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Grinding your own meat

I knew while writing that my topic name was a bit funky, but decided to stick with it  =).

I bought a manual meat grinder today. 55% off an established brand was too good to pass by.

Apart from recipes, are there any general guidelines I should keep in mind (mostly cleaning, and general usage)?
I would initially use it to make hamburgers and 'steak tartare' (if this is the correct wording in the US as well).

Would go down the sausage road after that (no nasty pun intended :) ).

Thanks!
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  • 😎
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  • SGH
    SGH Posts: 28,791
    iudex said:
    Apart from recipes, are there any general guidelines I should keep in mind (mostly cleaning, and general usage)?
    Keep your meat and the grinder cold for best results. 

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  • Botch
    Botch Posts: 15,380
    When you're done grinding the meat, I've found that dropping a slice of bread into the grinder, and sending that thru, makes cleanup a lot easier.  
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  • nolaegghead
    nolaegghead Posts: 42,100
    Doing it by hand is much more satisfying than paying a professional and with better results if you do it right.
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  • EggNorth
    EggNorth Posts: 1,535
    As stated above, freeze meat and any pieces that touch meat before.   Then accept that you will have the best burgers ever.
    Dave
    Cambridge, Ontario - Canada
    Large (2010), Mini Max (2015), Large garden pot (2018)
  • Photo Egg
    Photo Egg Posts: 12,110
    Use a die large enough so don’t have a pile of mush coming out the grinder.
    You can always do a second grind if needed.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • Carolina Q
    Carolina Q Posts: 14,831
    I use a food processor. Pulse til it's to your liking. Careful, it can happen quickly.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • RRP
    RRP Posts: 25,832
    edited November 2021
    To me your key word was “manual”. Back before I bought the grinder attachment for my KitchenAid I used a manual grinder. What worked best for me was only grinding small quantities - just enough for say one meal. Otherwise trying to grind say even 10 pounds of meat can wear a guy out! 

    So what I would do for instance was still buy chuck roasts when they were on sale and then divide the raw meat into 1, or 2 pound or whatever sizes then FoodSaver and freeze them. So when partially thawed I could grind a nice small batch and not get worn out!

    Now I will grind 10, 15 to 25 pounds at a time, and still package and freeze the ground results…but my advice is don’t try grinding 10 or 15 pounds with your manual grinder!


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  • iudex
    iudex Posts: 79
    Thank you, everyone. Great advise, seems like I am good to go. 

    Should I just cool the grinder in the fridge or do you guys put it in the freezer as well? There is suprisingly little information on that.
  • lkapigian
    lkapigian Posts: 10,648
    edited November 2021
    Time to start making Sausage/salami

    i put mine in the fridge, which if your meat is super fresh is not necessary…freezer, meat tends to stick much like the kids tongue to the pipe  on A Christmas Story 
    Visalia, Ca @lkapigian
  • nolaegghead
    nolaegghead Posts: 42,100
    No way I'm putting my meat in the freezer.
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  • No way I'm putting my meat in the freezer.
    Afraid of shrinkage?
    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike
  • nolaegghead
    nolaegghead Posts: 42,100
    No way I'm putting my meat in the freezer.
    Afraid of shrinkage?
    Yes, can't grind with shrinkage.  That's grinding 101.

    Going back to the original post (OP), steak tartare should be diced with a sharp knife.

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  • Hansm
    Hansm Posts: 214
    My local Butcher, yes a real Butcher shop told me that if I wanted to tar tar to order the day before. This way the machines are clean and they do a center cut 1st thing in the morning. The inner flesh is sterile
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  • nolaegghead
    nolaegghead Posts: 42,100
    Hansm said:
    My local Butcher, yes a real Butcher shop told me that if I wanted to tar tar to order the day before. This way the machines are clean and they do a center cut 1st thing in the morning. The inner flesh is sterile

    If I'm concerned about bacteria on the outside I'll douse the meat in distilled vinegar for a minute, then rinse off.
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  • Griffin
    Griffin Posts: 8,200
    throw your grinder and the cubed up meat in the freezer for 30 minutes before grinding

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  • iudex
    iudex Posts: 79
    No way I'm putting my meat in the freezer.
    Afraid of shrinkage?
    Yes, can't grind with shrinkage.  That's grinding 101.

    Going back to the original post (OP), steak tartare should be diced with a sharp knife.

    This is something I knew, but will second for everyone else :).
  • iudex
    iudex Posts: 79
    Griffin said:
    throw your grinder and the cubed up meat in the freezer for 30 minutes before grinding
    Will try this out, seems right (following the other comments) to not deep freeze everything.

    Let alone, one's own meat B)
  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,305
    We bought a French made Moulinex dedicated meat grinder about 35 years ago. Almost always grind our own in bulk and chamber seal 1/2 and 1 lb pouches to freeze. We control what goes in. Agree with @Griffin , freeze cubed up meat and equipment 30 min pregrind.
    canuckland
  • buzd504
    buzd504 Posts: 3,820
    I like to get a whole brisket and grind and package the flat, and then smoke the point for chili.
    NOLA
  • buzd504 said:
    I like to get a whole brisket and grind and package the flat, and then smoke the point for chili.
    Just don’t tell @lousubcap about this!
    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike
  • Perfect timing!  Momma just got a high fluent fancy dancy KitchenAid with a grinder attachment!  I'ma learning about grinding my own meat and making sausage!   
    Retired Navy, LBGE
    Pinehurst, NC

  • I like my KitchenAid grinder attachment, I live alone so have no need for large amounts of gound beef/pork.  I don't make sausages but grind the pork for recipes that call for sausages and add the seasonings, works well for me.  I do cool all the attachments in the fridge before I start and keep all surfaces clean.  

  • buzd504
    buzd504 Posts: 3,820
    buzd504 said:
    I like to get a whole brisket and grind and package the flat, and then smoke the point for chili.
    Just don’t tell @lousubcap about this!

    He can cry all he wants - at 2.99/lb, it's cheaper and better than buying ground meat at the store, and I get a lovely bowl of beans along with it.
    NOLA
  • Maybe a little anal, but have learned thru experience!!

  • SGH
    SGH Posts: 28,791
    Maybe a little anal 

    Nothing wrong with that 👍

    Location- Just "this side" of Biloxi, Ms.

    Status- Standing by.

    The greatest barrier against all wisdom, the stronghold against knowledge itself, is the single thought, in ones mind, that they already have it all figured out. 

  • Botch
    Botch Posts: 15,380
    Perfect timing!  Momma just got a high fluent fancy dancy KitchenAid with a grinder attachment!  I'ma learning about grinding my own meat and making sausage!   
    From my experience, the KA attachment works great for grinding but not for stuffing; I eventually got a Lehm (?) stuffing machine.  
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  • Maybe a little anal, but have learned thru experience!!

    SGH said:
    Maybe a little anal 

    Nothing wrong with that 👍
    I had to do a double take and make sure this wasn’t the WAYDRN thread.  That would have been devastating.
  • caliking
    caliking Posts: 18,620
    edited November 2021
    The KA grinder attachment is decent for small batches. There are a number of all- metal grinder attachments available, that do a better job. 


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