What Size Meat Grinder Should I Get?

If you are a meat lover, you should have some basic knowledge about the sizes.

Just as food processors come up in various cup or bowl sizes, the size measurement has its own terminology.

This article will remove all of your confusion regarding the sizes and next time when you go to market, you will not feel stuck or confused.

To get the basic concept, you should understand the structure and function.

There are two major components, the first one is the T-shaped grinding tube while the other one is the grinding plate.

The feeding plate does not have a direct relation with the meat grinder, instead, the diameter of the grinding plate decides how spacious the meat grinder is.

The quantitative measurement of the diameter of the grinding plate decides the size.

What are the common sizes of the grinding plates?

If you have ever visited the market to buy the grinder, you may have observed various sizes that are displayed in the forms of the tags, like #5, #8, #12, #22, and #32.

Now each of these numbers basically reveals the grinding plate of a specific diameter.

Let’s understand more from the given table.

Size Plate Diameter
#5 2 1/8″
#8 2 1/2″
#12 2 3/4″
#22 3 1/4″
#32 3 7/8″
#42 5 1/16″

How to choose the size for the unique needs?

Well, if you are wondering which size is right for you, then you should remember that it depends on the purpose and usage. For example, home grinders should have a small to a medium-size while the larger ones are suitable for professional purposes.

#5, #8 and #12 – Home use

These are the smallest sizes that are suitable only for small home and domestic purposes. However, if you are a frequent user, you should not be opting for it. This size is suitable only for rare usage when you need to grind the meat occasionally. People buy it when they add the ground meat in their diet only at the home pirates, special dinners of special occasions like Christmas. It is also fine if you use it once or twice a month.

Keep in mind that #5 is extremely small while #8 and #12 are comparatively larger sizes. The wider feeding tube of the #a 12 size meat grinder makes it much more convenient to add the larger chunks of meat in the grinding tube.

#12, #22, and #32 – Grinding bones, Commercial use

The grinding bone feature is mainly associated with the larger meat grinder. The only reason behind it is that the larger the size of the grinder is, the more powerful motor it has. Otherwise, there is no technical relationship between the size and the bone grinding capacity.

Here you might be wondering: Why does even someone need to grind the bones?

If you have ever owned a pet, then you can understand how important it is to add the ground bones in the meals of your pet.

However, do not merely rely on the size of the grinder while grinding the bones. Carefully analyze whether or not the motor has the capacity to grind the meat. The motor should be capable enough to grind the larger chunks, otherwise, the whole grinder can be damaged.

The larger-sized meat grinders are mainly used in the small commercial food shops, restaurants, and butcher shops. They have also become the major tool in the delivery-only virtual kitchens.

Meat Grinder Hole Size

You may have seen various holes in the grinding plate. The diameter of these holes decides the fineness of the meat. There is an inverse relationship between the diameter of the holes and the chunks of the meat content.

Hole Diameter Output
1/8″ Fine
3/16″ Medium
1/4″ Coarse
3/8″ Coarse
1/2″ Very Coarse
3/4″ Very Coarse

Now you can decide what kind of meat grinder you should buy.

Last Updated on May 4, 2021 by Fred