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Thinking about grinding meat

I am considering buying a meat grinder for small quantities (hamburgers, chili, etc) of meat once or twice a week at most. I am initially leaning toward a manual grinder, but am not ruling out an electric grinder. What input do ya'll have?

Thanks in advance,

Chris
Killen, AL (The Shoals)
XL, Small, Minimax, and Mini BGEs

Comments

  • RaleighGuyRaleighGuy Posts: 207
    Go with an electric grinder. I use the kitchen aid attachment that gets the job done for my needs. Will eventually get a stand alone grinder. Once you taste the difference in home ground meat, you will be hooked.

    Eddie

    Raleigh, NC

  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,986
    edited August 2013

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    I do grind my own chuck roasts for chili, but just haven't mustered the energy to grind all my hamburger needs. I just use this handy attachment on my KitchenAid pro model 600. I've never stressed it yet!


    L, M, S, Mini
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • I have the kitchenaid attachment.  Mine's about worn out (the plastic is cracking).  I would like a manual one too, as I'll only likely use it a few times a month.  I bought one from Amazon and had to return it.  It was a #10 grinder by Weston.  It was very hard to use even when we had the meat very cold (in the freezer for hours). Before we had ground a pound of meat the handle stripped from the shaft and the handle had fallen off.  
    I'm looking at one by Kitchener http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200449763_200449763   It has a wheel for a V-belt so I can add a motor if I feel I need to.
  • grEGGorysgrEGGorys Posts: 168
    We use our Vitamix to 'grind' our chuck/sirloin steak.  Our son grinds his own meat in his food processor.  It is super easy, just trim the fat and cut in 2" chunks and drop it in.  We empty the bowl after about a cup of meat has been ground.  It takes less than a minute to grind about 1 to 2 pounds of meat. 
    Gulf Coast FL
  • +1 on the kitchenaid.  For $50 works very well.  I put it and meat in freezer before grinding.  It also was rated fairly high by CooksIllustrated for grinding.  Also very easy to clean--comes apart and goes in dishwasher.
  • Porkert hand grinder. Nothing beats it.
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,566
    Kitchener #12 from northern tools. Works like a champ, but I suggest if you get into sausage get a dedicated stuffer.

    Rowlett, Texas

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