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Food grinder tips

Speed

  • Always use Speed 4 with the food grinder attachment.

Grind time

  • We do not recommend grinding more than 3 - 5 pounds in one session.
  • Mixer must rest for a minimum of 45 minutes in between each session to allow the mixer to cool completely.

Meat temperature

  • Meat should be extremely cold, even partially frozen, for best processing. It should be able to be pierced with a sharp knife. Making sure the meat is very cold will:
    • Reduce likelihood of meat juices backing up into the mixer.
    • Reduce the likelihood the oil-impregnated copper bearing from leaking.
    • Help the fat in the meat process through more easily. When the meat is not extremely cold or partially frozen, the fat in the meat can build up on the knife blade and slow the processing down.

Grinding tips

  • Meat should be cut in 1- inch strips before processing to help it feed into the worm gear more easily.
  • For better mix and more tender results, grind meat twice. Fatty meats such as pork should only be ground once.
  • When grinding bread, bread should either be completely dried out or not dried out at all. Partially dried breads may jam the Food Grinder.
  • Very hard, dense foods such as totally dried homemade bread should not be ground in the Food Grinder. Homemade bread should be ground fresh, then oven or air-dried.
  • Nuts ground in the FGA will come out mealier than chopped nuts.
  • NEVER use the stomper to push the food through with force.  Rather, use it to gently guide the food into the hopper and allow it to self-feed, to avoid juices backing up into the mixer. 

Black streaks in meat 

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  • Do not over tighten the securing ring, as that can cause friction and cause black streaks in meat.
  • Use the combination wrench/stomper for securing removal only.
  • NEVER use the stomper to push the food through with force.  Rather, use it to gently guide the food into the hopper and allow it to self-feed, to avoid juices backing up into the mixer. 

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Liquid in hopper

  • If liquid appears in the hopper when processing large amounts of high moisture foods such as tomatoes or cranberries, continue to operate the mixer until all the liquid has drained from the hopper before adding more food to be ground.
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