Meat Grinders

Discussion in 'Cast & Blast' started by David Prutsman, May 20, 2012.

  1. David Prutsman All men are equal before fish

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    Woodland Park, Colorado
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    Alright gents, I need some help finding a decent meat grinder. I have tried to do some online research but there is so much out there and I am too ignorant to make any sense of it all; please educate me!

    What should I look for?
    What will $250 buy me?
    What do you use/recommend, and why?
    What brands should I avoid?
    Best bang for the $$$?
    Motor size, what does it mean?
    Important attachments?

    I typically harvest several animals a year (deer, elk, antelope) and would like to play around with making my own burger and sausage. I don't know that I need anything on a "professional" type level, but then again I'm ignorant.... Obviously, durability is a concern. I've used cheap department store brands and they clogged and couldn't process pork fat, I would prefer to avoid that headache again!

    Also any advice (books, recipes, kits) for sausage making would be appreciated. I'm excited to begin experimenting.

  2. Patrick Gould Active Member

    Posts: 2,356
    Ellensburg, WA
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    If you have a Kitchen Aide mixer you can get a grinder that attaches to the power take off on the front. You can get a stuffer for it also. You're probably looking for something a little more heavy duty, but it's a option.
  3. ribka Active Member

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    E WA
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    I tried the Kitchen attachment and kept clogging up.

    I bought a Cabelas 3/4 hp grinder. I grind about 200 lbs or more of meat a year. I would suggest to buy at least a 1/2 hp grinder.

    Many good sausage recipes found on google. I prefer fresh recipes.