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The Best Meat Grinders

Updated on February 4, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

If you raise your own meat, hunt, or even just like making your own sausage then a meat grinder is probably on your most wanted list. Buying grinders can be confusing with all of the claims of horsepower, rugged construction, and five year warranties.

Knowing what your needs are is a first step to choosing a grinder. Always buy the best and biggest you can afford. A bigger, more powerful grinder will be able to handle small amounts of meat but a grinder that is too small will need to be replaced before long.

There are two types of grinders; hand crank and electric. Unless you are living on a homestead with no form of electricity, or plan to then you are going to want the power of an electric grinder. If you can afford it, a hand cranked grinder is a good idea to have on hand for emergiences, power outages and the like.

There are also grinding attachments for Kitchen aids and that type of thing. If you will be butchering and grinding a lot of meat don't bother. They are not powerful enough to do what needs to be done. You will constantly be removing the grinding plate, cleaning them, and re-attaching them.

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My First Choice: Waring Pro MG800

My first choice for a reasonably price, heavy duty meat grinder is the Waring Pro MG-800 Professional Meat Grinder.

The grinder is well designed. Made out of rugged stainless steel, it can handle nearly any amount of meat, or game with out overheating.

It is easily disassembled for cleaning. That is a big plus because small pieces of meat can get lodged in strange areas in grinders making them hard to clean.

The blades and plates are all made of carbon steel and practically indestructible. They do not like being wet, though, so always dry thoroughly after washing.

The motor is 450 watts with a limited five year warranty. You should easily be able to find this for under $200.00. For the price difference between this and the rest this is far better quality. It is going ot last a very long time if taken care of properly.

Comes with:

  • 3 cutting plates;coarse, medium, fine
  • 2 sausage attachments

Five Stars on this one. It is fantastic.

Panasonic Meat Grinder

The Panasonic Meat Grinder is about fifty dollars less than the Waring. The motor is only 180 watts. It will be fine for light duty. This will work for you if you bag a young doe a year, or you only grind small amounts of meat. If you are grinding meat for dog food, and you routinely include bones you had better stick with the Waring.

There is a one year limited warranty on this grinder. It would probably be smart to buy the extended warranty on it. A year is not a very long time.

The grinder grinds approximately one kg of meat per minute. The cutting plates are stainless steel and come in a fine, medium, and coarse setting. This grinder, like the waring, has a sausage attachment.

Again, if you are doing a limited amount of obby sausage making, or grinding then this may be a great deal for you.

Because of the short warranty, and the low hp I give this one three stars.

Porkert Hand Crank Meat Grinder

If you need a hand grinder you still want heavy duty quality.

Grinding meat by heand, especially large quantities of it will give you a work out that rivals a couple of days at the gym. Look for a grinder that will work with you to get that meat ground up!

The Porkert is made in the Czech Republic. It has two standard cutting disks and a sausage stuffer attachment. The body is cast iron

Don't ever wash the grinder in the dishwasher. Wash by hand and dry thoroughly. Coat with olive oil before putting away.

If you are going ot get a hand crank grinder this is probably your best bet.

Five Stars.

Butchering and grinding your own meat can not only save you money, it can ensure the quality of your food. With so many items being recalled for salmonella and other food borne bacteria it is nice to be able to do your own quality control. Do the research, and then buy the best you can afford. Quality items often last longer.


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      Mr.Boonsong Kit 6 years ago

      would like to know the price porkert meat grinder for ordered

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      ruby 8 years ago

      Good overview. I got the Panasonic after noticing that whole meats go on sale a lot more often than ground. I grind about 10 lbs a month for two families and the grinder has almost paid for itself in the 8 months I've had it. And that's based on the price of 80% lean ground beef. The stuff I grind from sale cuts is much leaner - cooks up like 93% lean. I strongly recommend a grinder for anyone looking to save money while feeding the family better.