There’s absolutely no reason to be hesitant about stepping up your cooking skills to include DIY meat grinding. Electric meat grinders are super easy to use, and the quality of meat you’ll get from choosing your own fats and meat grades is hard to overstate. A .50 horsepower grinder can cut through as much as 400 pounds of meat in an hour, slashing your deer processing costs and time dramatically. You get healthier, cleaner, more tender meats when you grind your own, so here are three things to consider when choosing an electric meat grinder.
This processor features a specially designed auger to feed beef quickly into the blades. LEM
The first decision is all about horsepower—just how much meat will you grind in a given hunting season? If you plan on putting two or three deer per year through the grinder, a 0.50-horsepower meat grinder will fit the bill. It’s got plenty of juice for the job, but it is still small and compact enough to move around easily. If you’ll be grinding elk-sized animals, or if you’re looking for a grinder for a hunt camp or group, then a 0.75-horsepower grinder or larger should be on your list.
Bells & Whistles
This package has all the tools you need for brats and burgers. STX International
If you’re a big fan of bratwursts, meat sticks, and other processed treats, make sure the grinder comes with stuffing tubes that can be used to fill sausage casings. And you’ll need to double-grind sausage meat, so look for models with at least two sizes of grinding plates; coarse and fine.
Stomp it Out
This product features three cutting plates for a wide range of grind sizes. ALTRA
The best meat grinders feature specialized auger-type “feed screws” that grab the meat and feed it effortlessly into the blades. You’ll want all components to be crafted of stainless steel except for the “meat stomper,” which is the hard plastic tool used to press meat into the feed screws.