Meat Grinders An Essential Kitchen Accessory

September 7th, 2010 by Baker Leave a reply »

With the popularity of processed food or the convenience of buying pre-minced meat the use of meat grinders have become less common in the modern day kitchen. With the electric mixers with blades many people have ignored the meat grinder. However the use of a quality meat grinder will produce a better consistent minced meat which you can adjust easier with a meat grinder rather than electric mixer. There is also something traditional and satisfying about grinding your own meat. Be it a grinder for your home or small business a well-designed meat grinder should last many years and give you some quality ingredients to cook with.

Mechanics of a meat grinder

Invented by Karl Drais in the 19th century the meat grinder can either be manually powered or electric. One of my best memories from my child hood was helping my mother assemble the meat grinder attach it to the kitchen table top and grinding bread to create awesome bread crumbs. There is something very traditional about cranking a meat grinder and feeding the meat into the funnel. As the product describes meat grinders primarily grind cooked and raw meat such as beef, veal, chicken, turkey, duck, pork, venison and even vegetables (although a vegetable slicer is better at preserving the texture of your vegetables). It has become a more popular kitchen appliance as we are all becoming more health conscious and want to know exactly what goes into our beef burgers or sausages.

The meat grinder is normally made from metal with a cast base and consists of a screw conveyor to force the meat from a funnel or hopper onto a rotating knife and through a hole plate from which the ground meat exits. This hole plate can be adjusted for different results. The grinder can be disassembled for easy cleaning and maintenance. The driving force can either beĀ  a handle you rotate or an electric motor in larger industrial models.

Other attachments can be added to the end of the meat grinder to aid producing sausages.

Selecting a meat grinder

When selecting a meat grinder for your requirement the budget will dictate the style of grinder. A good manual grinder will cost around $30 – $60 however an electric powered model can be from $90 upwards.

One tip when selecting a manual grinder is to ensure the method of securing the meat grinder to your table top is compatible with your kitchen and more important is a well design secure fixing. You don’t want to get you new hand cranked grinder home only to find it does fit your kitchen table top or even worst breaks free on the first turn of the handle.

Electric models are rated in watts however don’t be fooled by wattage alone as build quality and ease of disassembly for cleaning is essential.

Popular manufacturers for meat grinders are
Norpro, Waring, Deni, Panasonic and KitchenAid.

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