If it is your first time in the market buying the meat grinder, you may feel confused to see the numbers on it.
But if you notice a bit, you will find out larger models have larger numbers while smaller ones have the smaller number.
For example, the #5 meat grinder is very small and can only be used to carry out very rare grinding tasks.
On the other hand, the larger ones have numbers like 22, 24 on them.
The concept of the numbers on the meat grinder is very simple. The greater the number is, the larger the diameter. So the number is directly proportional to the diameter of the grinder plate.
Some people confuse it with the diameter of the feeding plate but remember that it is a grinder plate and not the feeding tube.
What is the role of sizes in the grinders?
The size of the grinder determines where it can be used. For example, the larger grinders are suitable for industrial and commercial purposes and are the major component of the butcher businesses and small and large scale meat restaurants.
The small grinders are suitable for small purposes such as you can keep them in your home to grind the meat occasionally.
The given table will give you a more clear idea about the relationship between the numbers and the diameter.
|#5||2 1/8 inches|
|#8||2 1/2 inches|
|#10||2 3/4 inches|
|#12||2 3/4 inches|
|#20||3 1/4 inches|
|#22||3 1/4 inches|
|#32||3 7/8 inches|
|#42||5 1/16 inches|
|#52||5 1/8 inches|
What is a #12 model?
If you have seen the meat grinder with the number 12 written on it, you will find out that it is considerably smaller in size and can only be used in homes for the occasional meat cutting purposes.
The above table reveals that #12 grinders have a diameter of 2 ¾ inches which is equal to that of #10. So we can say that both #10 and #12 have the same diameter of the grinding plate and can be used only in the homes for the occasional meat cutting tasks.
What is a #22 model?
#22 meat grinder is a very large-sized one as compared to the #12 and can be efficiently used in restaurants and other butcher businesses. #22 is the most commonly used in the shops and has become a conventional size that almost all businesses prefer to fulfill their grinding needs.
The diameter of the plate of the #22 grinder is 3 ¼ inches and you can put very large chunks and pieces of meat. It also has the capacity to crush the bones as well. So the pet owners also opt for this size of grinders to provide their pets with the bone meat meal.
Note: Just as the number 10 and 12 grinders have the same diameter as the grinding plate, #20 and #22 also have the same diameter. So here you may want to ask:
If they have the same diameters, then why do they have different numbers?
The answer is the difference lies in the size of the feeding tube.
When should I buy a #22 one?
If you are a professional cook and have to prepare large quantities of food, you still do not need to buy the #22 meat grinders. Keep in mind that #22 products are considerably large and the large families or the few members of the same family can fulfill their meat grinding needs with comparatively small grinders.
You should only buy the #22 when you need to grind at least 20 to 40 kg of meat in a day. Some people also consider it a convenient option for home usage because it not only allows the grinding of the large vegetables but also helps the pet owners to prepare bone meals.
By the way, do you think a meat grinder is an important piece of kitchen equipment? If yes, then which size do you prefer for domestic use?
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Last Updated on May 4, 2021 by Fred