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Slightly off topic but which meat grinder did you buy?

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  1. I have the attachment for the KA stand mixer. I grind 10# at a time and have for probably 5 years and have never had a problem.

    1. LEM #12.

      http://www.lemproducts.com/category/e....

      The KA grinders smear as much as they grind although I used one for several years before upgrading. The #5 LEM would be a substantial upgrade from the KA. The Weston grinders are excellent as well.

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      1. re: TraderJoe

        Sorry you had that experience...and glad I haven't :)

        1. re: TraderJoe

          I have a #8 and a #12 (Long story). ~ The KA is OK for small projects if you change the knife out occasionally.

          1. re: Uncle Bob

            So I'll ask you. What do you consider "small." I thought for home use my 10# was pretty large :) And I've never changed the 'knife.' When would I know that needs doing? I'm guessing I grind 7-10# of some kind of meat every six weeks or so for perhaps the last 5 years.

          2. re: TraderJoe

            I have the LEM #8 1/3 hp. Not quite as big & powerful as Trader Joe's #12, but built to the same heavy duty specs. This unit is a tremendous upgrade from a Kitchen Aid Attachment in terms of performance & it should last a lifetime.

            I usually grind 10 to 20 lbs at a time. I place the grinder attachment & the strips of beef & extra fat in the freezer for a half hour prior to grinding. The #8 grinds as fast as I can drop the meet in the tube. Speed is so fast the 2nd grind is still nice and cold. Never any smearing or melting fat.

            At about $275.00 its not cheap but if its within your comfort zone you will be very, very happy with the performance & you save the wear & tear to your KA mixer.

          3. A KA attachment and then moved up to a dedicated grinder. Got a Tasin TS 108. At the time the Tasin was about $100 and the KA was about $70 so it wasn't that much more. Occasionally use the KA for very small jobs

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            1. re: scubadoo97

              Hi! Curious what you consider a "small" job. I don't believe I've ever done more than 10#. One thing I like is that the mixer is already on the counter (too dang heavy to be moving around!) so all I have to do is get out the small box with the grinder. I have a bit of an aversion to one-task appliances. But that's just me, of course.

              1. re: c oliver

                Small like less than a pound.
                The big grinder is so much more efficient and can be broken down, cleaned and put back together in 15 min.

                1. re: scubadoo97

                  Oh, that's another thing I didn't mention about the KA. It comes apart so easily, washed and back together faster than I can type this :) I'm not trying to be argumentative (honestly) but I don't know how anything could be more efficient than what I have. I cut the meat, feed it through the grinder, take it apart, wash and that's that. As I've said, I do 7-10# with NO problem. What size jobs do you do? Please and thanks :)

                  1. re: c oliver

                    2-3 lbs is average but sometime much more. It's not so much the size. The KA just doesn't cut as well. I have to use a plastic wrap drape to keep it from spitting blood at me if the meat's not partially frozen. I have replaced the blade and cutter plate but it did this from the start. If the meat warms up just a little bit I get more fat smearing. When a bit of sinew gets around the tip of the worm the KA starts to decrease in grinding quality.

                    This doesn't happen with the big grinder. It just does a better job

                    I can grind horseradish root in my grinder and that's tough stuff

                    Don't get me wrong. The KA is okay just doesn't compare to some larger more dedicated grinders. Then again my larger grinder doesn't compare to a commercial 2-3 HP grinder. It's all relative

                    1. re: scubadoo97

                      Ya know, I've read here about the "blood" and having the meat partially frozen, etc. And I've NEVER had a single problem in that regard. Weird, huh? I just take the meat out of the fridge, cut it in pieces about the size and shape of the feed tube and off we go. Now I've never used the small holed 'thingy' always the large one but can't imagine that would make any difference. If I'd had all the problems you've had - esp. when doing larger amounts than you do usually - I'd not be real happy either. But as I said, it's the best $50 I've ever spent.

                      I don't have a picture of the big bowl of ground meat that I wind up with but here's a picture of a couple of burgers. Mmm, that's making me hungry :)

                       
                        1. re: scubadoo97

                          Once you grind your own meat, you'd never go back, would you?

                          1. re: c oliver

                            Ah, no. Not unless I had no choice or the preground was superior in some way, like Kobe

              2. I have around 3 Hobart attachments that I can put on my Hobart A-120 mixer, Hobart 14" buffalo chopper, or the stand alone Hobart power drive.

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                1. re: BIGGUNDOCTOR

                  Just wanted to add that the Hobart equipment I bought I found on Craigslist.

                  12qt A-120 mixer with whip, paddle, and dough hook $295

                  14" Buffalo chopper with meat grinder, and really nice rolling stainless cart with shelves and 3 sides $100

                  Stand alone power drive with 2 meat grinder attachments,VS-9 slicer attachment, auxillary transmission to double speed, and a couple of stainless steam table trays. $350

                      1. re: BIGGUNDOCTOR

                        "12qt A-120 mixer with whip, paddle, and dough hook $295"

                        Wow talk about a score!

                        1. re: TraderJoe

                          You just have to be vigillant when searching,and don't give up. I was looking for a KA Pro 600 when I ran across the Hobart. He actually dropped the price from $350 to $295 because it had been up so long. Probably due to the title being "Steal this mixer" instead of Hobart A-120.

                          The real score for me was the Buffalo chopper.

                          1. re: BIGGUNDOCTOR

                            Craigslist is great & Ebay is good for harder to fine items. Great finds can also be had using on line auctions like "RCI". As you said, key is vigilance & patience.

                    1. Had the Kitchen Aid attachment, the plastic housing finally cracked. It's crap IMO. Then we switched to the Cuisinart stand mixer attachment, which works pretty good. Still using it without issue.

                      I was considering getting the attachment for my Electrolux/Verona Assistent mixer but I think I can get a better stand alone unit for the same price or even less. I'm leaning towards the

                      http://www.amazon.com/STX-TURBOFORCE-...

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                      1. re: rasputina

                        The housing cracked???? You mean like you were using it and suddenly it just cracked? That's REALLY weird. As I say, we're several hundred pounds into it and it's like new. And am I reading this write you have THREE stand mixers? Wow, I'm a lightweight :)

                        1. re: c oliver

                          I know, I was thinking the same thing - "wow, three stand mixers?!!? Suddenly I don't feel so guilty about the fairly large cookware/bakeware/kitchen tool collection I own." (And my collection is big enough that my 12 yr old son has mentioned it several times in various personal narrative writing assignments in school - but in a good way. He loves to eat and he loves that I cook and bake so much. :) )

                          1. re: c oliver

                            "The housing cracked???? You mean like you were using it and suddenly it just cracked? That's REALLY weird."

                            Not really weird at all. That's exactly what happened to mine and I've seen many others with the same problem. The KA is plastic so eventually it will fail. I got plenty of life out of mine but I'd never go back.

                            1. re: TraderJoe

                              I have plastic things that are decades old that are fine so I'm going to hope this will last as long.

                            2. re: c oliver

                              Well I bought the KA about 20 years ago, I don't use it anymore, it's been sitting in a box for a couple years now. We needed a new meat grinder and I wanted to replace the KA so I bought the Cuisinart. I never would have bought it if I'd known about the Electrolux. Now that I have it, I'm done. I'd sell the Cuisinart but I still use it for grinding meat.

                            3. re: rasputina

                              I have had the STX Turboforce 1800W for about 5 years now. I use it about 4 times a year to grind chicken and rabbit meat and bones for raw cat food, and so far it has done a great job. Handles even the bones really well, it's a real work horse! After the first couple of times I started getting the butcher to do a first coarse grind for me, then I use the STX to do a fine grind, which saves me a lot of time and trouble prepping everything to go into the machine. So far so good...