A meat grinder is a kitchen appliance that can chop cooked or raw meat, fish, vegetables, and other similar foods into small chunks. It is designed to replace a traditional knife used to mince food. You simply place the food to be minced into a funnel at the top of the grinder. Once the food has reached the desired consistency, the meat grinder will begin chopping.
Some meat grinders also feature a mixer unit to blend the meat before grinding. This prevents the meat from becoming mushy, which can cause jamming. The mixer is also useful for mixing in additives prior to grinding. Salt, for example, can help lower the amount of bacteria in the meat and give it a salty flavor.
A meat grinder can also be used to grind other types of meat. The double ground a pork butt for us in about seven minutes. It was difficult to feed the meat into the grinder because the silverskin and sinew in the meat clogged the blade and the plate. For this reason, we recommend purchasing a meat grinder with multiple plates so you can grind different types of meat.
Another advantage of a meat grinder is that it can be easily disassembled for cleaning. The parts are dishwasher-safe and made of durable materials. You can keep it in your kitchen or put it in your car for easy transport. The handles are usually made of stainless steel and have a wooden edge to help you crank it.