How to Clean a Meat Grinder: A Practical Guide for You

A meat grinder can be extra useful in the kitchen.

However, the tool can only function well when it’s in its best shape.

In case you put it into use every day, it’s crucial to know how to clean it.

In this article, we will show you how to clean a meat grinder to prevent contamination and preserve the quality of finished meat.


Step-by-step guide

Prepare it

Is your device working at the moment?

Well, let it do its job, and we will start the cleaning process after it finishes grinding.

Now, it is free, and we are ready to clean it up.

However, before you start disassembling the compartments like you usually do, take a piece of bread and put it in the grinder.

Trust me, this step will ease your cleaning process afterward.

The dry bread will presumably attract the small piece of leftover moist meat on its way.

We want to make sure that the excess raw food gets removed beforehand to save our time and effort while cleaning later.

Take it apart

take things apart


After finishing feeding bread, it’s time to take the grinder apart.

If you do not know how to disassemble it, take your time to study.

You do not want to be confused when dealing with a meat grinder.

Before any further actions, make sure you unplug the machine for safety reasons.

Start breaking down the components inside.

Typically, you will have:

  • A pusher where the meat goes in
  • A grinding screw which energizes the grinding process
  • A blade
  • A plate with holes where the meat comes out
  • A blade-and-plate cover

Stay cautious with your handling since the blade might harm you once being mishandled.


When it comes to cleaning this kitchen gadget, using a dishwasher is not recommended.

These compartments prefer manual actions.

Take a bucket and fill it with detergent and soak all parts of the meat grinder in it.

Let them stay for 15 minutes, enough time to crack the connection with the remaining oil, grease, meat.

If your grinder uses electricity to run, do not soak it directly into the water.

Run the grinder under the faucet instead and take a damp cloth to wipe it later.

Start scrubbing on large parts, including the screw, cover, and blade using a sponge.

Be careful not to hurt yourself when dealing with the sharp edge.

Take things slowly to remove all the bacteria and germs altogether.

As for the feed tube and the plate’s hole, use a bottle brush to clean them from the inside.

When you finish, rinse all of them under the faucet and ensure to wash out all the soap.


dry it

Once you clean all the compartments, it’s time to dry them.

Take a clean towel and thoroughly scrub them inside and out to eliminate the remaining moist.

Remember to dry all the components thoroughly before putting them into use if you don’t want to encounter any rusts or oxidation later.

Bonus tip: Make sure the meat is not a problem!

Keep everything cold!

A fun fact is that everything works better in a low-temperature condition, both the meat and the mill.

Warm meat is expected to make the grinding process harder compared to the cold one.

Similarly, the grinder’s parts are advised to be stored in the freezer to work better.

To ease your cleaning, put your meat in an ice bowl before grinding.

Repeat this action until you have one more slice of meat to handle.

Get rid of sinew

Sinew in meat is likely to get stuck in the grinder and eventually create a mess inward.

That’s why cutting them off before placing the meat into the mill is better.

Maintain the blade’s quality

You will notice the degradation in the blade’s quality by observing the outcoming product.

Is it smearing around or piling into consistent long pieces?

If the answer is smearing, then it’s time to take out the blade and sharpen it or replace it with a new one.

Frequently Asked Questions

cleaning a meat grinder

How to clean a used old meat grinder?

Soak the components into white vinegar.

Depends on how much rust your grinder takes, it can take from hours to several days to remove the rust completely.

After that, take a stiff brush and scrub the rust out.

Soak the parts into the baking soda water solution once again to get rid of all the mess.

For the final step, you need to seal it, or else the rust will return.

Buff the compartments with coconut oil and enjoy it!

How do you prevent a grinder from rusting?

Once every component is dehydrated, put food-grade mineral oil into a spraying bottle and spray it onto parts for lubrication and anti-rust during storage.

Make sure that all the parts are dried thoroughly to prevent rusts later on.

Can I put it into the dishwasher?

You can, once you disassemble all the components.

However, it is not advised to do so as the dishwasher can dull the metal parts, including the blade, the screw, which can degrade your grinding productivity.

How do you store the components?

Spray some mineral oil onto the grinder’s components to prevent rusting.

Prepare sealable plastic bags with rice and put each part of the grinder inside.

Because rice extracts moisture, the components aren’t left with humidity.

How do you clean a meat grinder attachment?

As for significant components like the screw, blade, cover, etc, use a sponge and gently scrub them with soapy water.

Small details such as plate holes, tubes require a bottle brush instead to be cleaned thoroughly.

What kind of oil do you use?

You can use food-grade mineral oil to coat the outer layer, thus preventing rusting in storage.

In case you don’t have mineral oil, feel free to use any kind of oil you want.

Can I use it to grind vegetables?

Why not?

You can save extra money from buying a vegetable grinder and still get quality meals!


A meat grinder can be your partner in the kitchen with its convenient features.

After reading this article, we hope you can master the technique of cleaning it after using it.

With these guidelines, you can not only ensure your grinder’s longevity but also bring delicious, nutritious meals to your family.

Have a good time cooking!

Further reading:

Ground Beef Cooking Tips

Last Updated on March 3, 2021 by