Meat grinders are used to mince different meats in a more efficient way than a mincing knife. In this post, I have discussed the meat grinder attachments, accessories, and replacement parts for an upgrade or repair.
A meat grinder is a versatile kitchen appliance for processing meat, fish, foods, and vegetables. There are a lot of brands out there, some of them are good choices for home kitchen use and some of them are made for the commercial kitchen. Commercial kitchens use the professional-grade meat grinder to transform their meat for burgers, sausages, or high output processing. These professional-grade machines are also the homeowner’s first choice for powerful and fast results.
Making your own ground meat is a growing trend for the following reasons:
- It’s economical
- It’s healthier because there are no additives or unknown substances mixed in the meat
- Less chance of being exposed to bacteria such as E coli
- The meat is used while it is still fresh and has a better consistency and taste
- Less wastage and spoilage as you only mince what you need
Meat grinders are also used to mince and chop up vegetables and other foods making it a very versatile piece of equipment. You can customize what you want to mince and experiment with different recipes. As more consumers are investing in meat grinders, they are now coming with various options for attachments and accessories to further customize your experience.
Some Attachments and Accessories Include:
- Varying sizes of chopper blades – this can determine how finely chopped or how thick you want the minced meat pieces to be.
- Attachments designed for sausage making such as stuffing horns
- Tomato attachments to specially prepare fruits and vegetables into sauces and purees
- Vegetable slicers, graters, and juicers
- Various types of grinding plates
Some commercial meat grinders are manual and others are electric. Most models come with a few different attachments. If you want a particular attachment but did not get it in your basic package, then you need to find the attachment that is specifically manufactured for the model of meat grinder in your possession. You can find compatible attachments or universal parts online. You can even find other accessories such as bowls, trays and funnels that may be useful to your tasks.
Why do you need attachments and accessories?
Some meats are tougher and require sharper or more heavy-duty blades. Some dishes need a specific texture of meat, for example sausages. Vegetables also require different handling in a meat grinder. Having a few attachments gives you more range in what your meat grinder can do.
After using a meat grinder it’s important to properly clean and sanitize the components used. This is important, in order to reduce contamination or risk of bacteria. You should also thoroughly clean your grinder before using it for vegetables or making tomato purees.
Most parts are made from stainless steel which is easy to clean. Manual meat grinders can easily be dismantled for cleaning. Electric ones require a little more meticulous care but once the parts are easily removable you can clean them accordingly.
Spare parts are essential once the meat grinder needs to repair. At some point, you may not know which parts need to be repaired. To find out which parts are not working, inspect the meat grinder machine completely. It can be a grinding knife or cutting blade, grinder plate, auger, meat pusher, sausage stuffing tube, stuffing flange, motor, switch, and many more. If you find any faulty parts, replace them or if you cannot find any faulty parts, you may need to replace the meat grinder machine completely.
Many butcher shops, restaurants, and large kitchens use commercial grade meat grinders because it makes it easier to control how and what is put into their meals. Instead of buying minced meat and storing it for a long time, you can use a meat grinder to mince your meat when and where you require it. It cuts down on wastage and allows you to have fresh meat on hand for better tasting dishes.