I love ground meat but abhor prepackaged beef. It contains cuts from so many different animals which only increases the chances of contamination. Without an excellent butcher to rely on for good quality ground beef, you are left with what the supermarket has to offer, and this can be tricky. You have no control over the fat content which can greatly compromise the flavor of your patties and sausages.
Surely these problems wouldn’t make me give up my ground beef, so I had to look for alternatives. Scouring the internet helped me realize that I could grind my meat at home. This way I would only have what was needed for a recipe and never have to cook using oxidized meat that has been sitting too long in its packaging.
Meat grinders contain a pusher which is used to force beef down the feed tube. The hopper is the part where you add the meat. Grinders have a tray on top of the feed tube to hold extra meat before it is pushed down into the grinder. There will be a screw to push your meat down the shaft towards the sharp blades. When it comes to the blades meat is cut into a fine mince that you can use to cook different types of food.
The parts may be similar, but there are options for those looking for the best manual meat mixer. However, standalone electric grinders have a wider screw shaft and feed tube and come with a greater variety of plates. They are great for grinding really tough cuts of meat, thanks to a reverse function. However, you don’t need a standalone grinder unless you usually grind lots of meat. Stand mixer attachments are great for anyone who handles more than the average cook. It is a real time saver, but for an even greater experience, you can use a manual grinder.
Manual meat mixers are a fun, inexpensive way to grind meat at home. Cleaning manual mixers are no easy job though. You should only put cold cuts in a grinder to keep the meat from becoming a dry, pulpy mess. It is important to trim your meat before putting it in the grinder, so it doesn’t come out with a chewed up texture.
If you don’t clean the parts properly, the meat will start collecting on the surface of the die. Most manual mixers don’t have a reverse function so you must disassemble and clean up before trying to mince again. Blades must also be kept sharp to prevent smearing. Annual sharpening is recommended, or you can buy some replacements for best results.
Manual mixers are best washed by hand in the hot soapy water to prevent contamination. Even stainless steel mixers have different materials that easily tarnish if put in a dishwasher. Make sure the appliance is completely dried after use.
Use these tips to purchase an ideal manual meat mixer and take good care of it to extend its lifespan. Do this and you will never have to choose bland, prepackaged meat for your favorite foods.