There are a variety of home meat grinding machines
available, from manual ones you clamp to a table top, to various tabletop
electric grinders. The
cheaper plastic meat grinder models cost around $40.00, and the stainless
steel and cast iron electric meat grinders that should last a lifetime,
run about $100.
Nobody new to grinding meat should buy the plastic
and Teflon models. The
problem is that the parts are flexible, which causes jamming, which in
turn causes one to have to stop and fix the problem with regularity.
I fought with and wore out two meat grinders over the years until I finally
found that really good, steel and cast iron meat grinders were available. I’ve
not had a jam or any other problem since using this type of meat grinder.
I make a lot of sausages
and salamis for friends and family, plus whatever hamburger the family
wants, and have probably used my meat grinder in 2 years more than most
would use one in a lifetime. It’s still like brand new and
turns grinding meat from being a chore into a fun and easy thing to do.
This kind of electric meat grinder is available for
about $100. I
bought this one from Sausagemaker.com for $99. I've had it for
about 3 years, and with the use it gets, which is an average of maybe
40 pounds per month, with proper care I expect it will last at least
another 50 years. This meat grinder a joy to work with.
The plastic and
teflon meat grinder this one replaced cost about $40, and worked for
23 years. I
don't recommend the plastic models, especially for the inexperienced. They
can be a challenge to work with, often needing to be cleaned in the
middle of grinding meat.
The initial savings is quickly forgotten in lost time, lost meat, and
hair pulling frustration.
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