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illy Apr 6, 2010 09:32 AM

I have a vintage 1970/80's Braun stand mixer with a meat grinder attachment that has never been used. Can I use it for something other than meat?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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    kayakado Apr 6, 2010 10:13 AM

    Sometimes people use them for making guacamole. You could use it for grinding softer nuts. You could puree fruit for sorbet but you'd have to strain the pulp before using it for sorbet.

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    1. re: kayakado
      scubadoo97 Apr 8, 2010 05:21 PM

      I use a meat grinder to make prepared horseradish. Guacamole in a meat grinder would be so overkill. You can mash it with a fork

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        RGC1982 Jun 15, 2010 11:05 AM

        I would never attempt guacamole with a meat grinder. Way overkill. If you are looking for liquid guac, try a blender. At least it won't spatter all over the place.

        Given the age of this thing, I think you might be better off forgetting it. Meat grinders are really meant for meat, as they force the material through small holes where it is chopped into miniscule bits by a blade. This kind of thing will choke with things that have a lot of fat (cheese) and will pulverize nuts. I just don't think it is worth ruining good food to have the satisfaction that you are actually using it. Just my two cents...

      2. bushwickgirl Apr 6, 2010 10:42 AM

        Cranberries and oranges for that ubiquitous cran-orange relish at Thanksgiving.
        My Mom made piccalilli (a type of pickled garden relish) with the grinder.

        Here's her recipe, passed to me and I've never made it, but her recipe was good to eat:

        4 quarts pickling or Kirby cucumbers
        4 green peppers
        4 mediums onions
        1½ cup salt, kosher or pickling
        1 gallon water
        1 quart cider vinegar
        4½ cup sugar
        2½ tablespoon pickling spice
        ½ tablespoon celery seed
        ½ tablespoon mustard seed

        Finely grind the cucumbers, peppers, and onions. Mix salt and water and add vegetables. Soak for 12 hours. Drain well. Mix vinegar and sugar and bring just to the boiling point, then place spices in a cheesecloth bag and add. Add drained vegetables and bring just to boiling. Remove spice bag. Pour relish into sterile jars, seal, and process 15 minutes in a boiling water bath.

        Aside from that, there's not a ton of applications. Cooked chick peas for falafel or hummus, breadcrumbs; make sure the bread is very dry, as it will jam in the extruder blade ( I had this experience.) Whole canned tomatoes for sauce, that's about all I can think of. Grind an onion for a vegetarian meatloaf, along with other types of beans.

        Back in the dark ages, before food processors, we used the grinder attachment on the big Hobart mixer for vegetables like onions, carrots and celery for soup or sauce base mirepoix and adding to coleslaw.

        Here's a link with an earlier discussion, same subject, not so many suggestions:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6809...

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        1. re: bushwickgirl
          Caitlin McGrath Apr 7, 2010 07:25 PM

          My mother swears that only the grinder gives the correct texture to cranberry-orange relish. She used her manual, hand-cranked grinder for it when I was growing up, tried it in a food processor when she got one, and went back to the grinder, which she also uses for her (vegetarian) mincemeat.

          1. re: Caitlin McGrath
            bushwickgirl Apr 8, 2010 08:43 AM

            Yes, sometimes the old hand tools are the best. I think the original cranberry-orange relish recipe, circa early 1960's, was developed to be made in a hand grinder, anyway. That's how I remember my mom making it as well.

            I find the FP overprocesses the cran-orange mix if you're not careful to pulse frequently, and the hand-cranked grinder avoids all that.

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          dmd_kc Apr 6, 2010 09:44 PM

          As bushwickgirl points out, this was asked a few months ago, and I said at the time, "not much" -- forgetting falafel falafel falafel! Bittman's recipe is my favorite, and the grinder is a great way to get the correct texture. I didn't own one when I didn't eat meat, so I forgot about how nice it is now.

          And now that I think of it, I bet you could come up with some very nice vegetarian patties of all sorts (lord, I hate the term "veggie burger") by grinding soaked beans, nuts and vegetables. You'll get a different, more uniform texture than the food processor, without the danger of making puree.

          I'd say "experiment."

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          1. re: dmd_kc
            bushwickgirl Apr 7, 2010 04:33 AM

            Good point.

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              illy Apr 7, 2010 07:09 AM

              Yes, great suggestions! I'm especially looking forward to trying out some veggie burger combos! thanks everyone!
              (I thought I remembered seeing a previous posting, but couldn't find it when I was searching for it--sorry for the redundancy!) .

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            soupkitten Apr 6, 2010 10:03 PM

            coarse ground root vegetable/potato hash. yum, with a fried egg on top, if you're ovo.

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              aMillionDreams Apr 12, 2010 07:11 PM

              I haven't tried it yet but I hear they are pretty good for "chopping" onions.

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                tuttifruitti Jun 11, 2010 12:14 PM

                use it to grind sprouted wheat to make sprouted wheat bread (it can be made completely flourless)!

                1. MikeB3542 Jun 11, 2010 03:03 PM

                  Might be a good way to process hummus from chickpeas.

                  Definitely, THE way to make cranberry-orange sauce -- I remember my grandma making it that way!

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                  1. re: MikeB3542
                    Ruth Lafler Jun 15, 2010 05:13 PM

                    My mom made it that way, too. I remember dropping the cranberries into the grinder (Sunbeam mixer attachment) and hearing them pop. I actually bought an old Sunbeam mixer with a grinder attachment off Ebay, but I haven't used it yet.

                  2. nofunlatte Jun 15, 2010 03:58 PM

                    My great-aunt used to send cooked kohlrabi (and the kohlrabi greens) through her manual meat grinder. She made the most wonderful creamed kohlrabi. I miss it (and her) so!

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