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Vegetarian uses for the KitchenAid food grinder attachment!?

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Hello all! This is my first post! What a great site :).

I feel a bit silly asking this, but I can't seem to get anything by Googling. Long story short, I was starting to get a bit freaked out about commercially ground meat, and so I purchased, via Amazon, a food grinder attachment for my mixer. Well, a couple days after I ordered it, my family decided to cut out meat entirely.

Now, the conundrum is whether I should keep or return the grinder. It's not super expensive - like $40? - but if there's not much that you can do with it that doesn't involve meat, then it's a lot of money to pay for a useless gadget!

What are your thoughts? What can you do with a grinder that doesn't involve meat? Is it pretty much the same thing as a food mill, or not quite?

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  1. I was vegetarian for 17 years, and never once found any need for the grinder on my mixer. Now, I will process onions or fruit along with meat when I'm making sausage or something, but I can't really think of anything vegetarian that needs that type of high-torque chopping.

    I'd return it. You won't be using it if you stay the vegetarian course long-term. Unless you've used it, of course, in which case I think it would be unethical to put it back in the box and return it as new.

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    1. re: dmd_kc

      Much appreciated, thank you. I should have noted that the item hasn't even arrived yet - so no, definitely not used! I have the worst timing, haha. Hopefully it doesn't cost anything ridiculous to try to ship it back. Maybe I'll see if I can sell it locally instead.

      Thanks again!

    2. You can extrude pasta - sort of. You really need the additional plates and a sort of funnel tube. I do not have one and the reviews put me off.

      I use my grinder for meat and nothing else (apart from bread to clean out the last of the meat). If your family are not going to revert to a meat diet then I think it will be of little use to you.

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      1. re: Paulustrious

        Thank you, that's as I suspected. I think I only read of two things that you could use the grinder for: applesauce and breadcrumbs. Neither are the type of thing I make often enough to really justify the need for a whole separate attachment!

        So, I will try to return it and put the refunded money to an ice cream maker just in time for summer ;).

        1. re: HumanUnit

          The food processor is much better for breadcrumbs, and an immersion blender or masher for applesauce. I can't even begin to imagine trying to use a grinder for it. You won't regret not having it.