Kitchen real estate is always at a premium, so we know that if you’re going to add another gadget or appliance, it needs to be something that you’ll use often, will save you time and money, and will improve the taste of your food. Well, you better clear off some counter space, because you’re going to want a meat grinder.
Meat grinders aren’t just for hunters who want to process large portions of meat at once, although they are definitely a must-have for those who hunt. Meat grinders are also a great purchase for saving money on meat, allowing users to buy large cuts of meat at a discount and grind them at home and freeze. Not only does meat taste fresher and better and allow users to combine their own cuts, but it also saves money on meat that is priced higher because it has been ground. And the best news for anyone who has suffered through food poisoning, grinding your own meat reduces the risk of contracting E Coli.
Meat grinders are obviously great for grinding meat and making sausages, but they also work well with other foods. Start your day with a healthy shot of wheatgrass care of your meat grinder. Grind fish and mince vegetables, get a smooth texture for cookie dough, flatten cheese for dips and more. Check out our three favorite meat grinders below and get creative.
1. LEM Products Stainless Steel Big Bite Electric Meat Grinder
Grind up to 7 pounds per minute with the ultra-fast, ultra-strong LEM Products Stainless Steel Big Bite Electric Meat Grinder. Ideal for hunters or anyone who likes to grind large quantities of meat in a single sitting, the LEM features 0.5 horsepower and an upgrade that includes a quieter head and new storage drawer that’s located beneath the grinder head. The brushed steel reduces the appearance of fingerprints, making the LEM an attractive kitchen appliance to leave on the counter. We also like that the LEM’s patented auger design grabs and pushes meat up to 50 percent faster than other grinders.
Pros: The stainless steel LEM comes with a rifled head that is designed for a smoother second grind and stuffing without the use of a stomper.
Cons: The LEM comes with a much higher price tag than the other grinders on our list.
2. STX Turboforce Classic 3000 Series Electric Meat Grinder
Featuring attachments that can be used to make patties, stuff sausages, shred meat and more, the STX Turboforce Classic 3000 Series Electric Meat Grinder is a versatile grinder that provides users a wide range of way to cut, dice, grind and stuff meat. With a locked motor wattage that can grind up to 4 pounds of meat per minute, the STX comes with a 2 and 1/8 inch Hopper Opening that enables users to grind large pieces of meat.
Pros: The STX comes with the most attachments of any grinder on our list, including three size options for stuffing sausages.
Cons: The STX does not work with animal tendons, bones, vegetables, plants, nuts or fruit.
3. Homdox Electric Meat Grinder
Grind meat into coarse, medium or fine textures with the Homdox Electric Meat Grinder, which can be used with meat, fish, wheatgrass, pepper and more. The Homdox comes with one cutting blade, one food pusher, and one kubbe attachment. A straightforward grinder that is great for beginners, the Homdox has three buttons for on, off, and reverse.
Pros: The ETL-approved Homdox has a powerful suction base that keeps the grinder firmly in place for safety while in use.
Cons: The Homdox is not dishwasher safe and it’s unable to process large pieces of meat at a speedy rate like the first two grinders.