By Matt Millensifer - www.grindrxl.comMeat grinders are becoming a more common kitchen appliance everyday. People have started to realize that the meat grinding process isn’t as intimidating as it looks; it’s actually quite simple and fun. Most people are using grinders now to process their own pet food, to create incredible delicacies for their family and friends, or if you’re a hunter, for the ability to completely take your game from the field to the dinner plate. If you want to give a meat grinder a try, here are a few tips.
1. Selecting the right meat grinder - You basically have two options here. You can get a manual grinder (which you hand-crank yourself), or you can get an electric grinder (self explanatory). Most people who purchase a hand grinder are looking to save a few bucks, don’t mind giving their arm a workout, and like the ability to move the grinder around the home easily. Most electric grinder owners are more interested in saving time, energy, and want to be able to grind a lot of meat quickly. There’s really no right or wrong option here, just your preference. As for sizes, grinders are labeled based on the size of their head (the area where meat passes through). The larger the head, the larger the number (#5,#8,#10,#12,#22,#32). The larger the number, the more meat you can process per hour.
2. Quick Grinding Tips - I like to keep this topic simple; keep it safe, and keep it sanitary. As for safety, always make sure you use the meat stomper to run the meat through the grinder. The meat should be cut into strips, so it can fit into the grinder easily. At least once during the grinding process, you will need to stop and clean the grinder of fat, gristle, etc. Make sure the grinder is unplugged while you are doing this. Additionally, only run meat through a grinder. Bones, dry food, etc. can ruin the knife and blades, and can void your warranty. As for being sanitary, make sure the grinder has been cleaned before and after each use. It helps it both the grinder and the meat are cold during the grinding process (If the meat is warm, it will mash in the grinder and you won’t get a clean cut). Once you have finished your grinding, bag the meat and get it into the freezer or fridge as soon as possible.
3. Cleaning the grinder - Once you have completed your grinding, make sure you clean the machine thoroughly with antibacterial soap and water. A quick tip, running bread through your grinder will help remove all fat, gristle, and tendons that are stuck in the auger. also, make sure you have completely dried the grinder before you store it. Standing water will cause the grinder to rust. To be sure, you can also place your grinder in a bag partially filled with rice. The rice will absorb the excess water, leaving the grinder completely dry.