Buying an appliance for our kitchen is meant to be to help us the best way possible make our lives easier day today. However, accidents happened at home from missing appliances or not paying attention to the necessary guidelines related to using them. And this is particularly crucial when you buy a meat grinder.
Meat Grinders Usage and Safety & Cleaning Tips
When you first buy, and want to use a meat grinder, check the manual, and you will find cautions such as “Injuries, burns, fire, or even death may occur if the appliance is not used correctly.”
Is it different using a manual or an electric meat grinder? Below are some tips that will be of great assistance to guide you through the best way to use a meat grinder and clean it safely and the best way for both, manual and electrical meat grinders.
Manual Meat Grinders – safety tips:
The people who will buy manual meat grinder usually know that they will not be using it very often, which is a perfect reason but is not an enough factor. To use a manual meat grinder you have to have the right physique and strength to push, turn, and press the meat into the grinder.
If you are a housewife for example, whose body is not used to putting too much physical effort, putting such effort into grinding your meat might cause you bad pain and make you suffer. You might have a pulled hamstring, bruises or contusions in your arms if you disregard the fatigue this grinder causes you and refuse to stop.
Then you will pay a fortune to ease and cure your pain that will far surpass the money you saved buying a manual meat grinder rather than an electrical one that requires less effort.
Also, when setting up your manual meat grinder, make sure you are tightening all the screws very tightly and firmly, as it is likely that when a screw of the grinder is left loose, it might slip off while grinding, which might cause undesired incidents or injuries. Most manual meat grinders now come in a setting that is easily attachable and easy to disassemble to any hardened surface.
The best surface to attach your manual meat grinder to would be a 1.5 – 2-inch marble surface, like the ones in your kitchen, as to make sure that not only the grinder but that also the surface won’t break easily.
Electrical meat grinders – safety tips:
Before buying your electrical meat grinder, make sure to go for the one that best suits your kitchen requirements. If you need a grinder for your house, one that you will only use occasionally, buying a big, heavy one that is usually only used at a butcher shop for frequent use
Like a manual meat grinder, make sure your electrical meat grinder is put on a solid, firm surface.
Make Sure you take all the tape off and when packing, and that you are attaching the grinder’s pieces to each other correctly, exactly like in the manual. Connecting the pieces the wrong way might cause the grinder to break.
While grinding your meat, make sure your hands are at the right distance from the grinder plate and the grinding blades. Electrical meat grinders need special caution when it comes to grinding. When you use a manual one, it is easy to stop when your hand is close to the blades, but an electrical meat grinder will automatically continue mincing your meat, which requires you to be a bit more cautious.
How to clean a manual meat grinder?
Manual meat grinders usually do not come in many pieces, which makes them easier to disassemble and assemble every time you need to use them, but can be such a hassle when cleaning them, as the curves and tight corners in their significant parts are not easy to clean. The best way to clean a manual meat mincer, after washing its parts in the dishwasher or manually with your hands, is to get different sizes of brushes, from the milk bottle cleaning brushes to toothbrushes even, pass them through the tight parts of the machine, and rinse. You will get great results, and your grinder will remain clean and ready for the next use!
How to clean an electrical meat grinder?
It is usually not recommended to put electrical meat grinders’ parts in the dishwasher, as they might rust faster than the manual meat grinders because they include more metal and polished metal parts. Make sure to wash your electrical meat grinder properly, especially the little pieces, rinse them, then dry immediately with a dry towel, and pay attention to the small pieces, curves, and corners. Leaving your electrical meat grinder’s blades wet, for instance, might cause them to rust fast and become unusable.
When you rinse and dry little pieces, like the edges, make sure to keep them apart, so they won’t stick together. Do not take out small pieces of stuck meat from the blades with your bare hands as this might cause you an injury, use a brush or a toothbrush; it is much safer and more efficient.
As opposed to the machine itself and the metal parts, it is okay to wash plastic parts of the electrical meat grinder in the dishwasher, but also make sure to double check they are dry enough before storing them again. And like any small pieces, it is better to avoid putting tiny pieces of the grinder, even plastic ones, in the dishwasher, because they might slip into the machine’s small air vents or ventilators and damage it, or simply get lost.
For any grinder, the best way to wash the small parts would be to fill up a bowl with water and washing powder or detergent, dip the small pieces in it, then pour the water off, rinse with clean water, then dry. Just keep the pieces in the water for a few minutes, or else they might rust or wear out.
It is needless to say that your meat grinder’s cleanliness, whether it was electrical or manual, is directly connected to safe using practices. These are tiny and straightforward tips that would hardly require any effort from you.
However, if you follow them every time you use a meat grinder, you will guarantee a delicious, healthy, well-cooked meal of well-ground meat, and grinding your meat at home would be a fun process that you will enjoy time after time.