Today we will be talking about manual meat grinders, also know as hand crank meat grinders. These are a popular choice over electric grinders, as they are about half the price, and they can function without any need for electricity. However there are many different models for sale on the market right now, so how do you decide which kind will be best for your needs? To help you out, we will chat about some of the specifications and features you will need to think about before you make a purchase. After that we will check out some of the current top rated models you can buy. If you already have an idea in mind of what you want, you can head over to the recommended models section using.
What should you look for in a manual model?
When it comes to choosing a meat grinder, there are several different considerations you will need to think about before you decide to spend any money. The various choices we talk about below will hopefully help you to decide exactly what kind of grinder will be best for you.
Now the first and most obvious decision you will need to make is what kind of material you want to invest in. For the past few hundred years, meat grinders were purely made out of steel and cast iron, both of which are very strong and durable. However in recent years, a variety of plastic meat grinders have begun to find their way on the market. Being made out of plastic, they are obviously much cheaper, and they are appealing to anyone who isn’t looking for a heavy duty machine. The entire unit isn’t made out of plastic, as certain key components are often made out of metal such as the blades and mincing plates. These parts have to be made out of metal as they take the most strain in the entire unit.
So how do plastic models actually perform in comparison to the metal kinds? To be honest, it varies from brand to brand. There are some decent plastic units that can hold up to quite a bit of use, and others that crack or fall apart after a few months. Plastic is not a very tough and durable material, so it isn’t really the ideal choice for something like a meat grinder. We will have a look at one of the more reputable plastic models a little further down the page.
Metal on the other hand is without a doubt the better choice, but it does come at a cost. These units will often cost almost double what a plastic model does, but in terms of reliability there is no comparison. A metal grinder will last for many years, and will be able to withstand the toughest meat without falling apart. The only thing you really need to worry about when it comes to a metal hand meat grinder is rust, which is easily avoided if you dry the parts soon after you wash them.
Next you should think about what kind of attachments you will need to make the kind of mince you want. Most machines will come with 3 different sizes to give you a range of thicknesses. These plates often come in sizes of fine, medium and course. In addition to replaceable mincing plates, many will often come with one or two sausage stuffing attachments. A good grinder isn’t complete without the ability to make sausages, so be sure to look out for these!
Another consideration is where you want to use the machine. Some machines will need to be clamped on a counter-top or edge of a table, so be sure to check if your desired mounting place is thin enough to accommodate the mincer if it has a mounting clamp. Certain models have suction cups on the bottom to help keep the machine steady while you are doing the mincing. Other units have mounting holes on the bottom, so you can screw them into a counter-top. Be sure to find out how your selected mincer will fit in your kitchen, and make sure you have a way to do this!
These are some of the things you will need to think about before you spend any money, so be sure to keep this info in mind. Now lets have a look at some of current top rated hand meat grinders!