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virtualguthrie Jan 19, 2013 12:39 PM

Slightly off topic but which meat grinder did you buy?

  1. c oliver Jan 19, 2013 03:33 PM

    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. TraderJoe Jan 20, 2013 04:41 AM

      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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        c oliver Jan 20, 2013 07:32 AM

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

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          Uncle Bob Jan 20, 2013 10:00 AM

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

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            c oliver Jan 20, 2013 11:11 AM

            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.

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            Tom34 Jan 23, 2013 11:48 AM

            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. scubadoo97 Jan 20, 2013 08:11 AM

            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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              c oliver Jan 20, 2013 09:06 AM

              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
                scubadoo97 Jan 20, 2013 08:18 PM

                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.

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                  c oliver Jan 20, 2013 08:30 PM

                  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
                    scubadoo97 Jan 21, 2013 04:48 AM

                    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
                      c oliver Jan 21, 2013 07:50 AM

                      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: c oliver
                        scubadoo97 Jan 21, 2013 12:30 PM

                        Nice coarse grind and fat content

                        1. re: scubadoo97
                          c oliver Jan 21, 2013 02:04 PM

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

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                            scubadoo97 Jan 21, 2013 03:07 PM

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

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                          Uncle Bob Jan 21, 2013 03:59 PM

                          Ever grind twice?

              2. BIGGUNDOCTOR Jan 23, 2013 08:15 AM

                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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                  BIGGUNDOCTOR Jan 23, 2013 06:22 PM

                  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
                    c oliver Jan 23, 2013 07:31 PM

                    craigslist is great, isn't it?

                    1. re: BIGGUNDOCTOR
                      scubadoo97 Jan 23, 2013 07:34 PM

                      Great finds

                      1. re: BIGGUNDOCTOR
                        TraderJoe Jan 24, 2013 04:41 AM

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

                        Wow talk about a score!

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                          BIGGUNDOCTOR Jan 28, 2013 01:15 PM

                          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.

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                            Tom34 Jan 28, 2013 01:48 PM

                            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.

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                      rasputina Jan 23, 2013 09:09 AM

                      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
                        c oliver Jan 23, 2013 10:34 AM

                        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
                          flourgirl Jan 23, 2013 10:57 AM

                          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
                            TraderJoe Jan 23, 2013 11:56 AM

                            "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.

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                              c oliver Jan 23, 2013 12:35 PM

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

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                              rasputina Jan 23, 2013 12:21 PM

                              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.

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                              nmlgrl Feb 10, 2013 02:59 PM

                              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...

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                              Tom34 Jan 23, 2013 05:34 PM

                              The bottom line is a stand alone has tremendous befits over attachments to a KA and your not stressing your KA doing a function its only marginally designed to do.

                              If you agree, then it comes down to how much you can comfortably afford for a stand alone. If it means saving up a little I would recommend an Lem .25 or .33. These give great performance and last a lifetime. Cabela's and other's have similar quality products in similar price ranges. I just went with the LEM based on reputation, parts availability reviews.

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                                Kontxesi Jan 24, 2013 11:50 AM

                                We received this one for Christmas:

                                http://www.amazon.com/Maxi-Matic-HA-3...

                                It's our first grinder, and we've only used it once (venison), but we're pleased with it so far.

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                                  Enigma3 Jan 24, 2013 12:10 PM

                                  For the money the best meat grinder is the Tasin TS-108. I researched this a while ago and the Tasin kept coming up. It is around $150 and has a great reputation.

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                                    scubadoo97 Jan 24, 2013 01:03 PM

                                    Not sure it's the best but it's what I own

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                                      JuniorBalloon Jan 24, 2013 01:29 PM

                                      This unit has a fair number of negative reviews when grinding chicken. Have you experienced any jamming when grinding chicken with the skin on?

                                      Thanks,
                                      jb

                                      1. re: JuniorBalloon
                                        scubadoo97 Jan 24, 2013 02:02 PM

                                        Where did you find those reviews? At Onestopjerky shop the only negative comments which were few were about noise. It is loud and my biggest complaint.

                                        I made chicken sausage a while back and ground both meat and skin without issues. I recently ground dark meat duck for sausage patties. No issue but didn't grind skin with it.

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                                          JuniorBalloon Jan 24, 2013 02:37 PM

                                          Over at Amazon, I guess it's only 7 out of 205 so not bad at all really. I was just surprised that the grinder woudl ahve trouble with chicken skin.

                                          Sounds like it's not really an issue.

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

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                                            Tom34 Jan 24, 2013 04:52 PM

                                            My 1/3 hp LEM is loud too, but, with a good stand alone grinder the job gets done so fast & the quality of the grind is so good I'm ok with the noise.

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                                              scubadoo97 Jan 24, 2013 10:13 PM

                                              I'm okay with it as well but have started using ear protection when grinding

                                    2. SWISSAIRE Jan 24, 2013 02:51 PM

                                      Stand mixer attachment also, 3 years ago and like new.

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