Buying an appliance for our kitchen is meant to be to help us the best way possible make our lives easier day to day. However, accidents happened at home from misusing appliances or not paying attention to the necessary guidelines related to using them. And this is particularly crucial when you buy a meat grinder. 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 appliance is not used properly.” Such guidelines should be taken seriously. But what is the best, safest way to use a meat grinder? 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:
People who go for a 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 tough 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 is not a wise move on your part. Not only you will suffer every time you need to store it and take it out to use it, but it will cause you a lot of pain to carry up and down, and it might cause a power shortage if plugged in the wrong cable, as a lot of these grinders require a specifically prepared electricity plug, unlike the one you have at home.
Like a manual meat grinder, make sure your electrical meat grinder is put on a solid, strong surface. When assembling your grinder, make sure you have taken off all the tape and packing, and that you are attaching the grinder’s pieces to each other correctly, exactly like in the manual. Attaching the pieces the wrong way might cause the grinder to break.
While grinding your meat, make sure your hands are on 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.