Is It Cheaper To Grind Your Own Meat?

It is an obvious fact that whenever you go to the market, you see different price tags for the ground meat and the larger chunks of meat. From here, you can easily understand that it is going to burden your pocket if you will buy ground meat.

Grinding meat on your own at home is not only the cheaper option but also saves you time. Once you have invested in a good grinder, you should not be waiting in line at the butcher shop anymore.

Today in this article, we will tell you what you should look for while buying the grinder and how you can save money in the purchase of the grinder as well. Without further ado, let’s get started.

What you should know when buying?

Controls:

Cheap products may differ in the control options and do not have a wide range of meat grinding options, so there is less room for experimentation.

Dials and buttons:

Certain grinders have dials on which you can choose a speed or switch off the device. Others have big buttons that you press to select the desired tempo. Both of these controls are easy to use, but they have nooks and crannies where food can get trapped, making cleaning more complicated.

Touchpad:

Higher-end touchpad Cuisinart grinders use touchpad controls that are both user-friendly and simple to vacuum. If food spills on the sensors, quickly wipe them clean.

Feeding Chute:

Various cheap food processors have a conduit in the lid that you can pass food into when the machine is running. The feed tube’s diameter is crucial. If your meat processor has a short line, you’ll have to cut it up into smaller bits to get it in. Feed tubes on smaller grinders are thinner.

With a big feed tube, you won’t have to do as much chopping ahead of time. Companies like Cuisinart have several grinders with a wide-mouth feed hose, allowing you to quickly apply ingredients without doing any prep work. The tube in some versions is big enough to hold a whole onion or tomato. Additionally, these versions have more diameter of the grinding plate.

S-blades (large and small):

These are standard shredding and slicing blades, but some cheap versions have only the large ones, so you can control the size of the minced meat.

An in-depth overview of rates and pricing structure

Price

Various models are priced differently depending on their size and features. The majority of models cost between $30 and $200.

Cost-effective

Mini versions with #5 and #2  sizes are the most economical products that you can use in the home. They are ideally fit for light processing activities including chicken grinding. These versions are priced between $30 and $80.

Mid-priced

The ones with #12 to #22 are marginally more costly. Many of these come with extra attachments and are a smart choice whether you grind meat for two or three people often. They usually range in price from $80 to $130.

Expensive

The ones designed for restaurants and professional grinding purposes have many high-end features, including touchpad controls. They are ideal for grinding very often and on a daily basis. They cost between $130 and $170.

High-end

The most expensive versions are extra-large products with the #22 or #24 sizes that are large enough to handle the mincing of very large pieces. They have the most features, such as touchpad buttons, a wide-mouth feed hose, and various accessories, and are the best choice if you cook for big crowds often. Usually, these versions cost between $170 and $200.

The bottom line

From the above discussion, you can understand that spending on the grinder is a one-time investment, but when you go for ground meat every time, it can be really frustrating.

By the way, do you have a meat grinder in your home? If yes, does it help in saving money? Let us know in the comments section below.

Last Updated on May 4, 2021 by Fred