Meat grinders allow you to grind fresh meat in the size you choose, perfect for stuffing or for making your own sausage. However, with so many different types of meat grinders available, it can be hard to choose one. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at how to choose a meat grinder for turkey and ham. Let’s get started!
What are meat grinders, and how can they help you in the kitchen to make a perfect turkey and ham
If you have ever cooked a turkey for a holiday meal, you know that it can get messy. When working with raw poultry, your hands inevitably get wet and dirty. In addition, carving a turkey quickly becomes a messy endeavor involving food that can splatter all over your kitchen.
There is a better way to carve that turkey. Meat grinders allow you to prepare a delicious, moist turkey in a fraction of the time required with traditional carving methods. Once cooked, you simply remove the meat and grind it, resulting in a flavorful and juicy turkey that is perfect for sandwiches, salads, chili, and more. What Makes Meat Grinders so Useful?
Meat grinders are extremely versatile and can be used for multiple purposes, including:
- Making meatloaf, meatballs, and ground turkey
- Grinding cheese to make homemade sausage
- Making breadcrumbs
- Preparing homemade sausage
- Grinding dried mushrooms for soups and side dishes
- Preparing homemade hamburger patties
Meat grinders also allow you to make vegetarian and vegan burgers. Although many people assume that “meat” grinders can only be used for meat, they can be adapted for other types of food. Although these machines were originally designed for meat, you can grind vegetables, fruit, or other types of food in them.
Meat grinders remove the hassle of butchering, which is time-consuming and messy. In addition, it allows you to make unique and delicious dishes from ingredients that might not otherwise be accustomed to.
Types of meat grinders available for turkey and ham
The meat grinder comes in handy when you are preparing a thanksgiving dinner for your guests. There are mainly two types of meat grinders available for turkey and ham. These grinders are electric or manual.
Electric meat grinder: In this machine, you have an electric-powered motor to tear down your meat. The mechanism used in these grinders is press or crank type. Press type uses a rotating screw that is attached to an 8 to 10-inch round wooden board. The grinder turns the screw at 1,400 rpm to break the meat into fine pieces. They are generally used for large to medium size meat.
Manual grinder: Unlike the electric grinder, this machine does not use any motor. It is operated manually. The meat is crushed in a small circular container made of aluminum or stainless steel. The name is plate type because ground meat gets in between the plate and cage. The meat with this grinder has a coarse texture.
The plate is made of stainless steel and it is mostly 1 inch thick. The cage is made with high-strength steel. They are used to prepare small quantities of meat. The machine has a fit-and-forget mechanism in which they clean the grinder automatically with every use.
How to choose the best meat grinder for turkey and ham
Whether you’re making a recipe for Thanksgiving or Christmas, you’ll need a good-quality meat grinder. Nothing is worse than having chunks of meat in your meal, especially when you’ve spent hours cooking it!
How much you want to spend: Prices for meat grinders really vary. You can get a cheap model on Craigslist or Amazon that costs less than $100, or you can spend upwards of $200 on a high-end model. The most expensive models are usually better quality, but you can get a more affordable model for $100-150 and still get a good quality grinder that does the job well.
How good the warranty is: Warranties are good indicators of how the model will perform.
How easy the grinder is to clean: Some models are much easier to clean than others. You’ll definitely be using it a lot, so having to constantly clean it every time might not be worth buying.
How to take proper care of the meat grinder
If you have invested in a meat grinder, you already know that you can use it to easily grind meat, vegetables, and fruits to create delicious homemade meals. Whether your grinder is electric and battery-powered or you manually crank it to make food, there are some very important inner parts that you need to take care of.
One of the most important parts of a grinder is the blade that chops meat. This blade is very sharp and needs to be properly cleaned to maintain its quality. To clean the blade, you will need three sets of kitchen tools:
- A metal bowl
- A metal strainer
- A metal spatula
- Put the metal bowl underneath the strainer. Place the strainer over the bowl, and hold it in place using the spatula.
- Add water to the strainer, and cover it up using the spatula.
- With the spatula, pry open the bladed disk and cover up the hole using your finger.
- Let the water soak through the strainer into the metal bowl.
- Use your fingers to remove the meat from the blade. Make sure that you do not let the small pieces of meat fall into the strainer.
How to choose the correct grinding plates for meat grinders
When buying a meat grinder, you will need to know what kind of grinding plates to purchase for it. There are three types of grinding plates that you can use:
Coarse grinding plates: These plates are ideal for grinding large amounts of meat such as pork or beef because they don’t require as much force.
Medium grinding plates: These plates are good at grinding large pieces of meat but require a bit more force than coarse grinding plates.
Fine grinding plates: These plates require the most force to grind meat and are ideal for grinding less fatty meat such as poultry.