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What to Look For In a Meat Mixer

Best meat mixer for hamburger?If you are looking for a manual or electric meat mixer, you might not know how to compare one product against another. Sure, you can quickly look at a price tag and say whether or not one particular meat mixer is more attractive to you than another.

But what does that price tag really mean?

How would you compare a 20 pound manual meat mixer to an electric meat mixer that cost the same amount but only holds a couple of pounds of meat at a time? The answer is, consider your unique situation.

LEM Products Electric Meat GrinderFor instance, the LEM Products 575 Watt #8 Electric Meat Grinder is an electric meat mixer which means it grinds, combines and mixes at a very even rate. All you have to do is feed the meat into it. This particular model has forward and reverse speeds. It also comes with a large aluminum meat pan, meat stomper, stainless steel grinder knife, sausage stuffing plate and both coarse and fine stainless steel plates.

For most homeowners, this is a great product. It allows you to grind and mix meat, and although the holding tray only holds a pound or 2 of meat at a time, you can effortlessly grind and mix meat continually as long as you feed it through the tube. The powerful 575 watt electric motor also means no backbreaking hand cranking.

Weston 20-Pound Stainless Steel Meat MixerOn the other side of the equation is purchasing a hand powered, manual meat mixer. Staying in the same price range for comparison sake, let’s take a look at the Weston 36-1901-W Stainless Steel Meat Mixer, 20-Pound that holds 20 pounds of ground meat at a time. The removable mixing paddles make cleanup a snap. It comes with slip-proof rubber feet to protect your counter and keep it from moving while you are using it.

You receive a clear plastic cover with this stainless steel manual meat mixer. The large hand crank is comfortable and works with a smooth operation. However, the huge 20 pound capacity is only designed for ground meats. So if you want to add seasonings, water, and any type of ground meat into the huge hopper to make your own artisan style meat, this would be a better choice than the electric meat mixer mentioned above.

Meat Mixer Wrapup

Whatever type of meat mixer you choose, remember these few tips before you buy …

• you can choose between manual and electric
• some meat mixers only mix meat which is already ground
• make sure the size of your feeding tube is big enough for whatever type of meat you are going to be grinding and mixing
• do not shop on price alone, look through the features to make sure you are getting what you need
• check meat mixer user reviews of previous purchasers
• a little homework goes a long way toward making you happy with your purchase

One Last Thought

If you already own a KitchenAid mixer, you may want to consider adding a meat grinder attachment instead of a dedicated meat grinder/mixer and mixer various meats as you are grinding them – a great solution if you are short on counter or storage space.

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