Help w/ New Kitchenaid Meat Grinder
All this talk of building a better burger encouraged me to go out and buy a kitchenaid meat grinder attachment. So last night, I tried it with some chuck and sirloin to make burgers. As we were sending the meat through, some gray grease looking stuff started coming out of the middle area where the grinding disk attaches onto the shaft. It got on some of the meat, which we picked out. But has this happened to anyone else? It was the first time using an attachment on my 5 year old mixer. Could there just be grease build up? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated as we're planning meatballs for tonight!
It is just smudge from the metal. If you would run some stale bread through there a couple of times it should take care of it.
A tip I learned from Keller's Bouchon book I think is so wizard i have to keep passing on is when you are grinding and you get to the last chunk of what ever it is, if you will push a folded piece of plastic wrap down in to the hopper it will push out every last bit of meat or whatever and the plastic will not grind. I used to go through the putting a chunk of bread in there to get it all out but that was a pain if you did not want bread in what you had ground.
I'll have to try that next time, I hate seeing a little bit of meat left over that could have been used for sausage or hamburger.
In response to the OP, I still get a little of the black stuff, and I am very careful about keeping it clean. I try to pick it out, but I can't get it all. I don't worry about it too much because I can just imagine what is in the ground meat at the supermarket.
Just had this same thing happen. Grinding beef, small dark, oily stuff starts coming out. Read OP and called Kitchenaid help line. Woman took me through checking to see if the mixer had a broken seal -- unplug, put some paper towel into the port where the attachments attach, see if oil is coming from the stand itself as evidenced by black oil / lubricant on the papertowel. If you see black lubricant on the papertowel, the mixer needs servicing. (ugh) If there's no lubricant on the papertowel, the oil is coming from the metal of the attachement itself. The lubricant is part of the metal itself. Wipe off any excess, but the KA help line told me that the oil is foodsafe and will not harm you if you eat any. I did pick out the small bits that were in the ground beef.
I also had this happen a couple of years ago and I emailed KA about the situation. At the time, they told me that the black stuff happens when the meat grinder gets too hot and they suggested freezing the meat slightly before grinding to help cool down the grinder parts. I do that now and I haven't had any more problems.
But, I've also heard that this type of thing happens on a new grinder because the grinding pieces are 'mating" (?) and the result of this is that the grinder oozes black grease when new. So, that also might be why the problem with mine has stopped.
So, you might want to try throwing your meat in the freeze a bit before grinding it and see if this helps.
I've used my grinder attachment quite a bit and I've never had this happen. I do meticulously clean it after every use. There are areas where crud can build up and you have to watch them closely. The square shoulder where the cutting blade locks to the shaft almost always has junk in the bottoms of the shoulder and I use a dental pick to clean it out. It can build up over time and go un-noticed. It also helps in operation if you wipe both the cutting blade and the plate with a food grade mineral oil. With the exception of the square drive shaft at the rear of the unit, I put a coat of mineral oil on all the metal parts. It seems to help with operation of the unit as a whole.
I use to clean my KA meat grinder attachment meticulously as well and still got this machine grease in my meat. My KA motor would strain when grinding partially frozen meat. The grease is coming from the motor shaft that's part of the mixer.
This is the main reason why I purchased a dedicated meat grinder with a much larger motor. The cost of this grinder wasn't much more than the KA attachment.