Sunday, November 11, 2007
So I finally busted out my brand new meat grinder over the weekend, starting simple with a couple hunks of fresh chuck that became cheeseburgers cooked over mesquite coals.
This machine is insane. It's a 575 watt motor and it feels like driving some overpowered muscle car that is only happy when churning up the road.
It's insatiable- a beast that demands to be fed cubes of meat.
When it's turned on but not being fed, it whines so loud I thought something was wrong with it. I took it apart and put it back together. Nothing wrong; it's just that powerful.
When happily grinding meat, it hums.
This thing is Grendel, I swear.
I used to use my 325 watt Kitchen-Aid for at-home grinding and sausage making, but got sick of putting my whole body weight into pushing meat into it.
I've separated tasks, and now have Italian tre spade stuffer which I will break in next weekend, and this grinder.
It's possible I'm seeing this thing through rose-colored glasses, but it's first time out with these burgers exceeded all expectations.
I will report more after next weekend, when I will be fabricating two whole pigs and possibly grinding up to 50# of pork and stuffing it into sausage with the new stuffer.
Here's a link to where I bought this machine. It's only $99.