Meat grinders come with electric and manual or hand operation models. The configuration of the models specifies the sizes. The power of the motor with electric models determines product weight. The size determines storage of the grinder before next use. All meat grinders are made in China. Electric meat grinders are made from aluminum, chrome, iron and stainless steel. Manual models are mostly made from chrome, iron, tinned-iron and stainless steel. They use a handle to move the auger. The hopper size if the grinder is a 'clamped-on' or a 'bolt-down' model determines it's size and weight.
Whether you complete grinding jobs at home for farm or game meat, you should consider the power necessary to complete for task completion. If you want a dependable product to enhance your meat so you can add spices and seasonings to suit your taste. The accessories included with grinders sold for home use allow you to make sausage and simplify grinding the meat enabling a gourmet taste for meat lovers. Many people choose to purchase accessories providing convenience and ease for food preparation. Meat grinders provide healthiest way to avoid store-bought processed meats. They provide creative opportunities in your food preparation. Grinding meat for sausage adding applesauce and/or apple slices for a unique flavor while keeping the meat moist. This is why a sausage-stuffing attachment is important for those who desire sausage on a regular basis. Store-bought sausage is rarely healthy with the processing that occurs.
So let us review at how you would choose a meat grinder that will to meet your needs: What kinds of meat are you looking to grind; Game meats like bore, elk, or deer? Do you get most of your meat from your butcher or grocer such as beef, chicken, turkey or pork? Game is a challenge to grind due to the meat having more gristle and muscle. Fat and gristle become another frustrating to grind as they clog grinding plates. Many grinders carry plates used for grinding the meat fine, medium or coarse. The quantity of meat you process and prepare is one factor when considering the purchase of your grinder. If you choose to process an entire elk or deer, this takes more time and effort than meats purchased from a butcher. Manual choppers and grinders are seldom up this task. Many people spend a lot of time trying to configure a manual grinder with a motor. I spoke to dozens of hunters and farmers and they all wasted a lot of time and money on this futile venture. Most people should not even consider a manual grinder for game meats. This will only lead to frustration with clogging when using the largest grinding plates. If you take time to chop game meat into very smaller slices of meat and very slowly operate a manual grinder; this still will not work with most game meats. An electric meat grinder with a powerful motor and reverse function reduces frustration time when grinding all hinds of meat. They enable you to grind larger quantities of meat more quickly. Many people try to save money with a manual product. They creatively attempt to rig the unit to accomplish this. However, this does not save money.
Many electric grinders have powerful motors with reverse functions at lower costs compared to manual meat grinders. Longer warranties show confidence companies have for their products. When shopping for your product, I recommend you the six (6) items listed:1. The number of blades or (knives) or (cutters),2. the number of and size of the grinding plates (from 2mm to 23mm,3. hopper size (3-6.5 inches),4. ratings on pounds-per-minute (ppm) of grinding,5. watts of the motor (no less than 400 (.5-hp) & preferably 800 (1-hp) watts,6. accessories & attachments like sausage suffers + tubes. The items include accessories that come with the grinder. Accessories included should affect your decision as much as the cost of the product. After a few grinding attempts, you may decide to add these options later. There is one great site to find information on grinders. At Meat Grinders Now, they offer articles, blog posts, the broadest selection of electric and manual meat grinders. They also specialize in healthier food processing products.