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What to Look For In a Meat Mixer

Choosing a Meat MixerIf 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 determine whether or not one particular item is more attractive to you than another. But what does that price tag really mean? How would you compare a 20-pound manual appliance to an electric one that cost the same amount but only holds a couple of pounds of meat at a time? The answer is, consider your unique situation.

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LEM Meat Mixer

LEM electric meat grinderFor instance, the LEM Products 575 Watt #8 Electric Meat Grinder is electric, which means it grinds, combines and mixes at a very even rate. All you have to do is feed your product into it.

This particular model has forward and reverse speeds. It also comes with a large aluminum pan, a 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 two at a time, you can effortlessly grind and mix continually as long as you feed it through the tube. The powerful 575-watt electric motor also means no backbreaking hand cranking.

Weston Meat Mixer

Weston meat grinderOn the other side of the equation is purchasing a hand powered, manual appliance. 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 product 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 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 to your ground product into the huge hopper to make your own artisan style mix, this would be a better choice than the electric model mentioned above.

Meat Mixer Wrap Up

Whatever type of grinding appliance you choose, here are a few tips to remember before you buy:

• you can choose between manual and electric;
• some appliances only mix meat which is already ground;
• make sure the size of your feeding tube is big enough for whatever 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 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 KitchenAid grinder attachment instead of purchasing a dedicated meat grinder and mix various ingredients as you are grinding them – a great solution if you are short on counter or storage space.

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