| Small appliances
can perform large tasks. Take the tears out of chopping onions with a food
processor or mini-chopper, mix dough with your food processor, make fresh
smoothies in the blender, deep fry your favorite fish - the list is endless.
For advice on selecting the perfect small appliance check out our quick
reference guide to small appliances. If you need further assistance contact
our Gourmet Shop Sales Associates at 888-228-5800.
If you are a person who loves to prepare and cook your own food. a meat
grinder is something you might want to consider. With your own meat grinder,
you control the ingredients and the amount of fats, salts, and other additives,
which is very good if you are on a strict diet. Chunky sandwich spreads,
savory appetizers, hearty soups, homemade sausages, and other meat dishes
are easy to make with the help of these machines. There are two types
of meat grinders: manual grinders and electric grinders.
Manual meat grinders are intended for processing relatively small quantities.
They are built to be clamped to a counter or table and hand-cranked to
grind 2 to 3 pounds of meat per minute. They usually include several cutting
plates that rotate against a cutting knife to produce small (3/16 inch)
or large (1/2 inch) bits of ground foods. The food to be cut, which may
be turkey, chicken, duck, pork, beef, veal, venison, or vegetables, is
hand fed into the funnel formed on top of the grinder body and driven
by a spiral auger into the cutting blade as it feeds the materials through
the cutting plates.
Electric meat grinders are more complex in design, but similar in function.
They are equipped with 2 or 3 different sized cutting plates, such as
3/16, ¼, and ½ inch. In addition, the grinder may have a
food pushing tool and an assortment of sausage extrusion tubes that assist
with the flow of the ground sausage into the various types of casings.
Most grinders will have operational functions for reversing the motor
if meat jams in the grinder. With most electric models, you must remove
the knife and plate to clear clogs. Electric meat grinders will produce
higher volumes of food with a minimal amount of effort.
Considerations for all small appliances: