Basic Facts about Meat Grinders
The appliances that are used to chop or cut meat are meat grinders. Generally, you have a whole meat that you cut manually into smaller pieces before cooking. Instead of doing it manually, the meat grinders will do this job of cutting the meat into smaller pieces. Meat grinders can chop both tough and soft meat varieties, from the hard meat of lamb, pork, buffalo, or soft meat like chicken, duck or rabbit. This equipment can be manually operated or with the use of electricity. Whatever mode, the principle behind the grinders is the same, and that is to chop or cut the meat into smaller pieces. The operation involves where the grinders of the wheel are turned manually or operated by switching on the start button in the case of electric grinders.
In deciding the type of machine to buy, it would depend on the amount of meat to be processed, time factor and the cost. If you are always processing a large quantity of meat, it is best to purchase the electrical grinders. If it is for household volume which is small in quantity, the manually operated grinders would be the best. Generally these meat slicers for home use are affordable, with the lowest price at around $20, and with the branded and high end ones at the least $3,000. Note that the cost difference lies mainly because of the volume of meat that can be processed and the power of the equipment.
If you want your meat to be fresh, with the meat grinder, you do not need to buy for canned processed meat. There are many used of processed meat, like for filling in sausages, burgers, fillets, meatloaves, and sandwiches. The processed meat you buy at the groceries could have some fatty substances, so it is advantageous to pick your meat and process it yourself since you will have a more consistent and healthy meat compared to the ones sold in the market.
Usually, if you use often your meat grinder in grinding game meats, it is advisable to use the electric grinder to avoid clogging and slow cutting procedure of the manually operated grinder. The cost difference between the manual and electric operated grinders would soon even out with the efficiency of the STX-3000 meat grinder after a long use.
In choosing to buy your meat grinder, it is recommended that you look at some considerations like the number of blades or cutters, the and size of the grinding plates (from 2mm to 23 mm is recommended), a hopper size of 3-6.5 inches, the ratings on pounds per minute of grinding, the watts of the motor is preferably at 1 hp and no less than 0.5 hp, and the accessories and attachments that go with the grinder like sausage suffers and tubes.