Kitchenaid meat grinder

Discussion in 'DIY / Self Sufficiency' started by RichnSteph, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. RichnSteph

    RichnSteph Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm wanting to get a meat grinder attachment for our kitchenaid mixer and have been looking at the smokehouse chef one.

    http://www.amazon.com/Kitchenaid-Gr..._sbs_hg_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=1AF9P8W6C4N08038Q3TQ


    We only do a couple deer a year and a roast every now and then so I was thinking that the one linked above would be a nice addition and not cost as much as a stand alone meat grinder.

    Anyone here use one of those? Perhaps a different model?


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  2. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the smaller, basic grinder. the little white one. So I really can't say about that particular grinder.

    I prefer my venison burger fresh ground, and I do not add any suet or anything. Grinding adds air, and air will cause freezer burn. Not sure if it is a problem or not, but I had venison in the freezer for 3 years before use and it was still good. I vacuum seal and freeze my venison burger trimmings in 1 lb and 1 1/2 pound packages without grinding. Partially thaw - just until the pieces come apart but it still has ice crystals. It grinds better that way. I also run an ice cube through after the meat to push the last of the meat out. The water from the ice doesn't hurt anything, it just adds moisture.

    After about 9 years of use, I think I am getting close to wearing out that little grinder.
     
  3. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wonder how long it would take to grind all the trimmings from a whole deer. I would be concerned about overheating my Kitchenaid.
    Nothing says how fast it will grind meat.
    I love my Kitchenaid too much to risk burning it out. I refuse to live without it. My new one is not as well built as the first one I had. DH bought me the larger one to replace that first one, which was the smallest they made.
     
  4. RichnSteph

    RichnSteph Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know how long it would take on a Kitchenaid but I know it takes a while doing it by hand. I ground up an entire white tail last year with my grandfathers hand grinder and by the time I was done I was tired and wanted nothing more to do with grinding meat. [​IMG]

    This year we have two deer on the way to the house in the next few weeks that we're going to grind up and put into the freezer for next year. Our county is over run with them this year and the county agriculture service has been culling them. They do all the cleaning and then hand the carcass for a while to cure it then they offer them free to the public. All we have to do is quarter it, brine it, cube it and grind it.


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  5. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    I'm with you, Wyo.....I'd hate to do anything to hose my Kitchenaid stand mixer and while I think grinding meal sized portions of meat in it would pose no problems, I'd hate to subject it to grinding for long periods of time for fear of burning it out.

    Um, off topic, but is there nothing you won't do to that poor dog? [​IMG] That is such a cute picture of him wearing the Santa hat! Gotta admit, though, that my favorite picture of him was in the wading pool! Every time I see a new shot of him I'm amazed at his resemblance to our Molly!
     
  6. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @Blooie, Perchie.girl Deb got crafty on the computer and gave him a Santa hat for me. he is such a mommas boy I probably could get him to wear a hat though.
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  7. Ole and Lena

    Ole and Lena Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have the basic inexpensive white one that attaches to the PTO on the Kitchenaid. Works great within it's limitations. You have to give it a break once in awhile to cool off. About every couple of quarts of trim it needs to take 5 while you package the ground. Would probably be OK but the wife doesn't let me take chances with HER mixer.

    The one you are looking at looks very heavily built, but for that price you could probably get into a dedicated grinder. Try shopping the various sporting goods outlets, you'll probably find one on discount this time of year now that deer season is over in most areas.

    Our basic one will make pretty quick work of the trim from 2 deer, much quicker than a hand grinder, not as fast as the Cabelas grinder my friend brought by one year. Just remember to slice your bigger cuts into ribbons and give it a break to cool once in awhile. Put your hand on the cowl, if it's getting warm, give it a rest just like any electric motor. Hasn't burned up the mixer yet!!

    http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabe...Search-All+Products&x=16&y=7&Ntt=meat+grinder Here's one I found with a quick search at Cabelas
     
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  8. sami sdata

    sami sdata New Egg

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    I haven't tried with a meat grinder but an old manual grain mill is easy to run off a hand drill. An old AC model works great. A lot easier than cranking.
     
  9. Katies Clucker

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    Used the white grinder for years and it take a little time to grind the deer meat. I have to agree with Ole and Lena just keep a hand on the top of the machine and you will feel it getting warm, so just give it a break and let it cool down while you package the fresh ground meat.
    Don't get me wrong but there again I have to agree with getting a dedicated grinder for that chore. I was given a grinder this year and it made the process go quicker. The grinder did not seem to heat up near a quick as the mixer does..

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