Back when I got my new KitchenAid stand mixer, along with the pasta attachments (that I adore), I also ordered the KitchenAid food grinder attachment. The description said it was “ideal” for grinding meats along with other types of food.
Do not get this attachment if you want it for grinding meat. After experimenting with it in advance of deer season with some beef, I found that even a small amount of meat took an incredibly long time to grind and the attachment clogged constantly. I’d show you a picture of it but I ran over it ten times with my car then threw it over the hill. (Just kidding. But I have no idea what I’ll use it for now. I have a VitaMix blender and a Cuisnart food processor, so anything else this attachment can do is already covered in my kitchen.)
Meanwhile, I still wanted a meat grinder. In the past, we’ve taken deer up to the high school for processing, but I really wanted to start doing my own processing. So on my next go-round I decided to order a REAL meat grinder. Not an attachment for another appliance, not something that would promise to be “ideal” for multiple purposes, but purely a MEAT GRINDER. After scouring Amazon for options and reading reviews, I bought the STX International electric meat grinder.
This baby is AWESOME. I was grinding meat so fast, I’d have to stop the machine because I couldn’t get the pieces of meat into the hopper fast enough to keep up with the grinder.
It was totally cool, never got clogged. It comes with sausage stuffer tubes, too, which I haven’t tried out yet, and I will also note that the directions that come with the machine are sorely lacking. Luckily, it wasn’t that complicated.
I would like to say that I shot the deer we were processing, but I didn’t. I’ll keep trying, though! Buck season runs to the end of this week then there’s another doe season later in the month. Meanwhile, I wanted to share this find–I am SO happy with this meat grinder. If you’ve ever thought about getting one, go for it on this one, you won’t be sorry.
Venison burger, yum!!!!!