People are progressively becoming more conscious of the foods they eat, and what exactly goes into those foods. Grinding meats at home as opposed to purchasing pre-packaged store bought meat is a great way to take care of your loved ones. Instead of consuming mystery meat for dinner, the power is in our hands as we knowingly toss choice cut meats into the grinder. You don’t need to be an expert to grind your own meat. Simply agree to say goodbye to nasty food additives, artificial colors and preservatives and say hello to a fresher future.
Grinding your own meat is certainly healthier and can be a budget friendly solution. Like any kitchen accessory, meat grinders need to be thoroughly cleaned. Since the blades and machinery regularly come into contact with raw meat, extra care is required to prevent contamination. Adequate care greatly reduces the risk of E.Coli and also improves the taste of your food. Remember in order to maintain the lifespan of your meat grinder, proper care is necessary.
The First Cleaning
The very first time using your meat grinder is a fun and exciting new experience. After removing the ground meat, but before you begin dis-assembly, try this simple trick. Toss a slice of bread into the feed tube and grind it through as you would chunks of meat. The soft bread acts as a sponge, effectively dismantling stuck on meat and gristle. Once the meat coated bread is removed, unplug the machine and proceed in the cleaning process.
Make sure your grinder is unplugged before taking it apart. Begin by removing the machine’s key components: the grinding screw, blade covers, plates and plate covers. Keep in mind to handle with care because the blade is extremely sharp.
Though some meat grinders advertise as dishwasher safe, it is safer to wash parts by hand to prevent discoloration. Fill your sink or a large bowl with warm water and dish detergent. Place the parts in gently, allowing them to soak for approximately 15 minutes. Use a sponge to scrub off any remaining meat, a bottle brush can be used for the tougher to reach areas.
Note: Do not place the motor in water, simply cleanse the machine with a moist rag or sponge. Water can cause the motor to burn out, ruining your grinder.
Once the meat grinder is thoroughly cleaned, dry with a towel and leave out over night until completely dried.
Many people store their grinders on the counter or in a pantry, but did you know coating the machine in oil provides extra protection? Quickly spray the blades, augur and plates in food-grade oil to protect from rust build up. Once the parts are coated, place them in in a bag with rice to prevent moisture from oxidizing the parts.
Top Meat Grinders
Completely crafted with stainless steel, save the wooden handle, this meat grinder is simple to clean and rust resistant. It includes double plates ( 3/8 coarse and 3/16 fine), a knife and 3 stuffing tubes. The unit can be clamped to any surface and does not require the use of suction cups that sometimes become dislodged. This machine is manual and requires the use of a crank, but owners love the quick and smooth results the grinder displays. This is a heavy duty product that can easily process small chunks of meat, nicely turning roasts into juicy burgers. The LEM makes the list because of its solid build and delicious results.
Another hand powered grinder, the Sportsman-MHG22 is also heavy duty and counter top stable. This grinder is not dishwasher safe, but the unit easily breaks into 6 parts that are simple to clean. The machine is entirely cast iron. Customers have stated that the Sportsman is resilient enough to crush bone and exemplary at mincing venison, loin and turkey meat. The grinder is as quick as you are, offering up to 10 pounds of grinding in the same amount of minutes. While this is a crank based unit, no superman muscles are needed. The unit is easy to use, for a fraction of the cost of most meat grinders. Aside from the gritty surface of the machine and the need to purchase suctioned feet, this makes the list for its desirable price and easy peasy handle.
The Cuisinart MG-100 packs 300 watts of power in its grind! With the ability to grind up to 3 pounds of meat per minute, 2 stainless steel cutting plates and a reverse switch this is one desirable unit. It powerfully cuts through brisket using a medium blade. It’s recommended to feed small chunks of meat into the feed tube to prevent machine overload. This machine is not strong enough to grind bones and is not dishwasher safe. It is however, simple to take apart and reassemble for easy clean-up. No more pink slime, easy clean up and the added sausage attachments make this a great addition to the list. The Cuisinart has the option of a 1 year warranty, but it must be purchased separately.
The Della Electric Grinder has an impressive 1400 watts of power, offers three different grinding plates and a meat pusher. It offers the options of course, fine and medium grinding, perfect for making burgers from just about anything. The Della is strong enough to grind venison. The unit is designed from metal, aluminum and plastic and includes stainless steel blades. Once you select the size of the desired grind, the unit grinds fairly quickly producing nice cuts of meat. Buyers be careful when cleaning, dry unit completely to prevent rust. This grinder makes the list because of its simplicity.