- If you want to keep on eating high-quality burgers, meatballs or any other type of ground meat, it is important to use properly and care for the meat grinder.
You should set up the machine based on the instructions by the manufacturer to grind your meat.
Most grinders will have a few parts that have to be joined. It should not take you long to make it work.
Cleaning the Grinder
- Before you can start to clean the meat grinder, the first thing to do is disassemble the grinder parts. Make sure you have a mental picture of how the parts were assembled. This makes it easy to assemble the parts after cleaning.
If a grinder cannot be fully disassembled, do not buy it. Such grinders are hard to clean, especially the tight inner spots that might have bacteria. The bacteria are likely to cause several types of illnesses when next mixed with freshly ground meat.
Some people who want to do things faster are likely going to use the dishwasher machine to wash the parts. Unless the manufacturer indicates that the parts are dishwasher safe, you should opt for hand washing the parts.
It is ideal to clean your grinder parts by using hot soapy water and a soft brush. Add 2 cups of vinegar into the water to help in killing all the germs on the parts. Cleaning the blade of the grinder needs utmost care at all times to prevent cases of injuries.
Once you clean the parts, dry them separately until there no traces of water found in each part. Water left on the part is likely to cause corrosion that will ruin the grinder parts. Finally, assemble the grinder parts based on the model instructions.
Caring for Your Grinder
- The blade of the grinder needs a lot of attention if you want to get the perfect ground meat. It is important to keep it sharp at all times. If the blades get too dull, ensure that you take them to be sharpened. For a moderately used grinder, sharpening the blades twice per year should be enough.
Try to trim your meat well before feeding it into the grinder. If the large chucks are caught between the blades, you will not get the best output. Take the time to trim the meat into smaller parts for better grinding.
Coating parts of the grinder with oil should help to prevent any cases of corrosion. It is advisable to use the mineral oil that can cover the parts evenly and still not cause harm to human health.
- Just like that, you should have a clean and working meat grinder. A regularly cleaned grinder will ensure reliability and better performance. Just ensure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions where you are not sure and everything will be okay.