May 20, 2017

Best Manual Meat Grinder: Basic Grinder for Your Kitchen

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Are you still buying ground meat from your local meat shop? Why not ground your own? The advantage of doing this is that you’re fully aware of the ratio of fats and protein and the freshness of the meat. If you don’t make your own, you’re at the mercy of your local butcher.

Making ground meat for home use doesn’t require much. All you need is a manual meat grinder and off you go. This manually operated grinder is sufficient for home use and even for commercial purposes as long as the quantity of meat isn’t really that much. While it doesn’t process meat as fast as its electric powered counterpart, it has low carbon footprint plus the obvious advantage of not increasing your electric bill.

But there are hundreds of manual meat grinders out there, you might protest. Yes, but that is the reason behind this review. Here I will give you some of the most trusted brands of manual meat grinder makers and I will review some of their recent products that chefs swear by.

What to Look For in Manual Meat Grinder Brands​

When choosing a manual meat grinder, there are certain qualities that I look for before adding them to the cart. I might not find them all, but as long as I find most of the qualities in the item, I won’t hesitate to buy it. Here’s what I look for:​

  • Durability: Check the meat grinder for its craftsmanship. A good one must be sturdy and stable when clamped on the kitchen table. It must also be rust-proof that’s why I highly recommend stainless steel because it won’t discolor over time and it’s so easy to clean. Some of the brands that I review here are made of hard plastic which is considerably durable, but their blades are really made of stainless steel. You also have to check the blades if they are really sharp because you can’t have good ground meat with a lousy blade.
  • Value for money: Take note that I did not use the word cheap. Getting a cheap but crappy product is not getting good value for your money. What you’re looking for is to get a decent product at a reasonable price but not necessarily cheap. On the flip side, just because the product is expensive doesn’t mean it’s also good. If you can get a grinder with some decent features for less, that is what value for money is about.
  • Quality of ground meat: What you’re looking for here is a manual meat grinder that delivers high-quality ground meat output. The resulting meat texture must be uniformly fine without a lot of huge lumps. While the blade is the primary part responsible for producing well-textured ground, you have to remember that with manual grinders, stability also contributes to the quality of output.
  • Ease of use: Bear in mind that you will be manually turning the pedal of the grinder, so what you’re looking for here is ergonomic design. You don’t want to suffer muscle pain after just a batch of grinding. Turning the crank handle must be smooth with minimal effort. You also have to consider how easy it is to disassemble and clean. Given the compact nature of manual grinders, good brands are usually the ones that can pull this off.
  • Warranty: A brand that is confident with their product wouldn’t mind covering it with warranty. While most of them will offer a minimum duration of a year, it would be better if you can get more than that. Some brands offer extended warranty for the heavily used parts like the cutting plates and the hopper. Features like this are really useful especially if you experience malfunctions after you bought the item.
  • Accessories: There are some manual meat grinders that provide accessories that extend the capabilities of an otherwise simple tool. These accessories include cutting knife, stuffing tube for sausage, and cutting plate. This is generally a good thing especially if it doesn’t make the item more expensive because you get more for your money than just a plain meat grinder.
  • Flexibility: It’s would really be a good thing if your manual meat grinder can grind more than just meat, but fats, soft bones, and tendons including vegetables in all different volumes as well.

​Best manual Meat Grinder for 2017

Equipped with the criteria above, we can now take a look at the five manual meat grinder below. Let us see which one fits the bill and choose our winner.​

LEM Products #10 Stainless Steel Clamp-on Hand Grinder

via amazon.com

​The LEM Products #10 Stainless Steel Clamp-on Hand Grinder is a heavy duty manual meat grinder. It is made of stainless steel making it rust proof and easy to clean. It is well built and stable when mounted on any tabletop or countertop. It comes with two stainless steel plate, a coarse one capable of grinding 3/8” and a fine one capable of grinding 3/16”. It comes with a stainless steel knife and three stuffing tubes: 1/2", 3/4", 7/8" which allows it double as a sausage stuffer.

This grinder is made to last. The construction of the body is sturdy and the weight of the entire thing adds to its stability when mounted. If you need to plow through some quantities of meat, this is the grinder that you’ll be looking for. Amazon provides warranty for this grinder if you request from customer support.​


Pros

  • Heavy duty construction
  • Comes with a lot of accessories
  • Stainless steel body making it rust-proof
  • Stable and easy to clamp on tabletop or counter
  • Can serve a second role as sausage stuffer

Cons

  • It comes at a price

Rand Stainless Steel #10 Manual Meat Grinder/Sausage Stuffer and Tubes 304

via amazon.com

If a fast manual meat grinder is what you’re looking for, the New Rand Stainless Steel #10 Manual Meat Grinder/Sausage Stuffer and Tubes 304 fits the bill. It can plow through 180 pounds of meat in just an hour and for a manual grinder, that is fast. It is made from 304 stainless steel making it resistant to corrosion.

It can also double as a sausage stuffer because it comes with tube adapter and 3 sausage stuffing tubes with 5/8", 13/16", and 7/8" outlet diameters. Except for the price difference and the Rand sticker, it’s easy to mistake this grinder for the LEM Products #10 Stainless Steel Clamp-on Hand Grinder. Call Amazon customer support for warranty of this product.


Pros

  • Made from 304 stainless steel making it resistant to rust
  • Easy to clean
  • Can be used as a sausage stuffer
  • Grinds really fast

Cons

  • Cheaper than LEM but still pricey

Bellemain Manual Meat Grinder

via amazon.com

If you’re looking for a handy but capable meat grinder the Bellemain Manual Meat Grinder is the one. The hand crank operation ensures full control and the suction base anchor provides stability on a proper surface. As long as it is mounted on the right surface, this meat grinder will never walk away from you. It has a housing that is made of hard plastic making it light to carry and a stainless steel blade and plate ensuring that it will last long enough. It’s easy to clean as all parts are dishwasher safe. You need to contact the seller directly for warranty of this product.


Pros

  • Strong suction base anchor
  • Smooth hand crank operation
  • Unbeatable price

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with a lot of accessories
  • Serves one purpose only
  • Not so stable when in the wrong surface

TSM Products #22 Stainless Steel Meat Grinder

via amazon.com

The TSM Products #22 Stainless Steel Meat Grinder is another behemoth of a manual meat grinder. It’s constructed out of 304 stainless steel making it rust-proof but ensuring that it weighs 14 lbs. While the weight adds to its stability, this thing is heavy to transport from where you store it to the tabletop.

To ensure true stability, you better screw this grinder to a working table that you don’t mind boring holes on. It comes with a cutting knife and 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch, 1-1/4 inch stuffing tubes but it only has a 3/8 grinding plate so don’t expect to grind really fine meat. For this product’s warranty, you can contact Amazon or go directly to the seller’s website.


Pros

  • Made from 304 stainless making it easy to clean and corrosion resistant
  • It comes with a lot of accessories
  • Stable to operated

Cons

  • Comes with only one grinding plate
  • Needs to be permanently mounted

Gideon Hand Crank Manual Meat Grinder

via amazon.com

If the weight of stainless steel grinder the thing that’s been preventing you from grinding your own meat, well Gideon Hand Crank Manual Meat Grinder is a capable grinder without being heavy. Its strong suction base anchor ensures that it stays in place while you’re grinding. If you’re used to stainless steel grinder, you might doubt this grinder’s plastic construction. But don’t allow its unassuming look fool you, this is a capable grinder.

While it does not come with a lot of accessories, it does come with two grinding plates; one for coarse mincing and one for fine. Due to its plastic construction, this grinder is easy to take apart and clean. It’s also dishwasher safe so you don’t have to sweat cleaning it. Contact the seller directly for information about warranty.


Pros

  • Strong suction base anchor
  • Smooth hand crank operation
  • Unbeatable price

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with a lot of accessories
  • Serves one purpose only
  • Not so stable when in the wrong surface

Final Thoughts

If the price is really an issue to you, you can take the Bellemain Manual Meat Grinder or the Gideon Hand Crank Manual Meat Grinder because both are unbelievably cheap. While it does one job and one job only, it does it so well you wouldn’t mind at all. They bought lightweight making it easy to mount and dismount and its ergonomic design ensures that it doesn’t take too much space wherever you keep them. Since its body is made of hard plastic, it can last for a longer time but don’t expect it to outlive any of the stainless meat grinders.​

Now for the winner in this review, I believe it is the New Rand Stainless Steel #10 Manual Meat Grinder/Sausage Stuffer and Tubes 304 for the simple reason that it is the cheapest between the three stainless steel grinders. It functions the same as the LEM Products #10 Stainless Steel Clamp-on Hand Grinder but it steel cheaper and that seals the deal for me.

You have to bear in mind that we are looking for the best value for our money and if I’m made to choose between two equally capable tools with one being cheaper, the cheaper wins for me. While the TSM Products #22 Stainless Steel Meat Grinder is a really capable grinder, its price is a bit prohibitive and there is none that it can do that the other two can’t. I just can’t pick it.​

How about you? Given these choices, what would you pick? Share us your thoughts in the comment section below.​

    Claire J. Ruiz

    I'm Claire, and my passion is cooking. I believe that food is what actually unites people and the dining table is where we set aside our differences. When we eat we become vulnerable because enjoying food requires a different level of trust and surrender to the person preparing your food. Sharing and enjoying food is one of the most intimate experiences in life.​

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