Random Tip: Using Meat Grinders

I figure for the blog portion of the website, I’ll have random tips that may not interest everyone on the website. These are just great tips that I’ve picked up and tested. They’re not necessarily relevant with the website, but they’re nice to haves and may interest folks.

Grinding your own meats.

I purchase my chicken breasts in bulk. A local butcher tends to sell $1.20/lb to $1.30/lb for a 10lb bag of chicken. Unfortunately, they don’t have any ground chicken. Typically I’ll do some shredded chicken, by boiling a large batch of chicken breasts for approximately 2 hours. It tends to get old, and I’ve got a few recipes where I want to use some ground chicken. So, I decided to snag an electric meat grinder off Amazon. The bottom is a LEM meat grinder. From what I’ve read about meat grinders off many of the products on Amazon, consumers who tend to buy these machines, either electric or manual, tend to complain about the final ground product to be slow, sub-par, or the machine jams up.

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Fortunately, I’ve got a great tip from a friend that will help folks from ending up with buyer’s remorse! My friend Ben read somewhere that freezing your meats and the meat grinder for approximately 30 minutes will help yield a better grind. Which makes sense, since it’s harder for the machine to try and grind something blob-like vs something firmer. And ‘lo and behold. After tossing the grinding portion of the machine (not the electrical motor unit!), and cutting up pieces of chicken in small portions, the machine had zero jam ups and one happy customer!

But yeah, decided to jump on this because ground chicken around here is almost $4/lb, depending on where you go. After grinding 50lbs worth of meat, the machine pretty much pays itself off! Shavings? No, savings! (Sorry,…the damn GEICO ad is so obnoxious yet too memorable.)

So next time you’re going to get a go with grinding your own meats, remember to freeze the loading tray, the grinding blades you plan on using, and the meat grinding worm and housing assembly! I would highly recommend that you DO NOT freeze the electric motor assembly!