Kitchener #12 Electric Meat Grinder - 1/2 HP
Great for Deer
I bought this product about 3 years ago on a good sale. It sat above my cabinets for almost a year...then deer season came around. I broke it down, washed everything, had a friend over, and we processed 3 deer at once. This grinder is a dream, as long as you keep to the speed of the motor. Don't rush pushing the meat down the tube, it will feed itself, just make sure the tube stays full, and gently push it down.
Suggestion would be to cut the meat into 1" cubes, that size seems to work the best for me.
I've made deer sausage, loose and in casings, ground turkey, chicken, beef, etc. It works great.
Just finished another batch of deer sausage, works like a charm.
Tip for cleaning/storage:
HAND WASH ONLY! It's not hard, and only takes a few minutes. Dry everything off immediately afterwards. Since the grinding plates are carbon steel, I just found a small plastic container, put the plates in there, and covered with olive oil. The rest of the stuff that doesn't fit in the compartment, I just place in a gallon ziplock bag.
When it's time to use again, just give everything a good washing and have fun, and save money making your own ground meats and sausages!
November 25, 2013
Good grinder for the $
My grinder was actually the model that this one replaced since I bought mine about 5 years ago. Although it has a different item number it looks to be the same thing. As I mentioned before I bought this 5 years ago for deer processing. Due to not getting a deer for a couple of years and my brother-in-law buying a near commercial grade grinder, I haven't used it until now. It worked great for grinding the chunked meat with the course plate. When I ground it again using the finer plate it took longer as the auger didn't pull the already ground meat as fast as the chunks. I had to use the pusher and since it is not as wide as the feed throat, the meat would push back out around the pusher. Overall it did just what I wanted it to do without any jamming.
November 24, 2013
My wife and I have started making our own sausage for about a year and decided to replace our 1960's Rival home meat grinder/stuffer. Recently we started making our own pepperoni meat sticks and thought this product would speed up our process. If all you want to do is grind raw meat one time this grinder is great. But when it comes to making sausage it has three bad points about it. 1) the stuffer nozzles are a 2 piece construction. When attempting to load collagen casings on the (too short) nozzle it will come apart causing you to have to take it apart, clean it and put it back together many times. Problem # 2). Is the ram to push meat into the auger from the pan is so much smaller than the throat of the grinder most of the ground meat squeezes back up around the ram making your work MUCH harder. Problem #3) is there is far too much wasted meat left in the auger when you are done stuffing. We got nearly a pound of meat that was left inside the machine when the hopper and throat were empty. I'm sorry to report this but like I said in the beginning, IF you are simply making ground beef its the ticket, Its just not a good stuffer.
November 5, 2013
i wore it out
i bought this grinder about 4 years ago and it did a great job on all the deer i killed until it blew oil out the front and started making an awful noise. Of course i wasn't happy about this but i did the math and it lasted for about 800-900#s of deer burger, so that's about 11 cents/#. It's a good grinder for the money, but i might be looking for a better one considering how much i use it.
October 7, 2013
This does an excellent job on grinding turkey breast for turkey burgers on the grill. Great value and price for this product.
April 23, 2013
We use this grinder often and love it. It is definitely a great product for the price. We would definitely recommend it!
April 23, 2013
Very Good Grinder (but don't put in the dishwasher
I bought this grinder so I could get away from using my KA grinder attachment. I've used this grinder five times to grind 10 pounds of beef and pork each time. The first time I didn't chill the meat prior to grinding and I ended up with emulsified meat. From that time, I have always chilled the meat as well as putting the grinder attachments into the freezer for an hour. Following these steps allows for grinding 10lbs of meat in about 10 minutes with absolutely no clogging of the grinding plate. This grinder has plenty of power to grind meat that is soft-frozen.
I made a big mistake of putting all of the grinder parts (except the motor, obviously) in the dishwasher. I ended up with extremely oxidized parts. I spent an hour scrubbing and polishing all of the oxidation off of the parts as best I could and then polished them with a polishing wheel to help prevent future oxidation. The picture in the description states that the feed tray is Stainless steel. It is definitely NOT stainless steel. This picture also states that the grinding plates are stainless steel. They are NOT. The description below the picture is correct, however. The grinding plates are carbon steel and WILL rust if put in the dishwasher. The pusher is hollow plastic and easily folds if you push too hard.
Lastly, as I mentioned earlier, the grinder is very powerful but the case is plastic and feels light, which I find to be a benefit because it's easy to move around and store in a cabinet.
For the price, this is an EXCELLENT grinder, just be sure to not put any of the pieces (except the blade and the pusher) in the dishwasher.
April 23, 2013
Still going After 5 years
Grinder continues to work great after 5 years of use.
We grind our own ground beef and do about 200# a year.
March 11, 2013
Kitchner #12 Meat Grinder 1/2 horsepower
I bought this meat grinder a couple of months ago and have used it three times and it has worked satisfactory for me each time. I used to be a meat cutter when I was young so I have used meat grinders a lot. I first used the largest hole coarse plate to grind and mix the meat I was grinding, 2 large top round roasts, then I switched to the small hole fine plate to regrind the meat and ground it into ground round. The second time I used the grinder I deboned and ground 2 whole Boston Butts, about ~ 15 lbs of meat, and repeated the same process. The third time I thawed out two large thick top round steaks, a whole turkey breast, and a large pork steak and cut it all into ~ 1" cubes, and coarse ground it and then reground that using the fine small hole plate. So all three times so far it's worked satisfactory for me. It isn't as good as my old Chop Rite meat grinder that I used to use and which lasted me 37 years, but I think it will last as long as I do. <grin!>
February 14, 2013
Failed after 4 pounds of meat
I was really excited to start using this grinder, and after the reviews I thought I had made a good choice.
Its a nice looking unit, easy to set up and go. I read the instructions, thoroughly, and went to work.
I prepped the meat, as recommended in the instructions, and began grinding with the smallest size plate. Everything was great (for a short while) I was impressed with its speed and the sound - wasn't too loud. There was a smile on my face, but for only a brief moment. Suddenly the motor developed a "heavy load sound and a few seconds later it stopped. I took apart the auger and did not find anything jammed. I reassembled the auger, hit the reset button and it started up, but made the same sound and shut off after 2-3 seconds. (scratching my head)
I told myself its either the auger or something inside the unit. Easy enough to figure out. I removed the auger housing and reset the unit again. The motor started and sounded fine this time. Hmmm. I shut it off and was going to put the auger housing back on but decided to test the motor without anything attached. Well after about 30 sec it made the same "heavy load" sound and shut down. I knew then the problem was not a jam in the auger. After letting it sit for an hour I tired it again. It sounds bad and runs for only a couple seconds.
Something went wrong inside the unit - e.g. motor, gear box, who knows. It's too bad. I was impressed with it for a few minutes. I wanted to grind up 5lb of pork shoulder and I managed to get 4lbs done. I did the rest in a food processor :(
I'm not going to exchanged it. I was originally going to buy a LEM #8 .35hp, and now I will.
October 21, 2012