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KitchenAid meat grinders

speake Sep 29, 2008 08:00 AM

Any comments about how effective/efficient these add-ons are?

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  1. jayt90 RE: speake Sep 29, 2008 10:45 AM

    The K.A.grinder, and sausage stuffer, will produce professional results, but on a limited family style scale. The various parts are fairly easy to clean, but this is a problem with all the rest, too, as you don't want any carry-over.
    My only objection to the K.A. grinder is that the loading tube is way higher than the already high K.A. machine, so it is better to set up on a waist-height table for easier feeding.
    Some people say you need two persons to feed the sausage device, but I have made good, well stuffed sausages with two hands.
    This is a good addition to the K.A. machine, and I consider it important now in my kitchen, as I want to grind my own hamburger from selected meat.

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      Grillncook RE: speake Sep 29, 2008 02:03 PM

      I'll second what Jay says but I will also recommend that if you decide to purchase the grinder also purchase the large loading tray that is available. I grind my own beef, pork and chicken and I wouldn't have it any other way. I can control any contamination in a way that I know it;s correctly done.

      1. meatn3 RE: speake Sep 29, 2008 10:02 PM

        I recently replaced my old, weak mixer with a KA and purchased the grinder & large food tray. I've used it several times and am very pleased with it. I am on the short side and the KA is set up on a regular height counter. I have to stand on a step stool to use it! I suspect folks 5'9" or taller shouldn't have much problem with this.

        If you were trying to process large amounts of meat at one time it might be wiser to get a dedicated grinder. I have ground 7 lbs. at one time and it has been fine for my use.

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          speake RE: meatn3 Sep 30, 2008 09:37 AM

          Thanks all. Just the comments I needed to hear. My height isn't a problem (6'3")... it's my weight!

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            Becca Porter RE: meatn3 Mar 28, 2014 04:44 AM

            Yeah I don't have a problem at 5'11".

          2. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: speake Sep 30, 2008 11:46 PM

            Nothing but praise from me either. At this point, I actually use my KA as much for meat grinding as I do mixing, if not more.

            1. roxlet RE: speake Oct 1, 2008 05:29 AM

              My husband used the KA meat grinder for years, and if was fine until I got an Electrolux Assistent mixer and he bought the meat grinder attachment to go with it. It was like night and day. He couldn't believe that he had lived with the KA grinder for so many years. The EA was way faster, and the meat was more precisely ground to the texture that he wanted.

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                rasputina RE: roxlet Sep 21, 2013 09:23 AM

                Roxlet, isn't the diameter larger on the Assistent also?

                We used to use the KA grinder until the crappy plastic housing cracked. We have since been using the Cuisinart stand mixer meat grinder attachment, but I want to buy the one for my Assistent mixer.

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                  roxlet RE: rasputina Sep 21, 2013 09:40 AM

                  I'm not sure what you mean. The diameter of the feed tube or of the discs? Both are larger. It also comes with several discs with holes of varying diameters.

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                    rasputina RE: roxlet Sep 21, 2013 09:53 AM

                    Yes I mean the diameter of the housing and disks. Not the grind holes themselves.

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                  rasputina RE: roxlet Mar 27, 2014 05:35 PM

                  You're right, the Assistent AKA Ankarsrum meat grinder is so much better than the attachment for the KA. We finally bought the meat grinder set for ours and wow it looks huge compared to the KA and the plates are so much thicker too. It's faster and your comment about the the meat being more precisely ground is spot on.

                  I'm so glad we upgraded.

                3. scubadoo97 RE: speake Oct 1, 2008 06:01 AM

                  It's good and is worth the price but it is only as powerful as the motor on your mixer. Mine starting straining after years of use. The mixer was used more for meat grinding than mixing. I purchased a Tasin TS 108 electric grinder for little more than the price of the KA attachment. If you have the room for a dedicated grinder and grind a lot of meat then bypass the attachment and get a dedicated grinder if not the attachment will most likely meat your needs.


                  1. xox RE: speake Sep 21, 2013 10:47 AM

                    A hunter friend gave us some elk so we got the grinder to make meatballs with it. The KA grinder worked well. Ran the chilled meat through twice and added a little pork for extra fat and flavor.

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