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Deelat offers electric meat grinders for home cooking use and also for workers in the food service industry. They feature strong and durable Tungsten Steel cutting blades, an aluminum die-cast tray and a removable food tray.

Electronic Meat Grinders: Types, Uses and Tips for Buyers

Buying an electric meat grinder is a great investment, especially if you plan on grinding your own fresh meats regularly. Everyone from home cooks, to butchers, deli owners and restauranteurs use these devices because they are more efficient, safer and more sanitary than manual crank grinders. The biggest advantage, though, is that meat grinders produce meat that is fresher and tastes better than store-bought ground meats and sausages.

Electric Meat Grinder
Electric Meat Grinder

Yet it can be a challenge to buy an electric grinder. What type is suited for the meats that you will be grinding? Are there better grinders for restaurants and other places that require high-volume output? What features and specifications are right for you? For first-time buyers, the process can be overwhelming, but wading through the waters is worth it.

You’ll be able to produce your own ground beef and sausage – at a fraction of the cost of store-bought pre-packaged meats. Or if you’re upgrading from a manual hand-crank grinder, an electric model will pay for itself in time and energy saved.

What Types of Meat Grinders Are Available

Most grinders – both manual, electric or food processor attachments – all feature the same simple parts. There is a pusher and hopper, which is where diced meat is added to the machine. Restaurants and food processing plants should purchase a device with a larger hopper that can accommodate more meat. This makes it easier to process large quantities of meat, eliminating the need for constant reloading.

Once the meat is in the hopper, it is pushed toward the blade by the screw. With electric grinders, the screw is powered by a motor. The grinding is done by the blade and plate. The blade finely minces the meat, and it is pushed through the plate. Each plate has small holes on it, which determines the fineness of the grind. For instance, sausage may require a plate with large holes, while ground beef requires a plate with small holes.

Electric Meat Grinder with Sausage Attachment
Electric Meat Grinder with Sausage Attachment

Tips for Proper Use of Your Grinder

Electric meat grinders make life simpler, but they do require some maintenance and proper handling for producing the best results. Here are a few tips that can help:

  • Maintain temperature: For safe handling, meat needs to be kept below a certain temperature for sanitary reasons. But maintaining proper temperatures also makes grinding easier. Warm meats are harder on the blade and plate, and when your meat isn’t proper temperature, it can “smear” between the blade and the plate. Keeping the meat and the equipment at the proper temperature will prevent this.
  • Trim meat properly: Sinew and fat wreak havoc on your grinder. The sinew wraps around the blade causing “grinder smear,” and excess fat can become trapped in front of the plate. That’s why you should properly trim all meat, removing excess fat and sinew. In addition, you should refer to your grinder’s instructions for the size of the meat cubes you can feed into the machine. More powerful grinders can process larger cuts, while grinders with less wattage work better with smaller cuts.
  • Remove bones: Some meat grinders are able to process soft bones, like tendons, which are found in chicken and beef. Yet, large bones can damage many electric grinders. If you’ll be processing a lot of bone – for instance, for dog food – an all-metal grinder with substantial power would be best.
  • Regularly sharpen your blade: A dull blade can ruin your grind. That’s why they should be regularly maintained, sharpened or replaced. Warning signs for a dull blade are smear, the grinding rate will slow down, and the grind won’t be as smooth. Blades are a low-cost accessory, and, in general, only require maintenance once or twice per year.
  • Clean your grinder after each use: Electric grinders are made for easy disassembly, and they should be washed thoroughly after each use. This will prevent contamination and bacteria growth. Plus, a dirty grinder won’t properly process meat.
  • Be aware of motor size and wattage: Electric meat grinders are available with a variety of powers. Butchers and restaurants require meat grinders with powerful motors that can process larger quantities of meat. More power enables smoother grinding.

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