Professional Meat Grinder at Bed Bath & Beyond
Professional Meat Grinder Buyers’ Guide
The meat grinder works quite simply and elegantly. It usually comes with three-blade attachments to achieve different types of grind, such as fine, medium and coarse. Depending on the type of meat you are grinding and what you are planning to cook, these attachments will come in handy. When you add the small portions of meat into the feeding tube, they travel down into the blade area. The blades push the meat forward into the attached plates, to be ground. The meat grinder prefers the cold, so keep the blades cold and try to grind meat that is half frozen. To make sure that you get the best grind, place the grinder on an even surface or it can lead to reduced performance or damaging of the grinder.
Bones are very hard, and usually thick so they must be ground. Grinding bones without a grinder is not ideal but it can be done. An alternative to using a grinder is using a food processor or blender to mince bones. Make sure there is plenty of water to ensure the blender functions well and the consistency of the mixture is maintained. You can manually push the bones into the machines to make sure the consistency is the same all around. Keep in mind some processors and blenders aren’t designed to deal with tough material such as bones, so grinding bone may damage the equipment. You can push in the bones to make sure that everything has the same consistency. Another alternative is to buy a pestle and a mortar and grind the bones by hand but keep in mind that this is going to be gruesome work.
Since you are dealing with raw meat, you must keep the machine clean to avoid any infections or bacteria buildup. Start the grinder cleaning right after you are done using it. Before you disassemble it, feed a few pieces of bread into it and these will absorb any oil and grease. Then, disassemble all the parts after unplugging the machine and soak them in hot and soapy water. Let them sit for 15-20 minutes to thoroughly remove anything stuck. Then, use a sponge to clean the screw, cover, and blade but be careful to not cut your hands. Use a small bottle brush to clean the insides of the feeding tube, the hopper, and the holes in the plate. Once everything is rinsed, let fully air dry before reassembling.
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