKU: 223414534

http://www.meatgrindersnow.com/catalog/item/8171010/8861193.htm

The above Deni model is due in stock on March 26th.

POWERFUL 1HP (800 WATT) MOTOR (out of stock)Our Price is over 13% below retail!

Discover the advantages of home meat grinding with the Deni Professional-Grade Meat Grinder. With one of the most powerful motors on the market, this unit is designed for people concerned with keeping a healthy diet. Grinding your own meat assures the freshness and quality of meat that goes into your meals. Grind venison, chicken, beef, pork, veal, and ham to make a variety of meals. Make gourmet sausages, meat salads, lasagna, hamburgers, etc.

  • Features:
    Powerful 1HP (800 WATT) motor
    Grinds 3 lbs of meat per minute
    On/Off/Reverse function
    Reverse motor frees clogged food without disassembling the grinder
    Brushed stainless steel housing
    Easy to assemble and clean

    Grinder Includes:
    1 Cutting blade
    3 Durable diecast grinding plates (2.9mm, 4.9mm, 22.7mm)
    1 Sausage stuffer
    1 Food pusher
    Large Hopper
  • Grinding Plates:
  • Heavy-duty metal that withstands high temperatures and has increases resistance to corrosion
  • Fine (2.9mm) - used for breakfast sausage, spreads, pates, baby food, hamburgers
     
  • Medium (4.9mm) - used for Polish and Italian sausage, ground meat in soup or relishes
     
  • Coarse (22.7mm) - used for larger sausages, ground meat in chili or with vegetables
MangoChutney's picture
MangoChutney

Well, my Waring Pro grinder did not survive its first jam. Even though I immediately reversed the motor and cleared the screw of the offending material, the plastic gears were evidentially already damaged. The odd thing is that the grinder worked for the rest of that session, but the next time I went to use it would only grind about three pieces of lean stew meat at a time before the screw stalled and had to be restarted. I guess something plastic that was only cracked fell apart when I moved it to and from storage. Repair is impossible locally. Waring recommended that I ship it to Connecticut for repair.

Needing a fast replacement, I bought a Deni grinder on sale for half the price of the Waring Pro. I thought it would suffice for simple grinding if I was careful. It is smaller, less effective, and messy. It will work in emergencies, I will give it that. What I don't give it is even as long to break as the Waring Pro. The thing smells like an overheated motor the entire time it is running, even with nothing in the hopper.

Next I am going to buy a Weston, made with metal gears and costing three times as much as the Waring Pro. I guess I should have bought a Weston in the first place, but I had no idea grinding ordinary food required such a heavy duty machine. I mean, we aren't talking chicken necks here.

pasta_lover's picture
pasta_lover

Yeah, definitely go for a Weston. If you're looking for an affordable commercial one with metal gears, I saw this one on sale: http://www.westonsupply.com/Michael-Symon-Meat-Grinder-p/08-0801-m.htm ... I have this one though, it has plastic gears, but I've put it through a lot and it's always ran great: http://www.westonsupply.com/Weston-8-Heavy-Duty-Meat-Grinder-for-Home-Use-p/33-0201-w.htm

MangoChutney's picture
MangoChutney

The one I've ordered is the Weston Pro Series #22 Food Grinder 1HP. It says it has all metal gear construction. It's probably overkill, but I'm tired of holding my breath to see if my grinder makes it through today's two pounds of relatively soft food (cubed stew meat and chopped broccoli).

I was sorry to see the Waring Pro bite the dust, and would happily have paid to repair it locally since it was my mistake that broke it. It worked fine until I tried to put softened barley through it with the stew meat. That turned out to be too hard for it. I should have cooked the barley instead of just soaking it. I'm not willing to ship the Waring grinder to Connecticut, though. By the time I paid for shipping and whatever they charged to refurbish it, I might have paid for a new one. I would certainly have paid for the Deni, which is why I made that erroneous purchase.

Well, the whole experience made the decision of spending on the Weston easier for me, anyway. *laugh*

MangoChutney's picture
MangoChutney

The Weston is magnificent. Not only does it grind meat, fish, and broccoli without even noticing it, but it quickly makes 1/2" meat cubes with this larger grinder plate that I bought. I have to get my husband to lift it for me if it needs moving, but he is more than happy to since he doesn't have to cube 16 pounds of meat by hand every month now. It's so nice to finally have something labeled "Pro" that apparently really is professional quality.

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PeterS

oops

MangoChutney's picture
MangoChutney

Not yet, little kitty, but I've read up on it.

Emanating from the photo below: "Can one have one's monkey slaves produce gushy food without a can? Why were we not informed of this before now?"