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What is a Meat Grinder
Meat grinder is a popular kitchen device engineered to replace a mincing knife and automate the process of chopping and mixing the raw meat. The meat loaded in a funnel makes a distance through a screw conveyor and comes out as a mince through the hole plate fixed on a tube. Depending on the size of the holes, one can easily vary the thickness of the ground meat and prepare all sorts of meals in no time. In addition, many models are equipped with special attachments that allow not only to grind mince but also to chop potatoes and other veggies.
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What Features to Compare
When looking through meat grinders, pay attention to their Performance. First of all, the grinders are divided into electric and manual. The difference between these two types is obvious. The use of manual grinders requires constant control and manual handling while electric units don't require so much effort. Hence, the electric grinders are usually easier in use. So, if you've decided to purchase one, primarily consider the power of the motor. The higher the power will be the more meat the grinder will process. Most modern electric grinders can grind from 1 pound up to 6 pounds of meat per minute.
Attachments and grinding plates determine the Possibilities of any particular grinder. They define the thickness of stuffing and the type of meat it can grind - a gentle fillet or fatty chunks of meat. Upon using some special attachments, meat grinders can even produce pasta. Functional options also shouldn't be neglected. For instance, some electric meat grinders have the reverse button. How does it work? Just with a push of this magic button, you'll be able to cope with hard pieces that stuck between the blades. The reverse button will activate the grinder knife, making it change the direction, and all stuck pieces will be pushed through the holes of the plate.
Reliability and Safety are also important. If you usually grind a lot of meat, make sure that the motor is powerful enough not to overheat during continuous, heavy load work. In order to not let that happen, most manufacturers have implemented various technologies and wrapped their grinders in solid, durable housing. For example, most electric grinders are paired with the special safety fuse that prevents overheating of the motor. In regard to housing, the common materials for grinders are plastic and stainless steel. For higher efficiency and cost reduction, they are often combined. As a rule, most compact, lightweight meat grinders are made only of plastic. They are easy to maintain and use, but they won't grind a lot of meat. Their main task is to process small, pre-sliced pieces of meat into stuffing, or dough into pasta. More powerful grinders are usually made of durable stainless steel. Consequently, they are all quite bulky, but their productivity is hard to beat.