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May 29, 2009 04:13 PM

KA attachment

i just bought a KA artisan. if you had to choose between these attachments which would you choose and why: food grinder (fga) or rotor slicer/shredder (RVSA)

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  1. I have a food grinder and I like it! I don't use it all the time, but it's nice to have. I have a food processor, too, for shredding, so I don't need that one.

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    1. re: jenhen2

      i should probably get the shredder then since i don't have that part on my food processor

    2. I tried both... Actually I had ordered an attachment pack online which came with the food grinder, the rotor slicer/shredder and the pasta making plates. Fortunately I had a friend who owned the exact same attachment pack so I got a chance to borrow and "test drive" the attachments while mine were on order. I wasn't 100% thrilled with the food grinder but I much preferred it over the rotor slicer/shredder... I don't know about other user's feedback but I found the rotor slicer/shredder extremely difficult to assemble. I'm a "young" lady who's pretty fit and of reasonable strength but I found that I had a hard time twisting the rotor cones on and off the attachment. Also, I found slicer to tear the food apart more than slicing it. I mean the food was sliced but it wasn't neat slices. With the amount of difficulty I had switching between the cones, I knew it wasn't a product I would want to keep around in my kitchen (in comparison, I have a mini food processor with the slicing/shredding plates and I need almost no strength/effort at all to assemble and switch between the plates). So I couldn't possibly see how this slicer/shredder attachment could help someone with limited mobility/agility as I had such a hard time putting it together.

      Also, if you do decide to get the food grinder, go to the kitchenaid forum for tips on how to ground meat. And also, first time through, watch out for gray/metal bits in your food. There has been posts online where people prefer to buy a "used" older KA grinder rather than the new ones as the quality seemed to have slipped over the years.

      I ended up returning the attachment pack as I definitely don't want the slicer/shredder. I don't think I was assembling it wrong as I knew about the square indent in the attachment that you could use a leverage to twist the cones off.

      I intend just to buy the food grinder if I see it at a decent price. While I'm not happy with the gray bits in my food, I think now knowing the tips from the KA forum I can avoid it. I thought about buying a separate meat grinder but I was worried that a lower end meat grinder (with 300W) wouldn't have enough power and may burn out. I have a KA heavy duty from Costco with 425W so the KA food grinder would work well for me as I don't grind meat that often.

      1. Go for the grinder. The first time you grind a 7-bone chuck roast for burgers or make Italian bulk sausage, you'll know you made the right move.

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        1. re: alanbarnes

          ditto w/ mr. barnes on the grinder. Don't use it a lot, but when I do, I am so happy I have it. Love 7 bone for burgers...just wish it went on sale more often. Hate to pay more for my meat than what they charge @ the store for pre-ground. But at least you get to control the fat, sanitary conditions, etc. Plus, if you have a dog, they go ape-sh*t for the raw bones!! The grinder is also great for making ham relish, and potato pancakes too. adam

          1. re: alanbarnes

            Oh, ab, you KNOW I'm with you there! I'd been making my own sausage for a year or so before I did burgers. You and others walked me through the process and we'll NEVER order a burger in a restaurant again. I lust after sales on 7-bone chucks! I've also ground turkey. I feel so happy when I have a freezer of all of the above. Thanks again, kiddo. Leaving OR on Weds. (finally) where it's been 95. Can't wait for the cool lake temps.

            1. re: alanbarnes

              ab, Safeway has 7-bones for $1.79/#.

              1. re: c oliver

                Thanks for the heads up. There's a little extra space in the freezer - may be time to stock up.

                1. re: alanbarnes

                  Yeah, I'm out of burgers and may make some before leaving for NYC. I'm completely addicted :)

                2. re: c oliver

                  c oliver, Here in Oakland, Safeway is selling their 7-bone for $1.39 / lb!!! May 31- thru June 7. An awesome price...put some in your freezer for future grinding. Where is your Safeway that's charging 1.79? adam

                  1. re: adamshoe

                    We're in So. Oregon til Weds. heading back to Tahoe then. Maybe the Safeways at the lake will have it at that price. Wow! I could do some serious buying at THAT price. Thanks, adam.

              2. I've got both, and I'd say go for the grinder, which can also do other things. I've used the grinder to grind meat, grind and stuff sausages and salami with the sausage horn attachment, and make applesauce and baby food with the fruit and vegetable strainer attachment, and if you use it a lot, then get the large food tray, which makes it much easier to use.

                There is also a set of plates for extruding pasta from the grinder, but I've never gotten it to work properly for that purpose.

                The RVSA can slice some things, but it tends to be more of a food smoosher for anything not of a uniform consistency and sufficient firmness. It's good for grating and shredding cheese.

                If you want something like that and don't already have a food processor (I don't have a food processor), try to find a DVSA, which has been discontinued, but I was able to find one as a clearance item on the KitchenAid website, and they show up on eBay and as leftover stock from various internet shops. The DVSA is a disk slicer that uses the same disks as the KitchenAid 11-cup food processors. It's not quite as fast as a food processor, because the KA motor isn't as fast, but it's still plenty fast. You can run it on 10, and it doesn't have a bowl like a food processor, so you can slice continuously right onto a cutting board or into as big a bowl as you have for large jobs.

                1. Add another vote for the grinder. I have processed a ton of venison sausage over the years through mine and once you grind your own burger you may never buy pre-ground meat again. Clean a tenderloin and grind the chain into burger and you will be spoiled for life!