Originally Posted by CraigC
We purchased our meat grinder and sausage stuffer initially for making sausage. Now we have started purchasing bulk beef and pork to grind. Not only is it more economical, we can control the size of the grind and fat content. It also allows us to buy meats that might be hard to find in ground form, such as lamb, locally. I'm not a fan of fish cakes, for which the grinder would come in handy, but I have now started using the grinder to make quick work of conch for fritters.
Any other home grinders out there? Do you find it more economical?
Here's one. So far I have only ground beef and lamb and use the meat for meatballs, meatloaf, hamburgers, etc. I find that the meat taste so much fresher. It's as if you added that one last ingredient that has been your secret for years. Even after I have frozen it in one pound packs. I made lamb burgers with the ground lamb.
Also like you said, I buy chuck beef when it is on sale. And compared to $359 per pound for already ground, to $199 per pound for the sale product, the savings really add up after a while.
I paid the grand sum of $25.00 for my KA grinder. Today it cost about $60 or more. It was a brand spanking new item for the mixer. I JUST
had to have one to make my life complete. Best spent money. And then as soon as the pasta maker came out, I just had to have that one. Another $25. Grind my own meat, make my own pasta and I have ravioli with a meat filling.
Sure it is more work. But I find working with food relaxing and quite a money saver also.